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March 20 - April 18, 2019

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Buddy’s Place: A Homemade Music Venue

Mitchell Lee, Paige Rose, and Ryan Larkins performing at “Buddy’s Place” during one of his home music nights. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer.

Shelly Gail Morris News & Observer

It’s a cold, moonlit evening and there’s music piercing the air and storytelling warming a room full of restless hearts. Am I downtown? Am I in a bar? No, I’m in Nolensville in Buddy Norris’ living room. Buddy has been bringing original, downhome music to his home in Nolensville for eight years. His vision to leave the crowded bars behind and enjoy an intimate setting became a reality with his first house concert in 2011. Buddy’s Place was born out of his longing to support the singer songwriter community and truly showcase their talent. He has hosted fiftyfive shows and welcomed eighty-one artists. And, his dream is just beginning.

Buddy is the kindhearted brother you always wanted to have. That could be because he has four older sisters, “smothers”- he lovingly calls them. He was born in Macon, Georgia into a large family that shared a love for music. They regularly sang together in church. Buddy’s father had an extensive vinyl collection. His favorites were Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Ray Price. They listened together for many hours. Buddy developed an appreciation for all aspects of music. He studied fine arts at Georgia Southern University and toured the country with the contemporary Christian group, Truth. He moved to Nashville in 1999 and hasn’t stopped since. He volunteers at The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. He has logged over five hundred, fifty volunteer hours and was recently honored at a dinner with a few other select volunteers. That’s a real accomplishment. He recently posed for a selfie with Lorretta Lynn, one of his all-time favorite singers. He volunteers at Ronald McDonald House, Graceworks, Feed the Children, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Franklin TN through his work’s Community outreach program. Busy man, right? Helping out and giving back gives him closeness to his community and will always be important to him. Buddy follows his heart. An example we can all admire and appreciate.

He came up with the idea for Buddy’s Place house concerts when he met Jesse Terry, a super talented waiter. (Isn’t that always the case in Nashville?) Terry had an amazing gift for singing and songwriting and had several friends who did as well. He shared his aspirations with Buddy. They decided to get their friends together and enjoy a night of music. Paul Sikes and Charlie Worsham rounded out the talent for the evening. Buddy’s Place was born. The concerts are held once a month in Buddy’s living room in Nolensville. In the past eight years he has welcomed Matt Jenkins, Kelsea Ballerini, Paul Sikes, Marion Grace, Stevenson Everett, Carley Peace, Brett Young, Michael Logen, Janelle Arthur, Ryan Larkins, Levi Kreis (a Tony Award winner) and many others. Eight artists have signed record deals. Several have penned top twenty hits for other artists. The shows are scheduled monthly with a small ticket price. The capacity is forty guests. Each person brings a snack to share. The night features three artists in a close acoustic setting. Each takes a turn describing and crooning their original ballads. I have personally attended two of the concerts. The quaint evening is like no other venue in Tennessee. It’s not just entertaining, it’s like watching a close friend. You get to know the performers........continued on page 11

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Plans for growth: Accidental or Great?

Alderman Derek Adams makes his case for changing the beer ordinance from 65/35 food sales to a 50/50 split during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, February 7, 2019. Photo Harrison McClary/News & Observer

Brian Snyder News & Observer I hope you enjoyed receiving a Nolensville paper in your mailbox this past month when the first issue of the Nolensville News and Observer went to print. In this modern day age of instant digital communications, dazzling videos and mind numbing amounts of content; it felt good to grab a cup of coffee and get some ink on my fingers. With that being stated, grab a seat and let’s dive into what our local government has been working on the last two months. Chief Parker continues to drive the Nolensville Police Department in the right direction with accepting a donation of TWO vehicles from Nissan North America. These are more than just cars to our officers; this is their rolling office. Thanks to Nissan for being a community partner on this endeavor. The Town also entered an agreement that allows funding for police equipment through the Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation. Both of these grants are examples of the police department becoming engrained Nolensville’s News & Observer Nolensville’s monthly paper

into the community and reaping those rewards. Job well done to everyone involved in the Nolensville Police Department. Quite a bit of time at the February BOMA was spent discussing a proposal to amend the onsite beer ordinance which was proposed by Alderman Derek Adams. The current ordinance requires 65% of sales to come from food prepared onsite with a max of 35% coming from alcohol sales. This was certainly not the first time to have this conversation and my guess is that we will see this conversation again in the future. Regardless of when that topic comes up we did learn some interesting tidbits. Alderman Adams mentioned that he would like to totally do away with the ordinance. Adams reasoning was that restaurants were struggling to operate under the current ordinance. After reviewing the numbers of local restaurants; that simply appears to not be the case. The restaurant with the highest alcohol percentage, Campo Azul, still serves 94% food. EVERY other restaurant was at a higher percentage. Mill Creek Brewery which operates under a special ordinance is only required to have 10% of food sales with their food truck preparing food onsite. That same food truck was

unavailable for nearly FOUR months in 2018 and their percentage was at 17%, well over the requirement. Based off the conversation that evening it feels like there could be a possibility to relax the ordinance in the future. Vice Mayor Jason Patrick and Alderman Tommy Dugger entertained the conversation and were looking for any evidence that suggested lowering the current requirements were warranted. Reducing to a 50/50 split or doing away with the ordinance all together did not receive a lot of traction. Ultimately, the amendment failed. The BOMA has adopted to offer a quarterly workshop before selected meetings throughout 2019. These will have a wide range of topics with a limited agenda as each workshop is limited to 45 minutes. The first workshop took place on March 7th and included conversations about cleaning up temporary signage on the weekends, traffic safety within neighborhood streets and retiree health coverage. These workshops are open to the public and all dates will be posted in advance. No votes will be taken but it is a great avenue to have an open conversation on the record........continued on page 6

