People and Places


Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital welcomes Dr. Steven Filardo, M.D., a cardiologist specializing in interventional cardiology, to the Saint Thomas Heart team. Saint Thomas Health is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

Dr. Filardo’s specialty procedures include cardiac cathertization and stent implantation.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Filardo to the Saint Thomas Heart team in Murfreesboro,” said Gordon Ferguson, CEO of Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital. “We look forward to adding his expertise to our team as we continue to grow the cardiovascular services offered to those we serve in Rutherford County and the surrounding communities.”

Previously, Dr. Filardo began a door-to-balloon program, which measures a patient’s time during a specific cardiac event known as STEMI. For this program, Dr. Filardo and his team were awarded the Bronze Medal from the American Heart Association.

Dr. Filardo earned his B.S. and Masters in Public Health, both from UCLA, and his Medical Doctorate at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland. He served as a flight surgeon and later as an active duty Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology training at Stanford University.

 Dr. Filardo previously served patients as a cardiologist in Ohio, Indiana, and most recently in Kentucky at Baptist Health Corbin, where he served as Medical Director at the Interventional Cardiologist and Chest Pain Center.

When Dr. Filardo is not working at Saint Thomas Heart – Rutherford, he enjoys working on antique cars.

PCA Students Record Song Benefiting Baylor Bramble

Five PCA 7th grade students recently recorded a song to benefit Baylor Bramble.  The song titled ‘I Do Too’ was written by PCA parent and songwriter Tim James and was recorded in a studio in Murfreesboro.  All proceeds from the sale of the song will go to the Bramble family.
 Baylor Bramble attended PCA for several years and his mother, Christy, served on the PCA faculty.  Two of the students who recorded the song had Christy as a Kindergarten teacher and they wanted to do something to support her family.

The student group, called the Treblemakerz, first played ‘I Do Too’ at a benefit for Baylor at Siegel High School.  The group is made up of: Sadie Morgan (vocal and keyboard), Carter Parker (bass guitar), Margaret Ann Keach (vocal and guitar), Joshua Hearns (drums), and Paxton Rigdon (vocal and guitar).

“At PCA, we encourage our students to find opportunities to serve those in our community,” states Dr. Bill Mott, PCA Headmaster.  “We believe that serving our community in the name of Christ is an integral part of accomplishing the mission of our school.  Our prayers continue to be with the Bramble family.”

MTSU College of Liberal Arts Celebrates Accomplishments

There are always many awards, grants, faculty book publications, and academic accomplishments to celebrate at MTSU’s College of Liberal Arts.  The Spring 2018 special event, held at the end of January, brought alumni, donors, and College faculty and staff together to celebrate the achievements of 20 colleagues. The Spring Celebration was catered by Peter D’s, owned by College of Liberal Arts graduates, Peter and Kristin Demos, and Tennessee Brew Works of Nashville also provided special refreshments.  

More than 2,500 students major in fields housed in the eleven academic departments of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts, with disciplines encompassing the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. In addition, much of the university’s General Education program is located within the college, so virtually every MTSU student takes Liberal Arts classes to complete their degree.  The College of Liberal Arts also is home to the Albert Gore Research Center, the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE), the Governor’s School for the Arts, the Center for Historic Preservation, and the University Writing Center.

OP Jenkins Offers More than Furniture and Decor  

O.P. Jenkins is a 4th generation, family owned, Tennessee business celebrating 110 years in high quality furniture and design.  The Franklin location opened in May 2016 under the direction of Lead Designer, Jessica Wilkerson, with goal of making quality design and custom furniture under one roof accessible to all of middle TN. Jessica has been designing for OP Jenkins since 2010 and has completed projects across Middle and East TN ranging from 500 sq ft condos to 15,000 sq ft homes. “We are so proud of the design experience we can offer every single client walking through our doors” Jessica says, “our team of skilled designers can help as much or as little as you need. We believe that designing any space in your home should be an exciting and simple process. We have the talent and resources to ensure that happens for our clients.”
O.P. Jenkins is located at 1556 West McEwen Drive in Franklin. Stop in to see the difference or call Jessica at 615-628-8034 to discuss the customizable design services that O.P. Jenkins can offer you.

