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IN YOUR BACKYARD The Property Brothers in Williamson County

FASHIONABLE YOU Tail Gate Ready With Draper James

Real Estate & Home Issue

WORLD-CLASS SURGERY in your neighborhood A. J. Bethurum M.D., F.A.C.S.

Preston Brown M.D., F.A.C.S.

Ysela Carrillo M.D., F.A.C.S., F.C.C.M.

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20 Fashionable You Tailgate Ready with Draper James

40 Pours & Palates The Mockingbird

60 House Proud The Wills Company Builds on Tennessee’s Architectural Traditions

64 Your Community Partner Garden Gate Homes

68 In Your Backyard The Property Brothers in Williamson County

COVER Drew and Jonathan Scott - The Property Brothers PHOTOGRAPH BY SCOTT BROTHERS GLOBAL







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Significant Sale In Avery Community 5 BR, 5 Full BA, 2 Half BA | 6,010 SF 6468 Penrose Dr. | SALES PRICE: $1,929,900 Kelly Feeney, 615.347.4634

lebanon • 103 beautiful acres

Main House - 5 BR, 5 Full BA | 5,300 SF Guest House - 3 BR, 2 Full BA | 1,310 SF 4411 Franklin Road | $2,950,000 Chris Mannino, 615.299.7995 Larry Lipman, 2002 Richard Jones Road 615.364.3333

Master On Main • 4-Car Garage 5 BR, 4 Full BA, 1 Half BA | 7,273 SF 5158 Remington Drive | $1,495,000 Emily Lowe, 615.509.1753

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Bridgemore Village • Meticulously Kept 6 BR, 5 Full BA, 3 Half BA | 5,504 SF 3509 Robbins Nest Rd | NEW PRICE: $799,900 Chris Mannino, 615.299.7995

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Great Views • 2 Assigned Parking Spaces 2 BR, 2 Full BA | 1,144SF 600 12th Ave,#540 | NEW PRICE: $519,900 Anne Ruark, 615.210.6966

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2-Story Family Room • 2 Bonus Rooms 5 BR, 5 Full BA, 3 Half BA | 9,062 SF 367 Jones Parkway | $2,200,000 Larry Lipman, 615.364.3333

Suite C-104 Nashville, TN 37215 615.463.3333 2002 Richard Jones Road Suite C-104 | Nashville, TN 615.463.3333

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 Letter from the Publisher

12 Social Secretary 29 Bone Vivant

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18 Beauty Junkie with Julie Jorgensen 24 Let’s Get Physical with Alison Kanaby 26 Your Health & Wellness with Centerstone 28 It’s Your Business Manduu 30 A Southern Gentleman Is... with Tim Kearns 34 Keeping Score Tennessee Titan”s New Coach: Mike Vrabel 36 Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Whitney Miller 54 Interior Thinking with Parker Haven Interiors 72 The Lady Entertains with Krista Ehret 86 Come Fly With Me The Henderson Park Inn 94 Arts & Culture


74 88 89 90 96

Days Gone By with Rick Warwick Your Education with Annie Osteen News From the Schools with WCS Your Kids with Ginger Jones A Little Something Extra Make the Pilgrimage

22 Bowlability 27 Williamson Inc.’s Women In Business Summit 31

Flavor of Franklin

32 Great Americana BBQ Festival 44 Animal Ball 48 Williamson Inc. Joint Chambers Mixer


62 Williamson County Fair 91

Spring Hill Ice Cream Festival

92 Jokers & Jackpots 93 TPAC Gala




78 Socially Yours 98 Did You Know?

50 Your Real Estate with Williamson County Association of Realtors 76 Your Business Partner with Williamson, Inc. 79 Ribbon Cuttings Welcome New Businesses 80 Scoop You In the News 81 We’re in the Money with Franklin Synergy Bank


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MONTHLY | Publisher’s Letter

Fall is here... Dear Readers,






And so, we welcome Fall. It may not the official start date quite yet – since it’s coming later this month – but it does in fact already feel like Fall is here. School has started back, activities and homework and the tying up of the sweet days of summer have occurred in these last weeks for all of us. Halloween (and in some insane cases, Christmas) decorations have descended on our senses everywhere we turn at our favorite retail locations. Being in preparation for my second child in the coming months and knowing my full holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) will be here before I know it; I am already in that frame of mind even though I have always been a professed – no holiday before its due time kind of person! But there is something about that first day of school, that first football game that makes all of us smell cider and feel the cool breeze of autumn around us. My daughter started Kindergarten this last month and I am immersed for the first time in that most profound experience. Book bags and car pickup lines and yes that first football game. It was 90 degrees but oh don’t we all just love the sounds, sights and experience of that Friday Night Lights moment? Or the Saturday afternoon of college football kickoff on our television or if we are very lucky from the stands. Hello fall – and welcome. Bring on all of the things we all look forward to each year during this fast paced and hectic time of year – filled with so many sensory pleasures. You can’t help but notice how Williamson County lends itself perfectly to this season with mounds of leaves all around, high school football games, making the Pilgrimage to Harlinsdale for our now annual music festival; stomping some grapes at the Grape Stomp and all the endless myriad of fall festivals, hayrides, Halloween celebrations and pretty much any activity you can imagine as the temps begin to fall. This issue devoted to home – is always a special one. It gives us an opportunity to showcase our real estate and development clients, and also to espouse the joys and pleasures of home; making a house a home and all that being at home means to each of us. Fall certainly plays into that when you start thinking about all those fall yard and house chores that we start this month! Enjoy WC- enjoy fall.

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Avery from $2 million

Bennington from the $700’s Scales Farmstead from the mid-$400’s

WeHo Cottages from the $400’s

COLLEGE GROVE: The Grove from $1 million



Vibe City Homes from the $350’s

MONTHLY | Social Secretary



OCT 13

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

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Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival The Park at Harlinsdale Farm | 10am-8:30pm

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, now in its fourth year, will transform The Park at Harlinsdale Farm into an oasis of music, food and culture. In addition to renowned musical artists performing their own sets, Pilgrimage will feature Pilgri-mashups where one-of-a-kind pairings of musicians collaborate with one another on stage as well as the Americana Music Triangle Experience, Blackberry Farm Grand Champion Experience, VIP Village and Lil’ Pilgrims area specifically for kids. The region’s best food and drink will be on display as well as numerous local artists and artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience. This year’s performers include Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows and more!

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River Swing River Circle Farm | 6pm-10pm | The 15th annual River Swing will grace the beautiful grounds of River Circle Farm again this year and celebrate the ongoing efforts of Harpeth Conservancy. This outdoor event under the stars, along the banks of the State Scenic Harpeth River, will include dinner provided by Puckett’s, beverages donated by Lipman Brothers and desserts donated by local partners. There will also be entertainment by John Hermann of Widespread Panic and Joe Andrews of Old Crow Medicine Show. The Harpeth Conservancy, formerly known as the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), is a science-based conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee.

The Grape Stomp Festival The Factory at Franklin | 5pm-8pm |

Wine lovers don’t miss this event! A Vintage Affair’s annual Grape Stomp Festival brings out the fun in wine making with stomping barefoot teams competing against others in a tournament bracketstyle competition. The team to collect the most juice at the end will advance to the finals, where five teams will compete to be the Grape Stomp champion! Members of the winning team will receive a case of wine and a team trophy as reward for their stomping talent. On top of all of that fun, there will also be a best-dressed Grape Stomping Team competition, with some bringing their A-game in team costumes! Wine, beer, food and music will be plentiful, so don’t miss all of the fun! Must be twenty-one or older to attend the event.

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SOCIAL | 7th Annual Raise the Roofs Sponsored Event

Photography by K. York The 7th annual Friends of Franklin Parks Raise the Roofs fundraiser took place at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Ann Frances and Michael Barker along with Natalie and Adam Ballash served as Chairs for the event. Mayor Ken and Linda Moore along with Randy and Debra Jones were the presenting sponsors. Spectators enjoyed an interscholastic polo match in the Tractor Supply Arena before moving over to the big tent at the main barn for food, drinks and a silent auction. Over $250,000 was raised at the event to kick off the 2019 fundraising season. Friends of Franklin Parks began a mission seven years ago to put a roof on the Main Barn at Harlinsdale and bring the horses back to the farm. With that mission accomplished, the Friends are focused on a complete restoration of the Main Barn, the Hayes House and Power House at Harlinsdale, among other projects improving the City of Franklin's Park system. Learn more at

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Graham Harlin, John & Elizabeth Moore, Catherine & Wayne DeVane

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SOCIAL | Raise the Roofs Sponsor Party Sponsored Event

Photography by K. York Friends of Franklin Parks held the seventh-annual Raise the Roofs Sponsor Party hosted by Mary Lankford and John Harlin at his beautiful country estate. Friends of Franklin Parks work with the City of Franklin to improve the city’s park system with great emphasis on restoring Harlinsdale Farm to its glory. Architectural renderings of the main barn restoration project at Harlinsdale were displayed and updates were given to the enthusiastic crowd. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chauhan Ale & Masala House and Tansuo, with tasty desserts prepared by The Mockingbird Restaurant. Rosemary Mint Juleps and Honey Peach Tea cocktails were served by Leiper’s Fork Distillery. The Raise the Roofs main event was held at Harlinsdale Farm with a record-breaking crowd attending. To learn more about the main event and this organization, visit

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Kevin Thompson, Ashley Hill, Myers Jones & Walt Burton

David & Karla Landrum, Linda & Ken Moore, Jackie & Barry Alexander

Brian Smallwood, Courtney & Cason McInturff

John Harlin, Mary Lankford, Keeling, Shelly & Johnny Birdsong

Judy Hayes & David Landrum

Ashley Roberts, Jay Sheridan & Anna Robertson Ham

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HISTORIC GEM FRANKLIN • OFFERED AT $1,799,000 1711 FORREST CROSSING CIRCLE | Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 5,000 square foot, Antebellum home (c.1835), 2116 square foot log cabin (c.1833), banquet hall and guest quarters, makes up the McGavock-Gaines property. The property is complete with a period appropriate renovation and modern amenities. The cabin has three bedrooms, two baths, living room, kitchen, and two fireplaces and the unique banquet hall (4,671 SF), showcases a fireplace room, kitchen and storage space. You will find all of these beautiful buildings nestled on 6.7 fenced acres, complete with pool, manicured grounds, and a smokehouse and carriage house.

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LIFESTYLE | Beauty Junkie


Beautiful Skin


A house built on a shaky foundation isn’t bound to stand tall for very long. Similarly, skimping on the basics when it comes to taking care of your skin will leave you looking like an abandoned old house — who wants that?! Though it may sometimes seem like common sense or advice we’ve all heard a thousand times before, showing your skin some TLC (including what goes into your body, not just onto it), is actually pretty simple. What are the building blocks, you ask? First things first: hydration. Staying hydrated on the inside will result in glowing skin on the outside. Aim for at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day, more if you exercise regularly. I add an electrolyte-replacement to my first glass of water each morning to replace what’s lost overnight. Keep the caffeine to a minimum if you can, as it can dry out your skin and isn’t very nice to your kidneys, for that matter. A great indicator of your hydration level is the color of your urine; though vitamins can turn it bright yellow, it should generally be very pale, almost clear. If it’s not, grab some water ASAP. As we age, our skin holds on to less and less moisture, so finding a hydrating serum that won’t clog pores is essential as well. Countermatch Intense Moisture serum by Beautycounter is my current obsession. Any skincare product containing hyaluronic acid will boost hydration like a boss. Second and just as important: sunscreen. Getting just a handful of bad sunburns during childhood means an elevated risk of skin cancer as an adult. Look for an SPF of at least thirty and a formula containing a physical block, like zinc oxide. Wear sunscreen every single day, and see your dermatologist at least once a year for a full-body scan. I really shouldn’t have to say this, but stay away from tanning beds and opt for a safe, sunless tan instead.

