Smyrna Eats

Smyrna Eats

Smyrna offers a wide variety of restaurants, from classic American to Salvadorian. There are many great chain restaurants that are community favorites, like Cheddar’s and Hickory Falls, but it is the locally owned restaurants that make meals special. Here are a six that are well worth a trip.

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Demos’: Past, Present and Future

Demos’: Past, Present and Future

The legacy of Demos’ stretches so much farther than just their family and restaurants.  The Demos’ have worked to pave the way for dining in Murfreesboro and throughout Middle Tennessee and have been making strides and adding unique concepts in the restaurant industry since opening the original Demos’ in 1989. 

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Hollyday Eats

Hollyday Eats

The 13th annual Hollyday Marketplace presented by The Junior League of Murfreesboro will be held at Miller Coliseum Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Marketplace will feature more than 100 talented artisans, makers and small businesses throughout the southeast.

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Beauty after Breast Cancer

Beauty after Breast Cancer

Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for women who have lost a breast, usually due to cancer, that is aimed at restoring a woman’s sense of normalcy and breast symmetry in clothing without the need for an external breast prosthesis.

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Smyrna, Tennessee

Smyrna, Tennessee

Sitting at one of the outdoor tables at the Café Carpe on Front Street in Smyrna, and looking around the historic area now known as the “Depot District,” you feel transported back to a simpler time. At the café friends still meet and business people still make deals the old fashioned way, face-to-face over a cup of coffee.

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Reeves Sain Kitchen Queen

Reeves Sain Kitchen Queen

Murfreesboro has some staple establishments and the Reeves-Sain Soda Shoppe is one of those. They are known for their milkshakes but they also serve soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.  Behind these treats is Kathleen Reed who has been cooking for Reeves-Sain for 25 years.

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Grand Openings in the Boro

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The Villages of Murfreesboro Senior Living Community
2550 Willowoak Trail
615-848-3030
thevillagesmurfreesboro.com


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Better Business Bureau Celebrates 20 years
530 Uptown Square
615-867-3905
bbb.org/nashville


Church’s Chicken of Smyrna
931 Sgt. Asbury Hawn Way
615-220-0772
churchslocator.nextxnow.com


Big O Tires
3307 Memorial Blvd
615-907-2326
bigotires.com


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UFit Fitness Studio New Owner
169 Mall Circle Drive
615-797-8348
ufitmurf.com


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The Social Chair
1500 Medical Center Parkway, Suite #1L
(The Fountains at Gateway)
615-900-1559
socialchairdrybar.com


Easy Vet
2705 Old Fort Pkwy., Suite M
615-546-5184
easyvet.com


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Nandigam Neurology
516 Uptown Square
615-956-2150
nandigamneurology.com


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Feltz Therapy Services
230 Stones River Mall Blvd., Suite D
615-220-5796
feltztherapy.com


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HYLA Mobile
601 Mason Road, Suite 180
615-796-4048
hylamobile.com


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Key Chiropractic
1715 Old Fort Pkwy.;
Suite 300
615-956-7333
keychirotn.com

 

People and Places

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Begins Construction on Clinical Decision Unit

Saint Thomas Health hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on a Clinical Decision Unit as part of a larger expansion plan for Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.
Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital plans to build a Clinical Decision Unit adjacent to the existing emergency department, at a project cost of $8.3 million. The 25-bed facility is designed for patients staying less than 24 hours. The additional capacity for the patient population is intended to streamline patient flow and improve experience for all areas of the hospital, including the emergency room.

“As Rutherford County and the surrounding communities continue to grow, we must work smarter and more efficiently to care for a growing patient population,” says Gordon Ferguson, CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, president of Saint Thomas Regional Hospitals. “The Clinical Decision Unit will allow us to care for patients at the most appropriate site and provide space for additional testing to determine the patients’ needs in a more cost-effective manner.”
The project includes an expansion facility of 9,566 square feet. The construction is projected to be completed by summer 2018.

