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Murfreesboro residents will soon have a fresh, healthy dining option with the opening of Pita Pit.

The customizable pita restaurant will open its doors behind Starbucks on South Rutherford Boulevard in about a month, according to marketing director Melissa Haynes.

“Our motto is ‘Fresh Thinking. Healthy Eating,’ and that’s exactly what you’ll get. Meats grilled right in front of you, nearly 20 fresh veggie toppings and a variety of cheeses and sauces will allow you to customize your pita to perfection,” she says.

Pita Pit currently has one location in downtown Nashville, but plans to open one near Vanderbilt next year.

Haynes noted the Murfreesboro restaurant will have a lower price point than the Nashville location. Search Pita Pit Nashville on Facebook for more information.

Nashville Zoo partners with Kroger

Nashville Zoo and Kroger have announced they are teaming up for Safari Fridays, a special promotion that gives Kroger Plus Card members one free Zoo admission with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket each Friday during July and August.

Kroger Safari Fridays celebrates several new animals on exhibit this summer, including a baby Masai giraffe, five clouded leopard cubs and red ruffed lemurs.

Kroger Plus Card holders can present their card and any Kroger receipt at Nashville Zoo’s ticket booth to receive the “buy one, get one” deal.

The offer is valid only on Fridays in July and August and cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Kroger Plus Card holders are permitted one “buy one, get one” deal per Friday.

For more information, visit nashvillezoo.org.

Scam targets rural utilities

A widespread scam that claims to pay utility bills has made its way to Tennessee, Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association announced last week.

Two of Tennessee’s rural electric cooperatives reported incidents involving the scam on Monday, July 9. Tennessee’s rural electric cooperatives are warning members to be aware of a bill-paying scam that asks them to disclose Social Security and bank routing numbers.

Scammers claim electric consumers can have their utility bills paid under a federal government program.

No such program exists, the association confirmed.

The solicitations have been made door-to-door, online and by phone. Members are asked for personal information and then given fake bank account numbers to use for making a payment on their utility bill.

Members are urged to alert police if they’re contacted about the scam.

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association is a trade group representing the interests of Tennessee’s 23 electric distribution cooperatives and the 1.1 million members they serve.

Goodwill holds job fair

Thousands of people are struggling to find work these days, but some good news is on its way.

Goodwill Career Solutions in Murfreesboro will host a job fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20, at 710 Memorial Blvd. for Express Employment Professionals. The staffing agency is looking to hire about 40 people for openings including distribution, manufacturing and warehousing positions.

A representative from the company will be on site and interviews are possible, so job seekers are asked to dress for success. Job candidates are also encouraged to bring resumes, photo ID, Social Security card or birth certificate.

MTMC recognized by Red Cross

Middle Tennessee Medical Center has been recognized as a gold level status partner in the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region’s Champions for Life campaign, the Murfreesboro hospital announced.

“The mission of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services is to provide the American people with the safest, most reliable, cost-effective blood possible through voluntary donations,” a press release stated. “MTMC, a member of Saint Thomas Health, has been a valued partner in accomplishing this mission.”

MTMC staff and public blood drive donors within the past year collected 93 pints of blood during five blood drives. Each pint of blood has the potential to reach up to three people, meaning almost 279 patients may have benefited from these efforts.

The Champions for Life initiative benefits the Red Cross in two ways: by increasing blood donations at hospital-sponsored blood drives and recognizing hospital sponsors and blood donors for their generous efforts.

To meet its top priority of providing safe, reliable blood products to patients in need, the Red Cross depends on partnerships with area hospitals like MTMC.

To honor the hospital and Champion Donors, donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region, Daniel Stockton and director of donor resources for the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region, Garry Allison recently presented MTMC education manager, Mary Lee Barnes and training coordinator, Sherry Davidson with a plaque at The Meeting Room at MTMC.

For more information on how to donate blood, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment.
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