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DVL Strategist Appointed to Nashville Area Red Cross Board of Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 25, 2014) - Cynthia Howard, responsible for strategy and planning at DVL Public Relations & Advertising, was recently appointed to the Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors.

Howard will serve alongside fellow business and civic leaders as they contribute their time, talents and resources to ensure the organization’s mission is met with compassion and responsiveness to the needs of the community to help alleviate suffering and to save lives. Howard has been elected for a three-year term.

The Nashville Area Chapter Board consists of 47 volunteer members. The organization shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters with immediate emergency needs.

Read the American Red Cross of Tennessee Blog post.

NASHVILLE HOME SALES REMAIN STABLE AT THREE PERCENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(Aug. 7, 2014) – There were 3,258 home closings reported for the month of July, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS. This represents a 3.4 percent increase from the 3,151 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are 18,594. That is an increase of 3.2 percent from the 18,010 closings reported through July 2013.

“The Greater Nashville area continues to see signs of a healthy market. July and year-to-date figures are all up more than three percent compared to the same periods last year and pending sales remain strong. This is welcome news,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “The continuation of excellent visibility and positive economic news for Greater Nashville is attracting more people to the area, and seems to be building confidence in those already living here.
“The small increments of growth we have experienced over the last few months are maintainable and promotes a stable market. With several months of positive trends behind us, we hope solid sales continue into the fall.”
A comparison of sales by category for July is:

There were 3,201 sales pending at the end of July, compared with 3,083 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 64 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during July was $221,000 and for a condominium it was $170,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $204,000 and $154,500, respectively.

Inventory at the end of July was 15,919, down from 16,651 in July 2013. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

Our market continues to see positive signs, but like the rest of the country we continue to struggle with inventory,” added Stone. “If you are considering making a new home purchase and your current home is well-maintained, this is an excellent time to be a seller. There are many equipped and knowledgeable Realtors in the area ready to work with you.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

Bridgestone Americas Announces Grand Prize Winners in the Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 7, 2014) – For three students, paying for college just got a little easier thanks to their winning video submissions in Bridgestone Americas’ Teens Drive Smart Video Contest.

Austin Piedra of Chicopee, Massachusetts, received the top prize – a $20,000 college scholarship, for his winning video, “Break Bad Habits. Drive Safe.” University of Pennsylvania freshman Barry Oshiba won second place and a $10,000 scholarship for his video, “The Risk You Choose,” and David Ramirez took the third spot and a $5,000 scholarship for his video, “Great Things Ahead.” Colby Cook of Orem, Utah, was given a Critics’ Choice award and a $2,500 cash prize for the video he produced, “Words Unspoken.”

This year’s top ten videos were chosen based on how well they encourage teens and young adults to be more safety-conscious and how creatively the message is communicated. A record number of online votes helped determine the top three videos;  Bridgestone judges then ranked the winners. The three winning videos, along with the other top 10 finalists, can all be viewed at www.teensdrivesmart.com.

“We had a record number of votes for this year’s top videos, which means each of our finalists played an important part in bringing distracted driving issues to the forefront in their communities and across the country,” said Leslie Wilhite, Communications Manager, Teens Drive Smart. “The winning videos all have strong messages and creative storylines that speak to the goal of Bridgestone’s Teens Drive Smart program: to equip young drivers with knowledge and skills to make smarter decisions behind the wheel. We hope that these videos will challenge teens and young adults to consider the impact of their decisions every time they get behind the wheel.”

In addition to receiving a college scholarship and a free set of Bridgestone or Firestone tires, each Teens Drive Smart contest winner has the chance to have his or her video broadcast as a public service announcement (PSA) on television stations across the United States.

About the winners:
First Place: Austin Piedra is a rising freshman at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in film. In his video,  “Break Bad Habits. Drive Safe,” a child is portrayed driving a toy car recklessly through suburban streets. The distracted driving child was only pretending, but the child’s older brother realizes that his actions behind the wheel not only put himself in danger, but also effect the ones he loves. In the end, both siblings choose the safer route. He was inspired to create this video while watching his younger siblings pretending to drive. It’s all fun and games, but some of the learned habits could pose a threat in the real world. He believes it’s never too late to break bad habits.

Second place: Barry Oshiba is an incoming freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is planning to pursue a dual degree in cinema studies and marketing. His video, “The Risk Your Choose,” was influenced by the idea that you have to take risks to achieve your dreams and be successful. He quickly realized the importance of deciding which risks are worth taking and his video addresses this issue.

Third Place: David Ramirez is a rising freshman at The University of Central Florida where he plans to major in film. His video, “Great Things Ahead,” is about the great things young drivers have ahead in their lives. In the video, the road is portrayed as life and the milestones throughout it, like graduating, getting married and having children. He was inspired by all the things that driving distracted could prevent someone from experiencing, along with the death of one of his brother’s classmates two years ago.

Critics’ Choice: Colby Cook is a sophomore at Utah Valley University, where he is studying avaition with an emphasis in professional piloting. “Words Unspoken” teaches young people that distracted driving doesn’t make you cool. The message of the video is that it doesn’t matter what friends or parents do behind the wheel, it’s your responsibility to keep yourself and others safe while driving.

The Video Contest is part of the Teens Drive Smart Program, which also includes the Driving Experience. The Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free half-day clinic that equips teens with knowledge and skills to make better decisions behind the wheel. The program features a hands-on safe driving introduction for teens in a controlled environment. At the Driving Experience, teens are introduced to various driving maneuvers, shown the effects of distracted driving and taught ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak performance. There are six stops remaining on the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience tour. Young drivers can sign up to participate in the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience at www.teensdrivesmart.com.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR PERRY CITY

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2014) - Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Perry City, the company’s first location in Utah. Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States.

The Perry City Tractor Supply store will be located at 1635 West 1100 South, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Perry City community,” said District Manager Scott Woodrow. “Perry City is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, DAYT Construction, Inc. of Centerville, Utah, began construction on June 9. A completion date has been tentatively set for late October.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,300 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

SECOND TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR YUMA

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (July 18, 2014)—Construction is underway on a second Tractor Supply Company store in Yuma, the company’s 19th Arizona location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Arizona since 2013.

The Tractor Supply store will be located at 2221 West 32nd St., and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to bringing a store to the western part of Yuma,” said District Manager Ryan Thibodeau. “Yuma is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Buffalo Construction of Louisville, Kentucky, began construction on May 14. A completion date has been tentatively set for early October.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,300 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products.  For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

Online Voting Now Open in Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

Public voting will determine the top three finalists who compete for $35,000 in scholarships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 17, 2014) – Online voting to select the top three finalists in the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest has officially begun. The three finalists with the most votes are eligible to win $35,000 in scholarships and the chance to have his or her video aired as a public service announcement (PSA) on television stations nationwide.

The annual contest, sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, asks teenagers to create short films on the importance of safe driving. Online voting, taking place at www.teensdrivesmart.com, is open through July 31. From musical interpretations to simple messages with major impacts, all ten videos remind viewers to drive smart.

The public will decide the final three entrants, who will then compete for the top prize. Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite video on the website once a day throughout the voting period. The winners will each receive college scholarships: first place receives $20,000; second place receives $10,000 and third place receives $5,000. Ranking of the three finalists will be decided by a panel of judges.

Judges selected the top 10 most compelling videos submitted by 16- to 21-year-olds across the United States. Selections were made based on how well the videos persuade viewers to be more safety-conscious drivers, as well as how effectively and creatively the message was communicated.

“Bridgestone’s Teens Drive Smart program continues its commitment to equipping young drivers in making smarter decisions behind the wheel, and we are excited so many teens have joined us in this initiative. The creativity and talent of young drivers across the country in bringing distracted driving issues to the forefront through our video contest is inspiring,” said Leslie Wilhite, Communications Manager, Teens Drive Smart. “Our third annual Teens Drive Smart survey revealed that teens say texting and driving is more dangerous than skydiving, yet young drivers are 50 times more likely to text and drive than skydive. So the video contest provides an effective platform for teens to educate one another on the perils of distracted driving and for us to continue affecting change in communities where we do business.”

In addition to receiving college scholarships, the three finalists will also be eligible to have their video used as a PSA on television stations across the United States.

To vote for one of the finalist videos, learn about the results of the Teens Drive Smart survey or for more information about the contest (including official rules), visit www.teensdrivesmart.com.

The Video Contest is part of the Teens Drive Smart Program, which includes the Driving Experience. The Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is a free half-day clinic that equips teens with knowledge and skills to make better decisions behind the wheel. The program features a safe, hands-on driving introduction for teens in a controlled environment. At the Driving Experience, teens are introduced to various driving maneuvers, shown the effects of distracted driving, and taught ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak performance. There are six stops remaining on the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience tour. Young drivers can sign up to participate in the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience at www.teensdrivesmart.com.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

ANTELOPE TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING JULY 12

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (July 9, 2014)—The Antelope, California, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, July 12, with specially priced merchandise July 10-13. The store officially opened for business July 5.

The Antelope location is Tractor Supply’s 31st store in California and employs 12 team members. The facility has 27,304 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in California since 2004.

“Antelope is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because the people here live the rural lifestyle that our products support,” said Store Manager Wayne Wishart. “We are more than just a feed store. We’re a one-stop shop for our neighbors’ everyday needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly team looks forward to providing legendary Tractor Supply customer service to our neighbors.”

Wishart joined Tractor Supply in April 2012 as a manager-in-training at the Red Bluff, California, location. The Yreka, California, native and former 4-H member worked at Harbor Freight Tools for 17 years prior to joining Tractor Supply. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.

As store manager, Wishart oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from July 10-13, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, a lawn mower and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a local radio station on site, information provided by local FFA and 4-H groups, a pet adoption sponsored by a local rescue group and barbecue.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the former Kmart space at 8139 Watt Ave., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,300 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products.  For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DOUGLAS TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING JULY 12

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (July 10, 2014)—The Douglas, Arizona, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, July 12, with specially priced merchandise July 10 –13. The store officially opened for business June 28.

The Douglas location is Tractor Supply’s 17th store in Arizona and employs 14 team members. The facility has 21,930 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Arizona since 2013.

“Douglas is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there is a need for our products in this area,” said Store Manager Albert Rodriguez.

“Our goal is to go above and beyond in customer care. We have extensive knowledge of our products and expertise to help provide legendary customer service.”

Rodriguez joined Tractor Supply in April 2014 as a manager-in-training at the Sierra Vista, Arizona, location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, Rodriguez worked as a manager for Wal-Mart. A native of Mexico where he learned the agriculture business growing up, Rodriquez enjoys being outdoors with family and cooking.

As store manager, Rodriguez oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from July 10 –13, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet food, clothing, power tools, and a lawn mower and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a petting zoo, a radio remote and the local 4-H and FFA groups will host booths.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 215 W. Ninth St., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,300 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products.  For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

GREATER NASHVILLE HOME SALES INCREASE AT MID-YEAR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 8, 2014)—There were 3,324 homes sold in the month of June, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. That figure is up 9.4 percent compared to the 3,038 closings reported for June 2013.

Second-quarter numbers are up, with 9,170 closings reported, a 3.3 percent increase from the 8,879closings reported through the second quarter of 2013. Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are up 3.2 percent with 15,336 compared to the 14,859 closings reported through mid-year 2013.

“The June, second-quarter and year-to-date figures are all up compared to the same periods last year,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “Median prices are up nearly $20,000 over last year for single-family residential homes and condominiums. These price increases may encourage some people to sell, which would be helpful since inventory in the Greater Nashville areas remains low.”

A comparison of sales by category for June is:

  June 2013 June 2014
CLOSINGS 3,038 3,324
Residential 2,548 2,753
Condominium 343 360
Multi-Family 27 23
Farms/Lands/Lots 120 188


A comparison of sales by category for the second quarter is:

  2nd Quarter 2013 2nd Quarter 2014
CLOSINGS 8,879 9,170
Residential 7,402 7,402
Condominium 957 1,011
Multi-Family 80 70
Farms/Lands/Lots 440 548


A comparison of year-to-date sales by category for mid-year:

  Y-T-D 2013 Y-T-D 2014
CLOSINGS 14,859 15,336
Residential 12,316 12,533
Condominium 1,592 1,721
Multi-Family 158 135
Farms/Lands/Lots 793 947


The median residential price for a single-family home during June was $222,000, and for a condominium, it was $171,250. Last year’s median residential and condominium prices for June were $205,950 and $159,000, respectively.

There were 3,313 sales pending at the end of June, compared with 3,091 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 65 days.

Inventory at the end of June was 16,157, down from 16,828 in June 2013.  The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

  June 2013 June 2014
INVENTORY 16,828 16,157
Residential 10,555 10,553
Condominium 1,293 1,204
Multi-Family 184 161
Farms/Lands/Lots 4,796 4,239


“June finished with just over 16,000 properties on the market. Overall, that’s a five-month supply, which is just shy of the six months we’d like to see for a healthy market,” added Stone. “In addition, the number of days homes were on the market decreased to 65 days from 73.

“These numbers indicate that this is a great time for properly priced, market-ready homes. However, homeowners should remember that curb appeal is key. Buyers are very discerning and opportunities for sales can be missed if sellers do not prepare their properties well.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615-780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

GAME DATE, TIME SET FOR 2014 FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL

17th Annual game will be held on December 30th at LP Field

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (June 30, 2014)—Nashville’s annual post-season Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be televised by ESPN on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 2:00 p.m. CST from LP Field.

The 2014-2015 season will mark a new era in college football with the introduction of the College Football Playoff. The Bowl game will kick off a new era as well. The 17th annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will showcase the extended partnership between the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) with the introduction of the Big Ten as a third conference partner in Nashville. As announced in July, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and TaxSlayer Bowl have agreed to share selections with the Big Ten Conference and ACC to provide an opponent to the SEC through 2019.

“The significant upgrade in our selection position to a multi-bowl, multi-conference partnership will maximize our ability to fill the stadium and city with college football fans and deliver compelling matchups over the next six years,” said Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. “We also want to thank the Franklin American Mortgage Company and Dan Crockett for returning for their fifth year as title sponsor of our game and ESPN for their continued broadcast partnership.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to return as the title sponsor of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. As one of the nation’s largest lenders, we feel this is a great way for our brand to connect with families and our industry partners,” said Franklin American Mortgage Company President and CEO Dan Crockett. “The new bowl alignment provides an opportunity to select from a wider array of teams. This means new fans visiting the great city of Nashville, as well as an expanded audience watching at home. We are also very grateful for the support and awareness the game gives to our numerous Bowl-related charities.”

ESPN has served as the Bowl’s television partner since its inception in 1998 and will televise the Bowl again this year as part of a new 12-year agreement.

Last year’s Bowl game featured the Ole Miss Rebels defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 25-17, in front of a crowd of 52,125 on December 30th.

Renewals for 2014 season ticket holders are currently underway. Remaining tickets will be released to the general public through Ticketmaster on September 15.

About the Bowl:
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast or Big Ten Conference. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced over $242 million in direct economic impact. Broadcast nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and ESPN Radio, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.

Art Director

Experience:
Prefer creative with at least 4 years of experience although we are willing to look at less experienced creative’s work/resume and help to grow the person into the position if they are the right candidate. 

Skills and Requirements:
InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat and Photoshop skills required. Understanding of web and web design and social media outlets.

General Requirements:
- Provide art direction and design for a variety of projects ranging from full scale advertising campaigns to small collateral pieces.
- Strong conceptual thinker and creative problem solver with the ability to distill a creative brief and creatively fulfill client’s needs.
- Ability to coordinate many projects at once, delegating when necessary.
- Team player who can work closely with creative director, copywriters, photographers, illustrators, production managers, account service, engravers and printers to create original design concepts and communicate the vision of the end product to the team. Must be able to work within budgets and schedule deadlines.
- Must be organized with excellent communication and presentation skills. We are looking for a positive creative collaborator.

Please send resume and inquiries to jennifer.rundberg@dvl.com.

DVL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP WORKPLACES IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 25, 2014)—The Tennessean newspaper has named DVL Public Relations & Advertising one of the top workplaces in Middle Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean, “The Top Workplaces program is designed to recognize outstanding companies in Middle Tennessee that work to create a positive and productive work environment for their employees.” The Tennessean partnered with WorkplaceDynamics to conduct a survey of 500 companies to determine this year’s winners. Employees responded to a set of statements using a seven-point Likert scale. DVL came in at number 16 in the small business category – businesses with fewer than 150 employees.

DVL is honored to be named a top workplace in Middle Tennessee,” said Ronald Roberts, DVL president and chief executive officer. “It’s very gratifying knowing that this award is due to how DVL employees feel about their company.”

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Promotes Kerensky and Warren

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is pleased to announce the promotions of Lauren Kerensky and Rebecca Warren.

Kerensky, who joined DVL in January 2012, has been promoted from account executive to senior account executive. Her areas of focus include media relations, event management and content development. Kerensky works with clients in the food and beverage, retail and health care industries.

Warren has also been promoted to senior account executive. Since joining DVL in June 2013 as an account executive, she has worked with clients in the health care, financial services and automotive industries. Warren specializes in media relations, crisis communications and project management.

WEST UNION TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING JUNE 21

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (June 18, 2014)—The West Union, Ohio, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 21, with specially priced merchandise June 19-22. The store officially opened for business June 7.

The West Union location is Tractor Supply’s 89th store in Ohio and employs 11 team members. The facility has 19,594 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Ohio since 1948.

“West Union is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because our products fit the lifestyle of the community,” said Store Manager Joe Hochdanner. “Our friendly, knowledgeable team is excited to help our neighbors find what they need. We look forward to providing our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service for years to come.”

Hochdanner joined Tractor Supply almost seven years ago as a part-time team member at the Batavia, Ohio, location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he worked in lumber sales for seven years. The Clermont County, Ohio, native enjoys spending time hunting, fishing and camping.

