One of the big stories this week is that there seems to be a new business coming to the ring road at its intersection with Mullican Street.
The property in question is currently occupied by a residential house. It’s across from the gondola and across from the Korner Market Ring Road. Jessica and Daniel Jones of Jones & Co. Real Estate recently purchased the property.
“We are planning to build a new building there for our real estate office,” said Jessica. “We want to clean up this corner and make it a lot nicer. The building that we have is going to do just that. With the property where it is so close to the ring road and right across from a busy intersection, it has to be commercial. No one needs to live there. This will give us more visibility.
Jessica and Daniel went to the McMinnville Regional Planning Commission last week and Southern Standard’s Lisa Hobbs was there to cover it. The property is currently zoned residential and a request has been made for the C2 rezoner to accommodate the real estate office.
The city officials present all seemed pleasant.
“With the other three shopping corners, this is not an unreasonable request,” said director of community development David Baird. ” It’s logic. Looking at past documents, we said that when this sort of thing happens, it is okay to rezone.
Commission Member David Marttala added: “I feel comfortable that the corner of a major intersection is commercial. The other three corners are commercial.
Members of the McMinnville Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved the landlord’s request to change the zoning of 304 Mullican Street from residential to commercial. The committee’s vote is only a recommendation. It will be sent to the McMinnville Council of Mayors and Aldermen for approval.
Jessica said if no objections arose, they would likely start demolition work early next year. If plans go according to plan, Jones & Co. would sell its current office on Clark Boulevard when the new office is ready.
“We did well there and I feel like we are ready to move forward,” said Jessica. “We have a new modern building in mind, then we will sell the one on Clark Boulevard. I was told it will probably be in November before the city gives its final approval on the zoning change, so it will probably be a project for next year.
Opening in the city center
Downtown McMinnville continues to add a new variety to its business offerings. The latest addition is a tattoo shop called the Athena Art Company, owned and operated by Erin Tucker. The company is located at 109 North Spring Street.
“I wanted to change the face of the tattoo with this store and not have the same old biker word,” Erin said. “I want to be accommodating and welcoming to people from all walks of life. If they’re 70 years old and getting a tattoo for the first time, I want them to feel comfortable walking here.
Erin and her knowledgeable team can do just about anything when it comes to tattoos. I’ll admit I’m not a tattoo artist and don’t know the trade at all, but Erin has been kind enough to walk me through the process.
Appointments are accepted for some small jobs that can take about an hour. Erin suggests coming for a consultation first for any type of larger tattoo which could take 4-8 hours, or require more than one session.
“I am here to educate the client and I will answer all of their questions,” Erin said. “You walk into some tattoo shops and it’s almost like you disturb them if you ask them a question. I’m not like that at all. I put the emphasis on the customer service side.
Erin says it’s gratifying to bring a female-owned tattoo studio to downtown McMinnville. She had been working for another company for about two years when the death of a friend and her 30th birthday prompted her to rekindle her ambition.
“I’ve spent my whole life working for other people and putting others before me and decided I didn’t want to do this anymore,” Erin said. “When I saw a friend die in a motorcycle accident earlier this year, I decided it was time to stop delaying things in my life. I’ve always been afraid of flying, but I I booked a flight and said I was flying. I’m a germaphobe, especially with bacteria in the water, but decided I wanted to take a kayak trip. It was the same kind of thinking with this company because I always wanted to have my own shop and put my own mark on how everything is done, it was time for me to do it.
The staff at Athena Art Company includes licensed drill Chloe Shields, tattoo artist Brian Christensen, and apprentice tattoo artist Blake Moore, who is also Erin’s fiancé.
Normal office hours are Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Erin says her motto is “tattoos with integrity”. She can also be contacted via Facebook Messenger.
Years ago, before Gilley Pool was built, there was a mini-golf course outside the McMinnville Civic Center. But when construction began on Gilley Pool, the mini golf course was taken down. It was in 2002.
To the best of my recollection, mini golf has not returned to Warren County since it was taken out of the Civic Center, that is, until it was reintroduced the week last at The Detention, your source of entertainment.
Glow in the dark mini golf is now one of the many offerings at The Detention, which is located in the former Morrison School, not far from downtown Morrison. The Detention offers a laser tag, video games, bumper cars, a climbing wall and a golf simulator in addition to its 9-hole mini-golf course.
Dwayne and Bernadette Doud should be applauded for the work they did in turning what was once an old school into a destination of happiness. The kitchen at The Detention serves great food like pizza and wings, but it’s safe to say that fun is something that’s always on the menu.
One thing that is good to avoid is the stump yard. I had my share of trees removed from my yard and always made sure to have the stumps removed because I really don’t want to have a stump yard.
Jalen Watson has opened a new business called Watson Stump Removal to handle all of your stump issues. He can be reached at (931) 808-2501.
“We can remove it so you can’t even tell a stump was there,” Jalen said. “We can throw grass seeds on it, or we can plant another tree in the same spot if you want. Either way, it will be much better. “
Jalen said he bought all the equipment needed for stump removal 2-3 weeks ago. He got the idea through his work with McBride Tree Trimming, which cuts down a bunch of trees but doesn’t offer stumping.
“The two go hand in hand,” Jalen said. “When you have the tree cut down, it’s common to want to remove the stump as well. This gives its customers a convenient place to go to do it. I can come and give you an estimate and let you know how much it’s going to be.
Jalen said the estimates depend on how far he has to travel and how wide the stump is being removed. He is measuring his travel distance from McMinnville.
Call Jalen if you have any strains you want to clear.
It was a good time in the Business section of last week when I spoke about the state’s pressure to create and maintain infrastructure for electric vehicles.
After the publication of this article last Sunday, Ford on Monday announced plans to invest $ 5.6 billion in a megasite in western Tennessee about 50 miles east of Memphis. Ford intends to build its F-Series electric pickup trucks there and create some 5,800 new jobs.
Following that excitement on Monday, Governor Bill Lee on Tuesday announced plans to build a Tennessee College of Applied Technology adjacent to the new Ford plant that will provide the company with a skilled workforce. This tailor-made training will focus on the manufacture of electric vehicles and batteries.
It is this type of partnership that places Tennessee among the best states in the country for advanced industrial employment growth.
Governor Lee said Tennessee had offered $ 500 million in incentives to help secure the project. The General Assembly will meet on October 18 for a special legislative session to approve the $ 500 million.
At our local Reddick Brown Ford dealership on Manchester Highway, owner Chris Chalfant says this is a positive development.
“We’re going to see a lot more options when it comes to alternatives to gasoline vehicles,” Chris said. “We are now selling a Mustang Mach-E which is totally electric and has a lot of power. Over the next two to ten years we will see a lot more of these vehicles. It’s exciting to think about it.
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