Can you believe it’s been four years since the very first Wilson Living Magazine made its way to homes across the county?!
Since that issue came out a few days before the historic 2008 presidential election, and this one falls at about the same time, we decided to commemorate the occasion by showcasing support for our preferred political candidate, each other and the community we love, with this special anniversary issue. Take a look at our shirts on the cover! Maybe Wilson Living could teach Washington a thing or two about bipartisanship.
Wilson Living was founded on the concept of introducing readers to new and familiar faces, extraordinary places and telling stories that encourage and celebrate Wilson County’s diversity and uniqueness. There’s nothing more unique and diverse than the group of folks who help us turn out each issue. Beginning on page 40 you can read all about our team and see that it takes a village to create Wilson Living.
Staff writer, Sue Siens continues the political theme with her article introducing our readers to all the local candidates. Turn to page 30 for details on the incumbents and their opponents. Before you vote, you will want to know where these candidates stand on the issues that affect you!
ln this issue, you’ll get all the details on the 4″‘ Annual Wilson Living Holiday Expo to be held on November 16, 17 &18 at The Mill at Lebanon. As always, we have a fabulous event planned with top notch vendors, free shopping bags filled with goodies, and of course FUN! The expo kicks off on Friday the 16″‘ with the Pre—Opening Gala. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and can be purchased at wwvmwilsonlivingexpo.com, The Wilson Post or the main branch of Wilson Bank & Trust on West Main Street in Lebanon. Saturday and Sunday admission is still COMPLETELY FREE! just walk in the door and spend the day with us at this Holiday Shopping Extravaganza!
No issue is complete without featuring the home and garden of a Wilson County resident and we were lucky enough to showcase Elmie and Herb Ruck’s home. The Ruck’s recently completed construction of their French Country style home. Trust us when we say the photos do not do this beautiful home justice.
And be sure to read Ken’s piece this issue. Wilson Living Ken Beck is an expert at bringing stories that make you laugh, think, and sometimes cry His story about 13 year old, Mt ]uliet resident Andrew Kittrell is sure to inspire. Kittrell is training for a spot on the 2016 Paralympics Track and Field team. But it’s not just his goal of competing in the Paralympics that makes his story captivating. Kittrell was born with a condition that required doctors to amputate his left leg just below the knee when he was still an infant.
As you prepare to usher in the holidays and New Year l hope you are reminded, as we have been at Wilson Living Magazine, about what truly matters: health, family and true friends!
Until Next Time,
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Ken Beck –Ken is a seasoned journalist with more than four decades of experience. He spent 31 of those years as a feature, entertainment and travel reporter as a Tennessean staff member. Ken has written numerous books including more than a half dozen about his favorite subject, Andy Griffith.
Randy Rudder – Randy has a MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis. Currently, he works as a writer/ producer for the Christian Broadcasting Network and a freelance entertainment writer. He is also the author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music Edition”.
Sue Siens – Sue has a long career in communications. She worked in healthcare, public relations and marketing, economic and community development, and has enjoyed many years of writing for a multitude of publications and audiences in both the public and government sectors.
Brody Kane – Brody is a Wilson County attorney practicing with law firm of McBrien & Kane. He is past President of the Wilson County Bar Association, past President of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary and is currently on the Board of Directors for Wilson County United Soccer League and is a Commissioner for the Water & Wastewater Authority.
Roy W Harris – Roy is a writer, journalist and published author. Roy writes a regular inspiration column for Wilson Living Magazine and is a published writer in One Magazine. His book Caring for the Caregiver; a book designed to help those providing primary care for terminally ill loved ones, is now available in 27 countries around the world.
Erin Brown – Erin holds a degree in Apparel Design from MTSU. Erin has worked with top design teams like Ralph Lauren, J Crew and her favorite Henri Bendel’s. She has also attended the incredibly prestigious New York Fashion Week numerous times getting to hang backstage at Marc Jacobs, Luca Luca and Vera Wang
Dr. John Gallaher – Dr. John Gallaher keeps us in the know about all the fabulous places to eat in and around Wilson County. John has been writing his restaurant review column, ‘Dining with Doc’ for nearly two years. Dr. Gallaher is an optometrist and owns and operates Gallaher Eye Care in Lebanon, TN.
Stacey Meadows – Stacey is our resident foodie. When she’s not cooking up a new recipe for Wilson Living readers to try, she works as a marketing & communications specialist for a regional CPA firm.