MMC Announces Date for Bald in the Boro

Bald in the Boro is a community wide tradition that involves buzzing bald heads in exchange for donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.

Brittany, team member of the Radiology department at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, holds this cause close to her heart. Her son, Colt, was diagnosed in October of 2016, with a rare form of childhood cancer of the retina, called Retinoblastoma. “We were told that Colt would need chemotherapy to shrink the tumors, and it needed to be started immediately due to the size,” Brittany shares.

The family bravely supported their small son through six rounds of chemotherapy and six tumors. It is difficult to imagine the freedom and joy experienced when the family received news that Colt did not need any more chemotherapy treatments!

Colt’s story of remission is one of many thanks to the technology and research that have been conducted. The St. Baldrick Foundation wants to continue to offer this beacon of hope to families who are presented with the unwanted and daunting diagnosis of childhood cancer.
Bald in the Boro is a family-fun event, encouraging the community to have fun for a cause that desperately matters. People of all ages are welcomed to ‘brave the shave,’ or simply donate and enjoy the joyous atmosphere of the evening.

To participate or learn more about the event, visit or join the cause on Friday, March 16th at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles.

BEP Mini-Masters Indoor Golf Tournament to be Held at Chamber

The Business Education Partnership Foundation will host the BEP Mini Masters Indoor Mini Golf Tournament from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

 According to BEP Executive Director Amelia Bozeman, the BEP Mini Masters event will provide a tongue-in-cheek take on the actual Masters Tournament with not-so-subtle Caddyshack overtones.  “We are excited to announce the 2018 BEP Mini Masters, and we are thankful to partner with Bridgestone and the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund once again for this fun event, which will benefit BEP’s programs supporting public K-12 education throughout Murfreesboro and Rutherford County,” she said.

Shelly Morton, Community Relations Coordinator at Bridgestone’s La Vergne facility, said, “We are proud to partner with the BEP and be a sponsor of the Mini Masters tournament.  Education is one of the three major focus points of the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.  We look forward to being a part of this event which will support the BEP programs in Rutherford County.”

BEP advisory board member and Mini Masters event chair Tara Stone is an enthusiastic supporter of the organization.  “The Business Education Partnership Foundation plays an important role in our children’s education.  BEP enriches both the Murfreesboro City and the Rutherford County School Systems through programs that connect academics to the real world and help prepare students for their future careers.  The BEP Mini Masters is a fun opportunity to support the organization that benefits students throughout our county,” she said.

In addition to 18 holes of putt-putt fun on three floors of the Chamber building, the BEP Mini Masters will feature Masters-themed food, fine craft beer from beverage sponsor Steel Barrel Brewing, prize drawings, trophies for winners, and a seventies costume contest.

A variety of participation levels are available, including team registrations ($200 per foursome),  golf hole sponsorships ($300) are available.  “Gallery” tickets are available for $25 each; gallery ticket holders will be treated to food and drinks as they watch the competition.
 Proceeds from the Mini Masters will benefit BEP’s programs that support students, teachers, counselors, and principals in the Murfreesboro City and Rutherford County School Systems. To register a team or a hole sponsorship, visit, contact Jake Petty at (615) 278-2012, or via

United Way to Offer Volunteer Management Certificate Program for Community Agencies Presented by Experience Community Church

Through a partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is offering a Volunteer Management Certificate Program designed for any community or nonprofit professional who currently supervises volunteers. The program is presented by Experience Community Church.

This Certificate Program is designed for those who work with volunteers or for an agency considering adding a new volunteer program to its organization. Participation in the Volunteer Management Certificate Program will include five half-day sessions on the topics of volunteer management, retention best practices, technology trends and more. After completing the courses, participants will receive accreditation from the Center for Nonprofit Management.
“We are thrilled to join with Experience Community Church to bring a new program to the Rutherford County community”, said McKenna Soloway, Director of Volunteer and Strategic Engagement for United Way. “The Volunteer Management Certificate Program will allow community service professionals to get accredited in a volunteer management certification, enhance their professional skills and increase their continuing education.”

