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Your Charitable Self Franklin Classic Celebrates Forty Years A Little Something Extra New Beginnings Center Days Gone By with Rick Warwick In Your Backyard Little Sprouts Your Education with Annie Osteen Your Kids with Ginger Jones News From the Schools with WCS

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Chamber Business Expo


Bluegrass Along the Harpeth


Great Slider Showdown


BUMC Annual Fish Fry


TPAC Gala Kickoff Party


Pull-Tight 50th Anniversary Celebration





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Health and wellness… something we all want in our lives. And two things that for each individual can mean so many different things. A healthy mind and body can make our lives more full, longer and happier in so many ways. Being well in spirit, in soul, means something entirely different and can also impact every aspect of who we are and who we want to be. This month we bring you focus on health and wellness in a variety of ways – providing helpful insight, information and opportunities to live a healthier and more well life. Hopefully, you understand how to make positive life choices when it comes to diet and exercise. But do you also have a handle on how to “handle” stressful situations; stopping to smell the roses and just letting some things be; so you, can BE a better person? That one may be the one that stumps many of us. I know it does me. There is no diet or workout in the world that replaces having a healthy state of mind and heart. Being at peace so to speak, comfortable in your own skin and free from worry can change your whole attitude in life. We all know that life can be worrisome, difficult and maybe even a burden in so many ways, for so many. How can you combat things you can’t control to take control of your own happiness? I guess, you just have to have some peace and let it go. If you can’t control it… let it go. And the things you can control that can have a direct impact? Make the best and smartest decisions you can and then… that’s right… let it go. My husband and I have been though a health and wellness journey this last year, one we haven’t shared with the world for obvious reasons. For nearly a year we attempted to have another child via assisted fertility methods. That’s a fancy way to say that at age forty-four, I knew we may be on a time crunch to have that second baby and I wasn’t taking any chances. A year of endless doctor visits, endless tests and yes, those endless needles and shots of strange drugs into my system – basically rendered me a walking stress, hormone filled, unpleasant person. I know, I am okay admitting this myself – though no one else was allowed to say that at the time! We finally decided to take a break and give me a break…. And lo and behold once my mental and emotional wellness returned…. guess what? That’s’ right – amazing news about that so prayed for miracle baby came true. One thing I attribute that to, besides the mental/emotional break which I believe was just what the doctor (and a higher power) ordered? I had also embarked on a health and wellness regimen that included all kinds of supplements, things like acupuncture and simple prayer. This helped me navigate a difficult time in a much healthier way than I have handled previous health and stress situations in my past. To say we are grateful is an understatement. We know ours may not be the happy ending couples everywhere experience in a struggle such as infertility. I share this personal story only to say – don’t give up and always know – you are never alone on that journey. Whatever your health and wellness journey or philosophy is – make sure you enjoy the journey for what it is and what it brings and what it means to you. Enjoy life people and count your blessings. Be nice, be generous, be carefree sometimes; it’s cliché I know… but seriously – your heart, mind, body and soul will reap all the rewards! Shelly Robertson Birdsong

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MONTHLY | Social Secretary


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GET CONNECTED Here are a few events to add to your Social Calendar this month. Visit for more events.

Our Summer Mixer was a hit! Thanks to all who came out to celebrate! #magazinemixer

Great Americana BBQ Festival

The Park at Harlinsdale Farm | 10am-8pm The air in Franklin will be filled with the sweet aroma of hickory smoke and simmering sauce for the ‘Great Americana Barbecue Festival’ at Harlinsdale Farm. Visitors will enjoy some of the most “finger licking good” barbecue around, prepared by professional pit masters and iron chefs from across the country. The BBQ festival is hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club. Barbecue will take center stage with vendors, grilling demonstrations, a whole hog smoking contest and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned barbecue competition.

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Franklin Classic


Historic Downtown Franklin | 7am-10am Mark your calendars, start training, gather your teams and invite friends and family to this great event! There will be live music, a free Fun Zone and vendors. The race will include a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk a 1K Kids Run. From serious runners to leisurely walkers, all start and finish in Historic Downtown Franklin. The event proceeds will help benefit Mercy Community Healthcare.

A Walk in the Park


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Marcella Vivrette Smith Park | 2pm-6pm The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space are hosting the fourth annual A Walk in the Park event. This year’s festivities will take place at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park on Wilson Pike. The family-oriented event helps raise money for park enhancements at Smith Park, the largest park in the city limits of Brentwood. A Walk in the Park is expected to feature an expanded kid’s zone, hay rides, live entertainment,

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Photography by Bella Gomez The Your Williamson Summer Mixer was hosted by Barry Alexander at his classic car gallery in Franklin. Attendees enjoyed food from Hogwood BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Drinks were provided by Landmark Bank and the fabulous Jim Hayden provided live music. Artist Roy Laws live painted one of the beautiful blue Thunderbird cars from the collection and auctioned it off to excited guests. As always, YW Mixers offer networking, dining and on this special evening, even meeting the Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders! For more information on future mixers and events visit to sign up for our weekly e-newsletters.

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LIFESTYLE | Beauty Junkie


We all do what we reasonably can to live a healthconscious lifestyle, at least on most days. Companies are breaking their respective necks to stamp buzzwords like “natural” and “healthy” onto product packaging. But what about our skin? Is what we’re putting onto our bodies as safe as what we put into them? Sadly, the answer is often no. The personal-care industry is wildly unregulated, and it’s literally been decades since any legislation was passed to keep it in check (seriously). What’s a savvy, product-junkie consumer to do? It’s all about self-education and careful product selection, y’all, so read on for a tutorial on the worst offenders. Let’s start with the primary culprit: fragrance. Now I love a fabulous perfume as much as the next gal, but these days I only spray it very lightly on my clothes, never on my skin. Artificial fragrance is an endocrine disruptor. These sneaky little substances mimic our own naturally-generated hormones, so our bodies treat them as such, which totally throws off the delicate endocrinesystem dance at work within each of us. Additionally, “fragrance” is a very generic word, and can potentially allow a company not to disclose the exact source of said scent. Stick with products that only use plant-based or essential-oil fragrances, which occur naturally. Also, fragrances fall under the chemical category of phthalates, which get plenty of negative press these days. A product can have “phthalate-free” stamped on the front of it, but if the ingredient list contains the word “fragrance,” guess what? It contains phthalates! Triclosan is another endocrine disruptor, it can even throw your thyroid gland out of whack and is the active ingredient in most antibacterial hand washes and sanitizers. The next time you go to wash those pretty paws, look for a product that’s triclosan-free. Moving on: one would think that a super-scary ingredient like formaldehyde wouldn’t be found

anywhere near products we put onto our bodies; unfortunately, one would be wrong. Personal-product giant Johnson & Johnson didn’t remove formaldehyde from its baby-care line until five years ago, y’all. If that doesn’t turn all of us into an army of angry and informed consumers, I don’t know what will! There’s absolutely no excuse for any company to think it’s acceptable to include the stinky “juice” that was used to preserve frogs in our high-school biology class in creams and potions that we apply onto ourselves and our babies. No excuse. Nanoparticles are relatively new in the personal-careproduct world, but that doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily safe. Most commonly found in sunscreen, nanoparticles can potentially damage cells at the DNA level. If a product has “microfine” or “ultrafine” in the description, skip it. It’s worth noting that colloidal silver (a naturally-occurring nanoparticle), while a little controversial from a health-supplement standpoint, works wonders as a non-toxic anti-bacterial agent in cleaning supplies and even fights odors when woven into clothing fabric. Thankfully, we aren’t completely without resources when shopping for this product or that. First, download the Healthy Living App from the Environmental Working Group, and get feedback on the toxicity levels of over 120,000 products with a quick barcode scan. Prepare to be surprised! Next, take a peek at the Never List from my favorite beauty brand, Beautycounter, and choose products accordingly. Finally, read labels. If a substance in your face cream has eleventy-hundred syllables, can it really be good for you? Consider yourself armed with info to make you and your family a little healthier! Cheers! Love, The Beauty Junkie


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FEATURE | Your Community Partner


Our Health & Wellness issue is brought to you by Williamson Medical Center every year and we are proud to have our community medical center provide incredible and informative content for this issue. WMC is exactly what you would expect from a regional medical center and a number of things you wouldn’t expect. Being a cornerstone of the community for over sixty years, WMC has always treated patients like family. Many of the staff and physicians live in this community. Some even grew up here. So, when you are there, you are never just a number or a chart. You are family. One former patient described WMC on Facebook like this: “I unexpectedly became a patient of Williamson Medical Center, after experiencing a bad fall which resulted in compound breaks of my right femur. The level of professional expert health care coupled with the unparalleled compassion I received from the dedicated staff of Williamson Medical Center has been like no other. This community is so blessed by the leadership and professional staff of WMC who come to work each day to care for others. #Grateful” Whether you need general surgery, hip replacement or a mammogram screening, Williamson Medical Center is here to help. They have been named among the top ten percent in the region, the state and the nation for patient safety in overall hospital, medical and surgical care.

The main hospital is adjoined on the west by Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. They are adjoined on the east by the Williamson Tower, which is their medical office building. This building houses an outpatient surgery center, administrative offices and a number of physician practices including several Williamson Medical Group physicians. You can walk from the tower to the main hospital via an internal hallway on the ground floor. Receive exemplary care from compassionate staff and medical professionals, all in your hometown backyard at Williamson Medical Center. Explore their website at for more information. Williamson Medical Center 4321 Carothers Parkway Franklin, TN 37067 Phone: 615.435.5000

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FEATURE | Health & Wellness



One in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Those are odds breast surgeon Rebecca Baskin, M.D., knows all too well. At age thirty-six, the Franklin provider was diagnosed with stage 2A breast cancer. “I’d never been on the other side, and it’s a scary place to be,” Baskin said. Eleven years later, the cancer survivor uses her own experience to treat patients at Williamson Medical Group’s Breast Health Center.



Because every woman’s cancer experience is unique, Baskin has learned to move at her patient’s speed – not her own. “Every woman is different in how she comes to grip with her diagnosis and how proactive she is,” Baskin said. “Cancer is a journey, and everyone approaches it differently.” Prior to her own diagnosis, breast patients comprised 60 percent of Baskin’s surgery cases. Following treatment, she made the decision to devote her entire practice to the all-toofamiliar world of breast cancer and made multiple changes to reflect her newfound level of empathy for the physical and mental health of patients. “During chemo and surgery, you have this in-your-face fight you’re up against, and when it’s suddenly over, you may find you still have that anxiety rather than the feeling of celebration you expected to experience,” she said. “There are a lot of transitions, and I remind patients that this is more of a marathon than a sprint.”


Baskin said breast cancer treatment has improved substantially since her own diagnosis. Once scary operating-room biopsies are now minimally invasive with tiny incisions, and often fewer lymph nodes are removed for testing. Meanwhile, MRI scans help physicians better delineate the scope of surgery beforehand. “More high-risk MRI and 3D mammograms help find cancers sooner while

they’re smaller, especially in dense breasts,” Baskin said. Oftentimes, 3D mammography is performed alongside biopsy to find and biopsy lumps in one day. New radiation protocols are also a plus for patients, with external beam radiation therapy still considered gold standard. The new therapy protocols often shorten radiation treatment closer to four weeks – welcome news for patients making the daily hospital pilgrimage.


Recommendations for mammography also continue to evolve, although Baskin still errs on the conservative side. “The American societies for surgeons and radiologists don’t agree with fewer mammograms,” she said. “We urge women to undergo mammograms yearly from age forty, as cancer in younger women tends to progress faster.” A woman with a firstor second-degree relative diagnosed young should begin screenings ten years earlier than her relative was when diagnosed. Baskin also believes women with a life expectancy of ten years or more should continue mammograms. “If cancer is found later in life, surgery may not be the answer, but there are now medications that can shrink tumors, so grandmother doesn’t have to decrease her quality or quantity of life,” she said. “We have options today that weren’t there twenty years ago.”

