Is Tennessee Prepared for One Million Transplants?

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Nashville, Tennessee is the seventh fastest growing city in the entire nation, and around one million transplants are expected to arrive over the next year alone.

Is the city prepared for this level of growth?

With a plentiful range of jobs, shopping, restaurants within easy reach, the appeal of Nashville is only growing by what seems like the hour.

The Nashville Ledger reports that mass transit will be essential to aiding with all the growth, and moving citizens about the area in a comfortable fashion:

“It’s startlingly surprising to people moving here that we don’t have mass transit (other than buses). They just assume we do,” Realtor Courtney says.

Mayor Karl Dean has called Nashville “about a decade behind” peer cities like Charlotte and Austin.

“People are willing to move here even though we don’t have transit because they see that we’re thinking about it and we’re trying, but if you can’t show them that and it’s not going to happen, you’re going to lose out on that in the future,” Gaston adds.

Still, he is optimistic that regional leadership will coalesce around the issue. He points to the collaboration that is already taking place around smart growth.

“Where we are right now is a result of 50 years of building to this point – suburbanization and driving to communities.

“It would be great to have lots of mass transit lines already in effect but the fact that we’ve gotten to where we are now, with the cooperation we’re experiencing in the region, the conversations we’re having are really good,” Gaston adds.

“The planning is taking place and the next 20 years are so critical, with these million people coming in. This is a pivotal moment where we can either continue to move in a really positive direction – or we fall off the map, and you can pinpoint that moment in time where we should have made those decisions but we didn’t.”

Only time can tell how well the city of Nashville will adapt to the many changes.

What’s your opinion on all the growth?

And if you aren’t from Nashville but are considering making the move, we’d love to know what’s caught your eye!


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Business of the Month: Nashville Speed Towing

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Nashville is already the home to many wonderful businesses, and the numbers are continuing to increase by the year.

Since we love good ole’ Nashville, TN and supporting the companies that make up the area, we thought it would only be necessary to feature a new business each month, here on FM Nashville.

Featured businesses of the month will be chosen at random by one of our team members, so put the Kleenex box away if you haven’t been selected yet. 🙂

For the month of March, our featured company is going to be Nashville Speed Towing!

A locally owned towing company, the gang at NST are experts at what they do in the industry. They are a small group of professionals with a big goal to provide the best towing services in all of the Nashville area.

Congratulations to Nashville Speed Towing for receiving our Business of the Month Award for the month of March!

You can visit to learn more about them!

And if you are a local business owner in the area, be on the lookout for our business of the month for April 2016.

Tours of Nashville

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Nashville is the place to be! There’s so much to see that you can’t possibly do it all at one time therefore, we want to help make your decision slightly simpler.

From wine & whisky tours to celebrity homes to music, art, and historical sites, and more, in Nashville you will never get bored.

For starters, select from a tour via shuttle bus or limo. Nashville is full of top-rated limousine companies that are glad to fulfill your needs for every type of tour in town.

The following is a list of the variety of tours you can choose to take through the city. Each can be custom tailored for each individual experience, specified by you according to your wants and needs. Continue reading “Tours of Nashville”

Sights to See in Nashville, TN: The Parthenon

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The Parthenon of Nashville

25th at West End Ave,
Centennial Park,
Nashville, TN 37201

Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sundays 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Closed: Every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

Adults – $6
Seniors (62 and up) – $4
Students (4-17) – $4

The Parthenon has been a symbol of Nashville since 1897. It stands in the center of Centennial Park and has a 42″ replica statue of Athena. As the original Parthenon in Greece centers around an Athena statue, so does the Nashville one. There are a total of 63 paintings within the Parthenon collection and only 39 of them are on display. They change between two different exhibits. Serving as an art museum as well, the 39 of the 63 paintings are on display. The collection was donated by James M. Cowan and mostly has 19th and 20th century American artists.

You can also hold events at the Parthenon museum. This is, of course, very costly and can cost from around $2,000 to $4,000. You will receive the benefits of being a member as well. This membership is tax deductible though and 100 percent as well.

The Parthenon of Nashville was built in 1897. The reason behind it was due to the fact that Nashville had many colleges and university with a lot of turnouts. It was known as the Athens of the south. It is a monument to classic architecture. The original sculptures were used to cast the Parthenon Marbles and make the plaster replicas of Nashville’s. They also replicated the sculptures in the original Parthenon.

10 Hot Ideas for Sparking Up a Romantic Night in Nashville

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Are you in the process of planning a romantic night out in Nashville but don’t know where to start?

Music city has a lot to offer for couples of all types, and can easily create fun-filled and romantic night that you and your significant other will both never forget.

1.) Grand Ole Opry Enjoy a romantic night as you listen in bliss to the serenading sounds of rising stars and the greats of Country music at the Grand Ole Opry.

2.) Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center 

Spend the night away at the beautiful Gaylord Resort. Take some time to yourselves at this luxurious resort to celebrate your love with a night of romance.

3.) Home of the Stars Tour

Travel through town as you enjoy the beautiful sights of the homes of your favorite country music stars. Ride right beside your loved one by taking a home of the stars limo tour through town as you enjoy the sites together even more.

4.) Nashville Symphony

Listen to the smooth sequences of jazz, pop, and classic music by this 83 member orchestra, that will set an elegant mood for your romantic night on the town.

