INSIDE This Edition - Smithville`s Stella Luna gallery closing after 10



INSIDE This Edition - Smithville`s Stella Luna gallery closing after 10
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A Voice For Upper Cumberland Businesses
June 2010 | Issue 66
Hospital officials set to tackle challenges in reform bill
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
Fudge promoted to
president at Honest
Randy Fudge
has been
promoted to
president of
Honest Abe
Log Homes.
Fudge joined
Honest Abe
in 1987 and holds a degree
in industrial technology
from Western Kentucky
University, with an emphasis
in architectural design and
building construction.
Fudge focused on customer
service his first few years with
Honest Abe and, in 1990, he
took on the management
position of the construction
department. Honest Abe’s
construction program
prospered under his guidance
and he was promoted to vice
president of construction
services in 1996. In 2005
Fudge was promoted to the
position of vice president of
company operations, which
he held until his recent
Cookeville Regional
earns recognition
COOKEVILLE – Cookeville
Regional Medical Center has
earned Quality Respiratory
Care Recognition (QRCR) under
a national program aimed at
helping patients and families
make informed decisions about
the quality of the respiratory
care services available in
About 700 hospitals – or
approximately 15 percent
of hospitals in the United
States – have applied for and
received this award. This is the
seventh consecutive year the
Respiratory Care Department
has earned this prestigious
See bizbuzz pg.12
It undoubtedly
will affect all
hospitals in the long
term. Because
basically what the
program does is,
one, it levies new
taxes and fees on
various health carerelated entities...
Every aspect of health
coverage in America has come
under intense scrutiny since
the passage of the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care
Act in March. In addition to its
obvious effects on businesses
and individuals with its
insurance coverage mandates,
the bill also calls for hospitals
to confront widespread
changes in the way they will
operate in the future. And if
you ask Michael Meadows,
CEO of Livingston Regional
Hospital, the debate about the
Bernie Mattingly
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
The passage of two
education reform bills in a
special legislative session
earlier this year, coupled with
Tennessee’s acquisition of the
federal Race to the Top Grant
in March, have positioned the
Upper Cumberland and the
state at the forefront of
nationwide educational
reform efforts. Concurrently,
the reform measures adopted
by Gov. Phil Bredesen are
designed to improve
economic and work force
development in the region
and across the state.
Bredesen’s educational
reform initiatives affect all of
Tennessee’s public education
system, from kindergarten
through college. The
Tennessee First to the Top
Act, which calls for K-12
schools to evaluate teachers
more frequently, and the
Complete College Tennessee
Act, designed to improve
college graduation rates, were
both signed into law Jan. 26.
The reform laws also
improved the desirability of
the state’s application for
federal Race to the Top Grant
funding. Tennessee will use
reform bill has just gotten
“I just think there are going
to be so many changes over
the next couple of years that
what you’ll see then is not
even going to be close to the
original bill,” he said.
Bernie Mattingly, CEO of
Cookeville Regional Medical
Center, notes that even though
the real implementation of
reform will not take effect for
years, a number of issues can
nonetheless be addressed.
“It undoubtedly will affect
all hospitals in the long term,”
he said. “Because basically
what the program does is, one,
to better
work force
its $501 million share of the
grant to fund programs
highlighted in the two bills.
According to Kathleen
Airhart, director of Putnam
County Schools, the most
important changes put forth
by the Tennessee First to the
Top Act involves the new
system of teacher evaluation.
Under the current system,
certified and tenured teachers
must be evaluated twice
every 10 years, whereas the
reform specifies that all
teachers must receive
evaluations once per year.
Additionally, one component
of the evaluation will be tied
to student performance,
placing a direct link of
accountability between
teaching and learning.
Despite the passage of the
act, schools in the Upper
Cumberland will not see its
effects until after the
evaluation system is piloted
in a number of school
systems across the state.
Teacher evaluations will
become standard for the
2011-2012 school year.
Another important aspect
of the reform, according to
Airhart, rests with the
students. As teacher
See education pg.18
it levies new taxes and fees on
various health care-related
entities – such as
pharmaceutical companies,
makers of supplies and
devices, and insurance
companies – and also,
hospitals have made a
commitment to put their share
in the pot too to help reduce
the cost of health care.”
According to Mattingly, this
reduction in cost was one of
the primary purposes of
enacting health care reform in
the first place, a point that he
feels the bill failed to
adequately address. This belief
U.C. businesses
see uptick in
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
Based on recent trends of
increased business, expansion
and job creation, many
businesses across the Upper
Cumberland appear to be
indicating the region’s turn
toward positive economic
growth. A number of businesses
in the construction sector, as
well as area manufacturers,
have shown improvements in
each of these areas.
Van De Voorde Electric, a
Cookeville-based electrical
services company, has seen
the economy improve to the
point that it recently rehired
11 employees who had been
laid off in November 2008.
According to owner Steve
Van De Voorde, the rehiring
could be a sign of the region’s
economic recovery.
“We can’t tell if some of
the new work was because of
weather delays or if it’s actually
starting to pick back up,” he
said. “It appears for the most
part that people are starting to
spend money again.”
Van De Voorde reports that
See ECONOMY pg.16
INSIDE This Edition
Lanny Dunn adds Cumberland Kia to
his portfolio
See KIA pg.3
Flood Damage
Some U.C. businesses did not escape flood
damage from recent storms
See FLOOD pg.5
Executive Profile
Larry and Tim Funderburk, U.C.
McDonald’s entrepreneurs
See Profile pg.8
Medical Profile
Dr. Timothy Powell, CRMC cardiac,
vascular & thoracic surgeon
See MEDICAL pg.10
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The auto dealership formerly
known as Cookeville Kia came under
new ownership in April and is now
Cumberland Kia, joining Cumberland
Auto Group under owner Lanny Dunn.
The dealership received approval from
Kia in May and has already begun
increasing its new vehicle inventory.
Cumberland Auto Group, which
currently employs over 100 workers,
will increase its work force by 25 with
the addition of the Kia dealership. Dunn
expects to hire an additional five to 15
employees in the near future.
“Between the sales tax dollars
generated and the jobs that we offer,
I think that offers quite a bit to the
economy,” Dunn said.
Dunn, who also owns Cumberland
Toyota and Cumberland Chrysler/
Dodge/Jeep, believes that his latest
dealership will appeal to a specific
set of consumers across the Upper
Cumberland. According to Dunn, the
fuel efficiency, economy and overall
price of Kia models should attract a
niche market that he’s ready to service.
“We’re excited about Kia because it
doesn’t clash or have the same clientele
as Toyota or Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep. So
I’m not competing with myself,” he said.
Another factor that led Dunn to
pursue the Cookeville dealership was
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Kia because it doesn’t
clash or have the same
clientele as Toyota or
So I’m not competing
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“[Kia’s] five-year, 100,000-mile
warranty is the best new car warranty
in the industry, which is good for the
customer,” he said. “What we can offer
the consumer as far as service, I think
our 25-year history of taking care of
customers with Toyota and Chrysler/
Dodge/Jeep speaks for itself.”
In spite of his new ownership of the
Kia dealership, Dunn believes that he
will forgo making noticeable changes
and instead keep with the business
practices that have sustained his other
dealerships in the past.
“We’re going to do an awful lot of
the same as we’ve done during the past
25 years,” he said, “and that’s pretty
much being fair in the way we deal
with people, honest, taking care of
customers’ needs and desires. When you
come here all your automotive needs
are taken care of.”
