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Business Pulse - And the winner is ...
Southern Standard General Manager Dale Stubblefield, left, and Standard Publisher Patricia Zechman, third from left, congratulate Standard advertising staff members Nolan Esparza and Leslie Zechman for their multiple awards at the TPA Ideas Contest. The Standard won the contest's top award for Esparza's Patriot Day design, pictured below. Not available for the photo are Standard ad staffers Brinda Buckner and Jack Eslick.

This week, we're taking a look at a couple of award-winning businesses and one newly arriving business.

Hey, we're a

business too!

Here at the Standard, our goal with Business Pulse is to shine a light on local businesses and bringing attention to their arrivals, changes and accomplishments. I like to think we do a pretty good job with that. We certainly try, at least. But, one thing we often aren't quite as adept with is promoting our own accomplishments. Being the business with the biggest platform to tout others leaves us with not many other options to tout ourselves. So, forgive me for a few paragraphs as we toot our own horn. * Toot Toot*

The Tennessee Press Association (TPA) recently announced its winners in the 2022 Ideas Contest awards which recognizes the best in advertising and design in Tennessee newspapers. The top prize of the event, the 2022 Ideas Contest Best of Show, went to your very own Southern Standard for the multi-color ad, "Patriot Day" that was included in the Standard as a remembrance of 9/11. The winning entry was designed by Nolan Esparza, the Standard's technology supervisor and advertising graphics guru. The ad emerged on top of a field which included 487 entries from 23 different newspapers across the state. 

The Standard also picked up a first place in multi-color ads for the poster, a third place award in self-promotion of newspaper for the online sports show, a second place in automotive ad for a Brown Ford ad, first place for best subscription promotion for our Customer Appreciation Week, first place in best rack card for our "print or digital" rack card, and second place in best overall website.

Southern Standard Publisher Patricia Zechman was pleased with the results and proud of the advertising staff. “This is just another example and recognition of the good work done by the hometown folks at a community newspaper. As always, I’m extremely proud of the Standard staff and the day-to-day work and effort team members continue to produce for our readership. 

“It’s always gratifying to be recognized for quality work; however, it’s also the effort the Standard staff puts into all dimensions of newspaper production from front desk to the mailroom that is rewarding. It’s a team effort. While news is the implied word in newspaper, we’re still a business doing our best to promote other businesses and entities in Warren County. Bringing solid news and information about Warren County, its people, schools, businesses and events will always be the goal of the hometown news staff.”

I'll wrap up patting ourselves on the back by adding my congratulations to my co-workers in our advertising department and also to the guys on our press crew that did such a good job printing the poster and who work tirelessly to help the print edition of the Standard to always look its best: Tim Woodlee, Tim Hogan and Matt Bufe.

Globally recognized

Another local business celebrating a major award is right on Main Street. Collins River BBQ & Café was recently singled out by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travelers’ Choice Award Winner for Restaurants. 

That's a pretty big deal. Tripadvisor is a leading website for those seeking travel advice and features over 988 million reviews on nearly 8 million businesses around the world. Having Tripadvisor's nod of approval puts Collins River BBQ and McMinnville on the global stage for anyone looking for a vacation destination, and that's a great thing for the whole county. 

The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveler reviews from diners around the world on Tripadvisor over the last year. Collins River BBQ ranks No. 1 in Warren County and in the top 10 percent of restaurants worldwide on Tripadvisor with a 4.5 rating on food, service, value and atmosphere.

“We appreciate our customers so much and we really enjoy hearing – and seeing online – the kind things they have to say about our atmosphere, our friendly staff, and especially about our food. We realize word-of-mouth is really important to attract new customers, so we can’t say thank you enough to the folks who took the time to give us the great reviews that helped us win this award,” said Collins River BBQ owner Joe O’Neal.

According to Tripadvisor’s Chief Commercial Officer, Kanika Soni, “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: the guests. Ranking among the Travelers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it's using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps taken to meet travelers' new demands. “

In addition to the Tripadvisor award, Collins River is the reigning Southern Standard Best of the Best winner for best wings.

Collins River is known for live music events, 2-for-1 craft beers on Tuesdays, and for specials like prime rib and burnt ends. Kids eat half-price every Wednesday.

So, if you're looking for a globally recognized restaurant, you don't have to travel any further than Main Street. 

More jobs coming

to county

It's always welcome news to learn about  a new company moving to town, especially when new jobs are being created. The Bottling Company International (BCI)  is officially opening Nov. 14 at 1287 Mt. View Industrial Drive in Morrison. 

The company is owned by Jeff Pennington, Michael Collins and Max Kazhonov. BCI Director of Operations Garry Rausch described the company as "a CoPack bottling facility for the spirits industry. Basically, if you want to put it in a bottle, we do it. We are born out of Nashville with Jeff Pennington of Pennington Distillery (Davidson Reserve Whiskey/Pickers Vodka) as one of the owners. We decided to branch off from there as demand has greatly increased to open this new venture."

The company is looking to add employees immediately. BCI is seeking six full-time line techs ($17.50 per hour), four to six part-time positions, a maintenance position and a welder position. Resumes may be emailed to Garry at

Don Alexander, executive director of the Industrial Development Board is enthusiastic about the new company. "I think this will be a welcome addition to our stable of good employers," Alexander said. 

More information can be found in the company's help wanted ad on page 2C of today's classifieds. 

Here's wishing much success to The Bottling Company International. Welcome to the community and cheers!

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