December 2016 Around Town 2



Rock Castle State Historic Site’s 2016 gala was held on October 24th, 2016. It was a successful event for the historic landmark with more than 140 guests in attendance. The 1920’s themed gala, Puttin’ On The Ritz as it was called, featured a variety of drinks, served dinner, had a live band, and put on a silent auction for everyone to enjoy. It is the site’s largest yearly fundraiser. The funds raised go toward preserving the historic site as well as providing educational tools to the city, county, and state. Funds raised also support the public programming goals for the site as a cultural community center. Funds are necessary to keep the Rock Castle State Historic Site a great attraction to visitors from all over. If you would like more information about Rock Castle State Historic Site, please contact Jennifer Flanagan, CEO at 615.824.0502 or email at

New Podiatrist Joins the TriStar Hendersonville Team

Elizabeth Wakefield, DPM, podiatrist, has joined the team at TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. She attended Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Kent, OH where she received her medical degree. She went on to receive her podiatric and surgical residency from Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. Regina Bartlett, chief executive officer at TriStar Hendersonville, said they are very excited to have Dr. Wakefield join their team, and her experience in diabetic foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery will be a great addition. Dr. Wakefield is now accepting new patients at Nashville Podiatry, located at 353 New Shackle Island Road, Suite 203A in Hendersonville, and 336 Sumner Hall Drive in Gallatin. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call TriStar MedLine® at 615.342.1919.

Environmental Changes Happening at Volunteer State Community College

Volunteer State Community College is implementing environmental changes one at a time. Solar panels connected to the Wood Campus Center are the most recent addition. The Vol State Sustainability Committee led this great effort. The request for additional hydration systems was approved for other campuses and for Gallatin campus buildings that don’t have one yet. This encourages the use of refillable water bottles, which hopefully will make a positive impact on the amount of plastic water bottles being used. It is estimated that 40 million plastic water bottles are added to landfills every day. LED lighting was added in the Fox building on the Gallatin campus and Springfield, at the Highland Crest campus. Another great part of this project is the addition of vehicle charging stations near the Thigpen Library. There are now two power cords available for recharging electric cars. In the future, the committee also hopes to add solar umbrellas that would allow students to charge their phones and laptops while outside.