“I’m incredibly proud of the quality of care Dr. David Sellers and his staff continue to provide at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and we look forward to opening the Clinical Decision Unit under his clinical leadership,” says Ferguson.

The Clinical Decision Unit and other planned expansions at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are part of Saint Thomas Health’s broader strategy to meet the needs of patients where they live and work. This lower-cost, high-quality care strategy aims to keep populations healthy and out of the hospital when possible.


City of Murfreesboro Continues Status as Valley Sustainable Gold Community

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The City of Murfreesboro, which was first designated in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program at the Gold level in 2014, has maintained its status in the program for an additional three years.

The goal of the program is to document a community’s assets and increase the likelihood that they will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies looking to invest in new or expanded locations.

In order to continue to support the integrity of the Valley Sustainable Communities Program long term, the program was established so that the qualification for each community would be designated for a period of three years. At that point, a designation renewal process is initiated to re-designate the community under the program.

The designation renewal process is focused on reviewing all programs that were part of the Sustainable Inventory previously developed and scored, and ensuring that all such programs are still in place and eligible for continued points designation. This process resulted in an updated Sustainable Inventory and Marketing Messages for Murfreesboro and its designation as a Gold community for the next three years.

“This program has taken Murfreesboro’s economic development marketing efforts to prospective and existing sustainably-focused companies to a whole new level,” said Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “We are excited to be designated at the Gold level for an additional three years.”

“Murfreesboro’s continued designation at the Gold level recognizes that it has community-wide sustainability initiatives in place, with programs available to support the existing business community and promote economic development,” said Del Boyette, President/CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors.


‘Start It Up’ Save the date: A ‘Shark’ and e-magician highlight Oct. 27

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A star on ABC TV’s hit reality show “Shark Tank” and a young entrepreneur who launched a successful online magician’s training platform will be the keynote speakers for an Oct. 27 business conference hosted by the MTSU Jones College of Business.

The “Start It Up” conference will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. The conference targets business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Midstate marketplace looking for personal and professional development and a more passionate approach to their careers.

Featured speakers for the event are Daymond John, the self-made multimillionaire CEO of the FUBU fashion brand and now a regular on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” and Vinh Giang, co-creator of the successful online platform Encyclopedia of Magic.

“This will be an exciting, informative, engaging, can’t miss event. Anyone looking to start or supercharge a business will benefit greatly from attending,” said Dr. David Urban, dean of the Jones College.

Cost to attend the conference is $49.95 per person, with registration available by going to www.mtsu.edu/business and following the registration link. Registration deadline is Oct. 23.


Judy Garland and Oaklands Mansion

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On Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 2:00p.m. Oaklands will host celebrated author Michelle Russell as she discusses her two-part series: From Tennessee To Oz: The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family. This event will be held in the Front Parlor of Oaklands Mansion, home to the Darrow Family from 1884-1912.

From Tennessee to Oz is the fascinating story of Judy Garland’s paternal ancestry. Her father, Frank Gumm, was a fifth generation Tennessean, a descendant of pioneers who braved the wilderness to help create the state of Tennessee. Book 1 (1793 -1870) tells of rugged pioneers, Native Americans, ministers of God, the Civil War and a Gum ancestor with a voice so big is said he could be heard two miles away!

Russell will focus on East Main Street life and the surprising romance of Garland’s grandparents, the beautiful, disabled Clemmie Baugh and the handsome Will Gum – a marriage which quickly evolves to a darkly suspenseful tale. Due to the historical information author Michelle Russell was able to uncover, “From Tennessee to Oz” often reads more like a novel than a history book. Attendees will learn of the hard times Judy Garland’s father, Frank Gum, experienced as a child, and the surprising and generous gift he received from George Darrow, a gift which changed his life and the future of the Gum family. This is an unforgettable book about the ancestors and young life of one of our greatest entertainers, Judy Garland. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.  