Today’s high-risk screenings better identify which patients would benefit from genetic testing, which plays a key role in personalized medicine. In fact, 2018 marks a monumental change in protocol for oncologists, with cancer staging now based on tumor markers and genetic testing of the tumor, not just size of lymph node status. That means yesterday’s one-size-fits-all approach to cancer treatment is officially a thing of the past. “The genetics of each tumor is important in how it acts and reacts to treatment,” Baskin explained. “We do genomic testing after surgery to determine whether a patient only needs estrogen blocking treatment, chemo, or both, based on the genetic profile of the tumor itself.” In addition to identifying HER2 proteins, known to promote breast cancer, oncologists now look at twenty to sixty genetic pieces of each tumor to determine aggressiveness and what it responds to. Personalized medicine ensures patients are not under- or over-treated and continues to expand as researchers work to better understand how to teach the body to fight cancer using its own immune system instead of chemicals. “Between imaging and treatment advances and catching cancer earlier, there’s not the need to be scared even if you do need a biopsy,” Baskin said, noting that 80 percent of biopsies prove to be benign. “Treatments have changed a lot, with overall survival rates going up. We’re seeing better outcomes, so don’t put screenings off because of fear. Take care of yourself and be proactive.”

ABOUT REBECCA BASKIN, M.D. Dr. Baskin is a board-certified breast surgeon at Williamson Medical Group’s Breast Health Center. She can be reached at 615.595.4570.


FEATURE | Health & Wellness


The thyroid is a small gland with a big job. It sits in your throat, just above your collarbone, and although everyone has one, few people really understand how it functions. The thyroid produces a hormone that regulates everything from your appetite to weight control to energy levels in your body. Because it has the important function of regulating many of the body’s functions, it is important to understand what it is supposed to be doing, so that you can also understand when it isn’t doing its job and know what your options are.


Understanding that the thyroid produces hormones that control and regulate different conditions in the body, can potentially help you identify when the thyroid isn’t working properly.


A lot of people have a low-functioning thyroid. When the thyroid hormones are low, you can gain weight, lose hair, have less energy and you can even be more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. We don’t really know what causes it to happen other than to say it usually is from an autoimmune disease where your body creates antibodies that attack the thyroid and cause it to malfunction. They can cause it to under-produce the thyroid hormone, or over produce it. Though more common in people over sixty, this can occur earlier in life than many other chronic diseases and is also more common in women than in men. Many times, we see this in people who are in their 30s and 40s, especially if they have another autoimmune disease.


“Understanding the thyroid...can potentially help you identify when the thyroid isn’t working properly.” 4. IT CAN GET CANCER.

There is cancer of the thyroid, although it is rare relative to many other cancers. It is, however, one of the more common cancers for those in their thirties and forties to get, and, like with non-cancerous thyroid disease, is more common in women.


Most of the time, surgery isn’t needed on the thyroid for noncancerous issues. There are medications that can help control overproduction of the thyroid and you can take synthetic thyroid hormones that can help boost your levels. If a thyroid disease is untreated for too long it can grow in size and cause symptoms such as coughing and difficulty swallowing and breathing. Removing the thyroid in these cases can instantly relieve these symptoms. With cancer, often times removing the thyroid surgically is all that is needed. Depending on the size of the cancer, some radiation may be needed, but if it is caught early and you are young, removal of the thyroid alone is standard procedure. You can live without your thyroid, thanks to the medications available to help regulate the hormones, and many people do.

Although often times thyroid issues can be mistaken for menopausal symptoms in women, or a number of other issues with similar symptoms, a simple blood test can tell you if your thyroid is the root of your problem. If you suspect you might have an issue with your thyroid, start by calling your primary care physician and tell them about your symptoms. They can discuss with you whether or not you might need to take the blood test. 20 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018


is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. He is a graduate of Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., and did his residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center/South East Area Health Education Center, Wilmington, N.C. He is a surgeon with Williamson Medical Group and his office can be reached by calling 615.794.8900

FEATURE | Health & Wellness

PREVENTION, EDUCATION IS KEY IN PREVENTING TICK-BORNE DISEASES headache, body ache, fatigue and the occasional rash, and typically develop two to five days after exposure. Without medical attention, which involves a seven to ten-day course of doxycycline, both illnesses can become critical as they begin to affect organ function.

“Most people who acquire tick-borne diseases never even see the tick.” -Dr. S. Shaefer Spires, M.D. TESTING


Summertime in the south inevitably means the occasional tick bite, and with it an increased risk of tick-borne diseases. In fact, Tennessee is among five states that collectively account for nearly sixty-percent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases diagnosed in the United States each year. As an infectious disease specialist, I often talk to patients about prevention and early detection of tick-borne diseases, seen most often in June and July.


While recent cases of Lyme disease have made the diagnosis a household name, the majority of cases I’ve seen at Vanderbilt Infectious Disease at Williamson Medical Tower have originated outside the state. The dangerous nature of Lyme disease keeps it on the forefront of my radar, but many patients are unaware that Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis are actually more common health threats here in middle Tennessee. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a dramatic increase in incidence of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, increasing from 1.7 cases per million persons in 2000 to an all-time high of 14.2 cases per million persons in 2012. Cases are more frequently reported in men than in women, and the majority of reported cases are among people at least forty years old. Children under ten years old, American Indians, people with a compromised immune system and people who do not receive treatment within the first five days of illness are at an increased risk of death from SFR. Ehrlichiosis is the general name used to describe several bacterial diseases that affect animals and humans. Ehrlichiae are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick, typically the lone star tick.


Since there’s no true test for acute RMSF, doctors must use clinical suspicion to treat patients and will check antibody levels before and after treatment to confirm their suspicion. Ehrlichiosis testing is available at select laboratories but is not widely used. The diagnosis is often confirmed by an abnormal white blood cell count, low platelets, elevated liver enzymes and occasionally anemia.


Because most people who acquire tick-borne diseases never even see the tick, prevention is crucial. That means checking daily for ticks, even if your outdoor time is limited to the front yard. By removing ticks the same day, you virtually eliminate the possibility of bacterial transmission, which typically takes 24-48 hours of tick exposure. Teach kids to shower nightly, and to be on the lookout for ticks hiding around the groin, back of the knee, armpit, hairline and waistband. Reduce risk of infection by keeping covered when outdoors, and use insect repellent with diethyltoluamide, or DEET, which is effective against ticks and mosquitoes. To remove a tick, simply pull it straight out with tweezers rather than twisting. And steer clear of old tick removal wives’ tales, which involve any use of nail polish remover or matches. If you feel flu-like with upper respiratory symptoms in the spring or summer, there’s a good chance tick-borne diseases are to blame. By the time patients see an infectious disease specialist they’re often gravely ill, and many experience long-term fatigue weeks or even months after treatment. By proactively educating yourself about prevention and symptoms of tick-borne diseases, you can help make this summer a healthy one.


Dr. Spires is a physician at Vanderbilt Infectious Diseases at Williamson Medical Tower, located at 4323 Carothers Parkway, Suite 400, in Franklin. To schedule an appointment, call 615.936.1174.

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FEATURE | Health & Wellness

“Heart disease in the United States is the leading cause of death for both men and women according to the American Heart Association. A balanced diet can help prevent and reverse the effects of the disease.” possible—that means limiting processed and prepackaged foods,” she said. “You also want to avoid the consumption of trans fats. If you see the word ‘hydrogenated’ on the ingredient label, that means hydrogen was added to a liquid oil to make it solid. Consuming these fats increases your LDL (bad) cholesterol, decreases your HDL (good) cholesterol, and increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.” Mathews goes on to share that people should be wary of items that tout their products as ‘heart healthy’ and reminds you to read the label. “To be able to make certain claims, food companies have to follow established guidelines to prevent false advertising. However, even if the label says ‘healthy’ or ‘high fiber’ it still doesn’t mean that it’s the best for you,” she explained.


“Take chips for example,” she said. “The bag might say that it’s made with flax seeds or it is multi-grain but when you read the label on the back, it’s the exact same nutritional value as a regular chip. You have to be a savvy shopper and that means being aware that a whole-grain label doesn’t always equate to healthy.”


“The best types of heart-healthy diets are going to consist of a variety of fruits and vegetables loaded with antioxidants, lean meats and fish, healthy fats, and whole-grains,” she said.

When setting out on a new diet regimen many people focus on what it will mean for them on the scale. However, what you eat can have a bigger impact on more than just your waistline. Heart disease in the United States is the leading cause of death for both men and women according to the American Heart Association. A balanced diet can help prevent and reverse the effects of the disease. Registered Dietitian, Lisa Mathews, M.S. R.D., L.D.N., C.D.E., with Williamson Medical Center, shares her expert knowledge on the leading causes of heart disease, foods to avoid and the best diets for a heart-healthy life. According to Mathews, there are two key areas to watch when focusing on your heart health. “I tell my patients that to keep their heart in check they want to make sure they are watching their sodium and their saturated fat intake,” said Mathews. “A diet rich in saturated fat and high in sodium can cause elevated blood pressure as well as high cholesterol, both of which can lead to the risk of developing heart disease.” If you’re concerned about your heart health or if heart disease runs in your family, Mathews says one of the most important things you can do is make your diet a priority by watching what you eat. “You want to make sure you’re eating foods as close to nature as 22 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

Knowing what to avoid is half the challenge though, you also need to know what foods are going to help you reach your heart-healthy goals.

“There are two diets that have been thoroughly researched that fit the heart-healthy profile—the DASH Diet and the Mediterranean Diet. The DASH Diet was developed to lower blood pressure. This meal plan is low in sodium and high in fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, low-fat dairy, and lean meats. The Mediterranean Diet is very similar to the DASH Diet but it’s also incorporating those good-for-you, heart-healthy oils from nuts, seeds and avocados. I recommend either one of these diets for anyone wanting to take care of their heart health through a balanced diet.”


is an outpatient nutrition education coordinator with Williamson Medical Center. She is also a certified fitness trainer and speaks in the community about health and wellness. You can reach her office at 615.435.5580.

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There’s no shortage of activity in pediatric emergency departments during the summer. Cristina Estrada, M.D., pediatric emergency physician at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, said a large percentage of the Franklin ER’s 10,000 annual visits consist of acute traumatic injuries sustained during the summer.

said. “Risks can’t be completely removed, but supervision and precautions like window guards can make a difference.” Trading flip-flops for rubber-soled tennis shoes helps prevent falls on the playground and concrete, while trampolines should be equipped with safety walls and covered springs to help avoid head injuries and broken limbs.


Supervision also is imperative in preventing drowning deaths. “We can’t stress enough that lack of adult supervision and drowning go hand-in-hand in summer months, when drowning rates double,” Estrada said. She recommends touch supervision, meaning an adult should be close enough to reach out and touch a child at all times. And while swim lessons are valuable, she warns they’re not fail-proof. “Swim lessons are viewed as a magic bullet, and while they might help kids avoid panic and buy time, parents shouldn’t overestimate their protective value,” she said. Backyard pools should be fenced on all sides and equipped with a locking gate and added features like retractable pool covers and gate alarms are helpful as well. Life vests should be worn by children and adults in lakes or rivers.

Heat-related illness is common during summer months, when kids are too busy to rest and drink. “Children are more vulnerable than adults to heat-related illness because they emit more heat and sweat less, and their bodies adjust more slowly to rising temperatures,” said Estrada, noting the added risk for children with chronic diseases. Heat cramps are a usual complaint among kids, especially those playing sports. Children experiencing heat cramps often have flush, moist skin and should be moved to a cool place and given cold sports drinks with sugar and salt to help fight dehydration, while slow stretches can help alleviate muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion is a more serious condition characterized by pale, moist skin, fever of 100.4 or higher and nausea, headache, weakness, fatigue or anxiety. Patients unable to cool down are at increased risk of heat stroke, a less common but life-threatening condition requiring immediate medical attention. Heat stroke patients often have a temperature of 104 or higher accompanied by a high heart rate, vomiting, confusion and sometimes seizures or unconsciousness. Patients should be moved to a cool place while emergency services are called. Estrada said heat stroke often results from rigorous athletic training including two-a-day drills.


