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FEATURES 22 INTERIOR THINKING Balancing Trends with Timeless Elements in Your Home with Holly Thompson Design 44 WELCOME HOME Living Among Legends 51 FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS 2023 Southern Living Idea House 58 YOUR COMMUNITY PARTNER Williamson County Association of REALTORS® 80 POURS & PALATES Sinatra Bar & Lounge 96 UP THE ROAD Old Edwards Inn & Spa and Half Mile Farm ON THE COVER: Trisha Yearwood and her pups, Millie and Emmy, stand in the beautiful kitchen, after calling it home for the past twenty-three years, of the historic estate currently on the market and featured in this issue. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: NICOLE HILL GERULAT YOUR WILLIAMSON | SEPTEMBER 2023 VOLUME XIII – ISSUE 123 51 6 | SEPTEMBER 2023
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SOCIAL 20 Rhinestone Cowboy Gala 26 Raise the Roofs 30 Raise the Roofs Sponsors Party 32 Heritage Ball Legacy Luncheon 34 Women’s Leadership Conference 50 Vintner’s Cup Charity Golf Tournament 66 Golf Fore GraceWorks 74 TIFF Opening Night Party 86 Steak & Burger Dinner 104 Bowlability 106 State of the County 112 Williamson County Fair CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE 14 Social Secretary 18 Letter from the Publisher 68 Socially YOURS 122 Did YOU Know? LIFESTYLE 28 YOUR Health & Wellness Community Based Care with Williamson Health 84 A Spirited Conversation Avid Vines 102 A Little Something Extra SEC Football Game Day Traditions 118 Arts & Culture Hailey Whitters is Returning to Pilgrimage 120 Arts & Culture Events COMMUNITY 38 Days Gone By The Forgotten History of Franklin’s Masonic Hall with Katie Shands 42 I Am Williamson County Courtney Daniel 76 In YOUR Backyard Local Airbnb’s for the Perfect Staycation 88 Eat, Drink & Be Merry Whitney’s Cookies in Downtown Franklin 92 YOUR Charitable Self Kings & Queens Fundraise for the 2024 Mardi Gras Ball 110 YOUR Kids Nolensville Little League Team Making History at the Little League World Series 113 YOUR Education Learning Beyond the Classroom with Brentwood Academy 114 A Southern Gentleman Is... Kevin Griffin BUSINESS 100 Keeping Score Teeing Up the Future with SwingZen 105 YOUR Business Partner State of the Schools with Williamson, INC. 107 We’re in the Money Meet the Mortgage Team with Lineage Bank 108 It’s YOUR Business Barton Drury Insurance Group REAL ESTATE & HOME 48 Geospatial Drone Services, LLC 56 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty 70 Jeannie Bankins, Parks Realty 72 TMoneyDesign 8 | SEPTEMBER 2023
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Thanks for the Memory


One of the resounding and repeated messages throughout this issue, in multiple different stories, is the idea of making memories. Whether it be from an annual pilgrimage to your friend’s home to celebrate traditions and fellowship, or the idea of memories being created from the foods we eat and love. As I looked closer at almost every story and feature in this issue, the overwhelming theme was about making memories and where most of those originate... Home.

Not too surprising, of course, since this is our annual Real Estate & Home Edition, but the deeper meaning of that and how it intertwined its way into every element of this publication, resonates. For home is where the heart is and where our most basic of life memories emanate. Whether it’s a backyard and the memory of children laughing in the sprinkler; the conversations around the Thanksgiving dinner table with all manner of family members present; the frustration of a school morning; the scariness of a midnight nightmare; holidays, birthday parties, bringing baby home from the hospital; a gathering after a loved one’s passing; the list truly could go on and on of the memories made within the four walls of where we call home.

More than a structure, it’s a living breathing backdrop to our story, much like our hometown and our community provide the stage. So true, as I also revel in this issue - seeing the photos of so many incredible events I had the privilege to attend this summer and seeing so many faces, who also, are part of many a memory. As I was sitting recently at the Heritage Ball Legacy Luncheon, celebrating fifty years of the Heritage Ball and those who had chaired or been honored as King and Queen of the festivities; I looked around the room and saw not only dear and cherished friends, but so many people who in my memory, made and defined moments in time, integral to my life.

We watch our children experience their first day of school or the first day of 5th grade – whatever the year is, and we all have our memory making playbook. You know the one, that says, special breakfast; chalk written board of “So and So’s first day of____” fill in blanks; then the obligatory

photo going out the door to face their new view of the world for the next year. Kids are scared and parents terrified. Every single time we go through this scripted memory making, without missing a beat. And cherish it for the rest of our lives.

Memories sustain us even when memory is lost. My father, the song maker and writer of 1000’s of words and memories, can no longer remember most things. Perhaps the day will come, sooner than I can be ready, when he will not remember me when I walk in to see him. So, for now, we overlook that he doesn’t remember how to use a phone or a fork some days and hold so very tightly to his laughter when we remind him about something he used to do when we were kids to make us laugh. His smile assures us he does remember and, for a moment, memories are truly all that matter.

One day, this life as magazine publisher, recording the memories of our community, will be passed on to someone else – we can only hope – but in the living of it I will be forever grateful to share in the making of them with all of you! They will define me and make ever more true the idea that – “We never realize the value of something in our life until it becomes a memory.”

MONTHLY | Letter from the Publisher
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Candie Westbrook, Shelly Robertson Birdsong, Cathi Aycock, Teresa Anderson & Mary Pearce

Once a House Soon a Community

For the last 183 years the families and friends who have enjoyed Historic Magnolia Hall have helped establish Franklin as one of the most desirable communities in the country. To make sure that this home would be preserved for another 183 – we had to add a few more neighbors. So what we’re not building is as important as what we are. Although our historic property is 12 acres in the middle of Downtown Franklin, we’re only using 5 of them to build the 10 new homes. The rest of the land is being saved like a beautiful park for generations to come. History restored. Community Perfected.


Your Williamson & Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau present Muscle Shoals to Main Street 2023

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For more than fifty years, Brentwood Academy has served students in grades 6th - 12th. BA is a co-educational, independent, college preparatory school dedicated to nurturing and challenging each whole person - body, mind and spirit.



Holly is a nationally-featured interior designer with a master’s degree in interior design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Holly and Dave own an interior design studio and construction company on Main Street in downtown Franklin called Holly Thompson Design, with a second location in Belle Meade opening soon.



Johnny Birdsong, Publisher at YOUR Williamson, is a Kentucky native and Williamson County convert but above all, a Southern Gentleman.



Katie Shands, local author of novel Finding Franklin, has found her home here in our community. See her interesting and history filled blog posts all about Franklin and Williamson County on social media daily. Follow her on social media @katieshandsauthor.



Lineage Bank is a multi-branch community bank based in Williamson County. Father and son veteran bankers Richard and Kevin Herrington opened the first Lineage Bank branch in Franklin in 2020.



The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is a trade association that represents the interests of real estate professionals and those who own or desire to own real property. To learn more, visit




Williamson Health has been a healthcare pillar in our community for over sixty years. With an impressive tradition and commitment to providing exceptional healthcare service to thousands of patients, they are YOUR community hospital. For more information, visit

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“Do All The Good You Can”

Chuck McDowell, CEO of Wesley Mortgage, his wife Jo Ellen and their two dogs Bud and Ollie

Chuck McDowell, a true Middle Tennessee native, was born and raised in Mt. Juliet, met his wife while attending college in Murfreesboro, and currently resides in Franklin. As an MTSU alumni and successful business man, Chuck wanted to make a mortgage company that is Middle Tennessee’s Hometown Lender. He started Wesley Mortgage to be in the business of supporting our community and the people that live in it. Whether we’re highlighting local heroes at Titans games, or helping local churches and non profits, Wesley Mortgage reinvests in the people and places that make Middle Tennessee great. When you work with Wesley Mortgage, you can expect three things:

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Downtown Franklin

What are you doing for Labor Day? Run with Mercy Community Healthcare at their annual Mercy Franklin Classic. The whole family is welcome and there will be a 5k, 10k, 15k and 1k Kids Run. Runners and walkers will start and finish on historic Franklin square with the final sprint down Main Street. Sign up now!



Riverview Farm

Since 1996, Chukkers for Charity, a fundraiser benefiting Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!, has grown into a prestigious event the entire midstate area enjoys. Patrons enjoy their own private 10×10 cabana, on the VIP side of the field, for perfect views of the polo match.



River Circle Farm

It’s been twenty years of hooting, jamming and swinging for rivers in Tennessee. The River Swing is the signature fundraiser for Harpeth Conservancy and has raised more than two million dollars to protect our rivers. Guests will enjoy a dinner and entertainment by Moon Taxi and John Hiatt with Justin Bell, Nicki Bluhm, The Sweet Lillies and more!


Tap into the heartbeat of Williamson County with a quick scan! Our community calendar is your portal to the pulse of local events and activities. Stay connected, stay engaged, and never miss a beat of what makes our county extraordinary.



Eastern Flank Event Facility

The Hog Ball is back for its second year! Organized by a group of Franklin locals, the Hog Ball has chosen Friends of Franklin Parks’ Ellie G’s Dreamworld as this year’s beneficiary. This special nonprofit organization will receive 100% of the evening’s profit. Celebrate and dance the night away in a fun atmosphere at one of Franklin’s best nights of charity. It’s a party with a purpose!



The Factory at Franklin

You’re invited to join the inaugural Casino Royale Fundraiser, benefiting Holiday Heroes and the virtual and in-person pediatric programs coming to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the surrounding communities this summer! All proceeds from the event will allow Holiday Heroes to continue to offer pediatric programming free of charge to hospital and clinic partners across the country.

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The Park at Harlinsdale

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival offers a diverse yet renowned lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more. The festival has grown in its eight years to double down on the music programming, with six stages and heralded

lineups year after year, and has expanded its cultural focus by showcasing hundreds of local artisans, restaurants, food trucks and makers that give context and authenticity to the Pilgrimage experience.



Izzy’s Feel Good Food

The Mardi Gras fun begins with the Krewe Party. This kick-off event is casual, fun and gives you the chance to celebrate My Friend’s House Mardi Gras Ball Royal Court. The 2023 Krewe Party will be held at Izzy’s Feel Good, with a silent auction and wine pull. Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!


Relive the moments, discover hidden gems, and bring the memories home. Scan here for event photos, both featured and exclusive.

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Rhinestone Cowboy


WHO: A Vintage Affair | WHAT: Rhinestone Cowboy Gala WHERE: Factory at Franklin WHY: Festivities began with a VIP pre-party where sponsors and guests were invited to enjoy champagne, signature cocktails, wine from their featured vintner, delicious hors d'oeuvres, fine cigars, and a preview of auction items. Doors opened at the Main Event and guests experienced fabulous food from local restaurants, select wines, whiskey and bourbon tastings, a silent and live auction, and a wine auction! A Vintage Affair's exclusive wine donkey, Kate from Black Burro Events visited and took pictures with guests! Guests danced the night away to the traditional country music duo, 2Country4Nashville! Manuel Cuevas, who served as honored guest, showcased several of his one-of-a-kind custom-made jackets! Known as the Rhinestone Rembrandt, Manuel was responsible for making Johnny Cash the man in black! The event promotes and supports six incredible beneficiaries in our community, benefiting women and children in need.

Hilary Hanson & Natalie Kerberk Rene Omessi, Tricia Swanger, Erinn Watkins & Leigh Terns Rick & Rebecca Goss Barry & Liz Higginbotham Stacey Downs & Stacey Williams Mike Burgdorff , LeAnn & Mike Henson, Kacey Burgdorff Amy Ash, Jesper Lanning, J.W., Ronnie Anderson, Sunny Ash, John & Sandra Fletcher Miriam Wiggins & Brian Mansell Pamela Andrews & Ondrea Johnson Anna Stove & Alyssa Colvin Pam Stephens, Brent Wong, Lisa Maxson & Tracy Karner Andrea Harbison & Holly Bogley Sara & Danny Jimenez Teresa & Danny Anderson Uli Reyes & Kelly Chris Robin Howser, Lisa & Leon Luckee Holly Spain & Ann Barker Clara Hunt & Claudia Plaza Michael & Vicki McNamara Jo & John Shaw, Chandra & Jim Adkins
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Timeless to P

eople who come into our design studio are almost always asking for a timeless design for their home, custom-tailored to their lifestyle and uniquely created for them. Then I ask them to show me pictures of what they consider timeless and unique, and without fail, almost the exact same inspiration photos pop up for just about everyone.

I get it. I tire of the old quickly and want to move on to something new. But when you’re creating a kitchen, a new set of rules apply because you don’t want to change your kitchen like you did with all your wall decor that said things like “eat” and “gather.”

I think all designs should be timeless, unless it’s an extremely short-lived type of project like a party or a conference. Focusing on timelessness helps prevent that “what were they thinking” look we often see when looking at photos from previous decades. On the flip side, people like trends because they feel new and fresh. And new and fresh is a good thing. It would be boring if things never changed (except at the grocery store… no one likes changes to the grocery store layout). The goal with any major project is to marry the idea of timelessness and up-to-date and to create an enjoyable space that will meet the needs of the homeowner for as long as they need.

Timelessness is tricky, though, because the more popular any given style is the less likely it is to be considered timeless. While no one can see the future of design trends with certainty, there are four areas I try to address to ensure a timeless design.



Function is a key part of a space standing the test of time. If the design and decor of your space don’t work well for your lifestyle, it’s going to have a short shelf-life. An example of this would be things like barn doors that just get in the way or overly large showers that just make you cold. It’s a good rule of thumb to make sure that anything expensive you do to your house is actually going to work for you. If you don’t know if it’ll work, find an experienced designer who can explain the pros and cons regarding livability. If you want to try something daring that won’t cause you to have to re-remodel, try leather pants or some cool sunglasses.