Dunn noted that Cumberland Auto
Group provides extended service hours,
on-call wrecker service, the largest
body shop and parts operation between
Nashville and Knoxville, three service
departments and the region’s largest
selection of viewable inventory.
One major test for Toyota dealers
across the nation were massive recalls
over the past seven months affecting
eight product lines and thousands of
vehicles. According to Dunn, however,
the economic significance of the recalls
should be kept in perspective.
“I think most of our customers have
found it to be more of an inconvenience
rather than a concern,” he said. “It
has been a little disruptive but we’ve
had a record year as far as our service
department, and our sales are up 16
According to Dunn, the Cookeville
dealership posted an increase of sales
a full four percentage points higher
than the company’s national average
over the course of the recalls. In spite of
the difficulties the recalls posed, Dunn
equates them to speed bumps rather
than brick walls.
Cumberland Auto Group has thus
far withstood the negative effects of
the economic downturn as well as
the Toyota safety recalls, and looks
to continue its pattern of growth and
“New car dealers are becoming
fewer,” he said. “The ones that are
left standing are better dealers, more
financially sound dealers, dealers that
are more oriented to taking care of
customers and doing things for the
The company currently holds $8
million to $10 million in new car
inventory and $5 million in used
car inventory. According to Dunn,
Cumberland Kia will celebrate a grand
opening in early July.
June 2010
Morrison Bridgestone plant celebrates
milestone, learning pavilion
Bridgestone-Firestone’s Morrison
facility, part of Bridgestone Americas
Tire Operations, marked a milestone
on May 12 as it celebrated its 20th
year of operation.
As part of the ceremony, the
facility officially dedicated its
Bridgestone Environmental Education
Classroom and Habitat (BEECH)
learning pavilion. According to
company officials, the BEECH wildlife
habitat program has provided more
than 5,000 young people with
environmental education on outdoor
nature trails and in an advanced,
hands-on classroom since last year.
The students learn important lessons
about recycling, conservation and the
shared responsibility to protect the
Ron Brooks, who recently retired as
plant manager at the Warren County
facility, said, “I am extremely proud
to have spent my career working for
Bridgestone Americas, a company
whose passion for excellence is not
only applied to its products and
services, but also transcends into the
very heart of the communities where
our businesses are located through
a variety of donations and resources
that benefit the lives of the citizens
who reside there.”
Gary Garfield, president and CEO
of Bridgestone Americas Inc., said,
“Our Warren County co-workers
truly embody what it means to
live the Bridgestone Way: through
a commitment to excellence and
through a focus on serving society
with superior quality for the products
they produce. This plant has set the
standard for all of our manufacturing
Bridgestone Americas chairman
Duke Nishiyama and BATO chairman,
CEO and president Eduardo Minardi
were also part of the celebration.
“We are very proud of the team
in Warren County, both for their
teamwork in making high-quality
tires and in setting the standard
in our industry for safety and
environmental performance,” Minardi
said. “Congratulations to everyone
at the Warren County facility for 20
successful years. We know the plant
will reach even more milestones in
the future.”
In addition to celebrating the
facility’s milestone, Brooks was
also recognized with a Senate Joint
Resolution for his service to the
people of Tennessee and in honor of
his retirement.
“We thought it was important for
the state to recognize Ron for his
contributions to the city, county and
state,” said State Sen. Eric Stewart.
“On behalf of all of the elected
officials attending today’s 20th
anniversary celebration, we’re happy
we were able to present the Senate
Joint Resolution to such a welldeserving person.”
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June 2010
Flooding dampens commerce
for Upper Cumberland retailers
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
The recent outbreak of storms and
severe flooding has brought many
businesses in the Upper Cumberland
to a standstill, leaving owners and
employees to pick up the pieces. Flooding
in Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Smith
and Trousdale counties has been met
with a degree of federal aid, but many
businesses remain uncertain of their own
eligibility for Small Business Association
loans and Disaster Unemployment
One business owner who has
experienced the flood’s damaging
power is Sheryle Bruno, owner of
Pappy’s Pickett Fence, an antique shop
in downtown Gainesboro. She reports
that the facility’s restroom, antique
wood flooring, rugs and shelving all
suffered serious water damage. Perhaps
more importantly, she reports that the
floodwaters opened up new entry points
for water to reenter the building during
subsequent rains.
“It came so fast and furious that it got
into a place we’d never had any water
before, and I just can’t get it to dry out,”
she said.
Bruno remains unaware of her
coverage status because she’s been
unable to contact the owner of the
building. She feels optimistic that the
business will recover, and she has yet to
close her doors because of the damage.
“This all can be replaced,” she said.
“I’m just sorry for the people who have
really been affected terribly.”
One of those affected may be Carthage
business owner Alicia Hoffman. Coowner of Hoffman’s Auction House
in Carthage, she experienced serious
property losses in the flood. Hoffman,
who does not own the building, said that
she did not know the facility rested in a
flood plain and did not hold insurance
coverage. She estimates losses to be in
the thousands of dollars.
According to Hoffman, water entering
her business facility caused widespread
damage to merchandise, furniture,
appliances and the building itself.
Hoffman reports that almost all of the
business’s consignment items, including
antiques, collectibles, furniture, clothing
and auction equipment, were either
damaged or destroyed. Additionally, she
reports that the water itself had somehow
become corrosive, leaving metal objects
completely corroded and producing black
mold almost immediately.
“I’ve found that resources for business
owners who do not own the property are
basically nil,” Hoffman said.
She planned to investigate FEMA and
SBA loans, but said she was unsure if she
would qualify for assistance.
“It’s been like a grieving process,”
she said. “First you deal with it. It’s
happening right now, you’ve got to take
care of things, you don’t have time to
think. You just have to get in there and
get everything done.”
Hoffman said that she and her husband
are currently looking to find another
building to house their business.
The CBJ was unable to contact other
affected businesses by press deadline.
Floods, insurance policies cover
many U.C. business owners
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
Record-breaking floods across the
state of Tennessee have put a severe
economic strain on many residents
and businesses of the Upper
Cumberland. But for many affected
by flood damage, the reality echoes
Bob Dylan’s warning, that if you
go down in the flood it’s going to
be your own fault. Flood insurance
coverage, available exclusively
through the National Flood
Insurance Program, is available to
everyone regardless of location or
risk level.
The NFIP reports that 26
percent of homes in America will
experience a flood within the 30year mortgage term. In spite of such
risks many neglect to purchase
flood insurance. Mike Swallows,
president of The Swallows-Newman
Agency, believes this fact has a lot
to do with two basic factors: risk
and cost.
“So many people don’t think that
they’re going to flood, that their
location just isn’t flood prone,” he
said. “And we usually double their
homeowner premium or more, so
it’s not cheap. So many people just
don’t want it because it’s that much
more expense, and the likelihood,
they feel, is fairly low.”
Even without NFIP coverage,
however, many business owners
and employees in the Upper
Cumberland have been offered
federal aid in the form of the
Small Business Administration’s
recently announced Economic
Injury Disaster Loans, offered
through FEMA, as well as Disaster
Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
According to a state release, the
loans offered by FEMA are directed
toward small businesses, small
agricultural cooperatives and most
private non-profit organizations to
help alleviate financial hardship
caused by the flooding. The agency
can provide up to $2 million in
Residents of Cannon, Clay,
DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Smith
and Trousdale counties who have
become unemployed because of
severe storms, flooding, straightline winds and tornadoes have until
June 10 to claim DUA benefits.
