I love to travel and experience all things new. I also love music and karaoke. I'm a bit rusty, but I still rock out my drum set from time to time. I'm married to a beautiful woman, Lauren Means. She's my rock. We've been together since 2005 and legally married in Metropolis, Illinois on June 9, 2014, which coincidentally is my parent's anniversary. We weren't planning for that date in particular. It just worked out and that's when I knew I had my father's blessing. He passed in 2012; however, as you get to know me, you will know him. We live in Murfreesboro, Tn and have three precious fur babies. Franklin and Daisy are our beagles and Scarlett is our cat. Our world revolves around them for the most part.
As you can tell I have many loves and Focus Middle Tennessee is my new found love! Prior to partnering up with Ray Rico, my best friend of 18 years, I had no idea what my next job/career move would be. I was tired and bored with all the jobs for which I had experience. I was finished working for others. I knew the only way I was going to be happy in my career was to be my own leader. Then, this opportunity came along and I absolutely love it. It's revived me. I have met more people in the past three months than I have in the past three years! And talk about welcoming with open arms. That's the welcome I've received. This is an exciting time for all of us involved with this magazine and we hope you all join us for the journey.
Big flavors and creativity — for Chefs Eleni Vavouris and Joelle Upton, it’s all about balance, in both the kitchen and in life. In 2000, on their journey into the culinary industry, they met at Opryland Hotel’s Culinary Apprenticeship program.
Tony Woodall: “My life now is simply about helping people become aware of who they already are.” Tony Woodall grew up like many in the South, attending church on Sundays with a very conservative, far-right view of life in a very fear-based type of religious setting…
Brian Justin Crum, who was a contestant on America’s Got Talent (AGT) Season 11 and on AGT: The Champions, released his single “I & U” during Pride month. “It’s that fun summer anthem that we all need to help us get over our ex’s,” said Crum.
Birthday by Meredith Russo draws you in and you don’t want to put the book down. Being part of the LGBT+ community myself, I could understand the fear, anger, grief, sadness and happiness that envelops the main characters, Eric, and even more so, Morgan.
Saying ‘I Do’ with your best friend by your side makes your wedding day even more special. Of course, it can make your day a little more hectic too. Here are some tips on planning your special day with your special friend.
Half Hill Farm was the first certified organic grower of industrial hemp in Tennessee. They joined the state’s first pilot program intending to make high-quality Cannabidiol (CBD), but the state was more focused at the time on seed and fiber uses and would not allow them to grow varieties they wanted.
When Ginger and Danny Demonbreun’s property was destroyed from the 2009 tornado outbreak, they decided to go for the dream they’d talked about for years. Out of all the ruble emerged Sinking Creek Farm.