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Model family

If not for their fathers, professional models Bekah and Cory Bond might never have found their true calling in front of the cameras.

Granville plans lakeside eclipse viewing

Those who wish to view the August 21 solar eclipse in a rural setting with no distractions will find just that in historic Granville, according to organizers of the Jackson County community's Solar Eclipse Viewing Party.

Sherlock Holmes fans get their man

On a steamy hot Saturday afternoon in July why in blazes would 20 normally sane Middle Tennesseans be sitting beneath a Wilson County carport listening to a gent chat for 30 minutes about some British writer who's been dead f...

Still in the swing of things

It was a different America in many ways in the 1950s. When it came to amateur baseball in Middle Tennessee, outstanding young black athletes could only play the game against other blacks.

Singletary, Vincent debut at No. 1 on bluegrass chart

"American Grandstand," a new project by Lebanon's own country hit-maker Daryle Singletary and "The New Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent, landed its first week on Billboard's Top Current Country Albums chart at No. 10, No. ...

The Church in Wildwood | Ken Beck, Hebron Church of Christ, homecoming, anniversary, church
The Church in Wildwood

Wilson County is blessed with an abundance of churches "in the wildwood," a few of which are more than 200 years old.

Sutton Ole Time Music Hour to showcase Summer Nights | Granville, Timberloft, Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, bluegrass,
Sutton Ole Time Music Hour to showcase Summer Nights

The best in bluegrass music and a new summer menu will welcome Summer Nights back to the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour and the Jackson County community of Granville through August.

Wilson County Fair flower shows to blossom in new home | 2017, Wilson County Fair, Flower Show, Rose Show
Wilson County Fair flower shows to blossom in new home

The Wilson County Fair Flower and Rose shows will have a new home for the 2017 fair, relocating to the Arnett Building - Building C at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

Take a sweet trip to Circle P Ranch General Store | Ken Beck, Mt. Juliet, Circle P Ranch, General Store, business, Rufus Page
Take a sweet trip to Circle P Ranch General Store

Mt. Juliet native Rufus Page is not a man of many words. He's a doer rather than a talker.

Course, there was a time when he was a dreamer.

Lately, he's been making those dreams come true. Two years ago he erected what is likely the only covered bridge in the county, and three months ago he opened his Circle P Ranch General Store.

Almost heaven for young Christian artists  | Ken Beck, Masterpiece Ministries, Masterpiece Project Camp, Gordon Rogers, Sherrie Rogers, Kentucky, Scottsville, education, religion, art, Barefoot Republic Camp, The Bridge Fellowship
Almost heaven for young Christian artists

It's not heaven, but for gifted Christian high school youth it will do for now.

The setting is near Barren River State Park in Kentucky at a faith-based camp known as Masterpiece Project where creative teenagers find a place that nurtures heart, mind, body and soul.

Lebanon Noon Rotary welcomes new members | Lebanon Noon Rotary, Jenny Bennett, Heather Schreader, Cathy Territo, Ellen Howell
Lebanon Noon Rotary welcomes new members

In recent months, the Lebanon Noon Rotary Club has welcomed several new members, meeting its goal of adding 14 new members by June 30.

Empower Me Day Camp brings summer smiles | Empower Me Center, Empower Me, non-profit, charity, summer, camp, Michelle Hill,
Empower Me Day Camp brings summer smiles

Now in its 19th year, Wilson County's Empower Me Day Camp is in full swing and providing a fun-filled summer camp experience for individuals with disabilities.

The Rifleman | Ken Beck, Rifleman, John Spickard, Bev Spickard, Wilson County Register of Deeds, Alvin Scott
The Rifleman

As a kid of 6 with a Daisy BB rifle in his hands, John Bev Spickard could plink a bullfrog in the head from 30 feet with ease.

Faith Lutheran plans Songwriters Night | Lebanon, Faith Lutheran Church, songwriters, Brandon Hunt, Missy Chamberland, John Mulder
Faith Lutheran plans Songwriters Night

Lebanon's Faith Lutheran Church will hold a "Songwriters in the Round" Friday night at 7 p.m., featuring a trio of accomplished artists: Brandon Hunt, Missy Chamberland and John Mulder.

Fall in love with Cummins Falls | Ken Beck, Cummins Falls, Tennessee, state parks, Ray Cutcher, waterfall, swimming hole
Fall in love with Cummins Falls

One way or another Cummins Falls State Park leaves you breathless.

Only about an hour drive from Lebanon, this aquatic getaway ranks as Tennessee's eighth largest waterfall. The site also lays claim to being one of the 10 best swimming holes in the U.S. (according to "Travel and Leisure" magazine).

Meet the Mayor of Pulltight | Ken Beck, Pulltight, Pulltite, J.B. Jones, J.B., Jaybird, Gretchen Wilson, Tater Peeler Road, Eddie Conrad, Bobby James, Pulltite Farms, Tennessee
Meet the Mayor of Pulltight

In the four corners of his card of introduction are these words: old, retired, broke, senile.

The opposite side of the card depicts the face of happy man and reads: This man lives in Pulltite, TN. Rotate the card 180 degrees to see a fellow with a scowl and read: This man wishes he did.

Meet J.B. Jones, who is neither broke nor senile. He is retired, sort of, and wears his 83½ years of life well.

Welcome to Statesville | Ken Beck, Statesville, Statesville Market, Tommy Taylor, Garnette Taylor, Donnie Martin, Joanne Corley Shipper, Roy Vann Murphy, Statesville School, Sara Patton
Welcome to Statesville

The speed limit of ever bit of Statesville's half mile of Main Street is posted at 25 miles per hour.

"We like to say if you blink your eyes, you've missed it," says Donna Hill, who has spent 56 of her 76 years here. She resides in the house directly across the street from the big blue-and-white round "Welcome to Statesville" sign that decades ago advertised Gulf Gasoline.

A place named Nameless | Ken Beck, Jackson County, Nameless, Tennessee, J.T. Watts, Davis Watts
A place named Nameless

The Nameless store is not without a name.

Across seven decades, folks around these parts of Jackson County have known it as J.T. Watts General Merchandise.

Cowdens to host CU patrons' party | 2017, Cumberland University, Phoenix Ball, Patrons Party, Jackie Cowden, Chuck Cowden
Cowdens to host CU patrons' party

The 2017 Phoenix Ball Patrons' Party is set for Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon home of Jackie and Chuck Cowden, Cumberland University recently announced.

Farmers' & Feasters' Friend | Ken Beck, Local Table, magazine, Lisa Shively, Dale Cox, Pleasant Shade, food, farms
Farmers' & Feasters' Friend

Lisa Shively begins the interview by asking herself the first question.

"We moved here from California. How did we ever wind up here sitting on a porch in Friendship Hollow?"

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