Good Life

Taking a Leap Leads to the Good Life


A few months ago, my wife Ellen and I made a life-changing decision.

Good LifeDavid Gould and his sons, Patrick and Andrew in front of the new Wilson Post building on Bay CourtAfter a long and fruitful 23-year career with Gannett, the owner of the Tennessean, USA Today and a host of other media entities, we decided it was time to do our own thing. This was not an easy decision. Gannett is a good, stable company and we appreciated my steady paycheck and benefits. But when I learned that Main Street Media was for sale, my interest was piqued.

Ellen and I moved to Middle Tennessee with Gannett over 11 years ago. Tennessee is now our permanent home and we felt the time was right, so we took the leap and are now proud owners of an outstanding company.

Main Street Media publishes the Wilson Post twice a week, the Gallatin News once a week, the Hendersonville Standard once a week and the Bargain Browser once a week. We also have companion websites and we publish some specialty products.

While I was the one with the long media career, Ellen and I decided that this would be a family affair. Ellen has been involved in the business from the beginning and our oldest children have helped out as well. Ellen and I have eight children. The two oldest, Patrick (senior at the University of Tennessee) and Andrew (sophomore at the University of Dayton) spent the entire summer working with us and performed a variety of tasks including helping us move offices, grow circulation, work with advertisers and anything else that needed to get done. Our next two oldest sons – Nicholas (senior at Father Ryan) and Sam (junior at Father Ryan) also helped out occasionally. Our four youngest children, Sarah (freshman at Pope John Paul II), Oliver (4th grader), Annie (2nd grader) and Maggie (1st grader), well, we haven’t put them to work just yet, but that will surely happen someday soon.

Like any good business we are only as good as the people who work with us. Our team is what makes this a fine company. At all three of our newspapers
we have local reporters, designers and advertising consultants who are connected with the community. I’ve also had the opportunity, in the last few months, to meet scores of local folks and the feedback they have given me about our newspapers has been very positive. As someone who has worked in this industry over the years, I can tell you that getting positive feedback about your local paper does not happen every day. But we seem to be bucking the trend.

There are a number of people rooting for us to be successful, and that is very gratifying. More than one person has asked me why we bought a newspaper company. After all, aren’t newspapers dying? I don’t believe we will die if we stay close to our readers and advertisers.

Our job is to provide people in our communities with important local news and information that interests them and that impacts their daily lives. Newspapers that do this right will not only survive, but thrive.

The other question I have heard from people throughout the community is, “Do you really have eight kids?” The answer to that is a resounding yes! Ellen and I recently celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary and we have been so blessed by our children. Most of our free time is spent being involved in their lives. We stay engaged in their activities and make it a point not to miss a football game or a concert.

Ellen and I get involved in the community as much as we can. We are both active in our church and our faith is central to our lives. Four of our children have been diagnosed with type-1 diabetes so we have gotten very involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading organization raising money for research to cure, treat and prevent type-1 diabetes. I served seven years on the Board of Directors of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of JDRF including three years as board president. Ellen has testified before the United States Senate on behalf of diabetes research. Like all parents, we would do anything for our kids. We would make any sacrifice if we could cure this awful disease. We have learned to work diabetes into our lives and we refuse to let it control us. The kids are doing well and remain very positive.

All of the members of our family would agree that we are so fortunate for the blessings we have been given. Family and community are at our core and I believe that is what led us to take this leap. It’s in the pages of your local paper where you will find not only your name and photo, but also the names and photos of your family, friends, and neighbors that you care about. You will find their story and your story and now our story.

As we enter a new chapter in our lives with the purchase of Main Street Media we are so excited to be part of Wilson County, where the good life is easy to find.

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Roy Harris


By ROY W. HARRIS, PH.D.Roy Harris

Is your cup of life half empty or half full? 

I’m reminded of an old Church Hymn written by Johnson Oatman Jr. which was first published in 1897 titled Count Your Blessings. The hymn’s chorus describes a great way to look at life:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

A great way to fill up the mind’s eye cup of life is to identify and express gratitude for the many blessings which have come our way.

What is Gratitude?

In a nutshell, gratitude occurs when we reflect on the good things we’ve been blessed with, are thankful for them and show appreciation to those who are responsible for bringing forth those blessings.

Why is Gratitude important?

We human beings tend to look at life with tunnel vision. We focus on the issues and situations in our lives that are most pressing. Isn’t it amazing how one situation or problem can dominate our lives, capture our thoughts and sometimes even harm our relationships? Reflecting, therefore, on the blessings in our lives, brings front and center all that is good and right in our lives. Reflecting on those good things can stir feelings of thankfulness and gratitude.

Reflecting on our blessings and being grateful for them helps lift our spirits and can overshadow those tough problems we may be facing.

