Artisan Gifts, Made with Love in Middle Tennessee

Artisan Gifts, Made with Love in Middle Tennessee

Artisan made products make special gifts for friends and family, because each item is crafted by hand with love and attention to detail. With the increase in the use of technology, there has been a revitalization of interest in artisan made products. Artisan made products can be anything from small-batch food items and clothing to hand poured candles and much more. Middle Tennessee has some wonderful local craftsmen. Their products can be found in a variety of local businesses. Check out what and where you can find right here at home!

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Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

Joyous strains of “Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree” filling the halls, gingerbread cookies in the oven, and lights twinkling on the tree, these are the signs that the holiday season is here. This means families and friends coming together over many meals, so we asked Lori Sain-Smith of Daffodilly Designs to share some ideas for holiday table-scaping, with pieces from The Peddler, and Mitchell Murphree of Five Senses to furnish us with recipes that are sure to please.

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Santa Sightings: Christmas 2017

Santa Sightings: Christmas 2017

As temperatures plunge (some of the time), and the countdown to Christmas begins, Santa sightings become intense. The jolly old elf with the infectious laughter and the tummy like a bowl full of jelly keeps so busy, you wonder how he keeps the pounds on.

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VIProfile: Penny Bolton

VIProfile: Penny Bolton

Approaching her mid-40s, Penny Bolton found herself having to reinvent her career. The move from the corporate world (where she served as Key Account Sales Rep for a movie distributor and Kroger) into the fashion world, is one she fully embraced. The change ultimately led her to a passionate career that’s less like work and more like pleasure.

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People and Places

Local Sorority and Fraternity Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Murfreesboro Community

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The Holiday Season is supposed to bring good cheer to ALL but unfortunately, there are some families that cannot afford Thanksgiving meals. This year, the Pi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Omicron Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. came together to provide Thanksgiving meals for those families in the Murfreesboro community at the Murfreesboro Housing Authority.  

The sorority and fraternity were able to provide (through collections and donations) 30 meals to families that included: Turkey, stuffing mix, corn, green beans, milk, rolls, and desserts to make their meals complete. Providing meals to the community was the sorority and fraternity’s way of letting the community know that there is an awareness of how disruptions and hardships sometimes occur unexpectedly for families, and this is their way of letting the community know that they care.

Along with their efforts in providing meals, the Pi Nu Omega Chapter also participated in volunteering and taking shifts in support of The Salvation Army’s yearly Bell Ringing Campaign that runs from November thru Christmas Eve at Kroger on Cason Lane. Proceeds from the Bell Ringing Campaign will be used to provide holiday meals and also sponsor families for the Angel Tree Initiative.  


Dorsett receives the Athletic Director of the Year Award; Webb is Sportsmanship Award finalist

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Scott Dorsett, The Webb School Director of Athletics, received the Athletic Director of the Year Award for the Middle Region of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The recognition was part of the A.F. Bridges Awards ceremony on Nov. 9. The awards were presented in “recognition of the ideals of ethics and integrity in the teaching and promotion of citizenship and sportsmanship.” Webb also was a finalist for the Sportsmanship Award. Award decisions were made by a State Selection Committee.

Dorsett, Certified Athletic Director, began his teaching and coaching career more than 16 years ago after a successful career in the corporate sales profession. Dorsett oversees the athletic programs at Webb, which include the physical education department and after-school enrichment activities. He is in his ninth year at Webb and has coached sports at the middle school and upper school levels including football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, softball, baseball, and track.

His love of athletics began while he was a student at Glencliff High School, in Nashville, Tenn., and continued as he served his country in the United States Air Force. Dorsett looks at the teachings of the late Coach John Wooden as inspiration in pursuit of education through athletics

Dorsett has been involved with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association since 2007. He is currently serving as a National Faculty Chair for Leadership Training Course 714, “Dealing with Challenging Personalities,” as well as Membership Committee Vice Chair and State Certification coordinator. He is currently President-Elect (2016-2018), will be President (2018-2020), and will serve as Past President (2020-2022) for the TIAAA.

