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Leadership Brentwood dedicates Toposcope 
in CityPark

Leadership Brentwood, the Williamson Chamber Foundation’s leadership development program for Brentwood residents, recently presented and dedicated the city’s newest landmark: The Brentwood Toposcope.

Located in the green space at 700 Executive Center Drive in the new CityPark development, the toposcope will inspire passersby to visit historic places of interest in Middle Tennessee and throughout the nation. The 42-inch-in-diameter, bronze directional medallion shows the compass direction and distance to more than two-dozen local and national landmarks. Places of interest include Travellers Rest Plantation, the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater, Centennial Park and The Parthenon, Dyer Observatory, The Alamo, Graceland, homes of former U.S. presidents and even the White House.

The medallion’s creation and installation were made possible through funds raised by the members of Group 3 of Leadership Brentwood’s Class of 2016. Project sponsors include the Family of Eddie Arnold, Boyle Investment Company and Hilton Garden Inn Brentwood.

Leadership Brentwood is sponsored by the Williamson County Chamber Foundation, the non-profit arm of Williamson, Inc. For more information, visit

Brookdale Releases 
Sustainability Report

Brookdale, the nation’s largest senior living provider, has released “Creating Enduring Value: 2016 Sustainability Report,” the first in what will be an annual summary of the Brentwood-based company’s sustainability efforts. As a company, Brookdale seeks to engage stakeholders to reduce water consumption, energy use and waste.

The report outlines the environmental impact of the company, which has more than 87 million square feet of building space across more than 1,100 communities in 47 states. The company has improved measurement capabilities, defined baseline performance and set goals for reducing energy use by 15 percent by 2019, along with cutting water consumption and waste. Suppliers have been engaged to procure superior products, improve processes related to product use and assist in managing waste and recycling.

The report also notes that Brookdale’s economic value in 2015 included $5 billion in revenue, $1.8 billion in associate compensation and $362 million in net capital expenditures. Read the report online at

Alabama and Charlie Daniels Exhibits come to Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the lives and careers of country music icons Alabama and Charlie Daniels in a pair of new exhibits. Alabama: Song of the South opened on August 25 and runs through July 16, 2017. Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections, opens September 23 and runs through March 2017.

The Alabama exhibit details the group’s journey to success through childhood mementos, musical instruments, tour memorabilia, awards, photographs, and more. Exhibition highlights include:

· Jeff Cook’s first electric guitar, a 1960s Silvertone U-1, that he played in his first band

· Randy Owen’s Music Man Sting Ray I, used to write hits such as “Mountain Music” and played by Brad Paisley when he recorded his tribute to the group, “Old Alabama”

· Original, handwritten manuscript for “Born Country,” by Byron Hill and John Schweers

· Numerous awards, including Grammy, ACM, and CMA trophies

· Brocade suit, one of Jeff Cook’s first stage costumes.

Alabama scored dozens of chart-topping singles, sold tens of millions of albums, and set concert attendance records. The band is credited for expanding country’s appeal to young listeners and earned an array of awards, including CMA Entertainer of the Year honors for 1982, 1983, and 1984. By 1993 Alabama had released thirty-two #1 Billboard singles including “Mountain Music,” “Dixieland Delight,” “Love in the First Degree,” and “Song of the South.” Alabama joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Founding members Cook, Gentry, and Owen continue to record and tour.

The Charlie Daniels exhibit will feature musical instruments, stage wear, manuscripts, awards, childhood mementos and previously unpublished photographs from Daniels’ personal collection. It will describe his significant impact on American entertainment and explore the new musical style and image he brought to country music.

Daniels began writing and playing music professionally in the 1950s. His first significant musical success, as co-writer of Elvis Presley’s hit “It Hurts Me,” came in 1964. Daniels moved to Nashville in 1967 and played on albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Marty Robbins. He began the Volunteer Jam in 1974 as a Southern rock festival. Over the years—he hosted 16 through 1996—the Volunteer Jam became known for its large, diverse musical lineup. The Volunteer Jam will return on Nov. 30, 2016, to celebrate Daniels’ 80th birthday. Daniels was elected to the Hall of Fame earlier this year.

More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at