Monday, February 9, 2015

Berry Farms Publix is on the Agenda 2/25

This story appeared in the Tennesseean on January 19, 2015.
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It’s almost officially a Publix. Developer Boyle Investment Co. made a filing with the Franklin Planning Commission showing plans for a 46,031 square feet grocery store under that chain at its Berry Farms mixed-used development in Franklin.
The filing, which overall involves 66,697 square feet of retail commercial space, is under review by city planners and will be on the commission’s agenda for its Feb. 25 meeting, said Milissa Reierson, spokeswoman for Franklin.
David McGowan, whose Regent Homes is building single-family homes, condos, and townhomes at Berry Farms, said a grocery store is a much-needed amenity in the fast-growing area of Franklin. “It will be one of the most successful mixed-used developments in the greater Nashville area when it’s completed,” he added.
Publix is a tenant at the Boyle-developed Crossings Shopping Center in Donelson. It’s unclear whether Boyle has a signed deal with Publix for the Berry Farms store.
Read the story online here.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Middle Tennessee Waterfalls You Have to Visit


Waterfall Pro Tips:
  • Bring two pairs of shoes, one for hiking and the other a water shoe to wear at the falls
  • Keep your "day-bag" light. You will not want to carry a lot of stuff with you.
  • Pack snacks, water, bugspray and sunscreen.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to take in each waterfall — whether there's a piece of history, a cool stream or an amazing view, there's always a lot to explore! 
  • While it may seem like a good idea, do not bring alcohol with you. Some parks will fine you up to $50 per can of beer (I know from personal experience). Also, hiking and climbing around the falls can be dangerous, so you should be level-headed. It literally takes emergency crews 3-4 hours to reach some of these places.
Burgess FallsBurgess Falls Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Falling Water Cascades (20 feet), Little Falls ( 30 feet), Middle Falls (80 feet) and Burgess Falls (136 feet)
Why it's awesome: It's a 1.5-mile round-trip hike and you get to see three beautiful waterfalls on your way down to the fourth waterfall, Burgess Falls, which is breathtaking. You can swim in the "mermaid lagoon" (the technical term is "gorge") at the bottom of Burgess Falls and the area is rich with history. Kid and pet friendly
Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 35 minutes on I-40; Located in Sparta, TN
Hiking: Easy/Moderate
Greeter FallsGreeter Falls Codie Gentry/ 12th & Broad
Lower Greeter Falls (10 feet) , Upper Greeter Falls (50 feet)
Why it's awesome: It's a 2.2-mile loop to see these falls and is a lesser known hiking area so it's not as busy as other falls. There's a picturesque blue lagoon swimming hole you can visit before you reach the Lower Falls where you can play in the water and look down onto Upper Greeter Falls. Before reaching Upper Greeter Falls, you have to climb down an enchanting spiral staircase which feels so out of place. Upper Greeter Falls is a picture-perfect waterfall, complete with swimming hole and when it's deep enough, I've seen people jump off the rocks into the swimming area. We suggest that before leaving the area, take the trail to Board Tree Falls (25 feet) and although it's dried up for most of the year, you'll get a kick out of the swinging rope bridge! If you're looking for a hike (8.4 miles round-trip) with a beautiful view, follow the trail past Board Tree Falls and head up to Alum Gap. Kid and pet friendly
Distance from Nashville: 2 hours on I-24; Located in Altamont, TN
Hiking: Moderate