Third: you really are what you eat, so try to make whole, clean foods the foundation of your diet. Aim for color and variety, and seek quality supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps. An omega-3 supplement will help keep skin looking healthy, and Vitamin D allows your body to get the most nutrients out of the food you eat. Amino acids work like shrink-wrap for your muscles, keeping them from being metabolized during everyday activity and exercise. Collagen, comprised of amino acids, is a wonder supplement when it comes to skin and muscle support, find a high-quality collagen-peptide powder and throw it into your morning latte. Your skin will thank you! Finally, wash your face! Going to bed with makeup on will leave your skin looking old and ragged. I don’t care how tired you are, at least swipe your face with a cleansing cloth and rinse with some lukewarm water. Taking the time to remove makeup, sweat, and oil before bedtime allows your skin to “breathe” and take full advantage of your nighttime skincare routine. Cleanse, treat with an anti-aging or hydrating serum, moisturize with night cream (don’t forget your eye cream,), and you’re ready to snooze. I treat it like a little mini-sparitual, knowing that I’ll wake up in the morning ready to put my best “face” forward. Cheers! Love, The Beauty Junkie


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FEATURE | Fashionable You


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SOCIAL | BrightStone Bowlability

Photography by Jordan Bates BrightStone, an organization that provides a comprehensive residential community for adults with special needs, held their 10th annual Bowlability event at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center this summer. BrightStone’s goal is to help each member develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Overall, BrightStone assists in finding opportunities to best benefit the adults in their community, and one opportunity is through Bowlability! This event allows people to gather their friends, family, work, church or school group and register for two hours of competitive and friendly fun in the bowling alley. Each team reserves an alley and competes for fundraising prizes based on skill, spirit and overall recognition. Over the course of ten years, Bowlability has helped raise over $500,000! To learn more about BrightStone and their events, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Let’s Get Physical


Can it Be Done?


Finding the time to exercise is the hardest part of taking that first step. For some, getting to a gym is too time-consuming and doesn’t work with their schedule. For others, they don’t have anyone to watch their children, so going to a gym just isn’t a possibility. As a working mom, I totally understand how difficult it is to actually get to a physical gym. So instead, I created a gym for myself in my basement. It’s the only way that I am able to incorporate my strength training routine into my daily routine. You can make a simple gym at your house and be able to get in your workout in the comfort of your own home. Most people think- “Well, it’s going to be expensive and I don’t want to spend a lot of money.” That’s not a problem. Honestly, you can probably get a decent amount of beginner equipment for under $100. Where can you get your equipment? Well, there are stores that sell used equipment, or you can just run to your local WalMart and buy most of it. Even stores like Five Below are carrying exercise equipment for a lower cost, to make it more available and affordable to everyone. You can store all of the equipment that you need in a tote or in a closet. THE EQUIPMENT


1 Yoga Mat It is extremely versatile and can be used for multiple exercise routines. You can use it for push-ups, sit-ups, planks, bridges. Of course you can do yoga poses on it as well!

All of the above equipment is so easy to put away and grab when you are ready to start working out (well, except the ball!). The simpler, the better- because you don’t need any additional roadblocks to start getting stronger. You can really exercise almost anywhere in your house with the above equipment. You can turn your bonus room, bedroom, or even living room into your own gym in less than five minutes by grabbing your equipment and getting your workout on!

The possibilities are endless! It rolls up and you can place it in a tote to store away until the next time you workout. 2 Hand Weights Depending on where you are starting with weight you can even get a barbell that has multiple weight attachments or you can get some inexpensive hand weights. A good starting point (depending on the level that you are at), would be 2lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs. You can use those for various arm exercises. Also, you can use them for weighted bridges (lay them on your abdomen while exercising). 3 Bands At WalMart, you can get a package of bands for about $10. This will have multiple strength bands in it. You can combine the bands with the yoga mat to do arm and leg strengthening techniques. 4 Kettle Bells This is a heavier piece of equipment to have, but useful for strengthening your core. When used right, you can do swings with the kettle bell and it can also be used to do weighted bridges (place it on your abdomen while doing a bridge). 5 Exercise Ball So, this is a little more difficult to store, but it can be used for so many exercises, that I couldn’t pass up mentioning it. Using the ball for a core workout is incredible! You can sit on the ball and build your core, use it for planks, sit-ups, and so many other strengthening possibilities. 24 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

THE RESULTS Having your own gym setup at home is the best first step you can make, in making your commitment to exercise. You will be so glad you made the decision to workout in your house, because it is so convenient! If you like exercising first thing in the morning then you don’t have to worry about going outside in the heat or cold to get to your gym. For parents, who just can’t leave their children- no worries anymore! Get your equipment and get exercising!!


Let’s Get Physical | Alison is a family practice physician, marathon runner, swimmer and a fun-loving mother of three. Alison will be bringing advice and tips on health and fitness.


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LIFESTYLE | Your Health & Wellness



September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a good time to become better informed and empowered to combat the tenth leading—and still rising—cause of death in the United States. In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that suicide rates climbed in almost every state from 1999 to 2016, with increases above thirty-percent in twenty-five states. Those numbers, along with the widely reported suicide deaths of chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade, have kept this epidemic in recent headlines. But how do we begin to effectively reduce suicide in our country? To borrow a well-worn but no less accurate phrase, it takes a village. In the same way that “all hands on deck” were required to bring awareness and change to major present day issues like smoking hazards, seatbelt safety or HIV transmission, we must take a robust community approach to suicide prevention. Here are three areas where increased suicide prevention awareness can lead to sustainable change. Mental Health First Aid: People are commonly taught the life-saving basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or what to do when someone suffers a serious cut or concussion. But what about a crisis of the mind? Like a traditional first aid class, Mental Health First Aid teaches participants how to identify when someone may be experiencing a mental health emergency and how to help that person. One-day classes (available through Centerstone) include discussions on recognizing symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis and addiction, then determining the right way to assist. It’s a training everyone should have.

Primary Health Care Checkpoints: The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions reports “up to 45 percent of individuals who die by suicide have visited their primary care physician within a month of their death.” By partnering with behavioral health providers to establish a systematic, checkpoint approach to suicide prevention that closes gaps in patient care, lives can be saved. Community Engagement: Further, suicide rates will decrease through greater community involvement. Employers can help destigmatize mental health issues through Employee Assistance Programs that link staff to available resources. School systems can more purposefully add suicide prevention education into their health curriculum. Churches and other faith-based organizations can host support groups and behavioral wellness classes through the local branches of associations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Finally, some bright news in suicide prevention awareness is that more people are recognizing their need for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline saw a record-setting sixty-five-percent call increase in the days immediately following the tragic news of Bourdain and Spade. Reaching out in a time of need shows strength. Help is available via Centerstone’s 24-hour crisis hotline at (800) 681-7444.

Lacy Monday, LCSW, is director of Crisis Care Services for Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral health care. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and serves as project director for a federal suicide prevention grant. 26 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

SOCIAL | Williamson Inc. Women in Business Summit

Photography by Paige Atwell This year’s Women in Business Summit was held at The Barn at Sycamore Farms. Guests enjoyed a morning of breakfast and networking, followed by several guest speakers and fellow women in business. This annual event aims to empower women through their community. To learn more about the Chamber and their events, visit Ondrea Johnson & Leigh Bawcom

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LIFESTYLE | It’s Your Business


Strength and power begin at the cellular level. Fortunately, there’s a way to leverage technology in a way that can increase athletic performance while decreasing the risk of injury. The introduction of Whole-Body Electrical Muscle Stimulation (WBEMS) to the United States creates an entirely new concept for increasing athletic performance, and Manduu America – the only FDA-cleared provider in the country – is headquartered here in Nashville. Whole-body EMS prompts unique and powerful changes inside the human body. When you exercise at Manduu, your trainer guides you through a series of exercises as low-level current activates muscle fibers in a very efficient, effective and safe way. What’s really happening is those specific frequencies and pulse widths stimulate and enhance red blood cells, helping them navigate through the tiniest blood vessels to deliver oxygen to muscle tissues. That translates into stronger, healthier muscles, which facilitates better sports performance. Many are not aware that there are stem cells inside our muscle cells waiting to replace damaged muscle tissue. Exercise breaks down muscle fibers, and these stem cells replace the ones we damage during strenuous activity. These are called satellite cells, and they work at any age. When you spend fifteen minutes working out at Manduu, a significant number of satellite cells are released; whole-body EMS activates far more of the muscle compartment than ordinary weight training ever could. This massive release can have tremendously positive effects on our bodies, in terms of muscle regeneration, strength and even flexibility. Whether you’re an athlete in your prime or a middle-aged person (like most of us) staying fit, joint safety and stability is a paramount concern. For instance, a strong quadriceps muscle group is critically important to a stable knee joint. Too often we see people trying to get back into shape by attempting exercise programs that are inherently unsafe for non-athletes. Knee injuries are a


common and unfortunate result. With an ultra-low-impact whole-body EMS program like Manduu offers, quadricep muscle strength can be significantly increased while drastically reducing the inherent risk of tearing ligaments. With the clinical results that are becoming more prevalent every day, it is no wonder that mega-athletes like world champion sprinter Usain Bolt and European soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo have used WB-EMS to further their abilities. Today, Manduu is available to any adult, regardless of age or fitness level, and professional sports teams are rapidly adopting EMS technology because it delivers impressive results in a timeefficient manner while decreasing injuries, starting at the cellular level. Take a look at the reams of research and clinical results posted on our website at, then come spend fifteen minutes with us. It could change your life! 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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MONTHLY | Your “Bone” Vivant




KEEPING PETS COMFORTABLE WHILE YOU ARE AWAY Traveling is stressful, especially when us pups don’t get to go with you. Remember, you are our people and our world. We don’t like it when you are gone, and definitely don’t like it when we are in unknown situations or places. So, here are some tips on how to make things a bit easier on us if you are going to be away and need to board us at a pet boarding facility or have someone taking care of us at our own home.

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HAVE A PET SITTER? • Bring the pet sitter over before you leave to introduce them to your pet(s) and show them around to get familiar with where things will be that are needed while you are out of town and for your pet(s) to get acquainted with them. • Leave a list of contact information for yourself, where you will be, your vet and another local emergency contact like a neighbor or friend that can help if needed. • Leave feeding and medication instructions. • Leave the potty break instructions so that your pet sitter is aware (some pets need to potty more frequently than others or some need more time to find that “right spot” to do their business!) • Inform your pet sitter of any social or anxiety issues that may arise in certain circumstances (i.e. encountering other dogs on walks, turning on a radio or TV to help drown out the noise if it is storming, etc.). • Make sure there is an appropriate amount of food available at your house for your pet(s) with an additional extra two days’ worth in case you are delayed. • Make sure your pet has proper collar and I.D. tags on. • Have toys out for your pets to play with. • Have treats for your pet sitter to give to your pet (make sure they are treats your pet is already used to).

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BOARDING YOUR PET? • Make sure to research and visit the boarding facility you plan to use before booking. • Pack any and all needed pet meds and supplements. • Pack your pet’s food (enough for their entire stay plus two additional days in case of emergency). • Pack some toys and your pet’s blanket if they have one or a towel that you have slept with so it has a comforting and familiar scent. • Make sure your pet is up to date on their vaccines, including rabies and Bordetella, before taking them to any boarding facility. This is a requirement for all reputable facilities as well. • Make sure the staff has all information on your pet’s diet needs, feeding instructions and medication instructions. • Make sure the staff have both your contact information and your pet’s vet contact information in case of emergency. • Stay calm when dropping off your pet at the boarding facility. We can tell if you are anxious, and it can make us anxious too.

LIFESTYLE | A Southern Gentleman Is...

A Fixer Upper! BY TIM KEARNS

The September issue of Your Williamson Magazine is centered on Real Estate and Home Improvement. Anyone who has owned a home for any length of time will most likely endure the everyday maintenance and repairs that come with home ownership. It may be as simple as cleaning out the gutters, changing the annuals from spring to fall, washing the windows, painting baseboards, pressure washing, etc. Or as extensive as repairs to the deck, trimming dead trees, painting the exterior of house or replacing windows. I never understood how windows at a beautiful home like Carnton Plantation can survive 192 years without rotting, but I have windows at my house that have been replaced twice in twenty years! They say it’s because the Old Growth Wood is harder? It’s frustrating to fix something I already fixed once, it doesn’t make sense, but I digress. Many of us find ourselves needing to update our homes to keep up with the trends or stay ahead of the wear and tear of daily lives. It doesn’t matter if the focal point is inside or outside, depending on your skill and ability, you may want to call in someone with the experience and know how to give you a hand. That is where a great Southern Gentleman like Wayne Evans, CEO of ProNet Residential Services, comes in handy! I’ve known Wayne for twenty years and have personally seen his ability to solve any problem or make a dream come true for many clients, including myself. I went to the ProNet Residential offices in Franklin one afternoon to sit with Wayne and discuss the trends in new homes and renovations. “The hot trend for the past few years has been outdoor rooms, not just a fire pit and place to grill, but making an extension of quality of the inside living space in a covered area outside. What I’m seeing now is a return to focusing on the master suites, kitchens and en-suite bathrooms. When Williamson County was in the mid-1990’s boom, Jack & Jill bathrooms were in every new house and came standard with a bathtub. In today’s resale market, you’re competing with new construction 30 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

where full glass showers are the norm. A resale trying to compete would replace that bathtub with what you’d find in a new home; so the 3’ x 5’ tub space can now be converted a large 3’ x 5’ glass shower.” “At the same time larger open spaces are more the norm in new construction, so taking walls out to combine living spaces is something we see in the renovation trend. Kitchens with large single level counter tops or islands using quartz, which has become a very popular product today. Hidden microwaves or a convection microwave, which gives you the convenience of a second oven for those large dinner gatherings is also a trend I’m seeing more frequently.” We talked a little while about the standard maintenance items you don’t want to overlook, they can lead to big headaches. Wayne said, “The average person works hard all week, drives home and hits the garage door button and wants to relax. They may or may not see those items that really need attention. One of the best services we offer is a real estate market pre-sale inspection. We take the homeowner out to the curb and really do an assessment from the buyer’s perspective. We help the homeowner to see his own home in a way a buyer would, that is enlightening for most people. We see miniature trees growing out of the gutter in the back, the green algae on the shady side of the house they never noticed before. The fascia board rotting in the corner under the gutter where it overflows or the shingles missing off that spot on the roof are all things the homeowner can miss.” When I went home after our conversation, I looked at my house in a completely different way, from the curb view. I made my list of those things that really popped out to me; some I’ll tackle on my own, some I’ll need to call Wayne to help me out with. I left him with one last question. Are there any “Wayne’s words of wisdom” that a Southern Gentleman should never forget when it comes to their homes? He said, “If it’s brown, black or wet, don’t hesitate to seek immediate help!” Which essentially means, areas of moisture start to rot and rotten wood is bad news; it can lead to mold, mildew or a compromised structural support. Fix it fast! It’s good to know a great Southern Gentleman like Wayne who can help a guy out. when he’s over his head in a maintenance or renovation challenge!


