Wednesday, October 5, 2016


United Communications recently expanded its fiber network by delivering Gigabit Internet to the Chapel Hill Town Hall Administrative Complex and several additional customers located along the Chapel Hill business district.  The company has also partnered with the Town of Chapel Hill and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board (JECDB) to ensure that any businesses planning to relocate to the area will have access to high-speed broadband services.

President and CEO of United Communications, William Bradford indicated, “We are committed to giving our region the best possible communication services.  When this company was formed in the mid-1950’s that meant quality telephone services where no other provider would serve. Today it means delivering advanced communication services and Internet capabilities unsurpassed by any other provider in the area – regardless of size or location.”

Mr. Bradford continued, “Fiber technology is the new gold standard for how people use digital communications services, and this technology will help fuel economic development as well as give our customers unparalleled service offerings. Fiber service will not only provide the capacity to handle current communication technologies, it will meet the increasing demands of the next generation of broadband innovations.”   United Communications is one of the first service providers in Middle Tennessee to offer this level of speed to customers.  “We believe expanding broadband is a great equalizing force for boosting rural economies. Today you don't have to live off a major highway or in a big city to find a good job, start a new business, or get a quality education, but you do need a high-speed Internet connection,” said Bradford.

Chapel Hill Town Administrator, Mark Graves, stated he “strongly supports the effort to expand rural high-speed Internet access and is excited about the potential growth opportunities this technology will bring to the Town of Chapel Hill.  Access to broadband has become one of the driving forces in economic development, and I am thrilled to be one of the few rural Tennessee communities to have access to this type of technology”.

This sentiment was reiterated by Chapel Hill Mayor, Danny R. Bingham, “I would like to commend United Communications for their vision and investment in our community.  This new service will provide a strong foundation for technological and economic growth in our area. It also offers our community the ability to run a business and enjoy an exceptional quality of life in today's technological world.”

Plans are already underway to further expand United’s fiber network so the company can bring Gigabit Internet service to other areas and communities within its service area.  Customers can determine if their home or business has access to United Communications’ fiber network by visiting  

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Mentors Needed to Work with Third Class of TN Promise Students

tnAchieves, partnering organization for Governor Bill Haslam’s TN Promise, is currently seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for program’s third class of students.  TN Promise offers every high school senior the opportunity to attend one of the state’s 13 community colleges or 27 colleges of applied technology tuition free with a last dollar scholarship.  The program also pairs each applicant with a volunteer mentor to ease the transition from high school to college.

Tennessee’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd has been a mentor with the program since its inception in 2008.  “With the idea of eliminating the barriers keeping Tennessee students from entering the post-secondary pipeline, Tennessee Promise provides a last-dollar scholarship with mentor support to our state’s high school seniors,” said Boyd.  “It sends the message to students and families that college is within everyone’s reach regardless of zip code or socio-economic background.  It also communicates to business and industry that Tennessee is intensely focused on creating the workforce to meet their demands.”  TN Promise is one program of the state’s Drive to 55 initiative that aims to increase Tennessee’s adult population with a post-secondary credential to 55 percent by 2025.

In the first two years of the program almost 120,000 students have applied.  In the first year, 16,291 students began college TN Promise eligible.  The state’s college going rate increased 4.6 percent, more than the previous seven years combined.  Enrollment at the state’s community and technical colleges increased more than 20 percent and enrollment at all of the state’s public higher education institutions increased 10 percent.  This translates into approximately 4,000 new students entering the college pipeline. 

The scholarship dollars are important, and often creates excitement around going to college, but the support of the mentor can be critical to many students’ success.  Most of the students participating in the program are first generation college attendees and navigating the admissions and financial aid processes can seem overwhelmingly.  Mentors spend about one hour per month reminding students of deadlines, serving as a trusted resource, and encouraging students to reach their full potential.  The time commitment is small, but the impact can be life changing.

tnAchieves Director of Community Partnerships Graham Thomas explained the importance of the role of the mentors.  “Mentors provide the encouragement and support students need to be successful as they begin their college careers,” Thomas said.  “Mentors ensure barriers that might cause students to quit are overcome, processes that might prove to be intimidating are completed, and vocabulary that was foreign becomes everyday language.”    

tnAchieves needs more than 9,000 volunteers statewide to serve as mentors to meet student demand.  The program operates TN Promise in 84 counties and each county has a specific mentor goal that includes a need for 60 mentors in Marshall County.  To learn more and apply you can visit or contact Thomas at or (615) 604-1306.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Calsonic Kansei Presents $100,000 to City for Rock Creek Park Improvements

Pictured are (l-r) Sen. Jim Tracy, Rep. Billy Spivey, Mayor Jim Bingham and CKNA COO Eric Huch.
Calsonic Kansei has followed up its commitment to the City of Lewisburg of a year ago with a second $100,000 donation to provide improvements to Rock Creek Park. Last year, the company worked with the city to provide amphitheatre seating and underground utilities to Rock Creek Park and provided the city with a $100,000 donation to assist in the funding of the improvements. 
This year, the company, that is Lewisburg's largest industrial employer, donated another $100,000 to help the city acquire additional properties around the park and increase the park's footprint and green space. 
COO of CKNA Eric Huch presented Mayor Jim Bingham with a check for the project during MFG Day at MCHS where CKNA and other local manufacturers set up booths to interact with students about their companies, careers at their companies and the pathways to achieve those careers. 
Special Guest TN ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd joined the ceremony following the Commissioner's Tour of Spot Lowe Technology Center and his visit with students and industries during MFG Day at MCHS. Pictured are (l-r) Mayor Jim Bingham, CKNA COO Eric Huch and TN ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd.

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