While Swallows realizes the
potential value of government
assistance, he hesitates to
recommend that anyone depend
on receiving relief as opposed
to purchasing an NFIP policy.
Government aid, he argues,
comes with numerous eligibility
stipulations, while NFIP coverage is
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P r o f e s s i o n a l ly s P e a k i n g - D r . D a l e W h e e l e r
Building new smiles one patient at a time
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
Some folks know exactly what they want
out of life, and for Dr. Dale Wheeler, an
orthodontist working out of three Upper
Cumberland offices, having his own dental
practice has been the goal since he was 11
or 12 years old. While his interest in science
and mathematics always kept him interested
in left-brain activities, Dr. Wheeler credits
his early experiences visiting the
orthodontist’s office with first planting the
seed. He recalls the office being a fun
atmosphere and a welcome break from the
school day.
“It makes you focus, it makes you bear
down,” he said of supporting a family. “It
makes you use your time more wisely.”
Today, it’s apparent that those time
management skills have served him well.
Dr. Wheeler sees between 50 and 80
patients a day and works out of offices in
Cookeville, Crossville and Rockwood. While
he admits that beginning his own practice
was a demanding task, he believes that his
present success lies in his ability to
overcome those kinds of challenges.
“It was a fun experience,” he said.
“Through seeing all of that going on, then
hearing my parents talk about paying him
money, I thought, ‘Man, he gets paid for
that?’ So that sparked the interest.”
After earning his B.S. in organismal and
systems biology from the University of
Tennessee in three years, Dr. Wheeler
pursued his dental degree from the
university’s medical campus in Memphis.
On completing his three-year residency, a
comprehensive orthodontics program that
provided him with specialized training, Dr.
Wheeler had accumulated a full 10 years of
training. With his formal education
wrapped up, he began his own practice in
1997, and to help supplement his growing,
but still limited, list of patients, in 1999 he
joined Dr. Vaden’s practice. After
establishing himself in Crossville and
Cookeville, Dr. Wheeler started his
Cookeville practice in 2007.
“It’s a caterpillar turning into a butterfly,”
he said. “You see the difference in their
attitude, you see the difference in their
confidence, you see the difference in their
outlook, in their maturity, and you see them
walk out of here as a young adult with a
smile that makes them confident. And
hopefully that carries them through life.”
While Dr. Wheeler is glad to see patients
of any age – he’s helped patients from ages
8 to 80 – his philosophy of treatment differs
from that of some orthodontists.
Dr. Dale Wheeler, a native of Crossville, visits
with some of his younger patients. Visitors of
all ages appreciate the open and comfortable
environment he’s provided in both of his two
Upper Cumberland offices and his satellite
office in Rockwood.
“There are some things that have to be
treated for an 8- or 9-year-old,” he said,
“but not everything. And not every 8- or
9-year-old needs braces.”
Rather than approach his practice as a
business first, Dr. Wheeler believes that
treating his patients as if they were his own
children ensures that he’ll make the right
decisions for each individual patient. He
does this by carefully considering whether
or not a patient needs braces, and if so, for
how long and at what cost. And while the
financial side of his practice is a concern,
he has found that this philosophy takes care
of that as well.
“The money always will come,” he said.
“If you treat people right, and you treat
people fair, and you do the right thing, and
you do it with the right heart and the right
intention, then the money always takes care
of itself.”
Of all the places to carry out this
philosophy, Dr. Wheeler is happy to be
doing it in the Upper Cumberland.
Dr. Wheeler’s personal life also took on
another significant responsibility at a
young age. At age 18, just one week after
graduating high school, he married his
sweetheart. He credits a degree of his
success to taking on marital responsibilities
at such a young age.
“Being someone born and raised in the
Upper Cumberland area,” he said, “it is a
privilege to be back in my hometown
community serving the people I grew up
“In a lot of ways that was good for me,” he
said, “because it probably calmed me down
and kept me out of trouble. She’s been there
supporting me, and behind me helping me
through this. So it’s kind of cool.”
By age 20, the couple had a car of their
own as well as a baby. And though his
daughter came during his most difficult
semester at school, Dr. Wheeler put up his
best grades while learning the role of
His family’s background in farming
helped him learn the values of hard work
and careful organization, qualities that
have helped Dr. Wheeler’s reputation for
specialized care and friendly service grow
across the Upper Cumberland. Though he
maintains a busy schedule, life for Dr.
Wheeler is not all work. Like everything
else in his life, his favorite hobby also came
at an early age. He first hit the links at age
16 and has since become a scratch golfer
and taken part in various state-level
amateur tournaments.
The most enjoyable part of being an
orthodontist for Dr. Wheeler is being able to
help so many smiles undergo a
According to Dr. Wheeler, his current
practice has taken many of the same
concepts to heart. His office employs an
open bay environment that he believes
helps facilitate a community atmosphere.
Additionally, the office lobby includes the
video games Pacman and Space Invaders for
kids of all ages to enjoy. But aside from the
office’s physical environment, Dr. Wheeler
believes that his energetic and friendly staff
helps complete the office atmosphere he still
remembers after 30 years.
A self-admitted planner, Dr. Wheeler
remembers scheduling all of his college
courses while still in his first year to make
the journey toward his dream a reality. He
also formed professional relationships, one
of the most important being Cookeville
orthodontist Dr. James Vaden, the man Dr.
Wheeler considers a mentor.
“I’ve never been the smartest,” he said,
“but I’ve always been organized and worked
a little harder than everybody else. Those
values were instilled in me by my parents.”
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Dr. Dale Wheeler is a member of the American
Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association
and the American Association of Orthodontics.
He works from his Cookeville office, located at
1100 Neal St., Suite B, on Mondays and Tuesdays,
while practicing in Crossville at 80 Parkside
Place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Wheeler
also sees patients in Rockwood out of the office of
Jay Owings at 1124 N. Gateway Ave.
June 2010
Livingston’s Linde RSS named
regional medical gas distributor
Photo: Kevin Burmiester CBJ
On hand for the Linde RSS ribbon cutting were, left to right, holding ribbon, Gayle Kiker,
LifeGas asset manager; Rita Reagan, Overton County Chamber of Commerce director of
marketing and tourism; Sergio Vitorino, Linde global business development manager; Konrad
Bengler, Linde REMEO global business unit healthcare; Gary Wright, Linde RSS biomed tech;
Jared Rudd, Linde RSS PM supervisor; Phillip Storie, Linde RSS service manager; Chris Bond,
Linde RSS repair supervisor; Curtis Hayes, Livingston mayor; and Randall Carr, Linde RSS
biomed tech.
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
Linde RSS, a medical gas warehouse
in Livingston, was recently selected
to be a regional distribution center for
LifeGas locations nationwide and held
a ribbon cutting to celebrate on May
6. LifeGas, owned by the Linde Group
out of Munich, Germany, operates 48
locations and is the world’s second
largest supplier of medical gasses.
The Livingston distribution center
will help the company’s expansion
into high complexity health care
and their new focus on ventilated
patients. Maintenance for this equipment
will now take place at the Livingston
A leading producer of medical and
industrial gasses, the Linde Group
employs approximately 55,000 people
worldwide. Linde RSS is located at 215
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June 2010
Larry and Tim Funderburk – Success is Golden
CBJ Staff
McDonald’s franchisee Tim Funderburk actually works for a real
estate entity. Or at least that’s how he explains it.
