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Middle Tennessee State University has announced Greg Gonzales, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, as one of the featured speakers for its 20th annual Economic Outlook Conference.

The half-day conference will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., according to a press release.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. with the conference to kickoff at 9 a.m. The cost is $50, and registration can be accessed at mtsu.edu/econconference.

This year’s speakers “will provide valuable insight into questions pertinent to today’s economic issues,” according to the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

Organizers say bankers, business owners and managers, community officials and leaders, business people, business and economics faculty members, students, and those interested in the future economic growth of this region will be particularly interested in attending the conference.

Gonzales began serving as commissioner in 2005 and was reappointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to lead the department charged with overseeing state-chartered financial institutions and responding to complaints involving those entities. Gonzales has served in the department since 1986.

Also making presentations at the conference will be David Penn, director of the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center, who will share statistics and insights about the Midstate and regional economy; and Donald Ratajczak, nationally known economist and regent’s professor of economics emeritus at Georgia State University.

Also, MTSU alumnus J.B. Baker, owner of Sprint Logistics and chairman of the board for Volunteer Express Inc. and Associated Companies, will be presented the Jennings A. Jones Champion of Free Enterprise Award.

The Jennings A. Jones Chair of Excellence in Free Enterprise, the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center, and the Weatherford Chair of Finance will cosponsor the event.

Think about it at MTMC

Middle Tennessee Medical Center and the Saint Thomas Health Neuroscience Institute has rescheduled the Sept. 20 "Think About It" educational session for Wednesday, Sept. 19, from noon-1p.m. in the same location.

 “MTMC and Saint Thomas Health are dedicated to the treatment and prevention of neurological disorders and offering compassionate, individualized care and the most advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment of stroke, brain and spine tumors, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, sleep disorders, seizures or epilepsy and headaches,” a hospital press release states. “Prevention of these neurological diseases and issues includes knowledge and noticing early warning signs.”

The Think About It series is presented by MTMC and Saint Thomas Health neuroscience physicians and professionals, who will also be available for questions. A light lunch will be provided.

Kroger offering drive-thru flu shots

To kick-off flu shot season, Kroger Pharmacy is offering Drive Thru Flu Shots at its 463 Sam Ridley Parkway Kroger in Smyrna from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. 

Customers will be able to receive their flu shots without ever having to leave their vehicles.

“This is the second year we have held a Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic,” Melissa Eads, community affairs manager for Kroger, said. “We have a team of certified Kroger pharmacists who will lead this effort at the Smyrna store, and we hope a lot of customers will come by and see us throughout the day.”

Flu Shots are $25 and most insurance plans are accepted. All Kroger Pharmacies and The Little Clinic locations are now offering the Flu vaccine. No appointments are necessary, and all flu shots are administered by certified Kroger pharmacists or The Little Clinic nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The Kroger Family of Pharmacies accepts most insurance plans including Medicare.  

The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for all people age 6 months and older. The 2012 seasonal flu vaccine has been developed to protect against three flu strains: H1N1 and two new strains, H3N2 and a B strain.

“Our trained pharmacists are available seven days a week to provide flu shots as well as health and wellness information to help our customers stay healthy this flu season,” said Lincoln Lutz, vice president of pharmacy for Kroger.  

“Kroger’s Family of Stores offers a variety of options to our customers including a customized Workplace Flu program to help companies provide for their employees.”

For additional questions on seasonal flu vaccines, please visit your local Kroger pharmacy or The Little Clinic location. The Little Clinic locations can be found at thelittleclinic.com.

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