Sweet Tea & Shopping

Make plans now to join us for Sweet Tea & Shopping 2016 Fall Frenzy at the Sumner County Fairgrounds (Gallatin,TN) for a weekend of shopping, food, music & fun on September 16 & 17!

An unparalleled assortment of handmade, homemade & original creations, vintage & antique treasures, original art, home decor, gifts, funky junk, entrepreneurs, along with irresistable rescued, restored & repurposed Items – Small to Large, local photography, jewelry, apparel & more! All Presented In The Most Appealing Of Boutique Styles!

Delightfully styled spaces and areas filled with the designs of so many talented folks, provide shopping guests a one-of-a-kind experience and opportunity to explore and delight in a plethora of original art, repurposed cast-offs, antique, vintage & collectible treasures, alongside a wide variety of handcrafted goods and designs.

In Addition To A Great Weekend Of Shopping, You Will Find A Wide Range Of Entertainment, Food Trucks, Skills Demos, Informational Spaces & Interactive Children’s Activities!

Sweet Tea & Shopping Continues to Grow & Expand – Come Be A Part Of 2016 Fall Frenzy!

– Bring the children – Children’s Activities Will Be Available All Day Saturday.

— Everyone will enjoy the live on -stage entertainment provided by local & middle Tennessee favorites.

–Food Trucks and Mobile Eateries are sure to tempt your taste buds and please the most discerning of palettes!

The options, variety & fun are too many to mention – This semi-annual event known for incredible shopping, family-friendly atmosphere, and homespun fun has returned to the heart of Gallatin, TN, just one block off Nashville Pike/Gallatin Road… Mark your calendar & plan now to be part of the fun!

Sweet Tea & Shopping 2016 Fall Frenzy…

PREVIEW PARTY (Open to public)
**Friday, September 16, 2016 (4pm to 8pm)**$8.00**
—–First 300 shopping guest receive a SWEET TEA & SHOPPING GIFT
—– Access to Exclusive Friday Night specials, discounts, giveaways & more
—–Friday ticket is valid for re-entry on Saturday, April 16, 2016

**GENERAL ADMISSION (Open to public)
**Saturday, September 17, 2016 (9am to 5pm)**$5.00**

10 & UNDER FREE BOTH DAYS
****Open to the Public Both Days****

Sumner County Fairgrounds
222 Fairgrounds Road
Gallatin, TN 37066

Tickets upon arrival at the entry gate or by advance purchase at… www.sweetteaandshopping.com

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Leiper’s Fork, Frankln, TN

LEIPER’S FORK — In mid-February, a couple in a white Jeep pulled onto the 11-acre farm of Dorene and Stephen Pearson’s luxurious Leiper’s Fork estate.

The Pearsons wanted to sell, and the couple wanted to buy.

A contract was signed for the $5.3 million home and repairs were designated. The Pearsons bought a lavish dinner for the couple, Kim and Phil McDowell, and gave them four $250 bottles of wine.

But two weeks later, after the Pearsons paid more than $60,000 for the requested renovations, the excuses began. Kim McDowell, the charming wife who spoke in a British accent, had been in a car wreck, then she had cancer, then the millions she’d inherited from her family in Wales was trapped in a New York clearinghouse and several lawyers were working around the clock to free the money up.

Meanwhile, the Pearsons, who have five children and an elderly parent living with them, had all but moved out of their home. Three-quarters of their belongings were in storage. The house the Pearsons wanted to buy in downtown Franklin went to another buyer.

Six months later, the couple still receives messages almost daily from Kim McDowell, saying the money is coming. The Pearsons don’t believe it.

We didn’t extend our contract past the two weeks when they said they could close,” Stephen Pearson said. “The agreement was verbal after that. After all, their realtor said (the McDowells) provided a proof of funds, so we believed they had the money.”

As the Pearsons spoke to families in Leiper’s Fork, it appeared others had been similarly duped, paying thousands of dollars in renovations and lavish entertainment for the McDowells, who posed as prospective cash buyers accompanied by an entourage of staff and proof-of-funds letters.
Along the stretch of Leiper’s Fork where the Pearsons live, several homes are priced in the $5 million to $6 million price range and the Pearsons said most of the families know one another. Prospective home buyers with sufficient funds to close on such large purchases, especially with the kind of cash on hand the McDowells claimed to have, is often a rarity, even in some of the most affluent corners of Williamson County.
The Pearsons were disgusted and confused as to how they could have been victim to a scam. A Realtor had vetted the couple and the McDowells brought an estate manager and a professional chef to help evaluate the Pearsons’ property. A local property inspector also came and spent a day examining the home, Dorene Pearson said.
“Finally, I’d had enough,” she said. “I wanted answers. I wanted to face Kim, and I wanted her to tell me that this was all a lie.”

The McDowells listed an address on documents the couples exchanged, so Dorene Pearson drove to the home in Spring Hill.
“I knocked on the door, and a young woman answered,” Dorene said. “I asked her if she knew Kim and Phil McDowell. As soon as I said their names, the color drained from her face. She looked like she was afraid.”

