People & Places

First Bank Mortgage Team Growing

FirstBank Mortgage is excited to announce Nicki Festervand, who will join the Brandon Burks Team along with Mortgage Bankers, Brandon Burks, Matthew Stump, and Dylan Ross in Murfreesboro. Nicki’s addition as a Mortgage Banker will be vital to help more families in Middle Tennessee. Nicki is an MTSU alumni with a degree in Finance, a Masters of Business

Administration, and volunteers her time with the Junior League of Murfreesboro. Nicki is married to James Festervand, assistant principal at Blackman Middle School. They have three children: Samantha, James Ryan, and Stella.

In 2016, The Brandon Burks Team was able to help over 350 families and achieve a record of $73,186,589 in volume along with being awarded outstanding Producer of the Year and inducted into FirstBank Mortgage Chairman’s Club. The Brandon Burks Team strives to help educate their borrowers throughout the loan process and get others to a Better Place.


Exciting Expansion News for The Alley!

The Alley has felt so blessed over the past two and a half years getting to know their guests and welcoming them into their family.  They can’t wait to bring them with them into the next adventure they are taking: BIG EXPANSIONS!

Last year, Shawn and Christy Hackinson, owners of The Alley, purchased the lot their courtyard sits on with plans to build a 3-story building in that space.  The Alley will move next door into the ground floor.  Plans are to make the new space feel very much the same as it does now, with the same comfortable neighborhood feeling in the new building.  The second floor will be a space for special events and ticketed music acts.  There will also be space for large parties and receptions that are currently turned away because of lack of space.  The music aspect is something they anticipate with great excitement, bringing quality talent to the ‘Boro in an intimate space.  Tickets will be sold in advance and seating will be limited.  Big acts like Better Than Ezra, Huey Lewis and the News, Delbert McClinton, and Willie Nelson have already been contacted for the opening night. Lastly, on the third floor will be a rooftop bar, which will specialize in craft cocktails and small plates to snack on before supper. It will have both open and enclosed areas with spectacular views of downtown.  A perfect space for every downtown visitor to enjoy!

Finally, once the new building is up and running, there will be a new concept in our current location.  Those details are still beingtweaked, but is sure to be an exciting new spot on Main Street.  All these spaces will bring the same quality and service you expect at the Alley but with their own unique menu. Over the next year at The Alley you will see daily specials as they are trying out new dishes and brainstorming new ideas for the menus they are creating. Be ready for all of these new and exciting dishes and places at The Alley!


Specialist Joins Middle Tennessee Psychology Practice

Middle Tennessee Psychology is excited to announce that an experienced, anxiety specialist has joined them, thus bringing a much needed resource into the Murfreesboro community. Dr. Kathryn Hahn is a clinical psychologist who is a native of middle Tennessee and has recently returned to her home state. After receiving her PhD at the University of Arkansas and then residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the GV “Sonny” Montgomery VA, she was an award-winning tenured, associate professor at Millsaps College, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, in Jackson, Mississippi.  She has co-authored many publications and made many presentations related to anxiety, worry, and depression. We are excited to have her level of expertise join both our practice and our community.

Middle Tennessee Psychology (originally Psychological Consultants) is a premier psychological practice located in downtown Murfreesboro which was established by Dr. David C. Mathis who has practiced in the middle Tennessee area for over 25 years. Dr. Mathis related: “I am so pleased that Dr. Hahn has chosen to relocate to our area.  She brings a strong research based approach that is coupled with excellent clinical skills.”  

In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Hahn conducts skill–based groups focused on women’s issues, pain management, or anxiety. She works closely with medical providers to complete evaluations for addictive potential for pain relieving medication, body dysmorphic disorder, or other general diagnostic concerns.

“People with high anxiety are truly suffering. Life can feel unmanageable and unpredictable. I have the specialized training in evidence-based therapy that helps make life more enjoyable and manageable again.  I love being a part of the incredible improvements that are made in people’s lives over the course of therapy.”


Dollar General Supports Read To Succeed

Read To Succeed is dedicated to improving lives through reading and Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports this mission.

On May 10 at the Nashville Public Library, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation presented Read To Succeed a $15,000 grant for Adult Literacy programs and a $15,000 grant for Family Literacy. Adult Literacy Coordinator, Carolynn Kobiske accepted the awards saying, “Dollar General has been a faithful supporter of the goals of Adult Literacy and Read To Succeed for many years.  Their funding enables us to provide materials and serve all those seeking to advance their literacy skills through one-on-one tutoring, pursuit of a GED or learning English.  Their involvement allows our programs to provide services at no cost.  Their continued support has enabled us to grow and service all residents of Rutherford County.  We sincerely appreciate all that they have done for Read To Succeed programs.”  

Both Adult Literacy and Family Literacy program coordinators recognize that the money granted by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a tremendous help in providing materials for training, books and free literacy programming

Family Literacy Coordinator, Tammy Howell, stated, “We are so grateful for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant. This generous grant enables Read to Succeed’s Family Literacy program to serve families in Rutherford County by promoting the importance of reading from birth throughout life.”


Red Realty’s 10Th Anniversary & Gateway Office Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Red Realty LLC is pleased to announce their 10th Anniversary/Gateway Office Ribbon Cutting Celebration on Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 4:00PM.  