Gratitude is also important because of what it does for others. Just as we are impacted by the love and generosity of others, others are impacted by our gratefulness or lack thereof. Recognizing those who are responsible for the good things in our life is the first step towards being thankful and expressing gratitude. Although some people do not like public recognition, most people like to know that what they do for others is appreciated.

What are some things to be Grateful for?

One great way to identify things which should demand our gratitude is simply to write them down or to carve out a time of day, each day, to reflect on the good things we have been blessed with.

What are some of those things?

Each person’s list will probably be a little different but there are some basic things we should be thankful for and express our gratitude.

• Health – if we are blessed with good health we should certainly not take that for granted and be grateful.

• Family – if we are blessed with family who love us and makes us feel loved and afford us a sense of belonging, we should be grateful.

• Friends – there are some friends who are even closer than family members. God created us with a sense of community and we need that interaction. If we have close friends, we are blessed and should be grateful.

• Basic Needs – if we have food to eat, a roof over our heads and clothing to cover our bodies we are truly blessed. Much of the people of third world countries do not have these basic necessities and we should be grateful.

• Living in America – living in this country with its guaranteed freedoms and opportunities to better ourselves is a great blessing and we should always be grateful.

• And Etc. – why have a category like this? Because there are a mulititude of things and people to be thankful for, and upon reflection you will find that your list may go on and on for pages. And with each item, your cup will become fuller.

How full is your cup?

Do you want your life cup to be half empty or half full? That decision is up to all of us individually. Why not consider doing what one verse in the above mentioned Count Your Blessings hymn suggests?

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Gratitude is an acknowledgement of all that we have been given and is the quality of being thankful and showing our appreciation. Focusing on the wonderful abundance in our lives will make the difficult days more bearable, the good days more joyful and engender a greater sense of generosity, cheerfulness and contentment in our lives.

Your life cup will become full and overflowing and your joy and happiness may not only impact you, but also the lives of many others.

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In Search of the Lost Sheriff

SheriffSheriff David Lemons and his family, circa August 1921.
Standing (L-R): Bernice Lemons (Hendrickson), Mary D. Lemons (Sweatt), and Will Lemons Seated (L-R): Bess Lemons (Tomlinson), holding Nettie Lemons, David Lemons and Halie Lemons (Price)




Family histories and knowing who your people are is a common thread among most cultures, but we Southerners tend to declare ourselves more readily in touch with the ghosts of our pasts. For me and my family, however, there has always been a missing portion of our family story. In June, 2013, thanks to a little investigative work on my part, what was once lost was found and after eighty years, we were finally introduced to Sheri David Lemons, my paternal greatgrandfather.

Nettie Lemons Tomlinson, my paternal grandmother, or “Grandma” as we called her, was born the fifth and final child of Elizabeth “Bess” Lemons and David Lemons on June 6, 1921. Some of my happiest childhood memories are intimately connected with the stories she would tell about her own childhood growing up in Tucker’s Crossroads. My favorite stories though were about her daddy. Her face would light up when she talked about him, and I was convinced from her tales that he was a giant of a man. His name was David for whom she named her only child, my daddy, David M. Tomlinson.

SheriffSheriff Robert Bryan, finally has the opportunity to include Sheriff Lemons to his place of honor, within the halls of Wilson County Sheriff’s OfficeDavid Lemons was the elected “high sheriff” of Wilson County and following his election, he moved his family from their home in Tuckers Crossroads to the living quarters in the county jail (which was then connected to the old courthouse on the Lebanon square) in keeping with the custom of the day. Grandma told me about coming home from school each day to her daddy’s oce in the jail, and she recounted how her mother, “Ms. Bess,” cooked and laundered for the inmates. I knew that her daddy had died shortly after her 16th birthday, but she never talked about his death to me, and even as a little girl I recognized in her a lingering grief with regard to his death.

I always wished I knew more about her father, and as luck would have it, earlier this year, while having a conversation with a friend, I mentioned in passing that my great-grandfather was a former sheriff of Wilson County.

Shortly thereafter Captain Kent Beasley reported there wasn’t a picture or any mention of “Sheriff David Lemons” on the memorial wall at the Sheriff ’s Department. Sheriff Robert Bryan, being the son of former Wilson County Sheriff, Cecil Bryan, expressed an interest in tracking down information and bringing a piece of county law enforcement history to light.

And with that…the investigation began and would uncover a history, a great-grandfather and a missing piece of our family puzzle and that of Wilson County’s as well. Within the halls of Cumberland University and the pages of an old 1934 Lebanon Democrat, we were finally introduced.

“Mr. Lemons is recognized by citizens of the county generally as a man of strict integrity and strength of character. It is generally conceded that Mr. Lemons will take office under unusual difficulties because of two diverse elements in his support. But there is general agreement that Dave Lemons is the kind of man who can overcome difficulties. Confidence in his ability to make a good sheriff is general, and quite as much so among those who opposed him as among those who supported him in the race.”