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!

SOCIAL | Flavor of Franklin Sponsored Event

Photography by K. York The Rotary Club of Franklin introduced the Flavor of Franklin event to the community this year as a kick-off to the Great Americana BBQ Festival at Harlinsdale Farm. Local restaurants, food vendors and craft beer brewers prepared their flavorsome foods and Patrick Baggett, Dusty Rhoades brews for this pre-party event. The high energy sounds of Three and a Half Men had the & David Haas crowd dancing barefoot in the grass while others wandered across the field to get a sneak peek at the pit masters preparing for Saturday’s big event. The weather could not have been more perfect, the music any better or the food any tastier for what should be a great party for years to come. The proceeds from Flavor of Franklin will benefit local culinary arts programs. To learn more, visit Ashley & Alex Farmer

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SOCIAL | Great Americana BBQ Festival Photography by K. York The Franklin BBQ Society and the Franklin Noon Rotary Club brought the Great Americana Barbecue Festival back to Harlinsdale Farm for its third year of family fun and fabulous food. The event has quickly earned the reputation as one of the region’s best with designation as a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event. Eighty teams with top professional pit masters from all over the country rolled up their sleeves for the BBQ cooking competition. The treat for festival goers was BBQ Alley where they could sample the competitor’s barbecue and the best local craft beer and Tennessee whiskey around, all while enjoying the music of Jessica Miller, Patrick Carpenter, Lauren McKenzie and Travelin’ Kind. Festival goers shopped vendors, admired antique cars and were able to vote on the People’s Champion BBQ team.

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GET TO KNOW MIKE VRABEL Photo provided by Tennessee Titans

TENNESSEE TITANS NEW HEAD COACH Meet Mike Vrabel who joined the Titans as Head Coach in January 2018 after four seasons with the Houston Texans, spending the first three seasons (2014-2016) coaching linebackers and one year (2017) as the team’s defensive coordinator. During his time in Houston, the Texans built one of the best defenses in the NFL and experienced tremendous success as a team – earning two division titles (2015, 2016). Vrabel arrived in Tennessee with eighteen years of NFL experience, including four seasons as a coach and fourteen seasons as a player. His distinguished playing career included three Super Bowl wins (2001, 2003 and 2004), one Pro Bowl selection (2007) and an All-Pro honor (2007). Vrabel played in 206 NFL games and totaled fifty-seven sacks, 496 tackles, eleven interceptions, twenty forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and ten touchdown receptions. Additionally, his teams advanced to the playoffs eight times (twenty postseason games), with Vrabel recording eight postseason sacks and two postseason touchdown receptions. In 2017, Vrabel’s first year as a defensive coordinator, the Texans finished the campaign with nineteen players on injured reserve. Despite the injuries, Vrabel led the defense to the fifth-best third-down percentage in the NFL and a franchise- record yards per carry by opponents. Houston also had eighteen different players record at least half a sack last year and twenty-six players tally at least one tackle for loss. Vrabel spent his career playing and coaching with accomplished leaders, including Bill Belichick, Bill Cowher, Romeo Crennel, Urban Meyer, Bill O’Brien and Todd Haley. “This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life,” said Vrabel. “I want to thank Amy, Jon and the entire Titans organization for putting their faith in me. I am excited to get to work and that work starts now. We want to build a culture around winning, competitiveness and toughness. 34 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

Everything we do is going to be geared towards winning and being physical. We want to prepare our players so they know what to do, which will allow them to play fast and aggressive.” As the Texans linebackers’ coach from 2014-16, Vrabel developed several players into top-notch performers, including Jadaveon Clowney (Pro Bowl, 2016), Whitney Mercilus, Benardrick McKinney (second-team All- Pro, 2016) and Brian Cushing. The 2015 Texans defense had the top third down defense in the NFL (28.5 percent), which was the lowest percentage in franchise history and the lowest by any NFL team since the 2003 Titans (27.7 percent). The 2015 defense also set a franchise mark for sacks in a season with 45 - 22.5 coming from Vrabel’s line-backing corps. Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Vrabel transitioned immediately from an NFL player to college coach. He started as the linebacker coach at Ohio State in 2011 and coached the defensive line from 2012 - 2013. The 2012 Buckeyes finished the season undefeated at 12-0. He also was named Big Ten Recruiter of the Year by in 2012. Vrabel was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (91st overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, after his playing career at Ohio State, where he earned All-America honors and Big Ten Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year in both 1995 and 1996. A native of Akron, Ohio, Vrabel attended Walsh Jesuit High School. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons Tyler and Carter. Learn more about the Tennessee Titans, see the roster, season schedule and ticket information at

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LIFESTYLES | Eat, Drink & Be Merry


In the South, we know how to tailgate. I feel like it’s in our blood. I grew up a coach’s daughter so sports were a big part of my life. As a sports fan, my dad loved to frequent our local university’s football games, and tailgating beforehand was a must. Being a foodie early on, this secretly was my favorite part of the football game-day experience. My eyes would light up at the selection of tailgating fare from the pulled pork, coleslaw, jambalaya, fried catfish, baked beans and more. I remember when I first traveled to north Mississippi and experienced a different kind of tailgating. The Grove’s tailgating at Ole Miss is unlike any other I have ever seen. White table cloths, sterling silver, chandeliers and the list goes

on. Just like my college’s tailgating festivities, the food at The Grove is just as important as the décor. You will just see the women eating pulled pork with real forks and in heels. Whether you are tailgating at the stadium or hosting your own tailgating party at home, I have some great recipes for you, as well as décor tips. First let’s begin with the food. We in the South, even in record hot days and the ever-present humidity, still love eating hot peppers and dousing everything in hot sauce. My manly pork “wings” bring the heat and are big enough to satisfy any appetite at your party. Just make sure to serve them with the cooling Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dip, and

maybe a pitcher of water. My cool, crisp Creole Succotash Salad is the perfect accompaniment to the hot wings. It is easy to whip up and to keep cool until game time. Last but not least, dessert. I love bar cookie desserts because they are easy to make in bulk. All you need is one or two 13x9-inch baking dishes. You can simply serve the Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Pie Bars in the baking dish for easy clean up and transport or on a platter. Most importantly, enjoy your time with your family and friends cheering on your team.

DECOR TIPS: • Add game day inspired and/or collegiate tea towels to the table for a festive touch. • Stock up throughout the year on tablecloths, cups, plates, pompoms, and more in your team’s colors. • Serve your cold items over a bowl or container of ice to keep your foods cold.

Pork “Wings” with Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dip PORK “WINGS” 3 pounds bone-in, country-style pork ribs


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

3 tablespoons buttermilk

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon onion powder

Pinch of fine sea salt

1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Pinch of cracked black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

WING SAUCE 1 tablespoon butter
 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) 1 clove garlic, minced
 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce To make the sauce, place the butter, hot pepper sauce, garlic and Worcestershire sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until the butter has melted. Whisk to combine. To make the dip, place the yogurt, buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the cheese and pulse 4 times to blend. Refrigerate until ready to use. To make the pork, preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Carefully trim the fat and meat from the rib bones about 3 inches down and discard. Fold the rib meat sideways and up toward the exposed bone to create a round shape (similar to a lollipop.) Secure with two toothpicks per rib through both sides of the pork. Combine the olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, onion powder, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Rub all over the pork, and place the pork in a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 3 hours. Let cool at room temperature, and then refrigerate until completely cool, usually 1 to 2 hours. When the pork is completely cool, preheat the oven again to 450 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Lightly pat the pork dry, and arrange on the rack. Place in the oven, and bake until a crust has formed on the top, about 8 minutes. Carefully remove the toothpicks, and lightly brush both sides of the pork with the wing sauce. Let the wings stand for a few minutes before serving with the Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dip. Makes 4 servings, about 1/4 cup of wing sauce, and 3/4 cup of Buttermilk-Blue Cheese Dip.


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.


Creole Succotash Salad SUCCOTASH


12 cups (12-ounces) fresh or frozen lima beans 2 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cobs 1/4 cup chopped green onions
 18 grape tomatoes, cut into halves 1/3 cup pickled okra slices, 1/4-inch thick 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Fine sea salt, to taste
 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper Crumbled feta cheese for garnish

1/2 teaspoon diced fresh jalapeño pepper

Chopped crisply cooked bacon for garnish Fill a medium saucepan three-quarters full with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the lima beans. Cook until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes and then plunge in a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well. Place the lima beans, corn kernels, green onions, grape tomatoes, pickled okra, cilantro and jalapeño in a large bowl. Mix together the lemon juice, lime juice, and garlic in a bowl. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Stir in the salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss. Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Garnish with feta cheese and bacon, if using. Serves 6.

Sweet Potato-Peanut Butter Pie Bars CRUST


36 cream-filled chocolate cookies, cream removed*

Unsalted butter, for greasing baking dish 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking soda 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup cooked and pureed sweet potato* 2/3 cup peanut butter 2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

WHIPPED CREAM 1 cup heavy cream, cold 2 ½ tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

GARNISH 1/3 cup chopped toasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13×9-inch baking dish with unsalted butter. Process the chocolate cookies in a food processor until they are a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and then pulse until combined. Transfer the cookie mixture to the dish and press to cover the bottom. Set aside. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter and brown sugar. Stir in the beaten eggs, sweet potato, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix well. Spoon the batter on top of the cookie mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the filling is set and toothpick reveals moist crumbs. Let cool for 10 minutes. Beat the cream in a chilled bowl with an electric hand-held mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and beat on low until combined. Chill the whipped cream until ready to use. Cut the bars into squares and serve with the whipped cream and chopped peanuts. Serves 8 to 10. *Recipe tested using Oreos. *1 medium sweet potato baked, skin removed and pulp pureed, equals about 1 cup 38 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

FEATURE | Pours & Palates



I love the experiences I get to have while writing this column, especially when I get to see a bit of historical appreciation while visiting an eatery. The Mockingbird Restaurant in Spring Hill is nothing short of amazing, featuring history, charm and some incredible food. From the people working there to the patrons, the welcoming air is definitely there for all to breathe in deep. The Mockingbird Restaurant, which is named after the Tennessee state bird, began out of a labor of love - two years of renovation love - by the restaurant’s owner, Tanya Prifitera. She found the 19th century home, owned by Barbara Jo Jenkens, who resided in the house for many years before moving to Nashville, and began the process of turning what has been a home to families since the 1850’s into the eatery it is today. “The restaurant allows so many other people to enjoy the history of the property. It was decorated with Tennessee heritage in mind and, of course, the menu reflects that


style of cooking,” says Tanya. “We offer the restaurant for events and host many parties there. The Mockingbird has truly brought life back to that old farmhouse, and being able to share it with others is my favorite part about having the business. I see people every day come into the bar room and look up at the craftsmanship, pointing and smiling. Others roam through the house admiring the 1850’s fireplaces, the decor and the historic relics. It is definitely a unique dining experience.” The beautiful farmhouse still has its original front door and front porch with the original Victorian posts and trim from the mid 1800’s, along with fireplaces of hand-carved bricks and mud mortar and many other preservation efforts of the home’s original details. Each room in the house offers a distinct theme and ambiance; there is the Minnie Pearl Room, Tennessee Room, Farmhouse Room, Gentlemen’s Room and the Bar Room. The outdoors space provides a seated patio and stone fireplace, as well as

a large lawn for events. On top of the lovely setting, the Mockingbird offers dining that will please all that visit. Their menu boasts of many Southern style favorites and the creativity, from Mocking Chef Nadir Sherwani, make for surprising and tasteful twists to the norm. Let’s start with the first dish I tried - the Pimento Bruschetta with grilled crostini, house made bourbon pimento cheese, pickled okra (by the Chef

himself), tomatoes, red onion and garlic. I love Bruschetta. I love pimento cheese. I love bourbon. So, I LOVE this dish! The textures and flavors meld together perfectly. I enjoyed how the tangy pimento cheese and pickled okra complemented one another. Do not miss ordering this as a starter - or a meal when you visit.

