GEO Jobe to share “The Power of GIS, Simplified” at the 2018 TNGIC Conference

Esri Business Partner, GEO Jobe GIS, to exhibit and sponsor at the annual TNGIC Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 16, 2018 – We’re pleased to share that some of the GEO Jobe crew will be on the road this month, this time making a stop in Burns, TN for the annual TNGIC, Tennessee Geographic Information council conference.

The event takes place in Burns, TN at Montgomery Bell State Park, April 24-26. GEO Jobe CEO, Neill Jobe (@neillJobe) and Jeff Lawrence, GEO Jobe UAV Business Development, (@jalaw3) will be on hand at the event to meet with other Tennessee (and surrounding area) GIS professionals to share and discuss GEO Jobe’s experience in delivering cutting-edge UAV collected solutions, ArcGIS & ArcGIS Online apps & services, and share our strategy of The Power of GIS, Simplified.

The crew will be glad to meet with you to discuss our popular ArcGIS Online solutions including the Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online suite of productivity Tools for administrators (available free, pro and for Portal), the GEOPowered Cloud solution for the enterprise, custom mapping solutions for facilities, EDU, local government, and utilities, as well as our UAV Services to support clients from these industry verticals and others (construction, agriculture, mining and more). Be sure to look for the GEO Jobe booth!

The duo will be glad to meet with attendees to discuss the popular ArcGIS Online solutions including the Admin Tools suite of productivity Tools for administrators (available free, pro and for Portal), the GEOPowered Cloud solution for the enterprise, custom mapping solutions for facilities, EDU, local government, and utilities, as well as details of the UAV / UAS services to support clients from these industry verticals and others (construction, agriculture, mining and more).

Additionally, the team will be available to answer questions about the company’s UAV and aerial mapping services. GEO Jobe recently added more hardware to the portfolio of equipment to support work with new and existing clients from utilities (electric, oil and gas, water), local government, agriculture, forestry, insurance, construction, real estate, and facilities management. The group supports solutions that span custom GIS development, web mapping, aerial mapping, 3D data, and cloud-hosted solutions via our GEOpowered Cloud, the perfect integration with UAV data projects! See more at

TNGIC (Tennessee Geographic Information Council) was established in 1994 to improve the connection between the various agencies working with GIS in Tennessee. In January of 1990, 16 people met in Nashville and formed the Tennessee Natural Resources GIS Users Group. The preliminary purpose of this group was to share information about technology development and databases to avoid duplication of effort. This group met twice a year at different GIS lab locations across the state. They had “show and tell” sessions which were of instructional and educational value. On December 23, 1993 the first TNGIS users’ forum was held at the Garden Plaza in Murfreesboro. There were over 200 participants! The majority of participants were from the state of TN and a few from adjoining states.

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About GEO Jobe

Founded in 1999, GEO Jobe (@geojobegis) is a geospatial industry leader that currently has the top three most popular apps in the ArcGIS Marketplace including Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online ( While many geospatial firms focus on a specific industry, GEO Jobe has a focus on industry independent solutions and offerings such as providing software development and data hosting expertise and services. GEO Jobe was an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform and always strives to extend and push the limits of what is possible using the platform. GEO Jobe has been an Esri business partner for many years and has received multiple awards from Esri including the 2015 Innovative Marketplace Provider and the 2013 Organization Use of ArcGIS Online award.

Connect with the GEO Jobe team at or reach out with a question or comment on Twitter @geojobegis

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County School’s Gary Clardy Retiring

Rutherford County Schools Assistant Superintendent for Engineering and Construction Gary Clardy announced plans to retire July 1, 2018. Clardy and his wife Hollye have been talking about their retirement plans for the past four years.

They have trips to plan, places to go and people to see.

One trip would take them across the provinces of Canada and then up into Alaska. Another trip, which Gary has planned for August, is a 10-day venture out west to a “working cattle ranch” with his son Jesse.


Gary and Hollye, who have been married for 30 years, also have six young grandchilRutherford County Schools.Assistant Superintendent for Engineering and Construction Gary Clardy announced plans to retire. dren they love having around their rural Tennessee home.

