This week's Woman of Wilson is a force to be reckoned with.
Memphis-born attorney Angel Kane relocated to Middle Tennessee over 16 years ago and has made her mark as a successful business owner and Wilson Living Magazine co-founder. When she isn't helping families with their legal troubles or writing about "the good life in Wilson County," Angel stays busy as a wife and mother of three.
Angel said the decision to move to Wilson County was easy - she married a Wilson County native, Brody Kane, who was recently elected Judge, during their third year of school at the University of Memphis Law School. "After practicing law for a few years in Memphis we decided to come here to raise our growing family," she said.
Their family includes daughters, Madison, 17, and Zoe, 14, and son, Neil, 11 - as well as dogs, Pippa, Cooper, Molly and Frankie.
Thanks to the influence of her mother and grandmothers, Angel knew she could balance career and family.
"They were all great examples to me growing up. They seemed to make it look very doable - to have a career and also raise a family," she said. "When my kids were young I was very fortunate to find a law office in Memphis and in Lebanon who were willing to let me work part-time. Once all our children were in school, I tried to schedule my work hours around their school hours. Obviously, I haven't always been able to do that but owning my own law office - and having a husband who is always willing to help out - has made being a working mom much easier."
In the office, Angel practices domestic, probate and business law. She said that the most rewarding part of her job as an attorney is being able to help families. "I enjoy helping people find a way to solve their problems. It is always such a great feeling when I see my clients at the grocery or at a soccer game and they seem like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders because of something we helped them with."
It might seem unusual that an attorney would also be interested in the world of print media - but Angel said that when she founded Wilson Living Magazine with friend, Becky Andrews - it was a way to find out more about the community she served.
"At the time, the internet was just starting out and it was very hard to find out about organizations or who was who," she remembered. "I poured through papers trying to find information about this new city we were living in."
A few years later, she picked up a Memphis Magazine at a bookstore while she and Brody were visiting her hometown. "I told Brody this is the type of magazine that Wilson County needed - something that showcased the town and the people living in it for people who were from here and for the new people moving to town," Angel said.
Angel and Becky were already writing their column "Telling Tales" for the Wilson Post and were encouraged by former publisher, Sam Hatcher, to pursue the venture.
"He and John Bryan were a great source of advice and help. I love talking to people and hearing about their families and their background, so it never feels like work to me."
Although traveling is a favorite activity, at-home Angel spends her spare time reading biographies and history books. The woman who she most admires is her maternal grandmother.
"Without much money or any education she started her own business and became quite a good business woman. She was and is one tough lady," Angel said. "She always tells me I'm her favorite grandchild, which I just love about her."