“Few people know the connection between Judy Garland and Oaklands. Here is your opportunity to learn what brought these Rutherford County families together. And what a better place to find out, than in the very house they once occupied.”- James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands Mansion

In addition to hearing about Russell’s research and writing, guests will enjoy Oaklands staff members sharing with them what the Darrow years were like at Oaklands Mansion, known then as Oak Manor.


American Heart Association’s Annual Rutherford Heart Walk Exceeds Goal

The annual Rutherford County Healthy For Good Heart Walk, held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, TN, raised $150,000 to date, exceeding the goal of $135,000. The community event raised heart rates and funds for the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital was recognized as the organization who raised the most funds for the event while encouraging “heartwalking” and healthier lives. Prior to the start of the walk, attendees of the Rutherford Heart Walk experienced family friendly activities, fun fitness demonstrations, and an exciting Kids Zone complete with a bubble wrap stomping station. Additionally, “heartwalkers” learned life-saving Hands Only CPR and even got their blood pressure checked.

Rutherford’s Healthy For Good™ Heart Walk, sponsored by Saint Thomas Heart Rutherford Hospital and TrustPoint Hospital, is part of The American Heart Association’s Healthy For GoodTM movement which encourages Americans to lead healthier lives by delivering science-based recommendations, tools, tips and motivation to build healthier behaviors. Healthy For Good comes to life each year in 300 American cities when it is celebrated at the Healthy For Good Heart Walk.


National Riding Championship comes to Murfreesboro

The National Academy Championship Horse Show is one like no other. This is the only 3-day, 3-judge academy show in the nation. Riders from all over the country join us each year in the spirit of competition and to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They are excited about this year’s competition making it the biggest and best yet!!

The Academy is excited to be getting the community of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County involved. Admission is free. Show times are Friday 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM & 6:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM.


Doors Of Hope Receives Grant From Department Of Justice

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Local nonprofit Doors of Hope is pleased to announce it has received a federal grant from the Department of Justice. This grant was established to aid state and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in implementing effective criminal justice improvement projects. Maridel Williams, CEO, states the 3-year grant will help fund the work they are doing at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC).


Dr. Kelly Davis And Dr. Tobey Schultz Join Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital In Murfreesboro

Kelly Davis, M.D. has joined Saint Thomas Heart – Rutherford at 1840 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro and Tobey Schultz, D.O. has joined Saint Thomas Medical Partners – New Salem Care Center at 2723 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro.  

Dr. Davis is an interventional cardiologist and is board certified in internal medicine and internal medicine, cardiovascular disease.  She is a Nashville native and received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville followed by her residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Davis completed fellowships in both interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She co-authored multiple academic articles.  Dr. Davis and husband reside in Murfreesboro with their two daughters and enjoys reading, ballet, tap and jazz dancing, watching football and roller-skating.

Dr. Schultz, Family Medicine, is board certified in family medicine. She is a Murfreesboro native and was born at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, now Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital.. She attended Middle Tennessee State University in her undergrad studies and while there played NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer.  Dr. Schultz holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from MTSU in chemistry and mass communications.  She received her osteopathic degree from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Harrogate, Tenn.  She completed her family medicine residency at Lewis Gale Hospital Montgomery Graduate Medical Program in Blacksburg, Va., where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Schultz is excited to return to Murfreesboro near family and friends.

“We are exceedingly proud to welcome these two physicians to our toMurfreesboro as well as our regional communities we serve,” said Gordon Ferguson, President & CEO Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “These additions represent expansion of our primary care and cardiac services teams.”


