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.
For 17 years the Tomato Art Fest has been uniting fruits and vegetables together on the second Saturday in August. The 2020 festival will look and feel different, but as a uniter the organizers want to help safely bring East Nashville back together to celebrate once more.
NLOL’s combined programs help over 5,000 animals a year. The life-changing work they’re able to do is made possible by the community. “#ItTakesAVillage is my most used hashtag because it’s true. We couldn’t do this without the community,” says Chapman.
We’re so proud to soon be in our fourth year of production in Middle Tennessee. Over the past three years, we’ve met so many wonderful people on this journey. The support that we’ve garnered along the way gives us great joy. From the stories we’ve been able to share, the events we’ve been able to sponsor and the businesses that we’ve been able to show as welcoming, we are sincerely humbled. We thank you all!
There comes a time in everyone’s life when they hit a turning point. For some, it’s a personal realization, for others, it’s a life-changing moment. For Tony Woodall, though, it was a life-long process...
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...