CSVFD fish fry deemed success

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

CANEY SPRINGS - Marshall County's youngest volunteer fire department had another successful fundraising event last weekend and its up-coming greasy pig competition promises more entertainment.

"Prepare to get dirty," the May 5 event flier announces as Caney Springs Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Jennifer Stafford has announced that net revenue for the department totaled $1,526.95 from the fish fry on Saturday.

Marshall County Commissioner E.W. Hill, president of the most recently chartered fire department in the county, put that dollar amount into perspective.

"We're about half-way there with money in the bank before we start construction" on the CSVFD's permanent fire hall, Hill said.

The goal is approximately $25,000 to $30,000, he said.

"We want to do it debt-free," Hill said. "We hope to start next year."

The CSVFD's treasury has about $15,000 now, he said.

The greasy pig competition is to be in conjunction with Knight's Pizza at 1340 Highway 99. Pre-registration for the contest is recommended. Additional announcements are anticipated.

The CSVFD fish fry on Saturday was in conjunction with the Uncle Bud's catfish restaurant chain and one of the co-owners of the business kept a watchful eye on his employees as they kept freshly-cooked fish, chicken, hushpuppies, fries and such available for the crowd that included a number of political candidates asking people for votes.

Some of the CSVFD supporters and community boosters, including former county Commissioner Scotty Poarch, advocate establishment of an Uncle Bud's restaurant in Marshall County.

Uncle Bud's co-owner Jay Smith provided some company history and insight into the restaurant's future.

Buddy Rogers started the business, but got out in 1982, Smith said. In 1986 Smith and his partners verified there was no trademark for Uncle Bud's, so they took the legal steps to make the business theirs.

They changed the business model from table service with wait staff to a fast casual concept that has customers order meals at a counter. Meals are delivered.

Uncle Bud's restaurants are in Nolensville, Franklin and Donelson. One's opening at Smyrna in June, according to Uncle Bud's Operations Director Wayne Neeley of Spring Hill. Uncle Bud's business model is to lease space.

As for establishing a restaurant in Marshall County, Smith said, "We don't do anything outside the numbers. If it's going to work; we do it. I don't know Lewisburg's demographics..."

After opening a store in Smyrna, Uncle Bud's leaders will be looking in Murfreesboro and west Nashville, Smith said. As for establishing a restaurant in Marshall County, Uncle Bud's leaders won't be considering other locations - other than those in mind now - until late 2013.