Go-To Guide

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Welcome to your Giles County Go-To Guide!

If you're looking for:

• Insurance • A New or Used Car • Dental Care • Roofing Installation and Repair • Building Supplies • Good Food • An Art Studio • HVAC Installation and Service • An Event Venue • Collision Repair • A Job or Employees

These are the Tried and True Businesses Giles Countians turn to for their great service and quality:

• Brownlow Body Shop • Creator's Corner • Dr. Tesa Jolly • Farmer's Mutual Insurance • Milky Way Farm • Minor Hill Farm & Home Center • Murrey Chevrolet • Patriot Market & Cafe • Pylant Maintenance • Second Street Coffee House • Staffmark

To help you get to know these local businesses better a new spotlight story will be added to this page every month.

Murrey Chevrolet

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The Murreys Carry On Family Tradition of Service

For John and Ed Murrey, Murrey Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the next chapter in the history of family traditions. A tradition of service to customers and the community that began back in downtown Pulaski in 1930 with their grandfather Erskine Sharp and his automobile sales and repair business. Son-in-law Bill Murrey, father to Ed and John, continued the business, taking it over in 1948.

“We grew up in the automotive business,” Ed Murrey explained. “It’s all we’ve ever done, it’s a family affair.”

When the opportunity to purchase the property that was once the Moon Glo Drive-in arose, Ed and John opened the new location west of town. 

“We opened this location 23 years ago and we celebrated 33 years of business on May 8 of this year,” said Murrey, “we have a very loyal customer base, we have people who have been using our service department and purchasing vehicle from us for all of those 33 years.”

Customer loyalty is not the only aspect of the business that the Murreys are proud of. 

“We have some very loyal employees as well. Doris Hughes has been with us for 33 years and  Jimmy Vernon, our parts manager, for 32 years. Loyalty like that has a lot to do with the success of a business; everyone knows them.

“We’re proud to be locally owned and operated and able to supply our customers, from everywhere, that kind of attention and service and to be able to build those kind of long lasting relationships,” Murrey said. “We are special in that we are the home of the only rental service in the area — Giles County Rent-a-Car — for those times when you might have special transportation needs.”

Community-oriented, Murrey participates as supporters of the Pulaski Exchange Club and local sports teams, including those at both Giles County and Richland high schools. They are also members of the Giles County Chamber.

“One of the services we have provided for a while now is touchless delivery,” Murrey said. “Before the coronavirus, you could go online to see the vehicles we have in stock, shop, click and drive. You never even have to come into the store. We have e-sign and then to your door delivery. If you want to come into the dealership during this time, we are being extra careful and practicing all social distancing guidelines to keep our customers and employees safe and healthy.”

Visit Murrey Chevrolet, Buick, GMC at murreychevrolet.com or at their 1500 W. College St. location in Pulaski. For more information, call 363-3555. 

Lane Roofing

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Norma Lane first started her business, Lane Roofing — then known as Team Hill Construction — in the basement of her home in southern Giles County. After witnessing business practices, especially in the case of roofers in the area, Lane saw a real need that her company could fulfill.

“When making the decision to start a roofing company, we saw a need for a licensed roofing company in Giles and surrounding counties and wanted to change the perspective of how a stereotypical ‘roofer’ appeared and conducted business,” Lane said.

Attention to every detail was paid when starting the new business.

“We constructed a business plan and implemented a dress and behavior code,” Lane said. “We immediately contacted big name brands in the industry such as Owens Corning and GAF to begin the certification processes. We learned all we could about products and their warranties to offer the best roofing system in the industry. We started only installing shingle roofs, grew to metal roofs and now offer drywall and plaster repair, interior and exterior painting and financing.”

“We are proud to be an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor,” Lane said, going on to explain, “A roofing company that has succeeded in the roofing industry for three-plus years with no complaints and good financial standing is approached by Owens Corning to represent their company. It’s quite an honor.

“We stay up-to-date with the newest products by attending specific Owens Corning classes, annual asphalt shingle plant tours of the Memphis plant and open door relationship with our sales representatives. That means that through Owens Corning and Service Finance we are able to offer our clients financing for ALL of their home improvement needs, not just roofing. It’s a five minute phone call and approval process, it can all be taken care of on your lunch break!”