“The best way to look at McDonald’s is that it’s just a huge real
estate company,” he said. “They own a lot of land and a lot of
buildings, and they lease those to the local owners to run the
business. And that’s what we do.”
Tim and his father, Larry, have been involved in McDonald’s
franchising for almost 20 years, and in their time doing business
together, they’ve firmly established the corporation’s signal principles
of quality, service and cleanliness across their 17 restaurants in the
Upper Cumberland region. It all began when Larry considered making
a career change in 1986.
After working for DuPont in Old Hickory as a contract and
operations manager, Larry had encountered numerous independent
businessmen whose style of
work appealed to him and
caused him to think he
may want to go into
business for himself. After
some research, he decided
to apply to be a McDonald’s
franchisee and was granted
ownership of his first
restaurant two years later.
After exceeding
corporate expectations
with this restaurant,
located in Arab, Ala., Larry
was asked to sell his store
and purchase three Upper
Cumberland restaurants.
So in 1990, Larry decided
to move back to Tennessee
in order to purchase the
McDonald’s restaurants in
Cookeville, Crossville and
At around the same time,
while working as an
electrical engineer for a
Westinghouse plant in
South Carolina, Tim
received a call from his
father asking him to join
in on the hamburger
business. Tim thought that, despite his lack of experience in the
restaurant world, joining his father’s enterprise could be a good move
Photo: Jesse Kaufman CBJ
if only for one reason.
“I wasn’t sure whether I ought to make that change or not,” he said,
“but he’s always given me good advice and I figured if he’s asking me
to do it, there must be something pretty good about it.”
So Larry hired his son as a restaurant manager, and as a father-son
team, the two worked hard to expand the McDonald’s presence in the
Upper Cumberland, and the fruits of their labor are obvious: the
region went from having a total of five restaurants in 1990 to its
current standing as home to 17 McDonald’s franchises.
Larry and Tim, who together form the Funderburk Management
Company, own all 17 of these restaurants, having built 11 themselves.
Tim has also worked to move up, having gradually increased his
ownership role to majority ownership of 12 restaurants in the region.
As owners and entrepreneurs, Larry and Tim have gladly followed
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corporate standards that require franchisees to work on-site and learn
how the business is run from the inside. The position of ownership, in
other words, isn’t as white collar as some might think.
“It’s not as prestigious as it may appear on the surface,” Larry said.
“When you start cleaning fry vats, it’s not the cleanest job in the
world but it’s the job that has to be done.”
In addition to such requirements, the process of becoming a
franchisee is equally demanding. After first applying for his Alabama
franchise, Larry had to work without pay for two years in order to be
considered as an owner. But according to Tim, their success has been
built on the hard work and commitment of a whole host of others.
“We’ve grown a lot in 20 years, but we’ve really been blessed,” he
said. “We’ve had some terrific people work for us, and some terrific
people who still work for us. To me, it just blows my mind. They’re so
committed to taking care of the customer.”
As a regional employer, McDonald’s role should not be
underestimated: according to Larry, the Upper Cumberland’s 17
locations employ between
850 and 900 people,
providing a multimilliondollar payroll. In addition
to providing communities
with employment and tax
revenues, the restaurants
also provide an important
source of charitable
support. Their community
outreach programs support
schools, recreation leagues
and other organizations.
In recent events, the
Nashville-area cooperative
of franchise owners, to
which Larry and Tim
belong, donated a total of
$25,000 to help flood
victims, a contribution
that the corporation
matched dollar for dollar.
As a part of McDonald’s
larger efforts, the
Funderburks plan to
improve the interiors and
exteriors of many existing
restaurants across the
Photo: Jesse Kaufman CBJ
region through a largescale renovation effort.
Additionally, the
restaurants’ point-of-sale equipment will be upgraded within the next
18 months in order to provide customers with better service.
Larry believes the reason for the pair’s success over two decades of
franchising lies in a principle laid out by McDonald’s founder Ray
“We take the hamburger business more seriously than anybody
else,” Larry said. “We live in the stores, we believe in quality, service
and cleanliness. We’re serious about our business.”
When it comes down to it, the Funderburks simply want to provide
quality food, friendly and efficient service and a clean environment
for diners in the Upper Cumberland region. And at least as far as
quality goes, they make sure to experience it as often as they can.
“You’d think I would get tired of it after 20 years,” Tim said, “but I
still crave our French fries and I still crave our quarter pounders.”
Larry feels the same way.
“It’s hard to beat a good Chicken McNugget,” he said.
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Crossville downtown welcomes two new businesses
CBJ Staff
Visitors to Crossville’s downtown
area will notice two new retail
businesses: The Screen Door and Perks
Too. Both stores opened their doors
recently, giving many hope that their
unique offerings will attract visitors to
the downtown area and help foster the
economic and community development
of Crossville’s downtown.
According to owner Carla French,
The Screen Door offers its patrons
a unique variety of one-of-a-kind
items, ranging from home accessories
and décor, linens, apparel, jewelry,
original art, European and American
antiques, light fixtures and vintage
“repurposed” items for home décor use.
The shop’s focus, according to French,
is primarily on providing customers
with a place to find unique items from
People still will shop
and they still will consume,
and the nice thing about a
unique shop in a smaller
town is that it gives people
the opportunity to buy
locally, to spend tax dollars
locally, to reinvest in the
The Screen Door
primarily American suppliers.
This eclectic inventory, which
presently includes a mirror made from
an arched window from a Philadelphia
church, is built into the shop’s business
“The portfolio, if you will, was
designed to be unique from other
shops, even from the box stores in the
area,” she said. “That was on purpose
so that it would complement what
was available, but also be different
and give people more reason to shop
French believes that, by keeping the
store’s inventory as fresh as possible,
consumers will make repeat trips.
“When you’ve been to the shop one
time, if you come in the next week you
should see things that you’ve never
seen before,” she said. “At the end of
the day I really want someone to come
in, and if they spend $10 or $1,000,
feel like they’ve had a very neat
shopping experience.”
French, who had been out of the
area for 20 years, has maintained
a relationship with the Crossville
Chamber of Commerce, and, in
addition to being a member, also
serves Downtown Crossville Inc., a
non-profit group dedicated to enhance
the downtown area’s potential for
economic development.
Despite difficult times for many
retailers, she believes that the
shop’s uniqueness and broad range
of products will not only enable
profitability, but will also encourage
economic growth for the entire
downtown area.
“People still will shop and they still
will consume, and the nice thing about
a unique shop in a smaller town is that
it gives people the opportunity to buy
locally, to spend tax dollars locally, to
reinvest in the community,” she said.
The Screen Door, located above
French’s Shoes in downtown Crossville,
celebrated its grand opening on April
17. Its hours of operation are Monday
through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Another business opened its
doors in May. Perks Too, the second
coffee shop under the ownership of
Tracy Scarborough, opened its new
downtown Crossville location on May
“I knew that if I didn’t make the
move and do it, that somebody else
would do it before I did,” she said.
“I wanted to be the one that was
downtown in Crossville.”
Scarborough believes that her store
will provide a much-needed point of
connection for the growing downtown
“I remember my mother-in-law
talking about going downtown to the
movies and doing different things,” she
said, “and as Crossville grows, that’s
what I want to bring to the generation
after me - to give them a place where
they can sit there, meet with friends
and have a cup of coffee.”