Insects are another common childhood culprit in summer months. “If you can see

WATER SAFETY the stinger, gently scrape it out and wash the area well before applying ice,” Estrada said. While most stings and bites require no medical intervention, severe reactions including difficulty swallowing or speaking, chest tightness and vomiting can prove lifethreatening. Prevention is key, which means bare feet and bright colors should be kept to a minimum while outdoors. Bug spray also is useful against a number of pests including ticks – the biggest insect-born health threat in Tennessee. “Everyone is concerned about Lyme disease, but around here we see far more cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,” Estrada said. Symptoms vary and can include fever, headache, abdominal pain and rash. “When you’re hiking or in a wooded area, wear long pants, stay on the path and avoid tall grass,” Estrada advised. “Check daily for ticks because they can be as small as a poppy seed and are often found on toes, ears, the back of the head and the neck. Shower daily and use tweezers to firmly grasp the tick, pulling rather than twisting, and wash the area with soap and water afterward.”

“Knowledge is power, and we want every family to enjoy their summer,” Estrada said. “Kids are resilient, but when parents are concerned we are too, and we want them to bring their children in and not feel embarrassed about an accident. We’re experienced nurses and physicians who are committed to caring for children 24/7.”


Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children, with fall-related deaths spiking each summer. As curious children venture outdoors to balconies and fire escapes, parents are urged to help minimize risks. “Children are learning to explore and grasp the world around them, which is how they develop,” Estrada


Dr. Estrada is a pediatric emergency physician with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center. For more information, please visit


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SPORTS MEDICINE PROVIDER PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS As the 2018–2019 school year kicks off, two local medical facilities have been named the official sports medicine providers for Williamson County high schools. The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee and Williamson Medical Center have teamed up to serve high school athletes in the Williamson County school district. This ensures trained medical professionals will be on hand at all Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA)-sanctioned practices and games moving forward. The service, which is provided free of charge to the schools, is twofold: Certified athletic trainers employed by Williamson Medical Center will be assigned to each high school and will accompany athletes to away games, while an orthopaedic provider from the Bone and Joint Institute will be onsite during each home game. Jay Moore, ATC/L, director of the Athletic Trainer Program at Williamson Medical Center, spoke about the program, mentioning how important community outreach is to his team. “We take care of each other in Williamson County,” he said. “Our team of trainers will cover all after-school practices and stay through the games at night to care for athletes.” Not only is the partnership providing athletic trainers and an orthopaedic provider, but Williamson Medical Center has also committed to providing EMS personnel at every Williamson County high school home game, along with an on-call ambulance. Should the ambulance have to leave the game to answer a call, the EMS personnel will remain onsite for the duration of the game, helping ensure the safety of student athletes. Both Williamson Medical Center and the Bone and Joint Institute boast robust teams. Williamson’s athletic training program employs nine full-time trainers, while the institute has thirteen nationally respected orthopaedic surgeons on its staff. Moore shared his excitement about the partnership opportunity. “It’s a great opportunity to provide the same high-quality orthopaedic care for our young athletes that we do for the rest of the community,” he said. Both Franklin-based providers have been integral parts of Williamson County through the years and look forward to continuing the tradition with this partnership. Williamson Medical Center has been a part of the community for more than sixty years, providing a variety of services from emergency care and preventive health screenings to wellness activities. Over 600 physicians represent seventy medical specialties and sub-specialties. The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee has roots going back to 1979. Its surgeons have 24 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

a number of specialties, including fracture care, joint replacement, sports injuries and spinal care. The institute is temporarily located onsite in Williamson Tower, but will soon be housed in a state-of-the-art facility, which is planning to open in 2019. Williamson Medical Center has released a list of district schools and the designated athletic trainer for each: Brentwood High School Athletic Trainer - Kayla Glenn Centennial High School Athletic Trainer - Megan Wenger Fairview High School Athletic Trainer - Amanda Drury Franklin A High School Athletic Trainer - Alexis Boorde Independence High School Athletic Trainer - Brandi Mangrum Nolensville High School Athletic Trainer - Matt Shattuck Page High School Athletic Trainer - Verena Yawn Ravenwood High School Athletic Trainer - Brittany Hillyer Summit High School Athletic Trainer - Tony Walukonis Students, faculty and staff, parents and fans can expect to see these changes at upcoming home games this fall. Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee 4323 Carothers Parkway (Williamson Tower) Franklin, TN 37067 615.791.2630 |

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LIFESTYLE | Let’s Get Physical

FIVE REASONS YOU NEED A FITNESS BUDDY Sure, you could achieve your goals alone. But you’ll seldom hear a powerful transformation story from someone who says, “I did it without any help.” So, grab a friend, family member, or find a new fitness partner in one of the classes at the YMCA. Whether you work out three times a week or once a month, here are five ways it pays to have a buddy by your side: 1. FUN FACTOR Some buddies have a knack for cracking a joke at the worst (or best) moments — like while you’re desperately trying to hold plank position. Having a partner there to share the pain can make it a less painful experience… dare we say, even an enjoyable one? Up the fun factor in your workouts with someone who sees the glass half-full. 2. ACCOUNTABILITY You are less likely to bail on a workout when someone else is counting on you. Even on the days you have to drag yourself to the gym kicking and screaming — at least you got there! A buddy brings an invaluable accountability that’s nearly impossible to muster up on your own. 3. DOUBLE SUCCESS You finally did a pull-up! You made it through the whole workout without cheating! You ran a 5k! What’s even better than reaching a fitness goal? Celebrating it with a buddy. The joy in victories — both small and large — multiplies when it’s shared.

4. HEALTHY COMPETITION Ever found yourself trying to outdo the person next to you? Then you realize: Hey, I am lifting more than I thought I could! Having a workout partner pushes you beyond your perceived limits. The mixture of adrenaline and desire to achieve is a powerful force. 5. STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS When all is said and done, our relationships matter the most. Every hour you invest at the gym with a friend or family member, you are also investing in the relationship. Some of the strongest bonds are forged through facing a challenge with another person or group of people. So, while achieving your fitness goals will be good, the journey there will be even better together. GET HEALTHIER TOGETHER AND SAVE With the YMCA’s Member Referral Program, it pays to help your friends and loved ones stay healthy! Refer a buddy, and you each have the potential to earn up to 20% off a qualifying YMCA membership for as long as you’re both active members. Visit for more info and a three-visit pass to get started today! Visit your local Williamson County YMCA’s at 501 South Royal Oaks Boulevard in Franklin or 8207 Concord Road and 5101 Maryland Way in Brentwood.



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COOL SPRINGS SURGICAL ASSOCIATES: EXCEEDING YOUR HEALTHCARE EXPECTATIONS Newly opened Cool Springs Surgical Associates will exceed your eye care expectations with state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technological advances. They offer comprehensive vision correction services, including the most advanced laser vision corrective, and refractory, surgeries to address cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. All vision correction procedures are performed in their comfortable, Franklin Surgery Center, which is certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care to ensure your safety. Their center is also certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. They offer complete information, so you can make an informed decision about your eye health and want you to feel confident about your treatment option. The dedicated staff helps you make the best decision regarding your vision treatment options, and provides you the most comfortable experience possible during, and after, treatment. Day-after in-office follow up is standard for surgical cases, and they are always there to answer any questions.

Your expert care will be provided by Dr. Aaron Porter. Dr. Aaron Porter graduated Medical School from the University of Cincinnati, and Optometry School from The Ohio State University. He also is a board-certified Ophthalmologist who treats glaucoma and specializes in laser cataract surgery and refractive surgery. He was the Chief Resident at Vanderbilt in the early 2000’s, as well as an Associate Professor teaching at the VA Hospital in Nashville. Dr. Porter participates in RAM, a non-profit provider of mobile medical clinics, offering free dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals, and is a member of the Canby Robinson Society at Vanderbilt University. The Canby Robinson Society honors those who provide annual support at the leadership level for the health care, discovery research and professional training programs at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dr. Porter has performed over 25,000 successful surgeries, including having DONATED over 5000 surgeries over the past ten years.

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COMMUNITY | Your Charitable Self

40TH ANNIVERSARY FRANKLIN CLASSIC BRINGING GENERATIONS OF RUNNERS & SUPPORTERS TOGETHER Four decades ago, a group of volunteers founded the Franklin Classic as a way to combine their passion for running and heart for community service. The vision of Dick Gygi, founder of Franklinbased manufacturer CPS, the Classic served as a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Gygi encouraged his CPS colleagues to get involved in bringing the race to life. One of those people was Larry Holmes. Larry recalls his first days working at CPS, and how he learned about the annual Labor Day event. “Dick told me that I was going to run and finish the Franklin Classic with him and that I was going to serve on the committee,” Larry says. “I had been running around the neighborhood, but I had never run a race before. A lot of these people have since become my best friends, and running has changed my life. Much of that is tied to the Franklin Classic.” Larry eventually served as race director for a number of years. So did Lisa Weber, around the time the race transitioned in 1998 to serving as a primary fundraiser for the nonprofit Mercy Children’s Clinic, which has grown to become Mercy Community Healthcare. She says the Franklin Classic offers something that a lot of runners are looking for. “You run for a lot of reasons: to lose weight, for the camaraderie, or for a great cause,” Lisa says. “Mercy is like the St. Jude of Franklin… that mission has been the reason for a lot of us over the years. When you think about the collective impact of your race registration fee on the life of someone in need, it just makes it so worthwhile to be a part of.” Presented by Silver Sneakers by Tivity Health, the 40th Annual Franklin Classic is set for Labor Day (Monday, September 3rd) on the Public Square in Franklin, offering 5K and 10K races open to anyone regardless of age or skill level, as well as a 1K Fun Run

“Thousands of lives have been touched by Mercy as a direct result of the Franklin Classic, and we hope that this milestone race will be better than ever.” 30 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

for kids. Registration is now open at, and special incentives are being offered to those who register early. “So many people have supported the Franklin Classic in some way, as a runner, a sponsor, a planner or a spectator. So many more may be new to town, and we want to encourage everyone to get involved in the 40th Anniversary event,” says Cindy Siler, CEO of Mercy Community Healthcare. “Thousands of lives have been touched by Mercy as a direct result of the Franklin Classic, and we hope that this milestone race will be better than ever.” With a goal of 4,000 runners for the anniversary race, local businesses, churches, clubs, schools and other organizations are encouraged to create teams to run (or walk) the races. “Every year, we see people who achieve personal health and fitness goals, having worked toward this race for months. Others just come out and run and walk it. It’s rewarding for us to have played a part in someone’s life in that way – and to then use the proceeds to be a blessing in other people’s lives by providing access to quality healthcare,” Cindy says. Mercy Community Healthcare was founded in 1999 as Mercy Children’s Clinic, with a mission to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to all and support to their families. The nonprofit clinic added mental health and social services to its integrated care program in 2006 and expanded to a new facility at Williamson Square on Murfreesboro Road in 2009. Mercy was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services designating it as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June 2012 and Mercy merged with Grace Medical Clinic in 2013 and opened the Richard Anderson Adult Center. As a result of this additional area of focus, Mercy Children’s Clinic transitioned to Mercy Community Healthcare. With its new name, Mercy Community Healthcare seeks to reflect its mission of providing quality, experienced care to everyone – adults, children, insured and uninsured, throughout middle Tennessee. In 2017, that translated to more than 8,500 patients served. Other lead sponsors of the 40th Annual Franklin Classic include Williamson Medical Center, St. Philip Catholic Church, Southern Land Company, Fleet Feet Nashville and Community Health Systems. To learn more or to register as a runner, visit