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The Hillside Center development on Nolensville Road. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer

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Small Biz Bits and Bites Kim McKeeman News & Observer

Bits and Bites will be a standing column dedicated to celebrating the growth of the Nolensville-area business community. New businesses coming to N-town? We want to know. New restaurants, coffee shops or other eateries opening up? Oh, please dish. New happenings at existing businesses? We’d love the scoop. Please note this first column focuses exclusively on “restaurant news bites”. Brothers’ Restaurant

Farmhouse has quickly become a destination restaurant – boasting two floors and two bars -- for Nolensville residents and non-residents alike. What’s new? For starters, the “contemporary, southern, local” restaurant recently began serving an impressive weekend brunch. Pork Belly Tipsy Pig In related news, the Pork Belly Tipsy Pig announced it’s now “Facebook official”. Described as a neighborhood, family-friendly taproom coming to Carothers Farms in nearby Cane Ridge, the opening is planned for late spring/early summer 2019. E&B Coffee Roasters. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer Ozeki Grill and Thai Kitchen Ozeki Grill and Thai Kitchen, located at 7340 Nolensville Rd., Suite 105 has plans to open in the late April to May timeframe. Palate-pleasers will include a diverse Asian menu with hibachi offerings, Thai dishes and sushi. More to come as the opening date approaches. Sushi lovers rejoice.

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers Hoss’ Loaded Burgers introduced their Jessie McPherson with the catfish platter at Brothers in Nolensville. first physical location, in Nolensville’s Burkitt Commons, with an official ribbonPhoto: Harrison McClary/News & Observer cutting ceremony February 19. The first The recently opened Brothers’ Restaurant, restaurant to open in the new Burkitt Commons located in the former Nolen’s Place space, is now mixed-use development, owner Dallas Shaw featuring live music and trivia on select evenings. launched Hoss’ as a popular food truck business. Next on the list? New light menu choices -In celebration of Mardi Gras, the Hoss burger of coming soon. But never fear, the James brothers the month is The Big Easy. will stay true to their fan favorite craft burgers, featuring the Muffuletta Burger in March, a distinct head-nod to Mardis Gras. E&B Coffee Roasters The bricks-and-mortar coffee house for Pork Belly Farmhouse Nolensville-based E&B Coffee Roasters Since their opening in 2018, Pork Belly celebrated their grand opening March 2. Located

at 7311-B Nolensville Rd., directly behind The Painted Dragonfly, the coffee café features E&B’s own fresh-roasted coffee, ground from beans sourced from responsible farms. Cabos Cabos, a mexican restaurant located in the same plaza as the new Veritas Salon & Company at 7340 Nolensville Rd., is reported to be opening very soon, if not already open by the NNO’s March publish date. Small Biz Bits and Bites is written by Kim

McKeeman, a contributing columnist. A Nolensville resident, McKeeman graduated with a journalism degree from Indiana University Bloomington and is the owner of McKeeman Communications Group. With a nose for news and passion for great storytelling, McKeeman founded the 24-year marketing communications company that’s freakishly curious about restaurant and retail businesses. When she’s not traveling to McKeeman’s Raleigh and Charlotte, NC offices, she works from her cozy Nolensville home office, residing with her husband, Chris, son, Max, and two Great Danes – Macy and Angus.

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A Great Winter for the Nolensville Knights

Nolensville Knights boys basketball coach Wes Lambert and the bench react during the Region 6AA championship game at East Hickman High School March 1, 2019. The Knights won 61-46 for back to back regional titles. Photo Harrison McClary/Nolensville’s News & Observer

Nolensville Knights Hudson Stromen (11) reacts to winning the Region 6AA championship game. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer

Nolensville Knights brothers Davin Watkins (24) and Jayden Watkins embrace after the Knights defeat in the Sub-State basketball playoff game at Nolensville High Monday, March 4, 2019. The Knights ended the season with a 71-56 loss to East Nashville. Photo Harrison McClary/News & Observer

It was an almost full house for the Sub State game at Nolensville High. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer

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Nolensville Knights Grace Baird (3), Isabella Phillips (10) and Caymin Ladd (11) battle for a loose ball during the Region 6AA quarter final game at Nolensville High February 22, 2019. The Lady Knights downed Hickman County 61-33. Photo Harrison McClary/News & Observer Alex Buckler The city of Nolensville could not be more ready for spring to arrive. After one of the wettest, and coldest February’s in our history, the crack of a bat and the sun on our backs is very appetizing. Reflection has its rewards, and it’s worth noting that the inaugural senior class of Nolensville just had one incredible winter. Let’s start with recapping the most recent events: Wes Lambert and the Varsity Boy’s Basketball Team had a plan all season: “Our goal is to play the hardest schedule we can. We hope that our experiences, both positive and negative, have shaped us for what’s to come.” –Lambert. This writer would argue that the plan worked. As the Knights were relentless in their pursuit of tournament wins. They pulled out a sweat-inducing overtime win against Marshall County, then boys in blue took decisive wins every other night they laced-up. After dominating Central, nearly doubling their points, it seemed they were destined to make it to the State tournament. However, the third-ranked AA team in the state (16th overall), East Nashville Magnet, was next on the schedule Nolensville Knights Grace Baird (3) drives up court during the Region 6AA quarter final game at Nolensville High February 22, 2019. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer in the sub-state match-up. A quick glance at the stats did not instill confidence. East averaged 70 points a game, the only hope was that they tended to let off late in the games, a point where the olensville igh Knights typically excel. Unfortunately the Knights fell 71-56. Lambert calls this a “no-quit” team. A quality, which we believe, will lead to an even stronger team lass of in the coming seasons.