He has just completed a four-year term as President of the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference, and currently serves as Past President and Treasurer for MTAC. During his tenure as President, the conference expanded to 32 teams. Dorsett is very involved in local, state, and national organizations that affect educational athletics. He is always looking to find opportunities to make an impact on the next generation of athletes and leaders wherever service opportunities are possible.


Tennessee’s Top Agility Dogs Are Among Champions at Cynosport® World Games in Murfreesboro

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Nearly 1,000 canine athletes from nine different countries headed to Murfreesboro, TN, last week to compete in the Cynosport® World Games Dog Agility Championships. Competition at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum October 25 to 29 concluded after hundreds of exciting races over obstacle courses against the clock with canines and their human partners battling for the sport’s most coveted prizes.

Among the many champions listed in the attached results release, you will see two champion dogs from Tennessee! We wanted to point that out for your coverage and if you would like to contact them directly for a story let us know if we can be of assistance.

In the Dog Agility Masters® Three-Dog Team champions included: 1st place: “Two Tries to Be Special” team of Linda Mecklenburg and Special (Border Collie) from Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Jennifer Crank and Lucky (Shetland Sheepdog) from Baltimore, Ohio; Jean Lavalley and Sprint (Shetland Sheepdog) from Murfreesboro, Tenn.


Tennessee Valley Healthcare System’s Alvin C. York Campus seeks volunteers

The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) seeks volunteers to help improve Veterans’ experiences at its Alvin C. York campus.  

Volunteers provide many important services throughout the medical center and help make Veterans’ stay more enjoyable. Volunteers’ talents and preferences can be matched with one of our many assignments. These include van driver, information desk attendant, office assistant, and pharmacy assistant, and there are many more ways to help.

If you have special skills to offer, please call us so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our Veterans.


PCA Hosts Celebration Honoring Veterans

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Providence Christian Academy recently hosted a Veterans Celebration honoring those who have served our country.  The event included a presentation of colors, an Upper School student singing the National Anthem, all students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and a presentation from a special guest speaker, LTC Mark Tyndall.  

A Veterans Tribute Wall was also posted in the school honoring past and present veterans.  Veterans in attendance were honored with a special reception following the celebration. 


United Way Partners with Child Advocacy Center to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties partners with the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford and Cannon counties to provide programming that educates and addresses the issue of child sexual abuse in the community.  

With the emphasis of the 19 Days of Activism campaign to educate the community, United Way Director of Community Impact, Randy Allen, said, “The Child Advocacy Center’s programming aligns with United Way’s priority issue of safe home and community.” United Way hosted Keylon Holloway of the Child Advocacy Center to learn more about the signs of child abuse and services provided in Rutherford County. Allen continued, “Because of United Way’s partnership, the Child Advocacy Center is able to fulfill its mission of providing services to victims of child sexual abuse and education and prevention to the public.” By introducing Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training to groups of professionals, organizations can come together to solve child welfare issues in Rutherford and Cannon counties.  

One way to get involved with the Child Advocacy Center is to attend this free child sexual abuse prevention training. The Child Advocacy Center provides free child abuse prevention trainings in the Rutherford and Cannon County communities. Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children training materials provide participants the knowledge of how to respond if a child discloses abuse.  Becoming aware of this issue in Rutherford and Cannon Counties is the first step towards creating a better community.


City Schools Foundation Awards over $53,000 in grants

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The City Schools Foundation will distribute over $53,000 in grants to teachers in 2017.  Twenty-six grants have been selected for funding out of 53 grant applications. The Foundation asks educators from Murfreesboro City Schools to submit proposals for funding that will help them acquire resources not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars.

“The grant committee is extremely pleased with the quality of grants submitted.   The range of requests from math and science to the arts were outstanding,” says Brook LaRoche, Grant Committee Chair, The City Schools Foundation. “It is remarkable to see how educators are utilizing hands-on learning opportunities to enrich the classroom.”

Grants are submitted anonymously and are judged solely on their merit by a committee. The funding for grants ranged from Mat is Lit! at $214 to Creative Coding, Creating Careers at $8,048, with nine grants receiving over $2,000 in disbursements.