As store manager, Hochdanner oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from June 19-22, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet food, clothing, power tools, and a lawn mower and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a cookout sponsored by 4-H, a car wash hosted by a local boy scouts group, a donation bake sale sponsored by the local high school cheerleading team and a radio remote.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the former Wal-Mart space at 11395 State Route 41, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,300 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

National Association of Water Corporations

MAY HOME SALES INCREASE SLIGHTLY, INVENTORY UP OVER APRIL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 5, 2014) – There were 3,079 home closings reported for the month of May, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This represents a .6 percent increase from the 3,061 closings reported for May 2013.

Year-to-date closings are 12,012. That total is up 1.6 percent from the 11,821 closings reported through the same period last year.

“Year-over-year sales are up slightly. Median home prices for both single-family homes and condominiums have increased while remaining affordable, and there are more than 3,000 sales currently pending,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “Combined, these numbers are a sign that our market is stabilizing. This is welcome news.

“In both 2012 and 2013 our region witnessed vast gains in home sales. Continuing that trend is not sustainable. It is more important to have a stable market, whether we’re up or down by a small percentage.”

A comparison of sales by category for May is:

  May 2013 May 2014
CLOSINGS 3,061 3,079
Residential 2,562 2,544
Condominium 311 347
Multi-Family 29 21
Farms/Lands/Lots 159 167


There were 3,108 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 3,069 sales pending at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 70 days.

The median residential price in May was $209,900 for a single-family home and $174,000 for a condominium. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $195,000 and $166,900, respectively.

Inventory at the end of May was 15,962, down from the 16,760 reported in May of 2013.

The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

  May 2013 May 2014
INVENTORY 16,760 15,962
Residential 10,415 10,414
Condominium 1,330 1,128
Multi-Family 199 146
Farms/Lands/Lots 4,816 4,274


“As expected, inventory is down from last year but up from last month,” added Stone. “Competition for the purchase of good properties is increasing significantly. Buyers should be prepared to act quickly in order to purchase the home they want.

“For those considering putting their home on the market, be sure it is market-ready and properly priced. Your Realtor can help you address those, and other issues, to make your home attractive to today’s buyers.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615-780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR FLAGSTAFF

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (June 4, 2014)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Flagstaff, the company’s 18th Arizona location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Arizona since 2013.

The Flagstaff Tractor Supply store will be located at 2020 East Route 66., and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Flagstaff community,” said District Manager Dusty Pate. “Flagstaff is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, W.R. Newman of Nashville, Tennessee, began construction on March 24, 2014. A completion date has been tentatively set for mid-October.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

Franktown Open Hearts

HOME SALES SLIGHTLY DOWN BUT STABLE IN APRIL

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.(May 8, 2014)—There were 2,767 home closings reported for the month of April, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®.  This represents a decrease of .5 percent from the 2,780 closings reported for April 2013.

Year-to-date closings are up compared to 2013 with 8,933. That is a 2 percent increase compared to the 8,760 closings reported through April 2013.

“Home sales are down slightly compared to last year, yet up over last month. Inventory is on the rise, and prices are maintaining,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “A second month of minor decrease is no cause for panic. It bears noting that April 2013 was up 27 percent over 2012, which is a large amount. Middle Tennessee is now settling into a more stable market, with growth that is healthy and maintainable.

“Even with an improving market, there is still significant concern about potential legislative decisions impacting the housing market. The wrong decisions could easily have a major negative impact on the overall market in a very short time. Realtors from Nashville, and across the country, will be in Washington, D.C., next week to meet with Congress to ask them to make decisions that will support and protect homeownership.”

A comparison of sales by category for April is:

  April 2013 April 2014
CLOSINGS 2,780 2,767
Residential 2,292 2,244
Condominium 281 295
Multi-Family 24 26
Farms/Lands/Lots 161 193


There were 2,795 sales pending at the end of the month, compared to the 2,984 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 70 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during April was $204,905 and for a condominium it was $158,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $185,000 and $163,800, respectively.

Inventory at the end of April was 15,637, down from 16,696 in 2013. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

  April 2013 April 2014
INVENTORY 16,696 15,637
Residential 10,365 10,157
Condominium 1,300 1,106
Multi-Family 205 140
Farms/Lands/Lots 4,826 4,234


“Inventory is at its highest point since November of last year and is in the fourth month of an increase. Nashville currently has a 5 1/2 month supply of overall inventory, which is just shy of the six months we’d like to see for a healthy market,” added Stone.

“In these times, the value of a real estate professional becomes even more significant. Realtors use their experience and training to help buyers and sellers navigate the trends and uncertainties of the current market to enable both of these groups to have a positive transaction experience.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners.  REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615-780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

DVL Receives 39 Awards at 2014 PRSA Parthenon Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising was honored with 39 awards at the 28th annual Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Nashville Parthenon Awards.

DVL received 25 Parthenons, the most of any entrant, and 13 Awards of Merit in categories including public relations campaigns, media relations, special events, posters, media placement, direct mail, news releases, feature writing, websites, social networks, research, pitch material, photography, tactics, internal communication and public service.

In addition, DVL took home the coveted Best in Show honor for its creation of a multimedia smart release for the 25th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. AmSurg Corp., Bridgestone Americas Inc., Franktown, Goodwill, Metro 9-1-1 Board, PHG Energy, Ardent, Thompson Machinery and Middle Tennessee State University were among those recognized on behalf of DVL.

The PRSA Parthenon Awards recognizes the best communications campaigns and projects in Middle Tennessee.

About PRSA
The Public Relations Society of America is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The Nashville chapter is in its 56th year and has more than 174 active members. For additional information on the Nashville chapter of PRSA, please visit www.prsanashville.com.

DALHART TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING MAY 3

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (April 30, 2014)—The Dalhart, Texas, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, May 3, with specially priced merchandise May 1-4. The store officially opened for business April 26.

The Dalhart location is Tractor Supply’s 140th store in Texas and employs 12 team members. The facility has 19,097 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

“Dalhart is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there are many farmers and ranchers here, and people that live the rural lifestyle,” said Store Manager Kyla Gandy. “We are the community’s one-stop shop for our neighbors’ everyday needs. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll get it for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable team looks forward to providing Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service to our neighbors.”

Gandy joined Tractor Supply in 2008 as a team leader at the Plainview, Texas, location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, she was a nurse for six years. The Dalhart native has been involved in efforts to rescue dachshunds for the last eight years, and she enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters and spending time with family in her spare time.

As store manager, Gandy oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from May 1-4, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, and a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a live radio remote, four local 4-H Clubs, a nonprofit equine therapeutic riding center named Open Arms Therapy and an animal adoption hosted by a local dog group. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. with members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 12016 U.S. Highway 87, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

Jack Daniel’s “Live at the Landmark”

Media Relations

First he established an original American landmark with his famous distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States, and then he formed Lynchburg’s Silver Cornet Band. Mr. Jack Daniel made it clear from the start – his Tennessee whiskey and great music belong together. 

Because of that special relationship, Jack Daniel’s launched “Live at the Landmark” – a one-of-a-kind, must-see concert series serving up great whiskey and great music at legendary American landmarks from coast to coast. DVL created and executed a PR campaign to generate local buzz and secure earned media coverage for the concert series with strategies including ticket giveaways, exclusive band interviews and VIP invitations for media.

Featuring some of the hottest, up-and-coming artists and rock bands, the “Live at the Landmark” series included:

- April 8, 2013 – New York City: Grand Central Terminal, featuring Okkervil River
- April 14, 2013 – San Diego: U.S.S. Midway, featuring Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears benefitting the U.S.S. Midway Museum
- April 29, 2013 – San Antonio: Pearl Stable, featuring Metric benefitting Silver & Black Give Back
- May 10, 2013 – Los Angeles: Playboy Mansion, featuring Delta Spirit benefitting Operation Gratitude
- Mary 18, 2013 – St. Louis: Overlook Stage in the shadow of The Gateway Arch, featuring Eagles of Death Metal

Media coverage included The New York Times, New York Daily News, NBC San Diego, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Current, Filter Magazine, Flavorpil, LA Weekly, Playboy Magazine, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buzz Feed, Food and Wine Magazine and QRO Magazine. Celebrities in attendance included Tara Reid, Steven Dorff, Shane West and San Antonio Spurs and San Diego Chargers athletes, to name a few.  All media stories referenced Jack Daniel’s as responsible for providing these once-in-a-lifetime shows.

Because of the overwhelming success, the Jack Daniel’s Brand Team is continuing the program with DVL support for another series in 2014, ending with a finale at the ultimate landmark – the Jack Daniel Distillery.

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR ARCHBALD

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (April 23, 2014)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Archbald, the company’s 72nd Pennsylvania location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Pennsylvania since 1965.

The Archbald Tractor Supply store will be located in a former grocery space at 600 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Suite 100, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Archbald community,” said District Manager Linda Palm. “Archbald is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Lakeview Construction Inc. of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., began construction on April 14. A completion date has been tentatively set for late June.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DVL Senior Copywriter

DVL is looking for a senior level copywriter who has a real sense of a brand’s voice and can write to it. Should have expertise in crafting copy for a broad spectrum of mediums, including print, television and online advertising, newspaper and magazine ads, outdoor, direct mail, brochures, newsletters, marketing materials, websites, blogs, email blasts, long format copy and scripts for sales meeting and product introduction videos. The work requires someone with an insightful and critical eye who can quickly ascertain the problem the client is trying to solve, craft a concept, write copy and turn it around on deadline. We are looking for a hardworking team player who goes the extra mile to do great work. Must have the passion and ability to craft and sell great creative that achieves results and exceeds expectations.

Minimum 7+ years experience at an advertising agency and/or public relations firm or in-house advertising/public relations department

Education: a B.A. in English, Communications, Advertising or Public Relations

Salary: Depends on experience

About DVL
Founded in 1980, we are a public relations and advertising agency located in the Gulch in Nashville,Tennessee. We have 50 + employees and work with clients like Bridgestone, Jack Daniel’s, Tractor Supply, J.Alexander’s, and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Nashville Electric Service (NES)

Annual Report

Every year, Nashville Electric Service, one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, releases an annual report to highlight its achievements and give insight to stakeholders on its current financial position.
DVL worked with NES to produce the 2013 annual report titled “Powering a Vibrant City”–a theme highlighting Nashville, one of the country’s current “it” cities, and showcasing NES as the proud community partner committed to powering it.

In order to illustrate Nashville as a modern city, a new approach was taken to the 2013 annual report. The report, more like a magazine editorial than a corporate brochure, contains human interest stories tying NES’ meaningful work, both on and off the grid, to Nashville’s energy.

The design was created to complement the editorial tone and portray the flourishing city through the citizens who make it special. Additionally, a companion piece, called Fiscal Facts, was created with similar design elements to showcase year-at-a-glance financials.

The 2013 annual report was presented and approved by the NES board. The new approach in tone, look and energy drew many positive comments from across the target audiences. In addition, the photos shot for the annual report are now being used in other marketing materials.

DVL Christmas Card

For its annual holiday card, DVL chose to honor Nashville’s long-standing nickname, “Music City,” with an original Christmas song written, performed and recorded by DVL employees.

A music poster promoting the DVL Christmas single, “Ho-Ho-Home,” was mailed to clients and friends, asking them to visit www.sweetsoundofhome.com and watch the music video.  An interactive email was also sent out directing them to the website, giving them a chance to share the message with friends, co-workers and families through social media.

A heartfelt message on the website let visitors know that on behalf of its clients, DVL was pitching in this holiday season to help Catholic Charities of Tennessee with its refugee program. The music video featured behind-the-scenes footage of DVL employees and children from Catholic Charities singing and celebrating the importance of being home for the holidays.

We received an overwhelmingly positive response. The YouTube video produced 2,360 views and the video was given an average of a 5-star-rating on iTunes. The website received 1,115 visits between December 10 and 24. DVL even received some shout-outs from media contacts, including a USA Today music writer.

The DVL Christmas card and website provided a playful approach to celebrate the holiday season, in addition to showcasing the agency’s creative and interactive capabilities.

TEENS SAY TEXTING AND DRIVING IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN SKYDIVING, BUT THEY DO IT ANYWAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2014) - Eight out of 10 teens say that texting and driving is more dangerous than skydiving, yet young drivers are 50 times more likely to text and drive than skydive, according to a recent nationwide survey*. The survey found that while teens say texting and driving is dangerous, distracted driving persists as young drivers continue to text behind the wheel.

The Bridgestone Americas Teens Drive Smart survey polled 200 young drivers ages 16-21 on their mobile phones to find out how teens justify their distracted driving. 

More than half of teens freely admit that they occasionally text and drive, although they are quick to point out that it is only under certain circumstances, like when the car is stopped or when they are alone in the car.

  • Seventy percent of young drivers say they’re likely to text if they’re at a red light.
  • Sixty percent say they’ve texted while driving when alone in the car – compared to 37 percent with friends and 10 percent with parents.

The survey also found that teens know texting and driving is wrong and 70 percent have asked a friend or parent to stop texting and driving. More than a third of teens admitted that someone else had asked them to stop texting and driving before. Yet, teens continue to engage in this dangerous behavior when they are alone in the car.

“For more than a decade, Bridgestone Americas has educated teenagers and young adults on the importance of safe driving,” said Leslie Wilhite, Manager, Teens Drive Smart Program, Bridgestone Americas. “We believe in making the ride more enjoyable and for many teens, that ride is being cut short because of distracted driving. We have to continue to reinforce that distracted driving impacts others on the road around you, even if you’re in the car alone.”

When asked about the last text they had sent from behind the wheel, young drivers most often cite texts about running late or trying to coordinate plans.

  • Eighteen percent of texts young drivers send while driving are to inform someone that they are running late.
  • Coordinating plans with someone accounts for another 18 percent of the texts sent by teens.

“We are proud to help strengthen teens’ privilege and license to drive with smart and hands-on education,” said Paul Oakley, Vice President of Communications at Bridgestone Americas. “Tires aren’t just round and black – they are some of the most highly engineered products on a car, but even so, it’s critical that newer drivers understand their obligation to drive safely and encourage the same of others.”

As part of Bridgestone’s continued efforts to raise awareness about distracted driving among teens, the Teens Drive Smart video contest is accepting video entries until June 19. Students ages 16-21 are invited to create a short automotive safety-themed video that encourages their peers to make better decisions behind the wheel. The top 10 videos are posted online for the public to vote on, and the three videos that receive the most votes win college scholarships: first place receives $20,000; second place receives $10,000 and third place receives $5,000. Each Teens Drive Smart video contest winner will also have the chance to have his or her video used as a public service announcement (PSA) on television stations across the United States.

2014 Contest Details:

  • Videos must be 25 or 55 seconds in length.
  • Entrants can submit their videos now through June 19 on the www.teensdrivesmart.com.
  • A panel of judges will select 10 finalists based on the following criteria: how well the video compels viewers to be more safety-conscious when using their vehicles and how well the video effectively and creatively communicates its message.
  • The 10 finalist videos will be posted on the Teens Drive Smart website, in addition to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook on July 14. The general public will then select the top three winners through online voting.
  • Official rules with complete entry, eligibility and prize details are available at www.teensdrivesmart.com.

In addition to the video contest, Bridgestone is bringing a free, hands-on driver training program, the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, to 12 cities across the country this year. At the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, attendees learn potentially life-saving defensive driving maneuvers and safe driving skills from highly-trained instructors. To see where the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is going next, visit www.teensdrivesmart.com.

*Mobile Survey by Penn Schoen Berland for Bridgestone of 200 16 to 21 aged drivers and 200 parents of 16 to 21 aged drivers between March 28 and April 2, 2014.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

NORCO TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING APRIL 12

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (April 10, 2014)—The Norco, Calif., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, April 12, with specially priced merchandise April 10-13. The store officially opened for business March 29.

The Norco location is Tractor Supply’s 28th store in California and employs 13 team members. The facility has 21,140 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in California since 2004.

“Norco is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because our products cater to the community’s ‘Out Here’ lifestyle,” said Store Manager Hall Aiken. “There are numerous horse owners in the area. Our variety of products caters to the everyday needs of area residents. We are your one-stop shop in Norco, and we have a friendly, knowledgeable team that is excited to provide Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service to our neighbors.”

Aiken joined Tractor Supply in 2013 as a manager-in-training at the Gilroy, Calif., location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he worked at Home Depot for 15 years and most recently at Big Lots for one year.

As store manager, Aiken oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from April 10-13, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, and a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a live radio remote, a local animal rescue group with a dog and cat adoption, members of an antique tractor club, riding mower club and horse rescue group, show cars in the parking lot and a petting zoo hosted the local 4-H club.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the auto shop space at 2195 Hamner Ave., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES LIMITED RELEASE OF RESTED TENNESSEE RYE

Craft Rye Offering Made Available Following Two Seasonal Cycles of Barrel Maturation

LYNCHBURG, TENN., (APRIL 4, 2014)—As a continuation of its entry into the rye whiskey category, the Jack Daniel Distillery is offering a limited release of Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, a follow-up to its 2012 Unaged Tennessee Rye offering. This marks the distillery’s first barrel-matured expression in the rye category. A one-time offering, Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye is scheduled to be available in select U.S. markets beginning in April.

“We were pleased with the reception we received from our Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “We felt like it was time for our Jack Daniel’s friends and whiskey enthusiasts alike to see for themselves how the new oak barrel has enhanced the rye whiskey over the last two years.”

Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye is crafted using the same Cave Spring water from the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, proprietary yeast and charcoal mellowing process that’s been used in the distillery’s nearly 150-year-old Tennessee Whiskey recipe. Yet, the result from the new recipe of 70 percent rye, 18 percent corn and 12 percent malted barley offers a great balance of flavor that is robust yet not overpowering with rye spice.

“Having spent two cycles of the Tennessee seasons resting in the barrelhouse, we think consumers will be surprised by how much the caramelized wood sugars from our new, lightly toasted and charred barrels have imparted to the flavor of the rye,” said Arnett.

