Telling Tales – A Bad Day

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Jordan was just four days old on the day of his first heart surgery

Transforming Personal Tragedy into Motivation to Help

A Smith County Couple create a Foundation in memory of their child

When Karen and Stephen Hackett learned they were expecting their first child they started preparing like any first time parents would.

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Bicyclette Cafe and Wine

The Bicyclette Cafe’

Bicyclette Café and Wine is the premiere casual French country café in Wilson County. As you probably guessed, Bicyclette means “bicycle” in French. The inspiration for the name came from the bicycle route at Don Fox Park, near the previous location at the Mill in Lebanon. Today, Bicyclette Café and Wine calls Mt. Juliet home and another bicycle path is only steps away from the front doors.

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Gretchen Wilson at Home in Wilson County

Gretchen Wilson Loves Life in Wilson County

"Redneck Woman" makes Motherhood job No. 1

Story by Ken Beck

Like the title of her big hit song, Gretchen Wilson is a redneck woman, but first and foremost the country music star is a devoted mother. Her 9-year-old daughter, Grace, rules the roost, although Wilson calls the shots in her home and in her business.

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Notes from the Founders – May June 2010

If you’re anything like the Wilson Living staff, you’re more than ready for spring to finally spring! I’m sure everyone enjoyed time spent with family building snowmen, eating junk food and playing board games. I hate to brag, but during one of our marathon board gaming sessions playing, “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader,” Angel and I learned that we are indeed smarter than 5th graders.

We are so excited and honored to have Grammy Award Winning Country Music Artist, Gretchen Wilson grace our cover this month. Gretchen was gracious enough to invite us into her home and share the inspiring story of how she rose from humble beginnings to one of Country Music’s most successful artists. Look for her story on page 12.

The pain of losing a child is indescribable. But, Smith County residents, Karen and Stephen Hackett transformed the pain of losing their infant son into a foundation that’s raised over $100,000. The Jordan Hackett Foundation was incepted in 2002. Readers will be inspired at how this couple is using money raised by the foundation to Pay It Forward.

All those extra calories we take in waiting for the ice to melt can add up to extra pounds on the scale. As the weather starts warming up, our focus turns to shaping up. Styles & Trends Editor, Erin Brown will be introducing readers to some fun ways to burn calories as she tries out some interesting classes and tells readers all about her experience. Erin shows readers the latest in spring fashion trends. And the ever popular fashion pages will keep readers in the know about all the fresh new colors for Spring.

Lastly, if you happen to be one of the many training for the Country Music Marathon, look for Wilson Living. Several members of our staff and their family members will be participating and we’ll be looking for members of the community to g et pictures for our next issue.

Until then, keep reading!

Angel Kane & Becky Andrews

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Wilson Living Magazine - Table Of Contents

Contents – Jan Feb 2010

Wilson Living Magazine - Table Of Contents

Upcoming Jan/Feb 2010 Features

  6   Notes From Founders
10   Calendar Of Events

12   Founders' Favorites

14   Meet Your Neigbor
      Speaking About The Weather

A Walk In The Park

The Coffee House Cafe
27  Food for Thought

       Politics & Govenment 
The Mayor of Memphis Comes Home For a Visit

       Home & Garden
This House Has Strong Bones

       Health & Well-Being
38  50 is the new 30

       Telling Tales
  White Chairs

Upcoming Jan/Feb 2010 Features

       Styles & Trends
42   An Interview with Manny
44  Trends to Take Note Now
46  Valentine Looks
48  Splurge vs Save
49  Ask the Pros – Tips from the Experts

       Arts & Entertainment
50  Mt. Juliet… The Place To Be for Music & Arts
       Sports & Education

54  Growth Is Your Opportunity At Cumberland University

       Pay It Forward    
  Win It By A Knockout

        Living In The Past
Soluting Black History Month

      Wilson is Where it is happening
60   Scenes from Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade

        Finding Your Piece Of The Good Life
62   Remember The Snow Of Winter


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Mark Lee Attorney

Remember The Snow of Winter


Local Attorney, Lifetime Resident and Playground Builder pro tem

It used to snow around here, a lot. There was never a winter without a snow you could play in, sled on or eat. Matter of fact, every year there were several good sledding snows just perfectfor snowball fights, snow crème and a thrill ride on a sled down what is now Jack Lowery’s front yard on the Southeast side of what we call “Water’s Hill”.

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Soluting Black History Month


The past symbolizes a simpler time in America. A time when children could walk to school without fear of being taken by a stranger and a time before the heated controversy of the Vietnam War tore the fabric of the American dream. But for some, the past denotes oppression and the emergence of “A Dream” that forced citizens to wake up and realize that in order to move forward in America, change would have to occur. Change did come more than 40 years after the Civil Rights Movement (1955- 1968) when President Barrack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

This issue as we ring in the New Year we dedicate Living in the Past to Black History Month.

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Win It By a Knockout



Story and photos by KEN BECK

Former professional boxers D’regis Neal and Rico Cason look back and see how the sport of boxing opened their eyes as teenagers. They’ve been on the ropes before, even been down for the count, but they’re no palookas.

Their experiences in the ring led them six months back to champion a program that packs a punch for local youths, as the combo initiated Team Lebanon Boxing Academy. Now about 17 children from ages 5 to 17 show up weekday afternoons to work out in the Market Street Gym behind the Lebanon Civic Center.

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Growth is Your Opportunity at Cumberland University

By Diana Haines 

Cumberland University has made Lebanon a college town since 1842, and has been at its current site since the 1890’s. The university has now set its sights on something bigger, a bigger footprint if you will. Instead of Lebanon, the college town, Wilson County is about to become the college county.

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