This year, over ten funded grants cover the emerging technology of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.) STEAM allows students to explore these subjects in hands-on activities. We’re giving our students additional ways to succeed in this rapidly changing technology-based world. Excellence in Education (scheduled for Friday, January 26, 2018) is the largest fundraiser for The City Schools Foundation.  This year’s event is chaired by retired Principal Sandra Parks, and will highlight Reeves-Rogers Elementary.

Trustees for The City Schools Foundation include:  Minerva Smith, Ben Parsley, Rebecca Upton, Sandra Parks, Brook LaRoche, Lana Seivers, Ben Weatherford, Kristi Gaines, David Scott, Charlie Baum, Joe Faiz, Justin Burris, Stephanie Roach, Travis Lampley, Kimberly Robertson, Andy Jakes, Vicki Eastham, Chris Jackson, Liz McPhee, Charlie Patel, and Shavon Davis-Louis.  Additionally, Dr. Linda Gilbert and School Board Member Wesley Ballard serve as non-voting members of the Foundation.


TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center’s opens Rutherford County’s First Milk Bank Depot

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TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center has cut the ribbon on its new Milk Bank Depot, the first of its kind in Rutherford County. “This new Milk Bank Depot is one example of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center’s commitment to investing in our hospital and this community,” Lactation Consultant Noreen Webb said in a statement.

According to the statement, Webb led the Milk Bank initiative in coordination with the Mothers’ Milk Bank of Tennessee, a not-for-profit organization providing safe donor human milk to benefit infants in need within Tennessee.

The Rutherford County location is now one of only five in the state. Other cities with milk banks include Memphis, Nashville, Pulaski and Hendersonville.

Pre-approved donors can drop off donations of frozen breast milk, which will be tested and pasteurized at the bank before being distributed to hospitals all over the state for use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

“The Milk Bank at TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center is ensuring that premature babies in neonatal intensive care units will receive potentially life-saving donated breast milk from Tennessee moms,” said Dr. Susan Campbell, a neonatologist and co-founder of MMBTN. “Breast milk, while important for all babies, is particularly vital for those prematurely born.”

StoneCrest’s Chief Nursing Officer Amy Cason said human breast milk decreases the incidence of life-threatening newborn diseases. Mothers are sometimes unable to produce milk at first, or sometimes permanently.


Dr. Lindsay Keith Joins Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

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Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital welcomes Dr. Lindsay Keith, breast oncology surgeon, to its medical staff.  Dr. Keith joined Murfreesboro Surgical Specialist located at 1800 Medical Center Parkway, DePaul Building, Suite 440, in Murfreesboro. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

 Dr. Keith earned her B.S. in Biology at Texas Tech University and her Doctor of Medicine from Texas A&M University. She completed her residency in general surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center and her fellowship in breast oncology surgery at Baylor University Medical Center.

She realized her empathy for cancer patients early in training, and throughout the course of residency developed a passion specifically for breast cancer patients. For this reason, she sought comprehensive training in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer and breast diseases.

Dr. Keith has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the field of breast oncology. She and her husband Eric reside in Christiana with their two sons.

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The Avenue Murfreesboro

The Avenue Murfreesboro

It is hard to imagine Murfreesboro without The Avenue and the ever-growing area in which it lies.  Rewind ten short years and Medical Center Parkway was a vast area of fields and farmland. Lindy Mullen, Marketing Consultant for The Avenue, explains that the area had a vision to become a new hub of growth for Murfreesboro with a 400-acre planned commercial development that included retail, dining, hotels, residential apartments and condos.

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VIP Home Spotlight: The Smith’s @ 446 E. Main

VIP Home Spotlight: The Smith’s @ 446 E. Main

The new kids on the classic yet trendy East Main Street area of Murfreesboro describe their recently renovated home in simple terms: “It’s perfectly imperfect.”  Blake and Priscilla Smith, married a little over a year, chose to build their blended family in the 125-year-old home at 446 E. Main St. for a few reasons, mainly location, location, and location. Plus, it was just a really cool house that needed a little attention.