Scarborough believes that the
new shop indicates that downtown
economic and community development
is headed in the right direction.
“Downtown Crossville has, under
the direction of Tanya Hitch and
Downtown Crossville Inc., a lot of new
businesses coming in that have people
interested,” she said. “They carry
products that the people want. I think
a coffee business is just one of those
Perks Too will serve coffee as well
as both hot and cold frappe-style
espresso based drinks, smoothies,
teas and bottled drinks. According to
Scarborough, the new shop will also
serve a variety of homemade pastries,
cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins,
specialty cakes and pies. Its coffee
is roasted by its supplier, Maryvillebased Vienna Coffee Company.
Perks, Scarborough’s parent store,
still operates from 3160 Miller Ave.,
while Perks Too is located at 55 W. 5th
St. in downtown Crossville.
Beth Alexander, vice president
and CEO of the Cumberland County
Chamber of Commerce, believes that
both businesses increase the downtown
area’s potential for economic growth
and entrepreneurial development.
“Whether it’s downtown or
anywhere around the area,” she said,
“we are seeing more and more people
actually get into businesses that
they really have a passion for. And
they’re doing very well with these
businesses. They’re finding their niche
and complementing other stores in the
Reynaldo Olaechea, M.D.
F U L L - T I M E
The CMC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Cumberland Medical Center
is pleased to announce that
Dr. Reynaldo Olaechea is
now the full-time Medical
Director of CMC’s Wound
Care and Hyperbaric
Medicine Center. Dr.
Olaechea has been a
distinguished member
of the CMC medical staff
since March 17, 1975. He
also serves as a member
of the CMC Board of
Dr. Rey Olaechea
graduated from Leoncio
Prado Military School in
Lima, Peru. He received
his Doctor of Medicine
degree from Madrid
University in Madrid
Spain. Dr. Olaechea’s
internship was completed
at Orange Memorial
Hospital in Orlando,
Florida. He completed two
surgical residencies: one
at the Jewish Hospital in
Cincinnati, Ohio; and the
other at the University
of Tennessee Memorial
Research Center in
Knoxville, Tennessee.
Abdominal Surgeons.
The CMC Wound Care
Center is designed to assist
in the healing of chronic
wounds related to diabetes
and vascular disease.
The facility supports
Cumberland and
surrounding counties
and is located at
124 Hayes Street,
Crossville, Tenn.
The CMC Wound Care
Center is a service of
Cumberland Medical
Dr. Rey Olaechea
oversees all
hyperbaric oxygen
therapy treatments,
and wound care
treatments. If you
have any questions
about the CMC Wound
Care Center, please
feel free to contact the
office at 931.787.1620 or
by calling toll-free at
He is a member of the
Cumberland County Medical
Society, Tennessee Medical
Association, American
Medical Association,
and American Society of
Located at 124 Hayes Street • Crossville
For more information on the Wound Center call 931.787.1620 or 888.496.3508
June 2010
Dr. Timothy Powell
Focusing On Healing
CBJ Staff
Physicians and surgeons face a daunting
task in today’s society. Not only are they
responsible for the health care of their
community, but many are also businesspeople
who operate their own practice.
“I wanted to concentrate on being a
surgeon, first and foremost,” said Powell.
“Making the move to Cookeville Regional
allowed me to do just that. I don’t have to
concern myself with the business of being a
“The Upper Cumberland is also a very
diverse area and has everything you want for
raising a family. My wife and I are raising
two daughters, and I want them to grow up
where they can feel safe and secure while
When the opportunity came to eliminate
the business side of the equation for Dr.
Timothy J. Powell in the form of a position
with Cookeville Regional
Medical Center, he jumped at
Photo: Jesse Kaufman CBJ
the chance.
in Memphis, which is where he also did his
general surgery residency. And while he has
spent the majority of his professional career
in Memphis, he felt that the time was right
for a change in scenery.
“Memphis has changed over the past
several years. It is still a great place, but there
are pockets of poverty and crime surrounding
it that are making it less desirable to raise a
family there,” he said. “My wife and I talked
about moving, knowing that we wanted to
remain in the South. When we
looked into Cookeville, it was a
no-brainer for us.
“I had known for a while
that I wanted to move past
the business aspect of being a
surgeon,” said Powell, a thoracic
surgeon. “It’s in a hospital’s best
interests to have physicians on
staff who can focus primarily
on delivering quality care. It’s
much more difficult to do that
if you’re also thinking about
human resources issues, paying
utility bills and keeping your
practice profitable.”
“The area is similar to
Jackson, Tenn., in that it lies
between two major metros.
From what I’ve learned, there’s
a real commitment to quality
and vision for growth among
the political and economic
development leaders here, and
that’s encouraging.
Powell pointed out that there’s
a national trend for surgeons
to be employed by hospitals
as opposed to operating their
own practices. However, his
hometown of Memphis hasn’t
yet seen that trend arrive. And
when he was approached about
joining the Heart and Vascular Center at
Cookeville Regional, he knew it was the right
Of course, the decision was based on
several other factors, too. Powell admits
that he didn’t know much about Cookeville
Regional or the Upper Cumberland prior to
moving here just a few months ago. But when
he started investigating, he discovered that
both the hospital and the area offered exactly
what he was looking for.
“Cookeville Regional is one of
the leaders in that commitment
and vision, having done an
excellent job in recruiting
specialists and securing
emerging technologies. As this
region continues to grow and
develop, its health care needs
change. And Cookeville Regional
has answered those needs
also enjoying different experiences. My older
daughter, Brooke, loves horse riding, and
there are plenty of opportunities for her to
satisfy that interest. And Kendall, my younger
daughter, is an avid soccer player. Soccer is a
growing sport in Cookeville, and she’s excited
about the prospects of joining a traveling
Powell grew up in Memphis, earning his
bachelor’s degree from the University of
Memphis and his medical degree from the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Powell admits that he also had some
selfish motivation for moving to Cookeville,
citing the area’s many natural resources as
attractive qualities.
“I love to fish, and the lakes around here
are prime fishing areas,” he said. “As a
matter of fact, our entire family enjoys the
outdoors, and we’re excited about spending
time on the lake, hiking the nature trails
and just appreciating everything the Upper
Cumberland has to offer.”
June 2010
Fast Lane Fun Park opens
first phase of recreation
Kevin Burmeister
CBJ Staff
The Fast Lane Fun Park has
completed its first phase of
construction and opened daily to the
public on May 15. An additional phase
of construction and development is
also underway, according to park
business operations manager Christy
The park’s first phase of
construction consists of an 18-hole
mini golf course; an 827-foot go-kart
track; a rock-climbing wall; four giant
bounce houses; the Monkey Jump, an
attraction made of four trampolines
with fiberglass arms that propels
guests 18 feet into the air; Water
Wars; and a recreational paint ball
Businesses are also encouraged to
schedule meetings and team-building
activities using the park’s resources.
The park also features a pavilion area
and playground where parents can
gather while their children play. In
addition to participating in birthday
parties and team-building excursions,
visitors to the park may rent a
22-person capacity stretch Hummer
limousine. Patrons may rent the limo
by the hour or arrange for a pick-up
as a part of the park’s special party
Phase B of the project will include
construction of a 25,000-squarefoot arcade building housing a
small restaurant, U.S. Bowling lanes
with 15-foot video screens and
LED lighting, as well as conference
and party rooms for birthdays and
business outings. Also, a part of
phase B is the implementation of two
tournament paintball fields and a
second go-kart track. This phase of
the project is scheduled to begin in
fall 2010 and spring 2011.