Ozone FallsOzone Falls Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Ozone Falls (110 feet)
Why it's awesome: The top of the falls is located 100 feet from the parking lot and you can literally stand on the edge and look down. There's little warning or cautionary measures, so approach the top with extreme caution. It's a fifteen-minute hike from the parking lot and it plunges down 110 feet into an amphitheater-like gorge. The swimming hole disappears into an underground cave, and reemerges fifteen feet or so into a creek that is perfect for swimming. They even filmed scenes from Disney's live version of "The Jungle Book" in the '90s.  Use extreme caution with children; pet friendly
Distance from Nashville: 2 hours on I-40; Located in Ozone, TN
Hiking: Easy
Rock IslandRock Island Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Twin Falls ( 80 feet), Great Falls (12 feet) located in Caney Fork Gorge ("Rock Island")
Why it's awesome: Between the two falls there's tons of small and deep swimming holes, creek-like low areas and cliffs for jumping. Both falls were created when the Great Falls Dam was built in the early 1900s and there's some pretty neat history surrounding the dam and old Cotton Mill on the property. The best part? You can also camp, fish, kayak and hike at the State Park. Kid and pet friendly
Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 40 minutes on I-40; Located in Rock Island, TN
Hiking: Easy
Cummins FallsCummins Falls Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Cummins Falls (65 feet)
Why it's awesome: Cummins Falls became a public park in 2012 and has been popular Tennessee attraction ever since. It has a 65-foot cascading waterfall complete with a crystal clear swimming hole and rock shelves for sitting and jumping. It was rated one of the top ten swimming holes in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. It's totally worth the 2.5-mile hike, but fair warning: You're wading through water for most of the hike. We wouldn't suggest bringing young kids or pets, but only because we wouldn't want to lug them around. 
Distance from Nashville: 1 hour and 25 minutes on I-40; Located in Cookeville, TN
Hiking: Moderate/Difficult
Fall Creek FallsFall Creek Falls Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Fall Creek Falls (256 feet)
Why it's awesome: It's the highest free-fall waterfall east of the Mississippi River and plunges 256 feet into a gorge. When there's been a lot of rain you'll see its sister fall, Coon Creek Falls (250 feet), flowing off of the right side of the rock. If you have it in you, we suggest making it a weekend trip. There is camping on-site, which allows you time to explore the other five waterfalls and all of the views each has to offer. (Cane Creek Falls (85 feet), Cane Creek Cascades (45 feet), Rockhouse Falls (125 feet), Piney Creek Falls (95 feet).
Distance from Nashville: 2 hours on I-40; Located in Pikeville, TN
Hiking: Easy to moderate
Foster FallsFoster Falls Codie Gentry / 12th & Broad
Foster Falls (60 feet)
Why it's awesome: Foster Falls is a lesser known waterfall, so it's usually not too busy. You can camp for $11 a night and the area is known as the premiere rock climbing destination in the Southeast. Unfortunately, there's not much to offer new climbers because the area is full of strenuous 5.8-5.10+ climbs. The waterfall itself is beautiful and the gorge is nice and deep, which would be perfect for all of you thrill-seekers out there — there's plenty of rocks to for cliff jumping. Love to hike? The area surrounding Foster Falls is perfect for hiking and the hike down to the falls is a 2-mile loop, complete with a swinging rope bridge!
Distance From Nashville: 1 hour and 40 minutes on I-24; Located in Sequatchie, TN
Hiking: Moderate