Arnett noted that the flavor characteristics of Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye – delicate notes of vanilla and caramel on entry giving way to complex notes of fruit and rye spice - create a complex taste profile. Arnett said the charcoal mellowing process provides a unique smoothness that works especially well for the robust rye grain.

“Given the success of Unaged Rye, we felt like we should offer our friends another limited-quantity rye expression with a brief exposure to the barrel that’s still handcrafted with the same passion and quality they expect from all of our products,” said Arnett. “And we hope they’ll remember that, as good as this new offering is – it’s still just a taste of what’s to come.”

Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye will be available in a 750ml bottle size at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select, Jack Daniel’s Rested Tennessee Rye, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

“Please sip responsibly.”
RESTED RYE, ALCOHOL 40% BY VOLUME (80 PROOF).
DISTILLED AND BOTTLED BY JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY, LYNCHBURG, TN.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

GREATER NASHVILLE HOME SALES INDICATE STABLE FIRST QUARTER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2014)—There were 2,530 home closings reported for the month of March 2014, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure represents a 1.2 percent decrease compared with 2,562 closings in March of 2013.

Numbers for the first quarter of 2014 were 6,166 closings, up 3 percent from the 5,980 closings during the first quarter of 2013.

“First quarter homes sales are up by 3 percent, despite the slight dip in home sales over last year,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “The first quarter data indicates the market is still stable, both in growth and in sales price compared to last year.

“During the month of March – a typically busy time of year for Realtors – our region experienced some poor winter weather. Even the most serious of buyers don’t want to get out looking for a home in the cold, icy or snowy conditions. Also, March is the month of spring break for most of our region’s school systems. Vacation plans and children at home can cause a decrease in the time to look for a buy a new home.”

A comparison of sales by category for March is:

  March 2013 March 2014
CLOSINGS 2,562 2,530
Residential 2,089 2,036
Condominium 281 295
Multi-Family 32 28
Farms/Lands/Lots 160 171


A comparison of sales by category for the first quarter/year-to-date is:

  1ST QT/YTD 2013 1st QT/YTD 2014
CLOSINGS 5,980 6,166
Residential 4,914 4,992
Condominium 635 710
Multi-Family 78 65
Farms/Lands/Lots 353 399


There were 2,720 sales pending at the end of March, compared with 2,727 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 78 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during March was $195,000 and for a condominium it was $169,900. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $169,000 and $147,000, respectively.

Inventory at the end of March was 14,894, down from 16,049 in March 2013. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

March 2013 March 2014
INVENTORY 16,049 14,894
Residential 9,923 9,439
Condominium 1,207 1,046
Multi-Family 198 151
Farms/Land/Lots 4,721 4,258


“As expected, inventory is increasing. Prices for both single-family residential and condominiums have continued to increase as well. This is encouraging for a healthy, sustainable market,” added Stone. “As our region enters the spring selling season and more properties enter the market, it is important you’ve worked with a Realtor to be sure property is prepared, priced and presentable for its best performance on the market.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners.  REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615-780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Hires Production Manager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 8, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is proud to announce the addition of Betty Wayland Mason as production manager.

Mason joins DVL with more than 30 years of experience in print production and management. Throughout her career she has served a diverse client base, including national wholesale manufacturers, financial institutions, local businesses and nonprofits. Her past experience includes work in the food and beverage, automotive, retail and health care industries.

At DVL, Mason is responsible for managing all aspects of production to ensure the agency achieves the highest levels of efficiency and value for its clients. In working closely with the creative staff, she seeks out vendors and partners who can provide DVL with the highest quality resources and cutting edge ideas in the industry.

Mason is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a B.S. in Advertising.

Pain Management Clinic Opens with Pain Specialist

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (April 7, 2014)—PainMD, provider of pain management services to Middle Tennessee, announced the company is opening a new location in Murfreesboro. The new clinic comes with the addition of pain management specialist and double board-certified physician, Steven Urban M.D.

In addition to pain medicine, Dr. Urban specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, not only focusing on the alleviation of pain but also on maximizing function for his patients. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Urban recently joined the medical staff at PainMD, bringing with him enhanced treatment options for patients.

“I am excited to be part of the PainMD team, because it is a group that is dedicated to providing excellent pain care for its patients,” said Dr. Urban. “Too often only the symptoms of pain are managed, and determining the underlying cause of pain is overlooked. PainMD puts effort into unraveling the causes of pain and then, as an interventional pain management clinic, applies our multiple treatment methods to address those underlying causes of pain.”

PainMD is proud to offer the most current pain management therapies to relieve or reduce pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life. Comprehensive care plans are designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, nerve conditions, muscle conditions, migraines and arthritis are among the types of pain treated.

The clinic is located at 1747 Medical Center Parkway, Suite 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37129. For more information on chronic pain and treatment options, call (615) 995-7125 or visit www.painmdclinic.com.

Media Contact:
Tiffany Childress
tiffany.childress@dvl.com

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Announces New Hires

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is pleased to announce the addition of Tammy Allen as receptionist and Katherine Berendt as administrative assistant.

Allen joins DVL with more than 23 years of administration experience in the food and beverage, health care and mortgage industries. Her primary focus at DVL is to respond to office inquiries and to present the first impression of the organization to visiting clients and guests.

Katherine Berendt Adminstrative Assistant DVL Public Relations AdvertisingBerendt comes to DVL with more than 24 years of experience in the food & beverage industry. At DVL, she provides administrative support to multiple account teams and assists with general office duties.

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Promotes Bryant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 28, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is pleased to announce the promotion of Becca Bryant.

Bryant, who has been with DVL since 2013, has been promoted from staff assistant to account services associate. She assists multiple account teams in media relations, social media and strategic communications initiatives. Bryant works with clients in a variety of industries including retail, food and beverage, automotive and health care.

NEW REPORT REVEALS ECONOMIC IMPACT NUMBERS OF 2013 FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL

Bowl nears $250 million in direct economic impact in first 16 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (March 27, 2014) – Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl officials are pleased to announce the 2013 Bowl had a $19.6 million direct impact on Nashville’s economy – a 41 percent increase compared to last year. As one of Nashville’s biggest annual events, the Bowl has had nearly $250 million in direct economic impact on the city in its 16-year history.

A crowd of 52,125 fans watched as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 25-17 on Dec. 30 at LP Field. The game posted a 2.0 national rating delivering 3.1 million television viewers through its broadcast on ESPN. There were a total of 24,124 hotel room nights booked with 40,658 out-of-town visitors in attendance at the game – an increase of 60 percent and 53 percent, respectively, over last year.

“The Bowl has been successful in turning one of Nashville’s slowest tourism weeks into one of its busiest, as evidenced by the nearly $250 million in direct economic impact. It’s a great fan experience, and we’re pleased with the attendance and broadcast results. We look forward to the Bowl’s bright future with our new conference agreements,” said Toby Wilt and Aubrey Harwell, 2013 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Co-Chairmen.

Nashville has become a popular multi-day destination for visitors and the Bowl game a cornerstone for visiting sports fans. “When we see college football fans flood the streets of Music City, it proves that Nashville is a popular sports destination for SEC and ACC fans. The Bowl continues to successfully provide a boost to our local economy year in and year out,” said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Additionally, the Bowl was proud to give back to the community in 2013. Through the annual Franklin American Mortgage Charity Cup hosted by Brandt Snedeker, the Bowl was able to raise $270,000.  Beneficiaries of the event include the Bowl’s Youth Football Program, The First Tee of Nashville, and the Brandt and Mandy Snedeker Foundation. The Bowl donated nearly 3,000 game tickets to participants of its nationally recognized Youth Football Program this year in addition to financial support and equipment donated to more than 24,000 youth in more than 85 communities in Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and northern Alabama as part of the program. Delta Dental of Tennessee also provided more than 20,000 mouth guards to the Youth Football Program. Through the Humana’s Heroes Wounded Warriors Program, the Bowl was proud to send 50 military service veterans and their families to the game and each Bowl Week event.

Once again, Franklin American Mortgage Company utilized the Bowl as a platform for some of its charitable efforts. This year, they awarded a $2,500 Tradition of Service Award Scholarship to Kevin Scott, a senior at John Overton High School and hosted Trey Leonard from Make-A-Wish and his family for the entire Bowl Week.

Since 2001, the Bowl has used the Nashville Sports Council’s nationally recognized Scorecard report to measure the impact and effectiveness of sporting events on the local economy. The Scorecard measures economic impact, media exposure and community involvement based on ratings and surveys from participants, spectators, volunteers and media that attended the event.

2006 – 2013 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Summary of Results
*2006 marked the first year of the SEC vs. ACC conference agreement. The Bowl has existing agreements with the SEC, ACC, and Big Ten beginning with the 2014 game.

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl 2013 Numbers

 

About the Bowl:

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced more than $241 million in direct economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition.  For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

 To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Molly Williamson (615) 780-3367
molly.williamson@dvl.com

Corizon Awarded Fresno County Correctional Healthcare Contract

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (March 27, 2014)—Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional healthcare solutions, announced today it has been awarded a new contract to provide comprehensive medical services to the Fresno County Jail. The agreement is for three years, with the potential for two additional one-year extensions.

This contract award comes after a competitive bid process and is expected to save the county more than $1.5 million in its first year and more than $5 million over the course of the contract.

“This is a significant win for the taxpayers and patients in Fresno County,” said Corizon CEO Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D., M.B.A. “As a physician-led healthcare provider, we are able to provide quality care to the patients and deliver significant savings to the county. Our goal is to improve the care delivered in Fresno County so that our patients re-enter the community in better health than they came.”

Corizon also provides comprehensive medical services to jails and juvenile detention centers in Alameda, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties in California.

“We have a proven track record of providing quality healthcare in California, and we look forward to fostering this new relationship for many years to come,” added Dr. Myers.

Under the new contract in Fresno County, which will begin on June 23, Corizon will deliver comprehensive medical, mental health, pharmacy and support services to approximately 3,600 patients, including juveniles.

Ardent Health Services

Website Design & Development

Ardent Health Services, a health systems network with hospitals in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, brought DVL on board to assist with enhancing brand awareness of each of its hospitals and to increase quality job applications.

In order to compete in a highly saturated health care market, DVL developed a comprehensive web-based network to reach potential job candidates. The network connected 21 traditional websites and 19 mobile sites, and utilized 100 still images and 138 video testimonials.

As part of the multi-tiered approach to an ongoing content development plan, DVL established a social media network structure that connected multiple social media platforms through a single portal to further enhance the SEO strategy.

Before DVL’s SEO strategy, approximately 9 percent of total website visits were from organic searches. To date, approximately 33 percent of total visits are from organic searches.  Job applications have steadily risen since the launch of the job websites.

JACK DANIEL’S ANNOUNCES 2014 DATES FOR “LIVE AT THE LANDMARK” CONCERT SERIES

Great whiskey and live music served up at legendary American landmarks across the country including finale at the Jack Daniel Distillery

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (March 25, 2014)—The 2014 dates are set for “Live at the Landmark” – a one-of-a-kind concert series sharing great music with other great American landmarks from coast to coast.

Featuring some of the hottest, up-and-coming artists and rock bands, “Live at the Landmark” brings whiskey and music together at iconic American landmarks in New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago and New York before a finale at the ultimate landmark – the Jack Daniel distillery, in Lynchburg, Tenn., the oldest registered distillery in the United States.

“Beginning with the formation of Lynchburg’s Silver Cornet Band nearly 150 years ago, Jack Daniel set the stage for great whiskey and music that continues today,” said Laura Petry, Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s. “In celebration of that special relationship, we’re proud to provide this unique opportunity for fans across the country to experience the influences and styles of today’s bands.”

In support of organizations that do things the right way, the Jack Daniel’s “Live at the Landmark” concert series is proud to benefit charities along the way.

Confirmed dates, landmarks, bands and charities include:

  • April 4, 2014 – New Orleans, the Old U.S. Mint featuring The Airborne Toxic Event, benefitting The Louisiana Museum Foundation.
  • April 11, 2014 – Chicago, Germania Place featuring The Joy Formidable, benefitting Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
  • April 17, 2014 – San Francisco, City Hall featuring St. Lucia, benefitting Operation Gratitude.
  • May 8, 2014 – New York City, Statue of Liberty featuring Capital Cities, benefitting Charity: Water.
  • May 17, 2014 – Lynchburg, Tenn., Jack Daniel Distillery featuring Old 97’s.

For a chance to get tickets to one of the “Live at the Landmark” shows, visit www.jdliveatthelandmark.com. Fans must be at least 21 and in an eligible area to win tickets. You must have a ticket to attend. Additionally, you can enter to win a grand prize trip for two to the final event at the ultimate landmark in Lynchburg.

Follow history in the making on Twitter and Instagram @JackDaniels_US, the destinations for all live and behind the scenes coverage. Consumers are encouraged to use #JackLIVE to join in the conversation.

The 2013 series featured Okkervil River at Grand Central Terminal in NYC; Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego; Metric at Pearl Stable in San Antonio; Delta Spirit at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles and Eagles of Death Metal in the shadow of The Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

For updates and more information, including program, venue and band details, visit www.jdliveatthelandmark.com.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. 

Don’t miss the mark. Please drink responsibly.

Media Contact:
Molly Williamson (615) 780-3367
molly.williamson@dvl.com

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JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY ANNOUNCES LIMITED TEST LAUNCH OF “TENNESSEE FIRE”

New Fiery Cinnamon Spirit Crafted With Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey To Be Available in Three States This April

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (March 12, 2014)—The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today it will test a new red hot cinnamon spirit called Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire,” beginning in April. Crafted with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey and naturally infused with a proprietary red hot cinnamon liqueur for a smooth and delicious taste, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will be available in three states – Oregon, Pennsylvania and the distillery’s home state of Tennessee.

Based upon the tremendous success of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and the explosive popularity of the flavored whiskey category, distillery officials said they wanted to offer existing and new friends another Jack Daniel’s flavor option.

“The flavored whiskey category continues to grow and we think the time is right to offer our Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey with the heat and spice of our own red hot cinnamon liqueur,” said John Hayes, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Jack Daniel’s. “We’re always listening to our friends and look forward to this test launch to let them try it, make sure it meets their expectations and then we’ll go from there.  But we think they’re really going to like it.”

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will be available at 70 proof and priced in line with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. Company officials did not give a timeframe for how long the limited market test of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will take place.

Follow @JackFire for more information.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.  

Practice fire safety. Drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE FIRE is a trademark of JACK DANIEL PROPERTIES INC. ©2014. Jack Daniel’s. Whiskey Specialty, 35% ALC./VOL.(70 proof). JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY, Lynchburg, TENNESSEE, U.S.A.

Media Contact:
Meghan Butler 615-244-1818
Meghan.Butler@dvl.com

BURKBURNETT TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING MARCH 15

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (March 12, 2014)—The Burkburnett, Texas, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, March 15, with specially priced merchandise March 13-16. The store officially opened for business March 8.

The Burkburnett location is Tractor Supply’s 142nd store in Texas and employs 11 team members. The facility has 22,381 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

“Burkburnett is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there has been excitement built up in the community for a store like ours,” said Store Manager Buddy Alt. “Our products fit the lifestyle of the farmers and ranchers in the area, but there is something here for everyone. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is here to help our neighbors with their needs and provide Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service.”

Alt joined Tractor Supply in July 2013 as a manager-in-training at the Roanoke, Texas, location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he was a manager at Lowe’s for five years. Alt grew up in a military family and enjoys sports.

As store manager, Alt oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from March 13-16, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, and a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature members of the Burkburnett FFA and 4-H groups. The FFA will sell food to raise money for the organization. There will also be a petting zoo at the store and a bake sale hosted by members of a local church. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday evening, March 13.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 106 South Red River Expressway, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DVL Chief Strategist Appointed to Tennessee Department of Education Advisory Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March. 11, 2014)—Cynthia Howard, chief strategist at DVL Public Relations & Advertising, was recently appointed to the Tennessee Department of Education’s Business Management and Administration, Marketing, and Finance (BMF) Career Cluster Advisory Council.

Howard’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to reviewing program goals and making strategic recommendations for improvement, enhancing communications between the education and business communities, and promoting public relations for the BMF career clusters.

The council is made up of approximately 24 members from the business and education communities of Tennessee. The BMF Cluster Advisory Committee helps to establish and maintain high quality curriculum and training pathways to insure relevance and readiness for job demand. Howard will serve for a term that runs through Dec. 2015.

GREATER NASHVILLE HOME SALES CONTINUE TO INCREASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 6, 2014)—There were 1,857 home closings reported for the month of February, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®.

This represents an increase of 4 percent from the 1,784 closings reported in February 2013. Year-to-date closings through February 2014 are 3,636, a 6.4 percent increase from the 3,418 closings reported through February 2013.

“The home sales data for February indicates the market is remaining stable, both in growth and in sales price compared to last year,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “As the weather turns warmer and we enter the official spring buying and selling season, we hope to see the same sustainability we’ve experienced over the past few months.

“However, while the current trends remain positive, it is important that we begin to focus on keeping our city and region vibrant and attractive to businesses by implementing some long-term planning.”

Comparison of sales by category is:

  February 2013 February 2014
CLOSINGS 1,784 1,857
Residential 1,481 1,509
Condominium 180 216
Multi-Family 24 15
Farms/Lands/Lots 99 117


There were 2,221 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,269 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 78 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during February was $189,000, and for a condominium it was $165,000. This compares with median residential and condominium prices of $175,000 and $138,473, respectively, at this time last year.

Inventory at the end of February was 14,129, down from 15,651 in February 2013. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

February 2013 February 2014
INVENTORY 15,651 14,129
Residential 9,491 8,717
Condominium 1,223 1,054
Multi-Family 213 149
Farms/Land/Lots 4,724 4,209


“Though still down from a year ago, inventory is increasing,” added Stone. “And with more people considering putting their homes on the market, it is important for sellers to understand that buyers are expecting homes to be market ready and priced correctly in order to seriously consider a purchase. If you plan to buy a home or put yours on the market, working with a Realtor is the first step in the right direction.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners.  REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615-780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR LABELLE

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (March 5, 2014)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Labelle, the company’s 51st Florida location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Florida since 2000.