SOCIAL | Tennessee Senior Olympics Banquet

Photography by Jordan Bates The thirty-eighth annual Tennessee Senior Olympic Banquet was held at the Factory at Franklin this summer. The event is sponsored by BlueShield of Tennessee, the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Franklin the City of Brentwood and Battle Ground Academy. This special event is held for seniors ages fifty and older who have participated in the Tennessee Senior Olympics in the past year. The Tennessee Senior Olympics promotes healthy lifestyles through a series of competitive events in fitness and sports. The fiestathemed banquet allowed the Senior Olympic athletes and their families to celebrate the season with a taco bar, an awards ceremony and dancing! To learn more, visit

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Entrepreneurial sister-duo, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett are the masterminds behind the Health & Wellness empire known as “Trim Healthy Mama.” The sisters are originally from New Zealand, however, Serene and Pearl, now reside in Primm Springs, Tennessee. They have grown their business on the basis of inclusion, nourishment and sustainability. Yes ladies, that means that chocolate is NOT off-limits. Growing up, Serene and Pearl were influenced by their grandmother who was the “original crunchy granola grandmother.” Their interest in a healthy lifestyle began here and became an extraordinary passion throughout their teenage years and into adulthood. The goal of Trim Healthy Mama is to provide a sustainable, inclusionary and ultimate pathway to healthy and yummy eating! Serene and Pearl have developed a variety of products and services to support this idea and have witnessed the success and impact - Woman after woman, Mama after Mama! Serene and Pearl feel honored to be able to “meet a deep need” in helping women find their “queen weight.” With their primary audience being women, their goal is to help support women at every point 32 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

of womanhood, including pregnancy. It is always their hope to see women at their best, carrying themselves with grace and class. Trim Healthy Mama focuses on reaching the everyday Mama - The Mama who has limited time, limited sleep and two little ones in tow. The gentle approach to trimming down allows women to commit to a healthy lifestyle that is a natural and gradual process. “It is humbling that God has allowed this message to reach so many people and have this sort of impact,” says Serene and Pearl. The principal of inclusion is not only seen in the wide variety of people that Trim Healthy Mama reaches, but also in food groups. On Trim Healthy Mama, you will see carbs, dairy, fats, meats AND calories! The volume and frequency of inclusion of these food groups will be unique to each individual and their healthy-living journey. Trim Healthy Mama allows each person the autonomy to decide how they want to live out their Trim Healthy Mama experience. In recent days, Trim Healthy Mama launched a coaching program that provides mentors to those who would like to have an official Trim Healthy Mama coach along for their journey. The coaching team provides

specialized attention and guidance with a more personalized approach. So, what’s in store for Trim Healthy Mama in the future? I’m glad you asked! Serene and Pearl have plans to develop candies, chips and drinks, coffee creamers, pancake syrups and pure protein bars with no glycemic syrups or fillers! So, stay-tuned! To be a part of Trim Healthy Mama’s lifestyle revolution, you can stop by their store at Trim Healthy Mama, 5006 Harding Place Nashville, TN 37211, visit them online at or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @trimhealthymama. Whether you find yourself on Trim Healthy Mama’s website, social pages or in the Nashville showroom, you can expect to be met with an inviting and friendly experience. Enjoy the ride. Celebrate food. Celebrate health. And celebrate life!

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COMMUNITY | A Little Something Extra


Membership fees, diet plan costs, exercise equipment prices… these are all reasons that many do not join a gym or work with a trainer. The cost of going to professionals can be a financial strain on the wallet and many do not have the finances to support it. But, why should someone who is seeking to improve their physical and mental health not get the same level of care, motivation and empowerment due to the cost? This is what pushed Natasha (Tash) Weddle into creating a center that accommodates those that want to change their lives, but not feel the monetary pressure. Tash is the President and CEO of The New Beginnings Center (TNBC) and owner of TNB-Fitness. “The New Beginnings Center is a non-profit with a mission to empower women of low-income through fitness, nutrition, and behavior change coaching. TNBC provides high level coaching to women who could not afford these services otherwise. In addition to helping women live healthier and happier lives, we are saving a substantial amount in future health care costs,” explains Tash. “The New Beginnings Center was founded in 2011 by myself and Chris McCarthy. After seventeen years of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching, I wanted to utilize my skills outside of the arena of sports and was encouraged by Chris McCarthy to serve the low-income population. Chris was the Davidson County Habitat for Humanity CEO at that time.” Tash had her fair share of challenges when envisioning and trying to open TNBC. “I had some people tell me this wouldn’t work because the low-income population wouldn’t show up and that I was crazy for having a brick and mortar facility. I may be crazy, but it is working and the thing I’ve learned over the past five years is that for every problem, there is a solution. I just need to 34 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

In addition to helping women live healthier and happier lives, we are saving a substantial amount in future health care costs. -Tash Weddle stay calm and let it come to me,” she says. “It has always been my nature to strive for excellence. I know that the work is never done. There are so many women who need help in living their best life and changing lifestyle habits isn’t something that has and end date. It’s a life-long gig and these women need our support for the long haul.” “I see so many women who are just getting through life and not really living at all. They hate living in their bodies and their minds are constantly filled with self-depreciating thoughts. They want to change, but either don’t know how or don’t have the support they need to achieve their goals. I truly believe we are improving lives in more ways than we can measure. We’re also changing the lives of future generations because these women serve as role models to their children,” Tash says. “The goal is to change as many lives as possible through strength, fitness and healthy living. We served 472 women this year and now have four satellite locations (Martha O’Bryan Center, St. Luke’s Community House, Bethlehem Center and

New Covenant Church, Madison). My plan is to continue to open new satellite locations and possibly go to corporations who want to revamp their wellness programs,” she explains. The New Beginning Center thrives on donors, volunteers and raising awareness. Volunteers can attend classes to provide motivation, coaching and support to the women in the program. New Beginnings has events that help support the mission as well, including Wines Around the World on August 15th at W.O. Smith Music School the Spirit of Wellness luncheon on October 4th at the Hutton Hotel. To learn more about these events, get information volunteering, donate or become a member of TNBC, visit The New Beginnings Center provides scholarships and sliding scale fees based on income. Women who do not need financial assistance can become members of TNB-Fitness, where a percentage of each woman’s monthly membership fee goes to provide scholarships for women in the New Beginnings program. To learn more, visit The New Beginnings Center 509 Craighead Street, Suite 100 Nashville, TN 37204 615.432.2725

SOCIAL | Franklin Tomorrow Volunteer Awards

Photography by Haley Anthony Franklin Tomorrow's Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards Reception was hosted by Mary Lankford with F&M Bank and Denise Alexander with F&M Mortgage. Guests then went on to the Franklin Theatre for the 12th annual Community Awards program. Franklin Tomorrow founded the event in 2007 as a way to honor the huge impact and years of service of Anne T. Rutherford with an award which recognizes the collective effort of an individual’s work and the impact on the community at large. Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning nonprofit that seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration, and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. To learn more, visit

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Visceral fat, which has been implicated in cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, secretes more of the inflammatory agents that cause these very serious complications than does peripheral fat. Visceral fat is one of the first fats to be stored; it can affect our hunger response, and how our cells respond to blood sugar levels and insulin. Too much of it can be deadly. We store visceral fat based upon our genetics and lifestyle – a lot of people enjoy too much good food and wine and don’t get enough exercise. Because of the way chemical signaling in our body works, high intensity exercise causes the body to produce an energy-burning type of fat inside our body called brown fat. This was demonstrated in a May 2018 study at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. That study further confirms the good news: we can do something about visceral fat. High intensity exercise, such as Manduu, can help cause the body to begin to reduce fat. Visceral fat is also one of the first fat stores to be depleted when we exercise. Manduu clients monitor their visceral fat every time they have a session. Our Inbody 770 gives clients the clinically accurate information they need to combat this peril, and it’s great to see 36 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

Manduu vs. Visceral Fat Visceral Fat Area (cm2)

Many people are amazed at how much fat a human being can store. We are born with a certain number of fat cells in our bodies, and this number can actually increase during obesity. The fat that we use to store calories is called white fat, which is found almost everywhere in our body. The fat that we can pinch, see and feel is called peripheral – or subcutaneous – fat. The other type of white fat is inside our body cavity and surrounds our internal organs. It’s called visceral fat, and in this case, what you can’t see can hurt you.

Month Visceral fat is measured with clinical precision each week on Manduu’s full-body scan. A healthy benchmark for the average adult is 100 cubic centimeters of visceral fat, and these results are from a 41-year-old male Manduu client who decreased his visceral fat levels by nearly 25 percent in just six months.

clients become both excited and relieved to see their visceral fat levels decrease over time. A consistent approach that utilizes Manduu EMS exercise, food and alcohol portion control, and lots of activity and sleep seems to be the key. This happens to be the Manduu lifestyle approach and based upon the results we see every day at Manduu… it works! To learn more about Manduu’s revolutionary electrical muscle stimulation fitness studio for adults of all ages and fitness levels, visit Manduu Locations 125 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite 290 | Franklin, TN 37067 211 Franklin Road, Suite 125 | Brentwood, TN 37027 2026 Glen Echo Road | Nashville, TN 37215 WILEY ROBINSON, RN

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SOCIAL | Blackberry Jam Festival Photography by Haley Anthony The Blackberry Jam Music Festival brings community members and music lovers out to Boyd Mill Farm in Leiper’s Fork for a full day of food, fun and music among the blackberries. Now in its fifteenth year, the night was presented by Scout’s Pub and hosted by Reckless Johnny Wales. The headlining musician this year was Grammy-winning, multi-instrumentalist and Hall of Fame legend Charlie McCoy. McCoy has performed with other well-known musicians including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn. The funds raised benefited the Hard Bargain Association. The Blackberry Jam is a nonprofit organization run by donations, volunteer work and ticket sales to bring back the festival each year. To learn more, visit

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FEATURE | Health & Wellness

“Whether topical or ingested, many hemp supporters believe the plant’s chemical compounds can reduce pain due to inflammation.”


Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds within cannabis which are reported to have health benefits. Researchers believe that unpleasant symptoms and disease occur when a deficiency or problem affects the body’s endocannabinoid system and cannabinoids are said to help balance and control communication between cells in the system. When cannabis is administered, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites in the brain and body and can offer different effects depending on which receptors are triggered. With an increasing understanding of the effects of cannabinoids, patients can now tailor their cannabinoid consumption to the type of relief they need.


Hemp. Is it marijuana or is it not? Is it helpful or harmful? It is beneficial or just a fad? These are the questions many people are asking as more and more social buzz builds for the green stuff that has always been somewhat taboo — or downright illegal.


Two popular ways of administering cannabis are topical and transdermal applications. The key difference between the two delivery methods is that transdermal refers to the nutrients reaching the bloodstream where it will have systemic impact, while topical refers to the nutrients acting locally. Transdermal delivery is designed to act on the entire body (i.e. chemo side effects that affect the whole person) and topical application is more spot-specific and designed to act on the area of application (i.e. a muscle injury). Hemp is also a rich source of fatty acids and other nutrients that benefit your skin, says Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City. “Studies have shown it can improve reduced barrier function, improve hydration, minimize moisture loss, and decrease inflammation,” she explains.

To understand the hemp phenomenon, one first needs to understand the difference between marijuana and hemp. While both are part of the Cannabis family, hemp is different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. The main difference between the two is in its chemical composition. Marijuana contains anywhere from 5-35% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. Hemp, on the other hand, has a maximum THC level of 0.3%, essentially eliminating any chance of psychoactive effect.


Hemp was made illegal to grow without a permit in the U.S. under the Controlled Substances Act passed in 1970 because of its relation to marijuana but with a combination of states legalizing cannabis and government agencies now acknowledging the differences between hemp and marijuana, US production of hemp is growing in multiple states, including nearby North Carolina and Kentucky.

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Whether topical or ingested, many hemp supporters believe the plant’s chemical compounds can reduce pain due to inflammation. Some of the conditions that have been said to benefit from cannabis treatments: Arthritis; Multiple Sclerosis; Joint pain from exertion or injury; Chemo side effects; Fibromyalgia; IBS, Ulcerative-Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease and Migraines.