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Home Trends in the Boro

Home Trends in the Boro

In the age of HGTV, Pinterest, and too many to count house flipping shows, never has there been such a plethora of home design ideas at our fingertips. My job as a realtor allows me to see the influence of these mediums every day in our local market. In my 24 years of helping clients buy and sell homes never have I seen home buyers and home sellers be more in tune with new home design trends. 

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VIProfile: Tim Keach

VIProfile: Tim Keach

As the CEO of TDK — whose flagship properties (in Murfreesboro) include places like Vintage Avenue, Vintage Blackman, and 3343 Memorial, high-end residential complexes; Creekside, a newer assisted living home; St. Andrews apartments; and many more school and healthcare facilities — Keach has plenty of projects that reflect TDK’s dominance in the construction business.

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Redefining Home: How We Live Today

Redefining Home: How We Live Today

While having a home of your own is still considered sweet, as our culture changes, so are the requirements for living. That American cultural icon of the two-story, one-family home with the white picket fence as the penultimate of a happy life has expanded. Living options are as diverse as the slices in an Ancestry.com pie chart.

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Deck the Halls

Deck the Halls

Cold weather, twinkling lights, hot cocoa by the fire with family --it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The holiday season brings about a lot of hustle and bustle but it also brings a warm and inviting atmosphere full of family and friends. The task of decorating your home for Christmas can be a daunting one. Many people opt to take a load off and let a professional help them with the stress of holiday decorating.

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People and Places

MTSU Horse Science Center Arena Named For Retired Coach Brzezicki

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Murfreesboro resident and longtime MTSU equestrian team coach Anne Brzezicki knew all about a retirement celebration dinner planned for her in the James Union Building.
However, she was totally unaware friends planned a surprise that remained a secret for weeks and months: The large Horse Science Center indoor facility would bear her name — “Anne Brzezicki Arena.”

Boulder, Colorado, residents Lanas and Julie Smith, MTSU alumni and longtime friends of both the program and Brzezicki, retained the naming rights for the Anne Brzezicki Arena through their generous gift to the MTSU Foundation to enclose the area.

When Brzezicki retired earlier this year after a very successful 35-year career, there was only one individual the Smiths wanted the building to be named for, and it was her.
“After all the years of putting my heart and soul the program, a permanent piece of me is now there — and that means a lot,” Brzezicki said.

In Brzezicki’s retirement, there’s an opportunity for the public “to support the work she holds dear” by giving to the Anne Brzezicki Equestrian Endowment, said Jared Bryson, development director for the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.Giving can be completed online at www.mtsu.edu/supportag, then direct your gifts to this endowment in the comments section. The funds “will support broader student experiences through the purchase of critical new equipment and enable travel to competitions across the country,” Bryson added.
“In order to stay on the forefront of equestrian education and produce graduates that are highly competitive, we need the ability to secure student learning experiences and enhance existing facilities,” Bryson said.


ESP Receives 21st Century Grant

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More than 500 MCS Extended School Program (ESP) students from eight schools will benefit with after school programming thanks in part to the receipt of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The $464,000 grant will fund local afterschool and summer learning programs for families through the ESP program for 3 years with a primary focus on reading and math remediation.

21st Century Grants support academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for at-risk children. As part of the grant, ESP will help students meet state standards in core academic subjects. ESP also offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs.

“Students may qualify for free or reduced ESP programming based on academic or other needs,” says Ralph Ringstaff, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and the Extended School Program. “ESP provides a safe, educationally enriching and fun experience for students after the typical school day. Our program continues to grow in number and quality.” The funds will be utilized for a range of programs including after school reading and math remediation and small group counseling sessions, as well as enrichments in sports, art, music, science and technology.  The grant also provides optional transportation for some ESP sites.

The 21st Century Grant incorporates many community partnerships including the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Discovery Center, MTSU’s MTeach Program, Murfreesboro Police Department, Linebaugh Library, LTA Depot, Girl Scouts of Middle TN, and many others.


Saint Thomas Rutherford Receives Approval for Expansion and Surgery Center

The State of Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) approved Saint Thomas Health’s Certificate of Need applications to expand in Rutherford County and Sparta. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.