The Labelle Tractor Supply store will be located at 1840 West State Road 80, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Labelle community,” said District Manager Robert Williams. “Labelle is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Fulcrum Construction Group of Atlanta, Ga., began construction on Dec. 30, 2013. A completion date has been tentatively set for late May.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

Capital Digestive Care Partners with Colon Cancer Alliance to Reach Underserved

WASHINGTON (March 4, 2014)—Capital Digestive Care, a group of 60 physicians in the Washington, D.C. region, will serve as the area’s founding partner for a Colon Cancer Alliance program focused on underserved communities. The two groups join forces to reduce the colon cancer mortality rate across a region that leads the country in deaths attributed to colon cancer. Key to the program is getting the message out among African Americans, the primary underserved community in the D.C. region.  Although it’s not understood why, African Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer 20 percent more than any other ethnic group. They also have a 45 percent higher death rate because they are more likely to be diagnosed in later stages, when it is harder to treat.

“We are honored to partner with Colon Cancer Alliance to spread colon cancer awareness through collaborative education and advocacy initiatives,” said Dr. Arnold Levy, president and CEO of Capital Digestive Care. “One of our key messages is that African Americans need to be screened at age 45, five years earlier than other groups. Early detection can significantly improve chances for survival.”

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington is No. 1 in the nation for the highest rate of colon cancer deaths. Colon cancer is unlike many other forms of cancer – it can be prevented nearly 90 percent of the time when caught early – making timely and appropriate screening of high importance. The greatest risk factor for colon cancer is age. However, approximately 15,000 people under the age of 50 will be diagnosed in 2014 across the United States.

“We’re committed to improving screening rates across the country and it is a tragedy that many of our friends and neighbors here in Washington have died from colon cancer – a largely preventable disease,” said Eric Hargis, CEO of Washington-based Colon Cancer Alliance, the largest colon cancer patient advocacy organization in the country. “We look forward to growing our partnership with Capital Digestive Care and more importantly, saving lives through increased screening rates.”

Through the new program, Capital Digestive Care and Colon Cancer Alliance seek to boost screening rates among at-risk communities by hosting educational activities, joining community events, distributing informative materials and more.  

For more information, view the infographic, titled: “A Cancer Too Common: African Americans and Colon Cancer”

About the Colon Cancer Alliance

The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. This mission is being accomplished by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Learn more at ccalliance.org

About Capital Digestive Care

Capital Digestive Care is a group of 60 physicians unified across the Washington Metropolitan Area in their desire to advance the delivery of care for patients suffering from all types of digestive health conditions. Capital Digestive Care offers the greatest collective experience in the area along with the most accessible care. The group’s physicians practice at 16 office locations and are affiliated with 15 hospitals and 8 outpatient endoscopy centers, where more than 30,000 colonoscopies are performed each year. Many of them are actively involved in research studies, programs and clinical trials through Chevy Chase Clinical Research, the largest research program of its kind in the region. More than 300 studies have been conducted at the facility in all areas of Gastroenterology, especially in IBD, and some areas of Internal Medicine. For more information, please visit capitaldigestivecare.com.

GNAR NAMES REALTOR OF THE YEAR, RECOGNIZES TOP INDUSTRY ACHIEVERS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 1, 2014)—The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors recently named Jay Lowenthal of Zeitlin & Co., Realtors the 2013 Realtor of the Year, according to GNAR President Hagan Stone.

The Realtor of the Year award is given annually to the GNAR Realtor member who has made the most significant contribution to their clients, to the real estate profession and to the community. Lowenthal was recognized for his achievements by Lucy Smith, last year’s recipient, at GNAR’s annual Awards of Excellence Gala held Saturday, March 1, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville. Roaring 20’s was the theme of the gala.

“It is a pleasure to see Jay presented with the Realtor of the Year honor,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “Jay’s experience as a real estate professional – a Realtor – is all-encompassing, and he continues to provide leadership to the industry through his involvement in the association and in the community. He is a remarkable person and professional, which is why he’s being honored for his leadership and hard work tonight.”

Lowenthal has been involved in GNAR for more than a decade. He was the president in 2004, served on the association’s board of directors and participated in many committees. Lowenthal has also been active in the association’s political fundraising effort. Last year he raised more than $100,000 for the association’s political action committee and received the President’s Award for his efforts last December.

In the community, he is actively engaged with the Better Business Bureau of Nashville and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s serving as a volunteer and on the board.

Lowenthal is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he played basketball for the Commodores. Before beginning his real estate career, he coached the sport at several universities and colleges across the country.

Other key award recipients recognized at GNAR’s Awards of Excellence Celebration include:

  • Rookie of the Year: Brad Copeland, Village Real Estate Services
  • Community Service Award Winner: Mark Deutschmann, Village Real Estate Services
  • Top Team Listing: Kendra Cooke, Bob Parks Realty
  • Top Team Selling: Kendra Cooke, Bob Parks Realty
  • Top Individual Listing Agent: Richard Bryan, Fridrich & Clark Realty
  • Top Individual Selling Agent: Richard Bryan, Fredric & Clark Realty

In addition to the special awards, 172 GNAR members were recognized with Awards of Excellence based on their achievements in sales volume, transactions and association involvement criteria. Earned recognition ranges from Silver Awards for a minimum of $1 million in volume and 15 transactions to Diamond Awards for more than $10 million in volume or 100 transactions. All GNAR Awards of Excellence winners are posted online at www.gnar.org.

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615/780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

BUCKEYE TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING MARCH 1

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Feb. 26, 2014)—The Buckeye, Ariz., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, March 1, with specially priced merchandise Feb. 27 – March 2. The store officially opened for business Feb. 22.

The Buckeye location is Tractor Supply’s 10th store in Arizona and employs 14 team members. The facility has 21,924 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Arizona since 2013.

“Buckeye is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because the people have been asking for it and excited to have us here,” said Store Manager Bill Van Gorder. “And we’re excited to be here, too. Our friendly team has extensive knowledge of our products that cater to area residents’ lifestyles. We look forward to providing our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service for years to come.”

Van Gorder joined Tractor Supply in 2009 as a manager-in-training at the Freemont, Mich., location. He also managed the Muskegon and Cedar Springs locations in Michigan before moving to Arizona. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he owned a grocery store and chemical distribution company. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native is married with two children and three grandchildren.

As store manager, Van Gorder oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Feb. 27 – March 2, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, and a 22-ton log splitter and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a live radio remote, in addition to the giveaways. The store will also host a ribbon cutting ceremony with the local Chamber of Commerce on Monday, March 3, at 11 a.m.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 2555 South Miller Road, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

MDA ANNOUNCES 4th ANNUAL MUSIC CITY MUSCLE WALK EVENT ‘MAKE A MUSCLE, MAKE A DIFFERENCE’

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (Feb. 26, 2014)—More than 1,000 participants are expected to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during its Music City Muscle Walk on Saturday, March 15 at 1pm inside Bridgestone Arena.

The walk raises funds for — and pays tribute to — children and adults served by MDA throughout Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Proceeds raised fund Vanderbilt’s MDA Neuromuscular Clinic, the only one of its kind in the Mid-South, as well as support other local MDA health care services and research to find treatments and cures for muscle disease.

News 2’s John Dwyer will serve as the Walk Marshal and kick-off the day’s events. The event will feature several family friendly activities including face painting, music, balloon artists, mascots, photo shoot and more.

“We want to encourage people throughout Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky to support local families affected by neuromuscular disease,” said MDA Executive Director, Ashley Davis.  “By supporting the MDA Muscle Walk event on March 15, people can make an immediate difference and help raise awareness and funds for research and vital services benefiting local families served by the Association.”

For registration information, visit http://www.musclewalkmda.org/2014MCMW, or call the local MDA office at 615-832-5005.

Last year, the Music City Muscle Walk raised $75,000. MDA Muscle Walks nationwide raised more than $6.2 million in 2013, and more than $10 million has been raised since the program began in 2011.

About MDA Muscle Walk®
MDA Muscle Walk is a series of fun, non-competitive local walks held across the country, and it’s the largest event of its kind in the United States. There are more than 160 Walks throughout the nation, with events scheduled from January to April.

The Music City Muscle Walk sponsors include:  RT Medical, Quantum Rehab/Pride, Mobility Works, Restorative Health Services, Genzyme, Permobil, Safe-Step Tub, Hill-Rom, NuMotion, Body-Building, and RespirTech. Their support helps fund MDA’s programs of research and health care services, including MDA summer camp.

About Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

In addition to funding some 300 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of 200 medical clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters living with progressive muscle diseases.

For more information, visit mda.org and follow MDA on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nashvillemda and Twitter (@MDANashville).

Media Contact:
Brian Fulton (615) 780-3327
brian.fulton@dvl.com

Tiffany Childress (615) 780-3344
tiffany.childress@dvl.com

Pain Management Clinic Announces Name Change, Addition of Pain Specialist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2014)—Mt. Juliet Pain and Wellness, provider of pain management services to Middle Tennessee, announced the company has changed its name to PainMD. The name change, effective immediately, comes with the addition of pain management specialist and double board-certified physician Steven Urban M.D.

In addition to pain medicine, Dr. Urban specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, not only focusing on the alleviation of pain but also on maximizing function for his patients. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Urban recently joined the medical staff at PainMD, bringing with him enhanced treatment options for patients.

“I am excited to be part of the PainMD team, because it is a group that is dedicated to providing excellent pain care for its patients,” said Dr. Urban. “Too often only the symptoms of pain are managed, and determining the underlying cause of pain is overlooked. PainMD puts effort into unraveling the causes of pain and then, as an interventional pain management clinic, applies our multiple treatment methods to address those underlying causes of pain.”

PainMD is proud to offer the most current pain management therapies to relieve or reduce pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life. Comprehensive care plans are designed to meet the specific needs of each patient. Back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, nerve conditions, muscle conditions, migraines and arthritis are among the types of pain treated.

The clinic is located at 105 Industrial Drive, Suite 7, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. For more information on chronic pain and treatment options, call (615) 758-7575 or visit www.painmdclinic.com.

Media Contact:
Tiffany Childress
tiffany.childress@dvl.com

DVL Receives 38 American Advertising Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 20, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising was honored with 38 ADDY awards at the 2014 American Advertising Awards in Nashville on Feb. 15.

DVL received 15 Gold and 21 Silver ADDY awards for work in categories including photography, digital advertising, broadcast and email marketing. Jack Daniel’s, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University and Stoney River were among the agency’s entries receiving recognition. 

In addition, DVL received Judges’ Choice awards for the Jack Daniel’s 25th Annual World Championship Invitational Barbecue posters and Franktown Building Blocks TV spots, bringing the agency total to 38.

DVL also received the coveted “Envy” Award for the design of its running shirt worn by company employees while participating in local 5K runs and marathons throughout the year. The “Envy” Award is voted on by fellow creative agencies for the idea they wish was their own.

The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition. Work is entered through one of AAF’s network of more than 170 local advertising federations across the nation. Local and district winners advance to the national competition, whose winners are announced each June at the AAF’s ADMERICA! national conference.

Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select Launch

Event Planning, Branding, Broadcast

Frank Sinatra first met Jack Daniel’s through mutual friend Jackie Gleason. With one sip, Sinatra – the man with millions of fans – became a fan of Jack Daniel’s. In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey created Sinatra Select to first sell exclusively in international duty free retail stores worldwide. Aimed at discerning whiskey enthusiasts and Sinatra fans, Sinatra Select maintains a smooth and bold character, just like the man it honors.

As part of the launch, DVL produced video segments with Frank Sinatra footage and recordings, Master Distiller Jeff Arnett introducing the product, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. and Angelo Lucchesi – Jack Daniel’s first salesman and friend of Ole Blue Eyes - discussing it and the relationship. DVL also produced a one-time use video compilation of photos and audio of Frank Sinatra expressing his love of Jack Daniel’s that aired at the launch press conference at the International Duty Free Retailer tradeshow in Cannes, France in 2012.

On the heels of a widely distributed announcement and targeted media outreach, The Associated Press news story was picked up nationally, US Weekly featured it in its 2012 Holiday Gift Guide and broadcast affiliates, music, spirit, retail and luxury industry media outlets all ran with the news.

Sinatra Select’s duty free, multi-media announcement made international headlines and paved the way for consistent product coverage as it later rolled out to U.S. retail outlets.

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Announces Promotions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 17, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is pleased to announce the promotions of Sean Williams, Brittney Hite and Catherina Davidson.

Williams, who joined DVL in 2010, has been promoted from assistant art director to art director/concept specialist. An award-winning creative, he is adept in concepting for a variety of mediums.  In his new role, Williams develops visual and conceptual messages to fit the client’s brand essence. He works with clients in various industries and is a member of DVL’s internal communications team.

Brittney Hite Traffice Manager DVL Public Relations & AdvertisingHite, who has been with DVL since 2011, is transitioning from creative assistant to traffic manager. She coordinates scheduling and processing the agency’s creative jobs from inception to completion.

Catherina Davidson Assistant Account Executive DVL Public Relations & AdvertisingDavidson has been promoted from account service associate to assistant account executive. Since starting at DVL in 2012, she has worked with clients in the food and beverage, health care, retail, utility and automotive industries. Davidson assists multiple account teams in media relations, social media and strategic communications initiatives.

DVL Senior Vice President Appointed to Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry Board of Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2014)—Andrea Lindsley, senior vice president at DVL Public Relations & Advertising, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Lindsley will serve alongside the organization’s other new directors for a term that runs through 2014.

As an at-large member of the board, Lindsley’s responsibilities include ensuring effective planning of board goals, monitoring and strengthening programs and services, supporting and evaluating the chief executive, and ensuring legal and ethical integrity of the board.

The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the unified voice of business and premier advocacy organization in the state. It creates prosperity and enhances the quality of life for all Tennesseans. The Chamber leads the way in achieving global competitiveness and increasing prosperity for its citizens

2014 HOME SALES BEGIN WITH CONTINUED INCREASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 6, 2014)—There were 1,779 home closings reported for the month of January, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure is up 8.9 percent from the 1,634 closings reported for the same period last year.

“The increase in January is a very positive start to the year for Middle Tennessee home sales. Though single digit, the number is proof that the market remains stable and growing,” said GNAR President Hagan Stone. “2013 was a year of meaningful improvement for home sales. We look forward to what the rest of 2014 will bring.

“Challenges still remain for the overall real estate market and some federal laws have the ability to affect the industry. The Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which went into effect in January, may make the mortgage process more strenuous, keeping some eligible buyers from obtaining mortgages at all.  Federal tax reform and housing affordability are also items Realtors are monitoring this year.”

A comparison of sales by category for January is:

   

 

January 2013

January 2014

 

 

CLOSINGS

1,634

1,779

 

 

Residential

1,344

1,447

 

 

Condominium

174

199

 

 

Multi-Family

22

22

 

 

Farms/Lands/Lots

94

111

 

 

There were 1,979 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 1,968 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 72 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during January was $195,000 and for a condominium it was $165,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $167,000 and $150,000, respectively.

Inventory at the end of January was 13,962, compared with 15,478 in January 2013. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

   

 

January 2013

January 2014

 

 

INVENTORY

15,478

13,962

 

 

Residential

9,342

8,534

 

 

Condominium

1,153

1,050

 

 

Multi-Family

207

168

 

 

Farms/Land/Lots

4,776

4,210

 

 


“Inventory, while still down from last year, is up from last month by about 300 units. This is typical, as sellers begin to put homes on the market now in preparation for the spring buying season,” added Stone. “This is also good for buyers as it offers them more options and choices.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615/780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Promotes Wiley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 13, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising recently announced the promotion of Jasmine Wiley.

Wiley, who has been with DVL since 2011, has been promoted from assistant account executive to account executive. Her areas of focus include media relations, social media strategy, event management and internal communications. At DVL, Wiley works with clients in a variety of industries including retail, real estate and automotive. She is also a member of DVL’s social media team.

TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL FFA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

TRACTOR SUPPLY CUSTOMERS DONATED $362,324FOR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS, FFA FUNDING IN 2013

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Following a successful initial campaign in 2013, Tractor Supply Company has announced the second annual Growing Scholars program in partnership with the National FFA Foundation. Last year, Tractor Supply customers donated $362,324, resulting in 284 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

The Growing Scholars program will be supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply and Del’s Feed & Farm Supply stores Feb. 14-23, which includes National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers can donate $1 or more at store registers during the checkout process to support local FFA chapters and their members. Ninety percent of funds raised through Tractor Supply’s Growing Scholars program will be utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members. The remaining 10 percent of donations will benefit state FFA organizations.

“The funding we received from our customers last year was incredible,” said Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort. “We’re honored to be able to provide critical funding to FFA members who intend to pursue a college degree and local FFA chapters that enrich the lives of young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities. Giving back to our 1,200-plus communities that we serve is very important, and the Growing Scholars program is one of the ways that we support our current and future customers and future team members.”

To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be current FFA members and either high school seniors or a freshman, sophomore or junior college student seeking a two- or four-year degree or other specialized training program. Major areas of study will also be considered when determining scholarship recipients.

“We can’t thank Tractor Supply and its customers enough for supporting FFA, student and alumni members and agriculture education in general,” said National FFA Foundation Executive Director Robert K. Cooper. “The Growing Scholars program truly makes a difference in the lives of our youth.”

In addition to the Growing Scholars program, Tractor Supply and the National FFA Foundation have many other joint initiatives, including the FFA horse evaluation career development event, National FFA Week and the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. At an individual store level, Tractor Supply continually hosts fund-raising events and works closely with local FFA chapters and high school agriculture advisors to provide resources and leverage synergies.

