So, if you are reading this, you can safely conclude the Mayans were wrong! We survived and 2013 is here for the taking.
To get us ready for all that 2013 will bring, we asked a group of local professionals to impart their knowledge on finances, estate planning, health, nutrition and organization. Be sure to check out these informative pages as their advice will prepare you for the wonderful year ahead.
Music is in the air. Can you hear it? And it sounds like it is coming from Mt. Juliet. Both Randy Rudder and Ken Beck wrote wonderful pieces this issue about up and coming musical artists. It’s amazing the talent we have here in Wilson County and you will enjoy getting to meet your musically inclined neighbors this issue.
Recently, I invited Jack Pratt and his lovely wife, Kalee, over for dinner. When they arrived, I asked Jack if he had any trouble finding our house. Jack laughed and said “I’m the Property Assessor, I know where everyone lives!” In an instant, he made everyone feel like we had known him for years and years! Jack and his family are well-known in the area because of their down-to-earth attitudes and their willingness to support this community. We have always admired Jack and were thrilled when he agreed to share how he found the good life in Wilson County with all of our readers.
Valentines Day is around the corner, do you have any special plans for the day? Well, here is something out of the box – how about taking the Excursion Train to Watertown. Watertown continues to amaze us with its constantly changing and improving square. If you haven’t ventured that way lately, then you need to. Brody and I spent a wonderful Saturday in Watertown exploring the square, visiting with old and new friends and trying out their new restaurants. Everyone is so friendly in Watertown and the local artisans showcase some amazing products. We will be trying the Excursion Train ourselves, we hope to see you there!
And be sure to check out Roy’s Reflections this issue. Roy inspires us to say, ‘thank you’to everyone from our past who shaped us to be who we are today and who we want to be in 2013.
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.
Elizabeth Scruggs – Elizabeth is a mother, business owner and entrepreneur. Elizabeth is a general contractor and owner of Superior Construction and Design. She is also a master organizer and decorator. Elizabeth is Wilson Living’s newest contributor. Get ready to read all about design, organization and remodeling in upcoming issues.