The Certificate of Need approval allows for vertical expansion at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, which will include the addition of 72 medical beds, increasing the capacity of the hospital from 286 beds to 358 beds. The expansion is intended to improve patient flow and also provides additional capacity for outpatient services, at an estimated project cost of more than $47 million. The project is part of a larger expansion plan at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in an effort to meet the current and long-term demands of the growing Rutherford County community. As a part of this expansion plan, a 25-bed Clinical Decision Unit is currently under construction adjacent to the Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital Emergency Department.
Additionally, in Rutherford County, Saint Thomas Health received approval to begin construction of an ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) in a joint-venture partnership with USPI, the nation’s leading surgery center provider. The planned surgery center will be a 13,000-square-foot multi-specialty facility with two operating rooms and one procedure room located on New Salem Road, at an estimated cost of more than $16 million.

 “We are pleased to expand our acute care facility at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in response to the rapid growth of Rutherford County and the surrounding areas,” said Gordon Ferguson, President and CEO, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “Expansions in this community demonstrate our commitment to provide access to personalized, compassionate care, and our dedication to those we serve.”

 “Our Mission at Saint Thomas Health is to provide all persons with the right care at the right time in the right place, especially those that are vulnerable,” said Karen Springer, President and CEO of Saint Thomas Health and Senior Vice President of Ascension Healthcare, a division of Ascension. “Enhanced access points in Rutherford County allow us to continue investing in the community and their diverse healthcare needs.”

These planned developments in Rutherford County 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 by offering everything from primary care to outpatient surgeries. The expanded inpatient capacity responds to the inevitable care needs of steady community growth and an aging population.


MMC Comprehensive Breast Center Brings Community Together

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s (MMC) Comprehensive Breast Center hosted an evening of education and entertainment centered around Breast Cancer Awareness. Physicians and medical staff alike welcomed guests into a comfortable environment where experts could directly engage with the community they serve. Guests were greeted by a string quartet, friendly faces of physicians and staff, and cookies, of course! They were then ushered into tours of 2D and 3D Mammography machines, as well as breast biopsy devices.

The expert panel included at least one representative from each sector of the Comprehensive Breast Center: Sadish Siva, M.D. from Radiology, Paul Pasarilla, M.D., Lisa White, M.D., and David Beaird, M.D. from General Surgery, and Brad Medling, M.D. from Plastic Surgery/Reconstruction. The physicians spoke on all aspects of Breast Cancer from detection to restoration, with topics ranging in the difference in a 2D and 3D mammography, treatment plans, family-genetic testing, and reconstruction.

Rachel Holder, a partner of Channel 4 News, emceed the second half of the evening, gracefully transitioning from the meet and greet to conversation between patient testimonials and important information from the expert panel of Breast Care physicians.

The festivities that took place at MMC’s campus were all in efforts to bring a community together with the proper knowledge needed to move closer toward breast health. It is MMC Comprehensive Breast Center’s promise to walk hand in hand with every patient through each individual’s health journey.


Webb welcomes Hawkins as director of alumni relations and annual giving

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Jonathon Hawkins, a longtime alumni and development professional, has joined The Webb School as director of alumni relations and annual giving.

“Jonathon is a terrific addition to our team,” said Matt Wilson, Office of Alumni and Development director. “He brings a wealth of experience, and his efforts in alumni relations and annual giving will help us engage alumni in the life of the school. He has the chance to work with alumni in a variety of roles, and has a wonderful approach to his work.” Hawkins succeeded Meredith Hilleary, who resigned in August to relocate.

Hawkins, a native of Smithville, Tenn., graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media communication with minors in English and psycholog. He also has a master’s degree from MTSU in higher ducation administration. n addition, he is a certified fundraising executive. Hawkins lives in Murfreesboro with his wife and daughter.
Most recently working at Cumberland University, Hawkins was in the office of advancement for the past 11 years and served in a number of roles including both development and alumni relations. During the past eight years, he was executive director of development and alumni relations, responsible for day-to-day operations with a special focus on stewardship and engagement activitie. His role at Webb will be to encourage alumni to come back to campus, attend events, volunteer, and become donors. He will also be the main liaison for the alumni board and class agents in their outreach activities.

