December 2016 Lifestyle Letter

From time-to-time we like to turn this space over to one of the contributors who help bring these pages to life each month. Linda Dohse has been writing for us from the start, telling the personal stories behind some of the ordinary people who make this such an extraordinary place to live. Now we're pleased to let you get to…

Graystone Quarry Ribbon Cutting

Looking for a full service wedding venue? A corporate meeting space? Or, wanting to listen to some live music? Graystone Quarry offers all of these great experiences all with breathtaking, natural views. The venue is now open at 4520 Graystone Quarry Lane in Franklin. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY WILLIAMSON CHAMBER.

First Farmers and Merchants Bank Ribbon Cutting

First Farmers and Merchants Banks welcomed guests to the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Berry Farms location. First Farmers offers a complete suite of financial services including personal banking, business banking, investment services, commercial banking, mortgage lending and more. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY WILLIAMSON CHAMBER.

Create a Fabulous Holiday Dessert Table (Without the Stress!)

Break up chocolate bars. Using a double boiler slowly melt chocolate. Stir until mostly melted. Remove from heat. Continue stirring until chocolate is melted, smooth and glossy. On a parchment paper-lined rimed baking sheet spread chocolate to desired thickness. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and pomegranate aerials and gently press into the melted chocolate. Add a pinch of sea salt and…

The Benefits of Honey

Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

Things to Consider when Becoming Your Parents’ Parent

The holidays are a special time for families to be together, but sometimes the season can also bring unexpected challenges. It’s not uncommon for adult children to realize that their aging parents aren’t growing old quite as gracefully as they’d thought. Perhaps, a visit at Thanksgiving has you noticing that things aren’t quite as they should be. A month later…

December 2016 Around Town

Nissan North America has made a $50,000 program grant to the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) that supports the organization's efforts on new pollution reduction plan and water quality studies for the entire Harpeth River system. Nissan North America has been a partner of HRWA since the company moved to Tennessee, with nine annual grants totaling $450,000 since 2008.

Giving ‘High Hopes’ to Families and the Children that make them Special

"Caleb was born a perfectly healthy little boy on July 11, 2012. Two weeks later our world was turned upside down when he developed bacterial meningitis. This journey resulted in a month-long stay at Vanderbilt and life-long affects for Caleb, including significant frontal lobe brain damage and the risk of seizures.

Southwestern Flavors for Midsouth Tastes

Playing in a popular band is something that many dream about, but only a few get to experience. Bassist Steve Dale is one of those lucky enough to live life on stage. However, after spending years on the road with Little Big Town, he felt a calling to something more permanent. With multiple Grammy and Dove Award nominations in hand,…

Your Guide to Great Gift Giving

The holidays are here! We've taken the liberty of highlighting some gifts that everyone in the family would be excited to receive. We all know it's the season of giving after all!

Homemade For The Holidays

There is just something about the holidays that calls for homemade goodies and gifts. Make this holiday season all about giving with these simple DIY projects that will leave your house decorated, your skin glowing and your taste buds buzzing, all from businesses around town. All you have to do is gather your supplies or ingredients, and apply your creative…

Meet Jaclyn Berry

Jaclyn Berry is a true Southern girl with a heart of gold. Whether it’s at home or on the job, she gives and lives selflessly. But she won’t apologize for having a good time, too! Add it up and she’s about as ‘real’ as a Real Wife can be.