Local high school agricultural advisors and FFA chapters feel at home in their local Tractor Supply stores,” said John Wendler, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. “These groups often host fund-raising events at our stores to raise money for community projects, like building a school greenhouse, a new bridge in a public park or an animal care lab. Our stores also work with local FFA members to support specific programs and proficiencies by providing demonstrations from knowledgeable Tractor Supply employees and our vendor partners, which brings significant value to both organizations.”

Tractor Supply has been a sponsor of the National FFA Foundation for 27 years. The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. Approximately 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR MARANA

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Jan. 29, 2014)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Marana, the company’s 14th Arizona location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Arizona since 2013.

The Marana Tractor Supply store will be located at 7735 North Casa Grande Highway, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Marana community,” said District Manager Danny Decanter. “Marana is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Buffalo Construction of Louisville, Ky., began construction on Dec. 10, 2013. A completion date has been tentatively set for early May.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DVL PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING NAMES MORGENSTERN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 28, 2014)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising is proud to announce the addition of Susan Morgenstern as senior vice president.

Morgenstern joins DVL as a public relations professional with extensive experience advising clients of all types, including global business leaders. She has expertise in strategic planning, crisis communications, corporate communications, media relations, internal communications, media training and presentation coaching, and is certified by the Institute for Crisis Management.

Her past experience includes work in health care, retail, restaurants, hospitality, corrections, financial services, manufacturing and government services.

Morgenstern is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she earned a B.S. in Journalism.

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR HELOTES

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Jan. 21, 2014)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Helotes, the company’s 143rd Texas location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

The Helotes Tractor Supply store will be located at 11946 Leslie Road, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Helotes community,” said District Manager Toni Hernandez. “Helotes is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Bingham Construction Inc. of Marble Falls, Texas, began construction on Dec. 16. A completion date has been tentatively set for early May.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

GNAR NAMES SPRINGER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 9, 2014)—The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors has appointed Jarron Springer as its new Chief Executive Officer effective Feb. 1.

As CEO, Springer will be responsible for key outcomes, goals and strategic planning for GNAR. Springer is stepping down January 31 as president of the Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association (TGCSA).

“We are pleased to welcome Jarron Springer to the GNAR team,” said Hagan Stone, President of GNAR. “He brings a depth of experience within the community and political realm, relationships with key officials and ties with associations across the state. Under Springer’s leadership and direction the association will be able to advance its strategies and continue to grow its influence as the voice of real estate in the Nashville market.”

Springer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. He then went on to obtain a J.D. from the Nashville School of Law as well as his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Springer has served the TGCSA since 1999, and became president of the organization in 2005. He and his wife Jennie Rebecca are both Nashville natives and have three sons. Springer has served on multiple boards including the Tennessee Society of Association Executives (TNSAE) where he served as chairman in 2012.

“I am excited to join GNAR,” said Springer. “The association is well-established, has experienced incredible growth and is poised to continue its success especially during a time when Nashville is a sought-after destination for homebuyers. I look forward to working with the strong leadership and staff in place.”

Don Klein, former GNAR CEO announced his decision to step down January of last year, ending a 16-year run with the association.

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners.  REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine WIley (615) 780-3342
jasmine-wiley@dvl.com

CORIZON SELECTED TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (Jan. 3, 2014) – Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional healthcare solutions, announced it has been selected to continue providing medical services to the Indiana Department of Correction.

The contract, the result of a competitive procurement process is effective Jan. 1, 2014, and continues Corizon’s partnership with the Indiana DOC. The agreement is for three years, with two three-year renewal opportunities.

“Our long-term partnership with the Indiana Department of Correction has allowed Corizon to deliver quality, cost-effective healthcare to our patients since 1997. In fact, Corizon was the first company to provide outsourced healthcare services to Indiana’s DOC,” said Corizon CEO Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. “We are excited to maintain and grow our relationship, and look forward to continued success with this valued partner.”

In the contract, Corizon will deliver comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services to approximately 28,000 offenders throughout the state.

CORIZON NAMES JOHNSON CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (Jan. 2, 2014)—Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional healthcare solutions, announces the appointment of Calvin B. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., as its new Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Johnson, who will assume his duties on Monday, Jan. 6, is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for MinSec Companies, a provider of correctional healthcare and other programs, as well as for Temple University Health System. He has served as assistant professor of pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine and has been a practicing pediatrician at Temple University Children’s Medical Center.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Johnson to the Corizon team,” said Corizon CEO Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D., M.B.A. “He brings to the company an extensive medical background, years of public health expertise and an understanding of the corrections industry. These strengths will allow him to hit the ground running, as we continue to grow Corizon into 2014 and beyond.”

In April 2003, Dr. Johnson was appointed as the 24th Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – the youngest person to ever hold that position. Shortly after his appointment, he led Pennsylvania’s successful management of the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in U.S. history. During his five-year tenure, he also successfully implemented significant strategies and programs, including the allocation of more than $350 million to research projects in the fields of vaccine development, regenerative medicine and antibiotic resistance.

As a sought-after public speaker, Dr. Johnson has shared his expertise at local, national and international meetings and seminars, as well as having appeared many times on national and local TV shows, such as Good Morning America, Today, CBS Evening News, CNN and News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Dr. Johnson earned a degree in chemistry at Morehouse College in Atlanta before earning his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

About Corizon
Corizon provides quality healthcare services at more than 500 correctional facilities across the country, serving approximately 410,000 inmates in 29 states. With its corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn., and the operational headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Corizon is the leading provider of correctional healthcare services in the United States, delivering a wide range of healthcare and pharmacy programs to government agencies for the medical care of inmates. For more information, please visit www.corizonhealth.com.

Media Contact:
Susan Morgenstern (615) 780-3383
susan.morgenstern@dvl.com
Rebecca Warren (615) 780-3313
rebecca.warren@dvl.com

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR SHIPPENSBURG

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Dec. 26, 2013)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Shippensburg, the company’s 69th Pennsylvania location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Pennsylvania since 1965.

The Shippensburg Tractor Supply store will be located at 40 Shippensburg Shopping Center, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Shippensburg community,” said District Manager Linda Palm. “Shippensburg is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Buffalo Construction of Louisville, Ky., began construction on Dec. 16. A completion date has been tentatively set for early March.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DVL PR Campaign Receives Accolades in PRWeek

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 19, 2013)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising was recently featured in PRWeek for its work with Bridgestone Americas’ Teens Drive Smart program.

The article highlights DVL’s work in the relaunch and redesign of teensdrivesmart.com and media outreach efforts, in addition to giving the team kudos for “evaluating and adjusting outreach tactics in various markets to drive maximum exposure and engagement.”

To read more about DVL’s work with Bridgestone’s teen driver safety initiatives, view the complete article from PRWeek here.

PHG Energy Covington Announcement Event

Event Planning, Media Relations, Creative

In October 2013, PHG Energy, a Nashville-based alternative energy company, collaborated with the City of Covington, Tenn., to convert waste to energy with PHG Energy’s downdraft biomass gasification system. Construction began in April 2013 and became fully operational the following October.

To commemorate the successful deployment of the gasification system, DVL created a multi-faceted celebration where the City of Covington and Mayor David Gordon updated the community and expressed gratitude for its support in adopting an innovative and economically sound waste management solution.

The event consisted of three main components: The Mayor’s announcement in the park alongside PHG Energy’s president and a representative from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; a public reception following the announcement; and guided facility tours where engineers from PHG simply explained the gasification system.

Over the course of a month, DVL planned event logistics and staging, developed event communications materials, coordinated the distribution of print and e-mail invitations, organized RSVPs and managed media relations.

This long-awaited event concluded a project years in the making. PHG Energy showcased its technology and deepened its relationship with municipality representatives and businesses. The more than 400 attendees included residents of Covington, industrial engineers and state and regional officials. The City of Covington’s innovative use of waste-to-energy technology was applauded by its neighbors and by local and Greater Memphis area media, garnering national media interest.

Legendary Peabody Ducks to Retire at Jack Daniel Distillery in Honor of 80th Anniversary

Duckmaster, Master Distiller Lead Final March to New Home

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (December 18, 2013)—Five North American Mallard ducks have completed their service as famed ambassadors of The Peabody Memphis hotel and now will live out their years at another world famous Tennessee landmark – the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg. It has been 80 years since the ducks first arrived at the hotel, and is the first time that Peabody Ducks have been retired to any location other than their private Memphis farm.

According to legend, ducks arrived at The Peabody in 1933 after the general manager and a friend returned from a hunting trip. The two had enjoyed a bit of Lynchburg’s hometown product and decided to place their live duck decoys (which were legal at the time) in the hotel’s lobby fountain as a prank. Hotel guests loved it and the rest is history.

Jack Daniel’s and the Peabody Ducks have been connected from the very beginning so it’s only natural that we would welcome a few of our webbed-footed friends to the Distillery,” Master Distiller Jeff Arnett said. “These will be some of the best cared for ducks in the world, feasting on the same quality grain and cave spring water we use to make our whiskey. I guess you could say these ducks are getting the ultimate holiday present.”

The ducks took their final march in Lynchburg today, following Duckmaster Anthony Petrina and Arnett down red and black carpets and into a pond just below the distillery’s cave spring. Wild ducks have lived on the distillery property for decades and Petrina said the Peabody Ducks will be right at home in Lynchburg.

“We’ve always held Jack Daniel’s in the highest regard at The Peabody. Not only because it’s a point of state pride that it is a Tennessee whiskey, but because we know it’s entirely possible that without Jack Daniel’s and the warm companionship of friends on that cold night in 1933 there might not be ducks at The Peabody today,” said Peabody Duckmaster Anthony Petrina.

The Peabody’s well-known ambassadors always include one drake and four hens. The ducks are raised by a local farmer and friend of the hotel. Each team lives in the hotel for only three months before being retired from their Peabody duties. Typically, they are returned to the farm to live out their days as wild ducks.

***For b-roll and images from today’s duck walk at the Jack Daniel Distillery, and the ducks’ final walk at The Peabody on December 11, please contact Jill Meyer at (615) 973-7319, jill.meyer@dvl.com.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. 

Jack Daniel’s encourages its friends to drink responsibly.

About The Peabody Memphis
A Memphis landmark, The Peabody opened in 1869 and quickly became the business and social center of the South. The hotel became famous for its resident ducks and their daily red carpet marches through the Grand Lobby. Today The Peabody continues its distinction as the “South"s Grand Hotel” and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

OLE MISS TO PLAY GEORGIA TECH IN THE 16th ANNUAL FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL

Rebels and Yellow Jackets meet for first time since the 1971 Peach Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (Dec. 9, 2013)—Representatives of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl announced today the Ole Miss Rebels will represent the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 16th annual Bowl as they take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Kickoff will be Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CST at LP Field in Nashville. The game will be televised live on ESPN.

“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is thrilled to host the student-athletes, administrators and fans from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech,” said Toby Wilt, Bowl Selection Committee Chairman. “Music City is a great destination, and we’re confident that the teams and the fans will enjoy the wonderful hospitality for which Nashville is famous. We’re looking forward to an exciting schedule of BOWL Week special events and activities, capped by a great game on the field.”

“As we enter the fourth year of our title sponsorship, we continue to be impressed with the impact that the Bowl has on our company and the city of Nashville,” said Dan Crockett, president and CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Company. “The exposure we receive each year draws attention not only to Franklin American Mortgage, but also to the numerous charitable organizations we support and the city as a whole. We see the Bowl as our opportunity to give back to the community and those who have helped in our success. The teams that will play in this year’s game have had great seasons, and we’re looking forward to seeing them square off in Nashville’s Holiday Tradition!”

Ole Miss ended the regular season with a 7-5 record. The Rebels finished third in the SEC in passing offense with 285.6 yards per game and fifth in total offense. The high-powered passing attack is led by junior quarterback Bo Wallace, who ranked third in the conference in passing yards per game (257.5). Cody Prewitt leads the Rebels defense, ranked first in the SEC with six interceptions. This is the second appearance in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl for the Rebels, and the team’s second straight bowl appearance. Ole Miss previously played in the 2000 Bowl game under David Cutcliffe and led by quarterback Eli Manning.

“We are excited to accept an invitation to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and continue our outstanding bowl tradition,” said Ole Miss Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. “I want to congratulate our coaches and student-athletes for their hard work, focus and commitment to return our program to postseason play for the second straight year. With 126,000 alumni within a one day drive, winning an SEC title last spring and our win over Vanderbilt to start the season, Nashville has become a hot bed for Rebel Nation. We know our fans will continue our stellar reputation of supporting our team and filling up LP Field. Last year was Lock the Legion, and now we have the Music City Encore.”

Under Head Coach Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech is making its first appearance in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and the team’s 17th straight bowl appearance. The Yellow Jackets ended the season with a 7-5 record and had several players on the 2013 All-ACC Team and Honorable Mention list. Georgia Tech’s rushing attack is led by senior running back Robert Godhigh, who ranked first in the conference in yards per rush (10.1); senior running back David Sims, who ranked sixth in the ACC in total rushing yards (846) and sophomore quarterback Vad Lee, who has rushed for eight touchdowns and passed for 10 TDs.

Among ACC opponents, the Ramblin’ Wreck ranked first in rushing offense and rushing touchdowns (311.7 yards per game and 45 touchdowns, respectively), third in scoring offense (36.6 points per game),  second in rushing defense (107 yards allowed per game), fourth in scoring defense (22.7 points allowed per game) and third in total defense (350.5 yards allowed per game).

“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is a first-class bowl in a great entertainment city,” said Georgia Tech Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. “Scott Ramsey, the staff and volunteers do an outstanding job of making the Bowl trip a memorable one for both teams, as well as the fans of both teams. We are excited about making the short trip to Nashville and preparing for what should be an outstanding game on December 30.”

The 2013 game marks the eighth consecutive Bowl matchup between the SEC and ACC in Music City. Last year, Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina State 38-24 in the first matchup between the two teams since 1946. This year’s game between Ole Miss and Georgia Tech marks the fourth time these teams have played. They first met in 1946, a game Georgia Tech won, and later met in 1953 in the 19th Annual Sugar Bowl Classic where Georgia Tech won 24-7. In 1971, the Rebels defeated the Yellow Jackets in the fourth annual Peach Bowl.

“We look forward to hosting the teams, fans, coaches and administrators from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech at our 16th annual Bowl, in a matchup that hasn’t occurred since 1971. We are proud of our affiliation with the SEC and ACC and hope everyone from both schools will enjoy all that Music City has to offer over the New Year holiday,” said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Established in 1998, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl has transformed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day into one of the city’s busiest times of the year for tourism. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced $222 million in direct economic impact to Nashville.

Ticket Note:

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl. For more information on VIP Ticket Packages which include tickets and BOWL Week hospitality, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

Special Note to Fans:

For fans attending the game, please visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl to purchase game day parking. Several parking options are available, but for those wishing to park in a stadium parking lot at LP Field, passes must be pre-purchased. No parking passes at LP Field will be available to purchase on game day.

About the Bowl:

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced nearly $222 million in economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.

Ole Miss Media Contact:

For quotes or to arrange interviews, please contact Kyle Campbell at 662.915.7544 or kyle@olemiss.edu

Georgia Tech Media Contact:

For quotes or to arrange interviews, please contact Dean Buchan at 404.295.8703 or dbuchan@athletics.gatech.edu

Media Contact:
Molly K. Williamson (615) 780-3367
molly.williamson@dvl.com

KENTON TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING NOV. 23

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2013)—The Kenton, Ohio, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 23, with specially priced merchandise Nov. 21-24. The store officially opened for business Nov. 16.

The Kenton location is Tractor Supply’s 85th store in Ohio and employs 14 team members. The facility has 21,882 square feet, including sales floor and support service space. Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Ohio since 1948.

“Kenton is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because there isn’t another store in the area that provides the type and variety of products we carry,” said Store Manager Ben Smith. “We’re centrally located, and there is a lot of agriculture and livestock in the community. Our knowledgeable, friendly team is from the area, and we invite everyone to come visit us and experience Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service. There is something here for everyone.”

Smith joined Tractor Supply in July 2013 as a manager-in-training at the Lima East location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he was an operations manager at Home Depot for 10 years. He has 15 years of retail industry experience. In his free time, the Warren native enjoys hunting, fishing, riding his bike and spending time with his two daughters.

As store manager, Smith oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Nov. 21-24, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools and a 22-ton log splitter. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a local tractor group, the local 4-H club and the local FFA group. A current team member is the vice president of the FFA group. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday with members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the former Kmart space at 948 East Columbus St., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,245 stores in 48 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

JACK DANIEL’S® SINATRA SELECT TENNESSEE WHISKEY, NOW AVAILABLE IN MAJOR U.S. MARKETS

HONORS A TIMELESS FRIENDSHIP - Jack and Frank, Together Again

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2013)—One of Jack Daniel’s biggest fans had millions of fans himself. The friendship between Frank Sinatra and Jack Daniel’s goes far beyond a drink choice – it was a defining standard. In honor of this legendary relationship, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey created Sinatra™ Select, an ultra-premium expression of the world-famous spirit.

Previously available only in international duty free retailers and Tennessee, Sinatra Select lands in select retail locations in these U.S. cities and states: Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, New Jersey and Tennessee, between now and the end of the year.

Special “Sinatra barrels” used to make the product are crafted to provide an extra full character and darker rich amber color by exposing the spirit to extra layers of toasted wood on the inner surface of the barrels. The extra rich barrels were mingled with classic Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and bottled at 90 proof, resulting in a character that is full of oak and spice notes with a classic vanilla finish. The smooth, bold character of the whiskey is meant to embody the smooth, bold character of the man. It is available at a suggested retail price of $165.

