The Murfreesboro Rotary Club made a $5,000 donation to the Southeast Young Adult Book Festival at MTSU, also known as SEYA.

Stewart Creek High School Librarian Barbara Collie, who is also a SEYA organizer, accepted the check . . .

The Southeast Young Adult Book Festival will be held March 8-10, 2018 at Middle Tennessee State University. The primary goal of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival is to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors, thereby advancing education in the community. For more information, visit their website:

Art draws businesses and people to a community. Tennessee Arts Commission Executive Director Ann Pope said art is often the ingredient that sways corporations to locate in one city rather than in another.





She shared a Tennessee example to prove that statement . . .

She told the Murfreesboro Rotary Club that communities excel when they encourage the performing arts, along with public art and galleries.

Pope surprised everyone by giving the annual figures from local art non-profits and to what is generated by a series of major events . . .

It didn’t just happen by accident. In fact, the Tennessee Arts Commission has given $675-thousand in grants to Rutherford County art non-profits over the past 5-years.

For more about the Tennessee Arts Commission, visit their website:

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, January 17, 2018

Metro Transit Authority’s Director of Community and Legislative Relations Eric Beyer told the Murfreesboro Rotary Club that new state legislation may help Rutherford County solve its mass transportation problems.

He was refering to the IMPROVE ACT that was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. It increased the gas tax statewide and allows cities and counties with a population of 100,000 or more to hold their own referendums. Both Murfreesboro and Rutherford County qualify. The referendum could impose a capped surchage on taxes already collectd to be dedicated to transit projects.

Beyer told NewsRadio WGNS how this new law could help us locally…

Saturday, December 9, 2017, Middle Tennessee Christian School

Wow – what a festive and fun time had by all at the annual Hotcakes and Holly Pancake Breakfast!

Many thanks to the volunteers, Oakland High School Interact and Middle Tennessee Christian School.