Next, I tried the Shrimp & Grits with Allen Brothers stone ground white cheddar cheese grits, sautéed shrimp, scallions, mushrooms and Applewood bacon-brown butter. I migrate to shrimp and grits on menus, and this one definitely stands out as it was not the norm of barbecue shrimp and grits that I tend to find often. Chef Nadir took his North Carolina roots to inspire the spin on this Southern dish, pairing the flavors of bacon and cheese together in a mouthwatering way. I really enjoyed the addition of mushrooms as well. It will be difficult not to order this again the next time I visit!

Lastly, I tasted the Maple Leaf Farms Seared Duck Breast with Bing cherry Port wine sauce, jasmine rice and castiron seared Brussels with Applewood bacon and balsamic reduction, which is a change up for the fall menu from the sautéed summer vegetables. Hearty, tasty and satisfying is this dish. I always find it fascinating to see particular pairings, like the jasmine rice which is light and full of fragrance paired with the smoky and hearty seared Brussels. This is what makes a plate grab your attention and taste buds from several angles. It is also beautifully presented with the slices duck and wine sauce. If you are craving amazing Southern fare and an atmosphere rich in history, I highly recommend venturing to Spring Hill’s Mockingbird Restaurant. It will not disappoint! THE MOCKINGBIRD RESTAURANT 3035 RESERVE BOULEVARD | SPRING HILL, TN 37174 931.487.9787 | THEMOCKINGBIRDRESTAURANT.COM SEPTEMBER 2018 | YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 41

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Lot 3 | Franklin Leiper’s Fork area | 3550 sqft 4 bed | 4 bath Move in ready More lots available.

Offered at $749,900 Co-listed with Jennifer Bickerstaff (615) 504-2118

5904 Pinewood Rd

Under construction Completion approximately end of 2018.

Lauren Sullivan

Lot 4 | Franklin Leiper’s Fork area | 3354 sqft 4 beds | 3.5 baths

Offered at $710,00

The Agape Animal Ball returned for its 4th year with a formal safari-themed masquerade at the Factory at Franklin. The evening featured a full-course dinner by Bacon and Caviar, open bar provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, animal appearances from the Nashville Zoo and Grassmere, music by the 12 South Band, Pup Putt Golf, live and silent auctions and more! Started in 2013, the Animal Ball has become the Agape Animal Rescue’s most important fundraiser in their fourteen-year history, and typically raises enough funds for a year’s worth of animal healthcare and nutrition. Agape Animal Rescue is dedicated to finding forever homes for abandoned and displaced dogs while educating the public to be more responsible pet owners. To learn more about the organization, get involved or keep up with their events, visit

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Cell: (615) 289-8610 PARKS 415 Main Street Franklin, Tennessee

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8134 MOUNTAINTOP DRIVE COLLEGE GROVE | $9,699,900 Located in a gated, golf & equestrian community, this estate is sure to take your breath away with its beautiful views of the community lake, golf course, and rolling hillsides. Designed with luxury and entertaining in mind, this grand manor offers a heated infinity edge pool with a spa hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, private putting green, indoor custom basketball court, bonus room with a full walk-behind bar, chef’s kitchen with upscale finishes & Thermador appliances, folding walls of glass that open to the Pool/Patio area, fabulous master suites on the main & upper level, and a 5-Car Garage. Qualified buyers only. 6 Bedrooms / 7.5 Baths / 12,707 Sq.Ft. / MLS # 1952484





COLLEGE GROVE | $975,000

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Leanne Vande Kamp, ReaLtoR License #276705 | Parks on Main | Historic Downtown Franklin | 415 Main St | Franklin, TN 37064 Firm License #59191 | 615.790.7400 (office) | 615.557.8552 (cell) |

304 Sandcastle Circle, Franklin | $715,000 Five-bedroom, 3.5 bath home on beautiful wooded lot! Recent Price Adjustment! Southern Charm with wrap around front porch! Wooded lot backing up to the 12th tee box of Temple Hills Golf Course. Updated kitchen and master bath, new paint and carpet. Separate den and office, formal living and dining rooms. Lovely screened in porch off kitchen. Four or five bedrooms plus finished room in basement. Private cul-de-sac location.

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1614 Championship Blvd. – Franklin | $1,299,000 Six bedrooms, 5.5 baths in desirable Westhaven! Gorgeous Brick home in prime location of Westhaven! Five or six bedrooms, 4.5 baths, three car side entry garages. Office on main with full bath. Brick floored patio and Screened Porch. Amazing Lighting and Entertaining Spaces. Backyard is fenced and has gate to enter neighborhood pool. Irrigation system and outdoor lighting. Double door entry, Walk in Pantry, Two Wood burning fireplaces and so much more!

Leanne has achieved numerous awards and accolades for her outstanding record of sales, including finishing in the Top 10 of all Parks agents in 2017. But, at the heart of it all is her desire to build a trustworthy relationship with her clients that will last throughout many stages of their lives.

Although Leanne struggles many clients, we always felt like her too priority. She was never too busy to answer questions, show properties, or offer encouragement and advice. Leanne was honest, trustworthy, and extremely helpful in assisting us as we sold one home and built another. We would, without a doubt, use Leanne again. But she did such and amazing job helping us find our current SEPTEMBER 2018 | YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 47 home that we never want to move again! B & M Puckett

At The Madison Franklin, we have crafted our four newly remodeled floor plans with your comfort in mind. We offer both 1 and 2 bedroom homes that are ready for movein! We are located within walking distance to Franklin’s Historic Downtown and schools in the area.

SOCIAL | Williamson Inc. Joint Chamber Mixer Photography by Jordan Bates This month Williamson Inc. hosted their Joint Chamber Mixer at the Hampton Inn & Suites Berry Farms. This mixer is different from the rest, as they invite various Chambers throughout Middle Tennessee to join in on the fun. Members of all Chambers are welcome to eat, drink, learn, share and network! Everyone enjoyed making new connections and nurturing old ones as they visited food vendors, cocktails and mingling!. If you would like to learn more about Williamson Inc. and their upcoming events, please visit

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BUSINESS | Your Real Estate


SUSTAINABLE HOME FEATURES TO CONSUMERS Sustainable home features and environmentally friendly neighborhoods are becoming an even more important factor for home buyers when choosing a home. According to the second annual REALTORS® and Sustainability Report, sixty-one-percent of surveyed members of the National Association of Realtors® reported that consumers have an interest in sustainability when it comes to buying a home. The report surveyed Realtors® about sustainability issues facing consumers in the real estate market and ways Realtors® are setting their own goals to reduce energy usage. “As consumer demand trends toward green and sustainable home features, Realtors® continue to work to promote environmentally responsible features and better business practices. For the second year in a row, data has shown that more Realtors® are marketing energy efficiency in property listings to home buyers, with more information fields in the listing to identify a property’s green features,” said Matt Daniel, WCAR Board President. In order to keep up with the growth in consumer interest in green features, four in 10 Realtors® stated that sustainability and green data fields are included in their Multiple Listing Service. Among those that have green data fields, almost 40 percent use them to promote green features, 27 percent to promote

energy information and 16 percent to promote their green education certifications. Consumers look hard at the transportation and commuting option in a community as important environmental considerations when purchasing a home. Realtors® find that consumers want easy access to highways (eighty-two-percent), short commute times and distance to work (eighty-one-percent), and walkability (fifty-one-percent). “Realtors® are growing their expertise in home performance and efficiency, as thirty-nine-percent are comfortable or extremely comfortable in the subject. Nearly half of Realtors® say they are confident or extremely confident in their ability to connect clients with green home lenders,” said Matt Daniel. Realtors® are also beginning to have a more in-depth dialogue about sustainability and commercial real estate properties with their clients. Seventy percent of agents and brokers indicated that promoting energy efficiency in their commercial listings was very or somewhat valuable. The top building features that clients specified as very or somewhat important are utility/operation costs (eighty-percent), efficient use of lighting (6sixty-fourpercent) and indoor air quality (sixty-two percent). NAR initiated the REALTORS® Sustainability Program as a platform for dialogue on sustainability for Realtors®, brokers, allied trade associations and consumers. The program’s efforts focus on coordination and articulation of NAR’s existing sustainability resources, while also supporting a growing area of interest for consumers, helping Realtors® to assist home buyers and sellers. CARLEE L. GREENE, Director of Communications Your Real Estate | With more than 2,700 members, the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® provides support and services for area real estate professionals and is the leading voice in the community for its members, as well as residential and commercial property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark which may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

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SOCIAL | Franktown Open Hearts Photography by Haley Anthony FrankTown Open Hearts, is a non-profit organization committed to the success of Franklin’s inner-city youth. The organization hosted their 10th Annual Fundraiser Dinner at the Factory at Franklin to recognize the accomplishments of the youth served by FrankTown. They were even able to give away their 25th car to a deserving woman, the mother of a program participant. FrankTown Open Hearts hosts programming six days a week, providing Christ-centered mentoring through weekly vocational education and experiences to prepare underserved youth for the future. The Annual Fundraiser Dinner alone usually raises about a third of the programming budget for the coming year. FrankTown will be hosting another fundraiser, the Festival of Lights, November 22nd through December 29th. To learn more about FrankTown Open Hearts, their work or how to get involved visit

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LIFESTYLE | Interior Thinking


Overwhelming. Daunting. Stressful. Just a few of the words that may describe how you feel when starting to build or remodel your own home. Well, the good news is I am here to help with my friends from Legend Homes. I have broken down what I think are the top five things to remember in this process. Whether you are starting a custom home from scratch, remodeling a room or creating an addition, this list will help you remember some key things for a successful project. I use these 5 things every day in my business to assist my clients in designing beautiful and functional spaces. Using photos from Legend Homes, let’s take a closer look and dive right in!

you are doing in a certain room, figure it out or get rid of it. Make each room work for you. When building, the last thing you want to do is pay to heat and cool wasted space. I have turned empty space under a staircase into a walk-in wine room and converted an extra guest bedroom space into a custom home gym. Name each space for the function and you will end up with a home that feels fully utilized. One of my favorite examples is to create a built-in reading nook with shelves, particularly in a hallway. This creates a space that is custom and would otherwise go unused. Make each space works for you to enhance your experience of living in your home.