The program will be hosted at Experience Community Church and is $99 per participant. Registration is available at

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center Welcomes Board-Certified Vascular Surgeon to Medical Staff
TriStar Medical Center would like to welcome Todd Wilkens, M.D., specializing in vascular surgery, to its medical staff. Dr. Wilkens has joined The Surgical Clinic, PLLC in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Dr. Wilkens received his medical degree in general surgery from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in Loma Linda, California. He accomplished his general surgery residency at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Wilkens achieved his fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Loma Linda University School in Loma Linda, California.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Todd Wilkens to our medical staff,” said Lou Caputo, CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. “Dr. Wilkens brings with him a wealth of knowledge and surgical expertise in diagnosing, managing and caring for patients with conditions affecting the vascular system.”

Dr. Wilkens specializes in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Carotid Stenosisand Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). He is now seeing patients at his office at 300 StoneCrest Medical Center, Suite 360, Smyrna, TN. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 615-223-9935.

Mitchell-Neilson Achieves Lighthouse Status

Mitchell-Neilson School has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

Robin Newell, principal of Mitchell-Neilson said, “We are honored to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.  We have seen amazing results from implementing Leader in Me at our school. It’s even more impressive when you find out that only about 10% of schools receive this designation from Franklin Covey.”

Mitchell-Neilson is a pre-k through sixth grade elementary school with 748 students currently enrolled.  Mitchell-Neilson has two campuses and houses the Little Sprouts daycare program for MCS employees.  The Leader in Me was introduced at Mitchell-Neilson at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

Sean Covey, Education Practice Leader, Franklin Covey, said, “We are thrilled to recognize Mitchell-Neilson as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to The Leader in Me. We are so pleased to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness. The Leader in Me is not an event and it’s not a curriculum.  It is an integrated approach to leadership development that will help the school fulfill its mission to help students develop the knowledge, skills and character necessary to achieve their highest potential and to be productive members of an ever-changing society.

“Leader in Me emphasizes the whole child in the most positive way. It opens the teachers and the students to a new level of possibilities.  Plus, it has its own vocabulary of success,” says Newell.

Becoming a Lighthouse School is a recognition schools earn because they have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me with fidelity. Only around 300 schools have achieved this prestigious milestone worldwide.

House Dedication for $500,000 THDA grant

Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee is directing $31,000 in state grant funding to Rutherford County Area Habitat (RCHFH) for to build two new homes in Rutherford County Tennessee.
The funding comes as part of a half-million dollar grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. RCHFH and its sister organizations throughout the state will apply the grant toward the construction of 30 new homes for low-income families.

“We are extremely grateful for THDA’s partnership and consistent support,” said Colleen Dudley, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee, “This THDA grant provides us with a solid foundation to jumpstart our larger fundraising efforts, which will reach $2.8 million from individuals, churches, foundations and businesses to complete these builds.”

Local Habitat chapters could apply for $15,500 per build in THDA funding from the grant. When construction is complete in June 2018, more than 100 adults and children will be living in the 30 high-quality, energy-efficient homes built in part from this funding.

RCHFH has applied $15,500 of the grant to the Schneider Electric Build for The Russell family at 503 Highland Ave., Murfreesboro, which was built in the summer and dedicated in September 2017. The second $15,500 is applied to the most recent Habitat build, for the Smith family at 415 Highland Ave., Murfreesboro. The House Dedication and Ribbon Cutting will be on February 22 at 4 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

“We share Habitat’s mission and its passion for creating new homeownership opportunities to Tennessee families, so it’s a very natural partnership,” said THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey. “We’re always confident that Habitat is going to put our funding to good use, and I’m sure more than a few THDA staffers will be among the volunteers at build sites across the state.”

Funding for the $500,000 THDA grant came from the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund (THTF), which receives no state tax dollars but is instead funded by revenue from THDA’s mortgage loan program. Since 2006, THDA has provided more than $75 million in THTF grants. For more information, visit