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The rider helps groom the horse then rides for 30 to 45 minutes, surrounded by a team of a leader and one or two side walkers. The horses are carefully selected for temperament then trained for the therapy program. For those with physical disabilities, the horse provides a sense of freedom and accomplishment, McManus says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rhythm of the horse mimics the human gait, so if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the use of your legs, this can be very close to the feeling of walking â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and very exciting,â&#x20AC;? she explains. Jackson says he expects additional horse-related businesses and organizations to sprout up around the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The appeal here is the beauty, the rolling green hills and spectacular views,â&#x20AC;? Jackson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are endless things for the horse enthusiast to do in this area, but the riding is the key. Mostly, I encourage everyone to just get on their horse and ride and remember why they love doing that.â&#x20AC;?

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without question, Pulaski and Giles Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest asset. In addition to having a very positive economic impact on our community, to have a college in your town where local citizens can obtain a college degree is invaluable,â&#x20AC;? Speer says, adding that the college â&#x20AC;&#x153;contributes significantly to our quality of life by providing educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music to Ted Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ears. In March 2008, Brown celebrated 10 years as Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, leading the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evolution from a junior college to a fouryear school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a very dynamic time in the life of the institution, and the community

up of students from across the globe. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly recent phenomenon in American higher education to have that kind of international connection, and yet on this campus, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a longstanding tradition. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful thing for a small college to have this kind of dynamic,â&#x20AC;? Brown says. Dynamic could also describe Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth, with a student population approaching 1,000 for the first time. The college is also growing physically. In 1998, Martin purchased 44 acres, now dubbed the East Campus, where facilities for all outdoor athletics will eventually be located. A lighted soccer field is already on site. After $1.2

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has something to do with that. This was just the right time for the college to make the move to the baccalaureate status, and the community has been overwhelmingly supportive,â&#x20AC;? Brown says. Related to the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, Martin is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a true liberal arts college,â&#x20AC;? according to Brown. In addition to traditional studies, such as English and history, Martin boasts strong business, education, science, criminal justice, physical education and nursing programs. It is also known for its programs for students pursuing Christian vocations. The collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique sports management program includes internships with the NFL Tennessee Titans, the NHL Nashville Predators and professional teams in Huntsville, Ala. Surprising for a college its size, 15 percent of Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student body is made

million in renovations, the Grissom Natatorium was reopened in May 2008. Meanwhile, the old gym will undergo $3.2 million in renovations to transform it into the Gault Fine Arts Center. The music and cultural venue will feature a geothermal heating and cooling system, the first of its kind in the county. Brown credits Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth in no small measure to the people of Giles County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked on seven college campuses, six of them in small towns. In terms of town-gown relations, this community really understands what it means to be a college community and what an asset a small college can be in a small town like this,â&#x20AC;? Brown says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are so responsive to what we are trying to do here at Martin. Anytime we ask for help, they do everything they can to make that work.â&#x20AC;?

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provided saved many local people from the throes of the Great Depression. After Mars passed in 1934, his wife, Ethel, kept up the farm, phasing out saddlebred horses for her preferred thoroughbreds. In fact, she owned the 1940 Kentucky Derby winner, Gallahadion, which was raised and trained there. In 1945, the Mars Co. sold the property and since then it has been sold in parcels. When established South Carolina developer Charles Ausburn

discovered the land, it changed the course of his career. Previously, he had planned to make a development in East Tennessee his final project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His vision is to preserve all that Mr. Mars started,â&#x20AC;? says Sims Curry, a spokesman for the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has a great mind for preservation and conservation and doing as little as possible to disturb the land.â&#x20AC;? Ausburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision is to create a residential community, golf course and equestrian club while preserving as much as possible of existing structures. PGA Tour professional Jay Haas is also being mindful of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural features as he designs the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship golf course. Full development of the property could take as many as 15 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to build the community up. We see it as a great opportunity to have a second home, and long-term, a place to call home,â&#x20AC;? Curry says.

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Giles, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marshall and Maury counties with the goal of bagging a turkey with a single shot. Finding their prey is never a problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those five counties have the largest flock anywhere in the Southeast,â&#x20AC;? says John Allred, event co-chairman. The hunt concludes each year with a banquet and auction in Pulaski. The event raises money for clay-target trap teams at the local high school, as well as for a planned public shooting range in the region.

Musicians, athletes and other celebrities are lured to participate each year by the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unparalleled turkey hunting and provide star power. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has to be one of the best days of the year here, and we just want to make it bigger and bigger,â&#x20AC;? Allred says. These days, Giles Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turkey flock has grown to include larger, less mobile birds. A fundraising effort developed through the Giles Leadership program has placed 10 fiberglass turkey sculptures at different businesses throughout the city. The money raised through sales of sponsorships has gone to developing a youth leadership program similar to the one for adults. The turkey displays are part of the effort to earn the Turkey Capital of Tennessee designation, while also serving as a magnet for curious tourists, according to John Patel, who spearheaded the program.