Intrigued to be sure, and after a few mishaps with the microfilm machine (none of which I believe to have caused permanent damage to Cumberland University property), my digging continued.

His first nine months in office went largely unremarked upon until an article appeared on May 9, 1935, with a front page caption entitled, “Sheriff May Not Feed Prisoners.”

According to the article, by Private Acts of 1923, inmate food and board payments were apportioned by the Wilson County Road Commission, and commensurate with this private act, the road commission paid at the rate of .60 cents per day per jail inmate, and then paid the elected sheriff on a monthly basis [about $600 per month in 1935] for the feeding (i.e. expenditures for groceries, supplies, labor in food preparation, etc.) and maintenance of workhouse prisoners (including salaries for deputies and jailors).

Wilson County Judge E.G. Walker (who was also superintendent of the county road commission) requested a letter of opinion from the state attorney generalSheriffPictured with Sheriff Bryan are Joe Price and David Tomlinson, both grandsons of Sheriff Lemons shortly aer Lemons’ election as to whose duty it was to feed the prisoners confined in both the jail and the county workhouse, and whether the county road commission was liable for feeding workhouse inmates at the actual cost rather than the day rate allowed the sheriff in feeding jail inmates.

Controversy immediately arose following the judge’s requested opinion letter.  The sheriff and his supporters declared the county had not previously made distinctions in the costs for feeding jail inmates and workhouse prisoners, and that it was improper for the judge to not only have the ability to sentence inmates to the county workhouse, but as chairman of the county road commission to also utilize unpaid inmate labor on county road crews.

Ultimately the attorney general ruled in favor of the county road commission, and on May 23, 1935, the Lebanon Democrat ran a response letter from Sheriff Lemons in which the sheriff said he did not recognize the authority of the county road commission to take over the feeding of inmates in the county workhouse, nor did he recognize a distinction between jail inmates and workhouse prisoners, and that any attempted assumption of control by the commission or its agents would be necessarily “resisted.”

Sheriff Lemons countered that in all of the sixteen years prior to his election, the sheriffs of the county had always fed all of the inmates as a collective group without “one word of protest” from either the county judge or the county road commission. He further challenged that nothing good could come from dissolving the month-to-month accounting of what, if anything, was actually spent on day-to-day care, maintenance, and food services for workhouse inmates.

Tensions went from bad to worse during the summer of 1935 leading to a Chancery Court complaint for injunctive relief led against Sheriff Lemons and his deputies. Among other things it was alleged that Sheriff Lemons had “stationed armed deputy sheriffs on the workhouse property, and that he continued to keep them on the premises and that they have occupied beds at the workhouse, and that the sheriff has frequently stationed himself there armed” in an effort to thwart the attempt by the commission to take over the feeding of workhouse prisoners.

On June 20, 1935, the Lebanon Democrat, reported that Chancellor J. W. Stout ruled against Sheriff Lemons, but obstinate in the face of that ruling, Sheriff Lemons took his case all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

On December 19, 1935, it was reported that the Supreme Court had affirmed the Chancery Court ruling and determined that the county road commission, and not the sheriff, was rightly charged with the “feeding” of county workhouse prisoners based solely upon the Private Act of 1923.

However, the court expressed doubt as to how the commission could “actually” feed the inmates without the oversight, cooperation, and supervision of the elected sheriff, and expressed interest as to why the Private Act of 1923 had not been followed by the road commission in the act’s previous years on the books. I was equally intrigued by the report that Sheriff Lemons was represented by Lewis S. Pope, of Pikeville, Tennessee, during the entirety of the litigation. I wondered what the draw of an attorney from East Tennessee would have been for him.

As it turns out Mr. Pope was a 1900 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, state senator, assistant U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Tennessee, and two-time Tennessee gubernatorial candidate (1928 and 1932). In 1923, Pope was appointed by then- governor Austin Peay as the first commissioner of what would ultimately become the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Pope spent most of his career going after corruption in state government, and on March 13, 1934 (fourteen months before taking on Sheriff Lemons as a client), he was appointed as investigator of departments of state government by Governor Gordon Browning. Apparently Sheriff Lemons’ case against the local government was in keeping with Pope’s crusade against corruption, misuse, and marginalization within state and local correctional facilities.

On Thursday, March 27, 1936 Sheriff Lemons suffered a stroke after returning to his office from lunch. Chief Deputy R. L. Haralson took over following his illness, and Lemons never returned to work. He died on Sunday, August 30, 1936 at the age of forty-eight hours before the end of his term.

As a result of his death, Wilson County actually had three sheriffs in three days – Sunday (David Lemons – who remained sheriff until the time of his death), Sunday night through the following Tuesday morning (county coroner, Tal Major automatically became sheriff upon Lemons’ death), and Tuesday morning (newly elected sheriff, Perry Burnett). The article offered “probably no other county has had so rapid a turnover in chief peace officers.”