But until now, Gary never felt it was the right time to walk away from his job as the


“I thought actually I kind of wanted to retire at 62,” said Gary, who recently turned 66, “and so I’ve been kind of thinking about that and things just kept getting pushed off because of my work and projects would come up.”

That will change July 1.

After 14 years with the school district, he is finally retiring.

Sort of.

Hollye, who is a registered nurse, is working through the end of 2018 and Gary is looking at signing a short-term contract to assist the engineering and construction department with a few small projects that he wasn’t able to focus on.

“Work dictates when we’re together,” Gary said, “and when we can do things, it’s just time to enjoy life.”

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Gary Wayne Clardy was born in 1952.

He was the fifth of nine children born to James Clardy Sr. and Ester Clardy.

The elder Clardy fought in World War II and “had his own demons,” which he overcame in his later years.

James, who was fortunate to have graduated from high school, worked in a textile mill and also repaired sewing machines.

Gary and his siblings were raised in Anderson, Tennessee, and later moved to Decherd.

His father was “the smartest man (he) knew,” but, make no mistake, as the youngest of three boys, Gary’s sisters reminded him that he was a mama’s boy.

“I get a little bit of a bum rap,” Gary recalled. “They pick on me about this. … I was mom’s favorite and actually I was her baby boy.”

He later added, “She loved everyone … but I probably needed a lot more than most of them because of my disposition.”

As a young boy, Gary had a paper route to help earn money, and later, he bagged groceries.

“We knew we were poor,” said Gary. “I knew when my mom and dad didn’t have money — also knew when they did.”

As a teenager, Gary was baptized at the Church of Christ, but he “never took it serious.” Instead, he picked up the guitar and all the trappings associated with it.

The more he played music around the southeast, the more involved Gary became with drugs and alcohol. Looking back, Gary said he realized he never mentally and emotionally matured until he reached his 30s.

“When I hit 30, I thought it was time to do something about it,” Gary recalled, “so actually, I guess at that point you could say that I got serious about (my) spirituality — not religion, but spiritual — and developed my own faith and quit depending on other people’s faith.”

At the time, his father had cancer.

Christmas was approaching.

Gary promised his family he would go to rehab after the holidays.

Two days before Christmas, he sat with his father.

“I let him know that I was going to a treatment center before he died, which I was really glad,” said Gary.

“I use that as my sober date now.”

His two older brothers, Chuck and James Jr., “carried” him to a treatment center a couple of days after Christmas.

Gary finally got himself straightened out and enrolled in school at Tennessee Tech University, where he earned a civil engineering degree in 1988. By the time he graduated, in August, he and Hollye had already married back in March.

She had two daughters, Laura Reid and Emily Bouldin, from a previous marriage, but now sober, Gary raised and loved them both as if they were his own.

His father had passed from a heart attack.

His mother was 88.

“I’m very proud of myself,” said Gary, who made certain to add, “Pride comes before the fall and I’ve got the alcohol … and drug addiction in my background, so I’m very careful to not take any credit.

“I give all the credit to the Lord because I can’t afford to get arrogant about my situation now because I think about how it was before and how I am now. I would never do anything that would jeopardize me sliding back off into that.

He’s been through a lot.

“The Lord has afforded me the opportunity to be where I am today,” he added.

After graduating from TTU, Gary had a “totally different outlook” on life when he packed up his family and moved them to Virginia.

Hollye went to work as a registered nurse and Gary found work with a construction company.

After a couple years, he started work as a project manager with another company overseeing the construction of apartment buildings and a chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary.

He served on the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals in Manassas Park, Virginia.

He also took on a series of side projects.

And, more importantly, enrolled in a night class that met once a week.

Eventually they moved back to Tennessee, and Gary took a job working as a field manager and oversaw the building of about 50 houses a year — namely in the Fieldstone Farms area of Franklin.

In 2004, Harry Gill, who was director of schools prior to Don Odom, hired Gary in his current role as Assistant Superintendent for Engineering and Construction.

Gary’s first project was an addition to Smyrna High School.

In the past 14 years, he has overseen the construction of eight schools from the ground up, including Rockvale High School, which is set to open in time for the 2019-20 school year, along with additions, annexes, renovations and modifications to more than a dozen other schools.

One significant change Gary made was to square-up the corners of schools as opposed to the diagonal design that had been used prior to his arrival. Doing so reduced construction costs.