The Girl’s Varsity Basketball team should stand equally tall, as they have persevered through a season of injuries (two starters early on and star Zoe Pillar through mid-season). Poise from the outside and toughness in the paint have become the highlights of their offense. Coach Chris Ladd praised these players’ ability to fight hard for 4 quarters. Their diligence in practice prepared them to hit their crucial 3’s and never quit, even when the score tempted them to. This team has experienced revenge-wins and comebacks throughout the winter, but their fight in the tournament season was truly impressive. Ladd commanded these lady Knights into the tournament, touting them as a truly great team. The supporters were #UKNIGHTED, arriving in full force to cheer on their girls. Led on the hardwood by Grace Baird, the team advanced through the tournament decisively, capping off the experience by taking home the District 12-AA Title against East Hickman. On top of that, Grace earned herself a place on the All-region 6-AA tournament team, with an average of 17.5 points per-game. The Knights ended the season ranked 48th in the State.


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Plans for growth: Accidental or Great? Continued from page 2

Personally, I believe this is a proactive move to tackle hot topic items and address them quickly in the proper public forum. Making rash decisions through ordinances can be a long term detrimental move in regards to managing our Town. I believe good topics for future workshops should include land preservation for future park(s) or how we could start partnering

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with our local recreation programs. Assuming the idea of a property tax increase is in our future; I would love to hear plans on using that increase to repair our infrastructure. Investing in our community should be a long term win for everyone. Thanks to the staff and BOMA for the extra time on all of the issues big and small. The Planning Commission agendas have been full which means additional growth is still on the horizon. Driving through town it is easy

The debate over the food to alcohol sale percentage was a hot topic at the February BOMA meeting. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer



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to see progress with multiple buildings going vertical. Signage plans and landscape updates to multiple projects have been on the agenda. One concern that was overly present was the lack of communication between the Planning Department and applicants coming before the commission. Projects such as the McCord/ Nolen Project in the Historic District have been plagued with miscommunication and blurry at best expectations. The proof is all around us that Nolensville is a desirable place to live, work and play. With that understanding it feels more than fair that everyone wanting to do business would be willing to comply with the agreed upon ordinances. There has been tremendous work done in the past to prepare for this growth with design review standards, trail systems and being commercially accommodating when appropriate. Losing any of that commercial momentum due to negligence would be absolutely devastating to the future of Nolensville. The growth is here and now we need to take a strong lead in the direction of our community versus any development leading our community in a direction that best fits their financial outlook. The ordinances and standards are in place and I recommend we use them along with making them easier to understand. Great communities do not happen by accident and I believe Nolensville is GREAT!

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Where am I?

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The Buttercup Festival Turns 20

Beth Lothers News & Observer If you are reading this article, chances are that you live within the Nolensville community. For those who have recently moved to the area, the information below may be useful. The Town of Nolensville which is located entirely within Williamson County, begins directly south of the Walgreens on Concord Road/Nolensville Road on the west side. The Town of Nolensville begins on the east side of Nolensville Road, south of Burkitt Road and midway on the lot being developed by Nashville/Davidson County. Nolensville borders Nashville to the north, unincorporated Williamson County on the east side and also to the south. Nolensville borders the City of Brentwood and unincorporated Williamson County at its western boundaries. A current Town of Nolensville map is available on the official website: Some boards and commissions require Town of Nolensville residency per the Charter. Other volunteer committees such as Town Events or Trees and Trails, include Nolensville community members who may not reside within Nolensville town limits. What school district a property is zoned for is based upon what county one resides in. Williamson County residents are zoned for Williamson County schools. Nashville residents just over the border are zoned for Metro Davidson County schools. McFarlin Point is located within Rutherford County and is zoned within that county. The postal designation for delivery has nothing to do with what county, municipality, or unincorporated area a property is located. The US Postal service is branch of the federal government and determines postal delivery routes. What can get very confusing, is the fact that residences and the schools located on Sunset Road have a Brentwood mailing address, but are located within the Town of Nolensville. Any subdivisions with an access road off of Sunset Road, have a Nolensville mailing address. For example, Sunset Elementary and Middle Schools have a Brentwood mailing address, but are located within the Town of Nolensville. The same is true for Nolensville Road, north of Oldham. If a residence is situated directly on Nolensville Road, the mail is delivered by the Brentwood Post Office, therefore the address is for Brentwood when in actuality the house is located within Nolensville. Again, subdivisions located off of an access road that intersect Nolensville Road, have a Nolensville address. There are Rutherford County residents whose mail is delivered by the Nolensville Post Office, giving them a Nolensville address. In prior discussions with the Postmaster, in order for a delivery area to be changed, 51% of the affected property owners have to request the change. Those with a Brentwood address who reside within the Town of Nolensville, vote for Nolensville elections, not Brentwood. Those with a Nolensville address, but are not located within the Town of Nolensville, vote according to the jurisdiction where they reside. If this is viewed as a Tennessee phenomenon, it is not. Residing in Phoenix, AZ for many years, we had a Glendale, AZ address because of the postal delivery route. Boundaries obviously affect what jurisdiction taxes are paid to, what school system students will attend, and what elections citizens participate in. However, the broader community of Nolensville is not defined by a postal address. When people love and engage in community service within Nolensville, one can’t be more Nolensville than that.

Children having their faces painted at the Buttercup Festival in 2017. Photo: Bob Haines.