Time has a way of moving itself forward. Some stories fall away with the passage of time, while others wait to be recovered and told once more.

As a young attorney whose office sits in the shadows of the original “old” courthouse, I find a particular sense of comfort in knowing that nearly eighty years before, my great-grandfather served the people of this county, and fought for what he believed to be right and just, and I am happy to share his story…no longer living in the past.

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Tiffany Cunningham

Stardust Drive-In


What comes to mind when you think of Drive-In Movies?

StardustMost think of the good ole’ days of classic cars with lots of people piling out of the trunk, old movie screens with James Dean staring as the rebel and speakers attached to a post, outside of your car. Well folks, like everything else in this world, things have changed and been modernized and yet we all yearn for simpler times.

Lucky for us, Watertown’s Stardust Drive-In serves up the best of both worlds. And these days while Stardust Drive-In is buzzing with all the latest movies and is the place to be most weekends, it wasn’t that easy for owners Barry and Dawn Floyd to accomplish their dream of a state of the art Drive-In located in the Industrial Park, just off the main road leading into Watertown.

The couple first came up with the idea in 1999 while sitting at the closing of Sumner Drive-In located in Gallatin watching the movie, X-Files. Barry mentioned it might be fun to own a theater to which Dawn surprisingly agreed. Soonafter, they began to search the internet and spend their vacations going from Drive-In to Drive-In throughout the country, just to see if the idea was plausible. In 2000, they joined the National Drive-In Association and began purchasing equipment to learn the ins and outs of a projection room. Neither of them had been in the movie business before so it was a learning curve. Barry notes, “most owners are second or third generation where they have grown up in the business. We started out as complete newbies but I knew that we could figure out how it all worked.”

Through mentoring and research the pair felt comfortable enough by 2001 to purchase land. Barry was eagerly pursuing the dream but he neglected one detail in the whole process and that was zoning, when he purchased 12 acres of land on Carthage Highway in Lebanon. He recalls, “the way we chose where to place the theater is that we first looked at a 50 mile radius of our home in Nashville, and Lebanon was the spot we chose”.

Unfortunately his new neighbors did not greet him with enthusiasm. After several failed attempts, Barry and Dawn pulled their zoning request for the land they owned and instead discovered an actual Drive-In still intact, but grown over, already existed on Carthage Highway. That land had also been converted to farmland but since everything was intact, and that land owner was willing to rent his property, the couple tried one more time. Things again did not work out.

Barry was met with a news truck and protestors upon entering the courthouse. He now can chuckle about it but remembers thinking, on that day as heStardust entered the building, “there must be something really big going on here today!” Little did he know he was the something BIG! He pulled his request for rezoning all together and went home to regroup.

All was not lost for the Floyd’s, however, as a phone call came in a few days later from Watertown Chamber President, Jeff Tunks. The County Attorney and Mayor of Watertown, Mike Jennings saw how eager the couple was to be a positive influence to the community and Watertown was willing to do what it took to have them in their community. After several meetings with town leaders it was decided that the industrial park was the only place that could hold the crowds and supply the electrical/ plumbing needs for the facility.

“The Watertown community went above and beyond in assisting us in making our dreams come true.” And in 2003 they purchased the land and construction began, the Floyd’s reminisce, “we don’t have our first dollar we made but we do have a spaghetti jar of dirt dug up the day we signed the papers on the land. Since that first day we have gotten to know our regulars and see them out in town, at Cub Scout meetings and church so it is great to have that connection with your customers that you would not get in a bigger town or city.”

Dawn goes on to say, “we always want our business to be a family friendly place where it is safe and fun. We want to be a draw, an attraction that brings people to the community so other businesses can also prosper. We hope if you come once you will want to come back again and again.” Barry believes once you see the a movie from the comfort of your car, on the 60 foot across and 4 story tall screen, you will be hooked, “nothing like seeing an alien life size, it’s amazing and the kids love it. I like to stand in the lobby and talk to the customers as they come through concessions and find out about their experience.”

The Stardust not only offers digital sound through the FM signal in your car, they have a brand new digital projection system imported from Germany and Belgium that gives them the ability to present a picture that is brighter, richer in colors, and has razor sharp focus. They are currently one of only two drive-ins in the state of Tennessee showing movies with digital projection, the other being the Montana Drive-in in Estill Springs.

StardustThey offer an outstanding concession stand that serves a whole meal not just your usual movie fare. It is a true family evening out, offering what Drive-In’s did in the past, just with some new fangled technology.