1 NAME EACH SPACE Look at your floor plan and scrutinize each room individually. If you are not sure what

2 LOVE YOUR LIGHTING I have always said lighting is the “jewelry” for the home. The icing on your cake. It can


transform any space and create a desired feeling through function. Take a few risks with lighting and use it to give each room a “desired personality.” I also like to use it unexpectedly and generously. Don’t forget to place wall lighting with sconces, outlets for table and floor lamps, outlets on top of fireplace mantles and art lights over favorite pieces or photos. The biggest mistake people

“We always want to gain a full understanding of our client’s vision for their new home and their expectation for what the finished product is going to be.” - Doug Herman, Legend Homes make with lighting is getting the scale of the fixture wrong. Please people, don’t put fixtures that are too small in spaces that are too big. Don’t forget lighting in bookcases, china cabinets, and under cabinet spaces as these pops of light can soften a room and create ambiance. Lighting is best used in multiple layers from the top to the bottom of a room. Start with the ceiling in your planning and work your way down. Layers of light create real comfort and beauty. 3 DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS I don’t believe that all hardware or “finishes” in a home have to match. I like to take a cohesive, but eclectic approach. Again, each room should have a personality, so use finishing details to spotlight it. Remember this when choosing hardware pulls, cabinet finishes, and especially tile work. Doing a cabinet with a dual finish in a bathroom instantly gives it a personal and custom touch. Ceilings and floors are another way to give added detail and dimension. I love looking up in a room and seeing something unexpected on the ceiling, and my new favorite word is “wallpaper.” Use it, enjoy it, it’s back in a big way people! Just be careful when choosing the detail finishes that are hard to change if you are going with a “too trendy” trend. Barnwood is great, but at some point soon it will “technically” be out of style. Focus more on what you love that can transition easily for a more timeless effect. 4 TAKE SOME RISKS I love to approach a project with the question, “What if we could do ____ ?” Think around the easy and expected way to do things, and let

your imagination go to the “What if?” I really believe that this is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself and your builder. Some of the most favorite elements of our home came from this question. Where can you put a swing inside? What if we had a secret door panel for easy access to a specific room? Why can’t you have a fireplace in a bathroom or kitchen? Working with Legends, I inserted a series of eight large drawers and four cabinets under the back stairs in our mudroom by asking this question. Doing this made this room highly functional and allows everything to be put away out of sight. It also utilizes otherwise “wasted” space (my personal pet peeve.) The function of this makes my everyday easier and more organized. Taking a few risks will equal large rewards. 5 FIND THE FEEL How do you want your home to make yourself and your family feel? I know this question sounds crazy, but remember the last time you went to someone’s home and loved it? Why did you feel that way? Maybe it was the openness of the floor plan, or the coziness of multiple rooms. Perhaps it was the way the home was lit, or the actual front doors that welcomed you. Maybe it was just finding delight in unexpected details and uses of space. Start paying attention to what “speaks to you.” Find your inner passion for space and start to create a point of view, the best projects have a very specific one. We forget to do this sometimes when we are faced with a big project or task. Focus less on the end goal of completing the project and more on the actual journey in creating it. Working with Legend Homes on our personal home was a fantastic experience. They allowed me to ask the tough questions and challenge them with new ideas. So, don’t be afraid to ask the questions, take some risks and pay attention to the details. I challenge you to find your own point of view, as all great spaces have one!

“I think the most important work with a client is done before we ever put a shovel in the ground ; It comes in the form of pre-construction planning.”

- Andy Fergusson, Legend Homes


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.




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excellence in staging to sell and staging to live. Owned by Leslie Ann Westmoreland, this company offers a complete array of personalized Staging® services for your home to meet your time and budget constraints. Whether you are ready to sell your home now, or simply want to make wise choices when investing in the decor of your home, Nashville Home Staging Company, LLC will professionally prepare your property so that when the time is right for you to sell, your beautifully staged home will outshine the competition! Leslie Ann’s drive, communication and creativity appeal to owner and realtor alike, making her the vital component when it comes to staging a home for sale. She is an ASP, Accredited Staging Professional®, and a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals®. Leslie Ann uses her background in business to stage homes, reflecting the character of the neighborhoods and the charm of the home to show their full worth. She turns vision into reality, while incorporating new ideas, placements, focal points and arrangements. She works diligently with the client to ensure ideas are heard and expounded upon. Her keen eye for detail and sharp organizational skills make the most of each space, pushing it to its full market potential. Being a Nashville native, Leslie Ann knows first and foremost the transformation our city has undergone the last several years. There has

been an immense rise and demand of successful real estate. Whether it’s buying, selling or simply rearranging, Nashville Home Staging is there to help with your home needs! Nashville Home Staging is proud to offer a wide array of Staging® services, including: PROPERTY PRESENTATION ANALYSIS VACANT STAGING PERSONAL SHOPPING SPACE ORGANIZATION DE-CLUTTERING

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FEATURE | Real Estate & Home


THE WILLS COMPANY BUILDS ON TENNESSEE’S ARCHITECTURAL TRADITIONS Middle Tennessee boasts a rich architectural history, with signature houses that date from before the Civil War, to after the modern mid-century. But while the housing stock tells a textured story of the region’s evolution from agriculture to industry, not every house fits the narrative of contemporary family life. “If you’re house-hunting in Middle Tennessee, you might start to notice patterns,” says Ridley Wills, founder of The Wills Company, a design/build and home maintenance firm in Nashville. “You’ll see the bungalow without flow, the ranch house without flair, and the 1980s executive residence with too much flair.” For more than 25 years, The Wills Company has been studying patterns of Middle Tennessee architecture, designing and building solutions to make traditional houses work for contemporary owners. Meanwhile, The Wills Company Handyman team works with homeowners who consider the lasting beauty and functionality of their home a priority. 60 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

“We’ve saved historic houses from the brink of demolition, and we’ve even added bathrooms to historic landmarks without indoor plumbing,” says Wills, a seventh-generation Nashvillian, who studied architecture at the University of Virginia. “While most of our projects are not quite that extreme, we are always thrilled to help clients update the houses they love, to meet the daily demands of their modern life.” Here are a few common examples of the architectural and design challenges The Wills Company solves: BOXY BUNGALOW: While these low-slung staples of the early 20th century are charming, often situated

in neighborhoods with sidewalks and old-growth trees, they lack the flow of a modern open floor plan. “We’ve updated many bungalows, honoring their Arts & Crafts history and locally sourced materials, while adapting them to cosmopolitan life,” Wills says. “You’d be surprised how gracefully a bungalow’s signature boxy rooms can be reconfigured into gracious gathering spaces with elegant access to outdoor living.” RAMBLING RANCH: A cornerstone of the mid-century in the Mid-state, a ranch house offers the convenience of single-story living, often on a generous lot of an acre or more. Too often, though, the one-story layout feels a little one-dimensional. “Re-imagining the ceiling of a classic ranch—lightening up a family room by adding a vault or exposed beams, for example— can add unexpected and welcome drama to the easygoing floor plan,” Wills says. ECLECTIC EXECUTIVE: Many houses built between 1980 and the early 2000s combine the favorite architectural elements of previous centuries under one roof, with Tudor timber frames or Gothic arches coinciding with Mansard roof lines or Classical columns. While these executive houses offer generous square footage, they risk delivering too much drama in the details. Wills says, “Honoring the integral elements of a house and stripping away the non-essential distractions can leverage large livable space to reflect 21st-century aesthetics.” In each of these examples, the key is to focus on what a client values most, whether that means open gathering spaces or easy access to outdoor living. “So long as a homeowner loves the location, other shortcomings can be addressed,” Wills says. “At The Wills Company, we start by determining what is important to our clients. Only then are we ready to create spaces that meet their needs while surpassing their expectations. By focusing on underlying structural and architectural integrity of houses, we endeavor to create the next generation of beautiful homes in Middle Tennessee.”

Ridley Wills Founder of The Wills Company

The Wills Company 6606 Charlotte Pike, Suite 201 | Nashville, TN 37209 | 615.352.1228 | SEPTEMBER 2018 | YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 61

SOCIAL | Williamson County Fair Sponsored Event

Photography by Melissa DelRossi The Williamson County Fair, held August 3-11, celebrated another year of community and fun at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park in Franklin. Kids enjoyed a fun zone of discovery and games, while getting to meet some special guest transformers! Performer Lady Houdini drew in a large crowd with her daring underwater escape, while an intense BMX performance outside had bikers jumping over guests! Roasted corn on the cob and fresh squeezed lemonade were just a couple of the delicious foods and drinks being enjoyed at the park. The Williamson County Fair was another success highlighting its community organizations, service men and women, music and culture. To find out more about the Williamson County Fair, visit

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FEATURE | Your Community Partner


In Williamson County, new developments, housing and renovations of existing homes takes place more often now than in years past. The county is growing by leaps and bounds, and many in the industry have relocated to the area to be a part of the growth and transition. Matt Christensen and his wife, Kara, brought their business to Williamson County and have immersed themselves not only in home building and renovations, but also into community organizations and efforts. Garden Gate Homes was created in 2009 after Matt was laid off by another builder due to the recession. “My wife and I had built and remodeled houses over the years and knew we offered a higher quality home with unique design concepts, setting them apart from the ‘cookie cutter’ homes many home builders produced,” explains Matt. “Even though the housing demand was reduced drastically at the time, we felt God was leading us to step out of the boat and do it on our own. So, we jumped in with all four feet and here we are.” Growing up in Illinois, Matt’s father was a school teacher and had the summers off. Between Matt and his four brothers, that came free labor for his father’s endeavors over the summer months. “Every summer, he had a major project for us, whether it was a new build or a remodel. We even took down barns together, way before it was popular to do so, and built our family home where my parents still reside today. 64 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

My dad was then and is now an awesome role model for me and my brothers,” says Matt. This work with his father and brothers instilled in Matt the desire to create, but with a mindset that there are important factors to consider. “Location, location, location is charm, charm, charm,” he says. “We

strive to make each home unique in its character and historical style, always hoping to add to the quaint aesthetics that make downtown Franklin so special. From working with the architects, to finding old materials we can reuse in the design, to using local craftsman to create things that help make a house a home - to us it’s more like a work of art.” “I am most proud of a duplex we built in town that we use for a short-term rental. Not only has the house improved the street’s charm and appeal, but it also offers me the opportunity to welcome visitors to Franklin. The guests have loved the ‘home away from home’ feel of the design and the ability to walk to Main Street and festivities. Since this adds to their overall experience in downtown Franklin, it is what I am most proud of,” Matt says. “We are currently working on a neighbor’s house, the home of Van and Jane Montague, which is an Italianate style home built in the 1870’s. Van went home to be with the Lord in 2016 and Jane sold us the home thereafter. We absolutely loved having them as neighbors, especially the richness of their life stories and the history of Franklin shared with us while we visited, so we are taking special care to ensure this renovation is exceptional in honor of them.” Matt feels that the best part of working in Williamson County and especially the Franklin area, is the opportunity to build relationships with such great people. “I get to work and interact with all kinds of people in my business here - from the City officials, to all the craftsman, to all the neighbors and homeowners - and these relationships by far, are the most fulfilling part of the job.” When it comes to what makes Garden Gate Homes stand out and unique to other builders, Matt says that it is “hands down” his wife. “They don’t have her and I do. She puts a ton of thought in every decision she makes. We both try to make every decision based on what would best suit our needs as a family and how we would live in the house. It can be very tedious and holds up the schedule a bit but the end results are awesome.” Both Matt and his wife have rooted themselves into our community and not only work hard but enjoy being a part of what makes Williamson County so welcoming and special. “We are very involved with our church and serve our community through volunteering and leading small groups. I tend to serve with my hands, and my wife puts her whole heart into helping other women grow spiritually.” To learn more about Garden Gate Homes, you can contact Matt at 615.456.5515 or, or visit


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Middle Tennessee has no shortage of celebrity sightings. We have country music stars picking up their Starbucks in line right next to you, and movie starts have flocked to Williamson County to make it home. But, there were some recent visitors that definitely made an impression as they are, undoubtedly, one of the most well-known set of twins on television. The Scott Brothers were here not too long ago working on some projects for their popular HGTV show, Property Brothers. Drew and Jonathan Scott have made their names in the fixer upper world as the go-to guys to not only find the right home, regardless of the state it is in, but to make it a dream home for the buyers. Drew is the vision behind finding the hidden gem and seeing the potential it can have, while Jonathan works on seeing how the home can be transformed and bringing that vision to life. While here, Drew and Jonathan joined forces with local businesses to work on their projects that were being filmed for the show. We spoke with John Stafford, Sales Manager of RSU Contractors, who worked directly with the duo to learn more about the experience they had while the Scott Brothers were right here in our backyard. John became involved with the Property Brothers in August of 2015 when he heard they were thinking of coming to the Nashville area. At the time, they had informed John that their schedules had changed and they were not going to be able to make it to the area. John explained that if they did make it work out for a future date that he would love to help out with RSU Contractors. Months later, they did indeed contact John about returning and began an extensive interview process prior to filming. “I actually couldn’t believe it when Jonathan and Drew showed up for filming several months later,” says John. “We put in so much time prior to that without them there it almost didn’t seem real until once they showed up.” John says that RSU was involved from start to finish for seven episodes of Property Brothers. “It truly was a team effort from everyone at RSU. We all invested the best we had into each project and helped coordinate everything from scouting properties to choosing homeowners, setting budgets, estimating projects, design choices, permits, construction and, of course, lots of problem solving along the way. The pace was so unbelievably fast it SEPTEMBER 2018 | YOURWILLIAMSON.COM 69

was crazy, but we came through with flying colors,” he explains. “They were so impressed with how we handled the three episodes last year that they called us back to do four more episodes this year. We didn’t even know they were coming back again, we just wanted to bring positive energy and a total commitment to the experience so having Jonathan and Drew invite us back felt really great. We wanted to make sure to deliver not only for them again this year, but also for the homeowners who would be living there once the filming was done. We learned that although it was a show for us, it was home for them, and seeing their reactions at the reveals was priceless. Several of them are doing more work with us outside the show too so I think that says a lot.” Three of the seven Property Brothers’ projects that RSU worked on were in Williamson County; one in Franklin and the other two in the Brentwood South area. The homes that were chosen for the show’s projects were older homes in that had not been significantly updated for decades, so the transformations were incredible - especially considering the seven-week time frame that each project had to work with. It was really a team effort to get the projects finished in the tight window of time, but all that were

