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Healthways welcomed 10 cutting-edge companies from the well-being technology and health-innovation sector to its Franklin headquarters on May 19 for the Healthways Innovation Living Lab (HILL) Pitch Fest ‘16. Each organization made a four-minute business pitch to a panel of judges, competing for a $5,000 prize and an opportunity to introduce their idea to Healthways and other industry leaders. Rimidi Health of Atlanta received the top score with their Diabetes+Me™ solution, a cloud-based enterprise platform for diabetes management.

The HILL is dedicated to creating new solutions for improving population health and wellbeing through the use of human-centered design principles and Healthways’ 1.6 terabytes of data on consumers’ health outcomes and wellbeing.

“It’s very exciting to meet entrepreneurs focused on healthcare transformation, and hear their fresh perspective and innovative ideas for overcoming the challenges that face the healthcare consumer of today,” said Shawn Nason, Chief Operating Officer of Population Health and The HILL.

Franklin-based Healthways is the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Learn more at


The spring semester concluded with some high-profile exposure for students at O’More College of Design.

Senior Stephanie Caporella received the Distinguished Designer Award and junior Sara Hinkle received the Design Achievement Award at the college’s 18th Annual Fashion Show on May 12. Caporella and Hinkle were recognized for displaying exceptional talent in the creation of their respective collections that were showcased along with those of 16 other students.

Prizes included a one-year professional membership to the Nashville Fashion Alliance; technical and design services from Omega Apparel, Inc.; a fabric package sponsored by Olah, Inc.; a top-of-the-line Singer sewing and embroidery machine; and a dress form from PGM.

Merit Scholarships were awarded to Peach Malone, Basis Draping; Natasha Andrews, Illustration Portfolio; and Natalie Childress, Merchandising Merit.

More than 500 people attended the show that was staged inside a hangar and against a backdrop of airplanes and helicopters at Nashville’s John C. Tune Airport.

A team of O’More Graphic Design students painted a Zamboni for the Nashville Predators’ recent run in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hannah Mills and Nic Malone conceptualized the design, which was inspired by more than a half-century of professional hockey in Nashville. Nick Swift, Joanna Dee, Doug Regen and Stephanie Reith pitched-in to help hand-paint the ice-resurfacing vehicle.

O’More College of Design is located in the downtown Franklin’s historic district. The college offers bachelor of fine arts degrees in interior design, fashion design, fashion merchandising, graphic design and interactive design. For more information, visit O’


The new Williamson County Public Safety Center (PSC) opened on Saturday, April 30, 2016, the sixth anniversary of the 2010 floods. The 53,300-square foot facility is located at 304 Beasley Drive in Franklin.

The mission-driven facility fulfills six critical needs or gaps outlined in the Public Safety Task Force report: Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Emergency Communications Center (ECC) “911 – Dispatch,” Training space, Disaster Recovery (Information Technology Continuity and backup), Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government, Administrative space for Office of Public Safety

“Each aspect of this building was carefully considered and discussed,” says public safety director, Bill Jorgensen. “We wanted to ensure that this facility was a multi-use space while meeting our main mission. The building is designed to incorporate growth. The floor plan can be changed, new positions can be added in dispatch, and each room serves several functions.”

The EOC features a 30-foot by 10-foot situational awareness video wall and 105 stations for emergency managers and other agencies to work during any significant event of disaster. Several conference rooms can serve as breakout rooms for further coordination while the EOC is activated.

The ECC has 22 consoles for 911 dispatchers and call takers, with growth space for 35. The ECC will be fully operational this fall. This space was specifically designed to meet the needs of the growing community over the next 20 years.

The structure is rated for an EF-5 tornado and can sustain 250 mph winds. Two generators are in place that can provide power to the entire facility, and there is space for a third. The facility includes parking bays for the storage of specialized vehicles and it also houses administrative offices for the Office of Public Safety, Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Communications, EMS, Sheriff’s Office and Williamson County Schools.

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