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Press Release Spring is in the air and the Annual Buttercup Festival is back for its 20th year! This free oneday event that attracts thousands will return April 13th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the downtown Historic District of Nolensville. In the case of severe weather, an alternate date of 4/20/19 will be used. “We’re excited to again present, for the 20th year, this wonderful free festival that the whole family can enjoy,” says the Buttercup Festival Committee chair Debbie Suttmiller. In addition to the unique shops of the Historic District that will offer sales throughout the day, the festival will have over 100 artisan vendors lined up from Old Clovercroft Road to the Nolensville Feed Mill. Food vendors will offer festival food ranging from BBQ, burgers and hot dogs to shrimp and homemade ice cream. Southern Hospitality Diner will also be open and serving food throughout the entire day. Live musical entertainment will take place behind the Homeplace Bed & Breakfast. Local musicians will perform throughout the day. Stay tuned to the Historic Nolensvile Buttercup Festival Facebook page for the map and stage schedule. The “Miss Buttercup” and “Little Miss Buttercup” Pageants will take place at 1 p.m. behind the Homeplace Bed & Breakfast. Applications can be found on the Historic Nolensville Buttercup Festival Facebook page or at Painted Dragonfly. Before the pageants begin, two lucky high school seniors will be announced as the latest recipients of the Evelyn Bennett Buttercup Scholarship. The festival is for everyone! Visit the children’s area for inflatables, face painting, and “Sam the Balloon Man.” Pony rides and a petting zoo will also be available for a small fee. Please see the Facebook page for parking and shuttle information and for further details about this event. A shuttle will provided courtesy of Mill Creek Church of Christ. Questions? Email: “We are also extremely excited to announce that in celebration of our 20th year, we are having a special music event at the Mill Creek Brewing Company on Friday, April 12th from 4:30-9:00,” Suttmiller added. The lineup is amazing:

6:30 MoTones, featuring Nolensville’s David Toledo of the WannaBeatles 7:30 York Road Crew, Nolensville native, classic rock and country. 8:30 Halo/Horns, Nolensville’s original alternative-rock band This is a free event and all are welcome! There will also be food and festival t-shirts available. Check Facebook: @HistoricNolensvilleButtercupFestival for more details. This event would not be possible without the downtown local merchants of Nolensville who will run sales and specials during the day: The Painted Dragonfly, The Peacock Lane, Three French Hens, The Feed Mill-Amish Goods, The Village Antiques, Shabby Lane, Pick-it Fence Junktique, Nolensville Toy Shop, Glitz by Rae, E&B Coffee Roasters, Tanner House, Nolensville Auto Care, Homeplace Bed and Breakfast, Southern Hospitality Diner, First United Methodist Church of Nolensville, and Ebeneezer United Methodist Church.

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Spring Trends Around Town

Ellie Terrell News & Observer

Spring Fashion is a time to bring color back into your wardrobe! After the gray days of January and February, we are all ready to reflect nature’s beauty with the contents of our closets and even our homes!

Color: Earth tones are making a comeback but they are keeping it light. Expect to see shades of tan, sand, cream and khaki. Want something with a feminine edge? Go for a lovely lavender or pale blue to soften your look. If you are feeling bright and sunny, yellow with be everywhere! You can warm up your style with coral accents as well.

Pattern: If pattern is your preference, expect to see polka dots and checks in black and white. Craft time has never been more fashionable with the return of Tie Dye! If you are after a more classic pattern, animal print, scarf print and florals are right up your alley. Texture: Texture is key to finishing any look, whether in your clothing or your home. Layers, pleats and fringe make a statement and if you are feeling a bit daring, go for feathers or butterfly details! Look: Clothing trends we expect to see include a relaxed surfer look, longer shorts and wide brimmed hats. For the professional, we continue to see structured jackets and top handled bags.




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Shoes: All of the above trends can also be applied to footwear. Be bold, and choose sandals with feather, crystal or seashell detail! Classic trends include braided leather, animal print, embroidery and laces or fringe. If you are feeling adventurous, you can choose from mesh or tinted plastic booties. Look for heels that start narrow and go wide. Choose a bold color or fun detail in your footwear to make you style stand out! Accessories: Jewelry is often the easiest way to keep your personal style up to date. A modern take on pearls, heart shapes, open U shapes and loose choker necklaces all add that extra detail to your spring style. There is plenty of 80’s inspiration, as well, as seen in belt bags, scarves or neckerchiefs and angular sunglasses. If the 80’s aren’t for you, don a pair of oversized sunglasses to compliment your oversized bag. Don’t want to carry around the kitchen sink? Small box or spherical shaped bags are for you!

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En Garde! World Class Fencing comes to Nolensville

Paul Crace and Kamden Maddox practice in the gym at the Historic Nolensville School during a Saif Fencing Academy class.

Turki and WejDan Alanazi started the Saif Fencing Academy in October of 2018. The couple immigrated to America from Saudi Arabia and settled in the Nolensville area to teach fencing, noticing that there were no fencing clubs in this fast growing community. Both Turki and WejDan competed on the Saudi National Fencing Team. Turki started fencing at eight years old, learning in the King Faisal Air Base sports hall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. By the time he was 12 he had moved to Riyadh and was a member of the national team. In 2005 he became the coach of the Saudi team, and later the Technical Director of the Saudi Fencing Federation.

