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Women of Wilson Luncheon

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The second annual Woman of Wilson Luncheon was presented at Chop House on the Green on Wednesday.

The event, hosted by The Wilson Post with Tennova, recognized Woman of Wilson honorees featured in weekly columns in The Wilson Post, a newspaper owned by MainStreet Media of Tennessee.

Sixty-four ladies were honored at the luncheon, including Alene Gibson, Allison Daniel, Ashley Lawrence, Betty Cantrell, Betty Davis Fleming, Brandy Dawson, Breeanna Straessle, Carolyn Corlew, CarryAnn Misamore, Casey Cole, Cathey Sweeney, Dakota Weatherford, Darlene Craighead, Debbie Jessen, Debbie Moss, Denise Moore, Dr. Donna Wright, Dr. Suzanne Wallace, Emily Gannon, Erin T. Brown, Hattie Bryant, Heather Bay, Jennifer Bradshaw, Jennifer Winfree, Judge Clara Byrd, Judy Cox, Julie Harrison, Julie Miller-Wilson, Karen Casey, Kim Stroud-Hendrick, Kimbel Lea Mengelberg, Laura Beth Ray, Leslie Steele, Linda Armistead, Linda Crutcher, Lisia Tucker, Lori Seay, Lounita Howard, Madeline Jennings, Mary Ashby, Mary Harris, Melanie Minter, Meleia Bell, Melinda Ledford, Monica Duvall, Nancy Willis, Nicole McMillen, Pam Peery, Paula Bussell, Paula Crawford, Rachel Deffendall, Sarah Haston, Shannon Cooper, Shannon Radel, Shelley Thompson Gardner, Sherry Lester, Sherry Kirkland, Stacie Goodall Wahl, Stephanie Bentley, Teresa Halbert, Teresa Shelton, Tina Brady and Tressa Bush. The late Barbara Christian was represented by her niece, Jennie Burton, a 2015 honoree.

"I am honored to be a Woman of Wilson, because I am not a native Wilson Countian, but it has always been a place dear to my heart," said honoree Tressa Bush. "I am flattered Sabrina found both my professional and personal life interesting enough to write about it. Finally, I'm hopeful women of all ages glean something from reading my story and hopefully it will somehow empower them."

Honoree Jennifer Winfree said she was honored to attend with the other talented, deserving women.

"It is exciting to be actively involved in such a progressive and growing community," added honoree Sherry Kirkland.

Mt. Juliet native Diane Turnham was scheduled to serve as keynote speaker. Turnham has had a successful career at Middle Tennessee State University, serving over 34 years with the Blue Raiders. She is the associate athletic director and senior women's administrator.

"The inaugural event was so fantastic, we wanted to make sure this met the gold standard, as well," said columnist and event coordinator, Sabrina Garrett. "Thankfully our team of Becky Andrews, Debby Mabry, Mary Ella Hazelwood and my employers, Dave and Ellen Gould, were very supportive and made this day possible."

Garrett said the Goulds have supported her vision for the column "since day one" in 2014.

"We wanted the women in our community to be recognized for the great jobs they do - whether it is in the workplace or in the home," she said. "The Goulds want to celebrate the communities in which we operate, and I appreciate them letting me take this idea and run with it as far as I have. In the last two years, we've recognized over 100 women in this column. The good news is that there are so many more deserving ladies to reach out to and feature in years to come!"

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