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And White is all about catering to his customers. For nearly 20 years, he has opened his restaurant, and his heart, to the needs of Giles County citizens. If a sports team or church group or sick child has needed a way to raise funds, Hickory House has always been there to help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always thought I owed everything I ever made to the people of Giles County, and I try to give back what I can,â&#x20AC;? White says. Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s giving attitude is being repaid in kind. The father of four and grandfather of seven with his wife, Renay, is battling bone cancer that has required regular bone marrow transplants. So far, his doctors have been amazed at his bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response, which White credits to the prayers and well wishes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s received from the people of Giles County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the doctor I had everybody in Giles County praying for me. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You keep them praying, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep giving you the medicine,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? White says. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Stories by Dan Markham

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5=@3B@=/B@33D3A Most pharmacies have undergone a massive transformation since the 18th century. On selected fronts, Reeves Drug Store in Pulaski has resisted those sweeping changes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and people who go there will tell you thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. A visit to the North First Street drug store is a step back in time, as the staff offers the familiar personal service, gifts and yes, an old-fashioned soda fountain with a counter and tables. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The chains have done away with service,â&#x20AC;? says Fagan Sneed, whose family is the fifth to operate the 116-year-old downtown institution. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re successful.â&#x20AC;? Reeves Drug Store is truly a family effort, as Sneedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Suzanne Lamon, are also pharmacists there. Altogether, he employs 30 people, including two other pharmacists, at the 3,500-square-foot store. In addition to the services inside the walls of the business, Reeves Drug Store cares for its customers throughout the community. The pharmacy offers free delivery inside city limits and is available

24 hours a day for emergencies. Reeves Drug Store is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. 9/B6G¸A0C@53@ B=>A16/@BA When Nashvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best singer/songwriters are in Pulaski, they can often be found at Kathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern. In 2004, the family-owned tavern and grill got its first visit from Richard Leigh, who penned â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t It Make My Brown Eyes Blueâ&#x20AC;? and other country gems. Leigh soon told other friends, who also began making Kathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern a regular destination for an evening of good food and good music. Those impromptu appearances led to the Richard Leigh Concert Series, featuring regular visits by both veteran and up-and-coming artists. The popularity of the shows soon outgrew the seating capacity and moved to other venues, though the concertgoers and performers still head to Kathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as an after-party site. Tavern owners Kathy and Doyle Scoggins offer a full menu, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the

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the Nesbitt Spur Bottling Co., and aligned with Sun Drop in 1961. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The business is always changing,â&#x20AC;? says President David Johnson Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still basically selling soft drinks.â&#x20AC;? =CB47B3D3@G=<3 /BB63=CB:==9 The Outlook is the last of its kind in downtown Pulaski â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a clothing store for all. Opened in 1989 as a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing store, The Outlook has evolved to outfit everyone, from grandkids to grandparents. The department store occupies five connected building spaces in the 100 block of North First Street, with each space maintaining â&#x20AC;&#x153;its own personality,â&#x20AC;? says Jeff Harwell, the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner. The store has departments for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clothing, formal and everyday wear for boys and men, and shoes for all. It also has big-and-tall, athletic wear and hip-hop departments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to provide Pulaski with the clothes they like, the brands they want and ones they can afford,â&#x20AC;? Harwell says, himself a fourth generation downtown retailer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Variety is what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about.â&#x20AC;? The Outlook is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, plus select Sundays. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dan Markham

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County Schools agreed to handle salaries, fringe benefits, equipment and operating expenses. With classes offered in seven locations, TTCP is the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforcetraining engine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The highlights of the last 10 years would be our growth in the number of students enrolled and the number of programs offered. We have more than doubled the number of programs,â&#x20AC;? Dixon says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have also enhanced accessibility, creating off-campus sites so students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to drive to Pulaski if they live in other counties.â&#x20AC;? Classes are organized into trimesters, with an average annual enrollment of about 1,200 students. TTCP offers 16 full-time preparatory programs designed for adult students working toward a certificate or diploma. Subjects include business systems technology, injection molding, industrial electricity and practical nursing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one of TTCPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have more students applying for that program than we can accept,â&#x20AC;? Dixon says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Placement is an automatic after students finish and receive their LPN license from the state of Tennessee.â&#x20AC;? A new program is advanced-manufacturing education, a subject in which students may choose from four career paths: robotics automation, programmable logic control, thermoplastic injection molding or computerized numerical control. The center also offers refresher courses to help workers upgrade skills and a special industry training program that provides contracted, customized training annually for industries. Dixon says all TTCP programs are â&#x20AC;&#x153;based on labor-market demands, community needs and the future needs relevant to recruit new industry into the community. Sometimes there may not be a demand for the job today, but to recruit new industry, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to be at the top of the ladder with high-tech programs and health-care programs that will attract new industries into your community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sharon H. Fitzgerald 7 ; /5 3 A > C : / A 9 7 5 7 : 3 A 1 =  1 = ; 

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