They have also launched their very first Red Realty Charity Challenge, in which our company will gift a total of $10,000 to five local charities/organizations ($2,000 each) that provide services or research related to food, shelter and/or health services directly to our community. The recipients are: Live4Tay Foundation, The Bridge Ministry, Project Heart, Home Street Home Ministries & Stepping Stone Safe Haven! The gift checks will be presented during the Anniversary/Gateway celebration. Please come help them celebrate the new Gateway Office, 10th Year Anniversary & the Red Realty Charity Challenge winners!


United Way Announces New Board Officers, Members

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has announced its 2017-18 board officers and members. Andy Womack, State Farm Agent, will serve as the 2017-18 Board Chair. Board Chair-Elect/Secretary is Gordon Ferguson, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital; Development Chair is David Urban, Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU); Community Impact Chair is Retta Gardner, Guaranty Trust; Finance Chair/Treasurer is Casey Rainey, Raymond James; Policy and Nominations Chair is Jason King, Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious; Endowment and Tocqueville Chair is Russ Galloway, Emergency Physicians of Saint Thomas.

Meagan Flippin, President and CEO of United Way, said, “Our board of directors provides invaluable leadership, effective decision-making and expertise towards our organization’s pursuit of excellence and results. United Way is fortunate to have the talent and resources from this robust group of passionate individuals who are the driving factor for positive change in our community.”

New board members beginning their terms in 2017 are Jill Austin, MTSU; Courtney Chavez, First Tennessee Bank; Jeff Clark, MAHLE; Don Clayton, Ingram Content Group; Mike Fitzhugh, Rutherford County Sheriff; Jennifer Moody, City of Murfreesboro; Kim Snell, Rutherford County Schools; Martha Tolbert, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital/Retired; and Don Witherspoon, Pfizer/Retired.                                             

Returning board members include: Felix Allen, Publix; Susan Andrews, Family Practice Partners; Billy Bruce, UPS; James Calder, MTSU/Retired; Lou Caputo, Stonecrest; Gerald Coggin, NHC/Retired; Vicki Eastham, MTSU; Gordon Ferguson, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital; Ron Fryar, Cannon Courier; Russ Galloway, Emergency Physicians of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital; Retta Gardner, Guaranty Trust; Kirk Garrett, Pinnacle Financial Partners; Linda Gilbert, Murfreesboro City Schools; Sean Kelley, Bridgestone; Jason King, Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious ; Paul Latture, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce; David Lee, Wyatt Johnson Ford Nashville; Chris Massaro, MTSU Athletics; The Reverend James McCarroll, First Baptist East Castle; I’Ashea Myles Dihigo, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC; Casey Rainey, Raymond James; Liz Rhea, Physician/Retired; Chase Salas, Elite Insurance Solutions; Terry Schneider, FASTSIGNS; Tim Slate, Nissan; Lori Sain Smith, Daffodilly Designs; Matt Taylor, SEC, Inc.; Deborah Thompson, State Farm; Dave Tincher, General Mills; David Urban, Jones College of Business at MTSU; Ben Weatherford, FirstBank; Andy Womack, State Farm Agent; Jeffrey Woods, TrustPoint Hospital.


Twenty-One Individuals Graduate from United Way Catalyst Program

On June 16, twenty-one individuals graduated from United Way’s six-month Catalyst program. The class of business leaders, identified by the Catalyst Alumni Council, participated in the program to become engaged in social responsibility through the means of advocacy, giving and volunteerism.

The program’s ultimate goal is to train volunteers to serve in nonprofit leadership roles, such as nonprofit boards, in Rutherford and Cannon counties. One aspect of effective board leadership is the ability to strategically look at community-based needs. With the rapid growth rate in Murfreesboro and surrounding areas, access to a variety of transportation methods in Rutherford County can be critical for an individual seeking nonprofit services.

This year’s class was engaged in group projects to identify issues and present solutions centered around transportation. During the final program session, groups offered findings to City of Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. Local nonprofit organizations were also present for the opportunity to establish meaningful relationships and continued involvement with the graduates.

Shane McFarland, City of Murfreesboro Mayor, said, “I am very impressed with the ideas that the Catalyst members came up with for solutions to Murfreesboro’s increasing traffic.  It will continue to take a collaborative effort and many different ideas to come up with meaningful solutions.  I am proud Catalyst and the United Way are willing to be part of the solution and they are as committed as I am to help.”

2017 Participants include:
Brad Mankin, Redstone Federal Credit Union
Jim Robert, Journeys in Community Living
Phillip Street, Nissan North America
Ashley Wiseman, Saint Thomas Rutherford
Matthew Mattingly, Guaranty Trust Company
T. Matthew Chase, Tandem Financial Partners
Theodore Glave, General Mills
La’Endia Buchanan, Junior League of Murfreesboro
David Coggin, Barnabas Vision
Brian Walsh, Cunningham Financial Group
Josh Markham, First United Methodist Church
Amanda Cromwell, Dempsey, Vantrease & Follis
TaRita Wright, Adient
Jolene Radnoti, Murfreesboro City Schools
Karen Pfluge, Crye-Leike Realtors
Aubrenie Jones, Rutherford County Health Department
Kelli Anne Williams, Double Tree by Hilton
Anna Marie Whitaker, Rich Products
Joshua Aaron, MTSU
Jeff Clark, Mahle
Gernell Jenkins, City of Murfreesboro, Parks and Recreation
The program is sponsored by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
Applications for the 2018 Catalyst class will be available in November of 2017.