Angel Kane - Kane & Crowell Family Law Center

The Robertson Family Restoration

The Robertson Homestead in Wilson County, TN

Jean Robertson never imagined that while on a leisurely drive one afternoon in 1985 that she would stumble upon her dream home. “The owner, Ms. McClanahan was sitting on the front porch and I just wanted to ask her some questions about the home. The more we talked the more interested I became until she finally said ‘I’m selling it if you want it, make me an offer’ I did. Then thought about how I was going to break the news to John.”

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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”

The Burges House & Gardens

Wilson Living Magazine - The Burge Home

Their Home IS a Labor of Love For Jamie and Lynda Burge… Close your eyes and imagine the sound of wind bustling through the leaves on a Crate Myrtle and wood crackling in a fire pit while your children giddily roast marshmallows on embers. If you can picture this you’re imagining what I’m seeing at Lynda and Jamie Burge’s home just off Old Hickory Lake in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Their home rests on three acres of land in a lake community. I’m jealous, but it’s not until I hear their story of how they got where they are that I realize how much they have in
common with most of us.

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The Art of Food Preparation

A Visit to the Cullinary Center At Cumberland University

The Art of Food Preparation Cumberland University is fortunate to be part of an exciting new business venture in Wilson County. Thanks to many local advocates including State Representative, Stratton Bone, Linda Shelton of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Sue Sykes, President of Tennessee Gourmet, Lebanon has been chosen to be the home of the new Cumberland Culinary Center.

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More Than Just Football

Wilson Living Magazine - Mike Jones

Mike Jones is a passionate man. He’s passionate about football, faith and especially family. He’s a regular guy. He’s just like most of us with a few minor distinctions. Okay they may not be so minor. The Mike Jones I’m referring to is a retired defensive lineman whose career in professional football spanned nearly a decade-a lifetime for a lineman- for teams like the Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, St. Louis
Rams and the Tennessee Titans where Jones helped carry the Titans to their first Super Bowl and assisted with their first AFC Championship.

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Shop Springs School… students remincisce

Wilson Living Magazine - Shop Springs School Reunion

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