The skill in which something is pulled together makes all the difference in how timeless it is. Some rooms done in the past can still look surprisingly fresh and current, while others are well past their expiration date. When doing an expensive room like a kitchen or bath, you don’t want anyone to be able to tell exactly what year it was done, or it’ll inevitably be “dated.”

Having thought behind the design concept (figuring out what the room is trying to “do” or “be” with the design) is vital to timelessness because then even when styles change, your space still works. Being knowledgeable about how finishes look over time and avoiding overtly trendy items is important. If you love specific finishes that are currently popular, use them to create an overall look or feel that you love, so that even when the next thing is popular, you still love to be in your space. Also, always make sure your interior design style complements the architecture of your home. Eclectic is fine, but a total shock from exterior to interior isn’t usually a happy surprise.


This is how builders ruin it for everyone, I’m sorry to say (if you’re a builder and you’re reading this, I’m not talking about you; just the other guys). Once a beautiful finish trickles down to builders, it’s all over for that finish as far as timelessness goes. Generally, builder finishes are a race to the bottom, resulting in things that look pretty at first but don’t age well. This is why people thought they hated brass and wallpaper. It’s because all the brass and wallpaper people saw was cheap and awful. Just pick quality finishes and they will look beautiful for a very long time, which equals “timeless.”

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The kitchens people are drawn to tend to be trendy because everyone likes them at the same time. This type of trendiness is difficult to avoid because really all kitchens can be divided into time periods based on the popularity of finishes. This is why making sure you have a thoughtful design and quality finishes is so important; these things help your space to outlast the trends.

Avoiding overused color combos helps too because these combos inevitably become associated with a certain decade. Remember mauve and seafoam green from the early ‘90s? What about the earthy tans mixed with red and black in the early 2000s? Black and white is currently on the chopping block. Anytime a color or color combo starts to be seen everywhere, its days are limited and so is its timelessness. Using colors and styles thoughtfully and in line with the style of the house will help your upgrades to stand the test of time.

With a Master’s Degree in Interior Design, Holly uses her education and experience to interpret the client’s needs and create the best space possible.


Raise the Roofs

WHO: Friends of Franklin Parks |

WHAT: Raise the Roofs WHERE: Harlinsdale Farm WHY: The 12th annual Raise the Roofs is one of Franklin’s favorite parties! Hosted by the Friends of Franklin Parks and presented by Medical House Calls, Raise the Roofs was an evening of shining the spotlight on the beauty and importance of Franklin parks. Each year Raise the Roofs seeks to raise awareness of the mission to preserve the cultural and natural resources in the Franklin community with the vision to enhance the parks and trails experience for generations to come.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE MURPHY Matt & Lauren Roberts Kelly & Jason Collins Adam & Ginger Caldwell Jennifer, Kelsy & Jamey Parker Lance & Lesley Shelby Andy Franklin & Molly White Shannon & Ken Dishman Lecil Brothers & Nina Veliz John & Melissa Bennett Chuck & Jo Ellen McDowell Keith & Annie Tilghman Amber McKerry & Miwan Halt Brooke & John Kepley Michele & John Neiland Grant & Lisa Martin Melissa & Mike Stephens Curt & Eve Abdo Gyrus & LaTara Sturgis Leighton & Olivia Munsch Claudia Lombana, Melanie McConnell, Pamela Andrews & Ashley Roberts
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Williamson Health EMS also continues to grow, serving as the primary 911 EMS provider for all of Williamson County, running eighteen advanced life support ambulances 365 days a year from seventeen stations, including recently added locations in Brentwood and Nolensville.

While creating greater access to healthcare may be the main goal, Williamson Health also wants to create more opportunities for its providers to serve the communities where they live.

“All of our providers participate in community events, from the Williamson County Fair to the Nolensville Farmers’ Market and Experience Spring Hill,” Tim said. “When we open a new location, we want to have providers who live in those communities.

Williamson Health wants to make sure the residents of Williamson County and the surrounding region get the exceptional, high-quality healthcare they deserve. From Brentwood to Spring Hill and Fairview to Nolensville, you’ll see that commitment coming to life in brick-and-mortar walk-in clinics, orthopedic urgent care clinics and rehabilitation services, physician practices and EMS stations spread across the county, meeting patients where they live.

Most Williamson County residents are familiar with Williamson Health’s flagship acute-care hospital, Williamson Medical Center, located in Franklin. But the full-service regional healthcare system also includes Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, The Turner-Dugas Breast Health Center, eighteen rapid response EMS units, Williamson Health physician practices, outpatient laboratory and imaging services and multiple joint venture Vanderbilt Health and Williamson Medical Center Walk-In Clinics in Williamson County.

When deciding where to open a new location, the leaders of Williamson

Health take many factors into consideration. “We filter through a lot of information that goes into making a decision about where to add or expand locations,” said Tim Burton, Williamson Health’s associate administrator of operations. Jeffrey Kutsikovich, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder at Bone and Joint Institute, said their group is always evaluating the need for new locations across Williamson County. “We consider overall population growth, individual city and location growth and use software to help us find areas that are more under-served when it comes to access to healthcare,” he said. The goal, both Dr. Kutsikovich and Tim say, is creating greater community access to healthcare.

“By offering multiple locations around the county, we can make getting that care more convenient for more patients,” said Dr. Kutsikovich. Tim added, “Williamson Health is focused on expanding the traditional primary care model so that the entire patient is being cared for as well as their sore throat today.”

“I love that patients might see their doctor at the grocery store, or our providers might be at the same ballgame as their patients,” he continued. “Our practices are more than doctors’ offices — they’re active members of their communities.”

More for You

Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee recently completed a renovation to their flagship clinic on the Williamson Health campus. The updates allow the team to serve the growing needs of the community more effectively.

With these changes, Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee continues its commitment to providing high-quality orthopedic care to the people of Williamson County and surrounding areas.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit:

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Raise the Roofs Sponsors Party

WHO: Friends of Franklin Parks |

WHAT: 12th Annual Raise the Roofs Sponsors Party WHERE: Hayes House Lawn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm WHY: Sponsors and friends of the 12th Annual Raise the Roofs gathered at the Hayes House Lawn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm to kick off the event. Guests enjoyed live music, great food and were allowed to tour the progress of the Hayes House reconstruction. Raise the Roofs seeks to raise awareness of Friends of Franklin Parks’ mission to preserve the cultural and natural resources in the community, with the vision to enhance the parks and trails experience for generations to come.

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Our planning team determined our current and future patients will best be served by a facility that includes a one-story, 33,563-square-foot building featuring:

• A Family Medical Care Area with exam rooms, a prayer area, nurses station, provider suite, central supply room and lab.

• The Naomi Judd Mental Health Clinic with counseling/psychiatric rooms, a Parent-Child Interactive Therapy Room, group rooms, a waiting room and a prayer area.

• General rooms/common areas that include an entrance canopy, benches and vestibule, prayer area, sitting & waiting areas, multipurpose rooms, central corridor, X-ray rooms, large meeting and conference rooms, administrative areas, employees kitchen, lactation room and community center.

Mercy Community Healthcare’s new building will serve our next generations for years to come and we need your support. When you give, our whole community benefits. No gift is too small to have a positive impact in the lives of individuals & families.

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26. God gives us work during the wait and we are reaching out. Our fundraising goal has not been achieved and we are waiting and hopeful. We would love to invite you to tour our current facility and learn about progress on our new building. Please contact Dottie Bullard at 615.814.3412 or

Will you help us be move in ready by making a donation today?

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Moving this fall to: 143 Southeast Parkway Court, Franklin TN 37064

“I offer an experienced, balanced prospective and envision a promising future. With your support, I am committed to preserving our historic foundation and forging ahead.”

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Preserving our unique character areas while preparing for prudent growth.

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Equipping first responders with the best training, tools, and support to do their jobs exceptionally well.

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Legacy Luncheon

WHO: The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

WHAT: Legacy Luncheon WHERE: Southall Meadows WHY: On August 29th, past Heritage Ball Chairs, Kings and Queens, were honored at a Legacy Luncheon celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the annual black-tie ball. The history and legacy of the Heritage Ball was commemorated in style with a beautiful luncheon paying homage to all those who have done so much for historic preservation in Williamson County.

THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA SHERIDAN Coleman & Cathi Aycock Ken & Linda Moore Calvin Lehew, Caroline Cross & Marilyn Lehew Danny & Teresa Anderson Loy Hardcastle, Linda Tracey, Dewees & Kathy Berry Michele & Wayne Evans, Mary Lankford Shelly & Johnny Birdsong Mary Pearce & Margaret Martin Amos Gott & Sondra Morris Marty Ligon Ed Underwood, Troy Cummins & Grant Martin Jamey & Jennifer Parker

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Women’s Leadership Conference

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WHAT: 2023

Women’s Leadership Conference WHERE: Franklin Marriot Cool Springs WHY: Williamson, INC.’s Women’s Leadership Conference was sold out and celebrated what a day in the life of a woman looks like. Keynote speaker, Honoree Corder, an accomplished leader and advocate for women’s advancement, delivered a captivating talk on presenting yourself as a leader and the importance of bringing other women along on the journey. Attendees explored the concept of “sending the elevator back down” and learned actionable steps to empower and uplift other women while achieving their own success.

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1008 Fair Street Franklin, TN 37064 HISTORIC
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Built in 1889 and cataloged on the National Register of Historic Places, the Courtney-Alexander House offers a rare blend of history and convenience on a private, over half-acre lot. Stately spaces. One-level living. A graceful house for a graceful lifestyle. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MADISON ROSE LOVELY Leigh Williams, Karla Winsett & Denice Demers Doris McMillan & Kendall Merrick Chrisln Jones & Theresa Watterud Kelli Myers & Rebecca Jackson Christina Ryan & Honoree Corder Annalee Cate & Jena Potter Megan Preston & Jenna Townsend Yesenia Sevilla & Clara Blitch Brooke Gray & JJ Fennell Jennifer Shepard & Brooke O’Dell Mackenzie Robinson & Leigh Bawcom
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4 BEDS, 2/2 BATHS, 3524 SQFT


Just minutes from Leipers Fork Village, this 4622 SF Colonial Estate sits on 24 lush acres. Featuring a main-level master suite, spacious kitchen and panoramic views, the home also offers three additional bedrooms upstairs. Nestled in Williamson County, two creeks add to its idyllic country charm.




5 BEDS, 5/1 BATHS, 5246 SQFT


This 15-acre custom home offers panoramic Tennessee vistas. Interior details include wainscoting, a gourmet kitchen and a primary bedroom with a luxurious ensuite. Upstairs, find three ensuite bedrooms and ample space for work or play, ensuring comfort and convenience.




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Ideal for homebuilders or hobbyists, this 40x60 Morton building offers four bays and two oversized doors for RVs. A heated apartment provides temporary living space, while a pond-side building site is septic-ready for a 5-bedroom home. Additional features include two wells and a well-equipped barn.



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4 BEDS, 2/2 BATHS, 3404 SQFT


Situated on 8.41 acres in Leipers Fork, this 3400 sq ft home offers an open floor plan and pool. A downstairs master suite ensures comfort, while three upstairs bedrooms provide additional living space. A pool, hobbyist barn and pond amplify the property’s tranquil atmosphere.




77.000 ACRES


Offering 77 acres in Williamson County, this land is ideal for farming, outdoor activities, or future home construction. It features a barn, storage facilities and preliminary septic work. Rolling hills and extensive road frontage make this property a promising investment.




5 BEDS, 5/1 BATHS, 5007 SQFT


This Hilltop Retreat, valued at $3,977,000, combines vintage and modern luxury. Crafted from 150-year-old wood and Montana-sourced Redwood, the home features high ceilings and a premium Chef’s Kitchen. Amenities include a swim/spa, panoramic decks and a spacious, insulated garage.




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xperts have called it one of the most significant historic buildings in the South, but the Hiram Lodge No. 7 Masonic Hall now stands weathered and oft-overlooked. It sits on Second Avenue South in downtown Franklin behind a plywood barrier as water damage threatens the integrity of its front wall, the interior of which is covered in Civil War-era graffiti. The structure’s anterior facade, constructed from bricks handmade by enslaved people, leans forward several inches as if in deference to the more modern buildings around it.

Despite all of this, there’s something about the Masonic Hall that beckons to people. The rare combination of Federal and Gothic Revival styles hint that this isn’t just another old building. Indeed, beyond the battlements and pointed arches lies a trove of remarkable stories waiting to be told. Time may have faded the grandeur of the hall, but the passing years have only made its history all the richer.

Built between 1823 and 1826, the Masonic Hall was hailed as an architectural marvel of its day. It was the first three-story building in Tennessee and, at the time of construction, the tallest structure west of the Allegheny Mountains. In 1973, it was named a National Historic Landmark. The only other property in Williamson County to receive such a designation


is the Franklin Battlefield. Today, the hall is the oldest Gothic Revival structure in the state and Franklin’s oldest public building.

The Masonic Hall has played a part in many notable historic events, such as the meeting of the Chickasaw Treaty Council. In August 1830, President Andrew Jackson, Secretary of War John Eaton, and General John Coffee convened in Franklin with Chickasaw leaders to negotiate a treaty that would cede to the U.S. government the last of the Chickasaw lands east of the Mississippi River. This was the only meeting in history between a sitting president and Native American nation to work out a land treaty. After a persuasive speech from President Jackson, the tribe accepted the agreement at the Masonic Hall. Unfortunately, this would ultimately lead to the Chickasaws’ forced removal to Oklahoma along the Trail of Tears.

