Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Columbia State Community College to host “Scholarship Saturday”

Columbia State Community College will host “Scholarship Saturday” on Saturday, Oct. 1 for area high school and home school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise, apply to Columbia State and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all Columbia State campuses including the Lewisburg Columbia State Compus at 980 S. Ellington Pkwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tour DaVita Bicycle Race Winds Through Lewisburg

Tour DaVita 2016 is September 24th-28th in Tennessee. Each September, about 500 DaVita teammates, physicians, patients, family members and Friends of DaVita pedal their way across 200 or so miles in a different part of the country every year, in a three-day cycling adventure. It’s our way of helping bring quality healthcare to those in need, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and having fun!
The 10th Annual Tour DaVita will benefit Bridge of Life, which improves access to primary care and dialysis treatment in underserved communities around the world while also focusing on prevention of kidney disease through early-detection testing and education.

We’re celebrating TEN YEARS in the Tour DaVita saddle with an extraordinary journey through the state of Tennessee. This state has the Smoky Mountains to the east, Elvis’ Graceland to the west, and the heart of country music in the center. The Tour will include at least one visit to a DaVita dialysis center where we’ll chat with patients, high-five our teammates, and be reminded of the reason we ride – to raise awareness and funds to help people around the world.

Rock Creek Park:  Located in the center of Lewisburg, a beautiful small town nestled in the hills of Southern Middle Tennessee, the park provides a fun and charming setting to kick off this year’s Tour.

Rolling hills and fertile valleys dot the land of Middle Tennessee. It’s home to Music City and it’s rich in heritage, culture, and history. We will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Tour with two charming overnight locations, beautiful biking routes, and great company. This year’s Tour is sure to provide us the Ride of a Lifetime!

Sunday, September 25th:

Sunday's ride will take us through the rolling hills and fertile stream valleys of Southern Middle Tennessee as we cover 62 miles on a loop ride from our first campground, Rock Creek Park, to the south (View on MapMyRide).

Monday, September 26th:

Monday’s ride zig-zags its way north as it takes us through the heart of Middle Tennessee, offering lightly traveled roads and stunning scenery. We have two options today as we travel from Lewisburg to Franklin: a 68 mile (metric century) option (View on MapMyRide) and a 100 mile (century) option (View on MapMyRide).

Tuesday, September 27th:

Tuesday’s ride is a lollipop ride from Franklin to the west, taking us through Leipers Fork, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our route will take us along the old Natchez Trace, an important trading route for Native Americans and early European-American settlers. We will finish the Tour with a beautiful 67 mile ride

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Earn Your Diploma for Free


Expansion Brings Faster Internet Speeds And Digital TV To 300 New Homes And Businesses In The Area

United Communications has expanded their fiber network into portions of Belfast, TN, deploying faster Internet products to roughly 300 new homes and businesses.  United can now deliver Internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit to 140 of these recently upgraded locations, and an additional 160 homes and businesses to the UConnect suite of faster Internet service options, with speeds up to 50 MBPS. 

“As a service provider with a long history in Middle Tennessee, we are determined to bridge the gap of bandwidth availability in rural areas,” said William Bradford, the CEO of United Communications.  “We are thrilled to be able to expand our fiber services and provide faster Internet speeds to residents and businesses in Central Marshall County.  Expanding our UniFi and UConnect services in Belfast will bring faster internet, digital TV, and crystal clear phone service to businesses and residents in an area we have served for over 70 years ,” noted Bradford.  “ We are very proud that residents in these areas will now have access to products and services equal to, if not exceeding, services offered in many of the larger cities and towns in the state and certainly the country.”

The Belfast fiber to the home expansion in Central Marshall County includes structures between 2224 and 3040 Liberty Valley Road, and all adjoining side-roads, including Beard Lane, Valley Lane, Lasater Lane, and Grace Ledford Road.  The expansion also includes structures between 2228 and 1849 Fayetteville Highway from Belfast heading towards Lewisburg.  Many additional areas have also been recently upgraded to Internet speeds anywhere from 2 to 10 times faster speeds than what was previously available in this area. 

To confirm whether your location is included in our latest round of speed upgrades, visit www.united.net and type in your service address.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


UniFi service and internet speeds up to 1 GIGBIT now available to over 230 additional homes. 
United Communications is pleased to announce they have deployed fiber-to-the home technology to over 230 new homes in the rural areas of Marshall County, West and North of Chapel Hill, TN.  “This is just the first of many areas where we plan to deploy fiber services under our newly announced Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative,” said William Bradford, the CEO of United Communications.  “Expanding in Marshall County is exciting for us as it brings gigabit internet, digital TV, and crystal clear phone service to businesses and residents in the area, vaulting them ahead of the services that are available in many areas across greater metro Nashville today.”