Capries Trunoz talks with her son Bronsen during a break. Harrison McClary News & Observer

On a cloudy, cold February afternoon 13 students arrive at the Historic Nolensville School to learn the sport of fencing. The students take their places on the old basketball court, wired into their uniforms and face each other in the ancient sport. With the late afternoon light streaming through the windows their foils whisper through the air as the students attack and retreat, attempting to deflect their opponents blows. When they fail the scoring machine buzzes, the uniforms have wires connected to scoring machines that register the touches. Once the match is done they face each other, guards down, shake hands and move from the court.

Preteka Pravin watches classmates as they fence.

Turki’s coaching brought him to America to train athletes in several different cities. As he traveled across America he knew he wanted to come here to live. He saw opportunity in the Nashville area for a school. Now he uses his years of experience to spread the love of his sport to new fans far away from his homeland. Saif Fencing Academy can be found on-line at:

Daniel Barham waits his turn to fence.

Coach Turki Alanazi instructs Daniel Barham during class.

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Buddy’s Place Continued from page 1

Their stories about chasing the dream, singing to empty seats, finding a hook, wife approval, giving up, staying positive and being drunk in a hotel room in Chester, Virginia are truly inspiring. I kept thinking, what a difficult journey. They live by the notion that; one song can change your life. I adore that philosophy. Each artist addressed a few of the struggles they face. I wondered how they stayed so focused. I was in awe. All the artists were upbeat and uplifting to one another and everyone in the room. They were a truly humble group. The colorful lights lit up their hopeful faces as they shared their ups and downs in a truly personal way. And the music, top notch—I mean these people could sing at Bridgestone Arena and leave fans satisfied. Afterwards, you find yourself rooting for the artist and eager to follow his or her journey. There’s an unmatched appreciation of talent and true fans are born. In 2015, Buddy added Ellen Huddleston as a partner. She told me, she’s not just a music fan, she’s a Buddy fan. Sweet, right? Both work busy full-time jobs, yet both are passionate about growing Buddy’s Place and keeping the

Ryan Larkins, Buddy Norris, Paige Rose, and Mitchell Lee during a “Buddy’s Place” home music night. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer.

small-town feel. They long to find an older home or vintage setting to continue the monthly concerts and accommodate a few more people. The evenings are currently by invitation only due to limited space. (I suggest getting on a cancellation list). Occasionally, they do acquire a larger venue. His fiftieth show was held at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Nashville. Watch his website for openings and sign up for the mailing list at www.Buddysplacenashville. com. Be sure to like Buddy’s Place Facebook page, and follow his events on Instagram @ Buddysplacenashville. Buddy introduces his musical guests during one of his home music nights. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer.

On a non-musical note, Buddy collects crazy socks. He has one hundred and thirty-two pairs of unique socks. There are patterns, animals, stripes, foods, holidays and remarkable colors. He will gladly give you a glimpse of his

whimsical attire. Another way he spreads a bit of joviality. It was a pleasure to meet Buddy Norris, such an upbeat and positive person. I believe that Buddy will be bringing music to Nolensville for a very long time. I look forward to all the artists he will be featuring and the expansion of his novel house concert idea. Who doesn’t enjoy a room full of love? Shelly Gail Morris I have one husband, two grown boys, one daughter-in-law, one stunning granddaughter, and three white cats. I’ve penned four humorous, fiction titles, available on Amazon in many formats, or in paperback at the one and only Shabby Lane Shop, downtown Nolensville!

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Community Events

Sara, age 6, Kenzie, age 3, and Kate Crummitt, age8, watching “Sing” during the March BOMA meeting at Town Hall. Photo: Harrison McClary/News & Observer March 25 March 26 March 27 March 28 March 29 March 30 April 1 April 2 April 3 April 4 April 5 April 6 April 8

Nolensville High Tennis vs Dickson County 4 pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Giles County at Nolensville High 4:30-6:30 Varsity Baseball vs Giles County at Nolensville High 6:30-8:30 Crawdad Lacrosse vs Franklin Knights JV at Academy Park 6:30PM Nolensville High Tennis vs Centennial 4 pm 6pm - 8pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ Giles County 5:30pm - 7pm NHS Boys Lacrosse @ University School of Nashville 5:30pm - 7:30pm NHS JV Baseball @ Summit 6pm Raptor -Rugby Girls Vs Warren County @ Crockett Park Crawdad Lacrosse vs WEMS JV at West End Middle School 6:00PM Crawdad Lacrosse vs WEMS V West End Middle School 7:30PM Nolensville High Tennis vs Spring Hill 4 pm 4pm - 6pm NHS JV Baseball @ Centennial 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ Centennial 5pm - 7pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Brentwood Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast 12pm - 1:30pm NHS Boys Lacrosse @ Metro Nashville 12pm - 2pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Centennial 2:30pm - 4:30pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Centennial 1 pm (ET) Raptor Rugby-Boys vs TN RA @ TRP Knoxville Sunset Elementary School Golf Tournament 4:30pm - 6:30pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Marshall County 5:30pm - 7pm Second TN Promise Meeting 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Marshall County Nolensville High Tennis vs Ravenwood 4 pm 4:30pm - 6:30pm NHS JV Baseball @ Marshall County 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ Marshall County Nolensville High Tennis vs Brentwood (at Crockett Park) 4 pm 6pm Raptor Rugby-Girls vs Riverdale @ Riverdale Nolensville High Tennis vs Summit at Summit 4 pm 4pm - 6pm NHS JV Baseball @ Overton 7pm Raptor Rugby-Boys vs Harlequins @ Crockett Park 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ Overton 4pm - 6pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Summit 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Summit 7pm - 8:30pm NHS Boys Lacrosse @ FCA (Chattanooga) All day NHS Boys Lacrosse @ Soddy Daisy (Chattanooga) 1:30pm - 3:30pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Overton 4pm - 6pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Overton 4:30pm - 6:30pm NHS JV Baseball @ Community 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ Community

