People and Places

Local Sorority and Fraternity Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Murfreesboro Community


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.