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at ClearPath Outpatient Behavioral Health

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ClearPath Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic in Murfreesboro is pleased to announce Dr. Anand Patel, M.D. to our team. Dr. Patel specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Patel completed his General Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training at the University of Florida College of Medicine.  During his Residency Training, he also served as the Moonlighting Chief of the Residency Program.  He completed medical school at St. Mathews University School of Medicine in the Grand Cayman Islands.  His Masters of Business Administration degree was earned from Davenport University School of Business in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Teaching, volunteering and giving back to his community are important to Dr. Patel.  His background has included teaching Residents and Medical Students at the University of Florida, working in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and being a volunteer in the AmeriCorps organization as a 5th Grade Teacher and After School Coordinator.

Dr. Patel will begin seeing patients at the ClearPath Behavioral Health Clinic in October.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Football is as much a southern staple as sweet tea. When the air is crisp, the time is right for Friday Night Lights and weekends filled with favorite teams. There is an excitement that football brings to not only the players but the fans. Murfreesboro is home to many talented players, Jack Jones and Brent Stockstill being two of them. Jack and Brent both grew up in Murfreesboro playing youth sports and have gone on to play collegiate football, making their hometown proud.

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2017 Fall Fashion Line Up

2017 Fall Fashion Line Up

Football tailgating, the kids going back-to-school, and all of the social events leading up to the holiday season means fall has arrived. It is time to put away your crisp linens and summer sandals, and bring out your snuggly wool sweaters and heavy leather boots.

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It’s All in a Name

Anyone remotely familiar with fashion in the Murfreesboro area knows the name e.Allen. In fact, even though it’s a name, it’s become a brand all it’s own — backed by its creator, Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth Allen opened her first boutique store shy of 10 years ago after deciding to pursue her passion and take a risk.

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Grand Openings

Grand Openings in the Boro

Absolute Auto Center
415 SE Broad Street
615-217-6767
www.absoluteautocenterTN.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes
1440 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite E
615-974-6003
murfreesboro@nothingbundtcakes.com


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Gateway Urgent Care
1574 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite 104
615-597-2457
www.gatewayurgent.com


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Veda’s Flowers and Gifts
27 South Public
(just beside L&L Contractors)
615-396-8344
www.vedasflowers.com


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Hiller Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
241 Southpointe Court
615-890-9228
www.happyhiller.com


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Ben Habegger Farm Bureau Agency
1970 Medical Center Pkwy. Suite H
615-900-1910
www.fbitn.com


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The Exchange Boutique
220 N Spring Street
615-624-7507
www.facebook.com/theexchangeboutique


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Vintage Blackman Apartments
553 Agripark Drive
615-605-5332
www.vintageblackman.com


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Elite Designs
810 NW Broad Street, Suite 212
629-201-6083
www.facebook.com/Elite-Design


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Red Realty
1574 Medical Center Pkwy., Suite 202
(615) 896-2733
www.redrealty.com


Champy’s
1310 NW Broad Street
615-225-8040
www.champyschicken.com

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook

Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or cheering from home, this fan-friendly guide makes game day eats as exciting as the game itself. There’s no one better to deliver that experience than Daina Falk. A nationally recognized game day expert, cook, and lifelong fan who grew up in the world of sports, Daina combines her passions for sports, food, and sports fan culture to create more than 150 simply delicious fangating recipes along with advice on how to fangate like a pro.

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People and Places

RUTHERFORD Cable Welcomes a New Leadership Team

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Incoming president Carolyn Tumbleson aims to further the organization’s mission of being “the premier leadership organization for women’s professional advancement in Middle Tennessee.”
“I want every woman who aspires to move forward in her career to know that RUTHERFORD Cable is a supportive, inclusive community that encourages every woman to reach her full potential and celebrates every woman’s achievements,” she said. “Cable has incredible partnerships with visionary companies and organizations that work together to create some of the most effective professional development programs available in this area. Some programs, like our structured mentoring program, are offered at no cost to members. Others, like the Center for Executive Leadership, are offered at a low cost to members and scholarships are available.”

