Volunteer Income Tax Assistance available in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and La Vergne


Posted: Feb. 26, 2018


It's tax time once again here in the U.S.


If you're looking for help filing your taxes and had a household income of less than $66,000 in 2017, then the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program may be for you!


VITA is a nationwide program that runs from the end of January through April 17.


IRS-certified volunteers prepare tax returns free of charge for individuals and families meeting the aforementioned income guidelines.


There are three locations available at which one can have his or her taxes completed. They are:


- Patterson Park Community Center (921 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro); Tax preparation is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


- Smyrna Public Library (400 Enon Springs Rd. W., Smyrna); Tax preparation is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


- La Vergne Public Library (5063 Murfreesboro Rd., La Vergne); Tax preparation is available Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For a list of items one should bring with them, along with more information about VITA, please visit

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Journeys unveils new 'about us' video


Posted: Oct. 18, 2017

WGNS COVERAGE: Partners in the Journey Event


Posted: Oct. 20, 2017


"The only disability we have is a negative attitude."


These are the inspiring words of HK Derryberry. On Tuesday Oct. 17, Journeys in Community Living hosted an event to bring awareness to their mission of enabling people with disabilities to live more fulfilling lives.


Journeys in Community Living is dedicated to improving the lives of those with disabilities. Their mission is to give those people the opportunity to participate in their communities, live in their own homes with the people they choose, work meaningful jobs, and live life healthy and secure. The event's purpose was to open minds and encourage people to be more aware.


The core message: All people are created equal, so treat others the way you wish to be treated. The speakers at Journeys' event were the dynamic duo HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford.




HK's life is a miracle. He was born 3 months premature in 1990 after his mother passed in an auto accident. Because of these tragic circumstances, HK was born blind, with cerebral palsy, and later, due to a stroke, lost the use of his arm.


However, in 1999, while in the care of his paternal grandmother, HK met the man who would change is life for the better. Local businessman Jim Bradford stopped by a Mrs. Winners, where HK's grandmother worked, for a cup of coffee.


Because his grandmother could not afford a sitter, HK would spend nine hours at the restaurant listening to the radio every weekend. Bradford approached HK on that October Saturday and the rest is history.


Jim Bradford welcomed HK into his life with his wife and two adult daughters and together they climbed ladders and jumped hurdles to get to where they are 18 years later motivating anyone they meet to be the best they can be. Since 2012, HK and Bradford have travelled the U.S making 175 appearances, 46 of which just this year, and touching the lives of 40,000 people with their story.






Journeys, state of Tennessee celebrating 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month'


Posted: Mar. 12, 2018

It’s once again the time of year to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals with disabilities who live, work, play, vote, volunteer and build relationships right here in Rutherford County and across the state!


That’s why Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named March 2018 “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.


“In Tennessee, we have a fundamental belief that all means all, so when we talk about increasing workforce opportunities, that covers everyone,” Haslam said, via the release.


Haslam noted that the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), working with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Economic and Community Development, has “worked really hard to put programs together to match employers with people with disabilities and appropriate skill level jobs.”


And it “is working,” Haslam said, adding that his administration and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities are focused on a common goal.


“Empowering those with disabilities to contribute their skills and relationships in our local communities,” he said.


On the local level, it is Murfreesboro-based non-profit organization Journeys in Community Living’s responsibility to provide supports for people with disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon Counties that lead them to getting employed, living in their own homes, volunteering and accessing healthcare, among other important goals.


The almost 50-year-old non-profit is committed to supporting adults with disabilities “in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.”


Journeys is also celebrating “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” by recognizing the hard work of both its full- and part- time professional staff and the individuals it serves.


Haslam’s proclamation states that “Tennessee is committed to recognizing that every person, regardless of perceived ability, has valuable strengths; infinite capacity to learn and make decisions; and the capability to make important contributions to their communities when given opportunities to do so.”


The press release from Haslam’s office notes that many individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members still face enormous barriers in accessing needed services and supports, which they need to be active and included members of their communities, alongside their neighbors without disabilities.”


Wanda Willis, executive director of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, noted that Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in how state agencies, disability organizations and private citizens collaborate and work effectively together to improve services, supports and opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities and their families.


“Our state should be proud of the progress we have made in ensuring that Tennesseans with disabilities can be as independent as possible and fully participate in their communities,” she said.



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