Telling Tales - The Odyssey

Telling Tales – The Odyssey

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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Telling Tales – Birth Order

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Licensed Marriage and Family therapist Bud Lambert

Staying Mentally Fit In The New Year

The Stock market –along with home values- seems to be on a downward spiral, unemployment rates are creeping higher and higher and while consumer confi dence is down the cost of living is going up. Continue reading “Staying Mentally Fit In The New Year”

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Wilson Living Magazine - Moss Florist & Garden Center

Planting Dreams with Moss Flower Shop & Seed Co.

There have been a few thorns along the way, but working at Moss’s Flower Shop and Seed Company has been mostly rosy for Brenda and Hale Moss. Continue reading “Planting Dreams with Moss Flower Shop & Seed Co.”

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Telling Tales – What’s In a Number

Written by Angel Kane   
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Wilson Living Magazine - Carolina Rain

Carolina Rain Calls Wilson County Home

Many young men and women come from all over the country to “music city” in order to pursue their dreams of making it big in country music. Unfortunately very few ever realize their dreams and many end up returning home to pursue different dreams. Continue reading “Carolina Rain Calls Wilson County Home”

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Telling Tales – The Annual Exam

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


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Horn Springs Resort

Horn Springs Resort

Once upon a time in Lebanon, Tennessee a full service hotel sat on the west side of town. The establishment offered up a gourmet dining experience, bowling alley and dance hall. But the most important and perhaps the biggest draw to Horn Springs Resort was the mineral water that was tapped, bottled and sold to guests. Continue reading “Horn Springs Resort”

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Wilson Living Magazine - Shop Springs School Reunion

Shop Springs School… students remincisce

Past, Present, Future… A Life Lived in Wilson County

Wilson Living Magazine - Shop Springs School ReunionFormer Shop Springs Student At this year’s Wilson County Fair, I was a bit surprised what made me the most “giddy”. No, it wasn’t the Ferris wheel, or the pig races, or even my usual favorite- the rooster collection. It was Pete’s Store in the Fiddler’s Grove section of the fairgrounds. Why was this piece of the past that had now been placed in my present so exciting to me? Because Pete’s Store, once located in Doak’s Crossroads, is a part of a very special memory to me. It was my first experience with community and with commerce.

My family owned a farm just across from the store, so this was the place where my parents would purchase many of our daily necessities. One of the usual practices of that day (early 60’s) was an account that was paid at the end of the month (and all the while, I thought my dad just had to sign in to purchase flour, candy or gasoline). Pete’s Store was also a gathering place to meet your neighbors and discuss any local issue that needed solving by that part of the community.

Mr. Pete’s wife, Mary Smith, served as the principal at Shop Springs School. I have fond memories of experiencing a three classroom school with grades 1 -8. I called several in the community who attended the school and asked them to gather for a picture and to discuss their memories with me for this article – Jo Smith (WANT Radio), Glen McPeak ( MTEMC), Jamie Johnson ( On Call Medical), Rick Thorne (THW Insurance), Becky Jennings (Wilson Bank and Trust), and John Clemmons.

Wilson Living Magazine - Shop Spring SchoolWe laughed as we went back to the days. The staff consisted of 3. The older girls served the lunch and the older boys got to burn all the milk cartons each day of school. The bus driver would stop so we could get off to pick opossum berries to eat. We enjoyed the music class, performing in the school plays (even the parents got parts), and cleaning up our own classrooms. We all agreed that Mrs. Mary Smith was strict and had very high expectations that taught us life skills that we all benefit from even now.

To this day, I can still see Mr. Pete behind the register making sure we were all doing fine at home and Mrs. Mary molding the minds of the children who attended Shop Springs School. It was more than a business and school; it was their life, their community, their little piece of this big  world that they made a better place. And over 40 years later, I was reminded as I walked into that store at the fair how they got it right. Perhaps, as we consider how we can impact Wilson County for the future, we can learn from our past.

Wilson Living Magazine - Mrs Mary's Class

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Large group photo: Taken at the home of Dr. John Hill TIlley, includes Marian TIlley, Joyce Bobo, Dick Hunt, Mildred Bouton Gaston, Mary Ellen Coverdell, Tish Hicks Eskew, Jimmy Hicks, Jamie Dean Bradshaw, Robinson Sandifer, and Alan Ross McClain.the home of Dr. John Hill TIlley, includes

Memories of Cotillions Past

Living in the Past… Long, white, beautiful gowns and impeccable manners combine to create the backdrop for a Cotillion Party with members
of the Wilson County Cotillion club. Continue reading “Memories of Cotillions Past”

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