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Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger III
The Middle Tennessee Medical Center Foundation has announced “Miracle on the Hudson” hero, Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III, as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Rutherford Society Gala on Jan. 12, 2013, at Embassy Suites.

Sullenberger has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. After logging more than 20,000 hours of flight time, Sullenberger became internationally renowned on Jan. 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s Hudson River.

Sullenberger and his crew received international acclaim for their actions that day, including the passage of a congressional resolution recognizing their bravery. Sullenberger was ranked second in TIME magazine’s  “Top 100 Most Influential Heroes and Icons of 2009” and was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

“Captain Sully is a true American hero and consummate leader,” Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of MTMC, said in a press release. “We are excited to hear about his experience and how we can apply some of the lessons he learned to our work here at the hospital.”

The Rutherford Society Gala is an annual event held to recognize donors of $1,000 or more to the MTMC Foundation. This black tie event features nationally known speakers, which have previously included former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and Good Morning America Co-Host, Robyn Roberts.

The 2013 Rutherford Society co-chairs are Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche and Ted LaRoche.

“They have given so much of themselves to MTMC and to the medical and healthcare professions. We are deeply honored to have their support,” said Anne Davis, MTMC Foundation director.

For more information on the MTMC Foundation or to join the Rutherford Society, contact Lindsey Fournier at 615-396-4996.

Dow Smith Company on the move

In coordination with its 20th anniversary, Smyrna-based Dow Smith Company Inc. announced it will move to a new location.

The company is selling its current 1.5-acre space at 51 N. Lowry St. in Smyrna after calling it home for eight years.

“Our office space here was originally somebody’s home, and the room layout just isn’t conducive to the type of collaborative work we do every day,” explained Dow Smith, president and owner. “And, of course, today’s technology allows us to be spread out, but still in constant communication with each other, our work teams and our clients. We’ve come to realize that many times, a large office space is more of a burden than a help.”

Smith said the management staff is out on the road every day, going from construction project to construction project as they manage the new building, renovation and addition work company crews and sub-contractors perform for Middle Tennessee commercial businesses and churches.  

“At our new location, we will have a spacious conference room for staff and outside meetings, as well as offices that are closer to each other,” Smith said.  “Moving to more efficient office space is just one more step in our continuous preparation to be an even better design-build partner with our clients.”

Learn about starting a business

MTSU’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on “Starting your own Business” from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro.  

The purpose of this seminar is to provide individuals interested in starting a business a broad overview of the many things they will be confronted with in doing so. It will introduce attendees to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the services available, and how it can assist in the development of their business venture. Sources for information gathering, research and databases available are also discussed.  

This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business.

There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar.  

Reservations are required and available on-line at tsbdc.org or by calling 615-898-2745.  Please arrive and sign in 10 minutes prior to the startup of the seminar.  Accommodations are available for the handicapped.

Alive Hospice offers grief support during the holidays

The holiday season can be a very difficult time for people who have lost loved ones. Alive Hospice is offering a special gift to the community that can help.

Alive Hospice’s Grief During the Holidays seminar will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at First Presbyterian Church, located at 210 N. Spring St. in Murfreesboro.

There is no cost for attending, but registration is required due to limited space. Reservations may be made online at www.alivegriefsupportservices.eventbrite.org or by calling 615-907-1677.

This free seminar will provide an overview of the grieving process, tips and strategies for coping with grief during the holiday season, and a time of remembrance.

“One of the things most people experience when they’re grieving is the feeling of isolation,” said Alive Hospice’s Murfreesboro grief counselor, Pam Quaintance. “Walking into a room full of other people who are also grieving helps to take that feeling away.”

Alive Grief Support Services, the bereavement support program of Alive Hospice, also offers individual grief counseling and support groups throughout the year at Alive Hospice’s Murfreesboro office on Medical Center Parkway. Anyone can take advantage of these services, regardless of whether a loved one was served by Alive Hospice.

For more information about Alive Grief Support Services, call 615-907-1677 or visit www.alivehospice.org.
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