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without anger. Establishing various boundaries, including the understanding that complaining, whining and disrespectful behavior is unacceptable, provides a framework for your children. In our family, complaining about dinner was an immediate dismissal to one’s room with a piece of bread and a glass of water. Perhaps that’s harsh or old-fashioned but kids are quick studies; we only had to do it once or twice! Suggested Reading: Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a parent quite like the thought of having your children at a dinner table. While it may seem like the Holy Grail of parenting, children can learn to act with respect and honor in every situation — even the dining table. IT STARTS WITH YOU If we fail to be consistent in setting boundaries, we are left to rule by fear and intimidation. While that approach may get short-term results, authoritarian parenting does not produce true heart change in children. Be firm in your expectations and let the consequences be fair and delivered

STOP MAKING EXCEPTIONS Providing chicken tenders while everyone else enjoys roast beef sends a message that the child is the most important person at the table and easily develops entitled behaviors in them; not to mention a ruined palate. After a few evenings of picking at their plate (without whining, of course), children will eat the delicious meal you have provided. A hungry stomach will eventually try even the greenest of vegetables! On that note, be mindful of your children’s snacking habits. A stomach satisfied on snacks will gladly skip dinner without consequence. Suggested Reading: Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

PUT SCREENS AND WORK AWAY Agree as a family that the dinner table is sacred. No phones or work talk. You have roughly 6,570 days with your child before adulthood. Don’t waste it on your phone. Ask open-ended questions. When they do open up, listen and ask more questions — even if you know the answers. Soon, your children will look forward to the dinner table and the feeling of having an audience who cares about their day and their feelings. Suggested Reading: Grooming the Next Generation for Success by Dani Johnson YOU CAN DO THIS While a peaceful dining experience without the pacifier of technology may seem impossible, children are capable of learning proper table manners. Self-control and etiquette are not innate gifts bestowed on certain families of good fortune. Rather, they are learned habits. A little bit of effort today ensures you positive meal times tomorrow!


Natasha Drisdelle is the Director of Catering at the Omni Nashville Hotel and the mother of two incredible teenage boys who consistently honor and respect each person at the table.

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LIFESTYLE | The Lady Entertains

Hosting a Healthy Summer Potluck BY KRISTA EHRET

Pitch-ins are a mainstay in the summer. Usually the host provides the main course (something to be grilled), and guests come bearing a side or dessert. It goes hand in hand with the casual backyard atmosphere and everyone has their go-to tried and true recipe for such an occasion. In honor of our health issue, I’m offering a challenge for your next potluck style party. Ask each guest to bring something healthy. You’d think that since many of the parties are centered around a pool that we’d be more conscientious of our selections, but that’s not always the case. Hot dogs, hamburgers, beer, potato or pasta salad, beans, corn, maybe a veggie tray, chips and cookies, these are some of the usual menu selections. While I agree that this type of gathering calls for easy dishes that are also crowd pleasers, I think there are slight adaptations that can steer the fare from bloat worthy to bikini friendly. The first step is identifying your version of “healthy.” There are many different opinions on this definition. Paleo, Keto and Whole30 are all fad diets that have taken over our Pinterest feed in the last few years. Personally, I tend to be wary of committing to anything that cuts out an entire food group, has very restrictive rules or is called a diet. I just know that this won’t be something I can stick to for the rest of my life. For me, the way I eat needs to be a lifestyle. Meaning that it’s a way of life that I can incorporate day to day and year to year without getting burnt out. I prefer eating

whole foods, minimally processed, refined sugar and carbs only in moderation and some organic foods. Anytime you’re asking guests to chip in, you never want to feel overly restrictive and bossy, but also don’t want to end up with ten varieties of deviled eggs. I prefer to assign a category versus an actual item. This way you ensure that you have a wellrounded meal, but everyone can still select their own dish. When inviting everyone this time, assign your category, but add the challenge of the recipe to be a healthy one. An easy way to go about this is to do more veggies and eliminate any casseroles or “salad” options that are mayonnaise or pasta based. Dessert and drinks may be the biggest hurdle. Since the host typically provides


the alcohol, you can weigh your options and decide how to proceed. Some healthy(ish) choices are light beer, vodka tonics with fresh lime juice and the popular spiked seltzers. Dessert will likely be assigned, so maybe ask the guest to just bring some watermelon or a mixed fruit salad that can be put over ice cream or topped with whipped cream. There’s support in numbers and I believe that most people genuinely want to eat healthier. It makes it that much easier when those around you are on board. I think guests will view this as a much-needed reprieve post summer vacation splurge.


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From intimate dinner parties to huge annual events, Krista believes we can always find an excuse to celebrate. With a background in interior and event design, she loves bringing people together in a beautiful and welcoming environment.

COMMUNITY | Days Gone By


During the 19th century, those living in Nashville and Franklin needed an escape from the heat, foul air and unhealthy surroundings summers offered. From 1879 until it burned in 1910, Fernvale Springs was a favorite retreat for those who could afford the vacation. The sulfur springs located along the South Harpeth River in western Williamson County offered treatment for sore eyes, rheumatism, gravel, kidney troubles, dyspepsia and skin disease. As a bonus, the Fernvale Hotel provided all the comfort of home plus entertainment and plenty of food. Col. John B. McEwen, the proprietor, boasted that over 10,000 chickens were consumed during the season and two barrels of cornmeal and flour were required daily for bread. The 1901 brochure for the Fernvale Hotel provides the following information: This famous resort, thoroughly renovated, hotel rebuilt, 114 rooms, will open for the reception of guests on June 1st, 1901, under the supervision of the manager, Robert McEwen, of long experience in the business, and a competent crew of polite and affordable clerks and employees, and the crew of competent cooks. Under the

management of Mrs. Sellers every room will be clean as can be. Since last season the Fernvale grounds and places have been under a constant of improvement — a new board roof, planting trees, grading the grounds, and tennis court, and park of ten acres. The Vale spring gives abundance of shade and exercise grounds for the guests. A beautiful fountain has been added, with many other improvements, and a new and fine ice house, stowed with 125 tons of ice as clear as crystal, gravel walks everywhere, no mud or dew to inconvenience going anywhere. Everything has been added for the pleasure and comfort of its guests. As a place of rustic beauty Fernvale is not excelled. Waters as clear as crystal furnish a natural and delightful bath house. Good trout fishing stream. Fine gardens, vegetables are fresh. Business men will find Fernvale a most desirable, convenient, and pleasant place to spend the summer with their families. Direct connection by telephone to Western Union Telegraph at Franklin or Nashville, Tennessee, and daily mail bringing the morning papers allow a close connection with business and the markets. Being off the railroads, no objectionable characters come or are allowed to come to the place. No liquors are sold nearer than Franklin, hence no rowdyism on the place. The amusements are simple and diversified. Dancing, tenpins, swimming, hunting, fishing and rambling through the hills help to while away the time. A good string band is retained all through the season for the benefit of those who choose to dance. • Board and Lodging, per month……… $25.00 • Board and Lodging, per week…………… $7.00 • Board and Lodging, per day…………….. $1.00 • Single meal……………………………………… $0.50 • Children under ten years and servants, half price. • Laundry will be done at laundry prices. • Small charges for carrying baggage over the road, according to the weight. • Children under ten years and servants……… $0.50 Though the hotel and resort are no longer present, I suggest a leisurely drive out 96 West to Old Harding Road though Fernvale and continue on Old 96 to Kingfield and end up in Leiper’s Fork for some shopping and a meal. The scenery is beautiful anytime of the year. RICK WARWICK Days Gone By | Rick has lived in Williamson County since 1970 and has been serving our community for many years. He currently serves as the County Historian at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.



LIFESTYLE | Welcome Home

WATERFRONT LIVING 559 Lakeview Circle | Mt. Juliet, TN 37122


Make your next home this stunning lakeside estate in Mt. Juliet! This immaculate home and grounds comes complete with a sixty-one foot private boat dock and forty foot slip with additional slip for water craft and a swim platform. Can’t you just imagine your next summer of fun with all these fabulous water activities right out your front door? And wait until you step inside! This beautifully appointed home features custom work and lavish detail that would make any homeowner swoon.


• Features a grand marble entrance and double iron doors with immediate view of the lake. • A music alcove, marble fireplace, cupola and remote controlled ceiling fans.


• Front courtyard entry with Herndon & Merry custom gate and iron work. • Beautiful stocked koi pond with waterfall. • Front lawn irrigation system. • Circular drive on a gently sloping one acre lot. • Concrete walkway from backyard to boat dock and water. • Screened-in porch with awning covered entertaining area. • End-to-end balcony w/ three entrances and stunning lake view. • New roof, exterior stucco and landscaping.


Throughout the home there are new lighting fixtures, flooring, new paint, and renovated bathrooms with dual flush toilets. All of these additional features and more: • Three gas water heaters. • A safe room with built in gun racking and space for home office. • Extreme storage with built in shelving! Must see to believe! • Plantation shutters on all front facing windows.



• Relax inside the family den featuring custom wood paneling, coffered ceilings, built in book shelves, chandelier, and marble fireplace. • The Master Bath features state-of-the-art heated floors, steam shower, two shower heads and oversized whirlpool tub; recirculating hot water and custom remote/Wi-Fi controlled blinds. • The Master Suite features a very large sun room, exterior entrance, and remote/Wi-Fi controlled blinds for lake viewing. • The list goes on and on!

Here are just some of the features of this chef ’s kitchen: • Walk-in storage pantry with built in Miele coffee maker, trash compactor, utility sink and ice maker. • Two prep stations, two custom kitchen sinks and island seating for four. • Wolf, Bosch, Vent-A-Hood, Advantium appliances, Miele double oven with rotisseie and drawer dishwasher for crystal and second Bosch dishwasher. • Custom built pot rack and electrical outlets on side panels for easy access. • Butler’s pantry with wine racking and bar refrigerator across from kitchen eating area. • Custom remote/Wi-Fi controlled blinds in living room and kitchen for stunning lake views.


Descend to the Lower Level of the home and enjoy: • A wonderful entertaining area with wine racking, bar and seating for eight. • A climate controlled sixty-eight square foot wine cellar, dining area, custom painted wall mural, and chandeliers. • A second kitchen with double oven, refrigerator freezer, farm sink, and bar sink with hot water tap. • The Upper Level garage includes epoxy surfaced flooring, built in storage shelves and parking for three cars. • While the Lower Level Garage includes 1200 sq. feet, 14’x14’ garage door with adjoining smaller garage door, and a workshop area.