According to Christine Cruz, owner
and developer of Fast Lane Fun Park,
projects for the more distant future
are also in the works. In three to
five years, they plan to install an
adult slick track for anyone with a
driver’s license. The implementation
of miniature go-karts with special
pedals for younger riders is also
under consideration. Additional plans
include the installation of batting
cages and possibly a driving range.
According to Cruz, the park’s plan
is to provide families with a safe
environment where the entire family
can have a good time together. Staff
members will be CPR certified and are
specifically trained for the attractions
they oversee. A special safety feature
to the go-kart track is an automatic
shut-off, allowing all the cars to be
stopped and shut down in case of
emergencies or unruly drivers.
The park’s regular hours are
Monday through Thursday from 10
a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 10
a.m. to 10 p.m. All park information
and hours can be found at
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J.J. Jax hosts fundraiser to
help relieve area hunger
COOKEVILLE – Cookeville retailer J.J. Jax is
holding a fundraiser in an attempt to provide
$10,000 worth of food to Putnam County
food banks. Patrons are encouraged to make
in-store donations of non-perishable food
items and cash to help in the effort, which
hopes to supplement area food banks whose
suppliers experienced damage from the
recent flooding.
According to Jenny Jackson Spurlock,
owner of J.J. Jax, area food banks need
donations because recent floodwaters
destroyed $75,000 worth of food goods from
Second Harvest Food Bank, which would
have supplied Putnam County food banks.
In addition to accepting donations, the
Cookeville retailer has already made its own
contributions to area food banks. Through
a partnership with Food for Friends, J. J. Jax
raised $7,000 for four food banks in July
2009. Additionally, three Putnam County
food banks, all nominated by Spurlock, were
recently chosen to receive funding from the
retailer’s parent company Brighton: Mustard
Seed Ranch, which received $3,000, Care
Center at Stevens Street Baptist Church,
which received $1,800, and God’s Pantry at
the Cookeville Methodist Church, which also
received $1,800.
The store plans to organize a similar
fundraiser this July as well. In addition,
the store plans to hold a large yard sale
on Saturday, July 24, with all the proceeds
being donated to area food banks.
the hospital.
After earning her medical degree in 2006,
Barlow completed her residency in internal
medicine at the University of Tennessee,
College of Medicine at the Chattanooga
campus. During her residency, she served
as chief resident in 2009. She is a member
of the American College of Physicians,
the Society of Hospital Medicine and the
American Medical Association.
Barlow joins Cookeville
NASHVILLE – Gov. Phil Bredesen has
appointed several Upper Cumberland men
and women to serve on state boards and
“We depend upon the leadership
and commitment of citizens like these
Tennesseans to serve our state through its
boards and commissions,” said Bredesen.
“I appreciate their readiness to serve, and
I am confident they bring the experience
and knowledge necessary to be valuable
members of their respective boards and
COOKEVILLE – Internist Dr. Dawn
Meadows Barlow has
joined the staff at
Cookeville Regional
Medical Center. Originally
from Livingston, Barlow
is joining the hospitalist
program and will be
specializing in and
focusing solely on taking
care of patients who have been admitted to
Bredesen names
Appointment terms vary based on
statutory recommendations or term
limits specified by geographic or other
qualifications. The appointments are as
follows: Board of Examiners for Nursing
Home Administrators, James Harold Walker,
Sparta; Board of Respiratory Care, Ernest
E. “Gene” Gantt, Livingston; State Textbook
Commission, Christie Conyers Lewis,
Crossville; State Workforce Development
Board, Johnnie M. Wheeler, Cookeville.
Casey joins Grade-A Catering
COOKEVILLE – Grade-A Catering has
announced the return of Emma Casey as
business manager. Casey began her career
at Grade-A Catering by
working in the kitchen and
making deliveries. After
graduating from Tennessee
Tech with a B.S. in
accounting, she moved to
customer relations/office
coordinator, a position she
held for four years.
To further her education and gain
experience within the hospitality industry,
Casey enrolled at the University of Houston,
where she earned a Master’s degree in
business administration and hospitality
management. During the graduate program,
Casey worked two part-time jobs. At the
Four Seasons Hotel in Houston, she began
at the general cashier position before
moving to assistant coordinator of the guest
room renovation, which was a $10 million
renovation of the luxury hotel.
Once the guest room renovation was
completed, Casey took a part-time job
as a front desk agent. Before returning
to Grade-A Catering, Casey was asked
to coordinate the hotel lobby renovation
project. In addition to her responsibilities
at the Four Seasons, Casey tutored for the
accounting program at the Conrad N. Hilton
College of Hospitality Management. Upon
graduating in December of 2009, she moved
to Cookeville to assume the day-to-day
operations of the business office at Grade-A
Grade-A Catering is a full-service
catering business that has been furnishing
top-quality catered meals for 20 years to
Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland area.
Casey can be reached for event planning or
catering needs at 931-372-8540 or
Powell joins Cookeville
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its staff. He has joined
the practice of Cardiac,
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Drs. Lewis Wilson and Todd
In addition to heart and
vascular surgery, Powell joins his partners
in also performing thoracic surgery, or the
surgical treatment of diseases affecting
organs inside the chest such as the lungs
and chest wall.
Powell earned his medical degree from the
University of Tennessee, College of Medicine
in Memphis in 1994. He performed his
residency in general surgery at the University
of Tennessee in 1999 and his residency in
thoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute
in Houston, Texas. While in medical school,
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Powell is board certified in surgery and
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Unique Masonry
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Monterey, TN 38574
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Livingston, TN 38570
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has been confirmed by the latest
independent estimates, which place the
cost of reform at over $1 trillion more
than what was originally anticipated.
For Joel Taylor, CEO of White County
Community Hospital, this aspect of the
bill has to be addressed.
“I think in the end what will be the
challenge of this bill or any revision of
this bill will be really how do we pay
for it,” he said.
One of the major flaws Mattingly
perceives is that calling the act a
reform bill is actually a misnomer. For
instance, he points out that the
proposed exchanges will fail in the
same ways as Medicare and Medicaid
because they are equally
“That’s not true health care reform,”
he said. “That’s not even true payment
reform. That’s just putting moneys in
different piles and shuffling shells.”
In order to achieve true reform,
Mattingly argues, something needs to
be done about the operation of the
system of care itself.
“A system is a group of coordinated,
integrated parts that work together to
achieve a common goal,” he said.
“That’s a system. What we currently
have in the United States are pieces
that are fragmented and don’t
coordinate and work well together as a
system to provide care.”
While the reform bill does advise
creating a coordinated and integrated
system of care, Mattingly points out
that it provides no guidelines or
procedures to help health care
providers find ways of working
together for the sake of the patient. He
believes that any attempt to establish a
true health care delivery system,
whether state-by-state or by region,
would be his primary revision of the
reform bill.
“There is synergy in having people
working together,” he said, “and having
all health care providers working
But Taylor sees this kind of
integration as potentially creating even
greater problems.
“If you wrapped everything into one
system,” he said, “even if they’re
regional systems, I think at that point
you’re probably at a point where you
have health care in one payer and it’s
just all government-run. Outside of
that, I don’t see how it could all be on
the same system.”
