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Bone, Lancaster graduate from regional leadership program

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Paine Bone is pictured with Deborah Varallo, chair of the Leadership Middle Tennessee board of directors. Photo credit: BETH GWINN

Paine Bone, owner of Wilson County Hyundai, and First Freedom Bank Chairman and CEO John Lancaster were among 35 community and business leaders from 10 mid-state counties who recently graduated from Leadership Middle Tennessee Inc., a regional leadership institute.

The nine-month program highlights historic and contemporary perspectives on relevant regional themes and features presentations by leading experts and key community leaders. Sessions employ a mix of interactive presentations, facilitated dialogue, behind-the-scenes visits and more. The 2016 class is from the 10-county area which includes Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

Leadership Middle Tennessee was formed in 1999 as an initiative of Partnership 2000 to contribute to future planned and sustainable economic and community growth and development in the fast-growing 10-county region.

"Leadership Middle Tennessee was founded before the word 'regionalism' was incorporated into the Middle Tennessee leaders' vocabularies. We are pleased to have been at the forefront of encouraging our business, government, community and non-profit leaders to collaborate, support and work together on regional issues," Deborah Varallo, chair of the institute's board of directors, said.

Leadership Middle Tennessee operates through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. To learn more, visit

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