The fiber expansion in Northwestern Marshall County includes over 140 homes in and around the Azalee Acres neighborhood, including Abigail Court, Alyssa Drive, Angela Way, Azalee Lane, Dean Road, and portions of Pyles Road (4307 through 4579) and Thick Road (4295 and through 4406). 

The fiber deployment in Northeastern Marshall County includes over 90 homes and businesses in the areas around Blackwell Road and Mount Vernon Road between 5707 and 5870 Nashville Highway, including Jason Drive, Sidney Road, Villa Way, and portions of Mt Vernon Road (2515 through 2710) and Blackwell Road (2473 through 2499).  The expansion will also include all new homes in the new Warner Ridge Estates neighborhood as well.

To learn more and confirm whether fiber service is available in your area, please visit www.united.net

Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative

United Communications plans to work with local community and business leaders to develop a strategic plan for broadband deployment in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee. United hopes this initiative will help foster economic and community development through the following objectives:
  • Deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit Internet to interested businesses and critical community anchors.
  • Deliver faster internet to residential communities where there is a proven demand.
  • Educate the community about the potential benefits afforded by basic and advanced telecommunications services, including the potential for fostering distance learning, e-commerce, e-government, telemedicine, and overall economic development.  
  • Create partnerships among community organizations and institutions that might benefit from broadband deployment.

United Communications

United Communications is a leading provider of advanced communications services delivering Internet, digital TV, and phone services to enterprise-class businesses and residential customers in Middle Tennessee. United Communications network includes more than 1,000 route miles of fiber backbone connecting in Nashville and Murfreesboro, and covering Nolensville, portions of Brentwood, College Grove, Chapel Hill, Unionville, Fosterville, Estill Springs, Belfast, and Flat Creek. To learn more, please visit www.united.net.

United Communications’ fiber network uses fiber-optic cables made of tiny strands of pure glass – each about the diameter of a human hair – to transmit beams of light over great distances.  These beams are capable of carrying unprecedented amounts of high-quality data at virtually unlimited speeds.  As a result, United Communications can deliver unbeatably fast Internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit (1000 mbps), stunning and dynamic high-definition TV, and crystal clear phone services to residential and commercial customers living in certain areas of Middle Tennessee.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Haslam, TN Dept. of Tourist Development Announce Another Record-Breaking Year of Economic Impact Numbers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett today announced Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, up 3.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement took place at the Sevier County Courthouse near the iconic Dolly Parton statue. Mountain Rukus from Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede provided music. 

For the 10th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.6 billion, up 7 percent over 2014. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 157,400, an increase of 2.9 percent. 

Top five counties include Davidson ($5.686 billion), Shelby ($3.196 billion), Sevier ($2.031 billion), Hamilton ($1.016 billion), and Knox ($1.014 billion), who were acknowledged during the event for all achieving more than $1 billion in travel expenditures. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures; 19 counties saw more than $100 million each. 

Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel, with more than 105 million in total visitation, a 3.9% increase over 2014, as reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. 

Guests spent a total of $21.98 million in Marshall County in 2015, an increase of 1.9% compared to 2014, generating a total of $1.35 million in state and $0.59 million in local tax revenues, increases of 7.1% and 4.3%, respectively. A total of 147 Marshall Countians are employed in tourism-related fields. 

“The hard work of Tennessee’s tourism industry, strategically led by the Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results,” Gov. Haslam said. “More travelers from around the world are visiting Tennessee each year, and the $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue and growth in jobs is good news for every Tennessean.” 

“It’s appropriate that today’s announcement takes place next to a statue of Sevier County’s own Dolly Parton, who graces the cover of this year’s Tennessee Vacation Guide,” said Commissioner Triplett. “Dolly’s music has played a major role in making Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America.’ People come to Tennessee for a variety of reasons including the music, but it’s the authenticity and Southern hospitality that our communities and partners deliver every day that keeps people coming back. The tourism industry’s continued economic impact growth is a result of visitor satisfaction.” 

The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Committee is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort. 

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Tennessee is the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music, that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s tourism industry generates $18.4 billion annually in economic impact, more than $1.6 billion in state and local sales tax revenue and more than 157,400 tourism-related jobs. 

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