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SOCIAL | Summer Concert Series Photography by Haley Anthony Music lovers of Franklin and surrounding areas gathered at Historic Carnton Plantation on a summer evening for the first of the 2018 Sunset Concert Series. Families and friends congregated on the east lawn to listen to music from FAB: A Beatles Tribute band. Guests brought their own picnic or had on-site food options from Yayo’s O.M.G. Tacos, the Puckett’s Trolley, Maggie Moos ice cream and Retro Sno food trucks. The Sunset Concert Series raises funds for the Battle of Franklin Trust, which operates the Carter House and Carnton. For additional information, visit

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SOCIAL | Lip Sync Battle Photography by K. York Waves presented the second annual Lip Sync Battle at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center in Franklin recently. Attendees enjoyed food and drinks prepared by Puckett’s before the competition began. Steve Gilreath was the evening’s MC while Tripp King, Collin Hunter, Claire Crowell , Gordon Kennedy and Craig Campbell judged the competition. Eric Wilson took the stage to warm up the audience with a few thrilling moves of Michael Jackson before the four teams showed their talent. Each team was scored for lyric knowledge, style and entertainment. The audience applauded the teams lip syncing to hits like 24k, Call Me Maybe, Proud Mary and Lean on Me before awarding Leiper’s Fork Market the Grand Prize Trophy, passes to the Pilgrimage Festival and a gift card. Funds raised support Waves, a local nonprofit organization that supports adults with disabilities through recreation programs, residential programs and work opportunities. Learn more at

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SOCIAL | Summer Stable Party

Photography by K. York The Summer Stable Party was held at Cheekwood to celebrate the grand opening of the newly restored horse stables and courtyard. Partnering with Garden & Gun and Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Cheekwood kicked off the summer in great style. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, sipped bourbon cocktails and danced to the music of Boy Named Banjo. The beautiful gardens tempted some guests to enjoy a little stroll before sunset. To learn more about Cheekwood and their events, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Interior Thinking



Relaxation, wellness and self-care are the hottest topics right now. Considering all the newly created industries trying to sell us products and experiences that will enhance all these things, it can be slightly overwhelming. No shame in the game for those companies, but my questions are; shouldn’t we work to create these things where we spend the most time? How do we bring elements to enhance relaxation and wellness into our home through décor, layout and aesthetics? The first thing I ask my clients when we begin working together is, “How do you want this space to make you feel?” Starting there, I have the road map I need. I can think of no better place than a beach house to show you how I have done this. Sea Haven is a home in Watercolor, Florida we purchased over seven years ago. It was also my first full beach house décor and design project. I decorated this home from my kitchen table in Franklin, 425 miles away from the actual house using blueprints and photos I had taken. I made several


“A house is much more than a mere shelter— it should lift us emotionally and spiritually.” –John Saladino trips down to finalize a few things but mostly used hand drawn sketches and a floor plan software program. My goal was to enhance the home’s beautiful surroundings, bring the outside in and make it welcoming and functional. Color affects your mood. I choose neutrals throughout for the base, as they bring a sense of calm. Layers of additional color were brought in through art and accessories, and the palette overall was kept light and airy, with blues and greens. We sold Sea Haven over a year ago, fully furnished and it was my first vacation home labor of love. Now, in designing a new one for our family, I am using those same guidelines which include; open spaces, a variety of textures

found in nature and subtle elements of those things in the lighting, surfaces and textiles. The Sea Haven great room which includes the living, kitchen and dining space were designed in creams, whites and light tans. Accessories of shells and coral add to bringing the outside in. I like all the “beachy” slogan signs and pillows with crabs and cute sayings on them, however I felt for this home I wanted a more elegant aesthetic and left those out. Using different coastal textures in the furniture and overall palette I worked to create a casual yet inviting look. I love the woven wicker dining chairs, and the soft cotton of the slipcovered couches. By using natural fiber and woven rugs, the space is anchored with neutrals that also feel soft on bare feet. Glass accents inspired by the colors of sea glass compliment the room and bring some color as well. The master bedroom and bath were inspired by the same goal of rest and recharge. Different textures, soft linen drapes, a brick paver wall and light wide plank wood floors all welcome you at the end of a long beach day. Do not feel like every space has to have something crammed in it. Over decorating rooms, whether in your home or a vacation home can be the largest mistake you can make. Leave space for the room to “breathe.” While doing a “refresh” project for a client, the first thing I do is find items we can take out of the room. The perception of space gives the illusion of more.

However, there are so many elements you can use in your home to create the feeling of openness and bringing the outside in. Don’t forget to throw open your windows and doors once a week and air your house out. Do this all year round and you will notice a vast difference in the way your home feels. When I get a call to decorate vacation homes I get a little giddy. It’s certainly a favorite to work on homes that are designed strictly for fun getaways, family time and relaxing. However, I really love working with clients in their current homes to bring these elements in. I believe it all starts with how you want the room to make you feel. Life can be challenging, amazing, frustrating and beautiful. Your home should bring you joy, welcome you and enhance your wellness. I love helping clients create beautiful spaces. I challenge you to look at your own home and ask yourself, “How does it make me feel?” Small changes in your home can create big results and enhance your everyday. After all, at the end of the day, don’t we all want to come home to our own Haven.

Let’s be clear, I don’t think you want your home to look entirely like a beach house unless you live by the beach.


Interior Thinking | Jennifer is the owner of Parker Haven Interiors. She thrives on helping her clients design their homes, to style their life, with feeling, function and form.



LIFESTYLE | A Southern Gentleman Is...


Twenty years ago this summer, my father (at age fiftyfive) had quadruple by-pass heart surgery. As he was being wheeled into surgery on the gurney, he introduced me to his surgeon. He said, “This is my son; he trains daily and competes in Triathlon’s, so this won’t ever happen to him.” The surgeon replied, “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. He is predisposed to heart disease through heredity and some day it will get him too!” As you can imagine, hearing those words from a doctor will throw you for a loop! Reviewing my paternal heredity, my Uncle Tim (dad’s brother), had triple bypass at age fifty-two and died of a heart attack at age sixty-seven. My grandfather died of a heart attack at age fifty-nine; I don’t have any knowledge beyond my grandfather, but longevity is not in my genes and I turn fifty-nine in October... This August issue of Your Williamson is about health and wellness. I have always been an athletic individual - up at sunrise and out the door to run, bike or swim. My first Triathlon was in 1984 and thirty-four years later I’m still at it! It’s not because I enjoy getting out of bed; especially a warm bed in the winter only to dress in layers and breathe freezing air into your lungs while it’s still dark outside. Or going on a bike ride when it’s 90+ degrees and 90 percent humidity in middle Tennessee summers. Or preparing for an Alcatraz 2 Mile swim by jumping in Percy Priest Lake in January and February. You don’t always do it because you really enjoy it; you do it to stay alive! The surgeon’s comment twenty years ago still motivates me every day to get up and get out, do something to stimulate my cardiovascular system. We’re smarter about food and lifestyle than when my grandfather was my age in the 1950s and when my father and Uncle were growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. (By the way my dad is still rockin’ at seventy-six!) We know what to eat to stay healthy; we know that cardio health is important and promotes living a longer life. We know that lying in the sun without sunscreen is going to lead to melanoma and skin cancer. We know that regular tobacco use is going to lead to cancer; lungs and lips or otherwise. We also know not to eat and drink anything in excess. In my mind, A Southern Gentleman strives to be healthy. He wants to carry a healthy weight for his frame and build; for one thing it makes you look better in clothes! He wants to be healthy for his family, so you 62 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

can keep up with the kids or grandkids (in my case). See your doctor for annual checkups - once you’re over fifty go have that dreaded colonoscopy, if you have family history of heart disease start proactive treatment in your forty’s and fifty’s. Wear sunscreen, reapply often. Eat your vegetables! Make sure you have a Life Insurance policy, not for you but for those left behind. We all know what to do; we also know what not to do. The key is the motivation to do it! As far as this Southern Gentleman is concerned, I want to live to see more grandchildren. My goal is to be the longest living Kearns male in four generations (or more)! Which means you’ll be seeing me on the roads of Franklin for the foreseeable future, sweating or freezing; setting my annual goals and training for the next big race! I hope to see you out there, too!


A Southern Gentleman Is... Tim is a Williamson County business owner who lives, works and plays all within the county limits. He has been a triathlete for thirty-three years and married to Bess Kearns for thirty-two years. All of his commitments are for the long haul!

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BUSINESS | Your Business Partner


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We recently had the opportunity to chat with Abby – another incredible member of the Williamson Inc. – YOUR Chamber of Commerce here in Williamson County. Find out more about her role within the Chamber and what that means for you and your business! YW: Are you from Williamson County or did you relocate from somewhere else? AB: I am originally from Lexington, Kentucky and moved to Tennessee from Orlando, Florida. I was working at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” aka Disney World, when I decided to call Nashville home. I was given the opportunity to join the Chamber team and now, six years later, I haven’t looked back. YW: What do you love about Franklin and Williamson County? AB: Williamson County is a great place to raise a family. I recently moved to Franklin and cannot wait to see my children grow up in a community that has a small town feel with big city events and assets. YW: What does a typical day at Williamson Inc look like for you? AB: Every day is different, but every week includes me going to a different event. On days I am not attending one of our events or a community event, you can find me making lists for the next initiative or meeting with companies to see how we can further our partnerships. YW: What’s the most rewarding part of your job? AB: I love to help people, so planning events that help professionals grow and thrive is a perfect match for me. A new initiative I’ve been working on

is launching Leadership Young Professionals which will develop and integrate young leaders into the fabric of Williamson County. Meaningful events and initiatives, like LYP, are what make my job so special. YW: How does Williamson, Inc. differ from other companies you have worked for? AB: Williamson, Inc. leads by example to the business community. We encourage businesses to send their employees to professional development opportunities, like Women in Business or Young Professionals. As employees at Williamson, Inc. we are encouraged to attend our events as well as external professional development opportunities. Williamson, Inc. believes in creating lifelong learners on their team. YW: What do you typically do on the weekends? AB: I spend my weekends with my sixmonth-old, Benji, and chasing around my two-year-old daughter, Allie, ideally outside on a nature trail or park. When given the chance my husband, Brian, and I are easily persuaded to travel and make family memories. YW: What project are you working on that truly excites you? AB: Williamson Forward, our leadership study mission, is a wonderful challenge with many moving parts. It is like trying to solve a three-day puzzle. The trip is designed for CEOs and community leaders to bring back best practices from other regions. We have seen partnerships and initiatives come out of these visits which makes the energy and effort put into the planning worth it. A meaningful event for attendees is what makes any project I work on worthwhile.

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BUSINESS | We’re in the Money


Like physical fitness, financial fitness takes discipline and a healthy dose of hard work. No matter your current financial state, it’s never too late to start on the path to financial health. Consider these habits championed by financial experts and start taking control of your finances. MANAGE—AND EVENTUALLY MASTER—YOUR DEBT Budgeting may be where it all begins, but it all ends with debt management. Although there is such a thing as “good debt” that generates more value than the initial cost, much of the debt people accrue does not contribute value to their long-term plans. The best way to stanch the flow of future debt is to pay down your debts with the highest interest rates first, such as credit card debt, and strategically work your way to paying off your good debts, such as your mortgage. DETERMINE YOUR NET WORTH Financial experts know the value of knowing your value — how much you are worth from a financial standpoint. Much as with fitness goals, you can’t make progress until you assess where you currently are. Take stock of your assets at least once a month. This will help you keep track of where your money currently is and where it is going, to help you make better financial decisions in the future. FOCUS ON THE ENDGAME Reaching your goals in the future starts with creating an investment plan now — and sticking with it no matter what happens in the marketplace. Historically, you’ll often see better ROI when you not only diversify your portfolio but also stay committed to your investments long term. Find a financial advisor that will take the time to understand your goals and formulate an investment plan to help you reach them. FINALIZE YOUR FUTURE Part of strengthening your financial fitness is ensuring that you have an estate plan in place. Secure your legacy through estate and emergency planning for your family. By meeting with a financial expert that specializes in trusts and asset management, you can create a concrete plan for the future of your finances.

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SOCIAL | Williamson, Inc. Business Expo

Photography by Jordan Bates Williamson, Inc. hosted a wonderful Business Expo event at Mill Creek Brewing in Nolensville recently. The event featured food, drinks, yard games and networking. The setting was ideal as the brewery offered a large gathering area for exhibitors and a taproom area. This networking event was a great opportunity for professionals and businesses to mingle and exchange information. Attendees and exhibitors enjoyed going booth to booth, connecting with other businesses in the community. You can learn more about this annual event and the Chamber at

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SOCIAL | Bluegrass Along the Harpeth Photography by Paige Atwell Since 1991, Bluegrass Along the Harpeth has held its place as one of Franklin’s most anticipated summer events. Taking place on the downtown Franklin Square, this event draws some of the best musicians and dancers in the country. Each year, the festival honors Grand Ole Opry stars Sam and Kirk McGee and proceeds from the event benefit the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission. For more information, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Read Between the Lines


Debuts Latest Work “There’s not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton. Funny, touching, and full of twists and turns. I couldn’t have loved it more.” - Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

As the South heads back to college and begins that timeless tradition known as RUSH, there is no better last vacation of the summer beach read, than the aptly named new novel from Lisa Patton: Rush. Set in modern day Oxford, Mississippi, on the Ole Miss campus, bestselling author Lisa Patton’s Rush is a story about women--from both ends of the social ladder--discovering their voices and their empowerment. Cali Watkins possesses all the qualities sororities are looking for in a potential new member. She’s kind and intelligent, makes friends easily, even plans to someday run for governor. But her resume lacks a vital ingredient. Pedigree. Without family money Cali’s chances of sorority membership are already thin, but she has an even bigger problem. If anyone discovers the dark family secrets she’s hiding, she’ll be dropped from Rush in an instant.

