People & Places

First Vision Bank Welcomes Matt Ledbetter as Commercial Relationship Manager

First Vision Bank recently welcomed Matt Ledbetter as the Commercial Relationship Manager in the Murfreesboro office of the local middle Tennessee bank.

“Matt’s energy and friendly nature make him a great fit for our personal approach to banking,” said Chris Henson, Murfreesboro city president. “Matt brings years of banking experience where he has developed multiple strengths to serve the Rutherford County business community.”

Ledbetter compliments the First Vision team in Murfreesboro that focuses exclusively on meeting local partners’ commercial banking needs. In his new position, Ledbetter will work to build commercial relationships in Rutherford County through offering individualized care from a banking office empowered to make decisions in house. He specializes in uncovering needs and being pro-active with banking solutions for businesses to establish plans for growth and long- term goals.

“Because First Vision is local, we are able to react outside of the box to resolve issues as they arise and assist quickly,” said Ledbetter. “I love seeing the growth in Murfreesboro and meeting new business leaders. Having more banking experience, I know that I can help them prepare and be ready for that growth opportunity when it comes.”

“I am excited to be at a bank that sees how worthwhile it is to be involved in our community,” said Ledbetter. “Whether that’s through volunteering or investing, First Vision is truly a part of the community.”

Ledbetter lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, Megan, of 11 years and their 8-year-old son, Cooper, and 5-year-old daughter, Sloan.


The Center For The Arts Welcomes Rachel Jones As The New Director For Ragtime!

The Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that Rachel Jones will be taking the helm of their production of Ragtime! The story of Ragtime centers around an upper- class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician, who are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. The musical is set in turn-of-the-century New York, will leave you hopeful and inspired. 

Rachel Jones fresh off her successful run of Sister Act the Musical, is thrilled and exhilarated to be directing such an amazing show.

Auditions are Sunday, May 7th and Monday, May 8th. Auditions will start at 6:30pm on both days.

MMC Physician Shares his Passion for Robotic Technology with Students

Brad Chesney, M.D., Obstetrician at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic was invited to speak to Central Magnet School’s Science and Technology Honors Society about the latest advancements in robotic surgery. Robotics has been a passion of Dr. Chesney’s for some time. He was a leader in the initiative to bring the da Vinci Surgical System to St. Thomas Hospital in 2009. Since then he has performed nearly 650 procedures using the minimally invasive robotic surgical system.  While Dr. Chesney and two of his partners, Jason Pollock, M.D., and Gregory Taylor, M.D use the da Vinci to perform mostly hysterectomies, MMC General Surgeons, David Beaird, M.D. and Paul Pasarilla, M.D. also utilize the robot to perform minimally invasive hernia repairs and partial colectomies.

Students had the opportunity to hear Dr. Chesney give a little history on the da Vinci, and then had the opportunity to test drive the da Vinci to see its capabilities on advanced simulators. “The development of the da Vinci started as an application for space and military use only, but developed into a surgical system that is used every day across the country to improve patient care...and that’s pretty amazing,” said Dr. Chesney. “This technology has made it so much easier to do what I need to do in surgery. It’s taking things that people would have called impossible and made them possible.”

Emily Oppmann, Central Magnet school senior, founded the Science and Technology Honor Society the last year. “I recognized the need for a school focused on Science and Technology to have an honors society,” said Emily. “Our goal is to expose students to all aspects of Science and Technology through various lecture series.” The group has heard lectures from teachers at Central and MTSU professors. Claire Chesney, senior at Central Magnet and member of the Science and Technology Honor Society, helped to bring in the da Vinci after job shadowing her dad, Brad Chesney. “I was felt really blessed to be able to job shadow my dad and I wanted to share that experience with the Science and Technology Honor Society,” said Claire Chesney.

MMC General Surgeon Utilizes Robotics for Better Patient Care

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic General Surgery department’s Paul Pasarilla, M.D., is among the first of surgeons in Middle Tennessee to utilize minimally invasive robotic guided surgical system to perform right colectomy and hernia surgeries.

Both procedures traditionally operate of one large, open incision. In contrast, the da Vinci Surgical System allows the procedure to be completed in a minimally-invasive fashion. The assistance of the robotic guided surgical system allows for the surgeon to operate with enhanced vision through a high definition, 3D vision system.  The special wristed instruments bend and rotate far greater than the capability of the human wrist, contributing to enhanced precision and control.

“Patients often struggle with the making the decision to have invasive surgery or, if there isn’t any immediate need, the decision to live with an uncomfortable or painful problem. Fortunately, we have a highly skilled surgeon right here in Rutherford County that is now performing robotic-guided surgery that leaves behind minimal scaring. Recovery time for this procedure is typically half of the recovery time associated with an open surgery,” noted Dr. James Rone, MMC President.


MCS expands Gifted Education Program with Gifted Academy

Twenty-five teachers from Murfreesboro City Schools received their Tennessee Employment Standard for Gifted Teaching after completing the MTSU/MCS Gifted Academy.  

The Gifted Academy, sponsored by The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation, aims to expand Murfreesboro City Schools Gifted Education program by equipping teachers with tools to identify and engage gifted students.

“We expect the identification of the gifted learner to continue to increase at MCS as a result of the academy.  As a district, we are working to train at least one teacher at every grade level, at each school. We want to meet the needs of all students, at their level of learning,” stated Lea Bartch, Coordinator of Gifted Services for Murfreesboro City Schools and instructor for the Gifted Academy.