Tumbleson, who is also Development Director for MTSU’s Jones College of Business, has served in a number of roles with RUTHERFORD Cable before becoming president of the organization.
“I was invited by different members a few times, and when I finally attended a breakfast meeting, I found a group that could help me connect with others, serve the community, and develop leadership skills. After that, I never wanted to miss a breakfast meeting because of the opportunities for connection and the inspiring speakers,” Tumbleson explained.

“Cable is an organization for women at all stages of their careers. If you are returning to the workforce, starting your first job out of college, or taking a risk as an entrepreneur, here you will connect with women that share the same experience. As president, I am surrounded by accomplished, knowledgeable women who know how to lead in business and communities. If I can learn from my mentors in Cable, I can better serve others in all areas of my life.”

RUTHERFORD Cable will host its next Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Stones River Country Club. Guests are invited to attend for a special rate of only $5, and registration can be completed online at www.rutherfordcable.org.

The 2017-2018 RUTHERFORD Cable Board is comprised of the following professionals:
- President: Carolyn Tumbleson
- President-Elect: Jackie Morgan
- Past President: Veronica Terrell
- Secretary: Lindsi Solomon
- Treasurer: Veronica Bosnak
- Foundation Treasurer: Felicia Shirley
- Community Engagement: Echell Eady
- Development: Julie Lewis
- Marketing & Communications: Tosha Stoutenburg
- Member Services Retention: Megan Bynum
- Networking: Marida Balch
- Share the Connection: Anne Henslee
- Special Events: Kenzi Keene
- Technology: Sonia Sappenfield
- Programs: Stacy Vincent
- Legal Advisor: Sonya Wright
- ATHENA: Natalie Hughes
- Center for Executive Leadership (CEL): Davita Taylor
- Mentoring: Amelia Bozeman
- Administrative Coordinator: Missy Lay


Rutherford County receives nearly $600,000 in state funded grants to promote career pathways

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Rutherford County Schools received $560,000 as a part of the 15 million in grants set aside in the 2017-2018 state budget to be used for equipment in the manufacturing and health science pathway.

Rutherford County Chamber & Rutherford Works received $16,000 in funds from the New Skills For Youth Grant, funded by the Pathways Tennessee office.  These funds will be used towards building a new program of study to support the Supply Chain Management industry.
Additionally, the Chamber was awarded a Three Star Grant from the Department of Economic & Community Development in the amount of $5,000to support the implementation of the new Work Ethics Distinction – a new distinction available to the Class of 2018.


LaRoche to Swim the Suck

Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche will be participating in the grueling 8th annual Swim the Suck 10-mile open water swim through the Tennessee River Gorge Saturday Oct. 14. Dedicated husband John Murray will be her trusted pilot and will be kayaking alongside to provide safety and support.

Dr. LaRoche is tackling this challenging river swim that will test her endurance, strength and perseverance to help raise funds and awareness in support of Domestic Violence Program and Sexual Assault Services in Rutherford County.

“Victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault have to call upon courage, strength, endurance and perseverance everyday as survivors,” she said. “Taking on this physical challenge is a way I can stand in support of survivors to raise awareness.”

LaRoche asks people wanting to show their support can sponsor TEAM La MURR. Sponsorship levels of $500, $1000, and $2500 are appreciated and checks can be made out to the Domestic Violence Program, 2106 E. Main St. Murfreesboro, TN 37130. For more information go to dvpshelter.org or call 615-896-7377.


Thoracic Surgeon At Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is excited to welcome Dr. Ward V. Houck, M.D. to their team as their newest Thoracic Surgeon.

Dr. Houck will be treating patients with both malignant and benign disease of the chest.  He specializes in minimally invasive techniques for conditions normally requiring open thoracotomy such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and paraesophageal hernia.  This translates into less pain, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time.

