June 2017 Around Town 1


The Williamson County Fair is sponsoring a new competition this year — the Century Farms Video Contest — in which participants will produce a film telling the story of a Williamson County Century Farm for a chance to win a $500 grand prize.

The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in 1975 by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as part of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. The primary focus of the program is to honor and recognize the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Of Tennessee’s 1,625 Century Farms, 38 are located in Williamson County.

The contest is open to all Williamson County rising ninth through twelfth graders in the 2017-2018 school year, as well as 2017 high school graduates. Individuals or teams of up to three students may submit videos. The completed video must be between 12 and 18 minutes long.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third-place winners.

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2017 by 4 p.m.

Equipment or facilities owned by Williamson County Schools may not be used in video production. However, the use of iPhones, iMovie and other apps is encouraged.

A panel of judges will rate the videos on historical accuracy and research, creativity, videography, and telling the story clearly and concisely.

Winners will be notified by August 2, 2017. Awards will be made at the Century Farm dinner, which will be held on Thursday, August 10, at 5 p.m. at the Williamson County Fair.

Complete contest rules and guidelines are available online at WilliamsonCountyFair.org

The Williamson County Fair runs August 4-12.


Williamson County Schools recently recognized students who will be entering military service upon graduation, at the district’s annual Military Signing Ceremony.

WCS Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney, a retired marine himself, came up with the idea for the event several years ago.

“This is absolutely my favorite event every year,” Looney told the students. “You’re going to make some longtime friends and make some memories that will last a lifetime.”

Thirty-seven students who have chosen military careers, either by signing on for active service or being accepted into one of the country’s military academies or in the reserve, were on hand for this special ceremony. Many were joined by friends and family as the district celebrated their decision to serve the nation.

For some students, the calling to serve has always existed.

“It’s just something that I’ve kind of had since I was a little kid and something I’ve known I wanted to do for a long time,” said Brentwood High Naval Academy commitment Graham Brothers.

For others, the choice to serve is a family tradition.

“It’s a family thing,” said BHS Air Force Academy commitment Riley Graves. “My mom went there; my dad was in the Air Force; my brother graduated from the Academy; and my sister is currently there.”

No matter what branch they are going to or their reasons for choosing to be in the military, students were proud to be recognized for choosing to serve.

“I think it stands out because you don’t typically see it,” said Summit student and Marines commitment Brad Coles. “Normally people are recognized for going to college, so I really appreciate getting recognized for serving the country.”

2017 Williamson COUNTY Schools 
Graduates Entering Military Service


Christian Blaze (Navy)

Graham Brothers (Naval Academy)

Nick Dillingham (Navy)

Riley Graves (Air Force Academy)

Walter Thomas (Marines)


Seth Alexander Johnson (Army)

Noah Hunter Lawing (Navy ROTC)

Jesus Alejandro Romero (Army Reserve)

Dillon Andrew Sullivan (Army Reserve)


Jaco Brumit (Army)

Hunter Caldwell (Air Force)


Taylor Ayres (Army ROTC)

James R. Quarles III (Navy)


Adam Eckard (Marines)

Jacob Holeman (Navy)

Spencer McCarty (Marines)

Ethan Valk (Naval Academy)

Kevin Vaughn (Army)


Laz Bibeau (Marines)

Trenton Wilson (Marines)


Ethan Albrecht (Air Force Academy)

Martin Anderson (Navy ROTC)

Christopher Barrett (Army ROTC)

Emily Berexa (Air Force Academy)

Kelson Casteel (Air National Guard)

Josh Hall (Army)

Joey Kramer (Navy ROTC)

Nick Ritchie (Air National Guard)

Austin St. Arnold (Navy)

Britton Stokes (Marines)


John Carter (Naval Academy)

Brad Coles (Marines)

Jake Geasley (Air Force JROTC)

Noah King (Marines)

John Lower (Marines)

Samuel Lyons (Marines)

Bryce Noble (Navy)


Christy Pruitt-Haynes, SPHR, has launched her own Brentwood-based consulting firm, Christy Pruitt-Haynes Consulting. Pruitt-Haynes will offer executive, employee training and development, coaching, strategic incorporation of diversity strategies as she’s done previosuly for organizations such as Infiniti Americas/Nissan, CMT and the Memphis Grizzlies … Corizon Health, the nation’s leading correctional healthcare company, recently appointed Jeffrey D. Goldberg, Kenneth H. Paulus and Daniel S. Slipkovich to its Board of Directors. Goldberg will serve as Board Chairman. The appointments come as a result of the company’s recapitalization announced in April … Brookdale Senior Living received several awards at the annual Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference held in Nashville in May. Regina Rice, licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse, was named a 2017 Hero Award winner. The company’s Entrepreneur in Residence program won a 2017 Best of the Best Award and Andrew Smith, Director of Strategy & Innovation, was named a Senior Living Leader Under 40 winner.