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Business Pulse - Graves takes pain out of pill management
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Emily Graves, pharmacist/owner at Graves Family Pharmacy stands in front of RapidPakRx, a pharmacy robot made in the United States that can quickly identify and sort medications into handy pouches that take the guesswork out of medication management.

As I’m recovering from a week of corn dogs and cotton candy and experiencing the early stages of 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 Tuesday. Lemon boutique on Main Street also returns from a fair-week break on Wednesday.

There’s the rub

Before I dive into this week’s Business Pulse, let me clear up a goof from last week’s Business Pulse. In the write-up 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 for the above photo in the print edition, I incorrectly identified her. Make no mistake about it, when you’re ready to fall into relaxation with one of her many offered massage techniques, Autumn Wanamaker Young is the Autumn to turn to. 

I apologize for the error, Autumn.

managing meds

just got easier

As I’m personally learning, the older we get, the more pills seem to work their way into our daily routine. And for some, it’s nearly a full-time job managing which pills to take when and which day. Luckily, Graves Family Pharmacy is looking to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with wondering if you or a loved one has remembered the proper medication.

Graves has announced a new medication packaging service designed to help improve the health of local patients. They have added PakMyMeds, a simpler method of medication management that utilizes convenient, personalized packaging by using the latest in pharmacy robotics. 

Using an impressive looking machine with snazzy color-changing lights that looks like it came straight out of Star Wars, Graves can pre-sort and package patient medications, labeling each dose by day, date and time. The convenient, easy-to-open packages takes the guesswork out of whether you’ve remembered to take your medicine. 

PakMyMeds allows for greater independence in care-at-home situations and can accommodate prescriptions, over-the-counter medicine and even supplements. Studies show that mismanagement of medication leads to 125,000 preventable deaths and over $500B in unnecessary healthcare costs every year.

Emily Graves, pharmacist/owner at Graves Family Pharmacy says, “PakMyMeds eliminates the confusion and inconvenience for patients taking a large number of daily medications. The date-and-time stamped pouches mean no more pill sorting and fewer errors. Our patients tell us they’ve experienced life-changing improvements to their health, and family members are thrilled that their loved ones no longer skip doses or accidentally take too many of their vital medications.”

That all sounds like a pretty great service to me, but it gets better. Graves Family Pharmacy offers the PakMyMeds service at no charge and will even deliver the medication to customers for free. 

PakMyMeds makes taking your medications while traveling easier than ever. Patients can just tear off the pouches for the days they need and take them along. The service is made possible by the installation of the RapidPakRx at Graves. It’s a pharmacy robot made in the United States and is 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 provide a high volume of multi-med pouches at high speed.

The service is available now at Graves Family Pharmacy. Call (931) 473-6418 for more details.

A conventional choice

If you’re the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association, it only makes sense to hold your convention in the Nursery Capital of the World. The MTNA is a group that works with government officials, universities and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to help each nursery thrive and be more productive. The MTNA Horticulture Expo returns to the Milner Recreation Center Sept. 29-30. The 2021 MTNA Trade Show scheduled to be held in McMinnville was cancelled so this will mark a long-overdue return. It is Tennessee’s only nursery trade show and promises to be an educational two days, featuring several speakers and informative sessions. Below is a schedule of events.

2022 MTNA Show Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 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 a.m.: Trade Show Opens

9:30 a.m.: Aquatic Weed Management in the Nursery, Creig Kimbro, UT Agric. Ext., Coalmont, Tenn.

10:30 a.m.: "What Do I Set It On?” – Calibrating Spreaders and Sprayers (plus a little on armadillo and vole control), Mitchell Mote, UT Agric. Extension Service- Rutherford County

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch for Education Attendees.

1 p.m.: Problematic Plants and Their Alternatives, Lucas Holman, UT Agric. Extension Service, Wilson County

2 p.m.: TDA Update — Insects and Diseases Risks and Responses, Gary Clendenon and Tracy Puckett, TDA McMinnville

3 p.m.: Panel Discussion – Identifying Insect, Disease and Weeds In The Landscape and Nursery, Dr. Karla Addesso, Lucas Holman, Mitchell Mote, Gary Clendenon and Tracy Puckett 

4:30 p.m.: Trade show closes

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Awards reception

Friday, Sept. 30

9 a.m.: Trade Show Opens

2 p.m.: Trade Show Closes

Mud Bums adds

affordable option

Brett Simmons had no restaurant experience when he bought Mud Bums Family Sports Grill from Charlie and Donna Turner in 2018 but he's continued to evolve along with his successful restaurant, located at 231 Northgate Drive, suite 400. Brett's motto of "evolve or die" has served him and his restaurant well.

A home-grown Warren County native and 2007 WCHS graduate, Brett takes pride in the hometown, family feel he has fostered at Mud Bums.

While Mud Bums serves beer, Brett stresses Mud Bums is not a sports bar. He strives to provide a family-friendly atmosphere that is welcoming to all ages and hopes to provide something for everyone. 

He's also constantly trying to assure there are always affordable options, even as outside forces have given him no choice but to raise prices on some menu items.

To help balance that, Brett has introduced an affordable, and very popular, new option - a meat-and-three lunch special.

“We’ve always felt, especially after we expanded our dining area outside during COVID, that our atmosphere is like a backyard cookout. Our customers all seem to like to interact with each other and mingle,” Brett said. “I think the meat-and-three is just another step of fostering that family feel. I know my family always has a huge spread of food when we cook and now people can get that same kind of meal for lunch all week.”

The lunch menu, which is available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m Monday - Friday, is highlighted through the week with such options as smoked turkey (served with dressing that is his mom’s recipe), baked ham, cinnamon apples, fried okra and fried green tomatoes (on Fridays).

It’s just another addition Simmons has added to continue attracting folks to his local restaurant. Mud Bums has also leaned heavily into music, hosting concerts every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day and adding music trivia on Wednesday nights. Our very own sports editor, Jeff Simmons, Brett’s brother, is the host of Mud Bums Music Trivia, which offers cash prizes and leans heavily into southern rock and country.

Mud Bums will also be starting a Song Writer’s Night Tuesday, which will be run by Nashville songwriter Charlie Allen. Allen performed at Mud Bums this summer and was accompanied by Johnny Garcia, who regularly tours as Garth Brooks’ guitarist.

Mud Bums offers Bingo on Mondays and has continued its 90-cent wing nights on Thursdays. Simmons wants fans of his $6 lunch specials to know they aren’t going anywhere either.

“The meat-and-three, our lunch specials, wing specials, half-priced app deals and other discounts are about lessening the burden on our customers. We’ve all felt the squeeze on our wallets,” said Simmons. “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 we’re going to do what we can to make this a great experience for them.”

Until next time,

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