Dr. Houck received his medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, where he also completed his Internship and General Surgical Residency.  He completed his fellowship in CardioThoracic Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and an advanced Fellowship in Minimally-Invasive Thoracic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  Following his Fellowship, he began his practice at Cedars in 2003, was recruited to Atlanta, GA in 2006, and most recently, to Middle Tennessee in 2014.  Dr. Houck is Board Certified in both Thoracic and General Surgery. 


Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Center Hosts Event: Stronger TogetHER

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) believes strength develops when all resources in a community are combined to best accompany patients towards health. During the month of October, breast cancer patients are especially recognized. The journey tied to breast cancer is why MMC created the Comprehensive Breast Center 9 years ago.

The Comprehensive Breast Center is comprised of 8 physicians who specialize in either Radiology, General Surgery or Plastic Surgery. In order to connect the community to this set of resources, MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center is hosting an event, “Stronger TogetHER,” Thursday, October 12th.

The festivities of Stronger TogetHER will include live entertainment, refreshments, and priceless knowledge on topics such as lifesaving early detection, 3D mammography tours, an expert Q & A panel, and survivor testimonials.

From detection to restoration, it is the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center’s promise to walk hand in hand with every patient through each individual’s health journey. Learn how knowledge, partnership and trust make the community Stronger TogetHER.
R.S.V.P. at mmclinic.com, or call 615.893.4480 for more information.


New Group Formed to Help Community Better Serve Seniors

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The Rutherford County Geriatric Council is a group of professionals who share a common interest in promoting the needs of senior adults in Rutherford County.  They work diligently to bring attention to the field of aging services in their respective specialties and they benefit from continuing education presentations during many of their meetings.

Chelsea Fancher, a Social Worker with Senior Helpers says about the group, ”We all bring different specialties to the table. Not one of us knows everything but collectively we know much more and can better serve the community.”

Once a month they come together to network, collaborate, & exchange ideas on best practices in their fields.  The counsel is a professional, but an informal group where you can leave behind the pressures of the office and learn in a relaxed setting.  There is no membership fee & no reservation is needed.

Joy Ash-Galland, lead organizer of the council and director of sales and marketing at The Crossings at Victory Station, added, ”My passion has always been to serve the elderly and the community; now I get to do both. Our seniors deserve better care and more compassion from our community, and our group can help educate the public to make that happen.”
The group meets every Third Wednesday of the month from 11:30 to 1 at the Swanson Mansion until the Crossings at Victory Station community opens in March of 2018. All healthcare professionals are invited to attend and more information about upcoming speakers can be found on their Facebook page.


Fancher earns National Designation

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Gabriel Fancher with EXIT Realty Bob Lamb and Associates has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors®.

Gabriel Fancher joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older. SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

“Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means that a Realtor® has that understanding,” said Gabriel. “Whether they are buying, selling relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that a Realtor® designated SRES® will be able to help them every step of the way.”


Sixth Annual Stuff the Bus Makes an Impact

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties recently completed its sixth annual Stuff the Bus program, presented by Hot Topic, to benefit children in Rutherford and Cannon counties. Nearly 15,000 essential school supply items were collected by 70 participating companies and organizations. One hundred and seventy-one volunteers sorted the items at the Stuff the Bus Sort-a-Thon and the supplies were distributed to Rutherford County, Murfreesboro City and Cannon County schools.

McKenna Moore, Director of Volunteer and Strategic Engagement for United Way, said, “School supplies were distributed to Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County central offices and from there disseminated to individual schools. Different students have different needs at any given time, and this allows guidance counselors to hand a student an array of supplies customized to fit their individual situation. The supplies for Cannon County were distributed at the annual We Care Cannon event, which served more than 600 students.”

Organizations, companies and individuals participated in the Sort-a-Thon set up on July 25th and 26th and the event on July 28that Hobgood Elementary. Stuff the Bus event sponsors included: Hot Topic, State Farm, Amazon, Kasai, City Auto, UPS, Schneider Electric, Quinn’s Mercantile, Kennametal, Wastequip, Murfreesboro City Schools and International Paper.