BizBuzz: UC roofing firms receive industry awards

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Two area roofing firms have received industry awards from Firestone Building Products, a manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive product portfolio for commercial building performance solutions.

McMinnville’s Porter Roofing Contractors Inc. and Carthage-based Rackley Roofing Company Inc. both earned 2015 Master Contractor Awards. From a network of more than 3,000 Firestone Building Products Red ShieldTM Licensed Roofing Contractors, the local companies are two of 256 to earn the designation for roofing system excellence. Additionally, Porter Roofing is one of only 16 firms to receive three additional distinctions: the Inner Circle of Quality, President’s Club and Platinum Council awards. And Rackley Roofing is one of 144 firms to receive the Firestone Building Products Inner Circle of Quality Award.

“The annual Master Contractor Program recognizes our best contractor firms dedicated to installing roofing systems that help commercial buildings achieve long-term performance,” Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products, said in a release. “We’re proud to have offered this program for the last 28 years to honor our partners who are some of the best in the industry.”

The Master Contractor Program rewards Firestone Building Products-licensed roofing firms throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Master contractors are judged on the basis of total square footage installed and quality points accumulated for inspection ratings on installations covered by the Red ShieldTM Warranty including: RubberGardTM EPDM, UltraPlyTM TPO, asphalt and metal roofing systems.

Master contractors are also eligible to earn points in the sustainability category. The program offered points for the following Firestone Building Products installations: SkyScapeTM Vegetative Roof System, PLATINUM PVTM Program and SunWaveTM Daylighting System.

The Inner Circle of Quality Award acknowledged master contractors who installed a minimum of eight warranted Firestone Building Products roofing systems in 2014 and four roofs per year for each of the prior four years, maintained at least 2 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty and achieved an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.25 or less.

The President’s Club Award, meanwhile, is given to master contractors who have accrued the highest number of quality points for superior inspection ratings and total square footage of Firestone Building Products Red Shield warranted roofing system installations completed during the past year.

And the Platinum Council Award is designated for master contractors who regularly earn the highest quality points for a combined two-year period, placing them among the top 30 contractors for that time.

Highlands Industrial Trade Show returns May 21

COOKEVILLE – Coming off its inaugural year, the Highlands Industrial Trade Show is hoping for a bigger and better turnout when it returns Thursday, May 21, at the Leslie Town Centre.

Last year, more than 40 regional vendors showcased their business capabilities and goods at the event, the first of its kind in the Highlands region – which includes Overton, Putnam, Jackson and White counties – and the only industrial trade show of its kind held in the mid-state.

Organizers plan to increase participation by 50 percent this year, and building on last year’s success, will also kick off a series of roundtable discussions.

“The trade show will serve as a great opportunity to start the conversation between companies about the challenges they face,” said Stephen Crook, economic development coordinator with the Highlands Economic Partnership, the former Highlands Initiative. “Chances are they’re not alone, so we hope to provide an environment where industry can work together to identify some problems that we, as a community, can advocate on their behalf.”

The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber’s existing industry committee will host the show, which aims to supports the industrial sector and showcase industry of all sizes. Often smaller industrial companies are fully capable of providing products and services to larger companies, Crook said, but don’t have a platform to tell their story.

“If we can promote cooperation between these companies, then perhaps we can see more contracts between our industrial organizations,” he said. “The goal is for each vendor to walk away from this event with at least one lead on a new contract or product.”

For more information about the event, email Stephen Crook at

American Bank opens new branch

COOKEVILLE – American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands opened its newest branch at 123 N. Willow Ave. in Cookeville in March. The building features an open concept design and high-tech features. The bank will start with six employees, Marty Maynard, president/CEO of American Bank & Trust, said, and will offer a full range of services including ATM, drive-through and consumer, mortgage and commercial loans. It’s American Bank & Trust’s third branch overall. For more information, visit

Jain selected as ‘Doctor of the Day’ on Capitol Hill

COOKEVILLE – Dr. Pushpendra K. Jain, a Cookeville-based physician, volunteered his time in April to serve as the Tennessee Medical Association’s “Doctor of the Day” on Capitol Hill in Nashville. Serving the Upper Cumberland for more than 25 years, Jain was selected to represent his profession and community in order to continue to make a positive impact on health care.

At the Hill, Jain met with Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to discuss the challenges facing physicians and patients today. Jain was able voice his ideas and concerns by participating in committee meetings. Additionally, Jain saw patients at a community clinic.

“As the quarterbacks of health care delivery, physicians must actively participate in forums and must be leaders in order to achieve successful health care reform that fosters the best outcomes for patients,” Jain said. “We cannot sit on the sidelines and let others make the laws that affect how we practice medicine and the care we give our patients.”

Jain has been practicing medicine in the Cookeville and Gainesboro areas since 1989 and serves as the founder and medical director of Cookeville Medical Clinic, Cookeville Medical Center and Physicians Urgent Care; he also has active medical staff privileges at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. He is an active member of the Tennessee Medical Association and serves as a leader on the TMA’s judicial council. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Group Management Association, American Association of General Practitioners and Putnam County Medical Society.

Crossville veterinarian takes part in ‘Veterinary Day on the Hill’

CROSSVILLE – Members of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) recently met with Legislators on Capitol Hill to discuss current events and issues impacting animal health and veterinary medicine in Tennessee. Included in that group was Dr. Maben Thompson, owner, Upper Cumberland Veterinary Clinic, Crossville.

Founded in 1909, TVMA is committed to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine. Consisting of more than 1,200 members, TVMA works to ensure that laws and regulations promote the health and well being of all animals and protect public health and human welfare.

Fentress pharmacy adds MedsOnCue service

JAMESTOWN – Hall Family Pharmacy, located on West Central Avenue in Jamestown, has become one of the first pharmacies in the country to provide patients with on-demand access to prescription- specific videos through MedsOnCue.

By printing QR codes on prescription labels, customers have a direct link to thousands of medication-specific videos in the MedsOnCue library. The videos provide information such as proper usage, expected benefits and potential side effects. “MedsOnCue was a natural addition, because it creates an immediate connection between our patients and the information they need to take their medications safely and as directed,” Phillip Hall, owner of Halls Pharmacy, said in a release. “It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for to help us continue delivering a quality experience. This is one of the many examples of independent pharmacies working to bridge the gap in self-care and customer service.”

The pharmacy recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in April and offers a full range of services including a compounding center, immunization, insurance consulting and budgeting, durable medical equipment sales, a sports medicine division, diabetic foot care, deliver, gift shop and a soda fountain.

For more information, call (931) 879-9997 or visit

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