Frank Sinatra bottle front viewThe classic Sinatra Select box depicts flashes of orange, said to be Frank Sinatra’s favorite color because he thought it was the ‘happiest’. The limited edition box and bottle both feature nods to Frank Sinatra’s signature and iconic fedora hat. Enclosed is a booklet telling the captivating story of the legendary Jack Daniel’s and Frank Sinatra relationship.

“This fine Tennessee Whiskey, or Old No. 7 as he referred to it, was a favorite part of my father’s life and he loved both sharing it with his friends and introducing it to new acquaintances. I’m very pleased to continue to be a part of the Jack Daniel’s family and feel the introduction of Sinatra Select is an appropriate tribute as we near my father’s 100th birthday in 2015,” said Frank Sinatra, Jr.

True to form, friends of Jack who travel worldwide contributed to Sinatra Select’s success in international duty free retailers and its demand stateside. The whiskey received a welcome celebration fitting of a legend last night at LA’s Sunset Tower, complete with a special performance by Frank Sinatra Jr. honoring Universal Music Group’s 20th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s Duets album.

“Jack Daniel’s enjoyed an esteemed friendship with the Chairman, in many thanks to our dedicated salesman at the time, Angelo Lucchesi, who understood the power of personal connection,” said Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller Jack Daniel’s. “Frank drew in a crowd by beginning his performances with a toast of Jack. Sinatra Select is a partnership between his family and ours at Jack Daniel’s to honor that long-standing, personal affinity. We couldn’t be more proud to salute our legendary friend.”

To enjoy Sinatra Select as Ol’ Blue Eyes would surely do, pour two fingers on the rocks with a splash of water, Arnett suggested.

About Jack Daniel’s

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)

Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group. FSE owns Sinatra recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra’s name and likeness rights and represents the artist’s rights to Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE evaluates innovative new products and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer’s name and likeness, as well as Sinatra’s audio and visual recordings. (www.sinatra.com)

Act Boldly. Drink Responsibly.

“OPERATION RIDE HOME” HELPING REUNITE SERVICE MEMBERS AND FAMILIES OVER HOLIDAYS FOR THIRD YEAR

Jack Daniel’s and Armed Services YMCA Again Unite to Help Junior-Enlisted Troops and Families in Need with Holiday Travel Funds

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2013)—The Jack Daniel Distillery and Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) announced today the 2013 kick-off of “Operation Ride Home” to help junior-enlisted service members and their families travel to their homes across the country this holiday season.

Operation Ride Home has assisted 820 service members and their families, a total of 2,040 individuals, travel from their bases to homes across the country to celebrate the holidays the last two years. Troops from every branch of service have been assisted and traveled to 44 of the 50 states.

The famed distillery has once again kicked off the effort with a $100,000 donation and is asking its friends to visit www.jdoperationridehome.com and contribute what they can to help with the campaign. The top-rated charity Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) will partner with military commands and committed volunteers to identify those junior-enlisted service members and families in most need of financial aid and assist them with travel. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Vouchers for plane tickets (averaging $300-400 per person) or $100 pre-paid debit cards to help with gas, lodging and food for each identified service member and dependent will be provided through the campaign based on the service member and his or her family’s individual circumstances.

“For the past two years, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of support to help our nation’s heroes and their families make it home for the holidays,” said Phil Epps, Group Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s. “Every donation, no matter how big or small, helps us reunite these families over the holiday season. For those troops who haven’t seen their families for years, or grandparents who haven’t seen their new grandchildren, there can be no greater present. That’s what Operation Ride Home is all about.”

“The Armed Services YMCA is proud to partner with the Jack Daniel Distillery for our third annual Operation Ride Home campaign to reunite deserving military with their families for the holidays,” said Capt. Mike Landers USN (Ret), CEO of the ASYMCA. “It started out as a local effort by Jack Daniel’s at our Fort Campbell ASYMCA branch three years ago, and last year, thanks to the generosity of Jack Daniel’s and their friends, we were able to make military life easier for over one thousand troops to reunite with their loved ones nationwide. We would love to be able to send more junior military members and their families home in 2013 with renewed community support, and our staff and volunteers nationwide stand ready to assist.”

Landers is encouraging interested troops and their families to visit ASYMCA’s website (www.asymca.org) for more information on the program, including how to sign up and qualification requirements for potential travel benefits.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please visit www.jdoperationridehomemedia.com for hi-res photos and broadcast quality video of the ORH campaign.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

Jack Daniel’s encourages its friends to drink responsibly.

About the Armed Services YMCA
The non-profit Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides no and low-cost programs to make military life easier for nearly 500,000 active-duty enlisted military and their families each year at 31 branches and affiliates nationwide. Innovative, direct services are tailored to the needs of local military installations nationwide with the help of 13,000 volunteers in addition to community and military support. The ASYMCA was rated in the top 2% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2012. Of the 1.2M Active Duty military stationed in the US, approximately 82% are located where the ASYMCA has a Branch or Affiliate nearby to help make military life easier. The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs. Your tax deductible donation (Tax ID #36-3274346) to the ASYMCA, a top-rated non-profit, will make a significant difference impact on the lives of enlisted service members and their families. Please visit asymca.org to learn more.

Media Contact:
Mark Day (615) 780-3345
mark.day@dvl.com

DVL Account Executive Appointed to Ad 2 Nashville Board of Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2013)—Mallory Phillips, account executive at DVL Public Relations & Advertising, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Ad 2 Nashville, a local organization for young advertising professionals and an extension of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Nashville.

Phillips, a member of DVL’s advertising team, brings experience in traditional and digital advertising, communications strategy and social media to the organization.  She will oversee the communications committee for her appointed term through July 2014.

Ad 2 Nashville seeks to increase local and national recognition of the advertising industry through diverse membership and professional development. The organization provides members with educational programs and networking opportunities, while supporting the goals of the AAF. Through member generated public service and pro-bono advertising campaigns, Ad 2 Nashville is proud to support the local community while fostering future leaders.

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR LEESVILLE

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Nov. 1, 2013)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Leesville, the company’s 23rd Louisiana location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Louisiana since 2007.

The Leesville Tractor Supply store will be located in the former Lowe’s space at 1111 Boone St., Suite 2, and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Leesville community,” said District Manager Jonathan Chennault. “Leesville is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Simmons Construction of New Tazewell, Tenn., began construction on Oct. 21. A completion date has been tentatively set for mid-January.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 47 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

COOL SMOKE WINS TOP PRIZE AT 25th ANNUAL JACK DANIEL’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL BARBECUE

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2013)—Cool Smoke from Richmond, Va., claimed the title of Grand Champion at the 25th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue held in Lynchburg Tenn., on Saturday Oct. 26.

As Grand Champion, Cool Smoke received $10,000, braggin’ rights as winner of what many competitors consider to be the most prestigious barbecue contest in the world and the chance to defend their title in 2014. Cool Smoke also placed second in ribs and seventh in chicken.

“This is unbelievable,” said Cool Smoke’s Tuffy Stone. “This is our 5th year being here. Everyone in the country who does competition BBQ hopes you can come here and cook, that’s a dream come true. To get one ribbon, that’s another dream come true. To win the Jack, is unbelievable.”

In celebration of the silver anniversary, the Winner’s Circle – a separately judged competition of The Jack’s 23 esteemed champions of years past – was added to the festivities. Pig Skin BBQ from Rockwell, Iowa, 2012 Grand Champion of The Jack, took home $2,500.

To compete at The Jack™, domestic teams must win a state championship with at least 25 teams or a competition of 50 teams, or win one of the premiere barbecue competitions (Memphis in May, American Royal Open or Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que) that qualify a team for an automatic berth. Each team competed in seven categories – Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice and Jack Daniel’s Sauce.

“For barbecue enthusiast around the world, winning the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is a dream come true,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “Each year, The Jack™ gets better and better, and we were reminded of just how good the competition has been with this year’s Winner’s Circle.
These competitors work so hard throughout the season to get here and we want to congratulate Cool Smoke on winning the Grand Champion title today, and our friends Pig Skin BBQ on winning the Winner’s Circle. I’m already looking forward to next October.”

A Boy & His BBQ from Grimes, Iowa, also finished strong as the Reserve Grand Champion, taking home a cash prize of $2,500.

Other teams finishing in the top ten at this year’s Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue are:

3. Blazen BBQ, Hillsboro, Texas
4. Insane Swine BBQ, Worcester, Mass.
5. QUAU, Brimfield, Ill.
6. 4:20 Q, Clear Spring, Md.
7. Jo-Bawb’s BBQ, Rozet, Wyo.
8. Killer B’s BBQ, Evans, Ga.
9. Gilly’s BBQ, Taylorville, Ill.
10. I.A.B. 30 BBQ, Chandler, Ariz.

Seventy-six championship teams from the U.S. and 23 international teams from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom fought for the title. The highest finishing international team was Bunch of Swines from the United Kingdom that placed 32nd overall.

In addition to honoring the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Winner’s Circle Champion, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue awards first place prizes in seven categories: Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice and Jack Daniel’s Sauce. This year’s winners of these individual categories are:

Pork Ribs – Southern Krunk BBQ Society, Hot Springs, Ark.
Pork Shoulder/Butts – QUAU, Brimfield, Ill.
Beef Brisket – A Boy & His BBQ, Grimes, Iowa
Chicken – Little Pig Town, Owasso, Okla.
Dessert – Killer B’s BBQ, Evans, Ga.
Cook’s Choice – Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ, Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada
Jack Daniel’s Sauce – Polish BBQ Kings, Poland

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

GROVELAND TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING OCT. 26

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Oct. 23, 2013)—The Groveland, Fla., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 26, with specially priced merchandise Oct. 24-27. The store officially opened for business Oct. 19.

The Groveland location is Tractor Supply’s 49th store in Florida and employs 14 team members. The facility has 19,097 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Florida since 2000.

“Groveland is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because the people in this community have traveled great distances in the past to get our products, but they don’t have to anymore,” said Store Manager Marc Carsello. “We have a family-oriented store with a hometown feel. Our knowledgeable, friendly team looks forward to providing our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service.”

Carsello joined Tractor Supply in June 2011 as a manager-in-training at the Plant City location. He trained at multiple locations and eventually became store manager of the Leesburg location before coming to Groveland. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he was store manager at Lowe’s for 10 years. The Pennsylvania native moved to Florida 12 years ago and enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing.

As store manager, Carsello oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Oct. 24-27, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a lawn mower and a chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a hog raffle hosted by 4-H, bar-b-cue provided by another 4-H group, an animal rescue group, a car wash hosted by FFA, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and pony rides provided by Horses With A Mission Inc. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the local Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 6801 State Road 50, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 47 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL INKS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2013)—A few weeks after finalizing contracts with the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big Ten Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) representatives of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are pleased to announce a six-year contract extension with Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center through the 2019 college football season.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has been one of our greatest supporters through the years, and it’s an extremely unique resort that is centrally located for the participating teams and provides a comfortable, welcoming environment for players and fans alike,” said Scott Ramsey, President and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. “We’re excited about the continued partnership and thankful for their ongoing support.”

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville’s premier resort property and the largest Marriott International managed property in the world, will continue serving as the official lodging and hospitality partner of the Bowl, with the unique position of housing both participating teams and one school’s band and cheerleading teams.

“We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Bowl for the next six years,” said Gaylord Opryland General Manager Pete Weien. “This sponsorship gives us great visibility while providing the teams, their families and fans with the distinctive level of service, accommodations and entertainment for which Gaylord Opryland is known.”

In addition to the contract extension, two Gaylord Opryland attractions will have continued involvement with the Bowl. The General Jackson Showboat will continue to be the site of the Bowl’s Official Welcome and Pre-Game Tailgate Parties. The Wildhorse Saloon, located on Nashville’s famous Second Avenue, will continue hosting the Franklin American Mortgage Coaches Luncheon presented by WKRN. Nashville’s number one dining and entertainment destination also has the option to serve as the official pre and post-game party site.

The 16th annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be played at LP Field in Nashville on Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CST, and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

About the Bowl:
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced nearly $222 million in economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.

About Gaylord Opryland:
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The 2,882-room hotel with nearly a million square feet of total meeting space affords limitless opportunities for leisure travelers and conventioneers amid its nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls under glass roofs. The resort’s hallmark—“everything in one place”—provides guests with diverse dining options, quality spa and fitness center services, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping and endless activities. Visit GaylordOpryland.com or call 1-888-999-OPRY for booking information.

“MY KIDS DON’T DO THAT!” NATIONWIDE SURVEY FINDS PARENTS IN DENIAL ABOUT TEENS DRIVING DISTRACTED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2013)—From texting and checking social media to changing music and talking with friends, teens admit to driving distracted at a much higher rate than their parents realize, a recent nationwide survey shows.

The study, commissioned by Bridgestone Americas, found that parents significantly underestimated the driving distractions in which their teen engages. Teens are almost 25 percent more likely to engage in common distractions, such as socializing with passengers, talking on cell phones and adjusting onboard entertainment than their parents assume. For instance, almost 85 percent of teens admit to driving distracted because they were socializing with passengers, yet only 59 percent of parents suspect that their teen driver has been distracted by passengers in the car.

The tire manufacturer surveyed more than 2,000 parents of teen drivers and found:

  • Only 39 percent of parents think their teen driver talks on the phone while driving, yet half of all young drivers admit to doing so.
  • A quarter of parents believe that their young driver texts behind the wheel, although twice that number of teens admit to texting and driving.
  • Just 11 percent of parents think that their teen has driven while drowsy, yet more than a third of teens admit to doing so.

“What we’re seeing is that parents misjudge how prevalent many of these distracted driving behaviors are and how often their child participates in these activities,” said Angela Patterson, Manager, Teens Drive Smart Program, Bridgestone Americas. “Not only are teens engaging in these behaviors more than they know, teens are actually picking up these distracted driving behaviors from their parents.

The study clearly showed that distracted driving behaviors are hardly limited to our youngest drivers:

  • Nearly all parents claim that participating in distracted behaviors while driving is unacceptable, yet 94 percent of parents admit to driving distracted anyway.
  • Sixty-three percent of parents say that talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device is unacceptable, yet 44 percent of parents admit to doing it. In fact, parents are more likely to talk on a phone without a hands-free device than with one.

Not only do parents admit their own engagement with distracted driving, they also dramatically overestimate their own driving skills. Nearly every parent surveyed believed they were an average driver and two-thirds believed they were above average drivers. More than 70 percent of parents felt that they are safer drivers compared to everyone else on the road.

“Unsurprisingly, many drivers have this perception that ‘everyone else on the road is a bad driver except for me.’ But the frequency with which people admit to engaging in distracted driving negates that belief. These are difficult habits to break, but we can make the roads significantly safer if we all make an effort to be smarter drivers,” said Patterson.

In a separate teen driver study released by Bridgestone in April 2013, two-thirds of teens said that they model their driving habits after their parents. Between the two surveys, these studies show that teens have observed their parents engaging in distracting behavior behind the wheel at higher rates than their parents admit.  While 44 percent of parents admit to talking on a cell phone, 60 percent of teens said they witnessed their parent chatting behind the wheel.

Bridgestone has been working to bring awareness to distracted driving for nearly a decade through its annual Teens Drive Smart Video Contest and Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. For more information about the Teens Drive Smart Parent Survey or the PSA campaign, visit www.teensdrivesmart.com.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

MAGNOLIA TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING OCT. 19

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2013)—The Magnolia, Texas, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 19, with specially priced merchandise Oct. 17-20. The store officially opened for business Oct. 5.

The Magnolia location is Tractor Supply’s 137th store in Texas and employs 14 team members. The facility has 19,097 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

“Magnolia is a great location for Tractor Supply Company because the store is centrally located and the area is growing,” said Store Manager James Gero. “We have products that cater to the community’s needs. Our knowledgeable, friendly team is excited to provide our neighbors with legendary customer service at our convenient one-stop shop.”

Gero joined Tractor Supply in July 2008 as a manager-in-training at the Tomball location. He also spent time at the Beaumont location before returning to the Tomball store. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, Gero was an operations manager at Lowe’s. The Reading, Penn., native enjoys fishing and spending time with his children – two girls, ages 4 and 6, and one boy, age 2 - in his spare time.

As store manager, Gero oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Oct. 17-20, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools and a 22-ton log splitter. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a bake sale and paper clovers provided by 4-H, food provided by FFA, a veterinarian clinic, a pet adoption, log splitting demonstrations and kids’ games including a bounce house.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 18567 Buddy Riley Blvd., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 47 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

CORIZON AWARDED KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS CONTRACT

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (Oct. 16, 2013) - Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional health care solutions, has been awarded a new health care contract with the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). The initial agreement is for 18 months, with four two-year term renewal opportunities.

“This new partnership is possible due to the daily focus within our company on serving our patients and clients with the highest level of quality care and service,” said Corizon’s CEO, Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. “We look forward to partnering with the KDOC and exceeding their expectations for years to come.”

The new contract with KDOC will go into effect January 1, 2014. Corizon will deliver comprehensive medical, dental, pharmaceutical and mental health services to approximately 10,000 offenders in adult and juvenile facilities throughout the state. Corizon will also provide substance abuse and sex offender treatment to youth offenders.

About Corizon
Corizon provides quality health care services at over 500 correctional facilities across the country serving approximately 410,000 inmates in 29 states. With its corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. and the operational headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Corizon is the leading provider of correctional health care services in the United States, delivering a wide range of health care and pharmacy programs to government agencies for the medical care of inmates. For more information, please visit www.corizonhealth.com.

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Promotes Fulton

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 15, 2013) - DVL Public Relations & Advertising recently announced the promotion of Brian Fulton.

Fulton, who has been with DVL since 2009, has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president. He provides clients and stakeholders with more than 15 years of experience in media relations, strategic counseling and event management. He is also certified in crisis communications management. At DVL, Fulton works with clients in a variety of industries including health care, financial services, economic development and sports marketing sectors. He also serves on the board of directors of Project Return, Inc., a local nonprofit organization.

JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY INTRODUCES THE NEW JACK DANIEL’S WINTER JACK TENNESSEE CIDER

GET IT WHILE IT’S COLD…OUTSIDE: Limited Seasonal Offering Blends Apple Cider Liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Holiday Spices

LYNCHBURG (POP. 361), TENN., (October 10, 2013)—This winter, the Jack Daniel Distillery introduces Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack Tennessee Cider (Winter Jack), a new cider flavor experience that’s best served warm when the temperature outside starts to drop.

Winter Jack, launching this fall and available in limited markets throughout the U.S., is crafted with world-renowned Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey. The whiskey is mingled with a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur with holiday spices.

“Winter Jack brings together two complementary tastes in a new way,” said Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. “The quality and character of Winter Jack is in keeping with the Jack Daniel’s tradition. We think our friends will enjoy the spiced warmth of this new flavor experience that is crafted with our Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey as its foundation.”

Arnett noted that the flavor characteristics of warm apple cider spices and Jack Daniel’s create a uniquely smooth character. Hints of apple, clove, cinnamon and orange along with the toasted oak and subtle vanilla notes of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey make this product unlike any other offering in the flavored category, according to Arnett.

Due to the success of a test launch last year in New Hampshire, Winter Jack hits more shelves in October and will be available through February in the following states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Winter Jack is 30 proof and will be available in a 750ml bottle size at a suggested retail price of $18.00.

Make this winter a season to remember. Drink responsibly.

JACK DANIEL’S and WINTER JACK are trademarks of Jack Daniel’s. ©2013 JD. Whiskey Specialty. 15% Alc./Vol. Jack Daniel Distillery, Lynchburg Tennessee.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866, the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.

CORIZON ANNOUNCES NEW CEO

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., (Oct. 9, 2013)—Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional health care solutions, announced today the appointment of Woodrow A. Myers, Jr., M.D. as its new CEO.

Dr. Myers, who will assume his duties on Wednesday, Oct. 9, was formerly the executive vice president and chief medical officer of WellPoint, Inc. and has served as director of health care management for Ford Motor Company. He has also served as the health commissioner for the city of New York and the state of Indiana.

“Dr. Myers is uniquely qualified to take Corizon to the next stage of success with his background in public health and medicine,” said Ken O’Keefe, Managing Partner, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company. “The coming year will usher in many changes to the health care industry, including additional regulations of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Myers is well-equipped to lead Corizon.”

Dr. Myers received a bachelor’s of science with honors from Stanford University. He then went on to obtain a doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Stanford University. Dr. Myers also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Additionally, Dr. Myers has served on Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and Harvard University’s Board of Overseers. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Master in the American College of Physicians. 

“I am thrilled to be joining Corizon,” said Dr. Myers. “Corizon has had incredible growth and is poised to continue its success as the industry leader. I look forward to working with the strong leadership in place.”

Dr. Myers has been a member of the board of Valitas, Corizon’s parent company, since 2011. He also serves on the board of directors for Express Scripts [ESRX] and Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Myers will remain a board member for each of these organizations.

About Corizon
Corizon provides quality health care services at over 500 correctional facilities across the country serving approximately 410,000 inmates in 29 states. With its corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. and the operational headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Corizon is the leading provider of correctional health care services in the United States, delivering a wide range of health care and pharmacy programs to government agencies for the medical care of inmates. For more information, please visit www.corizonhealth.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Fulton (615) 780-3327
brian.fulton@dvl.com

Rebecca Warren (615) 780-3313
rebecca.warren@dvl.com

SEPTEMBER HOME SALES CONTINUE TO INCREASE; THIRD QUARTER NUMBERS UP 19 PERCENT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2013) – There were 2,626 home closings reported for the month of September, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®.  That number is up 15.9 percent from the 2,266 closings reported for the same period last year.

Third quarter numbers have increased from 2012 with 8,861 closings reported, which is 19 percent higher than last year’s third quarter closings of 7,446.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are 23,720. That total is up 22 percent from the 19,440 closings reported through the third quarter of 2012.

“September, third-quarter and year-to-date figures are all up compared to the same periods last year. And, we are now within less than 2,500 closings to exceed the total number of closings for all of last year,” said GNAR President Price Lechleiter. “Median prices continue to increase while remaining affordable. This is good news for sellers and buyers alike and reinforces home ownership as a strong financial investment.”

“The strongest time of the year for the housing industry is spring and summer. During the fall and winter months, home sales typically show reduced monthly closings.

But year-over-year comparisons continue to indicate significant increases. This is very encouraging.”

A comparison of sales by category for September:

  September 2012 September 2013
CLOSINGS 2,266 2,626
Residential 1,881 2,152
Condominium 253 310
Multi-Family 19 24
Farms/Lands/Lots 113 140


A comparison of sales by category for the third quarter:

3rd Quarter 2012 3rd Quarter 2013
CLOSINGS 7,446 8,861
Residential 6,190 7,331
Condominium 847 1,018
Multi-Family 65 76
Farms/Land/Lots 344 436


A comparison of sales by category year-to-date:

YTD 2012 YTD 2013
CLOSINGS 19,440 23,720
Residential 16,104 19,647
Condominium 2,146 2,610
Multi-Family 201 234
Farms/Land/Lots 989 1,229


There were 2,487 sales pending at the end of September, compared with 2,291 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 70 days, compared with 82 days for September 2012.

The median residential price for a single-family home during September was $195,660, and for a condominium, it was $159,092.  This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $175,000 and $153,900, respectively.

Inventory at the end of September was 16,263, down from 17,897 in September 2012.  The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

September 2012 September 2013
INVENTORY 17,897 16,263
Residential 11,005 10,183
Condominium 1,369 1,214
Multi-Family 267 185
Farms/Land/Lots 5,256 4,681


“Though inventory remains down, we are still at a healthy market level with slightly over a six-month supply. But, competition for purchase of good properties is increasing significantly. Buyers should be fully prepared to act quickly in order to purchase the home they want,” added Lechleiter. “For those considering putting their home on the market, be sure it is market ready and properly priced. Your Realtor can help you address those, and other issues, to make your home attractive to today’s buyers.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615/780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

CLEVELAND TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING OCT. 5

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2013)—The Cleveland, Texas, Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 5, with specially priced merchandise Oct. 3-6. The store officially opened for business Sept. 28.

The Cleveland location is Tractor Supply’s 138th store in Texas and employs 11 team members. The facility has 26,680 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

“Cleveland is a good location for Tractor Supply Company because it’s a high-traffic area and centrally located,” said Store Manager KaRon Williams. “We promote a family environment in our store. Our knowledgeable, experienced team is excited to provide our neighbors with Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service.”

Williams joined Tractor Supply two years ago as an assistant store manager at the Conroe location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, Williams served as front end supervisor at Home Depot for two-and-a-half years. He enjoys spending time with his family – his wife, four-year-old son and three-month-old daughter. He has also been a dog trainer and professional breeder for 15 years.

As store manager, Williams oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Oct. 3-6, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a 22-ton log splitter and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a live radio remote, attendance by members of the local fire department and the local FFA group, the local SPCA organization and food from FishTales Catfish & Shrimp.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the former Walmart space at 1725 East Houston St., are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 46 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

JACK DANIEL’S ROLLS OUT MASTER DISTILLER #1 BOTTLE ACROSS THE U.S. THIS FALL

One-of-a-Kind Master Distiller Collection to Honor Craftsmen Who've Made Iconic Tennessee Whiskey

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (October 1, 2013)—The Jack Daniel Distillery announced today that its limited, one-of-a-kind Master Distiller #1 bottle honoring the company’s founder will be available nationwide this fall at retail locations across the United States.

Previously available at only duty-free shops and in Tennessee, the 86-proof, 750ml bottles are currently hitting shelves around the country with a suggested retail price of $24.99.

The Master Distiller #1 package – in tribute to the distillery’s founder and first distiller, Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel”—is the first in a new limited edition series that will recognize the seven men who have served in the position since the distillery began making whiskey nearly 150 years ago.

The collection comes in a gift box bearing the likeness of the master distiller being honored, and each bottle will be sequentially numbered on the back label with the chronological ranking of the designated individual being recognized prominently on the front label. In addition, each package will include a QR Code where consumers can download a video tribute for each distiller.

“Throughout the history of Jack Daniel’s there have only been seven master distillers,” said Phil Epps, Group Brand Director for Jack Daniel’s. “They have all been dedicated to the craft of good whiskey making and following Mr. Jack’s guiding words of ‘every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.’ We can’t think of a better way to honor them than with this collectible expression of the brand that not only contains great Tennessee whiskey, but the stories behind the men who’ve made Jack Daniel’s what it is today.”

The Jack Daniel’s Master Distillers and their tenure are:

  • Jack Daniel 1866 – 1911
  • Jess Motlow 1911 – 1941
  • Lem Tolley 1941 - 1964
  • Jess Gamble 1964 – 1966
  • Frank Bobo 1966 – 1988
  • Jimmy Bedford 1988 – 2008
  • Jeff Arnett 2008 – present

Editor’s Note: Hi-res images of the bottle and package are available upon request.

About Jack Daniel’s
Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

Jack Daniel’s encourages its friends to drink responsibly.

Media Contact:
Mark Day (615) 780-3345
mark.day@dvl.com

CORNELIA TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING SEPT. 28

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2013)—The Cornelia, Ga., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 28, with specially priced merchandise Sept. 26-29. The store officially opened for business Sept. 21.

The Cornelia location is Tractor Supply’s 50th store in Georgia and employs 11 team members. The facility has 33,415 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Georgia since 2000.

“Cornelia is a good location for Tractor Supply Company because it’s a large farming community and there is strong 4-H and FFA participation,” said Store Manager Jennifer Holland. “We don’t just sell tractor parts. We have a wide variety of products to fit the community’s needs. Our knowledgeable, diverse team is excited to provide Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service to our neighbors.”

Holland joined Tractor Supply in June 2009 as a part-time team member at the Newnan location. She also spent time at the Gainesville location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, the eastern Arkansas native worked at Goody’s for eight years. She enjoys reading, running and spending time with her two dogs and two cats in her spare time.

As store manager, Holland oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Sept. 26-29, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature a pet adoption and rabies clinic hosted by the Habersham County Animal Shelter and members of the local FFA group with organizational information.

Regular operating hours for the store, located in the former Walmart space at 310 Habersham Hills Circle, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 46 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

Gastroenterologist Joins Capital Digestive Care, Offers Option to Patients

WASHINGTON – Sept. 24, 2013—Capital Digestive Care is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Priti Bijpuria, its newest gastroenterologist. Women are underrepresented in gastroenterology and the addition of Dr. Bijpuria to Capital Digestive Care’s Maryland Digestive Disease Center offers an option to patients in the Baltimore-Washington area.

“We are very delighted to welcome Dr. Bijpuria to our group,” said Dr. Arnold Levy, president and CEO of Capital Digestive Care. “Digestive health is often a sensitive subject and discussing bowel habits with someone of the opposite sex can be intimidating. As a female physician, Dr. Bijpuria will fill a unique need in our communities.”

As many as 70 million Americans are afflicted by a digestive disease, including one of the most commonly diagnosed medical ailments, irritable bowel syndrome, which affects nearly twice as many women as men.

Highlighting the importance of female gastroenterologists, the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy journal reported in 2005 that “women patients’ preference for women physicians is a barrier to colon cancer screening.” The following year, a study presented at the Third National Forum on Women’s Issues in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, revealed more than 90% of women prefer a female endoscopist, for various reasons.

A graduate of University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Bijpuria completed her residency in internal medicine at Boston University. She joins Maryland Digestive Disease Center after completing a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital.

Dr. Bijpuria, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, will see patients at Maryland Digestive Disease Center’s offices in Ellicott City, Laurel and Takoma Park. The center has been caring for patients for more than 30 years and remains committed to providing personal, effective and compassionate care.
For more information on the Maryland Digestive Disease Center and locations, please visit www.capitaldigestivecare.com/mdd.

About Capital Digestive Care & Chevy Chase Clinical Research
Capital Digestive Care is a group of 58 physicians unified across the Washington Metropolitan Area in their desire to advance the delivery of care for patients suffering from all types of digestive health conditions. Capital Digestive Care offers the greatest collective experience in the area along with the most accessible care. The group’s physicians practice at 16 office locations and are affiliated with 15 hospitals and 8 outpatient endoscopy centers, where more than 30,000 colonoscopies are performed each year. Many of them are actively involved in research studies, programs and clinical trials through Chevy Chase Clinical Research, the largest research program of its kind in the region. More than 300 studies have been conducted at the facility in all areas of Gastroenterology, especially in IBD, and some areas of Internal Medicine. For more information, please visit www.capitaldigestivecare.com.

Chevy Chase Clinical Research Facility Study for Clostridium difficile Infection

Number of patients with C-diff doubled over recent decade; 14,000 die annually

WASHINGTON Sept. 23, 2013—Chevy Chase Clinical Research facility is participating in a clinical study of a non-antibiotic therapy for treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (C-diff) that could revolutionize the treatment of this challenging gastrointestinal disease.

C-diff affects primarily older adults and its symptoms range from a mild or debilitating diarrhea, to a life-threatening colitis. Approximately 700,000 people in the U.S. develop C-diff annually (nearly double since 2001), with more than 14,000 deaths every year.

Many people who take the typical treatment for active C-diff, antibiotics, often relapse and develop recurring infections. The only treatments available for these patients are more antibiotics or surgery, which have serious limitations. Growing research indicates patients with recurrent C-diff may have an imbalance in their intestinal flora that facilitates the disease process. RBX2660, a microbiota replacement therapy, may restore this balance and halt C-diff’s symptoms.

“C-diff has become more difficult to manage in recent years and we believe there is potential for this new treatment to change patients’ lives by possibly improving treatment for recurrences,” said Dr. Robert Hardi, Principal Investigator for the study at Chevy Chase Clinical Research.

Capital Digestive Care’s Chevy Chase Research facility is one of a select group of sites in the U.S. and Canada participating in the PUNCH™ CD study sponsored by Rebiotix, Inc. The PUNCH CD study is assessing the safety of RBX2660 (microbiota suspension), a preparation containing live human-derived microbes, for the treatment of Colstridium difficile-associated diarrhea.

Chevy Chase Clinical Research is proud to participate in this study and work with leading physicians on human microbiome research, a new area of medicine seeking to better understand the role that microorganisms which live inside and on the human body have in our health and disease,” Hardi explained.

People who are interested in participating in the PUNCH CD study can find out more by reviewing the eligibility criteria at: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01925417
Or they can contact Chevy Chase Clinical Research directly at: (301) 652-5520

“Patients that participate in a clinical trial, such as the PUNCH CD study, have access to the newest treatments that may cure their disease and improve their quality of life,” explained Dr. Hardi.

About Capital Digestive Care & Chevy Chase Clinical Research
Capital Digestive Care is a group of 58 physicians unified across the Washington Metropolitan Area in their desire to advance the delivery of care for patients suffering from all types of digestive health conditions. Capital Digestive Care offers the greatest collective experience in the area along with the most accessible care. The group’s physicians practice at 16 office locations and are affiliated with 15 hospitals and 8 outpatient endoscopy centers, where more than 30,000 colonoscopies are performed each year. Many of them are actively involved in research studies, programs and clinical trials through Chevy Chase Clinical Research, the largest research program of its kind in the region. More than 300 studies have been conducted at the facility in all areas of Gastroenterology, especially in IBD, and some areas of Internal Medicine. For more information, please visit www.capitaldigestivecare.com.

MORRISVILLE TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING SEPT. 14

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 10, 2013)—The Morrisville, Vt., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 14, with specially priced merchandise Sept. 12-15. The store officially opened for business Sept. 7.

The Morrisville location is Tractor Supply’s seventh store in Vermont and employs 13 team members. The facility has 19,097 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Vermont since 2005.

Morrisville is a good location for Tractor Supply Company because it’s in the largest–growing county in Vermont, and our products fit the needs of the community,” said Store Manager Ron Lackey. “We have a variety of products for everyone. Our knowledgeable, friendly team is excited to provide Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service to our neighbors. We’d love for our neighbors in the area to come by and see us.”

Lackey joined Tractor Supply in 2011 as an assistant store manager at the Montpelier location. The Northfield native has been a part of retail industry for 35 years and grew up on a farm, raising cattle and horses. He enjoys water skiing in his spare time.

As store manager, Lackey oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Sept. 12-15, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature information provided by the local 4-H group, information from the University of Vermont Extension on tractors’ safety bar, a children’s tractor pull and grilled food prepared by members of the Hyde Park Veterans of Foreign Wars, who will donate proceeds to the 4-H. The event will also include antique tractors, a hay press, and lawn mowers for customers to demo. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the local Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 88 Center Road, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 46 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

DenTek Tooth Fairies Cross the Country Encouraging College Students to Floss

Tooth Fairies School Students in the Importance of Good Oral Care

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2013)—While it’s probably been a while for most college students since their last run-in with the tooth fairy, all of that’s changing this fall. DenTek wants to help college students improve their oral care and will send its tooth fairies out to college campuses nationwide for the second annual Tooth Fairy Tour.

“The warm reception we received last year reinforced an important message: you are never too old for a visit from the tooth fairy,” said Rachel Scharfman, DenTek Brand Manager. “Our tooth fairies are excited to reinforce the importance of developing good oral health habits and hand out cash rewards at each stop along the way.”

Beginning in mid-September, DenTek tooth fairies will embark on a journey to remind students to go beyond brushing and floss daily. They will stop at 20 different colleges, distribute floss pick samples and challenge students to “find the tooth” on a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

At each stop on the tour, the tooth fairies will hide an oversized plastic tooth in an iconic location on campus. DenTek will conduct the scavenger hunt via Twitter using the hashtag #findthetooth for a prize of $100. Students are encouraged to follow @DenTek for clues about the location of the tooth.

In addition to the $100 prize, students will be given the opportunity to win DenTek coupons by finding the tooth fairies on campus and posting a photo with them to DenTek’s Facebook page.