5.) Zanies Comedy Night Club

Have a barrel of laughs with your partner at Zanies hilarious nightclub that hosts several national acts like Saturday Night Live’s former cast member Kevin Nealon.

6.) General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruises

Cruise with your sweetheart as you indulge in a fine dining experience accompanied by country music and sightseeing.

7.) Nashville Opera 

Celebrate your romance with a powerful and impacting night of Opera performances narrated in tales such as Pagliacci and La Traviata.

8.) Horse and Carriage Tour 

Snuggle up to your significant other as you see the wondrous sights of Nashville in a private horse and carriage tour.

9.) Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre

A night of fine dining and fantastic country music awaits you and your special someone, as you indulge in the number one fine dining and theatre experience in Nashville.

10) Hot Air Ballooning

Float your romance through the air as you savor the sights in style in a hot air balloon.

Top 5 Travel Attractions in Nashville, Tennessee

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Tennessee is filled with history and what better place to begin your travels than in Nashville. Many historic events have taken place in the great state over the centuries, leaving plenty of attractions and artifacts for tourists to see each year.

Nashville’s Top 5 Attractions are easy to locate and not too far apart in distance and are some of the most widely known destinations throughout the state, and include:

  1. The Hermitage: Museum and plantation home of former U.S President Andrew Jackson
  2. Parthenon: Nashville’s replica of the Greek Parthenon that was built in 1897
  3. Music Scene
  4. River Cruise: Boat and entertainment cruise
  5. Tennessee State Capitol: Also built like a Greek monument in 1859

The next time you’re in the Nashville area be sure to add these attractions to your list. With so much history and cultural influence, there’s plenty for the entire family to see. If you live in the area, catch up on your Tennessee history and catch a glimpse of what life was like before our days.

These sites are great for day trips and helping your kids learn while they’re on Summer break from school. You can never learn too much, especially when it comes to the history of the state you have lived in for a while.

Nashville is Growing Like Crazy

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Nashville is known as the capital for many historical sites and country music, and is a city that doesn’t seem to be ceasing growth any time soon. Just taking a look around Nashville, you will see all kinds of new construction updates taking place, and new businesses being put in all around town, and we can’t forget all the new apartment complexes being added every month.

Business as well as many other industries in Nashville are booming, and spreading the growth of the state of the it’s economy like wildfire. Popular companies like Starbucks have a location in Franklin that is the top 5th busiest in the nation, which should say that most of the surrounding communities in Nashville are experiencing quite the growth as well, some of the most popular including: Mount Juliet and Murfreesboro.

So what does this mean for Nashville?

According to the article we have linked to above, Nashville is in the running to be one of the next billion dollar industries, and fast.

But as mentioned earlier in the article, the area is growing in multiple industries, which include the music one, go figure. Sony Music’s new chief has reported in this article that Nashville’s role in the music industry is growing, and is headed in the right directing of doing so strongly.

Top 10 Things To Do in Nashville

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Nashville is growing at a rapid pace, and said to be on track to one of America’s next billion dollar cities. With new developments and the timeless history that’s all around, Nashville certainly has a lot to offer.

Whether you are a native or visiting for the first time, there’s always something to do that the entire family will enjoy. Here are the top 10 things to do in Nashville, TN.

#1. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum: Music and history lovers will enjoy this dedicated gem to country music’s finest performers, and house artifacts from Elvis’ solid gold Cadillac limo and Jimmie Rodger’s guitar.

#2. The Hermitage: Home of former U.S president Andrew Jackson, and constructed personally for him in 1821.

#3. The Grand Ole Opry: Home of country music’s greatest performers of today and decades of the past, the Grand Ole Opry put Nashville, TN on the map as the country music capital of the world.

#4. The Parthenon: Constructed as a full-scale replica of the parthenon found in Athens, Greece, the Parthenon is a historic and peaceful site to visit if you are in the downtown area.

#5. Ryman Auditorium: Houses some of the entire music industries greatest performers such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.

#6. Frist Center for Visual Arts: “Get inspired” with visual and historic art at the Frist Center, located in Downtown Nashville.

#7. Johnny Cash Museum: Opened in 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum houses the world’s largest collection of his memorabilia, artifacts, films, and handwritten letters.

#8. Bell Meade Plantation: Constructed in 1823 and known as the “Queen of Tennessee Plantations,” and home to the country’s first thoroughbred breeding farms.

#9. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens: A 55-acre botanical garden housed in the Cheek family mansion, Cheekwood is a beautiful place to be with greenhouses, a sculpture trail, and a chromatic flower display.

#10. Adventure Science Center: Educational entertainment for the entire family. Learn what it takes to be an astronaut, and get a glimpse at your future self. The Adventure Science Center offers fun to groups of all ages.

Nashville Concerts for All of July 2015

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July is hot, but the concerts in Nashville are even hotter. We’ve got every concert coming to town during the entire month of July so you can get started early deciding how many you want to see.

Grab your friends and family and get ready, because here at AFM we are bringing you the best list of concerts in Nashville. Whether you’re a classic country music fan or into rock and rap, there are plenty of concerts to choose from on tap.  Continue reading “Nashville Concerts for All of July 2015”