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Heart of Tennessee Heroes Breakfast

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Please join us for the annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at The Grove at Williamson Place (3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37129). This year’s event will honor John Hood. Dave Sanderson will be our keynote speaker.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Kimberly Lopez at 615-893-4272 x 103 or

John Hood


John Hood

John D. Hood was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to Emil and Christine Hood. He attended Crichlow Elementary, Central High School, and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1954 with an undergraduate degree in social science. While attending MTSU, John worked at a local radio station, WGNS, as a staff announcer. After receiving his undergraduate degree, John spent two years in the army. After leaving the military, John returned to the area to work as the news and program director for WMTS radio.John also worked for ten years at MTSU as the director of development and then as an assistant to the president. While working at MTSU, John graduated with a master’s degree in education. After leaving MTSU in 1976, John worked in the banking industry for the next twenty years. In 1996, John was elected as a state representative for the 48th district for twelve years. In 2008, he returned to MTSU where he is currently the director of government & community affairs.

John has served in our community as a past president of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, a past member and chairman of the Murfreesboro City School Board, a past president of the TN School Boards Association, a former member of the Rutherford County Quarterly Court (Now Commission), a former member and treasurer of the Rutherford County Emergency Communications District, and a former member and chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Board. Since 1951, he also served as a charter member of the Exchange Club of Murfreesboro where he served as president at the club, district and national level. John also served as a past president for the National Exchange Club Foundation for Prevention of Child Abuse.

John has been honored for his service to the community over the years. In 2010, he was inducted into the Court of Honor at the National Headquarters. In 2012, he received the Murfreesboro City Schools Foundation Excellence in Education award. John was named the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Business Legend of the Year for 2013. Recently, in 2016, he was inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.

John and his wife, Marilyn, were married over 60 years and have three children, four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Keynote Speaker - Dave Sanderson

Keynote Speaker

Dave Sanderson

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Sanderson thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing.

That experience profoundly changed his life and today he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives. #MomentsMatter

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Heart of Tennessee Heroes
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