The first Cabin Coffee store in Tennessee is set to open in Columbia, near the former Columbia Mall site, on Dec. 13.
Angie Barber, founder of Cabin Coffee, opened the first store with her husband Brad in Iowa in 2002.
“We have two company owned stores and the rest are franchise stores,” Barber said. “In total, there are 22-25 locations in the country.”
Brad Harrub, owner of the new Cabin Coffee in Columbia, said the community was a big part in his decision to open the store.
“We are really big on local owner operator. We want whoever does it to really be a part of the community,” he said. “I’m a Middle Tennessee boy. This is going to be a Middle Tennessee stopping place.”
Harrub, who ran a non-profit Christian publishing company for 20 years, became inspired to open a Cabin Coffee in Columbia after visiting one in Colorado.
“I saw one in Breckenridge,” Harraub said. “We thought this would do good in the south.”
Harrub said the coffee makes the store so unique.
“We get coffee from 22 different countries,” he said. “We can roast an order. We can custom roast it. Nothing is 14 days past the roast date.”
In addition, Cabin Coffee will also serve breakfast and lunch all day. Items on the menu include biscuits and gravy, baked goods, sandwiches, and soups and salads. A full espresso bar will be offered, as well as blended coffee and iced drinks.
Harrub said he expects the first week will be very busy.
“The first week I would ask to be patient,” he said. “It’s going to be busy and we want to give everybody a great experience.”
Cabin Coffee will be open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store will be closed on Sunday.
Maury County is set to mark the beginning of the holiday season with three different Christmas parades.
The annual Columbia Main Street Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Trotwood W. 7th Street split, and will march eastward into downtown and around the Courthouse Square.
The line-up starts at 4:00 p.m. and the parade will include 70 entries. Judging will begin at 5:10 p.m. Although no decorating theme is required, holiday decorations and lights are highly encouraged.
The parade will last for an hour and a half. The grand finale will include a tree lighting, live entertainment, the announcement of parade winners, and Santa lighting Columbia’s 40’ Christmas tree.
Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder said the city is looking forward to the return of this year’s Christmas Parade following its closure last year due to COVID.
“This year’s will be bigger and better than before. I am excited for it to be on a Saturday night for the first time in a very long time,” he said. “It will be a night to remember in downtown Columbia.”
In Mount Pleasant, the Rotary Club is again hosting the annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4. This year marks over 25 years since the Rotary Club began hosting the parade. The parade will gather at 4 p.m. in front of the elementary school on Tiger Trail. The parade will start at 5 p.m. and will go down Third Avenue, turning south onto Main Street, continuing through town and end at Bond Street.
Ron Jones, President of the Rotary Club, said the parade will feature floats, cars, and Boy Scouts.
“We should have some 25-30 floats, antique cars, and local Boy Scouts and Cubs,” he said.
Spring Hill will also see the return of the annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5 pm. The theme for this year’s parade is “Sounds of the Season.”
Gerald Beckham, head of the parade committee and Lieutenant Governor of Division 11 for Kiwanis International, said the theme focuses on songs that get us into the holiday spirit.
“We wanted to celebrate those songs and allow our participants to utilize them for the theme of their floats,” he said. “It also adds a fun element to the parade to have continuous music throughout.”
A hearing on Monday in Maury County General Sessions court determined there was enough probable cause to bind over the case against Nathaniel Pipkin to a grand jury.
Pipkin, 22, is accused of shooting and killing three family members, including 11-year-old Kailee Grace Warren and her mother, 44-year-old Traci Louise McNeely, in the home they shared on Oct. 1 of this year. Carson Glenn Pipkin, 20, was also killed, while Traci’s husband, Jesse McNeely, 47, was able to flee the home and call authorities.
Following the events of the morning, court records indicate Pipkin fled to Nashville where he stopped at Planet Fitness on Charlotte Pike before traveling east in his silver Ford Mustang. Monteagle police spotted the vehicle around 8:50 a.m. and, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol, initiated the traffic stop, which resulted in the apprehension of Pipkin without incident.
During the arrest, Pipkin was wearing a ballistics vest and had in his possession a pistol and a semi-automatic rifle. Records indicate ammunition found inside the vehicle was the same as what was found during investigation at the crime scene. Additional firearms and ammunition were found inside Pipkin’s bedroom at the home.
The case has now been transferred to Circuit Court, and will be handled by Judge Christopher Sockwell following any grand jury indictments. Prosecutors have charged Pipkin with seven counts, including three murder counts.
A grand jury will now listen to the state’s evidence and determine if there is enough evidence in order to go to trial, a process that can potentially take months.