involved truly made it happen. RSU Contractors were not the only business involved with the projects, as there were many vendors that played a big part. Many local and national manufacturers even donated materials, helping customers make the most of their dream homes. John says that they earned the value of speed and teamwork in the remodeling space and “it took many partners, all committed to the same goal, to achieve such tight deadlines,” he explains. “As a result, one of the changes we’ve made is to create a strategic partnership with Ellen Sherwood Design in the Cool Springs area in Brentwood. We share a showroom with them now for cabinets, counter tops, tile and flooring. It’s an absolutely beautiful space with so many samples to see under one roof. Now our clients can meet with an RSU Remodeling Consultant and get help with their design selections all in one place and having all these choices for them to choose from makes it so much easier for the customers and us as well.” John definitely enjoyed the collaboration and work done by everyone involved and, in particular, working alongside Chris Carlisle, Interior Designer and Showroom Manager at Ellen Sherwood Design, whom he said helped them tremendously. “We’re now able to work together with she and the Ellen Sherwood Design team to dial in work scope, pricing and speeding up the time lines for homeowners. This has been a huge competitive advantage for both RSU and Ellen Sherwood Design and the Design Center truly is the perfect place to start for any homeowner looking to get ideas for remodeling their home.” John says he also really enjoyed the work with Jonathan and Drew. “They taught me so much about design and remodeling and they’re such inspirational guys that working hard to help them was easy for me,” he says. “It was fascinating to see it all in action and how the brothers worked inside of their team. They’re such hard workers and really genuine guys. It made it a lot easier to jump through all the hoops seeing them treat everyone with such respect and always smiling and upbeat. They deserve everything they have in life.” The new season of Property Brothers premiered recently and the four episodes that were filmed this year, including the three that featured Franklin and Brentwood, are included in this season’s run. Property Brothers airs Wednesdays at 9pm on HGTV. Learn more about the Property Brothers show and schedule at

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LIFESTYLE | The Lady Entertains

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I watch a ton of HGTV. It’s my go-to when I need something on that I can half watch while tending to my ever active fourteenmonth-old. A common theme on the network that I think we can all relate to when house hunting for, or building, our dream home is wanting space to entertain. Gone are the days of the tiny, closed off kitchens and intimate living rooms. We want to be able to talk, see and navigate through the main living spaces without pesky walls getting in the way. So we all know we’d like to have a house that accommodates guests, but what exactly does that translate into? Here’s my interpretation: OPEN FLOOR PLAN In previous decades, guests would gather in the dining room or sitting room away from the “work” areas. Today, the kitchen has become the heart of the home and is where family and friends tend to gravitate to. The problem is that even with that mega huge island (thank you, Joanna Gaines), there’s usually not much room for seating. Cue every ranch home across the nation having that front wall knocked out and ta-da, instant open plan! In new builds, it’s very common to see the kitchen have its own breakfast nook as well as island seating and open up to the dining and the living room. This is step one to achieving a party-worthy home. Everyone can comfortably fit in these rooms, there’s a good flow from space to space and multiple seating areas. OUTDOOR SPACE The second area you want to focus on for 72 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

entertaining is the back yard. Builders have started the trend of putting the non-attached garage at the back of the home with a post stamp sized courtyard to call an outdoor living space. And it can all be yours for $600,000! thanks. After years of apartment and town home living, I’d like a little room to breathe in my next home and I don’t plan on paying big bucks for my guests to huddle in between the grill and the garage door. However, to each their own! If you have the option, a nice covered back patio is ideal with a space for sitting and eating. Outdoor kitchens are lovely, but a grill with some work space is needed at the very least. Comfort features such as ceiling fans, fireplace and lighting are also things you should consider. POWDER ROOM Half baths may not seem like that much of a deal breaker until you don’t have one. I absolutely hated having to clean up my master bathroom every time I had someone over. Powder rooms take less than half the time to clean and also stay tidy by default. You’ll be glad to not have guests traipsing through the more private areas of the home. GUEST SUITE If you have lots of family or friends that live out of town, you’ll want to have a home that offers a nice place for them to stay the night. It’s tempting to have a guest room serve as a dual purpose space, such as an office or play room, but just consider the ease of use for every one. You’ll don’t want to have to come in to start your work day as your guests are

trying to get up and ready in the morning. Ideally, there’s room for a full size bed, a small chair and easy access to a restroom. BONUS ROOM OR BASEMENT Most newer homes are equipped with some type of flex space. While man caves definitely had their place in the sun for several years, I believe that media and playrooms are currently the preferred choice. If you have children, it’s nice to have a place to send them and their friends to play. Movie rooms are perfect for small groups to gather and lounge as over-sized sectionals can usually fit nicely and accommodate a more casual vibe. Another thing you may consider is how much parking your home has to offer. It gets tricky if everyone must search for an onstreet spot, or your HOA may even frown upon it. Other useful extras: counter space in the kitchen for serving, spot for a second fridge (maybe in the basement or laundry room) to keep drinks and other stock-up items and in-home audio to allow you to easily play music.


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Of the many beautiful homes along West Main Street, the home of Andy and Jan Marshall at 1003 has a most interesting history that needs to be told. The first home on this lot was that of Rev. James H. Otey, headmaster of Harpeth Academy (1821-1834), founder of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1827) and first Episcopal bishop of Tennessee (1834). In 1825, Otey moved the academy from its Del Rio Pike location, two miles north of the Square, to the lot next door to his home. Harpeth Academy remained there until moving to Hardbargain Hill in 1856, presently, Mt. Hope Cemetery. Fast forward to 1880, Theodore and Genevieve Marshall Turley purchased the Otey lot and built their dream home in a mixture of the popular architectural styles of the time. Sadly, Mr. Turley got caught up in the Franklin Sugar & Syrup Mill debacle of 1885, losing his home and a future in Franklin. He was forced to flee to Nashville with his family and died there bankrupt. Astute gentleman farmer-financier Samuel Fielding Glass secured the house and lot in 1886 and rented the property until his death in 1896. In 1900, Judge Walter W. Faw of Johnson City purchased the house from the Glass estate for $3,800. He had married Mattie Kernan of Thompson’s Station in 1890 and they were the parents of Kernan Pointer, Margaret Cannon, Elizabeth Regen and Sara Winfree, who were reared in the Turley home. The four beautiful and sociable Faw daughters made their West End home the social center of Franklin in the first two decades of the 20th Century. Tragedy struck in 1926 when a fire broke out in the attic from a faulty flue. The fire’s damage on the second floor resulted in Judge Faw making significant alterations to the exterior. Most recognizable, when comparing 74 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

the old photographs, was the removal of the entrance tower, alterations to the front and side porches, removal of the Victorian trim and Italianate corbels, and covering the weather boarding with brick. With the passing of Judge Faw in 1956, the Turley-Faw Place became the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Trice and Col. Hensley and Josephine Trice Williams. Col. Williams survived his wife and in-laws by several years and became a notable citizen in Franklin as he walked his dog to the post office and retold his fighter-pilot exploits in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to all who expressed any interest. Since Col. Hensley Williams’s death in 2002, three transitory families have called 1003 West Main Street home. Today, Andy and Jan Marshall have certainly placed their mark on this handsome brick in recent years. The addition of an iron fence and tasteful landscaping makes it an eye-catcher for all who pass by. So, the next time you pass 1003 West Main, enjoy the pleasing exterior and remember the joys and sorrows this house has witnessed.

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This month we talked to Griffin Wilcoxon, Williamson, Inc’s Events and Communications Specialist, about his part in growing the business community of Williamson County.

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Political talk is hard to avoid these days. It’s constantly on the news. Your friends, neighbors and coworkers are all talking about it. It seems as if everyone, even those who don’t usually follow politics closely, has an opinion or something to say. But what’s the best way to respond when someone asks you, “What do you think of the president,” or “can you believe this new legislation they are trying to pass?” Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette and modern manners expert, cross cultural coach, a bestselling author and founder of Access to Culture, says you have options. YOU DON’T WANT TO RESPOND Keeping your opinion to yourself can be difficult; however, it is possible. Say something like, “In the midst of such contentious political times, I feel it’s best to keep my opinion to myself. I do appreciate you asking.” By acknowledging and thanking them for their genuine interest, you are able to get out of sticky political conversations but retain your well-mannered and ever sophisticated demeanor. IF THEY PUSH AGAIN If they keep pushing for a response, you can play the undecided card and change the subject. “I’m still sorting through all the facts around the issue and I haven’t made up my mind yet. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.” To get them off the topic for good, ask them about something meaningful to them that they will want to talk about. “I hear your son got accepted to Ohio State. Congratulations!” “Great job on closing that account. How did you do it?” “Tell me about your trip to the mountains a few weeks ago. I hear it is beautiful this time of year.”

YOU WANT TO RESPOND If you would like to express your beliefs, the best way to do so is to cite research and concrete reasons why your views align a certain way, as this will encourage more of an intellectual conversation than a possible war of opinions. Just as you want to express your beliefs, be courteous and let the person you are speaking to express his or her beliefs, even if you disagree. IF YOU DISAGREE It’s inevitable that disagreements will arise, but when they do, handle them with grace, dignity and respect. Say something like, “That’s an interesting way to look at it and you bring up some valid points; however, I feel that…” Never raise your voice, show anger, abruptly walk away or make it personal. EITHER WAY Whether you decide to respond or not, be tactful, polite, and remember that educated responses will help you either to cordially engage, or graciously decline whenever these inevitable conversations cross your path. Would you like to hear more from Sharon about the best ways to engage in or avoid a political conversation? If so, check out her website at

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HERITAGE FOUNDATION TO PURSUE PURCHASE OF O’MORE COLLEGE OF DESIGN PROPERTY The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, is pursuing the purchase of the property of the former O’More College of Design. With a signed option agreement, the nonprofit organization plans to create a multi-use campus with a new robust educational program, expansive gardens and publicly available event space. The O’More College of Design was acquired earlier this year by Belmont University, and the institution’s students begin classes tomorrow at Belmont’s Nashville campus. The previous O’More campus, located at 423 South Margin Street, remains vacant and for sale in the heart of Franklin. Once the sale closes, Belmont will use the funds from the purchase to cover costs associated with transitioning the O’More programs to Nashville, and all remaining funds will be placed in an endowed scholarship to support current and future students in Belmont’s O’More School of Design. To participate in the capital campaign, contact Heritage Foundation CEO Bari Beasley at Located in the heart of downtown Franklin, the seven-acre campus includes the Abbey Leix Mansion, also known as the Winstead House, which was built c.1870 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is also a property in the Franklin Historic District. For more information on the Heritage Foundation, visit FRANKLIN NATIVE KELLIE WALTON JOINS ALDAY COMMUNICATIONS AS ACCOUNT COORDINATOR Alday Communications, Inc., (ACI) a Franklin-based public relations firm, announced the addition of Kellie Walton as account coordinator. Walton will assist ACI clients with media relations, content, brand development and influencer outreach. Walton received her degree in Communications from Mississippi State University, where she served as Director of Public Relations for its hockey program. A Franklin native, Walton is daughter of Patricia Walton and late Jack Walton, the long-time chair of the Williamson County Board of Commissioners. Alday Communications, Inc., is a full-service public relations and marketing firm dedicated to providing creative, valuable communications strategies for local, regional and national clients. For more than 20 years, ACI has provided a grassroots-level understanding of the American business and consumer, while offering thorough communications solutions capable of reaching any market. For more information, visit

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If you’ve ever made a real estate purchase (and chances are you may have made more than one in your lifetime), you probably have experienced the headache of selecting the best mortgage loan. Despite your best efforts, loans that were once structured as the best fit might not be so beneficial at your current life stage. Consult the following checklist to see how your mortgage loan is holding up — or if it’s time to consider refinancing. Is the rate you can secure today lower than the rate you currently pay? In recent years, the widely accepted rule of thumb for refinancing is that if you can secure a fixed interest percent that is 0.75% to 1% lower than your current rate, you may be a good candidate for refinancing. Any less and you might not make back the anticipated savings once you take refinancing closing costs into account. Have your financial means changed for the better? Oftentimes, a first home purchase coincides with lower earning years. The down payment that best suited your lifestyle at that time might be lower and stretched out for a longer term, often a 30-year mortgage. If your financial capacity has improved, it may be time to refinance to a shorter term mortgage, such as a 15-year mortgage. Plus, when in conjunction with a lower loan rate, your monthly payment may increase only slightly.

