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Thistle Farms products will be available to local residents through a retail partnership with Murfreesboro-based Body Wise Nutrition Center and Marketplace, the companies announced.

“Both organizations are united in our belief that products that are healthy and healing for our bodies are good for our communities and for the earth,” Thistle Farms founder Becca Stevens. “We are grateful to be carried by a store that is committed to a holistic approach to health and healing.”

A social enterprise for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets, Thistle Farms offers handmade natural body care and home products that are carried by more than 200 retail outlets across the country.

Body Wise Nutrition Center, located in Jackson Heights shopping plaza on Northwest Broad Street, delivers a natural based approach to nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and weight loss products, according to a news release.

Body Wise caters to adults and children trying to stay healthy while specializing in Nutritional Counseling, Diabetes Education Classes, Foot Reflexology, Zumba Classes, and Natural and Organic foods.

For two years Thistle Farms residential program, Magdalene, provides housing, food, medical and dental expenses, therapy, education and job training for residents – all without ever charging the women or taking government funding.


Holdrite celebrated the grand opening of its La Vergne location last week – a move that will bring 35 new jobs to the city within the next five years.

The company manufactures pipe support and alignment bracket systems. Holdrite expanded from one building in California to three new facilities throughout the country, including the La Vergne location, a news release announced.

“The new locations will allow the business to better leverage the HOLDRITE brand while helping us to continue to provide superior service,” said Michelle Hubbard, founder and owner of the manufacturing company.

She added that the expansion will increase the business square footage by 20 percent.

For additional information about Holdrite or job opportunities, visit www.holdrite.com or call customer support at 800-321-0316.


Tennessee Oncology continues to make significant investments in the Murfreesboro community as the center relocated from its North Highland Avenue location into a new space devoted solely to PET and CT scans earlier this week.

The new center, located in the Seton Building on MTMC’s new campus, boasts additional space to accommodate private relaxation rooms for patients prior to scans and innovative technology, including a new 16-slice PET/CT scanner capable of delivering the most detailed, reliable scans available in the area.

“Our focus has long been to provide convenient locations and comforting spaces that enhance our patients’ treatment experiences, allowing them to focus on what matters most – staying positive and getting healthy,” said Jeff Patton, M.D., Tennessee Oncology CEO.

Additionally, the center’s new GE Discovery ST scanner, which carries a price tag of more than $1 million, produces smooth images of body shape to show a contrast of the anatomy against a radioactive isotope.

A 16-slice capability produces enhanced detail and resolution, allowing radiologists to detect small abnormalities that previously would not have been visible, according to a news release. The function is especially helpful in determining whether a foreign mass is active, growing or multiplying.

Contact Melinda Hudgins at 869-0820.
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