The company is community-minded and are supporters of Wolf Gap, local baseball and softball leagues, the Giles County Bobcats and Leg Up Therapeutic Riding Center.

The female veteran owned business will celebrate its 10th anniversary in September of this year.

“I am a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and each November we offer specials on metal and shingle installations,” Lane said. “You’ll find them on our Facebook page and our website at laneroofingco.com.”

With the anniversary approaching, the business shows no signs of slowing down.

“We are continuing to grow our business and now offer financing for all of your home improvement needs, not just roofing,” Lane said.

While the business is now located at 520 N. Locust Avenue in Lawrenceburg, they continue to serve and support Giles County.

Lane is licensed, insured and bonded, and a member of the Better Business Bureau and maintains a high standard with an A+ accreditation from the group. They are members of the Giles and Lawrence county chambers of commerce, the Shoals Home Builders Association and are also a licensed Alabama roofer.

They may be reached at 309-2409.

Pylant Maintenance

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Pylant Maintenance: Family-Owned,
Operated Service to the Community

Pylant Maintenance is celebrating its sixth year in business this year. The business was a family project from the start when Vernon Pylant decided to go into business for themselves.

“I have 35 years of experience in the HVAC business and made the decision to stop working for someone else,” Pylant explained. “If you don’t stick your neck out and take a risk, you’ll never get anywhere.”

Until the business got on its feet, wife Sandi worked alongside Pylant to get it up and running, while working another full-time job.

“She works with me full-time now and it’s been that way for five of our six years in business.”

Recently, son Jay has joined the business as one of the technicians.

“Jay graduated from TCAT with his degree in HVAC and gets requested by name with our customers,” Pylant said. “He is a fine, Christian young man who goes on mission trips with the church and does a great job for the business. He has tagged along with me since he was old enough to, learning things and helping along the way.”

Pylant has seen a lot of growth over the past six years.

“It was just pretty much me in the beginning, then we quickly took on two technicians and then two more. Then there were six and now we have 10 employees, including two members of our office staff.”

Located at 401 N. First St. in Pulaski, the building turns out to be the perfect location.

“We were lucky that when another HVAC company’s owners retired, we were able to move into their building; it was a perfect fit.”

Pylant Maintenance installs and maintain both commercial and residential units. The business became an official Trane dealership last year. They feature Trane ductless units with technicians specifically trained in their installation and maintenance.

They also carry Remi Halo air purifying units designed to make the air quality in your home better.

“The systems purify and improve the air in your house, helping with allergies, germs and bacteria keeping your family healthier.”

Aside from wife Sandi, Jamie Kimbrough and Tyler Kimbrough have been a part of the business from the start. They, along with son Jay, have been a big help to the business.

“These guys have been loyal employees and I’ve always been able to count on them.”

An active part of the community as well, the company has great respect for their clients and for our servicemen and women.

“We have a lot of respect for veterans and we donate bicycles annually to the Toys for Tots program and participate in an annual Memorial Motorcycle Run,” Pylant said. “We sometime donate units to clients who are in financial need, helping to meet their heating and cooling needs.

“We are all about service to our customers and to the community.”

You can reach Pylant Maintenance at 931-447-8752 or chat live on their Facebook page.

Milky Way Farm

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‘Milky Way Farm Is a Great Place for Memories’

There is quite possibly no other landmark in Giles County with as much mythos surrounding it as Milky Way Farm. Its effects on the citizenry of Giles County in the first half of the 20th century were far reaching and that has made for almost as many stories about the farm and the Mars family as there are residents of Giles County. Though the farm has changed owners several times, there is to this day a sense of ownership on behalf of the citizens of the county towards it.

Candy magnate Frank Mars and wife Ethel came to Giles County at the invitation of a Mars candy bar box manufacturer, Eric Schuller and his wife, a hometown girl and daughter of Sen. Brown. The Mars’ visited the county in 1920 and fell in love with the beauty of the area; as they say, the rest is a long and illustrious history. Never meant to be a permanent home, a hunt lodge was soon erected. Ethel, deeply involved in the horse world, made the location a home-away-from-home and a place to entertain like-minded friends on weekends and holidays.