One aspect of the reform bill that
could truly be called reform is a
change in the method of payment. The
bill attempts to better align payments
with the cost of hospital services, and
will attempt to model hospital payment
systems after the fee-for-service
system already used by physicians.
“This legislation does a lot to spur
that on,” Taylor said of the performance
pay initiative. “It’s going to reward
those players that do well, and I’m in
favor of that. I believe if I’m doing a
good job in comparison to other
hospitals, I want to be rewarded for
that. And this legislation puts that
framework in place.”
Additionally, providers anticipate a
drop in federal and state payments
because of the future influx of
privately covered patients. Mattingly
believes that this may present
challenges because it remains
uncertain whether new forms of
coverage will cover costs any more
adequately than government-sponsored
“Payment for Medicare, Medicaid and
this new program will go down in the
future,” he said. “That is a given. The
challenge for all of us in the future as
health care providers is how do we
continue to provide the same or better
quality of care for less money. That’s
our biggest challenge.”
With such a dramatic influx of newly
insured patients expected in the
coming years, some have cited the
hospitals as big financial winners.
Taylor is reluctant to see it that
“I tend to believe we’re probably
going to be caring for the same number
of patients for approximately the same
amount of revenue, it’s just going to be
spread out,” Taylor said. “We’re going
to get payment from everyone, not
larger payments from some and small
payments from others.”
“Something is better than nothing,”
Mattingly said, “but at the end of the
day, you still have to make a margin in
order to stay in business and continue
to provide care in your community.”
One pitfall to seeing hospitals as
profiting off of the reform is the fact
that, while any benefits from the new
insurance provisions won’t be felt for a
number of years, the bills to pay for the
new program have already been
“Those who aren’t covered currently
will have some form of coverage in the
future, but that’s not until 2013, 2014
and 2015,” Mattingly said. “That’s
when the actual health plans go into
effect. They don’t go into effect now.
The taxes, the fees, they’re going into
effect now to help cover the cost of the
Because of the massive nature of the
reform bill, hospital officials are faced
with the difficult task of determining
the immediate financial implications of
the reform in order to form budgets for
the coming fiscal year.
Mattingly and Meadows both agree
that no specific aspects of reform will
put a definite burden on budgets for the
next one to two years, but the longer-
term effects are more difficult to
gauge. Mattingly wants to focus
Cookeville Regional on keeping a sixto 12-month strategic plan that
monitors any emerging aspects of the
reform that come to light.
For all of the specific changes it has
brought to health care provision, the
debate surrounding the bill goes far to
highlight more fundamental problems
in the way the nation’s system of
health care operates.
“Health care is not set up to function
as a free enterprise system,” Mattingly
said. “What we charge a patient for
anything – for a Band-Aid or an MRI
or an operation – is irrelevant. What
we get paid is determined primarily by
the federal and state government.
Those are the two biggest payers of
health care services in the entire
country, and they tell you what they’re
going to pay you. You don’t negotiate
with them.”
Rather than charges, cost of care and
payment are the two most important
factors for hospitals. But part of the
problem has become the way free
enterprise operates outside of provider
facilities and organizations. Taylor
notes the disparity between the
profitability of health care related
companies –suppliers, pharmaceutical
makers or insurance providers – and
that of health care providers and
facilities. Meadows agrees, and believes
that this discrepancy could cause a
host of problems for hospitals.
“The markets keep going up as their
prices rise, but our reimbursements
keep going down,” he said. “Eventually
it’s going to come to a major blow
somewhere down the road. No matter
how many people they insure, as long
as the cost of materials and supplies
goes up, there are going to be more and
more hospitals that are going to be in
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his business has seen improvements
in both commercial and residential
“Our service department went pretty
dry for several months because people
just were not spending money,” he said.
“Now people are doing repairs and
fixing things that are broken on the
residential side. On the commercial side,
it appears that businesses are bringing
up money to build things.”
Crossville-based Upland Design Group
has also recently experienced a modest
upswing in business, according to
principal Kim Chamberlin. Over the past
several months, the architectural firm
has taken up a number of small public
sector projects, including contracts with
the Tennessee Board of Regents and the
State Building Commission. According
to Chamberlin, the majority of these
projects have fallen in the $500,000
range in terms of construction value.
While much of this new business has
stemmed from stimulus funding, which
he fears will be exhausted before the
economy recovers, Chamberlin believes
that the economy has nowhere to go but
“To me, the infill of these projects is
more some artificial money that’s been
kicked in more so than growth,” he said.
“I don’t think I’ve seen anything at this
point that would make me think that the
bottom is over and we’re starting back
up, but at the same time I don’t see it
going down anymore at this point.”
This measure of stability has allowed
Upland Design Group to create jobs,
including hiring additional staff in the
fall as well as tentative plans to hire a
short-term worker in the near future.
According to Chamberlin, the new
jobs did not come as a direct result of
American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act funds.
Although the current economic state
of the Upper Cumberland is laden with
uncertainty, Chamberlin maintains that
by keeping expenses low and bracing
for the worst, his company should come
out of the recession in one piece.
“We’ll just have to weather the
storm,” he said. “We don’t foresee doom
and gloom on our end at this point.
It still looks like the market’s going
to be relatively stable where it is and
hopefully we’ve bottomed out and will
be ready to start back up.”
Another Crossville business has
provided a possible sign of economic
recovery by reopening a closed
manufacturing facility. Elixir Industries
recently announced a plan to reopen
its idled Crossville plant in the second
quarter of 2010. The plant, which
had manufactured steel doors since
1977 until its closure in late 2008, is
expected to generate 25 to 30 jobs
in its first year of reopening. Part of
a company strategy to offer a more
diversified product base, the reopened
plant will make vinyl windows for the
manufactured housing industry.
According to John Willis, director of
new business development at Elixir, the
Crossville facility had stayed within the
company after its closure, providing
incentive for the company to use the
existing facility rather than build a new
plant elsewhere. But Willis believes that
an additional motivation also helped
convince the company to once again
manufacture in Crossville.
“We had multiple locations we could
have chosen,” he said, “but we chose to
come back to Crossville mainly because
of the people we had here working
before. We knew what we could count
on here.”
Willis added that out of
approximately 100 applications already
received, 30 to 40 applicants had
worked at the Crossville plant prior to
its closure.
“I’ve been with the company for 17
years and I’ve always felt that one of
the things we’ve always done well is
take care of our people,” he said. “And
they take care of us. So it’s definitely
mutual. You can see that when you
come back to an area and you have the
same people who were working there
for 15 or 20 years.”
The plant’s reopening has already
made an economic impact on the area,
according to Willis. The company
has already spent $100,000 locally in
order to ready the Crossville plant for
manufacturing, and has budgeted over
$1 million for the entire reopening
process. According to Willis, the
company’s business model looks to
produce $2 to 4 million in first year
revenues before growing upwards of
$15 to $20 million over the first three
“We enjoyed our stay while we were
here and we hated to close it,” Willis
said. “But we’re excited to be coming
Headquartered in Mission Viejo, Calif.,
Elixir Industries currently operates 12
manufacturing facilities nationwide,
specializing in metal fabrication,
aluminum extrusion and the production
of roofing and siding materials. The
planned facility will be located at 1765
Genesis Road in Crossville.
Other areas in the Upper Cumberland
have also experienced measurable
economic growth from business
expansion and job creation.