See below for the complete tour schedule.

2013 DenTek Tooth Fairy Tour

  • Sept. 18, 2013: Pennsylvania State University
  • Sept. 19, 2013: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Sept. 20, 2013: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Sept. 23, 2013: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sept. 24, 2013: University of Georgia
  • Sept. 26, 2013: University of Florida
  • Sept. 30, 2013: Auburn University
  • Oct. 1, 2013: University of Alabama
  • Oct. 2, 2013: University of Mississippi
  • Oct. 4, 2013: University of Arkansas
  • Oct. 7, 2013: University of Oklahoma
  • Oct. 9, 2013: University of Texas
  • Oct. 11, 2013: Texas Tech University
  • Oct. 14, 2013: University of Arizona
  • Oct. 16, 2013: San Diego State University
  • Oct. 17, 2013: University of Southern California
  • Oct. 18, 2013: University of Las Vegas
  • Oct. 21, 2013: University of Colorado
  • Oct. 23, 2013: University of Nebraska
  • Oct. 24, 2013: University of Kansas

About DenTek
DenTek is a worldwide leader in innovative oral care products including floss picks, interdental brush cleaners, dental guards for nighttime bruxism, disposable dental picks, braces care and dental repair. DenTek products are available in retail stores nationwide including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and other select retailers. Visit www.dentek.com or call (800) 433-6835 for more information.

 

DURANGO TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE TO HOLD GRAND OPENING SEPT. 7

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2013)—The Durango, Colo., Tractor Supply Company store will hold its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 7, with specially priced merchandise Sept. 5-8. The store officially opened for business Aug. 31.

The Durango location is Tractor Supply’s fifth store in Colorado and employs 13 team members. The facility has 21,924 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Colorado since 2012.

“Durango is a good location for Tractor Supply Company because our core customers live in this area,” said Store Manager Robert Mein. “We have a variety of products that cater to the lifestyle that area residents live. Our knowledgeable, friendly team is excited to provide Tractor Supply’s legendary customer service to our neighbors.”

Mein joined Tractor Supply nearly two years ago training team members at the Greeley location. He has spent time at each of the Colorado Tractor Supply locations training team members in various positions. The Fort Collins native previously worked for another company in the retail industry, and he enjoys camping, fishing, hunting and hiking.
As store manager, Mein oversees all store operations, including receiving, inventory control and merchandising, as well as customer and team member relations.

To celebrate the grand opening of the store, shoppers will receive 10 percent off their first purchase, up to $100, from Sept. 5-8, and can enter to win prizes including store gift cards, pet feed, clothing, power tools, a lawn tractor and chain saw. Free Tractor Supply caps will also be given away while supplies last.

The grand opening event this Saturday will feature an alpaca company, petting zoo, animals provided by the local 4-H group, food and drinks provided by another 4-H club and a wagon ride for customers. The store is also hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 6 at 12:15 p.m. with the local Chamber of Commerce.

Regular operating hours for the store, located at 1175 Dominguez Drive, are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 46 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

GREATER NASHVILLE HOME SALES CONTINUE TO INCREASE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 5, 2013)—There were 3,084 home closings reported for the month of August, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure represents an 18.3 percent increase from the 2,606 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area have increased 22.8 percent. There were 21,094 closings, compared with 17,174 closings reported through August of last year.

“Home sales during August increased 18.3 percent over August of last year. And, the total number of closings during the month exceeded 3,000, which is very encouraging,” said GNAR president Price Lechleiter. “Spring and summer are highly active times for home sales, but the start of the school year sometimes begins a seasonal downturn. The Greater Nashville market remains active and healthy, and the number of pending sales is cause to believe the trend is continuing.

“As Middle Tennessee continues to receive positive attention, with businesses and families moving here, it’s resulting in more growth. Preparing for and managing that growth is critically important. Addressing key local and regional issues like transit and public education will be necessary if we want to continue enjoying the benefits of being a vibrant, attractive location.”

A comparison of sales by category for August is:

  August 2012 August 2013
CLOSINGS 2,606 3,084
Residential 2,177 2,544
Condominium 299 351
Multi-Family 20 29
Farms/Lands/Lots 110 160


There were 2,888 sales pending at the end of August, compared with 2,572 pending sales at this time last year.  The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 67 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during August was $194,000, and for a condominium it was $167,834.  This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $175,000 and $147,634, respectively.

Inventory at the end of August was 16,250, down slightly from 18,223 in August 2012.  The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

August 2012 August 2013
INVENTORY 18,223 16,250
Residential 11,231 10,156
Condominium 1,432 1,215
Multi-Family 266 175
Farms/Land/Lots 5,294 4,704


“Both condominium and single-family median prices continue to rise and days on market continue to drop,” added Lechleiter. “Inventory is continuing to decrease, which is the case in all categories this month.  Now is certainly a good time to consider selling your home. There is demand from buyers for well-prepared and properly priced properties.”

“In these times, the value of a real estate professional becomes even more evident. Realtors use their experience and training to help buyers and sellers navigate the trends and uncertainties of the current market and enable both of these groups to have a positive transaction experience.”

The Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

Media Contact:
Jasmine Wiley 615/780-3342
Jasmine.Wiley@dvl.com

CORIZON RAISES OVER $12,000 TO SUPPORT 
CHILDREN OF INCARCERATED PARENTS

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (Sept. 4, 2013)—Corizon, the nation’s leader in correctional health care solutions, announced that it has raised over $12,000 to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program through the first half of this year.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi Program was selected as one of Corizon’s corporate charities for 2013 and granted an initial corporate gift of $5,000. In addition to this gift, Corizon’s corporate and operations office employees in Nashville and St. Louis raised an additional $7,000+ for the program over the summer. Fundraisers included “Bowl for Kids,” the sale of casual days, cash donations, etc.

“The Amachi Program is a wonderful program that provides extra support to kids who need it the most,” said Cindy Schupp, Missouri Regional Director and Chairman of Corizon’s Company Culture Committee. “Our employees have really supported this effort that is so applicable to our industry, and have raised money through community events, office-wide initiatives and generous pocketbooks.”

The Amachi Program is a specialized Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative that provides additional support and guidance to children with an incarcerated parent. “Amachi”, a Nigerian word for hope, literally translates to “who knows but what God has brought us through this child.” The program strives to help children realize what they can achieve and support them with their goals.

Other charities Corizon employees are supporting in 2013 include: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Animal Protective Association of Missouri, Nashville Rescue Mission, Children’s Hospital of St. Louis, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, United Way and World Down Syndrome Day.

About Corizon
Corizon provides quality health care services at 427 correctional facilities across the country serving approximately 327,000 inmates in 29 states. With its corporate headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. and the operational headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., Corizon is the leading provider of correctional health care services in the United States, delivering a wide range of health care and pharmacy programs to government agencies for the medical care of inmates. For more information, please visit www.corizonhealth.com.

Media Contact:
Brian Fulton (615) 780-3327
brian.fulton@dvl.com

Rebecca Warren (615) 780-3313
rebecca.fulton@dvl.com

TICKETS FOR 16th ANNUAL FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL ON SALE TODAY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 30, 2013)—Tickets for the 2013 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl go on sale Friday, Aug.30 at 10 a.m. The 16th annual game will be played at LP Field on Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CST.
       
Tickets starting as low as $18 are now available including: $81-Club, $61-Lower, $40 and $18-Upper.

“We are proud to be the title sponsor of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl for the fourth consecutive year,” said Dan Crockett, President and CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Company. “We’re looking forward to an exciting SEC-ACC matchup that will give Nashville residents as well as out-of-town visitors an opportunity to experience all the excitement that Music City has to offer.”

Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster online at Ticketmaster.com/MusicCityBowl or at any Ticketmaster location. Since ticket holder renewals began in May, the Bowl has already renewed more tickets this year than at any point in its history.

“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is sure to bring excitement to our city and for our sponsor,” said Scott Ramsey, president and CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. “We are thankful for our partnerships with the ACC, SEC and ESPN and look forward to a great schedule of events that visitors and local fans can enjoy leading into the New Year’s celebrations.”

Now in its 16th year, the 2013 Bowl matches teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), representing the 8th consecutive year the two conferences have competed in Nashville. In 2012, close to 56,000 fans watched as Vanderbilt beat NC State 38-24.

Established in 1998, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl has transformed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day into one of the city’s busiest times of the year for tourism. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced $222 million in direct economic impact to Nashville.

Corporate ticket packages for this year’s Bowl are also available through the Bowl office. Ticket packages include premium tickets (priority locations), parking, VIP hospitality, special recognition and more. For questions on corporate ticket packages please call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit MusicCityBowl.com.

About the Bowl:

The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences.  Since its inception, the Bowl has produced more than $222 million in economic impact.  Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville’s Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.

To get up-to-the-minute information, follow the Bowl on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Molly K Williamson (615) 780-3367
molly.williamson@dvl.com

DVL Public Relations & Advertising Announces New Vice Presidents

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2013)—DVL Public Relations & Advertising recently announced the promotions of Betsy Edgeworth and Courtney Eller.

Betsy EdgeworthEdgeworth, who joined DVL in 2010, has been promoted from controller to vice president of finance. She is responsible for managing DVL finance/accounting projects and procedures. Before joining DVL, she served as the managing partner of Edgeworth Consulting Group, LLP, where she provided financial consulting for businesses nationwide.
She spent the first 15 years of her career in the commercial printing industry where she utilized her skill for financial analysis and corporate accounting. Edgeworth has also served as controller/CFO of a special effects firm in Santa Monica, where she earned a film credit on the 2005 Alcon Entertainment film, “Racing Stripes” and the 2013 film, “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Courtney Eller

Eller, who joined DVL in 2004, has been promoted from account supervisor to vice president. She provides clients with experience in strategic account planning, coordination, client communications and project implementation. She currently works with clients in the food and beverage, automotive, education and health care industries. Eller is a member of DVL’s internal communications team and leads the agency’s associate program.



NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY STORE PLANNED FOR EAGLE PASS

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Aug. 27, 2013)—Construction is underway on a new Tractor Supply Company store in Eagle Pass, Texas, the company’s 138th Texas location.

Tractor Supply is the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the United States and has been operating in Texas since 1950.

The Eagle Pass Tractor Supply store will be located at 2116 Town Square Blvd., and will employ 12 to 17 full- and part-time team members. The store will include sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying items such as fencing, sprayers and livestock equipment.

“Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Eagle Pass community,” said District Manager Toni Hernandez. “Eagle Pass is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers, and horse owners in the area. And many of our new customers are surprised to find we also offer pet supplies and clothing items for the entire family.”

The contractor for the project, Zertuche Construction, LLC of Laredo, began construction on June 27. A completion date has been tentatively set for mid-November.

Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,223 stores in 46 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Media Contact:
Rob Hoskins (615) 780-3332
rob.hoskins@dvl.com

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BROWN-FORMAN TO EXPAND THE JACK DANIEL DISTILLERY

Global demand drives more than $100 million investment in Tennessee

LOUISVILLE, KY, August 22, 2013—Brown-Forman Corporation (NYSE: BFA, BFB) announced today the expansion of the Jack Daniel Distillery in response to global demand for its world-famous Tennessee Whiskey. The more than $100 million investment includes the addition of stills, barrel warehouses, and related infrastructure to support the expanding operations.

“The demand for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey worldwide speaks volumes for the craftsmanship and specialness of a spirit distilled from a small cave spring hollow in Tennessee,” said Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller, Jack Daniel Distillery. “The expansion will help Jack Daniel’s continue to bring our distinctive, charcoal-mellowed whiskey to the world and to follow Mr. Jack’s belief when he said, ‘Every day we make it, we’ll make it the best we can.’”

Brown-Forman’s investment of more than $100 million is expected to result in approximately 90 additional full-time jobs over the next five years. Construction on the expansion will begin this fall and is expected to be completed within two years.

“I want to thank the Jack Daniel Distillery for today’s announcement and their continued investment in the people of Lynchburg and Tennessee,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “This company is an American brand but, more importantly, a Tennessee brand well recognized across the world, making it a global ambassador for our home state. Jack Daniel’s is one of our most historic exports, and it helps us in our efforts to bring new Tennessee products to the world marketplace.”

The distillery expansion will be located on distillery property in the Lynchburg area and tied to the same source of cave spring water.

“Jack Daniel’s is a globally recognized and well-respected brand that boasts a rich history filled with Tennessee tradition,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The substantial expansion set to occur in the upcoming years is tremendous for the community and underscores Tennessee’s No. 1 ranking for job growth in the Southeast. I appreciate the company’s continued investment in the state and the jobs created from today’s impressive announcement.”

This year, with the support of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation designating that any whiskey labeled as “Tennessee Whiskey” must be charcoal mellowed and produced in the state, in effect creating a new spirit category similar to Kentucky Bourbon.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey has grown volume for 21 consecutive years, underscoring the brand’s premium, iconic image and reinforcing Brown-Forman’s belief in its long-term appeal and sustained growth potential. The Jack Daniel’s family of brands grew global net sales by a strong 9% in the last fiscal year.

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is known for the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails.

For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/.

Please enjoy your Tennessee Whiskey responsibly. For more information on Jack Daniel’s, visit www.jackdaniels.com or visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/jackdaniels.

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  • Unfavorable global or regional economic conditions, and related low consumer confidence, high unemployment, weak credit or capital markets, sovereign debt defaults, sequestrations, austerity measures, higher interest rates, political instability, higher inflation, deflation, lower returns on pension assets, or lower discount rates for pension obligations
  • Risks associated with being a U.S.-based company with global operations, including political or civil unrest; local labor policies and conditions; protectionist trade policies; compliance with local trade practices and other regulations, including anti-corruption laws; terrorism; and health pandemics
  • Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates
  • Changes in laws, regulations or policies - especially those that affect the production, importation, marketing, sale or consumption of our beverage alcohol products
  • Tax rate changes (including excise, sales, VAT, tariffs, duties, corporate, individual income, dividends, capital gains) or changes in related reserves, changes in tax rules (e.g., LIFO, foreign income deferral, U.S. manufacturing and other deductions) or accounting standards, and the unpredictability and suddenness with which they can occur
  • Dependence upon the continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands
  • Changes in consumer preferences, consumption or purchase patterns - particularly away from brown spirits, our premium products, or spirits generally, and our ability to anticipate and react to them; decline in the social acceptability of beverage alcohol products in significant markets; bar, restaurant, travel or other on-premise declines
  • Production facility, aging warehouse or supply chain disruption; imprecision in supply/demand forecasting
  • Higher costs, lower quality or unavailability of energy, input materials or finished goods
  • Route-to-consumer changes that affect the timing of our sales, temporarily disrupt the marketing or sale of our products, for result in implementation-related or higher fixed costs
  • Inventory fluctuations in our products by distributors, wholesalers, or retailers
  • Competitors’ consolidation or other competitive activities, such as pricing actions (including price reductions, promotions, discounting, couponing or free goods), marketing, category expansion, product introductions, entry or expansion in our geographic markets or distribution networks
  • Risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions, business partnerships or investments - such as acquisition integration, or termination difficulties or costs, or impairment in recorded value
  • Insufficient protection of our intellectual property rights
  • Product counterfeiting, tampering, or recall, or product quality issues
  • Significant legal disputes and proceedings; government investigations (particularly of industry or company business, trade or marketing practices)
  • Failure or breach of key information technology systems
  • Negative publicity related to our company, brands, marketing, personnel, operations, business performance or prospects
  • Business disruption, decline or costs related to organizational changes, reductions in workforce or other cost-cutting measures, or our failure to attract or retain key executive or employee talent

For further information on these and other risks, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Advance Financial Announces New CEO, Chief Experience Officer

The Award-Winning Financial Services Provider Will Expand, Realign Executive Team

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (Aug. 21, 2013)—Advance Financial, a leading financial services retailer, has announced that it is expanding and realigning its executive team. The reorganization, which creates two new positions, comes as the company recently announced plans to open retail centers in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

“Our executive team is growing and changing to meet the needs of our more than 40 retail financial centers and thousands of customers,” said Tina Hodges. “I am excited by the vision our team has for the future of Advance Financial. We have a strong and aggressive plan to expand our footprint in Tennessee, and part of that plan includes expanding our executive team.”

The new executive team will be led by Tina Hodges in the dual roles of CEO and a newly created position of chief experience officer. Former CEO Mike Hodges has been named Chairman of the Board and will continue to drive corporate strategy. While other Advance Financial executives have been promoted within the company, no executives have departed in the reorganization.

  • Tina Hodges – CEO and Chief Experience Officer, formerly Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
  • Mike Hodges –Chairman of the Board, formerly President and CEO
  • Bryan Link – President and Chief Information Officer, formerly Chief Information Office
  • Jeff Smith – Chief Operations Officer, formerly Vice President of Operations

“Advance Financial is dedicated to serving all the financial needs of our customers. It is this focus and unrelenting drive that have made us one of the largest and most successful financial retailers in Tennessee,” said Tina Hodges. “Adding the chief experience officer and board chairman positions, and promoting within our executive team is a natural progression of our company mission to provide outstanding service to our customers.”

Advance Financial, founded in Franklin, Tenn., currently employs more than 450 Tennesseans and operates more than 40 locations in Middle Tennessee. Advance Financial has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and provides free money orders, short-term loans, check cashing, bill payment and wire transfer. The company is licensed and regulated by the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions.

About Advance Financial
Advance Financial offers short term loans, check cashing services, wire transfer, bill payment and unlimited free money orders. The financial center, founded in 1996, is family owned and operated in Nashville, Tenn. Advance Financial currently operates more than 40 locations throughout middle Tennessee and employees more than 450 local representatives. By focusing on a wide variety of services, convenient 24/7 operating hours, efficient service and professional staff, Advance Financial is committed to building long-lasting strong relationships with every customer. It recently earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and was named a Top Work Place by The Tennessean.

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