“When my father and I first looked at Milky Way Farm, we thought we really have no business purchasing it,” Lynn Golden said. “At over 1,100 acres, it was too big a project, but then we walked the hillside, watched a sunset from the back hill, read the history — the stories of how one person made a difference.”

The farm made a tremendous difference in the lives of Giles Countians during the depression era years. When construction began on the property and its facilities, there were approximately 1,200 locals employed in various positions — 984 working directly for Milky Way and the remainder as sub-contractors.

Golden and her father reached out to the community for information on the history of the farm.

“Ten years ago, we had an open house for anyone that ever worked or had a relative work on the farm, and 350 people came and told stories,” Golden recalled. “Stories of how their family built Milky Way Farm and all the treasures of it.

“We promised to do our best to not look at all that needed to be done but celebrate what we could do to make it a little better each day. It is such an honor to help protect such a beautiful piece of Tennessee history.”

The Goldens are looking forward to making memories with future generations of Giles County.

“Milky Way Farm is a great place for memories — whether it is a wedding, a group lunch and tour, a corporate meeting, a family outing or a holiday tradition. It is a place to reflect and enjoy the outdoors and the architecture of years past. We love outdoor events — Easter egg hunts, hayrides, music and trail runs — and hope to continually do more each season. We love events in the historic Manor House and barns.”

With an eye toward sustainability, the farm is still a working one.

“Today, the main crops are corn and hay,” Golden explained. “We have sheep, horses and donkeys. We have blackberries and are beginning to grow other items to make soaps and lotions. Country breakfast and barn tours are some of our favorite days when a group gathers and friendships are made.

“We are excited about the upgrades to the Show Barn for large events. Knowing that a wedding and reception or festival can be outside or moved inside if needed is a nice option. We still work by reservations, so that we don’t overlap with a private event.”

Upcoming events include:

• The annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Sunday, April 5, from 1-4 p.m. There is a fee of $12 per guest over age 2 that covers the hunt, snacks and activities. Reservations can be made at info@MilkyWayFarm.org, by calling or texting 931-808-2281 or through the website or Facebook page.

• Trail Run — Mud Girl is set for Saturday, May 16. Reservations may be made at MudGirlRun.us.

All other upcoming activities are listed on Facebook and the event calendar at MilkyWayFarm.org.

Staffmark

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Let Staffmark Help You Fill Open Positions

Where and how do you get employees in a market that is as tight as it is these days? Your local Staffmark office might help you to answer that question. In fact, Staffmark in Pulaski has been helping employers to fill open positions since the mid-90s.

“We opened our doors in Pulaski in the mid-1990s on Mill Street,” Branch Manager Heather White said.

The vision of Staffmark and all its branches is to be a great partner and its mission is to deliver solutions that will contribute to their customers,’ employees’ and company’s goals. Their belief is that a company, like an individual, needs to have a clear set of core values: empowerment — creating autonomy through business practices; accountability — being accountable for actions, intent and results; integrity — doing things right; passionate performance — loving what you do and letting it show.

“Staffmark wants to be a great partner to our customers, our employees and the communities we serve and we try hard to understand the unique needs of every person and business we connect with,” White explained.

“Staffmark, formerly CBS Personnel Service, was founded with offices in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in 1970,” she said. “In 1998, we became Staffmark. In 2011, Staffmark became part of Recruit, one of the largest HR companies in the world. All offices are aligned under the Staffmark brand.”

In recognition of their outstanding customer service, Staffmark was awarded the Best in Staffing Award for both Clients and Talent.

“Less than 2 percent of all staffing companies in North America earn the Best of Staffing title, which is based on customers and talent rating you a 9 or 10 out of 10 for outstanding service,” White added. “In addition, Staffmark earned the coveted Diamond Award for receiving the Best of Staffing Client Award for seven years in a row.”

While the company has seen changes over the last few years, they have maintained a staff of three loyal employees currently in the Pulaski Branch.

“Staffmark is proud of the service we offer and is committed to ensuring that all of our customers and employees receive Best of Staffing service,” White said. “We focus on customer service as well as employee appreciation and we take pride in our customer service and our employees — we want them to know they are appreciated.”

