Originally from Sonora, Kentucky, a life change brought Paula Fulkerson to Mt. Juliet in December 2000. She's been a Woman of Wilson ever since.
Fulkerson is General Manager of The Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. She was appointed to the position in 2012 when renovations began on the landmark.
"We do so much at the theatre from private rentals to movies and live events. Providing Wilson County with a venue that brings quality events and a quality venue to the local area is the most rewarding for me," she said of her job. "We now have a place to go for entertainment locally instead of driving 30-minutes to Nashville. To me, that is a big accomplishment for the area."
When she's not at work planning big events, Fulkerson is mom to 14-year-old daughter, Kayleigh Hamblen.
"Kayleigh has been such a blessing to me. Every day is a new adventure," she said. "Having my daughter and my best friend in one person is an amazing feeling. She is the light of my day and never ceases to amaze me with her big, loving heart."
Fulkerson recently got engaged to Steve Speakman of Nashville.
"Steve is an amazing, wonderful, loving man," Fulkerson said, adding that he treats her and Kayleigh like "the most important women in the world."
"I look forward to many years with a man that not only loves us on our good days but supports us on our bad days. Having a husband that loves and respects you is one of the most amazing things you will ever experience in life," she continued. "I am grateful that I have found that in Steve."
Fulkerson said she admires many women - but her mother tops the list.
"She is the most loving, super woman I have ever met. When she goes to heaven, she will receive the biggest pair of angel wings ever," she said. "She has been a great teacher and role model for me, and I only hope I am half the mom she is to me."
Fulkerson added her Great-Aunt Martyne, who passed away in June, to the list of women she admires.
"She was a very intelligent business woman. She worked hard and she did it all in a man's world during the days when women were supposed to sit at home and be house wives. She taught me that I can be whatever and whoever I want as long as I work hard and dream."
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