June 2018 Around Town

Brentwood Hires New Public Works Director

Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Hoppenstedt as the city’s public works director. The city recently restructured the Public Works Department with former director Jeff Donegan assuming a new role overseeing large-scale capital construction projects within the Engineering Department.

Todd brings 20-plus years of maintenance, water, sales and project management experience to the position. For nearly the past 10 years, he has held operations superintendent and director of public work roles in three different villages in Illinois. He is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in criminal justice and sociology. After college, he took a job in maintenance and pursued a career in public utilities.

Todd and his wife, who works as an assistant city manager for a Chicago suburb, have two school-age children.

Ravenswood Mansion Celebrates and Unveils New Courtyard

The second Mimosas at Marcella’s event featured fun, hors d’oeuvres and a chance to see inside the Ravenswood Mansion on Sunday, April 8. The city used the spring open house as a way to unveil the new 4,000-square-foot paver courtyard located in the back of the property.   

The courtyard was the city’s response to repeated sod replacement due to excessive use of the area. City commissioners approved $60,000 in the 2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan to construct the paver courtyard.

Mayor Jill Burgin, Commissioner Ken Travis and other city leaders participated in a ceremony to unveil the new courtyard followed by a ribbon-cutting. Among those who presented was a Williamson Inc. Leadership Brentwood team that was instrumental in helping move the project along.

Ravenswood Mansion, located on Wilson Pike in Brentwood, was built in 1825 by the James Wilson II family. In 1983, the Smith family secured its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The city purchased the home and 320 acres of land to build Smith Park in 2010. It first opened in 2014 as an event and wedding rental space and, on average, hosts 27 events per year. 

WCS Schools Among Best in Nation

Three Williamson County high schools are once again listed among the best in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of America’s Best High Schools on May 9.

Brentwood High was ranked the top nonmagnet high school in the state and is listed as No. 305 in the nation. It was ranked the fifth best high school in the state. The other two schools on the list are Franklin High, which was ranked eighth in the state and 874th in the nation, and Page High, 22nd in the state and No. 2,292 nationally.

U.S. News & World Report determines its rankings by evaluating schools in four phases. The first three steps ensure that the schools serve all of their students well, using their performance on the math and reading parts of their state proficiency tests and graduation rates as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assesses the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Brentwood-based Kirkland’s and Trisha Yearwood Launch Exclusive Collection

Kirkland’s, a leading retailer of home decor accents and gifts, has launched the Trisha Yearwood Collection, a line of affordable home accent pieces personally curated by the country music star and lifestyle expert, in stores and online.

The collection of 23 pieces includes art, decorative accessories and accent furniture that showcase her sophisticated style inspired by her Southern roots.

The Trisha Yearwood Collection is priced from $9.99-$299.99.

Based in Brentwood and founded in 1966 by Carl Kirkland, Kirkland’s is a leading retailer of home decor accents and gifts, with more than 400 stores in 36 states.