Friday, August 24, 2012


Statewide Series Presenting Innovative Solutions for Rural Economic Development

NASHVILLE – Registration is now open for the Tennessee Main Street and Tennessee Downtowns Creative Community Summits to be held in September in Jackson, Franklin and Greeneville. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and USDA Rural Development, the summits will focus on innovative solutions and strategies to generate economic growth in rural communities.  The summits are free of charge; however, seating is limited.  Please visit to register.

“The Creative Community Summits are a direct response to needs identified during our recent rural development roundtables held across the state,” Bill Hagerty, ECD commissioner, said.  “By leveraging the natural assets of our rural communities and helping prepare our rural areas for competing in today’s global economy, we will lay the ground work for future economic growth.”

The Creative Community Summits will be held in three locations across the state:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 - The NED, Jackson, Tenn.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 - The Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tenn.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 - The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn.

These day-long summits will offer attendees interactive presentations, educational sessions, networking opportunities and access to resources across the state that will encourage businesses and communities to refocus and improve their marketing strategies and turn their business or marketplace into a destination.  

Topics include “Growing Destination Businesses” with nationally recognized speaker Jon Schallert and “Cultivating Local Heritage Tourism, Arts, Culture and Agriculture to Jump Start a Rural Economy” presented by the National Trust Main Street Center Senior Program Officers Kathy LaPlante and Norma Ramirez de Miess.

“The summits are an excellent opportunity for stakeholders, business leaders and community partners to hear from national experts on what is working for similar communities across the country and learn what communities can do in their own backyards to encourage economic development and growth,” Dan Hawk, ECD Rural Development director, said.

Each summit is free of charge, and lunch is included for the first 200 registrants at each location.  Additional lunch tickets may be purchased once the 200 capacity is met.  For more information or to register to attend one of the Creative Community Summits, visit

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Have you notice the changes taking place Historic Downtown Lewisburg?
In the past 12-18 months many changes have taken place on and around the Lewisburg Courthouse Square.  More changes and improvements are being planned. 
Primitive Blessings Christian Bookstore has opened a Coffee House and is now serving lunch and dinner on Friday evenings.
A local developer has purchased the former "Chinese Restaurant Building" and now has it fully leased. 
Tillis Jewelers has moved to that corner.
Chickee's, Off the Square will be moving to the Square,(next door to Tillis').
John Price Music is moving into two of the small shop spaces on W. Commerce (behind Tillis').
And the apartments upstairs on that corner are rented. 
The former Dance Studio (Nancy Brandon's building on W. Commerce) now houses South Central's Child Care Resource and Referral Service. 
Q's Casa Mexican Restaurant is now open at Second Ave. S and Ewing Street. 
Jim Bingham is reworking the facade of his vacant building and preparing the interior for some future tenant. 
The First Presbyterian Church is involved in a major restoration project. 
Bob and Faris Phillip's vacant lot is being prepared for future improvements. 
Don Wright's building next to the Dixie Theater has been purchased and the new owner plans future facade improvements. 
And others.  More new businesses and improvements are in process or planned.
The O'More College of Design's Studio on the Square returned to Lewisburg for a second summer, and produced free design projects for eight businesss or properties.
The TN Downtowns Program is still in process and "Change is coming to Downtown Lewisburg".
Get involved, become a friend or supporter of the Lewisburg Downtown Alliance.  Meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday, at the Historic First Ave, Building (former Historic Ladies Restroom).

Monday, August 6, 2012

Teledyne Proudly Powers NASA’s Curiosity Rover

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today its most sincere congratulations to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on the successful deployment of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) “Curiosity” rover in Gale Crater on Mars. Curiosity is the largest rover ever launched by NASA, and it will be used to determine whether Mars is, or ever has been, hospitable to microbial life.
Teledyne is also very proud of its contributions to the launch, landing, and operation of the mission. Teledyne developed the radioisotope thermoelectric generator system that provides nuclear power to the rover. Teledyne also supplied two complex radio frequency modules which were part of the terminal descent and landing unit. The company’s electromechanical relays and electromechanical transfer switches are used on the rover and the Atlas V launch vehicle, respectively. Finally, Teledyne DALSA manufactured the image sensors for Curiosity’s navigation and hazard avoidance cameras, just as it did for the prior Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
“It gives me great pride to be able to contribute to a project that poses such technical challenges and holds such promise for the advancement of science and knowledge,” said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Teledyne. “I am also delighted to see how many ways and in how many places Teledyne contributed. From the deepest parts of our planet’s oceans to the surface of Mars and beyond the edges of our solar system, Teledyne’s technologies enable exploration, analysis and communication.”
For more on the Mars Science Laboratory and Curiosity, visit
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