As I recover from a week of corn dogs and cotton candy and experience the first stages of a fair withdrawal, many local businesses are getting back to work after their fair hiatus. J’s Restaurant reopens tomorrow with Collins River BBQ and Three Star Cinema following suit on Tuesday. The Main Street Lemon Shop also returns from a fair week on Wednesday.
There is the catch
Before diving into this week’s Business Pulse, let me clarify an error from last week’s Business Pulse. In the article about Autumn Wanamaker Young’s new massage practice at Sage Skincare and Wellness, (located at 496 N. Chancery St. next to Bobby Ray Elementary), I correctly identified Autumn but, in the caption of the photo above in the print edition, I misidentified it. Make no mistake, when you’re ready to unwind with one of her many massage techniques on offer, Autumn Wanamaker Young is the fall to turn to.
I apologize for the mistake, Autumn.
it just got easier
As I personally learn, the older we get, the more the pills seem to creep into our daily routine. And for some, it’s almost a full-time job managing which pills to take, when, and on which day. Fortunately, Graves Family Pharmacy seeks to alleviate some of the stress that comes with wondering if you or a loved one remembered the correct medication.
Graves announced a new medicine packaging service designed to help improve the health of local patients. They added PakMyMeds, a simpler method of medication management that uses convenient, personalized packaging using the latest advances in pharmaceutical robotics.
Using an impressive machine with color-changing lights that looks like it’s straight out of Star Wars, Graves can pre-sort and package patients’ medications, labeling each dose by day, date and time. Convenient, easy-to-open packs take the guesswork out of whether you remembered to take your medicine.
PakMyMeds allows for greater independence in home care situations and can support prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and even supplements. Studies show that mismanagement of medications results in 125,000 preventable deaths and over $500 billion in unnecessary healthcare costs each year.
Emily Graves, Pharmacist/Owner of Graves Family Pharmacy, says, “PakMyMeds eliminates confusion and inconvenience for patients taking a large number of daily medications. Time-stamped pouches mean more pill sorting and fewer mistakes. Our patients tell us that their condition has improved and their family members are delighted that their loved ones no longer skip doses or accidentally take too much of their life-saving medications.
This all sounds like great service to me, but it’s getting better. Graves Family Pharmacy offers the PakMyMeds service for free and will even deliver the medications to customers for free.
PakMyMeds makes it easier than ever to take your medication while traveling. Patients can simply tear the sachets for the days they need and take them away. The service is made possible by the installation of the RapidPakRx in Graves. It’s a made-in-the-USA pharmacy robot and it’s as fun to watch in operation as it is useful. With 23 vision systems and three layers of integrated machine vision pill detection, verification and inspection, the remarkable machine can deliver high volume of multi-medical pouches at high speed.
The service is available now at Graves Family Pharmacy. Call (931) 473-6418 for details.
A conventional choice
If you are the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association, it makes sense to hold your convention in the nursery capital of the world. MTNA is a group that works with government officials, universities, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to help every nursery thrive and be more productive. The MTNA Horticulture Expo returns to the Milner Recreation Center September 29-30. The 2021 MTNA trade show scheduled to be held in McMinnville has been canceled, which will mark a long overdue return. This is Tennessee’s only nursery trade show and promises to be two educational days, with multiple speakers and information sessions. Below is a calendar of events.
2022 MTNA Show Schedule
Thursday September 29
8 a.m.: TDA Update on the Redbud – Tracy Puckett, TDA, McMinnville
8:30 a.m.: Pests in the Landscape – Preparing for Spring, Karla Addesso, TSU-NCRS, McMinnville
9:00 a.m.: opening of the lounge
9:30 a.m.: Aquatic Weed Management in the Nursery, Creig Kimbro, UT Agric. Ext., Coalmont, Tenn.
10:30 a.m.: “What am I wearing?” – Calibration of spreaders and sprayers (plus a bit on armadillo and vole control), Mitchell Mote, UT Agric. Extension Service – Rutherford County
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch for education participants.
1 p.m.: Problematic plants and their alternatives, Lucas Holman, UT Agric. Extension Service, Wilson County
2:00 p.m.: TDA Update — Insect and Disease Risks and Responses, Gary Clendenon and Tracy Puckett, TDA McMinnville
3:00 p.m. Roundtable – Identifying Insects, Diseases and Weeds in the Landscape and Nursery, Dr. Karla Addesso, Lucas Holman, Mitchell Mote, Gary Clendenon and Tracy Puckett
4:30 p.m.: Closing of the show
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Prize giving
Friday September 30
9:00 a.m.: opening of the lounge
2:00 p.m.: Closing of the show
Mud Bums adds
Brett Simmons had no restaurant experience when he bought Mud Bums Family Sports Grill from Charlie and Donna Turner in 2018, but he continued to grow with his successful restaurant, located at 231 Northgate Drive, Suite 400. Brett’s motto “evolve or die” has served him and his restaurant well.
A Warren County native and 2007 WCHS graduate, Brett is proud of the hometown and family atmosphere he fostered at Mud Bums.
While Mud Bums serves beer, Brett points out that Mud Bums is not a sports bar. He strives to create a welcoming family atmosphere for all ages and hopes to offer something for everyone.
He’s also constantly trying to make sure there are always affordable options, even though outside forces have given him no choice but to raise the prices of some menu items.
To help balance this, Brett has introduced a new, affordable and wildly popular option – a lunch special meat and three.
“We always felt, especially after expanding our outdoor dining area during COVID, that our atmosphere felt like a backyard barbecue. Our customers all seem to like interacting with each other and mingling,” Brett said. “I think meat and three is just another step in fostering that family feeling. I know my family always has a huge amount of food when we cook and now people can have the same type of meal for lunch all week.
The lunch menu, which is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, is highlighted throughout the week with options such as smoked turkey (served with a dressing that is her mother’s recipe) , cooked ham, cinnamon apples, fried okra and fried green. tomatoes (on Friday).
It’s just another add-on that Simmons has added to continue to draw people to his local restaurant. Mud Bums also leaned heavily into music, hosting concerts every Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day and adding musical trivia on Wednesday nights. Our very own sportswriter, Brett’s brother Jeff Simmons, is the host of Mud Bums Music Trivia, which offers cash prizes and leans heavily into Southern rock and country.
Mud Bums will also kick off a songwriter night on Tuesday, which will be led by Nashville songwriter Charlie Allen. Allen performed at Mud Bums this summer and was accompanied by Johnny Garcia, who tours regularly as guitarist for Garth Brooks.
Mud Bums offers bingo on Mondays and continued its 90-cent nights on Thursdays. Simmons wants fans of his $6 lunch specials to know they’re not going anywhere either.
“The meat and three, our lunch specials, wing specials, half-price app offers and other discounts are intended to ease the burden on our customers. We’ve all felt the pressure on our wallets,” Simmons said. “I was born and raised here and I know the majority of our customers were too. We’re in this together and I want them to know that we’re going to do what we can to make this a great experience for them.
Until next time,
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