The Stardust Drive-in is open from the 1st weekend in March through the 2nd week of December. Their schedule varies:

March through Memorial Day they show double features on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights only. From Memorial Day to mid-August, the theater is open 7 nights a week. From mid-August through the second week in December, it’s back to weekends only. Movies begin at dusk usually no earlier than 7:30 p.m. and people are encouraged to come early to get the best parking spots and enjoy their dinner. Floyd reminds people they don’t want to miss his opening remarks before each showing because when the staff is notified of a special event you may just hear your name mentioned.

Tickets are $7.50 per person for ages 12 and over, $5 for ages 6-11 and children under 5 are always free. For more information about the Stardust and movie listings check out or call (615) 237-0077. The Stardust is located on Tiger Drive-in Watertown, TN.


And if you happen to be “Around the Bend”, then you want to try Macon County’s Drive-In located in the heart of LaFayette. The Macon County Drive-In has a concession stand with your movie favorites like popcorn and sodas but also boasts specialties like tenderloin sandwiches and tater tots. 

Contact the Macon County Drive-In by web at or by phone at (615) 666-4411.
The Drive-In is located at 3570 Scottsville Road in Lafayette, TN and is open for double features Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Their website is updatedMacon Drive-in with their current releases.

The Macon Couty Drive-In also needs our help!! The Drive In, open since 1950, recently learned that at the end of 2013, film companies will no longer be making 35 mm films, forcing every theater to go digital. Going digital can cost upwards of $80,000 though. Honda is giving away 5 digital projectors and the Macon County Drive-In is asking us to all vote so that they might be one of the lucky winners!

You can vote everyday, once a day at or you can text your vote to 444999VOTE16.

Let’s help our neighbors and vote and text today!!

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Get Involved

Get Involved – Vote


In roughly four months, all of us will be ringing in 2014, which also will mark another election year for major localand state positions. As each person comes forth and publicly announces his or her intentions to run for office, it’s important to pay attention, learn about each candidate and ask questions about why they want to seek public office.

It’s also important that we all look beyond the campaign rhetoric and become involved. And then forget about a couple of things that really do not matterGet Involved when it comes to his or her ability to govern once elected, such as whether they were born and reared here or moved here from somewhere else. What matters is his or her ability to make the hard decisions that are in the best interest of our counties and Tennessee.

I heard someone say the following recently: “The majority of people concern themselves more with national elections than state or local elections. Do they not realize that state and local elected officials impact their daily lives and livelihood more than any other elected positions?”

The answer is, “No. They don’t realize it.” People turn out and volunteer for U.S., senate, congressional and presidential elections more often than they do for local or state elections because those are the ones that dominate the national news cycles. But if ever there was a time when a little digging and fact checking is necessary, it is when it comes to the state and local candidates for public office. Yes, Congress and the president implement policies that affect everyone in the country, but it’s those at the state and local levels who have the power to enact policies that impact your lives on a daily basis.

Think about this for a minute. Local and state elected officials hold the power to pass policies that impact the following areas of your daily life: the overall safety of your community, your home in regards to where and how you build it, your children’s education, your water, sewage and trash services, your business’s ability to thrive, the ability to attract and/or keep businesses or industries that provide jobs, the condition of the roads you drive daily, the recreational opportunities for you and your children, and much more.

So, as we head into a big election year, take notice, jot down names, get contact information and start calling or writing, asking questions. Invite the candidates to your book club, civic organization, and homeowners association meetings to learn about them and their platform. Then after you’ve learned all you can, select the ones you feel will do the best job and help him or her get elected. Volunteer your time by holding a fundraiser, working a phone bank, canvassing a neighborhood or putting out yard signs.

In other words, get involved. The decisions these individuals will make in the coming years will impact you and our community immensely.

2014 Elections

Scheduled for the ballot box in the Aug. 7, 2014 County General/State Primary Election are the following races:

Wilson County Races

  • Wilson County Mayor
  • All 25 Wilson County Commission seats
  • Sheriff
  • Trustee
  • Circuit Court Clerk
  • County Clerk
  • Register of Deeds
  • Chancellor
  • District Attorney General
  • Public Defender
  • Circuit Court Judge – Divisions I and II
  • Criminal Court Judge
  • General Sessions Judge – Divisions I, II and III
  • Constable – All Zones
  • Lebanon Special School District – At-large Member
  • Wilson County School Board Members – Zones 2 and 4

State Primary Races

  • Governor
  • State Senate – District 17
  • State Representatives – Districts 46 and 57
  • State Republican and Democratic Executive Committeeman and Woman – District 17

Federal Primary Races

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congress – 6th District

Scheduled for the ballot box in the Nov. 4, 2014 State General/City Election are the following races:

City Elections

  • City of Lebanon – Wards 3, 4 and 6
  • City of Mt. Juliet – Districts 2 and 4
  • City of Watertown – Three (3) At-Large Aldermen