He also decreased the total volume of schools, which cut down on energy costs associated with heating and cooling those facilities.

The stress of managing multiple projects at any given time “doesn’t affect that much,” Gary said.

“I think it’s time to get some fresh blood,” Gary said. “I’ve contributed what I could.”

In recent years, he picked up the guitar again.

He handcrafts acoustics — a trade he plans to pass down to his son — and he’s also started playing local shows with old friends.

And he’s been recognized for his past accomplishments.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. A year later, he was inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Atlanta Society of Entertainers. He also was honored with the Album of the Year by CMG Radio.

In 2015, the Atlanta Society of Entertainers acknowledged Gary again. This time naming him Songwriter of the Year.

However, there is only one recognition that truly matters: family man.

“You can have a lot of compliments on this earth,” Gary concluded, “but if somebody says that I was a good husband, a good father, I was a good grandfather, that I love my family and I love the Lord, that’s about as successful as you can get.”

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Boualaphan Sokanthong

Boualaphan Sokanthong, age 94, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018.

A native of Laos, she was preceded in death by her parents Khamfanh and Pong Thammavong; and her late husband, Phomma Sokanthong.

She is survived by her son, Manop Sokanthong and his wife Mary; grandsons, Geffrey Sokanthong, Maddex Sokanthong, and Major Sokanthong; and her nieces and nephews, Chanthara Onphonesy, Souvanhnary Sysouvong, Sounthary Bountheung, Virabound Sokanthong, Khamking Sokanthong, Soukasuem Theptkasone, Apo Phimasone Thammavong, Boungnavone Niravong Thammavong, and Bounyamana Bouttavong Thammavong.

A funeral service will be Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service.

An online guestbook is available at


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Murfreesboro Road Construction Projects March 18-24

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Gay couple sues after their wedding photo was used in a Republican attack ad


A gay couple has hired an attorney to sue their state’s Republican Party after a photo of their wedding was used in an attack ad.

Shane and Landon Morgan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, got married in a ceremony officiated by Gayle Jordan. Jordan posted a picture of herself with the happy couple to Facebook.

Jordan, a lawyer, is now running for the state senate, and the Tennessee Republican Party used the image in a mailer to attack her. Read More

True North Sells 512-Bed TN Community

The Blue in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

True North Management Group has sold The Blue, a 512-bed student housing community in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The buyer, a private investor from New York, acquired the property for $11.3 million, according to Rutherford County records. The new owner selected Asset Campus Housing to oversee management.

Located at 2702 S. Rutherford Blvd., The Blue is situated approximately one mile south of Middle Tennessee State University. The asset sits within four miles of Interstate 24, enabling convenient access to Nashville, 35 miles to the northwest. The Rutherford Boulevard retail corridor, immediately north of The Blue, is home to a variety of shopping and dining options, including WalMart, Dollar Tree, Applebee’s and Starbucks.

The property’s 13 two- and three-story buildings, constructed in 2004, contain a 200-unit mix of one- to four-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 478 to 1,342 square feet. Community amenities include an outdoor swimming pool with a hot tub, business center, tanning bed, sand volleyball court and a fitness center.

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Starwood Proposal Headed For Planning Commission

NASHVILLE, TN — A Franklin investor’s $100 million plan to redevelop the 65-acre Starwood Amphitheater property goes before the Metro Planning Commission Feb. 22.

Ron Buck’s plan calls for 200 townhomes, 150 senior housing units, 200 loft apartments along with retail and office space. The property will also include a four-acre park and a small amphitheater designed for acoustic performances.

From 1986 until the opening of what is now Bridgestone Arena in 1998, the 17,000-plus-seater Starwood was the city’s top venue, but the aging and increasingly outdated amphitheater struggled to compete before owner LiveNation announced its closure in 2006 and demolition of its infrastructure one year later. First purchased by Vastland shortly thereafter, which planned a huge multi-use project, it was taken over by Orange Murfreesboro in a friendly foreclosure. Buck bought the land for $2.1 million in March 2017.

In the year since, Buck has been conducting community meetings in an effort to bolster his chances for approval.

If the planning commission gives its OK, the Metro Council will give its final imprimatur. Buck hopes to begin construction in six months to a year.


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