The Masonic Hall also played a vital role throughout the Civil War years. During the Federal occupation of Franklin, the building multi-tasked as a hospital, quartermaster offices, barracks, and a rallying ground for local Union sympathizers. Confederate spies used the hall’s roof to scout out and sketch Fort Granger, a nearby Union fortification. As mentioned before, the interior walls still bear graffiti left by these soldiers, featuring their names, regiments, and assorted messages.

Masonic Hall interior, 1920s, photo restored by Dr. James Horner

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For many years, the Masonic Hall was the only building in Franklin large enough to host large crowds. As such, the hall has hosted a myriad of events including political assemblies, the domestic competition for a county fair, and even Suffragette meetings. It served as the town’s first library for a time. It has also been the site of church services for every major denomination in Franklin and an armory during World War I.

Ever since the hall’s construction, the Hiram Lodge No. 7 (a “lodge” refers to the members, not the meeting house) has maintained its presence there, making the building the oldest Masonic Hall in continuous use in Tennessee. Thanks to the efforts of the Masons, this 200-year-old structure remains part of Franklin’s historic landscape. However, time has taken its toll, and substantial repairs are now a pressing need. The Masons’ current priority is fixing the front facade, and they are seeking help from the community. The group hopes these renovations will allow them to open the hall to the public, facilitating education about its incredible history.

As a tangible link to Franklin’s past, the Masonic Hall offers a glimpse into bygone eras and fosters a deeper understanding of the community’s heritage. By preserving this landmark, we can help ensure its stories endure for generations to come. To donate, visit the lodge’s website at

Fort Granger in relation to Franklin.
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Courtney Daniel


The “I Am Williamson County” column features individuals in Williamson County who are known and unknown, as staples of our community, doing good, being seen and exuding Williamson County! This month we feature Courtney Daniel, a resident of Williamson County for twenty-one years. Courtney has established her roots in Williamson County with her husband, Matt and their family. After fifteen years of working in Pediatrics and Neonatology, Courtney transitioned to Nurse Practitioner. Her journey reflects her drive for the community, while her involvement in community events, such as the Hog Ball, and many other local organizations, underscores her commitment to preserving the county’s heritage and shaping its future.

YW: What is your profession and what led you to choose it?

CD: I am a Nurse Practitioner now. I was very undecided on what I wanted to do when I first started college. I changed my major a few times. The University I attended, had a very reputable nursing program, so after talking with an advisor and discussing my strengths and weaknesses, I decided to go the nursing route. I worked in Pediatrics and Neonatology for fifteen years before becoming a Nurse Practitioner. I decided to pursue that advanced degree because I really liked the idea of autonomy in my practice. Healthcare is typically a puzzle or a mystery, and I wanted to be able to play a larger role in solving the problems.

YW: What are three words that best describe you?

CD: Driven, Loyal and Witty.

YW: Where is your favorite place to go in Williamson County and why?

CD: Harlinsdale Farm is my favorite place in Williamson County. Not only is it beautiful but it has such a rich history. A sunset at Harlinsdale is truly one of the most beautiful things to experience.

YW: What keeps you motivated and inspired?

CD: My deep sense of purpose and the desire to make a positive impact within my family, career and community. I find immense satisfaction in setting meaningful goals and working diligently to achieve them. I am also blessed to be surrounded by some amazing

people, in my husband, family and close friends. They all truly inspire me to be the best person I can be. I know that may sound cheesy, but have you met them? Ultimately, the prospect of contributing to something larger than myself and leaving a legacy that benefits others is what keeps me driven and excited every day.

YW: What organizations are you involved with and why?

CD: I am directly involved with Hog Ball. I also try and volunteer with Friends of Franklin Parks and A Vintage Affair, as I can. These events and organizations are geared towards preserving Franklin and Williamson County and helping the members of this community.

YW: Tell us about the Hog Ball and your involvement:

CD: The main goal of the event is to recreate the nostalgia of Franklin decades ago and host a “party with a purpose,” that’s open to everyone, no matter how long they’ve lived in Franklin. Last year was our first event and it was overwhelmingly successful We easily sold 150 tickets and enjoyed an evening of dancing, mingling and raising money for a local cause. This year we have added 100 additional tickets, capping at 250. This year and last, 100% of the money raised is going to help with the development and completion of Ellie G’s Dream World, an inclusive playground meant for children and adults of all abilities being built in the memory of Elliot Grace Castro. I was there from the inception of the idea and have worked with a committee to plan one of

(what I believe) is the best nights of the year. It has been really cool to work alongside ten of my closest friends to create an event that positively impacts our community.

YW: Finish this statement: I AM Williamson County because…

CD: I value and respect the tradition, southern charm and rich history that this county is rooted in. I am a proud resident who has raised our two boys here-becoming part of an unbroken lineage stretching back eight generations. The legacy of Williamson County is important to me; connecting me to a heritage of hardworking people and resilient families who laid a foundation for a thriving community we cherish today. I hope to be a steward of this heritage, nurturing the values of family, respect and community that have endured for generations. From the beauty of Main Street to the echo of distant Civil War cannons, I AM Williamson County - a keeper of its history, a bearer of its charm, and a torchbearer for its future. Rooted in the past and grounded in the present, I am a testament to the enduring essence of this remarkable corner of the South.

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Deep sense of purpose and the desire to make a positive impact.


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I chose Williamson County because I loved the rolling hills and the serenity of the area. I loved this house in particular, because my neighborhood was a great place to walk, and if I wanted a little more trail time, I could take my dog down to several nearby parks.


estled within the heart of Brentwood, a timeless treasure awaits—a classic gated residence that stands as a testament to history and the rich legacy of Tennessee. Secluded on 4.4 acres of private, fenced land, this historic property has been a witness to countless moments that have shaped the state’s cultural tapestry. From hosting influential figures to being the backdrop of an Emmy-winning culinary series, this dwelling has breathed life into Tennessee’s narrative.

“I chose Williamson County because I loved the rolling hills and the serenity of the area. I loved this house in particular, because my neighborhood was a great place to walk, and if I wanted a little more trail time, I could take my dog down to several nearby parks. I also loved that it was centrally located, and easy to get to Music Row for business, and easy to head a little farther south into Cool Springs and Franklin for shopping and great food!” reflects Trisha Yearwood, the country superstar who has called this estate home.

As the sun sets on the era of Trisha’s time at the residence, the pages of this home’s story beckon for new chapters to be written. An opportunity for ownership presents itself, a chance to intertwine personal history with the rich threads of the past.

6,553 SF | 4.42 ACRES | 5 BEDROOMS | 7 FULL BATHS | $4,500,000 Top: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks whip up love and memories in their historic Brentwood kitchen. Right: The grand entryway that welcomes all to Trisha Yearwood's timeless Brentwood estate. PHOTO BY BEN FINK

The interior of this distinguished landmark resonates with a graceful allure—a layout featuring five bedrooms and seven full baths. An extended chef’s kitchen is the heart of the home, inviting both culinary mastery and cherished gatherings. Multiple sitting rooms bear witness to laughter, conversations and shared moments, epitomizing the essence of a home designed for entertainment and camaraderie.

Stepping beyond the walls, the estate’s park-like grounds are adorned with century-old trees, guardians of memories that have been woven into the fabric of the land. Among these guardians stands a serene swimming pool, accompanied by a pool bath with a kitchenette, promising relaxation, and rejuvenation amidst the beauty of nature. The property’s two gated entrances ensure that access is both private and convenient, setting the stage for an exclusive lifestyle.

Trisha’s own words resonate within these cherished walls: “Everything for me is about memories…sitting outside having my first barbecue with my parents after purchasing this house; our first Thanksgiving there as a

family after my dad passed; the first time I cooked for Garth was in that house! So many amazing memories. The good news is I get to carry all of those memories with me!”

In one of the rooms, where skylights paint the space with natural light, a big shabby chic sectional once stood. Trisha recalls, “I had a rescue named Roseanne at that time…a German shepherd - chow mix. She and I spent lots of time on that sofa! It’s where I relaxed, watched bad TV, read and enjoyed coffee, and listened to those amazing summer rains on the copper roof.” It was here that serenity converged with creativity—a place to recharge and draw inspiration after the rigors of life on the road. As Trisha Yearwood shares, “That’s what home should be.”

Ample storage—walk-in closets, cedar closets, and additional storage areas—reflect the home’s practicality. A detached two-car garage echoes the spirit of the estate—classic yet accommodating.

As the story unfolds, those intrigued by history and captivated by luxury have the chance to shape their own legacy within these walls. This landmark, this sanctuary, this living embodiment of Tennessee’s illustrious heritage stands ready to embrace new chapters, new memories, and new dreams. For more information, visit:

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7* Bed / 4.1 Bath | 6,643 SF | This custom built lake front property on Tims Ford Lake is a luxurious and private retreat perfect for entertaining. The spacious kitchen with gas cooktop, double oven, quartz countertops, ample cabinetry, and walk-in pantry is sure to delight any home chef. The light-filled two-story great room and large second level game room offer plenty of space for gatherings with friends and family. This home has two well appointed primary suites on the main level and an abundance of private rooms for all of your guests. The lower level has an open living space, impressive bar, and glass doors allowing you to walk out to the hot tub, fire pit and lake, providing something for everyone. This lakefront property features a paved path leading to a private dock with a boat lift. *property percs for 3 bedrooms

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ello Williamson County! My name is Joshua Moore, CEO and Remote Pilot-In-Command of Geospatial Drone Services, LLC. I am happy to announce that we are offering our full range of services to Williamson County-at-large. We provide Aerial Photography/Videography, Orthomapping and 3D mapping using our DJI drones. We also create Virtual Tours utilizing Matterport 3D - scanning technology. Drones and Virtual Reality are completely changing the ways that we are able to relate to the world around us! Combining both of these technologies allows us to provide unique aerial perspectives as well as extremely accurate Digital Twins that allow you to virtually walk-through your entire project as if you were there in person. Each of these services have their own applications and Geospatial Drone Services, LLC is proud to offer Williamson County both.

3D-Mapping with Matterport Scanning technology has created an industry standard for immersive high-resolution Virtual Tours that we are very excited to put to work for you! We capture 360-degree images with Matterport cameras

that are then turned into a Digital Twin. The Digital Twin of the home, building, or project is a fully explorable virtual copy of the space we scan for you. These Digital Twins are extremely useful in Real Estate marketing as it allows customers to fully experience a home without actually having to physically be at the property. Further, we are then able to create floorplans and high - definition photos from the Virtual Tour at your request.

When I first started flying drones on my Grandfather’s farm in Eagleville, Tennessee back in 2019, I had no idea that nearly four years later I would be offering my company’s services in the YOUR Williamson magazine he would often have laying on the dining room table. My business was organized in Murfreesboro in 2021 and here in my third year of business I am honored to bring it back full circle. I’ve taken photos all over the state but some of my favorites are still those sunsets and sunrises from the old homeplace in Williamson County. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions even if you have just a curiosity! We are eager to serve and happy to discuss the benefit of utilizing this technology. | Geospatial Drone Services, LLC | 615.624.4156
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TRAVIS ROBESON M: 615.944.3909 O: 615.327.4800 CALL THE MAN WHO LOVES THE LAND Scan for video footage 4701 Blue Creek Rd Lynnville A stunning luxury timber frame construction home 3 car garage Workshop w/ bath Rustic tree house with electric service Charming guest house Equipment shed $4,900,000


Located in one of Franklin’s favorite neighborhoods, Fieldstone Farms! Walk to Hunters Bend Elementary School and to neighborhood shopping. AND you are only minutes from historic downtown Franklin.



Located in the convenient neighborhood of Gateway Village at the corner of Franklin Road and Lynnwood Way/Moore’s Lane. Walk to neighborhood restaurants, shopping, etc. New flooring on main level. Best of all, the primary bedroom is on main level!!



Located in Bellevue just off Hwy 70S near Old Hickory Blvd. where you can enjoy contemporary-style living with the entire surrounded by a forest of trees with wildlife galore! Great location ohso-convenient to Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood. Bellevue.


YW SPONSORED EVENT Vintner’s Cup Charity Golf Tournament

WHO: A Vintage Affair | WHAT: 2nd Annual Vintner’s Cup Charity Golf Tournament WHERE: The Grove WHY: The Vintner’s Cup took place on July 31st. Proceeds from the tournament were used to further support the beneficiaries chosen for A Vintage Affair’s 23rd year: CASA of Williamson County, High Hopes Development Center, Kindred Spirits Farm, My Friend’s House, PATH United and The Williamson Medical Foundation – NICU. A Vintage Affair has donated over two million dollars to charities that benefit women and children in need.

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Southern Living at its Best


pen now for tours now through December 17th and decorated for the holidays starting in November, the 2023 Southern Living Idea House showcases a harmonious blend of modernity, sustainability and the unmistakable charm of Tennessee. The 2023 Idea House is located in Thompson’s Station and spans 5,600 square feet with three bedrooms, a home gym, a songwriter’s studio, a garden folly and an outdoor entertaining area with a pool and party barn. The home was designed with a mix of styles and materials to bring together a modern take on a classic farmhouse. “We wanted this house to reflect the beauty of its surroundings and the traditions of rural Tennessee architecture, but it’s also very forwardlooking, with countless ideas for thoughtful, sustainable design,” said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. “Every square inch of this house is inspiring.”