When Lilith Whitmore, the wellheeled House Corp President of Alpha Delta Beta, one of the premiere sororities on campus, appoints recent empty-nester Wilda to the Rush Advisory Board, Wilda can hardly believe her luck. What’s more, Lilith suggests their daughters, both incoming freshman, room together. What Wilda doesn’t know is that it’s all part of Lilith’s plan to ensure her own daughter receives an Alpha Delt bid--no matter what. For twenty-five years, Miss Pearl--as her “babies” like to call her--has been housekeeper and a second mother to the Alpha Delt girls, even though it reminds her of a painful part of her past she’ll never forget. When an opportunity for promotion arises, it seems a natural fit. But Lilith Whitmore slams her Prada heel down fast, crushing Miss Pearl’s hopes of a better future. When Wilda and the girls find out, they devise a plan destined to change Alpha Delta Beta--and maybe the entire Greek system-forever. Achingly poignant, yet laughout-loud funny, Rush takes a sharp nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition while exploring the complex, intimate


relationships between mothers and daughters and female friends. Brimming with heart and hope for a better tomorrow, Rush is an uplifting novel universal to us all. Lisa Patton spent over twenty years in the music industry before discovering her passion for novel writing. A breast cancer survivor, Lisa is now the

bestselling author of Whistlin’ Dixie In A Nor’easter and Yankee Doodle Dixie. Both novels have been featured on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Bestseller List and in 2010 Lisa was selected by Target as an Emerging Author. Southern As A Second Language is the third and final book in what Library Journal calls, “the beloved Dixie series.” Lisa’s fourth novel, Rush, set inside a fictional sorority house at Ole Miss, provides not only a gaze inside the most exclusive sorority recruitment in the country, but at the lives of both the sisters and the all African American staff.

RUSH MAKES THESE SUMMER READING LISTS: Atlanta Journal Constitution Southern Beach Book 2018 Beach Read Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading List Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance SUMMER 2018 OKRA PICK

Meet Lisa and purchase your copy of Rush this month at Parnassus Books. Mark your calendars! August 23, 2018 6:30pm Parnassus Books 3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14 Nashville, TN 37215 Lisa Patton

For nearly 20 years, live music has been synonymous with Puckett’s, and every Saturday night, some of Music City’s most talented songwriters and well-known artists bring their original tunes to our Historic Downtown Franklin stage. We’re paying homage to our roots by extending this tradition to additional locations with the launch of the Puckett’s Hitmaker Series, special quarterly shows that will feature the writers behind beloved number one hits in a ‘songwriters in the round’ format at our locations in Columbia, Murfreesboro and Chattanooga, in partnership with Old Dominick Distillery. See Franklin’s weekly calendar and get more info on upcoming quarterly Hitmakers shows online.


LIFESTYLE | Eat, Eat,Drink Drink& &Be BeMerry Merry


As a child of teachers, I grew up getting ready for school the same time as my parents. It wasn’t easy for my mom to prepare breakfast and lunch for everyone in the house in the morning. When my sisters and I became old enough, my mom gave us the responsibility to prepare our own lunches. This independence made us feel grown up. The responsibility was fun for us because we were able to choose what we packed in our lunchboxes. Because my mom always prepared healthy meals for my family and I, us girls naturally prepared healthy lunches for ourselves. Now as a grown woman, I appreciate my mom’s healthy cooking and the influence she had on the healthy choices I made when I was young. It definitely established the healthy lifestyle I continue to have today. As a mom of a young child, I know the difficulty of sometimes getting your child to eat his or her veggies and fruits. So, I have created some fun and interactive foods for your kids’ school lunches. My older sister shared with me how my nephew likes hummus; so naturally I prepared a homemade version that is easy to whip up and cheaper to make than the store-bought version. To add a punch of flavor, I incorporated garlic and smoked paprika. This delicious protein packed dip will have your kids scooping their veggie sticks in it nonstop. For the main meal, I prepared a tzatziki chicken salad. I remember the days of turkey and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 70 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

They were good, but I grew bored of them. This flavor packed tzatziki chicken salad is a healthier version of chicken salad made with a tzatziki sauce of Greek yogurt, a little mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and fresh dill. The kids can make it into a sandwich with mini naan bread. Adults can enjoy it over mixed greens or follow the kid’s direction and wrap yours in a naan as well. Lastly, I prepared a refreshing treat that the kids will look forward to eating at the end of their lunch. It is a watermelon pizza. The kids will have fun decorating their pizza slice with their favorite yogurt and fruit toppings. I suggest freezing the watermelon slices in freezer zip top bags to ensure the watermelon slices are cold at lunchtime. The frozen watermelon slices also act as a freezer pack to keep your kids’ lunch cold. I hope you and your kids enjoy this delicious lunch option this school year.


Eat, Drink & Be Merry | Instagram: @whitneymillerh Whitney is the season one winner of Fox’s Masterchef, a chef, recipe developer and cookbook author. She will entertain readers with her Southern charm and treat them with her delicious recipes.

SMOKED PAPRIKA HUMMUS 2 (15.5-ounce) cans garbanzo beans 2 garlic cloves, sliced 4 Tablespoons almond butter or tahini 4 Tablespoons lemon juice 8 Tablespoons cold water 2 teaspoons fine sea salt ½ teaspoon smoked paprika Drain the garbanzo beans and then put them into a food processor. Add the sliced garlic, almond butter lemon juice and cold water. Process until smooth. Season the hummus with the salt and paprika. Season to taste for more salt if needed. Transfer the hummus to an airtight container, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. To serve, portion the hummus in containers and serve with cucumber sticks, baby carrots or crackers. Makes 2 cups.


4 Tablespoons Greek yogurt 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise ½ teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill Fine sea salt to taste 1 Tablespoon julienne sun-dried tomatoes 2 cooked chicken breasts*

5 mini naan or flat-bread ½ cup spinach leaves ¼ cup julienne (thin strips) cucumber

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and dill. Season to taste with salt. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes. Shred the chicken into the bowl. Toss until the chicken is coated. Serve the tzatziki chicken salad over greens or as a sandwich. For the sandwich, top each naan with spinach, chicken salad and julienne cucumber. Serves 5. *You can use rotisserie chicken breasts.

WATERMELON PIZZA 1 seedless watermelon* Yogurt (vanilla or flavored) ** Fruit Toppings: Blueberries Cherry slices Grape slices Cut the watermelon into fourths and then into 1-inch slices. Top each watermelon slice with some your favorite yogurt and then fruit slices. Serve cold. *If packing in a lunch box, place the watermelon slices in freezer safe zip top bags. Freeze to keep the watermelon cold in the lunch box as well as the other food items. **For the lunch box, pack yogurt pouches or cups.


LIFESTYLE | In Your Backyard

Little Sprouts Sale Semi-annual specialty consignment sale for upscale clothing brands for boys and girls.

If you want to dress your kiddos in adorable, high quality clothing and shoes, have nice toys and gear around your house, AND pay a small fraction of retail for all those things, Little Sprouts is for you. Smart moms’ shop at Little Sprouts. Little Sprouts is a semi-annual specialty consignment sale that accepts only the best upscale clothing brands for boys and girls from babies to teens. In addition to children’s clothing they also accept and sell upscale brands of shoes, and any brands that are in great condition of books, toys, baby items, baby gear, furniture, etc. At Little Sprouts, they have taken the hard work and frustration out of outfitting stylish kids on a budget. Little Sprouts values it consignors so highly that they offer them 70% of their selling price. Volunteers working three shifts receive 80% of their sales totals. Little Sprouts is the creation of Mindy Hyatt Spradlin. Mindy began Little Sprouts in 2008 after discovering that there were many consignment sales in the middle Tennessee area but none that filled the niche market of those looking for specifically upscale, high quality items. Thus, Little Sprouts was born. Like many moms, Mindy was looking for a way to stay home with her kids, four children, while also contributing to her family financially. Her go-getter attitude and entrepreneurial nature made Little Sprouts the perfect match for her lifestyle and skill set. When she’s not consigning, Mindy is busy running the family taxi service to and from school and extracurriculars, speaking about doTERRA Essential Oils and building her wellness empire through that, meeting with other female entrepreneurs that are a part of her weekly mastermind group, volunteering in her church’s children’s music and dramatic arts ministry, or trying to face the mountain of laundry that has taken up permanent residence on her living room sofa. She’s one busy gal. Laura Brown is the Sale Manager for Little Sprouts. She is the magician who keeps things running smoothly to make sure consignors and 72 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

shoppers alike have an exceptional experience. She keeps Mindy (and everyone else) sane during sale week! One other important element about Little Sprouts is that they are passionate about giving back to Williamson County and do so donating a portion of proceeds to Williamson County CASA. CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. Their vision is for every child to be in a safe and permanent home. They are truly an incredible organization! This year, they are a presenting sponsor for the playhouse they raffle off, valued at $8000, and will be selling raffle tickets at the sale for shoppers. Shoppers can also have the opportunity to donate at the sale, and that money will be given 100% to CASA. For more information about the sale and how to consign or volunteer go to:

The Fall/Winter Sale is coming up! August 23-25,2018 Sign up to consign your kids’ items or just come to shop. LOCATION Franklin Fieldhouse 1850 General George Patton Drive Franklin, TN 37067 *Very convenient to I-65 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Thursday, August 23, 9-7 Friday, August 24, 9-7 Saturday, August 25, 8-12 (Many Items 1/2 Price) *Cash, Visa, MC, AMEX, and Discover Accepted (3% fee assessed for all card transactions) *All sales are final PRESALES FOR VOLUNTEERS, CONSIGNORS & FIRST TIME MOMS August 21-22 Sign up for the text alerts by texting @littletn to 81010! You don’t want to miss out on announcements, updates, special deals and more!

SOCIAL | Great Slider Showdown

Photography by K. York MADE SOUTH presented the first Great Slider Showdown, where twelve top chefs from the south, including Franklin’s own B.J. Lofback of Funk Seoul Brother, competed for the Golden’s Slider Prize. Food Network’s, Alton Brown and Maneet Chauhan along with Southern Living’s Robby Melvin and Tricia Sereno of Buffalo Trace Distillery, served as guest judges for the inaugural event. The judges awarded a tie for first place to Chef Matthew Statham, SAW’s Soul Kitchen of Birmingham, Alabama for his sweet tea brined fried chicken slider with pimento cheese and Chef John Williams, of Fred’s Meat & Bread of Atlanta, Georgia for his hot Korean cheesesteak. Proceeds from this event benefited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. To learn more, visit

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COMMUNITY | Your Education


your child’s school is certainly one of the easiest ways to be involved. All that’s required is for a parent to sign up (for free) and then a portion of all future grocery store purchases will go to the school that was listed when signing up.

