The August 2021 Final Edition

Dollar General Expansion Plans Grow; Killer Nashville Celebrates 15th Anniversary

By TOM WOOD / AUGUST 20, 2021

The past decade has taken a toll on some of America’s most recognizable company brands, a situation only made worse since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Dittman, the Haslam College of Business assistant department head for Supply Chain Management, says the “retail apocalypse” of store closings experienced during both the 2008 recession and the current pandemic doesn’t seem to have affected Dollar General.

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-company boasts more retail locations — nearly 18,000 — than any other company in the United States and has long-range plans to have about 30,000 stores. I explore the past, present and future of Dollar General’s growth in the Nashville Ledger this week. Click here to read more.

Below, you’ll find information about my Harpeth RIver Writers friends. We are collective of local authors and there’s a lot going on these days.

Many stores have closed, but Dollar General has more U.S. locations than any company.

-Ledger cover by Leigh Melton Singleton

Happy Mirthday to Killer Nashville

I would like to remind that the Killer Nashville 15th annual Writers’ Conference returns Aug. 19-22 at the Franklin Embassy Suites. This year’s Guests of Honor are Lisa Black, Nashville’s own J.T. Ellison and Walter Mosley. Walter is the recipient of the John Seigenthaler Legends Award.

Speaking of awards, congratulations to Harpeth River Writers author Catherine Moore, who is a finalist for a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award. The book, Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht, is in the c for Best Supernatural.

‘Borrowings of the Shan Van Vocht’s is a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award finalist.

While Killer Nashville is a conference primarily for mystery, thriller and suspense writers, publishers and agents, the public is invited to visit the KN Book Store to meet and get books signed by their favorite authors. Find out more here.

And now, let me introduce you to these new works by HRW authors John Neely Davis and Diane Harsha:

Rule of the High Plains

Frank Rule, a short, bald, and bespectacled cowboy in the 1860s, has suffered grievous hardships and losses while building a reputation for solving mysteries and avenging wrongs. In this novel, Frank is trying to regain control of his life … but life won’t let him. John has a book signing scheduled for Aug. 28 To learn more about John’s book, click here:

‘Rule of the High Plains’ is “superb storytelling,” says author Vonn McKee, a WWA Spur Award finalist.

‘Sticks and Stones: How to Hike the Appalachian Trail in Thirteen Years’

This is Diane’s first book, a memoir that recounts her journey of hiking the Appalachian Trail over a span of 13 years. She is a Tennessee wife, mother, and FBI agent “who walks 2200 miles from Georgia to Maine when she can spare the time away from the demands of her career and the responsibilities to her family.” It’s hard for me to call Diane “Sticks” but I’ll get used to it, I reckon. To learn more about her book, click here:

In ‘Sticks and Stones,’ “you’ll find much to laugh over,” says author Gerald D. Swick.

As always, thanks for reading.

Tom Wood

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