The 2023 Idea House was created and brought to life by a talented team of experts including interior designer Laura Hodges of Laura Hodges Studio, architects Bill Holloway and Luke Sippel of Lake and Land Studio, builders Mary and Patrick Hatcliff of Hatcliff Construction, and landscape designer Butch Hamby of Southern Creations Landscaping. We had the opportunity to learn more from the interior designer Laura Hodges in our interview with her. Laura was approached by Southern Living with the opportunity to design the Idea House for 2023 and was honored to be asked. “Southern Living is an institution known for beautiful design and an elevated lifestyle. I was excited to work with the amazing architecture team at Lake & Land Studio and the fabulous builder, Hatcliff Construction to create this amazing home,” says Laura.

“This was definitely a team effort through and through! The architects at Lake & Land Studio designed a beautiful home which allowed our design team to add the finishing layers with custom cabinetry from our new collection with Unique Kitchens & Baths, fabulous furniture from a range of American-made makers like Lee Industries, vintage pieces from Chairish, original artwork from the Nashville Artist Collective and a gorgeous hand-painted mural by Lenehan Studios. We partnered with over forty furniture makers, artists, upholsterers, and design businesses

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One of my favorite rooms is the breakfast room where we designed a tone-on-tone mural with Lenehan Studios and she drove ten hours from Maryland to Tennessee to hand paint the entire room. We also have a lot of DIY and accessible ideas in our children’s bedroom and, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my love for the dramatic feel of the songwriter’s studio.

Laura Hodges

to bring this home to life. We were also able to finish the home with decorative accessories from our own home decor shop, Domain by Laura Hodges Studio,” says Laura.

Laura says the biggest challenges came from the timing, budget and two-hour airplane ride to get to the house. “Luckily, we were able to partner with the amazing craftspeople from Hatcliff Construction and local artisans and fabricators to work on a quick turnaround. City Shade was our drapery fabricator and they came into the project with only weeks remaining and they managed to install the beautiful curtains and shades in record time. Lastly, the travel time was well spent planning and coordinating the project!”

“My favorite part of designing the Idea House was creating this beautiful home with such an amazing team,” she says. “One of my favorite rooms is the breakfast room where we designed a tone-on-tone mural with Lenehan Studios and she drove ten hours from Maryland to Tennessee to hand paint the entire room. We also have a lot of DIY and accessible ideas in our children’s bedroom and, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my love for the dramatic feel of the songwriter’s studio.”

See this amazing house for yourself! A portion of the proceeds from tickets will benefit local charities Hands On Nashville, Harpeth Conservancy and Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee. Visit to purchase tickets and to learn more about the 2023 Idea House.

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Built on TRADITION. Focused on THE FUTURE.


Reflecting on the incredible journey of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty, we are reminded of the remarkable path from our firm’s inception in 1990 and where it has led us to today. The Woodmont Realty mission statement of “Built on Tradition. Focused on the Future,” still rings true to this day. “My connection to this company runs much deeper than a business venture –it’s a personal calling,” shares Ginger Holmes, Co-Owner and Principal Broker of the Nashville office location. “My father, Ray Pruett, stood as one of the visionary founding members who, along with six other forwardthinking real estate professionals, embarked on a mission to redefine realty services in middle Tennessee.”

Our story was born from a simple yet profound concept: To create a collaborative haven for realtors, rooted in an unwavering commitment to our local communities. In those early days, the goal was clear – to serve the residents of middle Tennessee with integrity, honesty and trust. Fast-forward to 2023, we have not only preserved that original vision but have propelled it to unprecedented heights.

Tonya Hamilton, Co-Owner and Vice President of Relocation Services and Business Development, adds, “The evolution of Woodmont Realty into a 100% women-owned enterprise reflects the leadership, dedication and passion that we infuse into our roles. As true natives of Nashville, our connection to this vibrant city is profound. This connection fuels our unwavering commitment to delivering real estate services that transcend mere transactions, becoming deeply personal experiences that shape lives.”

Ginger’s role as Principal Broker of the Nashville office, comes with the responsibility of guiding the team of real estate professionals towards excellence. Rooted in the legacy of her father and enriched by her own experiences in the industry, Ginger’s leadership style is built on empathy, trust and a genuine aspiration to make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. Ginger adds by mentioning, “Woodmont Realty, to me, isn’t just a company – it’s a thriving community of agents united by a shared mission to provide exceptional, unforgettable experiences.”

Tonya adds an element of strategic insights and global networking opportunities that have been pivotal in shaping our expansion strategies. Serving all middle Tennessee, with offices in both Williamson County and Davidson County, we possess a unique advantage – an innate understanding and profound connection to the diverse needs of our local communities.

This December 2023, we proudly celebrate ten years affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. With our growing team of over 130 real estate professionals, Woodmont Realty continues to represent the fundamentals of the Berkshire Hathaway brand and what it represents to the world. Principal Broker of the Brentwood office, Nancy F. Malone, shares, “We are advocates, dream enablers and trusted advisors. Every transaction we undertake is an opportunity to forge deep connections, nurture dreams and leave a lasting impact on lives.”

As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, we remain unwavering in our commitment to the core values that have guided us for over three decades. At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty, we are not simply engaged in the business of property transactions; we are in the business of building dreams, nurturing legacies and empowering communities.

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Williamson County is highly regarded for its exceptional schools, diverse retail sector and the growing presence of corporate headquarters. It is no surprise that this county has become a highly desirable place to live, offering a fantastic community with a wealth of amenities such as outstanding restaurants, shopping options, recreational activities and beautiful parks. One of the significant draws for individuals and families considering relocation to Williamson County is the absence of a state income tax and comparatively lower property taxes, making it an attractive choice for many.

As the county continues to experience an influx of new residents from across the nation, it is crucial to recognize the vital role that REALTORS® play in facilitating the home-buying process. These professionals tirelessly navigate the complexities and stresses of purchasing a home, ensuring that their clients find the perfect property to meet their needs and preferences. In order to gain insights into the current market and provide valuable guidance for both buyers and agents, we had the opportunity to sit down with Kathie Moore, the 2023 President of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

During our discussion, we asked Kathie about her advice for buyers and agents in the coming months and her perspective on the direction of

the market. Her expertise and experience shed light on the ever-changing real estate landscape and the importance of having a knowledgeable and dedicated REALTOR® by your side. With the continuous growth and development in Williamson County, the guidance and support of a REALTOR® have become even more crucial in navigating the complexities of the housing market and ensuring a successful home-buying experience.

In regard to the future of the market, here is what Kathie shared:

KM: I wish I had a crystal ball! The FED is focused on getting inflation under control (closer to two percent annual core inflation). Unfortunately, this has led to the highest interest rates on consumer borrowing in twenty years. This includes higher interest rates on home purchases. Yet, life circumstances require some people to buy or sell their home, even in this environment. REALTORS® as seller’s agents can help position their client’s home in the market through home staging, pre-listing home inspections, professional photography to show a home at its best, open house strategies to make the home available for viewing to agents and buyers, aggressive pricing, and making the home as accessible to showing agents and their clients as possible.

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Working with buyers, the agent will be referring their clients to lender partners who can structure the best loan for their circumstances, educate their buyers about the current rates and get the buyer to the closing table with the least amount of hassle possible. REALTORS® can guide the buyer as they make an offer on a home by having a deep understanding of the contracts used to purchase a home, understanding the target home’s micro market (what’s sold recently, what’s staying on the market a little longer and why), helping the buyer structure an offer that will be attractive to this particular seller through conversations with the seller’s agent and making sure all the communications between both agents are consistent, timely and complete.


KM: An exceptional REALTOR® has great communication skills, an engaging personality, listens carefully to their clients to understand their needs, asks great questions, is honest and has great integrity, is innovative in their approach to marketing, has a great network of connections (painters, repair persons, architects, appraisers, home inspectors, electricians, HVAC contractors, etc) and is completely loyal to their clients.


KM: A REALTOR® facilitates transactions between buyers and sellers. REALTORS® are licensed by the State. All states have different laws regarding how real estate transactions are legally accomplished in the state. REALTORS® also become certified or educated to become more specialized in their field. This may include learning more about working specifically with buyers, with sellers or specializing in the luxury market, in condominiums, farms and land.


KM: REALTORS® offer sellers great advice about how to position their home in the market. Positioning includes assisting with pricing through any number of tools, most often a CMA or comparative market analysis. Understanding how the seller’s home compares to similar homes on the market is important. Comparing homes involves research for similar homes in a geographic area, school district and, finally, a neighborhood to arrive at a price range acceptable to the seller and attractive to a buyer. The REALTOR® will also have an understanding of how an appraiser, working for a lender, would view a home and assign value. The REALTOR® will know how to negotiate with a buyer’s agent on behalf of the seller to get the best price for the home. Additionally, the REALTOR® will be skillful in getting a transaction successfully to the closing table through inspections, appraisals and the buyer’s financing.

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KM: Since a REALTOR® is an independent contractor, we have to utilize our time wisely, budget our time and money carefully, as well as have a routine for workdays. There is no longer a “boss” guiding our days and planning our work – it’s all up to us!

The perks are – there is no boss, the day is all yours to use however you wish! The challenges are – there is no boss!

Without a written plan for our day, month, and year, we can fail to plan financially for the good months and the not-so-good months. We each have to learn to be good stewards of our time and money. There are lots of systems we can put in place in our businesses – many involve our time, money and effort to make us successful.

Goal setting is important – these can be personal goals – like learning new skills or business goals – like knowing how much money you need to earn to keep your household afloat.

In conclusion, Kathie Moore, the President of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®, provided valuable insights into the role of REALTORS® in the home buying process. As licensed professionals, REALTORS® serve as intermediaries between buyers and sellers, ensuring smooth and successful transactions. An exceptional REALTOR® possesses qualities such as honesty, integrity, innovation in marketing strategies, and a vast network of reliable connections. With these qualities and responsibilities, REALTORS® play an indispensable role in guiding clients through the complex world of real estate, providing them with dedicated and loyal support throughout the home-buying process.

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The 411 of the Thank You Note

While this topic may seem overly discussed, it was recently brought to the forefront of my etiquette mind, and I was in need of some insight and thought you would enjoy a refresher too. Of course, I immediately went to the source of all things etiquette for my thank you note dilemma - Emily Post. You see, dear Emily, as a harried business owner and mother, the last almost five years since said child was born, evidently have rendered me somewhat deficient in what previously had been very important and sacred to me - the remembrance of gifts and kindnesses and most of all, the hand written thank you note. Of course, I say that, but the quandary I found myself in recently was not that I had not written the thank you notes… I had written, addressed and even stamped them, but not mailed…almost five years ago now, on the occasion of the baby shower…

The dilemma: Discard these notes, five years overdue? Or send them, addressing the delay and expressing remorse? This extends to unmailed wedding and baby gifts too.

Emily Post, what’s your counsel? Do I uphold the virtues my grandmother instilled? Miss Post’s wisdom provides an answer, spurring me to action.

THANK-YOU NOTE INSIGHTS: Writing heartfelt notes can be effortless or challenging. Focus on gratitude.


Acknowledge every gift with a note, except if opened in front of the giver. Older generations value handwritten notes. Shower gifts warrant handwritten notes, even if verbal thanks were given.


Write promptly; a late note is better than none. Send wedding gift thank-you notes within three months, preferably sooner.


Email works for casual events and small favors. Handwritten notes shine for larger gestures, tangible gifts, and hosting.

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Hello everyone! I specialize in luxury residential real estate in the greater Nashville area, focusing on niche communities in Williamson and Davidson counties. As a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™, I work to combine my hyper-local expertise with tailored marketing plans to command top dollar for my sellers’ homes. In 2021 I was ranked 7th as a Parks Franklin Top 10 Producing Agent. I have also been ranked in the Top 5% of Realtors in Greater Nashville by Real Producers.

But I don’t just want to sell to the locals! Let me help you if you are planning a move to our area too! Born and raised in Southern California, I landed in middle Tennessee in 2015. My passion for helping others, coupled with my love for the community lead me to Real Estate. I believe in integrity in all things, and also in providing a concierge level of service in every detail. I have a talent for innovative marketing, and creative problem-solving. My attention to detail will ensure that the process of selling or purchasing your next home, runs smoothly and expeditiously.

For all those planning or even just considering a move to this amazing place, we all call home – Williamson County – I wanted to share some insight as to what that looks like. I myself, am a transplant so have quite a bit of both personal and professional perspective to help you and your family navigate heading our way! As a local Realtor and lover of all things Wilco, here are just some of what you need to know.

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Williamson county is BIG! There are many cities, some of which include: Franklin, Brentwood, College Grove, Arrington Nolensville, and more little corners of the county to consider when making a home here! It is really all about lifestyle. Do you crave the solitude of country living or need a more urban vibe, to make your home? You can find both here and everything in between. As the ultimate suburban community south of the big city of Nashville – Williamson County has an advantage of being self-sufficient in providing the vibrancy, culture, dining and shopping one looks for in a larger more urban community. You don’t even have to leave at all to find all major amenities and lifestyle opportunities. All of this combined with bucolic landscapes and countryside where the concept of a rural and far away, but close to everything, ideal can become a reality!

Williamson County is a historic goldmine. Our history pervades every aspect and area of the county. It drives tourism and travel and provides for an economic boon that makes ours a community that is vibrant, progressive yet traditional and full of so many leisure and learning opportunities. If you want to learn about battles that took place in Franklin, Arrington, or Spring Hill- there are so many great sites you can visit and stories you can read about. The downtown Franklin historic district has a nationally recognized Main Street Program. Our other main communities of Brentwood, Cool Springs, Leiper’s Fork, Nolensville and Spring Hill are bustling centers for commerce, all surrounded by significant and impactful history of the area.