April 9

4 pm Nolensville High Tennis vs Wilson Central 4:30pm - 6:30pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Community 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Community April 10 5pm - 7pm NHS JV Baseball @ Brentwood April 11 4:30pm - 6:30pm NHS JV Baseball @ BGA 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball @ BGA 7pm Raptor Rugby-Girls vs Spring Hill @ Crockett Park April 12 Buttercups & Brews 20th Anniversary Music Celebration! 4:30 - 9:30 Mill Creek Brewing. Acts include: Carol Plunk MoTones; York Road Crew; Halo/Horns. FREE April 12 4pm - 6pm NHS JV Baseball vs. Franklin 5:30pm - 7pm NHS Boys Lacrosse @ Murfreesboro 6:30pm - 8:30pm NHS Varsity Baseball vs. Franklin Mary Poppins Jr. 7pm Sunset Middle School April 13 20th Annual Buttercup Festival 10-5 pm downtown Nolensville * In the case of severe weather an alternate date of 4/20/19 will be used * FREE Mary Poppins Jr. 7pm Sunset Middle School 12pm Raptor Rugby-Girls vs Tribe @ McMinn County All Day Raptor Rugby at Rutherford Jamboree @ Smyrna April 14 Nolensville Community Kids Marathon April 15 Nolensville High Tennis vs Independence (Boys) 4 pm April 16 Nolensville High Tennis vs Independence (Girls) 4 pm April 17 Nolensville High Tennis vs Brentwood Academy at BA 4pm 6pm Raptor Rugby-Girls vs Columbia @ Crockett Park 7:30pm Raptor Rugby-Boys vs Blackman @ Crockett Park April 27 Art from the Heart silent auction at Mill Creek Brewing 6 – 8 pm

Library Events:

Eclectic Readers: 1:00 p.m., Third Thursday of each month. The Needle Pushers: A Quilting Group: Every third Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 to stitch, learn, and meet new people. Bring your own materials. Share with others. No Preschool Storytime on 3/20. No Toddler Time on 3/21. Egg Hunts & Storytimes: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 18. Join us for our annual egg hunts and storytimes. Miss Jill will present storytime first followed by the egg hunt in the back yard. Please bring a basket, bucket, or other container for your child. Wednesday’s Preschool Storytime is programmed for ages 3-6. Thursday’s Toddler Time is programmed for ages 18 months through 2 years. Funded by Friends of Nolensville Library. Williamson County Public Library & all branches are closed Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21. Book Sale: May 1-4: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 1; 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2; 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 3; and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4. Mark your calendars and come shop with us at Nolensville Branch Library, 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville, TN 37135.

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Nolensville Notables Sia Bakshi wrote the following for her JROTC class and won best essay in the battalion:

“This I Know” Duty, Honor, Country Every citizen of the United States of America is destined to carry on a legacy, of it, the American Dream; the idea that with hard work, anything is possible. Such is the foundation of patriotic idealism, in of which duty, honor, and country remain apparent, even beyond historical parallels. In clarification, these values have nothing on time and are preserved, too fundamental to touch. Duty is the embodiment of responsibility. Though up for interpretation, it serves as the actions of a citizen, or rather, that of moral obligation. Anything conducted in the name of benefiting America can be classified as a duty, as does fulfilling a request in the name of the country, though the latter is far more common. Honor is a grand distinction or great esteem among people, specifically a sense of righteousness among character. Being proud of oneself, not in vanity or vain, is a given when assessing a true leader. What sunders the bold from the unadorned is confidence in where one came from, and perhaps of greater importance, what one represents. The country is connotative of citizenship. One must put into society what they take out of it. A true benefactor of the nation displays exemplary citizenship; many are born citizens with no inherent motivation to prove as honorable contributors to the country. Citizenship looks beyond the notion of proving oneself entirely and emphasizes the importance of being a person of instinctual quality. The sum of these qualities are not just indicative of a person of character, but a leader as well. Duty, Honor, and Country are embedded within every American. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, or personal interest, everyone has a duty(ies). Service to the country can be made in more ways than enlisting in the military. To illustrate, one must pay their debts to the country both literally and figuratively. Literally in the sense that taxes and bank-issued debts must be repaid in order to support the economy, and figuratively meaning that one should strive to live up the expectation of living as an American. The country has a stronger global presence than ever with the worldwide domination of western globalization, and such reputation precedes the United States. Every American should follow the aforementioned American Dream for not only their own benefit but that of the country as well. Duty, Honor, and Country is the service(s) that Americans are patriotically obligated to carry out, and the dreams bestowed upon every citizen of this country.

honor, or citizenship; in and out of extremity. Serving in the military, be it Army, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard, calls for sacrifice. Sacrifice in the sense that the military is now a soldier’s first priority. Family and other ambitions must be set aside in favor of defending the country, among many other sacrifices military veterans have made. Though not everyone has the ability to serve in the military, those who do are revered amongst their fellow citizens as being honorable, serving the country, and their exemplary acts of duty. Duty, Honor, and Country symbolize more than just definitions, but rather the embodiment of an American. The American Dream, as well as the qualities of topic, are at heart, to fundamental to go into depth about. Even so, there is a value behind evaluating said subject in the name of personal growth. Duty, Honor, and Country will remain the core value of an American citizen far through the test of time.

