Giving Back is Good for the Soul

Franklin and Williamson County are lucky enough to be home to many nonprofits, charitable groups and businesses that focus on giving back. Often when you speak to an owner, ambassador or volunteer of one of these organizations, much time is spent praising the local generosity and open arms of this community. These three local organizations rely on that community support and…

The DAR Difference

Throughout Aubrey Williams' deployment, she and more than 400 soldiers received thoughtful care packages and letters from Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members. After her five years in the Army, she accepted a job in Franklin and decided to join the volunteer organization that helped her through her military service. Now the Tennessee State Chairman of the DAR Service for Veterans and…

For the Kids

The way Jaclyn and Scott Stapp met have the romantic makings of a Hallmark movie. Scott chivalrously hailed Jaclyn a cab while she was visiting Miami, and they ended up maintaining contact long-distance for months before they attended their first outing together—fittingly, a charity event. Their faith-based approach to marriage and raising children has driven them to focus on others and encourage the community to…

Southeast Financial Credit Union

 Article Linda Dohse | Photography Lisa Linn Manley  With more than 39,000 members and 130 employees, Southeast Financial Credit Union has been serving members in Middle Tennessee communities and beyond since 1936. Providing traditional banking services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, Southeast Financial is dedicated to helping members meet their current and future financial goals.  “We’ve…

Tutoring Service Shares its Enthusiasm for Learning

 Article Ashley Hutcheson | Photography Peggy Weatherford  When the time comes to hire a tutor, emotions can run high for all involved. Choosing someone to help shape your child can conjure up more questions than answers. Enter Katy Schmitt and Thrive Tutoring, a local boutique tutoring service serving Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville and Murfreesboro.  

Urban Green Lab

Sustainable. Sustainability. You’ve heard of these terms, but what exactly do they mean?

Honoring the Children of the Fallen

When a member of the United States military passes away, a celebration of his or her life and service is provided by the U.S. military. During the funeral, a folded flag is presented to the family. By presenting the flag to a fallen soldier’s family, the military is honoring not just the soldier’s sacrifice, but the family’s sacrifice as well. 

Honoring a Voice that was Silenced too Soon.

Founded in 1984 by William Oscar Smith, the W.O. Smith Music School is a nonprofit educational institution created for the purpose of making quality music instruction available to talented, interested and deserving children from low income families in Nashville. The volunteer teaching artists are community members, local performers, studio artists and university students with a passion for sharing their musical…

Crossing Oceans and Changing Lives

If you tried to row across an ocean in a boat, how far would you make it? Brentwood resident Phil Theodore was determined to answer that question for himself, and it turns out the answer was, “all the way across.”