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.