June 2017 Around Town


The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County has named Bari Watson Beasley as its first-ever CEO. A Williamson County resident, Beasley succeeds Executive Director Mary Pearce as head of the non-profit organization.

Beasley has been involved with marketing and non-profits for more than 15 years. Most recently she served as chief officer of marketing and external relations for the General Council on Finance and Administration, a global agency of The United Methodist Church. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in advertising and public relations, both from the University of Alabama. Beasley resides with her family in Thompson’s Station.


The Williamson County Fair is sponsoring the Century Farms Video Contest, a new competition in which participants will produce a film telling the story of a Williamson County Century Farm for a chance to win a $500 grand prize.

The contest is open to all Williamson County rising ninth through twelfth graders in the 2017-2018 school year, as well as 2017 high school graduates. Individuals or teams of up to three students may submit videos. The completed video must be between 12 and 18 minutes long.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third-place winners. Deadline for submissions is July 15.

The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in 1975 by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. The primary focus of the program is to honor and recognize the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Of Tennessee’s 1,625 Century Farms, 38 are located in Williamson County.

Complete contest rules and guidelines are available online at WilliamsonCountyFair.org

The Williamson County Fair runs August 4-12.


Williamson County Schools recently recognized 37 of its 2017 graduates who will be joining various branches of the military.

WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney, a retired marine himself, came up with the idea for the event several years ago.

“This is absolutely my favorite event every year,” Looney told the students. “You’re going to make some longtime friends and make some memories that will last a lifetime.”

Thirty-seven students who have chosen military careers, either by signing on for active service or being accepted into one of the country’s military academies or in the reserve, were on hand for this special ceremony.

For some students, the calling to serve has always existed.

“It’s just something that I’ve kind of had 
since I was a little kid and something I’ve known I wanted to do for a long time,” said Brentwood High School graduate Graham Brothers, who is headed to the Naval Academy.

For others, the choice to serve is a 
family tradition.

“It’s a family thing,” said BHS Air Force Academy commitment Riley Graves. “My mom went there; my dad was in the Air Force; my brother graduated from the Academy; and my sister is currently there.”

“I think it stands out because you don’t typically see it,” said Summit student and Marines commitment Brad Coles. “Normally people are recognized for going to college, so I really appreciate getting recognized for serving the country.”

2017 Williamson COUNTY Schools 
Graduates Entering Military Service


Christian Blaze (Navy)

Graham Brothers (Naval Academy)

Nick Dillingham (Navy)

Riley Graves (Air Force Academy)

Walter Thomas (Marines)


Seth Alexander Johnson (Army)

Noah Hunter Lawing (Navy ROTC)

Jesus Alejandro Romero (Army Reserve)

Dillon Andrew Sullivan (Army Reserve)


Jaco Brumit (Army)

Hunter Caldwell (Air Force)


Taylor Ayres (Army ROTC)

James R. Quarles III (Navy)


Adam Eckard (Marines)

Jacob Holeman (Navy)

Spencer McCarty (Marines)

Ethan Valk (Naval Academy)

Kevin Vaughn (Army)


Laz Bibeau (Marines)

Trenton Wilson (Marines)


Ethan Albrecht (Air Force Academy)

Martin Anderson (Navy ROTC)

Christopher Barrett (Army ROTC)

Emily Berexa (Air Force Academy)

Kelson Casteel (Air National Guard)

Josh Hall (Army)

Joey Kramer (Navy ROTC)

Nick Ritchie (Air National Guard)

Austin St. Arnold (Navy)

Britton Stokes (Marines)


John Carter (Naval Academy)

Brad Coles (Marines)

Jake Geasley (Air Force JROTC)

Noah King (Marines)

John Lower (Marines)

Samuel Lyons (Marines)

Bryce Noble (Navy)