Now, as a Franklin local- I absolutely love this community and think it is such a rich place to move to after retirement, while raising a family, or just as a wonderful location to slow down and enjoy the little moments in life. There is truly something here for everyone, no matter your age!

I have fallen in love with Williamson County and as your trusted real estate expert I hope to show you all that there is to fall in love with!

We still have many more months before Winter and the housing market is still hot, so whether you’re ready to buy or sell- reach out to me to discuss the next steps and any questions you may have!

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Crafting Outdoor Dreams


hen HISTORY’s American Picker Mike Wolfe went looking for a landscape architect to design his new outdoor gathering space at Columbia Motor Alley, he did not have to look very far. He just walked across the road in Leiper’s Fork, to his neighbor Tom Money, and hired Tom pretty much on the spot. No wonder, since Wolfe had watched Tom and wife Wendy’s yard be transformed from unremarkable to gasp-worthy. That, and the fact that Tom’s reputation as a successful landscape architect from Atlanta had followed him to Tennessee.

Tom Money had a knack for impeccable landscape design from an early age. While still in high school, he launched his own lawn care business. Then, and still, Tom is known for his conscientious attention to an “edged to perfection” detail.

In the dirt and work, the sweat and early success, Tom felt energized and rewarded. So much so, he decided to stay with it, and earned a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.

“I’ve been immersed in this industry for decades, and love what I do,” Money said. “I bring insight and experience to the table, often problem-solving landscape issues, and always creating beautiful outdoor environments for my clients.”

To view Tom’s work is to understand his high level of technical knowledge and his experience in plant and structural design. Tom is known for providing unparalleled personal service, including his signature, hand-drawn architectural plans of each project. This “suitable for framing” original design captures the fine points of the landscaping layout in meticulous detail.

When it comes to designing and redesigning lawns and outdoor spaces, Tom has an innate sense of what works. Among his career experience is Tom’s

successful work with a premiere landscape company in Milton, Georgia, where he completed more than 200 projects.

Now, after working in the Atlanta market for many years, Tom and wife Wendy have relocated to Leiper’s Fork and launched TMoneyDesign, Tom’s next adventure as a landscape architect.

“My first priority in my work has always been meeting and getting to know my customers,” Money said. “First of all, I listen to the customer’s vision and then put energy and passion into expanding the original vision to an unexpected level of beauty and achievement. I’m excited to get my hands in the Tennessee dirt.”

Tom’s services include primary and secondary home landscaping, driveways and walkways, flowers, shrubs, trees, outdoor living space, trail, and outdoor recreation sites.

Tom and Wendy have two daughters, Paige and Leanne, and Sunny, a dog (as any good land-loving family should.) Beyond the love of plants, flora, fauna and creative design, Tom is a loyal follower of the Atlanta Braves, enjoys SEC football, and golf.

If you’ve known Tom for a long time, or just getting to know him, it’s an easy relationship to have. His integrity is paramount, his passion and creativity a given. And just like in that early lawn care business, Tom brings an ‘edged to perfection” attention to TMoneyDesign.

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WHO: Tennessee International Indie Film Festival | WHAT: TIFF Red Carpet 2023

WHERE: The Franklin Theatre WHY: The Tennessee International Indie Film Festival kicked off at the Franklin Theatre on August 1st and lasted until the 6th. The TIFF showcases the best of global independent cinema. As a premier destination for both emerging and established filmmakers, the TIFF strives to celebrate and foster creativity, diversity, and innovation in the independent film community.

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Welcome to picturesque Williamson County, Tennessee, where charming small towns, stunning landscapes and Southern hospitality converge. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a tranquil getaway, Williamson County has it all. And what better way to experience this enchanting region than by staying in a locally curated Airbnb? We have handpicked a selection of exceptional accommodations that capture the essence of Williamson County, offering comfort, style and an authentic taste of Tennessee living. From historic cottages in Franklin’s downtown district to sprawling country estates surrounded by rolling hills, our list of Airbnb rentals promises an unforgettable stay in this captivating corner of the Volunteer State.

A five star private, spacious, comfortable and elegantly furnished two bedroom, one bath guest home in the historic district, only six blocks from historic downtown Franklin. Hosts go above and beyond with all the extra amenities including locally baked banana bread as a welcome gift.

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This peaceful home located in the rural, farm countryside is the perfect retreat for families and friends! This cozy three bedroom French farmhouse sits on an acre with panoramic views backing up to green rolling farmlands and majestic mountain views.

This home is perfect for so many different occasions. They can host an entire family with kids, couples, or a group of friends. All of their rooms are unique. Celebrate your special occasion in their farmhouse, which has 5,000 sq ft and over 2,500 sq feet of porches, decks and lounge areas for entertaining! You can even tie the knot! Enjoy sunrises on the front porches and sunsets on the back porches.

Follow in the footsteps of Carrie Underwood, Trace Atkins, Cole Hauser and Christina from HGTV's Christina on the Coast with a stay at A&E Farm. Your host offers concierge-style services at no additional charge from grocery pickup to celebration planning.



Enjoy fishing in the full catch and release creek right behind the house, and cook up a BBQ on their grill. Three pickleball courts coming soon for entertainment, and beautiful views from every room.

Your wonderful hosts will be Cindy and Eddie. Cindy is a local Real Estate agent and Eddie has a blueberry farms and owns a barnwood business, where he can make any furniture you can think of out of reclaimed barnwood!



A truly stunning historic cottage by White's Mercantile Room and Board! This is the only nightly rental available in the heart of Leiper's Fork village, walk to everything! Built in 1892 for the Carl Sweeney family, these walls and rooms are brimming with stories. Happiness and tragedy, laughter and tears; generations who loved and lost there. Only eight miles to Franklin and twenty-six miles to Nashville, the day trip options are endless!

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Nothing But The Best

FEATURE | Pours & Palates


We had nothing but the best at Sinatra Bar & Lounge recently, when we enjoyed our Pours & Palates tasting experience with them. Opening its doors this past spring and a part of Icon Entertainment & Hospitality, this fine dining restaurant is in the Southern Turf building in downtown Nashville and gives a nod to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” himself. Showcasing a 1950s atmosphere, with moody lighting, swanky décor, photographs and artwork tributes to Sinatra throughout the establishment, as well as live music featuring the best of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack… Sinatra Bar & Lounge takes you back in time from the moment you step in the door.

We were welcomed for our tasting and found ourselves immersed in a beautifully curated menu, with favorites from Executive Chef, Lorenzo Reyes, and Corporate Executive Chef of Icon Entertainment & Hospitality, Bryan Lareau. Along with the tasting, I also had the opportunity to learn more about Bryan and his journey in the culinary world.

Bryan has worked in many different types of food service, from fine dining steakhouses, resorts and hotels, sports and entertainment venues, country clubs and has even owned his own catering business. “I love the classic French technique... Marco Pierre White, Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Trotter and nouveau chefs like Grant Achatz and Ryder Zetts,” Bryan says. His approach to creating new dishes is ongoing and he says it’s an art. “We are always learning and challenging ourselves,” he explains. “Constantly trying and tasting everything with an open mind...seeing where the flavors take us!”

Bryan became involved with Sinatra Bar & Lounge in January of 2023, when he began working for Icon Entertainment & Hospitality. “Lorenzo Reyes (Executive Chef) and I worked on plating together, but all the offerings are of his design,” says Bryan. “I think they’re all fantastic but, of course, I’m a bit biased. I would have to say the braised short rib with pappardelle pasta is my favorite. That smooth whipped creamy ricotta, the wide pasta and shredded braised beef in a rich braising liquid reduction... I am salivating just thinking about it.”

We’ll visit a palace, and dine with the king, We’re gonna start living, you wait and see, Nothing but the best is good enough for me.
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PHOTOGRAPHY Top Left: Ragu Pappardelle Bottom Left: Walnut Crusted Halibut Top: Caprese Salad Middle: Iberico Secreto
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Right: Tiramisu

Top: Come Fly With Me Cocktail

Middle: Meatballs

Bottom: Sultan of Swoon Cocktail

The diverse menu features some of Sinatra’s favorite Italian recipes. Treated to so many swoon-worthy dishes, it was hard to pick my own favorite, but I will give you some of the highlights from the experience, starting with the cocktails. The Come Fly With Me is crafted with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Torres Magdala Orange, Lavender Syrup, Bitter Truth Creme de Violette and lime, and had a uniquely floral and fruit-essence flavor while also showing off its light jade color. The Sultan of Swoon with Grey Goose Le Citron, Grand Marnier, lime and Fee Brothers Cranberry Bitters was an invigorating and refreshing drink, with a sweet citrus flavor.

With the appetizers, my highlights were the Calamari, Meatballs and Caprese Salad. The Calamari fritti was served with spicy aioli and was the perfect crispness with spice and texture. The Meatballs are served with marinara sauce, salsa verde and shaved piave. The marinara was a smooth, yet rich flavor, as if it had been simmering on the stove all day. The Caprese Salad was served as a tomato tartare with burrata, heirloom cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and green herb oil. It was a taste of Italy with the appetizer dishes alone!

Turning to entrées, I will start with the one I am still craving: The Ragu Pappardelle, served with braised short rib, whipped ricotta, Grana Padano and basil. Chef's kiss! It was a dish of rich flavors and hit all the high notes if one is craving pasta and flavorful meat. Another entrée we tried was the Iberico Secreto, which is a serving of Iberian pork, salsa verde, arugula and Meyer lemon. If one wants to veer away from the classic steak but still wants red meat, this is your dish. The Walnut Crusted Halibut with Marsala sauce, seasonal vegetables and green emulsion was another that made the top of my tingling-tastebuds list. Presented as nothing short of a work of art, the flavors were equally as masterful.

One of the many sides we enjoyed was the Roasted Gourmet Mushrooms with parsley butter, Grana Padano and breadcrumbs. These are a beautiful compliment to any of the entrées. Another we dove into was the Zucchini Fries with cornmeal, fines herbs, Aleppo pepper and zucchini aioli. This is a meal on its own! I loved the flavor kick it had from the pepper.

We finished off our evening with the Tiramisu, served with a coffee macaron, fresh raspberry, cocoa powder and micro mint. It was marvelous and brought the classy to a classic. One could compliment this dessert with an espresso and be ready to dance the night away to the tunes of Frank Sinatra.

If nothing but the best is good enough for you, then you must make your reservation at Sinatra Bar & Lounge and prepare for a unique experience. Learn more at and, as Chef Bryan says in Sinatra style, “Come fly with us; come fly, come fly away!”

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Four generations of owner - growers have brought a beautifully blended collection of champagnes to life. André Tixier, began the art with the grapes he grew on his own property. He then passed on his knowledge to his son, Robert, who passed it down to his son, Patrice, who then passed it down to his son, Julien. Today, Julien Tixier crafts a magical wonder at his precious jewel of a micro-house in the Montagne de Reims.

Produced with environmentally sustainable farming, climate stewardship and protective of the environment, they use zero manmade, chemical herbicides or insecticides, and vineyard treatments include only natural insect repellents, such as garlic oil. Sustainable Viticulture Certification of Champagne is an official recognition of Champagne winemakers’ environmental performance, which Avid Vines has and Andre Tixier & Fils is among the fifteen percent of the Champagne AOC that has Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne certification. They use three varieties of grapes in the composition of their

champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.

David Aferiat is Founder and CEO of Avid Vines, a luxury wine importer based in Atlanta, and he founded it after a family visit to the Champagne region of France. He always had a dream to be an importer in his retirement and the plan was accelerated when he met Julien Tixier. Julien is the fourth generation, Owner-Grower of a certified sustainable, organic, Premier Cru Brut Champagne house called: Andre Tixier & Fils. In our interview with David, we learned more about the Premier Cru organic Champagnes offered through Avid Vines. You can shop their bottles and learn more at

ARH: What makes your champagne stand out from others in the region, in terms of flavor and character?

DA: The region of Champagne is called the Montagne de Reims, known for its chalky soil which provides excellent drainage and a bountiful source of nutrients for the vines.

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The tiny hamlet where the vineyards are located is called Chigny les Roses which is in a Premier Cru designated area. Paces away from Andre Tixier is the Domaine of Champagne Cattier. You might recognize the mark as the Ace of Spades which is the champagne Jay-Z is associated with here in the US. What matters most, however, is not the impression on others when buying a bottle at an outrageous price, but rather the coherence and harmony that exists between the winemaker and Mother Nature to produce Champagne unique to where it is grown and made.

ARH: How do you decide on the blend of grape varietals for your Champagnes, and how does each varietal contribute to the final product?

DA: Every Champagne winemaker competes in standard categories to be taken seriously or understand where their results rank when compared: Their Brut Rose, their Pinot Meunier led offering, their vintages and perhaps most importantly, their Blanc de Blanc. When making a blended varietal Champagne, winemakers look to Pinot Meunier for its berry flavors, Pinot

Noir for its body-mouth-feel and structure, and finally Chardonnay for its brightness and acidity.

ARH: What challenges do you face in maintaining consistency and quality across different vintages of your champagne?

DA: Maintaining consistency is a desirable outcome given how many curve balls Mother Nature can throw. Andre Tixier & Fils leverage a quantity of aged reserves from previous harvests that act to reduce the annual volatility. Some of the current production feature reserves that go back as far as 2016 and represent almost fifty percent of each bottle. A challenging situation occurred in 2021 for the Champagne region where the harvest was declared unusable. In other words, no Champagne is permitted to be made. This puts a strain on the previous harvest in 2020 - a stellar harvest that instead of being solely dedicated to a vintage year, must now be stretched to act as a reserve bridge over the missing year.

ARH: Can you talk about any sustainability practices you implement in your vineyard or production process?