Jerry Lindsey Places First in Archery Competition Nolensville resident Jerry Lindsey was among eleven local archers from Music City Archery who received medals at the 50th U.S. National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships. A total of 25 archers from Music City Archery participated in the three-day competition in Suwanne, GA the weekend of February 22-24. “We are so proud to see our archers compete on the national stage,” explained Head Coach Jeff Greer. “During this tournament, several of our archers set personal records and it was great to cheer them on during the medal ceremony.”

True human value isn’t measured by social status or salary, but rather by one’s depth of character. Character is synonymous with honor. A leader carries themselves with confidence and decisiveness on all occasions, and a keen sense of righteousness emphasizes the notion that honor is a human value as well as one in a leader. Exemplary acts of these qualities demonstrated by myself in the past consist of my previous leadership position in the National Junior Honor Society: Service Project Coordinator. This position required that I regularly schedule service projects, in and out of school, letting each member attend a minimum of fifteen hours of community service, therefore entailing the position to encapsulate all three pillars. In order to fulfill one’s patriotic responsibilities, sacrifice is regarded as inevitable. Nothing is more highly regarded than duty,

Bailey and Owen Black with their awards. in Knoxville. Photo Submitted

Jerry Lindsey with Coach Jessica Greer Photo Submitted

Lindsey placed first in the Longbow Senior Men and the Traditional Recurve Senior Men.

Mill Creek Middle brothers wrestle in State Tournament in Knoxville Nolensville brothers Owen “Obo” Black and Baily Black wrestled in the AAU Region 4 championship in Collierville, Tennessee. The two, who are students at Mill Creek Middle, moved onto the State Tournament in Knoxville. Bailey won the Region 4 Championship title in the 189 pound division. He went on to finish third in the state tournament in Knoxville. Owen lost his first match in Regional action to the division champion but battled in the consolation bracket and eventually wrestled for third place. Owen lost a close match and ended up in fourth place which qualified him to move onto the AAU State Tournament in Knoxville where he finished fourth in the 120 pound bracket.

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Top 5 Signs of a Great Fitness Coach Ryan Gaffney Owner of Bad Wolf CrossFit and Krav Maga Being in the fitness industry for many years, I have seen all levels and personalities of fitness coaches. These included personal trainers, group exercise instructors and online coaches. This gave me the opportunity to observe hundreds of coaches teaching literally thousands of clients. From this observation, without fail, it became clear the same 5 traits produced a great coach. If you are in the market to try a new program or shopping for a personal trainer, keep these 5 traits in mind and you might be surprised at the results. 1. Passion/Cares The first trait is pure passion for not only fitness, but your well-being! A coach must be passionate about how to help you reach your goals. Many coaches lose the passion they once had through years of training. Somewhere along the line, it becomes more about business than the people themselves. You must ask yourself when first talking to your prospective coach, if they seem to truly care about how to get you to your goals. After about a month, take time to reevaluate if your coach is still putting forth the effort to help you get become a better version of yourself. 2. Knowledge Does your coach display the knowledge to help you reach your next level? One way to find out is during the initial consultation. A great coach will ask you about your goals, injuries and about your life. This serves as a platform to help you become your best self. From this point, there should be a clear plan laid out on how to help you reach those goals and work around your injuries. Often clients will have their own personal nutrition, but the coach should offer their perspective as an option as well. The marriage of exercise and nutrition results in an explosion of change in the body. Every great coach knows this and will supply you with the information you need. 3. Pays Attention to Technique This goes back to the first on our list, Passion/Cares. Often coaches will be stacked with clients for the day. They can go on autopilot and lose their passion for helping their clients. If you are in a studio fitness program, does your coach just set up the workout and

fade away? Or is your coach constantly engaged in what you and possibly other athletes are doing during the workout? A great coach is a stickler on technique and how to get you to reach your full potential through technique. This helps prevent injury, advance your fitness level and shows their true investment in your success. 4. Personality In the fitness world, just like the real word, you will encounter millions of personalities and perspectives. What you must find out is if the personality of the coach works for you. This process is about what you need and what works the best for your success. You may not always like a coach during a tough session, but do you work well together? If you look forward to your sessions and interactions with the coach, despite challenging training, then you know you have the right personality to fit your needs. Consistency is one of the biggest keys to success in reaching fitness goals, so you must make sure there is an additional reason to stay consistent. Clicking with your coach is often overlooked but goes a lot further than most people will realize. 5. Pushes Great fitness coaches know when to push you and when to pull back. The top athletes in the world will often switch coaches because of this delicate balance. There is an extreme art to the exercise science. Too far can cause injury and personality regression. Too easy and the client will see no results and go into what we call, “Failure to Thrive.” Both ways lead to not reaching your full potential. A seasoned coach knows this and has developed an instinct on how to ride that fence. You want a coach that pushes you further than you would go on your own, but also instinctively knows where to stop. Often a coach will be the victim of their own ego. They want to display how hard they go and push you in the same manner. It becomes a badge of honor to be known as the “toughest” or “meanest” coach around. Often, I’ve seen them laugh in delight when someone calls them this. This is nothing more than an ego trip from a coach that needs attention. The workout is about you, and this is your health journey. These top 5 traits encapsulates what has time and again

produced the best fitness coaches. Your coach must push you when necessary, click with your personality, share their knowledge and have the passion to pay attention to your goals and actions the whole time you are in their presence. Anyone who is on their phone, puts up a workout and disengages, or simply focuses a lot more on things outside of a class or session, has lost their passion and attention to be a great coach. Owning a gym, myself, I will only hire the most passionate, knowledgeable and positive people as coaches. The combination of coach and client can be complicated, but when it is right, it can produce a great partnership that helps both people. If you are in the market to take your fitness to the next level, I suggest seeking out the right coach for your needs. Use this list to not only find the right coach, but to find the right path to a better you. Ryan Gaffney

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Rocket Ship, Bank or Local Lender? Jason Cole Highlands Residential Mortgage

and structure. This is the most familiar way and makes most folks feel the safest in doing business.