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Leaving an infant in a car? I did it.

How does this happen?

I cannot speak to everyone's situation, but in March 1992 I accidently left my newborn son in a car in the Florida city of Fort Myers.

Just a week earlier my wife went into labor with our second child.  Our first child was now 3 years old and was so excited when her little brother entered the world.

My wife was struggling after the birth with all the stress and postpartum that can come.

The local hospital was acting as if they needed to push us out right away and even rushed us through our celebration dinner that was included with the delivery "Suite" we had pre-selected.

We drove home crying.

Several days later, I decided to help by scheduling a day of pampering for my wife and daughter.  I made an appointment with her hairdresser .

This would be our first family outing.

We all loaded up, with diaper bags, carriers, toys, snacks and headed out.

As we arrived at the shopping center with the salon in it, parking seemed scares.  It was decided best to drop the girls off, I'd park and then join them.  This made it much easier for my wife and daughter.

The closet parking space was so far out.

As I walked into the salon,  everyone came rushing up to me.  I was caught off guard and wondered why.

This is when someone asked " we want to see the baby".

Witnesses say, I screamed like a girl, and bolted out through oncoming traffic narriarly missed by oncoming cars.  I ran non-stop to my car only to find my son soundly sleeping.

I picked him up, he woke up and smiled. Then slowly walked the long walk back to the salon embarrassed to face these people.

Since this experience in our life, we have had very close friends face similar situation but with devasting results.

I'm a very blessed man and feel extremely saddened for those less fortunate.

Dominic

My son Joshua Skinner



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Starting today you'll see changes in the liquor stores.


Ahead of Wine in Grocery Stores Is Food in Wine Stores — Starting Tomorrow

Posted by Lesley Lassiter on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 6:28 AM


Mimosa alert: Imagine buying bubbly and orange juice in the same store.
  • Mimosa alert: Imagine buying bubbly and orange juice in the same store.
If the signs outside liquor and wine stores are any indication, I’d say the proprietors are pretty excited about changes in the Tennessee law that regulates what they can sell — changes that begin tomorrow. As state Sen. Bill Ketron says “They’ve never sold a Coca-Cola, they’ve never sold a mixer or cheese or anything else, but it’s a new opportunity for them to knock down that wall and renovate and change their business model.” Though to maintain their license, they must continue to derive at least 65 percent of their revenue from the sale of wine and liquor.
The new statute, popularly known as the wine in grocery stores law, indicates that grocery (and other retail food) stores may start selling wine beginning July 1, 2016 (July 1, 2017, if the retail store is within 500 feet of an existing wine/liquor store). In advance of that change, the law permits wine and liquor stores to sell items previously prohibited starting tomorrow (Tuesday, July 1) in order to give them a better competitive leg to stand on once their monopoly has effectively (legally) ended.

Beginning July 1, 2014, this amendment replaces the present law prohibition against retail package stores selling anything other than wine and liquor with authorization for retail package stores to sell beer and other retail items related to or incidental to the use, consumption, dispensing, or storage of alcoholic beverages, together with merchandise and supplies related to special events or parties.

In short, “retail package stores” (wine and liquor stores) may now sell not only beer, but other items — including food — that could be used for parties or special events. Kegs! Balloons! Karaoke machines! Chocolate fountains! Crudites! Though I expect it will be mostly limited to beer — particularly low-gravity craft beers — and some specialty items such as wine glasses, decanters and other accessories. I hear from a reliable source that West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart plans to sell gift items as well as specialty groceries from Porter Road Butcher, Bang Candy Company, Leland Riggans cakes, and Corner Market Catering, in their "Pairing Place" section.
This is good news for the folks in the Meades, the Hills, and northern Williamson County, who will no longer have to drive deep into the heart of West Nashville to get their specialty foods (or make multiple stops to do so). I imagine other wine and liquor stores will follow suit if they haven't already.
Other changes in the law affect wineries and beer producers and the ability to sell their products directly (e.g., through tasting or taprooms). Yazoo has announced that they'll be open and happily serving their high-gravity beer, Sue.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

What's going on with Berry Farms?


As we see the construction everyday, it's easy to wonder what all is going on.  And, What will it include.

Many people I talk with are surprised at how large the Berry Farms project actually is.

Berry Farms will reside in 3 of the 4 quadrants of I-65 and Peytonsville Rd.

It will include:

Properties

  • Live/Work
  • Mixed-Use Office
  • Professional Office
  • Class A (Multi-Story)
  • Corporate Campus/HQ Locations
  • Live/Work
  • Specialty Shops/Restaurants
  • Neighborhood
    Town Center
  • Regional Destination
  • Common Homes
  • Village Homes
  • Manor Homes
  • Townhomes
  • Live/Work
  • Condominiums
  • Apartments

Here is a link to the interactive map http://berryfarmstn.com/map/


You can also follow the news and updates here  https://www.facebook.com/BerryFarmsTN

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pool Time!

Memorial Day is often the summer season kick off.  Here at Ladd Park the pool opened up and a few got out and enjoyed the day.

At 11am the pool was almost empty.

Only down side was the construction workers hammering and sawing on this home.

Good new though,  they left by noon.  Disaster averted.





My lovely wife enjoying the pool:


Come on out and enjoy the pool....the water is fine!