The office is currently located at 1197 W. College St., Pulaski, in a building that has served several purposes.

“This office has been many things over the last 30-plus years,” White said. “To my knowledge, it’s been an auto repair shop, auto sales, a medical clinic and a bank. Now it houses us and we specialize in hiring for the manufacturing, distribution and clerical industries.”

Let Staffmark help you; give them a call at 424-0033 or visit their Pulaski location.

Creator's Corner

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Creator’s Corner: Come Create With Us!

Inspired by a lifelong love of crafting, Marion Ibsen wanted to pass along her love and joy to the public. She began painting in 1999, following the Donna Dewberry OneStroke painting technique, and was certified as a OneStroke Instructor.

“I have always loved to craft and make things, ever since I was a little girl,” Ibsen explained. “Having done craft shows for many years, I decided to have a place where I could not only sell handmade items, but also teach others how to paint with this simple way to learn technique.”

Located in the former Ardmore, Tenn., Post Office, Ibsen opened her business — Creator’s Corner — in August 2017. 

“We’re about 30 minutes from Pulaski,” Ibsen said. “My dream is to someday buy an old house in Pulaski and turn it into an artist studio.”

Ibsen has created a friendly environment and gives individualized instruction whenever necessary to class members and clients while offering special opportunities to learn from guest artists. 

“I have had guest artists come in and give classes,” Ibsen said. “Sherry Cowart with Air of Whimsy has come in to teach a Paint Your Pet Class; we have another session scheduled for this January. And we also have special sessions coming next year with Candles and Canvas and other things.”

Giving back to the community is part of Ibsen’s love for crafting as well.

“This semester I have been working with the Boys and Girls Club of Pulaski teaching art on Tuesday afternoons,” Ibsen said. “It has been rewarding and exciting to see the boys and girls learn and grow. We worked together to create a collaborative effort mosaic of a Henri Rousseau inspired mural that was auctioned at their Great Futures Luncheon in November.”

Offerings to clients also include a stencil bar.

“Customers can come in and choose their substrate, choose their stencil and paint a very creative, one-of-a-kind piece for a gift or special event.”

Special offers include a current special called a Party of Five.

“We can schedule special painting parties to accommodate a group of five or more, pay for four painters and the fifth one is free. We can do birthday parties or business get-togethers, team builders or any other groups.”

The location has recently been designated as a UPS Shipping Location.

“We can accept UPS drop off packages as well as initiate UPS shipping,” Ibsen added.

Creator’s Corner is located at 26555 Main St. in Ardmore, Tenn. The hours are Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on UPS services or to book a special event, call 256-423-4044.

Patriot Market and Cafe

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Patriot Market and Café: Veterans Make Meals for Many

Patriot Market and Café was the brainchild of Elaina and Joseph Gill. The dream of a restaurant became a reality in January 2019 when they opened just off the Pulaski Square. 

“Both of us are veterans and we decided to open the café as a representation of our great country,” Gill explained. “I always have had the dream of opening my own restaurant and in the fall of 2018 after my husband retired from the military, we settled in Pulaski and it was finally something that we could do.

“Joseph and I have traveled the great USA and the world throughout our army careers. Being a self-trained chef, I love the variety of great food that different geographical locations provide,” Gill said. “I taught myself how to cook everything I enjoyed so I could hold the good memory of that location and I love having the opportunity to share that with everyone.” 

Gill notes her dreams would not have come to fruition if not for her family.

“The first time my husband brought me to the Giles County area, I felt like I was home, and we promised each other when he retired we would move back here. We and our five children moved in June of 2018; you will see them here from time to time since for the most part they are my crew, along with my cousin-in-law Linda and her kids. And there are others who I have adopted along the way.”

During their first year of business the Café decided to make a move to its current location at 426 N. Second St. in Pulaski.

“The new location used to be the bus station for Pulaski and then a restaurant,” Gill said. “We’ll celebrate our first anniversary of business in January, 2020.” 