DA: Andre Tixier & Fils gives more than lip service to what is an increasing trend toward sustainable farming. Many winemakers in the region choose not to pay for implementing the additional wine making protocols and the necessary audits to obtain agency certifications to add to their labels. Andre Tixier & Fils, however, anchors its brand on these certifications and invests in a ninety-point audit covering air, land and water.

ARH: Where is your Champagne currently available and where can we expect it to be available in the future?

DA: The wines of Andre Tixier & Fils are allocated due to their small production. Avid Vines brings over specific quantities you can find on Here you can choose to purchase the bottle(s) one time or join the Avid Vines Wine Club. You’ll get six bottles per quarter and be guaranteed an allocation. You’ll also reliably support one farmer, one family who will welcome you on your next visit to Champagne!

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Serving Up Joy, One Cookie at a Time


ith plans to open September 30 th , a new and sweet, business enters our historic downtown Franklin shopping and dining district. Whitney’s Cookies will open its shop on 4th Avenue in downtown Franklin and boy are you in for a treat!

Whitney’s Cookies was launched by founder and head chef, Whitney Miller, and not only born out of her passion for baking, but also her passion for people and creating food memories.

Whitney is no stranger to the world of food. She began her culinary career in 2010 when she auditioned for the first ever season of MasterChef on Fox. Not only did she make it onto the show, (spoiler alert); she WON the entire season. It was on this journey that her notoriety for her sweets began. Quickly she was deemed the “Pastry Princess” for her proficiency with desserts. Now fast forward ten years, after Whitney has been featured on countless stages and shows literally across the world, (even as a former contributor and writer for this very feature column in YOUR Williamson)! The one thing that has remained her most requested menu item is her cookies. Their popularity sparked the idea for Whitney to create her own cookie company so that everyone could enjoy her cookies and with that she launched Whitney’s Cookies.

During her time traveling the world, cooking in some of the most exclusive kitchens, Whitney realized how powerful food is. Food is more than the sustenance of life; it is the cornerstone upon which people of every culture gather over to celebrate all of life’s events. Because of this she has made it her mission to create “Food Memories” that are sparked from enjoying special foods like her cookies. She puts a lot of love into every cookie she creates. Countless hours are spent on every single cookie recipe, as you will soon experience. “I wear many hats everyday including wife, mom, business owner, recipe developer, food stylist and the list goes on. HAHA! I will say that it is not easy, and I have definitely not perfected any of it. I ask the Lord for patience, energy and guidance on a regular basis,” she says.

It is a family operation with Whitney’s husband helping to create the storefront and supporting her dreams daily. They have three children seven, four and ten weeks old! “My kids give me purpose and a reason to work harder and harder each day. I love bringing them along with me on my culinary journey. They have learned about hard work and doing what you love,” Whitney explains. “If you ask my oldest son, Miller, what he wants to be when he grows up? He will tell you he wants to open a restaurant. He loves to cook like his mom. My kids have been raised in my cookie kitchen. I can say

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I wear many hats everyday including wife, mom, business owner, recipe developer, food stylist and the list goes on. HAHA! I will say that it is not easy, and I have definitely not perfected any of it. I ask the Lord for patience, energy and guidance on a regular basis”
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each cookie is kid approved, by my kids.” Now, that’s an endorsement!

Whitney’s mission statement for her business says it all: To use our God-given talents to create cookies that are made with real ingredients, crafted with love, attention and detail, and responsibly made in an environment focused on serving others. Our aim is to bring people together to celebrate all of life’s events and create “Food Memories” that stay with you long after the cookie is gone. We believe in promoting unhurried conversation, using good manners and making guests feel like family.

The idea of Whitney’s cookie company began with her brownie cookie recipe included n her second cookbook, New Southern Table. “A family friend told me that I should start a cookie company because my brownie cookie was the best cookie he had ever had,” Whitney recalls. “Why cookies? I prayed over it and the Lord placed it on my heart to pursue it. It was a fun and challenging time creating all my first cookie flavors. I was excited that I could finally share something I created with all the people who shared with me after MasterChef, that they would love to try my cooking,” she remembers. In January 2020, Whitney began shipping cookies

nationwide and since then her business has taken off. Her cookies have become a beloved treat for celebrities such as Sadie Robertson, Jessica Simpson, and Laura Dern. “Reese Witherspoon posted about our cookies on her Instagram this year. “That was a wow, pinch me moment,” Whitney exclaims.

Having a store front location in downtown Franklin is a dream come true. Cookies will be served warm with large and mini cookie options. The cookie menu will include favorites such as:

Chocolate Chip

Brownie Cookie

Stuffed Chocolate Chip

Salted Peanut Butter Cup

Two Monthly Special Flavors


Vegan Chocolate Chip

Gluten Free-ish Chocolate Chip

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

People will be able to order in the store and also order online, for in-store pick up, at:

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Brown Butter Cookie

Whitney, her family and her business partner, Spencer Bales and family, can’t wait to see people walking the streets of downtown Franklin with cookies in hand. In the meantime, try your hand at cookie making with one of Whitney’s favorite recipes.


1 stick (8 tablespoons, 113 g) unsalted butter


Cut the butter into cubes. In a medium skillet, melt the cubed butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted increase the heat to medium-high, constantly stirring. The butter will foam, and the milk solids will begin to brown. Cook until the bits of milk solids turn brown, and the liquid is golden brown. Immediately transfer the brown butter to a liquid measuring cup. Be sure to scrape all of the brown bits out of the pan. Allow the butter to cool at room temperature. Determine the measurement for the browned butter in the measuring cup. Add enough water to the browned butter to equal 1/2 cup. Stir.

If using a scale, place a small glass bowl on the scale and set the scale to zero. Pour the brown butter into the bowl. Record the measurement. Allow the butter to cool. Once cooled, add enough water to the brown butter to equal 113g. Stir.

Cover the brown butter and refrigerate until solid. Use the solid brown butter like you would in any cookie recipe that uses butter.

Look for more details on Whitney’s Cookies opening September 30 th @whitneyscookies on Instagram and Facebook. Come enjoy Whitney’s Cookies and spark a food memory in a delicious bite.

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In the heart of Williamson County, a vibrant and spirited celebration is brewing – the 2024 Mardi Gras Ball benefiting My Friend’s House. This highly anticipated event not only promises a night of enchantment and revelry but also serves in the noble purpose of raising funds to support our local home for boys. My Friend’s House is a group-care facility offering temporary, short-term residential support for typically eight at-risk male youth ages twelve to eighteen. When you support My Friend’s House, you support an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of at-risk youth. At the forefront of this remarkable endeavor stands four couples, each with a profound commitment to their community and a shared belief in the power of giving back. Over the next few issues we will visit with My Friend’s House to learn more about them and their mission. For now, let us introduce you to the couples who will spend the next several months sharing the amazing story of this incredible organization and asking for your support in their quest to wear the crown!

Shelly Robertson Birdsong & Johnny Birdsong

Shelly and Johnny are the owners of Robertson Media Group, LLC and Publishers of YOUR Williamson. And they are in it to win it! They both love to socialize and mix and mingle and...know a few they will be making sure as many people as possible know what an amazing cause this is and to give give give! And of course, who doesn’t love a crown!

“We believe to much is given, much is expected,” says Johnny. “That is why being involved in great organizations like My Friend’s House means so much to both of us. We can only hope by running for King and Queen, we can raise awareness and create an interest in supporting this amazing effort. What we do now, to help define a child’s life for the better, will create an opportunity for them to grow into healthy, productive adults with a positive influence from their time with MFH. If I can personally benefit even one boy while participating in this event, it will be life-changing for me and I hope for them.”

Rochelle & Shedrick Wright

Shedrick and Rochelle are participating because they believe in the mission of My Friend’s House and wholeheartedly support the nonprofit organization, because of its remarkable commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of at-risk boys. Understanding the immense challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness, abuse or mental health issues, they believe every person deserves a safe and dignified environment to thrive in.

They believe MFH goes above and beyond in providing essential resources, shelter and support to those in need. The organization’s unwavering dedication to offering comprehensive assistance, empowerment and guidance aligns perfectly with Shedrick and Rochelle’s core values of compassion and inclusivity.

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Tricia Lesh & George Tucker

George Tucker and Tricia Lesh are passionate about serving their community and advocating for those in the greatest need. They are parents to young men and recognize the importance of helping at-risk boys to become confident men and help them find their passions in life - allowing them to be more peaceful, successful and satisfied adults.

As both parents and community volunteers, they feel strongly about the time and attention spent on these young men who come to my friend’s house at their most vulnerable times. They would love for the community to help them raise awareness and financial support for My Friend’s House!

Courtney Hunter & Larry Moscowitz

Courtney Hunter and Larry Moscowitz’s primary mission is to spread the word about My Friend’s House. They truly believe that once people learn about My Friend’s House and the boys it serves, they will support it however they can.

Both Courtney and Larry believe in the importance of giving back to their community and are honored to help My Friend’s House meet its fundraising goals this year. The most important gifts children can receive are an education and a supportive community. Courtney and Larry have seen first-hand how My Friend’s House provides both to the boys in its care. They have volunteered for My Friend’s House in various capacities in the past because they believe in its mission, and they have seen how this program can positively influence the boys. My Friend’s House has the ability to provide at-risk youth with access to the care and resources they need to heal from their past and prepare for a better future.

They feel this is a worthy goal: no child should be defined by their adverse circumstances and every child has the potential to become a successful adult.

For more information about My Friend’s House, the Mardi Gras Ball and how to donate to your favorite team: Go to and get ready to Laissez les bons temps rouler on February 17, 2024!

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The Old Edwards Inn & Spa, situated in the heart of downtown Highlands, North Carolina, offers a mountain retreat with luxury guest rooms, suites, cottages and vacation homes. Perched atop the southwest plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the European style Relais & Châteaux resort is woven into the Highlands, North Carolina community and culture. Guests can enjoy doing as much or as little as they want. Enjoy award-winning farm-to-table culinary experiences; a destination spa; eighteen-hole golf course with dramatic mountain vistas; tennis courts; outdoor mineral pools and whirlpools; game rooms; live music and more.

Old Edwards offers ideal access to the excitement of downtown Highlands, and it is the perfect gateway to some of the region’s best outdoor adventures, the best fall foliage with leaves in every color, to scenic drives and historical walking tours making a perfect fall escape.

Not to miss is Old Edwards’ casually elegant culinary concepts, including Madison’s, that showcases the vibrant rustic flair of the Appalachian range and traditional Southern flavor profiles. Guests can dishes such as Espelette Sunburst Trout, Pecan Crusted Springer Mountain Chicken and Green Tea Dusted Roasted Breast of Duck that fully embody the warm ambiance of the region with interesting twists to keep things fresh for the luxury traveler’s palate.

Relaxed Luxury in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Situated at 4,118 feet, Highlands, North Carolina, is a breathtaking destination on the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vibrant mountain village, with stunning vistas, waterfalls and wooded forest, draws visitors worldwide. Stroll along Main Street and explore unique shopping, dining, museums, arts and entertainment. Embrace the mountain spirit with live music, theater and art galleries in one of America’s Top Twelve Small-Town Art Places. Discover spectacular mountain trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding, sparkling lakes and rivers for tubing, canoeing, fly fishing and whitewater rafting.


Highlands is known for its beautiful seasons and stunning visuals. Springtime is when the native Mountain Laurel blankets the forest in vibrant pink. Fall introduces a symphony of color with the changing leaves, and winter ushers in clear views and the alabaster of fallen snow. The pristine mountain air and panoramic beauty fill you with serenity at the Highlands, North Carolina mountain resort.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Edwards Inn and Spa provides unparalleled experiences in the Blue Ridge Mountains, from golf to garden-to-table dining. Let the concierge help you plan every adventure so you can relax, explore and celebrate the good life.

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The Old Edwards Inn was Highland’s earliest boarding house. Known as Central House, it was built in July 1878 on property owned by John Norton. After a log and storied history and a tradition of hospitality, the Inn was purchased in 2001 by Art and Angela Williams of Palm Beach, Florida. Soon, they too began building on the 132-year-old tradition and created the mountain oasis and resort you see today. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, Old Edwards Inn and Spa stands as a beacon of wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation for visitors across the country and the globe.

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As if the Inn itself was not enough, treat yourself to a fully bucolic experience at the adjacent property of Half Mile Farm. Surrounded by fourteen acres of fields, forests, streams and lakes gracing the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn’s sister property just up the road, Half-Mile Farm, is a quaint country inn offering a rustic-luxe, adults-only escape.

You’ll find serenity in complimentary canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and fishing on the property’s very own Apple Lake, taking a book from the owner-selected library onto the grass or fireplace for a read, or a trek through the forest on a stream-side trail. Just a short drive away, guests can venture off-property for a day of hiking, rock climbing, waterfall sightseeing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing and zip lining at whatever pace they’d like.

The humble food and beverage options make for intimate dining — an open-air picnic set up on the dock, a selection of seasonal cocktails at J. Henry Farmhouse Tavern, and delicious locally sourced dinners in the dining room: Slow living is at its core.

Discover this Napa-style setting surrounded by verdant landscapes and mountain vistas on the outskirts of downtown Highlands. For guests eighteen and older, an expanse of green lawn and views of glistening Apple Lake welcome you, and luxurious amenities invite you to stay and indulge.