As we have seen in most industries, technology is taking over everything. We had the feeling it was coming, now it’s here and that can be scary for all of us. You see it with your grocery shopping, how you do your taxes and payroll for work- who really gets a check anymore, reading books on your e-reader, and now you can get a mortgage all with the click of a button… Right?!

Pros Great Rates Local (in most cases) Discounts for banking customers

I am confident that most of you reading this, who have a mortgage already or are in the process of trying to figure out when or how to buy a house, have seen the quick and easy mortgage options out there. Some of you have also seen that isn’t always the case of “click” and, Poof, your money is ready to spend on that new dream home. Personally, I have worked for the Big Box Rocket Lenders, the bank, and the coming back in style “local lender.” I thought it would be good to go over the pros and cons of each for you. This will allow you to better understand who you might want to work with next time you decide to embark in financing a home. The Bank The bank will be your all in one establishment that you can go in sign up for a checking account and get a CD and a mortgage all in the same building. This is the way you would obtain a mortgage before the days of the internet. You would go into the branch with your Sunday best on and all docs in hand. Albeit this is not how it’s done with banks now, there is still a lot of the “old school” processes

What Should You Look for in an Annual Financial Review?

Cons Limited programs and restrictive guidelines Limited hours The Big Box/Online Lender Turn-around times can sometimes hinder quick closings These are the lenders you have seen all over your news feeds Online and on TV. They love to spend big dollars on marketing and advertising and its working well for them. They will sell you on higher rates or fees due to the “ease” of their process and high function technology. One of the things you hear about with these lenders is that you are dealing with a lot of different people at the company throughout the process. This can be cumbersome if you need information or need to close quickly. Accountability can sometimes be lost. Pros Futuristic technology Lots of program options Cons Lack of communication or point of contact

Given the complexities of the investment world, you might consider working with a financial professional to help you move toward your goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You’ll want to establish good communication with whomever you choose, and you should meet in person at least once a year to discuss your situation. At these annual reviews, you’ll want to cover a variety of topics, including these: • Your portfolio’s progress – Obviously, you will want to discuss how well your investments are doing. Of course, you can follow their performance from month to month, or even day to day, by reviewing your investment statements and online information, but at your annual meeting, your financial professional can sum up the past year’s results, highlight areas that have done well or lagged, and show you how closely your portfolio is tracking the results you need to achieve your long-term goals.

• Changes in your family situation – A lot can happen in a single year. You could have gotten married, divorced or remarried, added a child to your family or moved to a new, more expensive house – the list can go on and on. And some, if not all, of these moves could certainly involve your financial and investment pictures, so it’s important to discuss them with your financial professional. • Changes in your goals – Since your last annual review, you may have decided to change some of your long-term goals. Perhaps you no longer want to retire early, or you’ve ruled out that vacation home. In any case, these choices may well affect your investment strategies, so it’s wise to discuss them. • Changes in the investment environment – Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to establish a long-term investment strategy based on your individual goals, risk tolerance and time horizon, and stick with this basic strategy regardless of the movements of the financial markets or changes in the economy. Still, this doesn’t mean you should never adjust your portfolio in response to external forces. For instance, if interest rates were to rise steadily over a year’s time, you might want to consider

Pros Great balance of product options. Rates and pricing will be very competitive. Have a local contact who works with your schedule. Will generally accommodate very fast closings. Cons Might lack some of the tech of competitors I hope this has given you a little insight into the 3 main options of how you can go about getting your next mortgage. We all know everyone is different and everyone has their own personal preferences on how they want to do business and work their finances and investments. You are welcome to reach out to me to discuss more about this wonderfully crazy business of home financing and how you can take full advantage of your ideal mortgage options. Jason Cole NMLS#31177

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• Your investment mix – Your mix of investments – stocks, bonds, government securities and so on – helps determine your success as an investor. But in looking at the various investments in your portfolio, you’ll want to go beyond individual gains and losses to see if your overall mix is still appropriate for your needs. For example, is the ratio of stocks to bonds still suitable for your risk tolerance? Over time, and sometimes without you taking any action, this ratio can shift, as often happens when stocks appreciate so much that they now take up a larger percentage of your portfolio than you intended – with a correspondingly higher risk level. If these unexpected movements occur, your financial professional may recommend you rebalance your portfolio to align it more closely with your goals and risk tolerance.

Your Local Lender Rates or pricing Your local lender, or direct lender, will be a blend of the bank and the big box lender. They are going to have that local presence. You will be comfortable knowing you can always make an appointment to meet face to face but they will also have the technology to do mobile docs and the e-signature process. Typically here you are dealing with your loan officer from the start of the process to the closing, so you always know your point of contact and how to reach them.

Top photo: Shabaz Ujima of the Nashville Ballet reads “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle during story time at the Nolensville Library’s pre-school Story Time on March 13, 2019. Right photo: Audrey Jones (left), age 4, Adeline Blackburn (right), age 3, and Lucy Kate Lewis (back), age 3, listen to Ujima read during pre-school Story Time. After reading the book Ujima led the children through movements depicted in the book. Photos Harrison McClary/News & Observer some changes to your fixed-income investments, such as bonds, whose value will be affected by rising rates. In any case, it’s another thing to talk about during your annual review. These aren’t the only elements you may want to bring up in your yearly review with your financial professional – but they can prove to be quite helpful as you chart your course toward the future.

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