For most of us, the first day of school has already come and gone. We saw it coming as soon as Target started their “Back to School” displays in July. The anxiousness of having to retire our lackadaisical summer schedules is not something many of us look forward to. School days however, bring back a sense of organization, schedule and consistency that many of us like. But with that comes the school’s annual “can you volunteer” appeal to parents, both working and nonworking. Yet, it doesn’t have to be a daunting or irritating solicitation. If looked at through a different scope, it may bring about more talent that has been in hiding just to be discovered. Many schools lead a strong push for parental involvement through the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), committees or classroom volunteering. While this can be very beneficial to the school, it can leave some parents feeling disconnected if they are unable to be engaged in a conventional manner due to work schedules or other circumstances. Is it possible for a working mom or dad to still be a part of their children’s education in the same ways that stay-at-home parents are able to? Volunteering without ever stepping into the classroom is undeniably possible and certainly welcomed by teachers and administration. Not to mention, the students will benefit from whatever it is you have to offer. Most teachers have to-do lists that are never-ending. Reaching out to your child’s teachers to request a project that can be completed at home and sent back to school (i.e. labeling, cutting, pasting). You’ll save them precious planning time all while allowing your child to be the very useful engine that transports the tasks back to school. Does your child’s teacher or school have a need for disinfectant wipes, a class supply of Kleenex, or some extra snacks to hand out? Every teacher has a wish list. What teacher isn’t going to want their very own “Fairy Classroom Parent” that makes his or her wish come true? A working parent can also link local grocery store loyalty rewards cards to their child’s school. For instance, Publix and Kroger both offer the program in Williamson County. This opportunity to support 74 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

Collecting Box Tops is another simple way to support your children’s school without having to do much more than grocery shop and sit at the kitchen table with some scissors. It may seem like a trite way to give back but in reality, each Box Top Clipping is worth 10 cents for your school. Occasionally, Bonus Box Tops or Bonus eBoxTops of a different value are issued for special promotions. Money is money and when given to the school, it can provide some amazing technology and materials that will impact the education that your child will ultimately receive. If you want to do more than just supply some classroom wish list items or collect Box Tops, there are certainly bigger opportunities such as being a part of researching and solidifying educational grants offered through various corporations. These funds are often set up to facilitate new gym equipment, increase book offerings and to provide different, innovative field trips throughout the year. A parent’s professional career may lend itself to offering great opportunities to donate to your child’s school in a way that stands out. Volunteering comes in all forms and it doesn’t always take place in the classroom or within the halls of the school. Perhaps you can’t bake your way out of a paper bag or maybe you have the social skills of a turtle? Okay... and the problem is…? Those aren’t the only things needed to make a difference. Volunteering is so much more than decorating the perfect cupcakes or talking with parents during school events. There’s an endless number of behind-the-scenes tasks that can be done that don’t require anything other than a true willingness to give your time and energy. Everyone is good at something which means everyone has something to offer. What are you good at? How can you implement your skills and passions to give back to your child’s school? In other words, don’t sign up to count money if you barely passed 10th grade Algebra — you’ll hate what you’re doing and end up quitting. The trick is to find your flair and apply it to make a difference in your own way. Not only will your volunteer efforts pay off by adding to your child’s experience at school, you’ll cherish the days when you had the chance to make a difference and followed through with it. ANNIE OSTEEN

Your Williamson Community Writer Annie lives in Franklin with her husband and children. When she’s not writing, she’s busy volunteering in her children’s schools or cheering on her beloved Florida State Seminoles.

COMMUNITY | News From the Schools

For more news and information go to: Students Place in International HOSA Competition Several Williamson County Schools HOSA students spent a few days of their summer in Dallas competing at the 2018 HOSA International Competition, and three students returned to Tennessee with national awards under their belts. From June 27-30, Dallas was home to more than 7,000 competitors in 56 different categories. Summit High’s Tyler Stallings, Summit High’s Lori Hanes and Nolensville High’s Rishi Pillai all placed in their respective categories. Tyler was in the Top 10 Interviewing Skills competition; Lori placed in the Top 10 percent for her HOSA Happenings project; and Rishi placed in the Top 10 for Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking. Independence High School was also named an Outstanding HOSA Chapter. Brentwood High Art Camp Encourages Creativity The fourth annual Brentwood High Art Camp is more than just drawing and painting. Along with two-dimensional art, campers also get the chance to use power tools and build sculptures or wooden boxes. The camp lets students do something different during the summer and express their creativity. For the boxes, they had to cut their own wood and sand it down so they could nail it together. Then they had to fill in any gaps before they finally got to decorate it. McHugh’s goal for art camp is to break the mold of traditional art education the students experience in school by allowing them to do these projects that they normally wouldn’t get to do during the year. Fairview High Mechatronics Named Program of the Year The unique Fairview High School mechatronics program continues to earn recognition after being named the Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education (TACTE) Secondary Program of the Year. The award recognizes career and technical programs for their outstanding curriculum, goals, student recruitment and retention among other achievements. The program, run by Fairview High’s Kevin Sizemore, was honored at the 2018 Institute for CTE Educators at the Music City Convention Center in Nashville on July 9. “This is a great honor for the program, Fairview High School and the students in the program,” Sizemore said. “Without their dedication and willingness to complete the advanced work, this program would not be recognized with such an honor. It gives us a sense of accomplishment and great pride that the program has succeeded the way it has and that people from all over the state are recognizing it.”




Choosing a pediatrician may seem like an overwhelming task, especially for new parents who have a long list of things to learn about becoming a parent. If you think about it, your pediatrician is a person who will more than likely be in your life for a long time. You need to feel comfortable discussing a variety of things with this person, and you need to feel you will be listened to and not judged. Many factors play into finding the “just right” pediatrician for you and your family. When should you start looking? Begin looking soon enough to give you time to do your homework. Remember that if your child were to be born before full term, you would want to have a pediatrician in place. Allow yourself time to find a good fit taking into consideration the following components. You may be asking “how do I start?” Simple, start by asking your friends. Find out what they like and maybe don’t love about the pediatricians they use. Referrals are a huge help - if there is a doctor you don’t know as much about, asking friends for people in their network who may go to that doctor could be helpful. Remember, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Try to have at least three to five to research for good measure. Here are some helpful tips on how to research for what you are needing and wanting in a pediatrician: INTERNET Most answers to your questions can be found on the practice’s website. And if not, you can always find out more by calling the office. Other questions may lend themselves to a face to face meeting if time allows. INSURANCE COVERAGE This can be daunting if you are not sure what to look for. Some simple questions you need to know: Do they bill insurance? Are they in-network providers with your insurance company? This could help you narrow down the providers you are interested in. IMMUNIZATIONS Do your research about your wishes regarding immunizations and make sure the doctor will agree to a delayed schedule or none at all if that is what you wish. 76 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

ARE THEY TAKING NEW PATIENTS? How quickly can they usually get you in for a sick visit, are there other doctors in the practice that can get you in if you need to see a doctor sooner than yours can get you in? DO THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS? Do they have experience with any other things that may have been an issue for others in your family? If you can schedule a meeting with the doctor, this will give you a chance to look at the office and interact with the staff and doctors. If there are questions specific to you, then make sure you bring those with you. If you had a chance to meet the doctors and see the office, consider these things: Did the conversation feel natural? Was the office staff friendly? Was the office clean? Do they have a sick vs. well waiting room? Don’t feel silly for thinking about smaller more detailed preferences because this will be a place you need to feel safe coming to with your child.


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SOCIAL | BUMC Fish Fry Photography by Jordan Bates The Bethlehem United Methodist Church hosted their 44th annual Fish Fry this month. The event gets its name from the 1,800 pounds of all-you-can-eat catfish that is served. The Fish Fry, which takes place at the church, also had live bluegrass, R&B and jazz music, a children’s play area, a book fair, a silent auction and a photo-booth area. This event attracts over thousands of guests each year and is known as one of the longest running happenings in Williamson County. The proceeds from the Fish Fry help the church’s missions locally and abroad. To learn more about Bethlehem United Methodist Church and their events, vist

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SOCIAL | TPAC Gala Kick-Off Party Photography by Catherine Royka The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) hosted a Kick-Off Party to build excitement for the TPAC Gala coming up on August 25th and also to announce the schedule for the 2018-2019 season. Cinema in Nashville hosted guests with hors d’ouvres and themed cocktails as a compliment to the first performance of the season, School of Rock. The Gala will also feature a School of Rock theme. The Gala proceeds benefit TPAC’s education and outreach mission. To learn more about the Gala, the TPAC season and to purchase tickets, visit

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SOCIAL | Pull-Tight 50th Season Celebration Photography by K. York The Pull-Tight Players Theatre opened their doors in historic, downtown Franklin on July 29th to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Guests gathered under a big white tent to enjoy refreshments and conversations, reminiscing with old friends and delighting new friends with stories about their days in the theatre. The walk down memory lane continued as guests moved into the theatre to preview the film entitled “50 Years a Treasure” and get a sneak peek of the upcoming production of “South Pacific.” Everyone involved throughout the years, agreed that the theatre, so rightfully named Pull-Tight, has done just that to make it fifty years. The theatre brings everyone togtehr and celebrates arts and culture in our community. To learn more about Pull-Tight Players and their shows, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Arts & Culture


The arts and culture scene is nonstop in here! Read about upcoming productions and events we can’t wait to experience.

South Pacific August 3rd – 18th Pull-Tight Players Theatre


Williamson County Fair August 3rd – 11th Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park The Williamson County Fair returns for nine days of fun, Friday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 11th at the Williamson County Ag EXPO Park, continuing with the popular “Country Pride, County Wide” theme. New attractions this year include Ma’Ceo, an equestrian acrobatic show that will take place inside a large tented area in the Fair Village. Ma’Ceo will offer two shows per night during the week and four shows daily on the weekends. The exhibit will feature various and exotic breeds of horses on educational display between shows. For a limited showing, the Jurassic Kingdom Dinosaur Show will take place in the covered warm-up area for the first five nights of the Fair. The interactive demonstration will include a hands-on look at ancient fossils and appearances by various dinosaurs, offering a mix of entertainment and education. Don’t miss returning Fair favorites like the Little 1’s Farming Exhibit, Children’s Barnyard and 4-H & Youth Village with interactive, free activities for children that are focused on health, STEM, robotics, engineering, horticulture, wildlife, animal science and culinary arts. All attractions are free with admission. 80 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | AUGUST 2018

Pull-Tight is celebrating fifty years this year! In recognition of their fiftieth anniversary season, Pull-Tight patrons were polled for their favorite productions gracing the stage over the past years. The theatre is delighted to present a selection of “audience picks” from the past, as well as one final new show “to grow on.” Check out their first performance of the season, a classic from Rodgers & Hammerstein, South Pacific. Its parallel love stories, themes of military camaraderie and unshrinking exploration of racial prejudice make is timeless. Other classics you can see the rest of the year include, Lend Me A Tenor, A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, On Golden Pond, Steel Magnolias and Big Fish.

Frankenstein August 31st – September 9th, Jamison Theatre at The Factory Pushing the limits of science and morality in his search for love and purpose, Victor Frankenstein unleashes a creation that he cannot control. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, join them for a heartfelt new stage adaptation by A.S. Peterson (The Battle of Franklin) that will leave you pondering your own sense of belonging long after the lights come up.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream September 13th – 16th Academy Park

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Shakespeare’s classical comedy that explores the duality of love in a magical, transformative production that asks: If we are in love, are we ever in control? Performances start at 7pm, with two programs before – a 5:30pm “Talking Shakespeare” and at 6pm, “Preshow Entertainment.” There is limited bleacher seating, so bring a blanket and/or chairs just in case to set up and claim your spot!

September 11th – 16th Tennessee Performing Arts Center Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit School of Rock will be the first season performance at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Based on the 2003 hit film, the musical adaption portrays the comical tale of Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. The studious students are turned into a rock band with Finn’s influence. With a little bit of love and rock n’ roll – we know you will rock on and adore this musical.


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August is Fair time in Williamson County! Test your county fair knowledge with these interesting facts:

One of the most quintessentially American traditions of all is the State and County Fair. New Englander ELKANAH WATSON is credited with creating the first agricultural fair in the U.S.: the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Cattle Show in 1811. Both the Texas State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair claim to have introduced the CORN DOG to the masses of fair goers! Today, there are over 3,200 FAIRS in North America each year, according to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, and attendance is booming. Several draw over a million visitors each year. A GIANT TURKEY LEG contains the most calories of all popular fair food at 1,136 calories and a whopping fifty four grams of fat! The first MIDWAY, one and a half miles long and “a block wide,” comprised a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and other attractions such as “fat ladies,” fortune tellers, and games of chance and was at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Now the Midway can be found at all state and county fairs.

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