Feel at home in modern farmhouse guestrooms and rustic-luxe cabins with fireplaces, stylish comfy interiors and balconies that offer tranquil views of the courtyard, lake and surrounding forest. Half-Mile Farm is a peaceful getaway where adults can relax and recharge in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

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n the heart of Tennessee’s picturesque landscapes resides Glen Yarbrough, a visionary inventor with a thirty-plus year legacy of shaping lives through groundbreaking innovations. Having moved to Williamson County six years ago from Nashville, Glen’s innovative spirit has found a new frontier: golf training, embodied in his brainchild, SwingZen Analyzer.

Glen’s inventive journey has left an indelible mark. His innovations, gracing the shelves of major retailers like Amazon, Home Depot and Menards, and even earning him a place in Popular Mechanics magazine’s 100th anniversary edition, are a testament to his imaginative genius.

Infused with his passion for golf, Glen conceived SwingZen as an app to measure clubhead speed with a smartphone. This modest idea grew into a transformative force through years of tireless research and development, resulting in SwingZen’s revolutionary concept.

This journey wasn’t solitary.

Recognizing the need for seamless integration of innovation and

branding, Glen teamed up with his daughter, Nicole Smith, a brand development expert with a decadelong career. Together, their synergy propelled SwingZen from an idea to a reality.

SwingZen is no ordinary app. It’s an AI-driven marvel that accurately tracks body, ball and club dynamics using only a smartphone—Glen’s ingenuity culminates in an accessible and personalized golf coaching experience. A testament to the power of determination, SwingZen harmonizes innovation with precision to redefine golf training.

As SwingZen gears up for a global debut, it encapsulates Glen Yarbrough’s legacy of redefining boundaries. His inventive brilliance, combined with Nicole’s branding finesse, has birthed a phenomenon that promises to revolutionize the sport. In a world of constant evolution, SwingZen embodies the pinnacle of training.

SwingZen invites golfers to experience training’s zenith, fusing innovation with precision to reimagine the very essence of the game.


SwingZen Ribbon Cutting Event: Franklin Grove Innovation Center

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Franklin, TN 37064

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College football in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) isn’t just a sport — it’s a rich tapestry of traditions, rituals and spectacles that stretch far beyond the gridiron. Each school has its own unique way of elevating the game-day experience, making SEC football a cultural phenomenon, in its own right. From soaring eagles to hauntingly loud stadiums, here is a glimpse into the heart-pounding traditions of each SEC school.


In Auburn, the war cry “War Eagle” comes to life as an actual eagle soars over the stadium, before landing at midfield. Post-victory, fans congregate at Toomer’s Corner to celebrate by rolling toilet paper over trees.


LSU’s Tiger Stadium (famously known as Death Valley) boasts a fearsome reputation, named for its “graveyard” atmosphere for rivals. Nearby, Mike the Tiger, the live mascot, adds to this aura of intimidation.


The unmistakable sound of cowbells fills the air in Starkville. Despite repeated attempts to ban them, fans at Mississippi State University bring this unique tradition to life at every game.


The tune of “Dixieland Delight” serves as a rallying cry in Tuscaloosa. Played in the fourth quarter, the crowd adds their own chants, creating a spirited atmosphere that enhances Alabama’s home-field advantage.


In College Station, fans become the “12 th Man” while standing throughout the game to symbolize their readiness to support their team. This is supplemented by the “Midnight Yell” - a pre-game pep rally.


The distinctive “Woo Pig Sooie” chant echoes in Fayetteville, uniting Razorback fans and intimidating rivals. It turns Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium into a fortress of Razorback pride.

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The University of Florida honors George Edmondson’s “Two Bits” chant, which originated in 1949. Today, celebrity alumni continue the tradition, urging the crowd to “Stand up and holler!”


Sanford Stadium in Athens is affectionately known as “Between the Hedges” and named for the privet hedges surrounding the field. The deafening barks from fans and Uga (the live, English Bulldog mascot) make it a unique experience.


October in Kentucky offers the “Daily Double” - a day at Keeneland racetrack, followed by Wildcat football. This pairing celebrates Kentucky’s twin loves: horse racing and football.


“The Grove” at Ole Miss is considered the pinnacle of tailgating, where fans gather in a historic setting to celebrate game day with Southern style and grace.


Homecoming at Missouri is an institution, billed as the birthplace of the tradition. Alumni fill Faurot Field not just for football, but for a yearly celebration of community and camaraderie.


The evolution of mascot Cocky embodies the spirit of Gamecock football. Today, Cocky’s antics energize fans and keep the tradition alive, making him a staple of South Carolina’s game-day culture.


In Knoxville, the song “Rocky Top” serves as a rallying point. Struck by the Pride of the Southland Band, it fills Neyland Stadium with a distinctive energy that’s purely Volunteer.


The Vanderbilt Anchor, adopted in 2004, symbolizes unity and strength. It accompanies the team in their Star Walk and is dropped at midfield to mark the game’s beginning.

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WHAT: Bowlability 2023 WHERE: Franklin Family Entertainment Center WHY: BrightStone’s Bowlability fundraiser featured two days of bowling mania and is a great way to have fun while supporting a critical and often over-looked cause. In its fifteen year history, Bowlability has raised over $1 million to help support BrightStone’s programs and provide more purposeful lives for adults with intellectual and developmental challenges.

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State of the Schools Business Lunch & Expo WITH WILLIAMSON, INC.

Join Williamson Inc. as they celebrate the number one economic driver for Williamson County: the schools. This event brings together 300 parents, professionals, and community members, representing both public and private schools for informational updates, ways to engage, meaningful connections and resources. Event Details:

Date/Time: September 20th at 11am for the EXPO and 12pm for the program.

Location: Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin

During this celebration, attendees can look forward to:

• Keynote Addresses by District Superintendents: Williamson County Schools Superintendent Jason Golden and Franklin Special School District Superintendent Dr. David Snowden will provide annual addresses, offering insights and perspectives on the future of education in our communities.

• Networking Opportunities and Education Expo: Engage in open networking with 300 community leaders, including

business professionals, educators, and parents, as you visit over fifteen booths representing Middle Tennessee businesses, organizations, institutes, and non-profits in the education field. Some of the exhibitors include Tennessee Tech University, Huntington Learning Center, Brentwood Academy, United Way of Nashville, HopeNation Counseling, and more.

• Celebrating Student Success Stories: Witness the achievements of our students as we showcase their accomplishments in academics, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

• Free Headshots: Provided by Williamson County Schools Digital Arts students, attendees will have the opportunity to receive professional headshots.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Tennessee Tech University as the presenting sponsor and supporting sponsors Middle Tennessee Electric and Intentional Schools.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit

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I am running for reelection as Alderman at Large for the City of Franklin – a position I have served in since 2011. Over the past 12 years, I have gained valuable insight into how things work, and how to get things done … and it’s been an honor to serve my hometown in this way. As your Alderman, I strive to be an asset to our local government and, most importantly, to represent the interests of the citizens of Franklin.

I ask for your support and appreciate your vote.


State of the County

Blanton City of Franklin Alderman At Large


WHO: Williamson, Inc. | WHAT: State of the County WHERE: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs WHY: State of the County is one of the largest community events of the year and when Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson delivers his Annual State of the County Address. This year was no different and featured the County Mayor’s overview of how the county is performing on economic indicators such as financial health, education, public safety, transportation, job growth, employment, and capital investments. Mayor Anderson also outlined the county’s budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Attendants learned about the many departments that keep Williamson County running and updates on recent and future projects around the county and how they will serve to positively impact our community.

Paid for by Re-Elect Brandy Blanton; Julian L. Bibb III, Treasurer
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Your mortgage loan is only as strong as the loan officer behind it. Here at Lineage Bank, each member of our team has decades of experience helping Tennesseans achieve their dreams of homeownership. We’ve served thousands of homeowners with our local expertise and expert knowledge. Our team of mortgage loan officers adds a touch of hometown care to your banking, and our top priority is always you!

Our team is committed to partnering with homebuyers to find the perfect fit, and we’re equipped with the innovative technology to make it happen. Our application process is simple and straightforward, eliminating the headaches from tracking down documents. You can apply with any of the experienced officers on our middle Tennessee team and submit your application in as little as fifteen minutes.



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Offering More Joining Forces

FFor more than forty years, the Barton Insurance Group and the Drury Insurance Group have been providing insurance plans for the Williamson County and middle Tennessee area. The Drury Insurance Group specializes in Employee Benefits while the Barton Insurance Group is focused on Business Insurance, Property and Casualty insurance, and Surety Bonds. We are excited to announce a new company: Barton Drury Insurance Group, LLC will be able to help you with all of your insurance needs.

Adam Barton, Brian Drury, Mike Henson and Charles Pareigis will be the principals of the new Barton Drury Insurance Group LLC. The Barton Drury Insurance Group, LLC is first and foremost your insurance partner. We work with the top-tier insurance carriers on your behalf to help you offer the best insurance plans and products – all while fitting your budget. And the best part? We make the entire process easy for you.

Barton Insurance Group, LLC was established by Adam R. Barton in 2013. In 2018, Brian S. Drury joined the agency and he officially became an agency partner in 2020. Barton Insurance Group has evolved into one of the leading providers of property and casualty insurance in middle Tennessee. The agency specializes in proving insurance and risk management solutions for small and mid-size businesses in Tennessee and surrounding states. We partner with over twenty-five of the most highly rated insurance providers that the industry has to offer. This gives us a vast array of product offerings to meet the needs of most businesses or individuals. We offer seamless service through our in-house service department or through our client portals that allow you to effortlessly click and access valuable risk management tools for your company.

The Drury Insurance Group will continue providing exceptional employee benefits to employers of all sizes across multiple industries. Our service-oriented team of professionals works with you year-round – not just during enrollment or renewal – to offer employee benefits, human resource consulting and services, payroll services, wellness implementation and a userfriendly web-based management tool. We become an extension of your human resources team to share the workload and ease your administrative burden. Additionally, we are involved in several community charities, including A Vintage Affair and the Williamson Health Foundation.

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arlier this month, Randy Huth and his coaching staff loaded a bus with twelve talented baseball players, on their way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Nolo Boys and Stella, as they have been called by the town, are making history. Their victory over Florida in the Southeast Regional Championship Game gave them their fifth Regional Championship within the last ten years, marking the first time in Little League history that a team has made it to this competition five times. As if that accomplishment is not enough, Randy Huth has now become the first manager in Little League World Series history to bring a team to the contest three times in a row. Players Nash Carter and Grayson May will become the fortyfirst and forty-second players in the seventy-sixyear history of the Little League World Series to make back-to-back appearances. Also making history is Stella Weaver. She is the first female player in Nolensville to represent the town at this competition and the twenty-second female to play in Little League World Series history.

“To be able to do this three times with three groups of kids is special. I don’t take it for granted,” said Manager Randy Huth. Each year the Nolensville team has come up with a saying or slogan that represents who they are and what their goal is. ‘Our Time’ is the slogan for the 2023 team because even though Nolensville has had a team represented in the Little League

World Series the past two years, this is a new team, with a new goal and a different vibe. “We didn’t come this far to only come this far,” Randy said.

Nolensville’s coaching staff consists of Manager Randy Huth, Coach Mark Carter, Nash Carter’s dad and the keeper of the famous “power pellets” and Coach Chris Mercado, the previous Manager of the 2013 and 2014 Regional Championship team.

This experience is every twelve-year-old baseball player’s dream. “The kids are most excited about signing autographs and answering interview questions,” said Randy.

Nolensville Little League is working with local businesses and the town to show as much support for this team as possible. Nolensville Communications Officer, Brandi Najm said, “We believe that this team not only represented Nolensville well, but that they made history throughout the tournament.”

Ultimately, the team fell short five to three against the West Region Champions, El Segundo Little League. In a post written on Facebook, Randy stated, “It doesn’t bother me that we are leaving Williamsport early, and that there is no championship trophy to raise… All I know is that the last three years have been the best times of my life.”


“We believe that this team not only represented Nolensville well, but that they made history throughout the tournament.”


Williamson County Fair


WHO: Williamson County Fair |

WHAT: Williamson County Fair WHERE: Williamson County Agricultural EXPO Park WHY: The Williamson County Fair returned for nine days of fun at the Williamson County EXPO Park! Locals and visitors were invited to enjoy top-quality attractions, educational exhibits, thrilling rides and more. The Williamson County Fair’s mission is to provide a family-friendly environment promoting agriculture, bringing people together and celebrating the traditions of our community.

Sadie & Angela Garner Olivia, Aurelia, Colt & Magnolia Murski Cody, Lynlee & Caroline Buford Englysh Brady, Lola Craig & Davis Clarkson Josh Drummond & Phyllis Molyneaux Danaly & Daniel Cal Michael & Diane McDougall Megan Hastings, Justin, Abbey, Che & Ali McCraven, Kasi Blanton Tamera & Perry Lankford, Shepherd & Brooks Frazier Cade & Chris Thomas Cody Dudley, Penelope Knighton & Kaylee Agin Eric Fisher & Jessica Gil Keaton, Kirena, Jamison & Jaxon Sheppard Dan, Kate & Everly Strohmeyer Cameron & Austin Melton Brant Pewitt & Chris Kiger Walker, Ali, Peter & Will Sovine
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Adelyn, Ethan, Teresa, Caleb & Jared Sellers


Brentwood Academy offers a unique educational enrichment opportunity for students in grades nine through twelve known as Winterim. This opportunity allows students a break from the classroom to engage in hands-on learning with faculty both locally and across the globe. Specialized, nontraditional travel courses allow students to take part in community projects, experience cultural immersion and provide opportunities to learn in unique settings.

“Students are learning, but at the same time, relationships are being built while outside the traditional classroom. As a foreign language teacher, it’s one thing to talk about flamenco dancing in the classroom and watch videos, but it is another thing to take them to Spain and let them take lessons and experience it for themselves. Hopefully, those memories will last a lifetime,” shares Shannon Frost, Winterim CoDirector and Foreign Language Faculty Member.