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The Scoop continued VISIT FRANKLIN PRESIDENT & CEO NAMED GNHA WOMEN IN TOURISM & HOSPITALITY WOMAN OF THE YEAR Ellie Westman Chin, President & CEO of Visit Franklin, has been named the ‘Women in Tourism & Hospitality Leader of the Year’ by the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association (GNHA). The annual award from the GNHA is presented to a hospitality professional who serves as a leader and role model within the industry. Since joining Visit Franklin in 2014, Westman Chin has led the charge to create innovative programs and partnerships that have grown tourism in the county by 19.5 percent and increased the number of visitors by 36 percent in just four years. In that same time, the annual economic impact on Williamson County from tourism has grown from $382 million in 2013 to over $427.25 million annually in 2016. Westman Chin has always had a particular interest in mentoring women in the hospitality industry. Before joining Visit Franklin, in her time working with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, she served as a founding member of Georgia Women in Lodging, a program created to mentor and guide young women in the lodging industry. Westman Chin regularly engages with participants of the Youth Leadership Franklin program, a leadership program that connects high school juniors and seniors with community leaders. 
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The Scoop continued LOCAL REAL ESTATE FIRM DOUBLES OFFICE SPACE IN FRANKLIN WITH MOVE TO THE RED HOUSE VILLAGE relocated its Franklin residential real estate office last week from Church Street to 138 Third Ave. North, a move that doubles the brokerage’s office space and increases convenience for clients and agents. Locals know VILLAGE’s new office as The Red House, which was built in 1877 and served as a special events facility until recently. The new location has historic charm, 2,801 square feet, high ceilings and front and side porches. A late summer open house is being planned to show off the new office. VILLAGE first opened its Franklin location in 2008. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with weekend hours by appointment. Founded in 1996, VILLAGE has grown to more than 300 agents and five neighborhood offices. The company was built on the principle of giving back to the community. Its nonprofit foundation, the Village Fund, has given $2 million in grants to organizations helping enrich and strengthen our neighborhoods. WILLIAMSON COUNTY CASA RECEIVES GRANT Williamson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recently received a grant from The Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling more than $800,000 in its most recent grant cycle. This grant will support the non-profit in providing a supervised CASA for every child in need. The mission of The Healing Trust, a private grant making foundation, is to foster healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy and advocacy. Recipients of The Healing Trust’s contributions include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on advocacy, physical and mental health and recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, neglect and violence. The Healing Trust has granted over $80 million since 2002. For more information about The Healing Trust, visit For more information about Williamson County CASA, visit THE TMA GROUP’S CLEAN AIR PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCE EXPANSION OF SCHOOL POOL IS COOL PROGRAM The TMA Group’s Clean Air Partnership, in collaboration with Franklin Special School District, is expanding the School Pool is Cool program. This innovative program, starting in August 2018, will now serve Franklin Intermediate, Freedom Middle, Poplar Grove Elementary and Middle Schools. The program helps families manage school transportation and work schedules, saves time and money and reduces traffic congestion around school pick-up and dropoff areas. School Pool is Cool is an easy and secure way for parents to organize neighborhood carpools. To find out more information about the School Pool is Cool program visit: www.tmgroup/schoolpool or contact The TMA Group at (615) 628-0271.

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HARLINSDALE MULTI-USE PATH TO GET FUNDING FROM TDOT GRANT Franklin Mayor Ken Moore announced today the award of an $2,000,000.00 Transportation Alternative Grant to the City of Franklin for the Park at Harlinsdale Farm MultiUse Path. The path will begin at the Ruby F. Lynch trailhead and terminate on the west side of the Harpeth River near Chestnut Bend Subdivision. The project also includes ADA upgrades, a pedestrian bridge, pedestrian lighting and bike racks. The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The Harlinsdale project should begin with concept and design in 2019. RAISE YOUR HAND VOLUNTEERS HELP STUDENTS BUILD LIFELONG SUCCESS The Raise Your Hand (RYH) tutoring program recruits volunteer tutors to help first through fourth grade students in Williamson County achieve grade-level reading proficiency. Reading proficiency is a key factor in quality education. However, during the 2016-2017 school year, only 35% of third-grade students in Tennessee were proficient in reading, according to an elementary reading report released by the Tennessee Department of Education in April 2018. In 2012, United Way of Williamson County launched RYH to join a statewide effort to increase childhood literacy. RYH partners with administrators and teachers at Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District to implement before-school or after-school tutoring in 12 schools. Volunteers commit one hour per week, assisting teachers with reading assignments and tutoring students individually or in small groups. The next RYH tutoring session starts September 17th. RYH volunteer applications are available online at Teachers guide volunteers through the tutoring process. Therefore, no teaching experience is required to volunteer. Training is provided. Prospective volunteers can submit an application at any time of the year. However, United Way encourages individuals to apply in advance of the August 28th volunteer workshop, which takes place from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the United Way office located at 209 Gothic Court, Suite 107 in Franklin. For more information, visit or call Sonya Johnson at 615-771-2312.

BUSINESS | The Scoop The Scoop continued HERITAGE FOUNDATION HISTORIAN RICK WARWICK EARNS ANNE T. RUTHERFORD AWARD AT FRANKLIN TOMORROW EXEMPLARY COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AWARDS The Franklin Theatre was bursting at the seams on Wednesday, July 25th, as Franklin Tomorrow held its 12th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards. Taking home the top award of the evening – the Anne T. Rutherford Award – was Rick Warwick, who for 23 years has volunteered his time with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and other groups as a historian, receiving no pay for his efforts. Warwick’s volunteer work has resulted in a collection of over 15,000 photographs. He has served as the editor of fifteen books on local history, 32 historic journals, and has raised funds and placed over 150 historic markers telling our communities’ history. He is the official Williamson County Historian and has served on the Tennessee Historical Commission, Editor of the Williamson County Historical Society, Co-Chaired Williamson County’s Bicentennial Celebration, served as a board member for the Heritage Foundation, Carter House, Carnton, and founding member of Franklin’s Charge and the African American Heritage Society. Retiring 61st District State Rep. Charles Sargent was recognized for his contributions over 22 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives with the Business Legacy Award. Sargent’s family accepted the award on his behalf due to health issues, which kept him from attending the ceremony. Other awards presented on July 25 included: Volunteer Spirit Awards – Casey Enright, honored for founding The Word Wagon; Laura Musgrave, honored for her work with Alzheimer’s Association Mid South Chapter, Middle Tennessee Region; and Tina Cahalan Jones for her work with the African American Heritage Society, Spring Street Seniors, and other groups. Youth Initiative Awards – Cameron Cox, honored for her work with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson/Maury and Sidonia Cannon, nominated for her work with Threads of Care. Civic Group Award – Daughters of the King, honored for their work on the Feed My Lambs program. Corporate Individual Award – Brian Marger, honored for his work with Gilda’s Club. Middle Tennessee Corporate Team Award – Atmos Energy & CenterPoint Energy Services, honored for their work with United Way of Williamson County. In addition, twenty individuals were honored during a special in memoriam program during the event for their contributions as volunteers and community leaders: the late Ann R. Griffeth, Barbara Stephens Burgnon, Carol Davis Crow, Connie Clark Sr., Delores Guess Beathard, Diane Thorne, Dora Palmer, Frank Emerson, Houston Naron Jr., Jack Walton Jr., Johnny Guffee Sr., Louise Green, Margaret Conners Anderson, Marjorie Hardcastle, Megan Fitzgerald, Michael Szilagyi, Myrldene Buswell, Nancy Crosslin Davis, Sarah Cook and Virginia Bowman.

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Book your fall getaway at the always beautiful Emerald Coast. Your goal? Relaxation. Your destination? The Henderson Park Inn. It’s no secret why the Henderson Park Inn was named Florida’s best romantic getaway and America’s most romantic hotel. Close your eyes and take a moment to picture your idea of the ultimate sanctuary. Does an intimate room with luxury amenities come to mind? How about a charming terrace overlooking the white-sand beach of the Emerald Coast or sipping on a glass of wine as you cruise along the water at sunset. That’s the kind of bliss you’ll experience with a stay at the Henderson Park Inn. And remember…no one under twenty-five allowed! 86 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

The Inn itself is best described as a modern luxury boutique hotel, but a step back in time in romantic beach ambiance and has earned the reputation as one of the finest lodgings in North America. Guest rooms are elegant, private sanctuaries and evoke a feeling of relaxation and serenity. Each exquisitely decorated suite is distinctive from the other and features breathtaking gulf views, flatscreen TVs, and luxurious bedding. No detail is overlooked as, upon arrival, you’ll be greeted in your room with romantic music, a bottle of wine and two glasses, a vase of roses, grapes and gourmet chocolates. All this - and the Inn is right on the beach. In and around Destin, now is the best time to enjoy a getaway at

Named Florida’s Best Romantic Getaway & America’s Most Romantic Hotel the Henderson Park Inn, a beach front haven marrying the perfect blend of luxury amenities and the serenity of this luxury boutique hotel. The Inn’s guests now have access to a full suite of wonderful amenities next door at their sister property, The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort. In addition to the standard weights and machines, the fitness center offers a variety of daily classes to enjoy, with everything from indoor cycling to yoga, and special yoga on the beach programs. For a truly intimate experience, book a couple’s massage or enjoy any of their first-class spa services. After a morning of lounging on the beach, you may want to take a swim next door at one of The Henderson’s two beautiful swimming pools. Couples will love relaxing at the adults only pool, which features a luxury cabana with poolside beverage service. If you love art, the Henderson hotel is beautifully appointed and worth a tour to view with over 465 art pieces by thirteen local artists and artisans! In the evening, if you’re looking for exceptional dining, The Henderson Park Inn’s onsite restaurant, Beach Walk Café is pure indulgence in romantic waterfront dining on one of the most breathtaking settings on the Gulf Coast. Beach Walk Café, selected as one of the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the United States by OpenTable, offers dining experiences that allow guests to connect

and kindle the flames of romance over fantastic fare. As many would imagine, a surplus of fresh seafood graces the menu, along with finely cut steaks, succulent sides, and bountiful desserts. Items such as Berkshire Pork Loin and the Delmonico ribeye dish are great for any land-lover, whereas the Grouper Vince and Shrimp & Grits are guaranteed to fill your seafood craving. For the most romantic dinner on the gulf and possibly of your life, reserve Beach Walk Café’s Toes in the Sand dining experience. Enjoy a private table at the water’s edge under the stars with a dedicated server and watch the sun set into the Gulf for a truly memorable evening! Now more than ever, the Henderson Park Inn is the perfect destination for a couple’s retreat in Destin, Florida. Voted the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of and, this luxury boutique hotel provides an idyllic beach side atmosphere for a honeymoon, anniversary, or any special vacation with your sweetheart. According to Condé Nast Johansens on its website, the Inn overlooks more than a mile of the most pristine and secluded white sandy beaches, and has the most “gorgeous views in all of Destin,” and that “this is definitely the most romantic luxury boutique hotel on the Emerald Coast.” At this adults-only, gulf-front boutique hotel, privacy seekers will find the ultimate sanctuary for romance and serenity. For more information, visit


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Homeschooling is a term that seems to be becoming more popular with each passing year. While the term was initially coined in the 1960’s and was mainly utilized by a Christian population, it wasn’t until 1993 that U.S. laws changed and homeschooling was recognized as a parent’s right in all fifty states. What is homeschooling? Are there different “versions” of how a student in a home school environment learns? Why do some parents opt for this type of education? What are the standards? Is it worth it? To begin, there are several options and methods for homeschooling, and while the average cost to home school a student per year is between $700-$1800, parents often choose the homeschooling method that they believe will be most beneficial to their child before finances. Listed below are some of the more contemporary approaches to homeschooling:

