November 2016 Around Town

Over 500 Cyclists Ride in 10th Annual Tour DaVita to Raise Funds and Awareness for Kidney Disease

The 10th Annual Tour DaVita rolled through Franklin and Middle Tennessee recently with a record number of riders raising a record total of money for the fight against kidney disease.

The 564 riders combined to pedal nearly 109,000 miles over three days while raising $1.25 million for Bridge of Life (BOL), a nonprofit organization founded by DaVita, one of the nation’s leading kidney care providers. Participants included DaVita patients, teammates and physicians; corporate sponsors, and teammates’ family members and friends.

Individual fundraising efforts, combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorships, accounted for the record total. Proceeds will go toward improving 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.
Previous Tours have taken place in Tennessee/Alabama (2007), Wisconsin (2008), Michigan (2009), Washington State (2010), Connecticut/New York/Massachusetts (2011), Iowa (2012), South Carolina (2013), Oregon (2014) and North Carolina (2015).
To date, Tour DaVita has helped raise more than $8.6 million.
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. The company is headquartered in Denver but has a regional office in Maryland Farms.

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Tractor Supply Company Announces Acquisition of Petsense retail chain

Tractor Supply Company (TSC), the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retail store chain, recently announced the acquisition of Petsense, LLC, a leading specialty retailer of pet supplies and services with 136 stores in 25 states. The cash transaction price was approximately $116 million.

Petsense will operate as a subsidiary of TSC from Petsense’s current headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and will continue to be led by members of Petsense’s senior management team. Tractor Supply plans to continue to grow the Petsense store base at a target rate of 15 percent to 20 percent annually and will convert its two existing HomeTown Pet stores to Petsense stores.

“We are excited about the addition of Petsense to the Tractor Supply family as we develop our pet specialty retail business,” said Greg Sandfort, TSC’s chief executive officer. “The pet industry represents a $60 billion market driven by favorable pet ownership trends and the continued humanization of pets by their owners. We believe the pet specialty industry is an attractive expansion opportunity and, with 136 stores across 25 states, we think Petsense is an excellent complement to our Tractor Supply retail operations.”
Tractor Supply Company operates more than 1,500 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.
Founded in 2005, Petsense is a small-box pet specialty supply retailer with stores in primarily small and mid-size communities. Petsense stores are focused on meeting the needs of pet owners and offer a variety of pet products and services.

Regions Bank Unveils Modern Location Offering Updated Technology, Expanded Access 
to Personal Services

Regions Bank recently unveiled the company’s most modern branch location in Middle Tennessee to date.

The open design of the branch, located at 6700 Nolensville Pike, does not include a traditional teller line. Instead, customers are welcomed directly by Regions’ Universal Bankers.

Universal Bankers meet a wide range of branch-banking needs. If a customer is looking to open an account or conduct a simple transaction, a Universal Banker can help. However, if a customer is looking for an in-depth conversation about creating a savings plan, developing a personalized budget or building a plan to reach future financial goals, a Universal Banker can help meet those needs as well.

The branch also becomes the latest in Regions’ network to offer Regions Video Banking. Video Banking ATMs connect customers with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video. Along with processing most teller transactions, Regions Video Bankers can help customers with account maintenance and general inquiries.

Regions Video Bankers are available 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. They are also available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and most holidays. The branch includes three Video Banking ATMs on the property – one in the vestibule area at the front of the branch and two in the drive-through.

“Certainly, we see increasing demand for mobile and online banking channels, and Regions continues to invest in our digital banking solutions,” said Jim Schmitz, Middle Tennessee Area President for Regions Bank. “However, we also find that the same customer who uses online and mobile banking often uses multiple banking channels, including branch locations. This branch is designed for them. It’s designed for anyone who values both modern technology and personal service.”