Students are challenged to expand their knowledge beyond present experiences while being encouraging a love of learning. Winterim provides opportunities to fulfill the school’s mission of nurturing and challenging each whole person — body, mind and spirit — to the glory of God through exploration in academics, arts, outdoors and athletics.

Offerings for travel this upcoming year include exploring Florida’s ecosystem, historical excursions in Spain, and Mayan and Belizean culture immersion, among other opportunities.

Students who choose to stay local select from courses such as pottery and stained-glass creation, cooking classes, film studies or selfdefense.

According to Frost, “One of the things we love to hear from our alumni years later is how Winterim impacted choices they have made, and passions developed in their lives. It feels good to know we helped to plant that seed. They tell us that their Winterim experience is one of their best memories from their time at Brentwood Academy.”


• To expand the student’s worldview and knowledge through exposure to new ideas, new cultures and/or new skills.

• To deepen relationships among students and faculty by working together in small groups.

• To model a love of learning through faculty involvement with students.

• To eliminate the misconception that learning only occurs in a classroom environment and thus to develop lifelong learners.

• To reinforce the ideas or concepts taught in the classroom in a different environment.

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Take the Pilgrimage



KG: I get to do what I dreamed about as a kid - to have a career in music; to play it and I even get to write it. I get to help produce festivals and work with other artists in the music industry and it really is a blessing.

JB: How did your journey begin with the music industry?

KG: You know, I was just that kid always playing music and I started in elementary school with a little band, playing talent shows and parties. Then, it turned into playing more parties through high school and ultimately being part of a college band. We were playing all these SEC schools and after I graduated LSU, Better Than Ezra was performing together when I decided I might go to law school! But instead, I decided to give this post college phase three years to see if the music would take off. Those three years came and went, and we still weren’t signed and I kind of realized – ok I better be in it for the long haul. And it paid off. The band got together in 1988 but it wasn’t until 1995 when a major label picked us up and suddenly this regional band that was a big deal in the southeast, became a national and worldwide success.

JB: Man! You have worked with some amazing folks, including Taylor Swift and Sugarland. But then the name Meatloaf popped up and I was blown away!

KG: He was the first person I ever co-wrote with. It was in 2002 and we were in the same studio, when he heard one of my songs coming through the walls that he liked. He asked me to write a song with him and of course, it was just the coolest thing ever that this legendary entertainer wanted to write with me! It really set me on my path to writing songs for other people.

JB: What’s the biggest obstacle that you’ve overcome in your years as being an artist?

Ihave said before that we are all blessed to be in such an amazing community, and I feel it’s the people that make Williamson County what it is. The broad range of these wonderful people also make it unique and special.

Our SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN for September is Mr. Kevin Griffin, best known as band member of Better Than Ezra, and as a co-founder of upcoming local Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. I recently had the chance to get to know Kevin better and talk about his own pilgrimage.

JB: Kevin, you have had quite an impressive and wonderful life to this point...

KG: I think the biggest obstacle is settling. You know, getting stuck in a routine. In any career you just get stuck in a rut when you do things the same way. Even when it’s worked for you most of the time, most people find out that sometimes what has always worked for them doesn’t work quite as well as it used to. Hitting that point is what the book is about, the desire to discover new things and to continue mixing it up and be able to be re-inspired, be able to stay nimble – which in my case, has led to being able to be competitive and successful.

JB: How long have you lived in Williamson County and what do you love about it?

KG: I moved to downtown Franklin in December of 2010. I’m from the South. I was born in Atlanta. I grew up in Louisiana. After Katrina, in 2005, I lived for several years in Los Angeles. I lived in LA after graduating LSU in the 90s and I was doing a lot of song writing then and just missing the South. I could

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already see in 2010, that the Nashville and Williamson County areas especially, were going to have a moment. It was just all these things aligning in my life, and so, I saw this beautiful home in Franklin, and I was like: This is a no brainer! We have got to jump on it! I love being able to walk downtown alongside these historic buildings and cool shops, all with such a hometown feel but still a cosmopolitan feel as well. It’s the best of both worlds.

JB: What do you feel are your biggest achievements both in work and personally?

KG: I think my biggest achievement is my kids. I love my kids, that’s an easy one. Professionally, I think that maybe for me the thing that I’m most proud about is that I’ve been able to keep a career going in this business and it’s all based on not quitting because nothing came easy to me or my bands. Nothing fell into our laps, and we were told no so many times. But what I have learned is that if you don’t quit you might get a chance to be successful. But if you quit you definitely don’t have a chance.

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JB: Your book The Greatest Song, looks so intriguing. Tell me more about it.

KG: The book came out of my giving speeches to different corporate groups about creativity and what I do to stay creative. That work took off for me when I gave speeches to Nike, Google and Salesforce groups and I decided to turn those presentations into a book. I wrote this book and I got to tell the story about a CMA successful Nashville songwriter who, at a crossroads professionally and personally, reveals what happens to him. It is fanciful and is phrase crazy but it’s fun and so I think it’s a good read. People seem to be getting a lot out of it!

JB: What are you most proud of with the growth of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival?

KG: What I am most proud of is that it’s become part of people’s lives. I think that just like what I’ve learned with writing a song; it starts off with your own idea, then if you’re lucky, it becomes bigger than that. Like when a song that I’ve written suddenly becomes part of someone’s life. It’s memories; it’s a soundtrack; it’s a wedding; it’s a road trip. Pilgrimage is the same thing. I wanted it to become a part of the memories of friends having a fun time. Everybody goes to your house in Franklin when it’s

Pilgrimage time and eventually, you don’t even know who started it - it’s just this fun thing that brings people together and it becomes a tradition you never want to miss.

JB: And lastly, the big question: What do you feel it is to be a gentleman and how do you maintain those qualities and traits daily?

KG: First off, you have got to be lucky enough to have been taught manners and how to BE a gentleman. You know, it’s not something you’re just born with – this sense of how to be a gentleman. I was lucky enough to have parents that taught me not only manners and what it is to behave like a gentleman, but also how to have grace and strength, and the ability to say: I don’t know and I’m wrong - and to try to get better. That, for me, is what being a gentleman truly means. I love being a southerner. I like saying yes ma’am and yes sir and opening doors. I’ve lived all over the world. I’ve never met somebody that was offended if I opened the door for them.

Kevin, we can all relate to and learn from your “don’t quit” philosophy and thank you for bringing the Pilgrimage to us for us to all build our own memories. I believe good things happen to good people. Kevin Griffin - A Southern Gentleman indeed. Looking forward to your next chapter. Glad you are a part of our community.


Striking the Right Chords


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rom a small town in Iowa, Hailey came to Nashville to fulfill her childhood dreams in the music industry. She has collaborated with an array of talent, including Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys and many more. Her career took off in 2020 with her self-funded debut album The Dream and she has received CMT Music Award and Grammy nominations. Her song “Everything She Ain’t,” went viral on TikTok over the past year and has brought even more recognition to the rising star.

Hailey will be taking the main stage at Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, on September 23rd at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. We recently had a chance to sit down with her to learn a little bit more about her career and what lies ahead.

ARH: When and how did your music career begin?

HW: I was writing songs as a young girl and came to Nashville on vacation with my family when I was fifteen. We went to the Opry, and I immediately decided that I would chase my dreams and play on that stage one day. When I graduated from high school, I packed my bags and moved to Nashville to get my songwriting career started.

ARH: What artists influenced your style?

HW: Dolly Parton and Keith Whitley are some of my biggest influences. I also love the 90s country artists I grew up listening to – Alan Jackson, Patti Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Deana Carter. Their songs were all so good.

ARH: Do you write all your own music?

HW: I write many of my songs but not all of them. There are so many incredible songs that are waiting to be heard. Whenever I’m putting an album together, it’s always “best song wins” whether I wrote it or not.

ARH: What has been the most challenging part of your career?

HW: Right before I cut my record The Dream, I was a waitress at a mom-and-pop Cajun restaurant; feeling deflated and wondering if music would ever work out for me. I decided to give it one more go before I decided to pack it

up and head back to Iowa. I cut The Dream and released it independently. When other artists started to post about my song “Ten Year Town”. everything changed.

ARH: What goals do you have for the future?

HW: I’m hoping to buy a farm (with lots of piglets), in Iowa one day. That keeps me goinghaha!

ARH: Did you anticipate that “Everything She Ain’t” would go viral? What inspired this song?

HW: I had no idea that a TikTok trend would get started with the song, but I have to thank the blue-collar boys of TikTok for making it happen! When I sat down with Bryan Simpson and Ryan Tyndell to write that day, we started with a dark ballad and kept getting stuck. I suggested we lighten the mood and try a different direction, and we started writing “Everything She Ain’t”. It came together so quickly; we were just on a roll.

ARH: How did you become involved with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival? What can fans expect from your performance?

HW: I cannot wait to perform at Pilgrimage! I have played it once before in 2021 and had a blast. This year I believe I’m playing the main stage, which I’m so excited for! My shows are full of fiddle and straight-up country music so I hope everyone likes it.

ARH: What do you love about Williamson County (home to the Pilgrimage)?

HW: I love the Franklin Farmers Market, and to hike around the Harpeth. It’s such a beautiful area of Tennessee!

ARH: If you could give advice to aspiring musicians what would it be?

HW: I always tell young artists that they should stay true to who they are and what makes them unique. It can be tempting to chase what’s popular in the music industry, but it’s best when you tap into your true self and share your art with the world.

See Hailey Whitters perform at Pilgrimage this month! Learn more and get your tickets at You can also see Hailey’s other tour dates at

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 music events, plays and more!

9 TO 5

September 8 - 17

Tennessee Performing Arts Center |

Based on the hit 1980 comedy film, 9 to 5 follows three working women who take revenge on their sexist, lying, hypocritical, egotistical, bigoted boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Doralee, Violet and Judy live out their wildest fantasy of taking control of their lives! With an energetic score by Nashville’s own Dolly Parton, this high-energy musical celebrates female empowerment and equality in the workplace. With such songs as “Shine Like the Sun,” “Backwoods Barbie,” and the title song “9 to 5,” this show promises to be a rip-roarin’, toe-tappin’ good time!


September 14 - 16

Schermerhorn Symphony Center |

Giancarlo Guerrero compares The Rite of Spring to “heavy metal” — still astounding more than a century after its debut. Julia Perry’s 1952 Short Piece packs in vigorous rhythms, pensive melancholy, and thunderous sound effects. And the one-and-only Garrick Ohlsson, a longtime collaborator in Nashville, joins them for Brahms’ sublime First Piano Concerto.


September 16

Franklin Theatre |

Fans will recognize viral hits like “Cheese Tax,” (over 1 million streams on Spotify) “Big Stretch,” “Stuck On My Teefs,” and other wholesome songs celebrating life with dogs. This matinee concert features live performances by Matt Hobbs, with a special presentation of adoptable animals onstage from Williamson County Animal Center during the show. Adoptable dogs will also be available after the performance to meet-and-greet audience members outside of the venue, thanks to the WCAC.


September 29 - October 14

Pull Tight Theatre |

R.P. McMurphy arrives in the dayroom and quickly becomes a rogue savior as he clashes with the authoritarian and manipulative Nurse Ratched. At stake are the hearts and minds of his fellow patients. Known to many by the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest offers a view of the tragedy of institutionalized mental health while celebrating the resiliency of the human spirit. It was last performed on the Pull-Tight stage during the 1985-86 season, in which this production’s director, Greg Grimsley, played McMurphy. Come be a part of its revival!

join us FOR THIS CLASSIC DRAMA! Discover a treasure 112 2nd Avenue, South Historic Downtown Franklin Purchase tickets beginning Sept. 18. Show runs Sept. 29-Oct. 14. Go to or call 615-791-5007 Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. SEASON SPONSOR One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Kesey
BY Dale Wasserman
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Nashville Symphony

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Béla Fleck, banjo

SEP 14 to 16 | 7:30 PM


Nashville Symphony

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano



SEP 30 & OCT 1 | 7:30

Nashville Symphony


Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director



1. Friend of Barbie, known for her Hispanic background

2. First celebrity to be immortalized as a Barbie doll

4. It is estimated that one ______ outfits have been made for Barbie and her friends since her 1959 debut. Barbie is an undeniable fashion icon.

7. Forbes estimates that this three-story, seven-room residence with an elevator, garage, and pool would be worth around $16 million if it were real

9. Name of a character in a 2023 film, theorized to represent a main doll in a rival toy line, along with friends Yasmin, Cloe, and Jade.

10. Ken’s best friend who was introduced in 1964

Whether you’re a “Barbie Girl” in a plastic world or “Just Ken” looking to be more than number two, this crossword is your ticket to a dreamhouse of fun!

13. Fictional town where Barbie was born

15. Australian actress who took on the role of Barbie

16. Barbie’s younger sibling


3. Barbie’s friend with a wheelchair

5. Launched in 2015, Mattel’s “_______ Women” campaign honoring female role models like Frida Kahlo and Naomi Osaka with a doll; 50 women have been honored so far

6. Barbie’s first outfit

8. Canadian actor who portrayed Ken

11. This “Barbie: Princess Adventure” character is the queen of Floravia

12. Starting in 2015, Barbie can finally wear these shoes thanks to adjustable ankles

14. Barbie’s boyfriend

15. The company that introduced Barbie to the world

17. Mattel’s 1971 Barbie that was the first to have an open-mouth smile and showed her teeth

18. Iconic off-road vehicle in Barbie’s toy line

19. Barbie’s first career, revealed in 1959

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