Well, we just passed the one year anniversary of the pandemic last month.

I had my first shot of the Covid -19 vaccine. My daughter Maggie has an auto-immune condition and qualified under phase 1C. As her caregiver, I qualified also. My prayer is that when the next issue of Southern Exposure comes along, I won’t feel compelled to write about Covid -19 anymore.

But for this issue, I felt it was appropriate and necessary to reflect one last time on the past year. I wanted to acknowledge the frontline workers who have just been doing their jobs, each and every day, and putting themselves at risk by doing so. All in the name of keeping us safe and less inconvenienced. Essential they have been called. A word that should be positive, took on a different meaning over the last year as they braved unimaginable conditions. I owe them a debt of gratitude and I think it is important to remember this time in history and celebrate their dedication and service to this community.

Our profile story does just that, as we celebrate Williamson Medical Center’s “Symphony of Care”. It takes all people from different backgrounds and job descriptions within the hospital to provide a high level of care. Our objective was to shine a light on some of the departments and people that have a vital role in that process – who also may be seldom recognized.

Franklin Fire Department has a new fire chief, Glenn Johnson. Add a week of snow, a fire at one of Main Streets most beloved restaurants, Red Pony, and a global pandemic in one year and Glenn has been a busy guy. (btw, Red Pony is working on a come back in a few months and we wish the McConnell family of restaurants our best and look forward to supporting them soon!)

Local businessman and art gallery owner, Kelly Harwood celebrates his 10 year anniversary at Gallery 202. Harwood provides an escape for us through the gorgeous paintings, sculpture, blown glass and more at the corner of 2nd avenue and church street.

These are just a few of the positive examples we can celebrate in this community. Just good people that are community minded- stepping up to do their jobs, day after day. So if you see someone who is doing their best, say Thank You. Hoping the year ahead brings us more opportunities to do just that.



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