The Gills strive to give back to the community. They support several local charities including many veterans organizations and others such as The Pouring Spot, Giles County Animal Shelter and Mommas, Munchkins and Milk. They also offer, as you might imagine, a veteran’s discount as well as one for first responders.

“Military veterans, first responders, teachers and senior citizens get a 15 percent discount every day and any military or first responders on duty get free drinks anytime,” Gill said. 

There are some specialty items that the restaurant will prepare. 

“We do custom orders any time and many in the area don’t know we will do lettuce wraps and have several vegetarian options,” Gill added.

The restaurant is family-based and everyone who comes in is treated like family as well. You may place phone orders at 931-292-6444.

Their hours are Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed on Monday; Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dr. Tesa

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Dr. Tesa Jolly Receives Humanitarian Award

The Lucy Hobbs Project, in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists, celebrated six outstanding women in dentistry Oct. 3-5 in Chicago.

Among them was Giles County’s own Dr. Tesa Jolly, DDS, who received the Humanitarian Award for her dedication to her community with the creation and continuation of the annual Free Dental Day in Pulaski. 

Held each November, Free Dental Day brings together hundreds of volunteers to provide a free dental service — a white filling on a front tooth, tooth extraction or cleaning — to anyone healthy enough for dental work. 

Now in its 11th year, Free Dental Day has provided free services to more than 3,000 people over the past decade. 

The 11th annual Free Dental Day will be Friday, Nov. 22. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the CB Outreach Building, 511 S. First St., Pulaski. 

For more information or to volunteer, search for Pulaski, TN Free Dental Day on Facebook.

Awards Celebration

Benco Dental’s seventh annual celebration is named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. 

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates women’s achievements in dentistry,” said Rachel Pugh, branding and communications manager for Benco Dental. “Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We

want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practices and

themselves.” 

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, included panel discussions, three Continuing Education credits and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members — and all women in dentistry — to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work.”  

Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back

In 1866, Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry. This national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession — dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Second Street Coffee House

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Second Street Coffee House

Most of us can’t start the day without something to awaken the mind and the spirit. Second Street Coffee House has both in the form of a freshly brewed cup of coffee served from a staff who knows its customers and creates a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for them.

“We pride ourselves in making relationships with all of our customers,” said owner Katy Kaufman. “We know the regulars by name and do our best to make everyone feel welcome and at home when they come to the shop.

Macy and I were regulars at the coffee house when it was under Buckhead management from the time it first opened on the Square in 2015,” Kaufman explained of herself and business partner Macy Crye. “Macy later became an employee under the previous management and I still showed up every day for coffee.”

The two were longtime best friends and had a dream of running their own coffee house. When the opportunity presented itself in early 2019, they decided to go for it. They opened shortly after Memorial Day at the same location, newly christened as Second Street Coffee House.

The owners are focused on making their business a success and doing that through involvement in the community.

“We have been trying to involve ourselves in the community more with events like our monthly open mic nights and as members of the Giles County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce,” Kaufman said. “We are also planning on hosting an event this month to raise money for suicide prevention and awareness in honor of Markaus Willis and donating that in his name.”

The third member of the team is Annslee Swann.

“Annslee is a full-time senior at Martin Methodist College and a member of the MMC soccer team,” Kaufman said. “She is very hardworking and on her off days you can see her doing her homework at the shop.”

The shop has a breakfast and lunch menu that includes weekly waffle and Panini specials. For teas drinkers, they have a selection served daily, hot or cold. There are also seasonal flavors included on the menu. You may enjoy your orders inside or al fresco at a bistro table on the sidewalk.

The business promotes being environmentally friendly with a discount.

“We have our ongoing discounts for anyone who brings in reusable mugs or travel mugs for their drinks,” Kaufman explained. “Our Earth Heroes discount is 10 percent off any beverage.”

The shop’s next monthly Open Mic Night will be held Saturday, Oct. 12.

“On open mic nights we close at 5 p.m. and then re-open at 7 p.m.,” Crye explained. “The entertainment includes spoken word, comedy and musicians.”

Second Street Coffee House is located just off the west side of the Pulaski Square at 102 S. Second St. It is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

“We are all inclusive and love everyone,” Kaufman said. “We are a safe space for anyone who needs it.”

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