State Primary Races

  • Governor
  • State Senate – District 17
  • State Representatives – Districts 46 and 57
  • State Republican and Democratic Executive Committeeman and Woman – District 17

Federal Primary Races

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congress – 6th District

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Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Center

Senior Citizens


Fun and fellowship doesn’t have to stop when we reach our golden years. Maybe you’re living alone, or you never found time to relax and tackle your bucket list. It’s never too late. In Wilson County, and in our neighboring counties… Around The Bend, we are blessed with Senior Centers that remove the age barrier. At every age we all desire friendship, recreation, activities and experiences to enrich our lives. Rockin’ at the centers isn’t about finding a comfy rocking chair. No sir! If you’re up for a challenge, there is a whole new world of experiences waiting for you when you enter your prime…as the ladies of WLM like to call it!

Some of you have always been fit and this isn’t the time to stop, others have never had the time to make exercise part of your daily routine, so what are you waiting for? The various Senior Activity centers in our community have all sorts of dance and exercise classes available; including low impact aerobics, yoga, Zumba, and even tai chi. Maybe you’ve dreamed of traveling, always wanted to create an oil paint masterpiece, or have a desire to learn (or re-learn) to shoot a mean game of pool like you did in your younger days. Or perhaps you’d rather play cards, take guitar lessons or computers classes, surf the Internet, or enjoy a good book. All of this and much more is available at our area Senior Centers.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center

Seniors670 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon, (615) 449-4600

Open Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is $3.00, served weekdays. Please call by 10:30 a.m. to make lunch reservation.

Lebanon Senior Citizens Center’s motto, “We Care,” is short and simple, but well describes the love and attention given to its 1,800+ members. Patti Watts, Center director, makes note that, “Our mission is to give purpose and value to the lives of our members. We try to offer a little bit of something and especially friendship. For many of our members, the Center is a lifeline. It’s where they can have something to look forward to each day.”

The Lebanon Center opened in 1979 and moved to its present location in 1988. It is a non-profit organization, with funding from the City of Lebanon, Wilson County, United Way, State of Tennessee, fundraising and private donations. Membership is available for adults age 55+, with a fee of $25 per year. The Center has hundreds of programs, activities and events throughout the year. Being located next door to the Jimmy Floyd Family Center additionally offers the members water exercise and walking programs. The Center’s assistant director and activities director, Teresa Botts, makes sure there is never a dull moment.

Members are currently working on a 6,000-piece puzzle, and they have also established the Unique Boutique with apparel and Senior Citizenshousehold items for sale, whose proceeds benefit the Center. (Whew! Are you getting tired yet? These “folks in their prime” are hard to keep up with!)

The Center also focuses on the members’ health and works in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation offering programs to relieve pain and improve mobility, and registered nurse, Tammy Bryan, is on duty at the Center two days a week.

In addition to the regular lunch served each day to more than 100 at the Center, home bound meals are provided daily to more than 100 seniors through the Center’s homebound program and Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency. Volunteers like Rick and Valerie Heronemus, Judy Norton and Randy Carpenter are among the those who deliver meals to the homebound, but more volunteers are needed.

A member of Lebanon’s Center for almost 16 years, Earl Flory, sums it up this way, “I come here for companionship and for the people. I’ve made a lot of friends.” Member Carl Howard mentions that he enjoys coming for “their good coffee and a hot meal.”

Whatever the activity you’re interested in, you will feel welcome when you visit the center.

“We’re like a big family,” remarks Center Director Patti, a family that stays active, busy and knows how to have fun!

 Senior Citizens

Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center

2034 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, (615) 758-9114

Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is provided by Meals on Wheels for $1.50 weekdays, except on Cooking Club Thursdays when it is $5.00. Please call one or two days ahead to make a lunch reservation.

Senior CitizensLinda McClanahan, executive director, says Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center’s motto is “Where Friends Meet.” The Center’s mission is to provide a place for senior adults 55+ to gather for recreation, education and social activities, and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Member Lavorn Hill states that, “Thinking about the mission statement, to be around people my own age, and not being alone is why I come here. Regardless of your interests, there is something for you here at the Center.”

The Mt. Juliet Center was founded in 1978, and currently has more than 600 members. It was owned by the City of Mt Juliet for a few years and became a non-profit owned by the members in 1982. The Center is funded by the City of Mt Juliet, Wilson County, United Way, and the State of Tennessee with grants through Greater Nashville Regional Council. Funding is also provided by fundraisers throughout the year and private donations. Membership is $25 annually.

The Center has more than 80 programs, and as Director Linda notes, “It’s a hopping place.” Every inch of the 10,000 square-foot facility is packed with activities. The community is very involved in the Center, and many of the members also serve as volunteers, sharing their talents through the Center’s programs.