Hawkins said, “’m thrilled to be part of the Webb family and look forward to learning more about the traditions and culture of the school. In my first few weeks, I’ve already spoken to a number of alumni, and their passion and love for Webb is both exciting an motivating. Connecting alumni back to Webb and sharing the good news coming out of Bell Buckle is truly an honor.”


Seven Local High School Students Participated in United Way’s Alternative Fall Break

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The United Way Alternative Fall Break is an immersive four day program of service projects, leadership-building, and relationship-building. It provides students the chance to make an impact on their local community and learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Rutherford and Cannon Counties.

The inaugural program took place October 3 – 6, 2017. Participating students toured United Way partner programs throughout the community, then participated in activities supporting health, financial stability, and education focus areas. Activities consisted of cleaning and organizing children’s areas, building window headers for homes, coding books for summer libraries, harvesting and closing a community garden and manicuring a Girl Scout camp site.

“I was honored to work with such a dedicated group of students, all passionate about giving back to their community,” said McKenna Moore, United Way Director of Strategic and Volunteer Engagement. “The students came from different high schools and varying grade levels, and they focused on working together effectively and efficiently to make a viable difference for five partner nonprofits and their clients.”

Participating students included:
Saira Arevalo – Smyrna High School
Melissa Barrett – Central Magnet School
Armani Cross – LaVergne High School
Brianna Davies – Blackman High School
Amy Lin – Blackman High School
Brian Son – Central Magnet School
Julia Son – Central Magnet School


HA Beasley & Company Accountant Completes CPA Certification

HA Beasley & Company announced that Michael A. Carter recently completed the certification requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), having earned the professional designation through a combination of passing the Uniform CPA Exam, education, and experience.

Carter joined HA Beasley & Company, a local full-service tax and accounting firm, in June after graduating from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. Carter serves individuals and business clients through the planning and preparation of tax returns.

“I am looking forward to building relationships with our clients and offering quality service that leaves a lasting impression,” said Carter. Carter comes to HA Beasley & Company after six years in the United States Air Force serving as a munitions systems technician. During his time in the Air Force, Carter participated in several leadership courses and completed an internship with an accounting firm in Nashville. While attending MTSU, Carter was elected president of the academic accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, by his peers.


Special Kids Welcomes Big Daddy Weave

Local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center will host a family friendly concert presented by Ole South featuring renowned Christian music group, Big Daddy Weave, on Friday, December 1, at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

Big Daddy Weave is one of Christian music’s most played artists at Christian Radio each year, one of the genre’s biggest headlining touring artists and the recipient of multiple industry awards and nominations, including: Dove Awards, K-LOVE Fan Awards, Billboard Music Awards, ASCAP and BMI Awards and the Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award. Songs you may recognize include: “The Lion and The Lamb”, “My Story”, “Redeemed,” “The Only Name (Your’s Will Be)”, “Overwhelmed” and “Love Come to Life,” to name a few. Formed in 2002, Big Daddy Weave is Mike Weaver, Jay Weaver, Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk and Brian Beihl.

“One of the reasons we invited Big Daddy Weave to come was because they could be enjoyed by the whole family. Since Special Kids serves the whole family, we wanted everyone to be able to participate in this event. Big Daddy Weave has an incredible ministry and their music is so impactful. We know this is going to be incredible night of worship,” shares Stephanie Folkmann, Special Kids Development Director.

Concert tickets are $20 for general admission, and discounts for groups of 10 or more are available. To purchase tickets or learn more about the concert, visit specialkidsconcert.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit children with special needs that are served at Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center.


Dr. Bill Mott Appointed to ACSI Southeast Regional Council

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Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Bill Mott, Headmaster of Providence Christian Academy to serve on the ACSI Southeast Regional Council.  Regional Council members serve as District Representatives for their assigned district, and help to extend the reach of the Director, Dr. David Balik. Dr. Mott will serve the area that includes the Middle TN/Nashville District.

ACSI, serves nearly 3,000 member-schools in the United States, over 20,000 member schools internationally, and helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education. There are ACSI offices throughout the United States and the world.

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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