As reported in the last issue of
CBJ, DeKalb County-based Omega
Apparel received a five-year, $34
million contract in April that created
112 new jobs. The military clothing
manufacturer’s new contract is expected
to boost payroll by $1.5 million in
the first year. Additionally, Camel
Manufacturing also reopened its
Fentress County facility, providing the
area work force with 30 new jobs. Like
Crossville’s Elixir plant, the military tent
manufacturing facility had closed but
upon reopening was able to rehire many
of its original employees.
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major trouble.”
Mattingly also sees the cost of
supplies as a major stumbling block to
achieving what the presidential
administration cited as the ultimate
goal: affordable health care.
“[Supplies] are very costly,” he said,
“and yet the government, the largest
purchaser of health care services,
doesn’t use the leverage that it has to
help health care providers leverage the
supply side so that we can actually
reduce cost.”
“There’s part of the problem in my
mind,” Taylor added. “This legislation
isn’t perfect. I don’t think anyone bills
it as perfect, but it does provide that
strong framework for comprehensive
health care coverage for Americans,
and maybe more can come out of it as
this develops.”
In the meantime, CEOs like
Mattingly believe that hospitals have
the responsibility to anticipate change
and remain responsive to whatever
changes come into effect. He intends to
accomplish this by analyzing data,
improving processes and procedures,
and using technology to promote his
hospital’s overall cost-effectiveness.
“We have to re-engineer the way we
do business to succeed and survive and
continue our mission in the future,” he
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Taylor believes his hospital has
already taken steps to ease the
anticipated crunch on revenues caused
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going to get tougher? Probably so, but I
think it has year over year already. I
don’t know that this changes that
necessity to continue to improve
Regardless of individual perspectives
on reform, all three CEOs agreed on
one essential principle: they must take
care of patients as best they can
regardless of cost.
“I will never sacrifice quality for the
patients who we serve in this hospital,”
Mattingly said. “When the day comes
when we have to sacrifice and start
cutting back on quality, that’s the day
I get out of the business.”
Meadows agrees.
“Regardless of what this health care
bill does or doesn’t do, good or bad, the
way we take care of our patients is not
going to change,” he said. “We will
continue providing the best quality
care we possibly can, regardless of
what the cost is or the reimbursement
that we get.”
Taylor’s interest in the reform runs
deep, but he also wants to keep the
focus on the good of the patient.
“The fun part for me, on the business
side, is navigating these changes,”
Taylor said. “This isn’t the first wave of
change; health care has been changing
for the past 35 years pretty
dramatically. So navigating that is
fun, but in the end, the reason we’re
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students will also increase. The state has
already adopted the national common
core standard, which places its
expectations among the highest in the
entire nation.
High school students will be
particularly affected with Tennessee’s
continuing adoption of the American
Diploma Project, an initiative to increase
accountability and performance
standards in high school classrooms.
According to Airhart, these aspects of
the reform will require a great deal of
training and professional development
for teachers. She plans to allocate
Putnam County’s share of the state’s
Race to the Top funding – which comes
to $2.9 million over four years – to
upgrade teacher classrooms with better
technology and on-site training to help
with the integration of that technology
into lessons.
All of these improvements to the way
students will be educated in the Upper
Cumberland are intended to promote a
single goal, according to Airhart.
“Ultimately, what we want are
students who are career and college
ready as soon as they get out of high
school,” she said.
This has been difficult if the state’s
national rankings are taken into
consideration; the state has ranked near
the bottom in student performance for
several years. Airhart hopes that the
reform bill will change all that, and help
students get a leg up on enrolling in
college and joining the work force.
“By raising the bar for those things
that students must achieve, it will pull
us out of this bottom 10 that we’ve lived
in for so long, and raise us up,” she said.
“I very much expect during these Race
to the Top years, the next four years,
that we’ll move up in rankings in the
state level up to at least the midway
point of state rankings.”
The Upper Cumberland is fortunate
that none of its schools will be receiving
the portion of Race to the Top funding
designated for the state’s lowest
performing schools. Other parts of the
grant, however, will provide funding to
schools across the region.
Airhart believes that, through the
combined measures of the Tennessee
First to the Top Act, the Tennessee
Diploma Project and the Race to the Top
funding, students in the region will
receive much more adequate preparation
for college and the workplace.
“One of the initiatives that we’ve been
doing in Putnam County for the past
three years is increasing our access to
dual enrollment, dual credit, online
learning and those sorts of things so
students can graduate high school with
college credits already under their belt,”
she said.
Ralph Robbins, director of Tennessee
Technology Center at Livingston,
believes that Bredesen’s reform will also
likely increase enrollment at small
technical schools. Because students will
have to choose career paths sooner, he
anticipates seeing higher dualenrollment figures once the aspects of
the reform begin to take effect.
Regardless of these advantages,
Robbins thinks the reform could have
done more to increase the amount of
recognition received by technical
“The biggest problem we have,” he
said, “is that when a student graduates
from our school, it really doesn’t show
up as a post-secondary completion. It
needs to. I don’t know why it doesn’t.”
According to Robbins, 37,000 students
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graduate from technical schools in
Tennessee each year, and none of those
diplomas show up as a completed degree
after high school. This raises some fears
that, if the state does not recognize them
as graduates, employers may not notice
as much as they should either. As far as
Robbins can tell, no aspect of the
education reform addressed this issue.
Dr. Bob Bell, president of Tennessee
Tech University, believes that the
Complete College Tennessee Act will
motivate universities across the state to
focus on student outcomes rather than
input, which in turn will produce a
smarter, more competitive work force.
The act specifically outlines two
significant changes. First, it links
funding more closely to rates of
graduation rather than enrollment, and
second, the act allows for individual
institutions to pursue their strengths
toward the goal of improving the overall
competencies of the student body.
These changes, according to Bell, have
serious long-term implications on
business and industry.
“For the business owner, I think it
means a couple of good things,” he said.
“It certainly focuses on where the tax
dollars are being spent wisely and where
they are not. Another thing that is a
natural next step is asking if the
students are just earning a degree or is
the degree teaching them things they
need to know?”
According to Bell, Tennessee Tech is
in a position to meet these demands
because of its already above-average
rates of graduation and number of
graduates. Although the school typically
leads Tennessee Board of Regents
institutions in graduation rates as well,
Bell believes the new reform will require
Tennessee Tech to improve its student
“It also says, ‘OK, even if you’re good,
you need to get better,’” he said. “So the
whole expectation is no matter where
you are that you’ll do a better job than
you’re doing now. And that’s a good
pressure on a campus.”
Bell acknowledges that this pressure
to increase graduation rates comes
during the 10th year of budget cuts, but
he still believes that the school will
meet or exceed the new state
expectations, citing funding programs
like Race to the Top as a helpful
resource. Overall, he believes the bill’s
cost is well worth the potential return.
“It’s got a lot of elements to it that
over time should affect every student in
every county in the state,” he said.
“Whether they go on to college or
whether they go directly into the
workplace, they should have a stronger
education and a better education.”
This improved education, Bell
believes, will translate into providing
businesses and industries with a
better-prepared and more fundamentally
skilled work force. By building such a
skilled base, the reform could also
improve the region’s potential for
attracting industries in the future.
“Some components of it clearly focus
on a better alignment with what is
needed,” Bell said. “And that has
economic development implications for
all of us.”
The good news for regional economic
development is that the system of
producing a more competent and
educated work force will soon be in
place across secondary and postsecondary education, and that the state
has received a big boost in funding the
enterprise. The reform efforts will, in all
likelihood, take time to bear economic
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