THE CLASSICAL METHOD The Classical Method often incorporates Greek and Latin learning, though these are not required. Biblical-Classical education will also place a substantial emphasis on the Bible and biblical world view training. This method is distinct from other homeschooling programs, which can be considered as more “jumping around” with subjects and lessons. This method, a more popular choice for homeschooling parents, has the distinction of being the most prestigious home school method, noted for generating little geniuses who surpass most adults as superior readers. THE CHARLOTTE MASON METHOD Based on the teachings of 19th century homeschooling pioneer, Charlotte Mason, this Christian home school style exercises short periods of study, typically fifteen to twenty minutes, maximum, for elementary students, and forty-five minutes, maximum, for high schoolers. In addition to nominal “book work” study, this style of homeschooling can include nature walks, journaling, history portfolios, and lots of practice in observation, memorization, and narration. This method sacrifices lectures and expertise, and in return gets a child-directed pragmatic concept that’s relatively inexpensive, allowing for flexibility to allow children to discover and learn at their own pace. THE UNSCHOOLING METHOD Unschooling is a free-form learning model which is personalized and unique. Constructing and planning focus’ largely on the student’s interests but with high priority on experiential, activity based, and learn-as-you-go education. Unschooling allows home school parent 88 YOURWILLIAMSON.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018

teachers to challenge most everything about standard schooling whether public, private, or even basic homeschooling. In this model, parent-teachers tend to be facilitators rather than lecturers or instructors found in the conventional school. SCHOOL-AT-HOME METHOD The polar opposite of Unschooling, School-at-Home is basically what you’d find in the local public or private school classroom, only it’s achieved at home. School-at-Home education is typically formulated around curriculum packages, often arranged by school year, and might consist of the same curriculum within the local public or private schools. There is also an option to use an “Umbrella Homeschooling Program,” which can allow home-schoolers can get some level of support and legal protection for their home education program. This type of program can include, issuing report cards, maintaining attendance records, provide student ID, as well as take part in field trips and academic clubs. This type of program can give a homeschooling parent the ability to create their own standards for what type of socialization their child/student receives while learning at home. While programs may differ, homeschooling can allow for an alternative education that fits the needs of many families. 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: City of Brentwood Awards Money to Schools The Brentwood City Commission gave $239,100 to Brentwood schools. The check presentation took place August 27th at the City Commission meeting. Each year, the City of Brentwood allocates money for schools and recreational programs. The money will be used to fund various improvements and programs. “We are so grateful for the City of Brentwood’s continued support and generosity,” said Sunset Elementary School Principal Karen Caldwell. “We plan to spend the money this year to buy some additional Chromebooks to support the teaching and learning in classrooms. We also plan to replace outdated Smart Boards with newer Smart TV technology, and we hope to purchase some curriculum enhancements to support our writing instruction. ” The city has donated nearly $5.3 million of extra funding for Brentwood schools since 1986. Spreading the Good News in Schools The Week in Review is a district favorite, but who’s behind the camera? That would be the Good News Ambassadors (GNA). Each GNA stays up-to-date on what’s happening in the school building and submits clips each week to add to the Week in Review. “In a district with forty-seven school sites, our GNA’s serve a vital role,” said WCS Communications Director Carol Birdsong. “Without them, it would be impossible for us to showcase all of the wonderful things happening in each school on a weekly basis.” Each August, the GNA’s attend a training session where they learn about the district’s media protocol. At this year’s meeting, the Communications Department gifted each GNA with a superhero cape. “We just thought it would be a fun way to thank them for everything they do,” said Birdsong. “They are a valuable part of the communications team, and to us they are superheroes.” The first Week in Review of the 2018-19 school year was released September 4th. Heritage Elementary Student Reads Way to Governor’s Mansion Heritage Elementary third grader Presley McIntyre took summer was selected as one of the state’s Top 100 Readers in the Summer Reading Competition. First Lady Crissy Haslam challenged rising kindergarten through rising fourth grade students to track their minutes of reading from June 1st until July 27th. If they read more than 2,000 minutes, they were eligible to be selected as a Top 100 Reader in a lottery-style drawing. As a winner, Presley was invited to the Second Annual Kids State Dinner at the governor’s mansion in August. “Presley has a love of reading that is contagious to her peers,” said Heritage Elementary Reading Teacher Lisa Martin. “She’s a voracious reader who shares her enthusiasm about books and excites others to read.”


T O P 1 0 W AY S T O


Sometimes as parents we think that our kids need extravagant play rooms and bedrooms perfectly decorated but the truth is there are just a few simple things that will help your child’s imagination grow. Here are some fun and functional things to have at your child’s fingertips: 1. Find ways to maximize storage - You and your kids won’t want to go in there if it is always a mess. 2. Keep purging items as you buy new ones. 3. Display books so that they can easily be accessed. 4. If you have room, get a toddler or kid sized table so that your children can draw and work in there.

7. For toddlers and younger children give them space for creative and imaginative play. Think small pretend kitchen and dollhouses. 8. Come up with a creative way to showcase your children’s artwork. This can be a string with clothespins or frames where their latest creations can easily be changed out. Your kids will love to see their artwork on display in your home. 9. Print off pictures of the different toys/items in the playroom and put on the bins. This will help your child recognize what items they have to play with, build their vocabulary, along with helping them be able to clean up after they are done playing with the items. 10. Create a cozy area/crash pad space for children to chill out and relax. 5. If you have the space, create a chalkboard wall so that your kids can be creative anytime they wish. And it will hopefully keep them from drawing on other walls that you don’t want them to. 6. To make use of space, find an interactive rug, like one with roads or a city scape. That way your kids can play on it and it won’t take up extra space.

So, you see, even if you only incorporate a few of these ideas your child will be learning and having fun in the comfort of their own home. GINGER GELDREICH JONES, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS CERT AVT

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SOCIAL | Ice Cream Festival Photography by K. York Spring Hill Parks and Recreation hosted Spring Hill’s first-ever Ice Cream Festival at Rippavilla Plantation. Local residents gathered on the grounds of the historic plantation for the sweet taste of home-churned ice cream, good music, dance and storytelling. Over 160 lucky festival goers judged the home churned ice cream competition. Congratulations to Spring Hill area parent educators for taking top honors in the Vanilla and Healthier, ice cream division; Michael Arnold for winning in the Berry and Non-Traditional category and to Pamela Rowdee for being the People’s Choice award winner. The board of directors of Rippavilla Plantation donated the historic mansion and nearly one-hundred acres, to the City of Spring Hill in 2017, with the vision of a partnership to promote tourism, preserve history and provide community events like this for everyone to enjoy. Next year’s event promises to be even bigger and yummier!

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Photography by Bella Gomez Bridges Domestic Violence Center hosted their annual Jokers and Jackpots Gala at the Factory at Franklin recently, and also celebrated twenty years in service to Williamson County. The event consisted of silent and live auctions, a variety of casino games, and plenty of cake to celebrate Bridges’ anniversary. Chips were cashed in for prizes at the end of the evening and winners of the silent auction were announced. Participants bid on artwork, jewelry, tickets to performances and attractions, gift cards, sports items, pampering services, getaways and more! Guests enjoyed a night of dancing, gambling, great food and mingling at this year’s gala. For more information about Bridges and this event, visit

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SOCIAL | TPAC Gala Photography by Paige Atwell This year’s Tennessee Performing Art’s Gala was certainly one to be remembered! Inspired by one of this seasons shows, School Of Rock, guests enjoyed an event full of music, mingling and a surprise visit from a few reallife rockers! Each year, the TPAC Gala provides funding to support TPAC’s educational, cultural, outreach and community engagement activities. To learn more about TPAC, visit

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LIFESTYLE | Arts & Culture

There never seems to be a shortage of arts and culture events to attend in middle Tennessee! Here are just a handful of upcoming art exhibits, music events, plays and more that we can’t wait to see!

September 15th | The Factory at Franklin

Art for Animals is an evening of art, wine, food and fun that benefits Pet Community Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit spay and neuter clinic located in East Nashville. This highly anticipated event has become one of Nashville’s most popular fundraisers, offering an exciting and fun live auction of exclusive artwork, a sprawling silent auction of local gifts and experiences, plus signature cocktails, dinner, entertainment and more! All proceeds benefit spay and neuter and animal saving programs at Pet Community Center, which is dedicated to strengthening the human-animal bond and ending pet overpopulation.

September 21st - 23rd | TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall |

A cherished favorite for ballet connoisseurs and an instant hit for novices, Swan Lake returns to Nashville Ballet to open the season with a dazzling fresh take on the classical masterpiece. Featuring choreographic updates from Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling and striking new costumes, this enchanting romance attempts to answer the timeless question – can true love conquer all? Live music performed by the Nashville Symphony and Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This ballet is family-friendly, but the length may not be suitable for all children. Run Time: Approximately two hours and thirty minutes (including two intermissions).

September 23rd | Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon will embark on a national eight-city tour to support her debut book, Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits (Touchstone – on sale September 18th.) with a stop in Nashville on September 23rd at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. During the Whiskey in a Teacup Tour, Reese will share personal stories, and fans will hear how she entertains, decorates her home and makes holidays special for her family. She will be joined by special guests for the conversations, and audiences will learn just how easy it is to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into their home, no matter where they live. Each ticket for the Whiskey in a Teacup Tour includes a copy of Witherspoon’s forthcoming book, Whiskey in a Teacup (a $35 value). VIP ticket holders will walk away with a limited-edition Draper James tote bag filled with some of Reese’s favorite products, a signed book, and a photo with Reese.

September 26th - 27th | TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall |

Prince is widely regarded as one of the best musicians ever to live, and one of the greatest showmen of all time. His music makes up the soundtracks of our lives- from the parties of our youth to our weddings; and we share his music with our children who repeat the cycle. Great music lives on forever, and it’s with this in mind that we introduce “4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.” The first and only estate-approved Prince celebration, 4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. Throughout the course of the evening, Prince’s extensive musical catalog will be represented, we’ll hear his greatest hits, as well as some of his lesser known gems in this musical celebration. Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and arrangements that will be played by the symphony.

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For a stimulating evening full of mistaken identities, romantic complications, and slamming doors, it doesn’t get much better than this favorite work heralded as “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post. Opening in 1986 on the West End and in 1989 on Broadway, the show garnered nine Tony nominations and won two. A world-famous tenor appearing for one night only as Othello is accidentally given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. A staff member gets into costume to take his place, and the fun begins. Directed by Daryle Tallent, this show runs for various dates starting October 5th through October 20th.


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COMMUNITY | A Little Something Extra

RETURNS TO THE PARK AT HARLINSDALE FARM ON SEPTEMBER 22ND - 23RD Music lovers will #MakeThePilgrimage to The Park at Harlinsdale for two unforgettable days of music, art and culture set against the backdrop of the historic horse farm. Memorable performances by Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Lionel Richie, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Brandi Carlile, Counting Crows and more will be featured this year. Artists will be performing on six stages. This year’s Americana Music Triangle Experience weaves an even broader and more vivid story of the landscape that bore the music that became an identity - Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Bluegrass, R&B/Soul, Southern Gospel, Cajun/ Zydeco and Country Music. Among the places on the Triangle patrons will get to know are the State of Alabama, State of Arkansas, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Florence, Alabama, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Ryman Auditorium, State of Tennessee, Tunica, Mississippi, Tupelo, CVB, State of Mississippi, Natchez, Mississippi, New Orleans Jazz Museum, and of course the

town where it’s all happening - Franklin, Tennessee. The AMTE will feature performances and talks by the Lake Wamala Cultural Troupe, Aubrey Preston, Shain Shapiro, Judy Hood, Bishop Gunn, Joanne Cash, The Rebirth Brass Band, Bubba O’Keefe, The Fairfield Four, Dr. Carroll Van West and Greg Lambousy. The VIP Village presents an outdoor kitchen and larder curated by Strategic Hospitality (owner of Pinewood, Bastion and many other Nashville favorites), featuring a variety of local restaurants and chefs with rotating selections from 11am to 7pm each festival day. The festival unveiled an exclusive new experience called The Grand Champion Experience with Blackberry Farm - a heralded culinary, event and hotel venue in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The Grand Champion pass includes all the amenities provided in the VIP Village Experience, plus even more exclusive access to live performances, with Blackberry Farm culinary and beverage delights at the Festival and a private Friday night banquet.

Pilgrimage will also feature a Made South Maker’s Village with over sixty local and regional craft vendors and Bell’s Brewery Craft Beer Hall with televised SEC and NFL football games. You can also experience the Millville, Tennessee Market as well as the Farm to Turntable food truck park featuring eighteen local food trucks including bars and shaded center court. Between sets, celebrate the musical heritage of the Deep South with the Americana Music Triangle Experience. The festival continues to drive tourism dollars to Williamson County and the Pilgrimage Foundation, the festival’s nonprofit arm, will donate a portion of each ticket sale to benefit the City of Franklin and Friends of Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares, a non-profit organization that was established by the Recording Academy™ to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community. Get your tickets and learn more at

MONTHLY | Did You Know?



Williamson County is growing immensely every day. New businesses, restaurants and beautiful homes are popping up left and right, but what we should truly take pride in is the history that this land carries and our ability to uphold it. Check out these fun facts about some of the historic homes in Williamson County that still stand today!

Campbell Westbrook House This historic location served as the original home of O’More College of Design.

Harris McEwen House This was the home of Mayor John Brown McEwen during the Civil War.

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