Cassidy Sheppard, Author at STAR Center

She got the job!

Every afternoon, Natalie Cole enjoys greeting children and their families at the West Tennessee Healthcare –Therapy & Learning Center reception desk.Natalie loves meeting people and learning new skills. She counts it a blessing that she was able to return to the workforce and find a part-time job that fits around her dialysis schedule. In 2019, […]

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To Work Hard or To Compete?

Happy Monday! You know, just this past week I saw a video from Kara Lawson. And for those of you that don’t know, she was a UT Vol great, played under Pat Summit, but she is now the head (women’s) basketball coach at Duke University. This is her first year. She was talking to the […]

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Magic happens… [VLOG]

Well, happy Monday! I don’t know how many of you have heard of Sir Ken Robinson, but he was a great author and thinker and he passed away last week. And somebody in a memorial post on social media referenced his book, “The Element,” and it reminded me that I had that book on my […]

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Take Control of your Thoughts [VLOG]

Well, good Monday morning!Here we are again and I don’t know about your school district but the local school district where The STAR Center is headquartered had some news on Thursday that nobody was expecting. Or maybe they were expecting it, but they weren’t hoping for it. And that is that for the first nine […]

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Alderman Antwan Taylor

Antwan Taylor, now Alderman Antwan Taylor, knows how to make a difference in his community despite any and all challenges that he may face. Antwan has had the opportunity to serve on several statewide committees that provide individuals with significant disabilities the opportunity to seek productive employment. As a result of Antwan’s work and community […]

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STAR Mom of the Year Award

As we are all remaining safer at home, this is adding stress to many families. There is a way you can shine a light for good. The STAR Center invites you to recognize an unsung hero in the community and nominate a STAR Mom of the Year. Any woman who lives in West Tennessee and […]

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At Home Arts

The STAR Center has begun a new series called At Home Arts with Katlin and Rebekah. We understand with COVID-19, many are looking for ways to keep their children/students entertained while using every day resources. Two of the music therapists, Katlin Ross and Rebekah Tarplin, are bringing you easy and educational ways to incorporate arts […]

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Project SEARCH Awards

The Project SEARCH Staff added something new this year by giving awards out each Intern Rotation at West Tennessee Healthcare. They gave the several awards during the second rotation of Project SEARCH to ensure the students understood their importance. The Most Supportive Department award goes to The Laundry Department. The Most Valuable Mentor award goes to Dakota from Patient Transport. […]

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Meet Maria: The Sunshine Storyteller

Maria also goes by the beloved name, “Miss Sunshine.” She is the firstborn of Beth and Woody Tatman of Jackson, TN. Despite every obstacle she’s faced in her life, she shines brighter than any other person around her.  Maria was due in a week when her mother, Beth, went in for a routine exam. While […]

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