July 2017 Around Town 4

Attorney Chris Johnson Joins 
Heritage Law Group PLLC

Heritage Law Group PLLC is proud to announce the addition of attorney Chris Johnson.

He brings years of legal and military experience to the team and is dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

“I started Heritage Law Group in order to serve others,” owner Jake Mason says. “No one understands service to others more than veterans like Chris Johnson. His legal background as a judge advocate in the Marines and his dedication to serving others makes him a perfect fit at Heritage Law Group.”

Christopher “Chris” Johnson was born in Detroit and graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Upon being commissioned as a second lieutenant, he graduated from The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, on the Commanding General’s Honor Roll and then graduated from the Infantry Officer Course. After completing his first tour of duty serving as a platoon commander, company executive officer and company commander with two deployments, he was one of eight selectees to the Marine Corps Law Education Program. Johnson chose the College of William and Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, Virginia, and was selected for the Funded Law Education Program.

Upon receipt of his J.D. and after passing the Virginia Bar, he attended Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. After redesignation as a judge advocate, Johnson served as both defense counsel and senior defense counsel for Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; head prosecutor for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; chief legal assistance officer at Parris Island; and executive officer of 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island.

Johnson also served on the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing commanding general’s staff as deputy staff judge advocate and as officer in charge of the Legal Service Support Team at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was deputy chief advisor for the Afghan National Army/Ministry of Defense Legal Advisor Team for one year at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Johnson retired from the Marine Corps as a major and relocated to Nashville. He is an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and lives in Gallatin, Tennessee, with his son.

Heritage Law Group Holds First 
Elder Law Expo & Workshop

Heritage Law Group’s first Elder Law Expo & Workshop on May 11, at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, drew more than 100 attendees from Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

“This event will be the first of many in Middle Tennessee, to help the community better understand the needs of the aging population,” Jake Mason, owner of Heritage Law Group says.

In celebration of National Elder Law Month, attendees came out to enjoy educational workshops presented by local medical and legal professionals. Attendees were also able to meet more than 25 local aging-focused vendors and enjoy complimentary meals, health screenings and door prizes.

Event sponsors were Sumner Medical Group/Saint Thomas Medical Partners, Vista Points Special Needs Trusts, NHC Hendersonville, Senior Citizens Center of Hendersonville, The Hearth at Hendersonville, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Preferred Care at Home of North Davidson and Sumner Counties, Grace Manor Assisted Living, Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, Edward Jones, Park Place Retirement Community, Middle Tennessee Audiology, Crestview Sumner and Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Homes, Home Instead Senior Care, WeCare LLC, Alive Hospice, Mental Health of America, Caris Healthcare, NHC HomeCare, CarePatrol of Middle Tennessee, Guardian Medical Monitoring, HoneyCo Homes, Everything But The House, Hickory Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Health Markets, Alzheimer’s Association of Middle Tennessee and Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee.

Strive to Drive Giveaway 
at Bob Frensley

On May 23, Bob Frensley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat held their first Strive to Drive new vehicle giveaway. Jennifer Frensley Webb, owner of the dealership, welcomed students and parents to the event and invited country music star Easton Corbin to draw for the prizes.

Congratulations to grand prize winner Austin White from Gallatin High School. He won a brand-new 2016 Jeep Renegade and insurance on the vehicle for the first year courtesy of Vandenbergh Insurance Agency in Gallatin.

Frensley Webb says Strive to Drive is an academic initiative that encourages good grades and attendance for high school seniors. The annual event awards a free car to one senior high school student with all fees paid plus insurance for one year! Students are automatically entered in the drawing for obtaining As and Bs or perfect attendance on any nine-week report card as identified by the school board policy. There was an additional $5,000 in prizes. Students had to attend the event to claim any prizes.

Frensley Webb appreciated all those who attended this year’s event, but was a little disappointed with the lack of schools participating; only Beech and Gallatin high schools were involved.

Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat will send out invites soon for the 2018 vehicle giveaway and look forward to more schools participating as they want to encourage and invest in the next generation of the community.

Vol State Growing Research with a Student Pipeline

The numbers are stunning. There will be a need for 1 million more science, technology, engineering and math professionals than the United States will produce in the next few years. There has been a 17 percent increase in job growth for STEM fields, according to a report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The question is: how do we produce more science professionals?

Volunteer State Community College is teaming up with area high schools to grow a science research pipeline for students. Lebanon High School students gathered recently at Vol State to show off their laboratory skills. The partnership between the college and high school has big goals.

“The idea is to give students the ability to walk into a laboratory and know what they are doing,” Phil Clifford, dean of the Mathematics and Science Division, says. “That’s going to put them head and shoulders above other students in school.”

“These students will start their college career with a huge leg up,” Lebanon High School teacher Melissa Bunch says. “They’re doing molecular biology in my lab right now.”

Lebanon High School is now offering dual credit courses in key research areas. The classes are taught at the college level and provide both high school and college credit. Lebanon is also leading the way as the first high school in the state to have biotechnology program.

“The pathway from high school to community college to university is a big selling point,” Bunch says.

That pipeline starts with science research and lab work in high school and continues with undergraduate research at Vol State.

“We’re trying to grow our undergraduate research program by finding the right students,” Joe Dolan, assistant professor of biology, says. “If we can reach into the high schools and find students, it will help us identify them for our undergraduate research at Vol State.”