There is no shortage of entertainment at the Center. They have their own Over the Hill choir, and the Bravo theater group, who perform throughout the community. Club members also enjoy their annual Festival of Art and Music, a fund-raising event. The Mt. Juliet members love concerts, dancing and parties. Outside, they have horseshoes, and the Serenity Park and herb garden. Mt. Juliet’s Center also provides homebound meals.

Mt. Juliet’s Senior Activity Center has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Member Harry Jester remembers, “I drove by many days, and I didn’t know what was going on in the building. When the Chronicle newspaper ran a story that the Center had pool (billiards) here, I decided to stop in. It’s fun getting to know people, and making new friends.” Says Linda, “Our goal is to reach every senior out there who might be alone.”

Senior Citizens

Visit our other area Senior Activity Centers:

(For those who need transportation, contact Mid-Cumberland van service at (615) 444-7433 , transportation is available for a small fee) 

Cedar Seniors, 226 University Ave. in Lebanon, Telephone (615) 444-0829

Open Monday through Friday for lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch is $3. Please call by 10 a.m. and leave a message to make a lunch reservation.
(Space is limited to 40 persons each day)

Market St. Community Center, 321 E. Market St., Lebanon, Telephone (615) 449-0719

Seniors meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m., bring a covered dish. Contact is Hattie Bryant

Watertown Community Center, 8630 Sparta Pike, Watertown (615) 237-3433

Seniors meet each month, the first Wednesday at 11 a.m., bring a covered dish. Seniors also meet at a local restaurant on the third Wednesday.
Contact Mattie Ricketts at (615) 237-3433 for more information

 Macon County Senior Citizens Center, 329 Hwy 52 by-pass east, Lafayette, Telephone (615) 666-3780

Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch served Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Call the week before to make your lunch reservation

Smith County Senior Center, 120 Pauline Gore Way, Suite B, Carthage, Telephone (615) 735-0476

Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., lunch served weekdays. Call the day before to make lunch reservations

Trousdale County Senior Center, 270 Marlene St., Hartsville, Telephone (615) 374-1102

Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch not served)

WLM Note:

All of our senior activity centers depend on financial support, inkind donations, and volunteers to offer these wonderful services and programs. Please support the Senior Center in your area and volunteer your time.

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3 Tips to Throw a Game





Sporting your team colors is a simple way to show your team spirit. In the South, we tailgate in hot and humid weather at the beginning of football season, while the last game of the season can be cold and occasionally frosty. With these major temperature variances, it’s not always easy to sport a team jersey. Instead of logoed items, look for functional pieces and fun accessories in your team colors.

Check out these sites for spirited game day styles.


Be sure to check the tailgating policy for the venue before planning. These policies can vary from school to school, so plan accordingly. Planning for tailgating is very similar to planning for a camping trip. You need to make sure that you have every item you need and you need to plan for unexpected needs that may arise. Once you’re on campus, it’s usually very difficult to leave and return.


You should plan to arrive two to three hours prior to game time and plan on staying two hours after the game ends. Hopefully, you’ll be celebrating your team’s victory with fellow fans. We southerners do love our football, and with that in mind, here are some sites that list just about any schedule you may need: lists college and pro-team schedules. lists local high school schedules.

Compile a checklist of all items that you will need on game day. Then, use the checklist as you are packing the car on game day. Make sure to include items from our must pack list.


  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Wet wipes
  • Jumper cables
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • First aid kit
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Extra ice – you always need an extra bag

Plan your menu in advance. Be sure to have plenty of snacks. Try this recipe for a simple snack mix.


4 ½ cups Rice Chex® cereal
4 ½ cups Wheat Chex® cereal
1 can of Blue Diamond habanero BBQ almonds
1 cup of peanuts
2 cups of bite sized cheese crackers
½ stick of butter
¼ cup sriracha sauce
2 tablespoons worchestshire sauce
1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix

Heat oven to 250°F. In large bowl, mix cereal, peanuts, and crackers. Melt butter in a large roasting pan in the oven. Stir sriracha, worcestshire, and ranch mix into melted butter mixture. Gradually stir in dry mix ingredients. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Stir in almonds at the end. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container

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Adoring Autumn

Adoring Autumn

Adoring Autumn


It’s finally here! Or it will be, officially, on Sunday, September 22nd. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. The process of cozying up my home for fall makes me giddy. There’s nothing like the smell of apple cider on the stove, spice scented candles filling the air, and the crackle of a fire in the fireplace. 

Along with the beautiful décor of the season, there is football, the beginning of school, (all the fresh school supplies on the shelves lure me in like a child to candy!), hayrides, homecomings, bonfires, new fall television shows, warm soups and stews- and did I mention football? So with the arrival of the season, let’s start out with a few easy ways to decorate your home. Create a display at your entry with stacked pumpkins and mums and throw in some cornstalks if you have the room. In your kitchen, fill some apothecary jars with pinecones, apples, or miniature pumpkins and gourds. Burlap is wonderful to decorate with in the fall- the texture and color are great. Bunch some in the center of your table, and place a large empty pumpkin in the center filled with mums and pansies. Bring out your fall cookbooks and put one on display on the kitchen counter, along with some fall scented candles.

