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Excellence in Education

Story and photography by Joyce Taylor

When guests entered the spacious ballroom of the MTSU Student Union, they were transported into a winter wonderland created by Liz McPhee and committee. The late Doug Young was the honoree; wife Susan, children Andrew, Matthew and Julie, along with their children were presented to the large audience. Doug’s longtime friend Bart Gordon spoke of Doug’s love for Murfreesboro, prompting Doug’s public service for many years.

The featured school was Overall Creek, represented by Principal Don Bartch and Assistant Principal Raeshon Torres. The featured speaker for the event was Dacari Middlebrooks, a creative orator with a heart for education and family advocacy.

In 2005, civic and business leaders banded together to form The City Schools Foundation to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-k through sixth grade students. To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $800,000 in parity funds and grants to teachers to enhance science, math and other programs. For more information, visit

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