As we head into February most of us are back in a routine, whatever that means for you.  We are working hard to keep the “goals” we set for ourselves in January because the word on the street is that people don’t keep “resolutions”.  The gyms are still somewhat filled and the self help books continue to fly off the shelf.  We are de-cluttering as we tune in to bestselling author, Mari Kondo’s new Netflix show, “Tidying up”.  The New Year is a time of clean slates and new chapters.

I want to take the time to thank you for your support as I take on my own new chapter as Publisher of Southern Exposure Magazine.  I have been in publishing for over 30 years, starting with my college newspaper at Western Kentucky University, The College Heights Herald, which lead to a job straight out of college at The Courier Journal Newspaper, in Louisville, KY and eventually I made it back home to The Tennessean to be closer to my parents and family. 

Besides a very short stint in medical sales and eight years as a stay at home mom to raise my two kids and get them settled in school, publishing is all I have ever known.  So although this journey is familiar to me, it is also brand new.  

People are not in publishing for the money.  They are in it for passion.  Passion to tell a story they think needs to be told.

I am blessed to have amazing writers and contributors that have done just that in this issue. 

Our profile is on Holly Williams.  Holly is a musician, owner of several businesses including White’s Mercantile (with a location on 12 South and one on Main Street in downtown Franklin) and H. Audrey boutique in Green Hills and White’s Room and Board, historic homes that she has renovated into air B&B’s for rent. Oh, and in addition she is mom of 3 children under age 4.  

It is Black History month and we had the opportunity to hear from Doris McMillan about what that means in today’s world.  We also had an opportunity to tell Dorothy Bullard, Chief Care Coordinator of Mercy Community Healthcare’s story of having a passion to help the underserved.

Harry Chapman talks with us about family.  Families can be made by blood or by choice.  We are all part of many families (friends, co-workers, travel teams) that sustain and support us and influence our health and happiness.

I was able to sit with Republican State Rep Sam Whitson and Democrat State Rep Darren Jernigan to hear their story of friendship, politics and service to our state and county.  They are men of integrity that listen respectfully to one another, with an open mind, while standing firm in their desire to do what is best for our state.  It is nice to see how two people from opposite sides of the aisle have figured out how to support each other and treat each other with respect.  A lesson we could all learn in today’s political climate.

Our Living Legacy this month is on Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame writer and columnist, Joe Biddle.  Joe’s career has spanned decades and his accomplishments in the sports world are many.

These are all stories that are so important to be told.  I am just blessed to get to be a part of an amazing staff that tells them so well.  

I appreciate the friendship and support I have in this community and the opportunity to celebrate the people and places that matter in Williamson County through Southern Exposure Magazine.

— Cassie Jones, Publisher


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