If you go online or shop much at all, then you’ve noticed the craze of subway art. Subway art is the art of words combined in different fonts arranged in a Autumncreative fashion. There are tons of them out there, but I made a little fall printable just for our readers that you can download off my site and the Wilson Living Magazine site. Pop this into a dollar store frame and put it on your foyer table to greet your guests.

Along with decorating your home for fall, there are some maintenance items you’ll want to put on your checklist.

• If you have a cutoff, turn the water supply off to your outside faucets. After you turn it off, drain the last of the water out of the faucet. If you don’t have a cutoff, place an insulated cover over the faucet.

• Close the foundation vents.

• Have your heating system cleaned and inspected.

• Change the air filters in your returns at least once a month. This should be done all year long. Write the date you changed it on the filter so you will know when it is time for a new one.

• If you have a wood burning fireplace, keep the wood stacked off the ground on a rack and away from the house.

• Check the weather stripping around your doors and windows. If you can see any daylight or feel and drafts at all, replace the stripping.

Yet another reason to love this time of year is that school begins! Even if you don’t have children, or yours are already grown and gone, you have to love the fact that the hustle and bustle of traffic slows down during the day, the stores are less crowded, and things seem to take on more of a routine.

If you do have school aged children, here are a few ideas to help with your crazy school nights filled with practices and homework.

• Create a study area by having a space designated just for that. This doesn’t have to be a large area, even just a seat the kitchen table. Have a caddy filled with all the necessary supplies such as pens, pencils, notebook paper, glue sticks, scissors, rulers, and markers that you can pull out and put in the space when it’s time for homework.

• Create a lunch tray in the fridge by placing all the ingredients you need to get lunch ready for the kiddos in one spot. When it’s time to make lunches, pull out the tray and you’re ready.

• Create a landing space- a command central of sorts. This will be where you keep a calendar, all school information, schedules, and things needed to start and end your day stress free.

Go to my blog on www. to print off “Subway Art” exclusively for our Wilson Living Magazine readers.

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Styles & Trends

October Playfulness

“Crowns & Stars for a MAGICAL night of beauty…”


Model – Anna


Nail Color: OPI gel polish “Did You Ear About Van Gogh”


To achieve each wave, Trendz Salon used a 2 inch barrel wand, along with Paul Mitchell’s “Hot off the Press” Thermal Protectant Spray



Model – SydneyStyles

Nail Color: Asymetrical sparkle nails make a pretty statement.

 OPI gel polish “Witch is Witch”

Make up tip:

Blue liner is in! Beauty Boutique suggests using a blue liner, citing it gives the illusion of an instant “power nap for the eyes.” A combo of Bobbi Brown Sapphire Shimmer Gel Ink Liner, topped with Jane Iredale Platinum Eye shadow was used to create this look.

Hair Tip!

Jessica from Trendz Salon suggests twisting hair before curling & releasing quickly for a soft, messy wave. Joico power-spray is a great product to use.

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Erin Brown

Styles & Trends


Hi Wilson County ladies!

It is undoubtedly THE BEST season in fashion-fall! It’s my favorite time for fresh clothing and testing out the latest looks when it comes to beauty. The new season brings new color palettes, new ideas, and lots of layering beautiful fabrics atop one another in the perfect mélange.

Break out the best of last year’s clothing from the attic and get prepared to add some new pieces to your shopping list, as I show you the trends this season in wardrobe color and everything beauty for your fall 2013 look.

I want to sincerely thank Beauty Boutique and Trendz Salon, both of Lebanon, for the absolutely flawless applications of all things hair, nails, make up…. under the umbrella term of “beauty” on our models this issue. We are so grateful for their implementation of the gorgeous looks you’ll flip through on the next few pages.

Also included this issue, an interview with Helene Singer Cash of Lebanon’s Crystal Couture Store. Helene has brought a thriving fashion business to Wilson County and has big plans for much, much more. She gave me and now YOU, our devoted WLM readers, a snapshot of what’s soon to come. Enjoy!

Styles & Trends


Trendz Hair & Nail Salon

107 Public Square, Lebanon 615.449.1555
Hair:: Michelle Nicoliello and Jessica Dodds
Nails::Tray Belardo

Beauty Boutique Salon, Spa & Apparel

107 Signature Place, Lebanon 615 547 4468
Make up & lashes:: Necole Bell


Johnnie Q

317 Main St Ste 105 Franklin, TN 615.794.2763
“A boutique for Designer, Vintage, and Statement Jewelry and Accessories for men and women.”

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