The average number of gifted students in a school district nationwide is 3-5%. The Gifted Academy training presents teachers with numerous tools to assist in planning higher level thinking activities and detailed tasks for gifted learners.

“We want to provide stimulating learning environments for our gifted students allowing them to be challenged and to succeed. We are here to serve all students and expanding our gifted program will help us with that goal,” Bartch continued.


Southern Joint Replacement Institute to Open Murfreesboro Location

Southern Joint Replacement Institute (SJRI) is expanding its primary and revision joint replacement services to Murfreesboro, Tenn. Beginning April 27, board-certified orthopedic physicians, T. Scott Curry, MD, Robert J. Otto, MD, Jefferson C. Morrison, MD, Jeffrey T. Hodrick, MD, Michael J. Christie, MD and David K. DeBoer, MD, started seeing patients at the SJRI Murfreesboro clinic located at 3053 Medical Center Parkway, Suite F.

SJRI relocated its practice to TriStar Centennial Medical Center in 2014 and opened the SJRI Spring Hill clinic in July 2016. SJRI’s Murfreesboro clinic was seen by the group as an opportunity to further align its patient care goals with middle Tennessee community’s growing needs.

“We are thrilled to open our third location in the middle Tennessee area,” said Dr. Michael Christie, orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of SJRI. “It is our hope that our patients will have even more convenient access to top quality joint replacement care provided by our surgeons.”

With 71 years of combined physician experience of orthopedic surgeons Dr. Michael J. Christie, Dr. David K. DeBoer, Dr. J. Craig Morrison, Dr. Robert J. Otto, Dr. T. Scott Curry and Dr. Jeffrey T. Hodrick, SJRI is devoted to the treatment of patients needing primary and revision total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder. The practice has performed over 16,000 joint replacements to date. “We pride ourselves on offering personalized patient-centered care and orthopedic services,” said Dr. T. Scott Curry. “We look forward to offering easier access to joint replacement care to our patients in the Murfreesboro community.”

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Special Kids Race Raises $215K

The Special Kids Race announced today that the 6th annual event raised $215,000 to help children with special needs served by Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center.

Over 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the 15K, 5K and 1 Mile distances on Saturday, April 8, at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC) in Murfreesboro. The annual event, presented by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter, had expenses covered for the 6th consecutive year by its sponsors, allowing every dollar from registration to go towards providing therapy and nursing services at Special Kids.

The 6th annual Special Kids Race was presented by its founding sponsor Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter with Platinum sponsors Max Shred and Backer-Springfield. Gold sponsors included Smoothie King, Newk’s Eatery, New Vision Baptist Church, Ole South, Stewart’s Special Events, Tiffany Lane and Walker & Dunlop. Silver sponsors were Ascend Federal Credit Union, AdamsPlace, Togrye, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Smile Doctors Braces, The Morgan Family Foundation, Murfreesboro Surgical Specialist, Bill Taylor’s Bushido Karate, A Step Ahead, Stones River Battlefield, Nissan North America, Little Guys Movers, Tam Clark DJ Services, Fleet Feet and Guaranty Trust. Bronze sponsors included Mobility Works, Hooper Fence, Franklin Synergy Bank, Wegmann Automotive, Once Upon a Child, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Heritage South Credit Union, TOA, Mid TN GYN, Zaxby’s, Wax Family Printing, Murfreesboro Pulse, WGNS, VIP Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Oral Surgery, Murfreesboro Pure Milk, Boys & Girls Club, Jim N Nick’s, Farrer Brothers, All In One Recycling, Reeves-Sain, Coffee Fusion, Rock Solid Security and Tasty Table. Other supporters were Jamie Reed, TN Valley Ice, Mikey’s Motors, Fast Signs of Murfreesboro, Total Family Physicians Center, Waffle House and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

Read To Succeed’s 2017 Read To Bee Spelling Bee

The annual Read To Succeed “Read To Bee” Spelling Bee sponsored by Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation was held Friday evening, April 21st, at Patterson Park.  Fifteen 6th graders from Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County Schools gathered to compete for the title of 2017 Read To Bee Champion.

An early winner after only 9 rounds led to a “spell-off” to compete for runner-up.  Ethan Kennan from Thurman Francis Arts Academy spelled the winning word cavalier.  Four spellers from the previous round were then asked to compete for runner up which went for several more rounds ending with Alyssa Perez of Cason Lane Academy spelling abominate to become the 1st runner-up.

Other challenging words included prognosticate, carcinogen, plagiarism, and laureate.  Lead Judge, Diane Mackey, said “I wish we had awards for the top five (spellers) because there were so many great spellers this year!”.  Completing our attentive judging team were Janie Becker, Read To Succeed Executive Board Member, and Suzy Willis, Murfreesboro City Schools – Retired.  Martha Touchton, St. Mark’s Minister of Education, demonstrated practiced articulation as pronouncer.  

Winner, Ethan Kennan, was awarded the 2017 Read To Bee trophy along with a $125 cash prize from Franklin Synergy Bank.  Runner-up, Alyssa Perez, received a $75 cash prize from Franklin Synergy, and both students received tickets provided by Murfreesboro Parks and Rec for Junie B. Jones the Musical at the Patterson Park Theater in May.