Rutherford County, Tennessee is very fortunately placed in Middle Tennessee, adjacent to wealthy Williamson County and Davidson County. Thus it can take advantage of excellent medical support in both counties. The principal cities are Murfreesboro, LaVergne, Smyrna, Lascassas, Oakland, and Eagleville. This area was very actively involved in the Civil War and has several historic sites from this war, including the Stones River National Battlefield, the Sam Davis Home and Museum, and Fortress Rosecrans.
Murfreesboro is the home of Middle Tennessee State University, and the city has its own public school system of thirteen schools. The Rutherford County School System has 46 schools, including alternative learning centers. Rutherford County is 83% urban. Its citizens work in agriculture, mining/quarrying/oil & gas extraction, construction, food services, beverage/tobacco services, textile mills, and apparel.
There are two hospitals in Murfreesboro and one in Smyrna; none of these are currently in financial difficulty. 16,247 of the 262,604 citizens (6.19%) are in the Medicaid Gap. 11.4% live in poverty. In addition, 5,873 men and 5,111 women between the ages of 21 and 64 are considered employment disabled.
The main point of this profile is to highlight the county’s health dilemma by using the Years of Potential Life Lost measurement developed recently. To explain this measurement, I will repeat the information given previously.
The average normal age of death used here is 75, and all the recorded deaths in each county during a year are considered. For instance, if a person dies at 25, he/she contributes 50 years to the YPLL rate. The latest YPLL rates are for the years 2008-2010. What we are measuring here is PREMATURE MORTALITY. Accidents and diseases happen to everybody, but, by comparing counties, we can get an idea of the county’s general health. For instance, the wealthiest and healthiest county in Tennessee is Williamson County, and their YPLL as of 2008-2010 was 3,839 Years of Potential Life.
Rutherford County’s YPLL rate is 6,788 years of potential life lost. Its death per thousand rate was well below the state average between 1990 and 2006, and its fatal accident rate was consistently below the state average between 1993 and 2009.
Rutherford County’s state senators are Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy. Concerned citizens can contact them electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Their office telephone numbers are 615-741-6853 (Ketron) and 615-741-1066.