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Reporter Jordan Buie can be reached at jbuie@tennessean.com or on Twitter @jordanbuie

10 Signs You’re From Franklin, TN

Outsiders should visit at least once in their life.
By Jenna Beaudin in The List on Apr 25, 2016

Franklin, Tennessee is not your everyday small town. Growing up there my whole life until I moved away for college is truly a blessing, and I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else. With Nashville’s popularity on the rise, people shouldn’t forget about the beautiful town only 30 minutes southwest of the big city. If you’re from Franklin, I hope you agree that these are some things that only we will understand.

1. Always being tempted to explore the red caboose.

2. Knowing you’ll be late to school because of the one lane traffic, even when it’s a late start.

3. Going to Nashville on Saturday night and walking on Broadway only to laugh at the drunk people walking around.

4. Trying to be a hipster at Frothy Monkey.

5. When your only options to go out on the weekends are the mall, going to the movies, or walking around Downtown Franklin.

6. Scaring your friend with the “DTF?” text when really it means “Downtown Franklin?”

7. Getting to brag that Miley Cyrus basically grew up there and shows it off to her famous friends.

8. ….and that she loves our town so much she filmed that scene from the Hannah Montana Movie in our high school.

9. When we all thought the end of the world was upon us when the flood hit in 2010. (This is a grass field beside my house by the way)

10. When you’re visiting family from college and the night before you go back, you eat your feelings because college will never be Franklin.

I never appreciated how wonderful Franklin was until I left for college. Every time I go back, I cherish every moment. If you’re a senior graduating this year, go outside and breathe in that beautiful, clean, Franklin air, because college air is just not the same.

Jenna Beaudin
www.theodysseyonline.com

a Look at Tennessee Taxes

The Bottom Line

MIXED TAX PICTURE

The Volunteer State has no broad-based income tax, though the state does levy a 6% tax on stock dividends and interest income from bonds and other investments. But be prepared to fork over some substantial sales taxes in Tennessee. It has one of the highest combined sales-tax rates in the nation, at an average of 9.44%, according to the Tax Foundation. Real estate is assessed at 25% of market value, and there are some property tax relief programs
Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/index.php?map=&state_id=43&state=Tennessee#ZtXH8bZ11qGDPBvl.99

State Sales Tax

7% on tangible property (prescription drugs are exempt); 5% on food and food ingredients. Prepared food, dietary supplements, candy, alcoholic beverages and tobacco are taxed at 7%. Counties and cities may add another 1.5% to 2.75% to either rate.

Income Tax Range

There’s no state income tax, so salaries, wages, Social Security benefits, IRA distributions and pension income are not taxed. But Tennessee does tax dividends and interest at 6%. The first $1,250 in taxable income for individuals ($2,500 for joint filers) is exempt.

See Kiplinger.com’s Retiree Tax Map to learn how Tennessee taxes Social Security income and other forms of retirement income.

Social Security

Social Security benefits are not taxed.

Exemptions for Other Retirement Income

As of 2013, taxpayers older than 65 with total annual income of $33,000 or less ($59,000 for joint filers) are exempt from the tax on dividends and interest.

Property Taxes

Property taxes are assessed and collected by the local governments. The county commission and city governing bodies determine local property tax rates.

The assessed value of a property is based on 25% of its fair market value. Depending on the location of the residence, homeowners are subject to property taxes from the city only, the city and county, or the city, county and a special school/fire district.

Median property tax on the state’s median home value of $137,300 is $933, according to the Tax Foundation.

Tax breaks for seniors: Tennessee does not have a homestead exemption. However, there is a property tax relief program to reimburse income-eligible seniors age 65 or older, the disabled and veterans for taxes paid on their primary residence. The tax relief for 2013 is calculated based on up to $25,000 of the appraised fair market value of the homeowner’s residence if the owner’s combined income for 2012 is not more than $39,540.

Inheritance and
Estate Taxes

Tennessee’s estate tax (which the state calls an inheritance tax, but which actually taxes property instead of heirs) ranges from 5.5% to 9.5% based on the amount of the value of the property that exceeds the annual exemption. Spouses are exempt. Legislation passed in 2012 will phase out the inheritance tax as of January 1, 2016. The inheritance tax exemption threshold is $1.25 million in 2013, $2 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015. The legislature has also repealed the state gift tax retroactive to January 1, 2012.

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/retirement/T055-S001-state-by-state-guide-to-taxes-on-retirees/index.php?map=&state_id=43&state=Tennessee#ZtXH8bZ11qGDPBvl.99

Tennessee Wineries

NASHVILLE – Tennessee just made global news for its award winning wines.

Tennessee wineries took home 21 medals from the recent Indy International Wine Competition at Purdue University, one of the nation’s largest wine competitions.

The West Lafayette, Indiana event attracted more than 2,300 wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece. The wines were judged by 44 international experts in a completely blind taste competition based on appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste.

For their port wine, “Apropos,” Beans Creek Winery in Manchester was awarded a prestigious Double Gold Medal, meaning that every one of the 44 judges at the event voted for that wine to receive a gold medal.

The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, which is the world’s largest wine market. The competition is closely watched by wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers and enologists, chefs and sommeliers, wine distributors and retailers.

Arrington Vineyards near Franklin took gold medals for their 2010 Merlot, 2012 Noiret Chambourcin and 2012 Viognier. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery in Clarksville also won gold for their 2012 Chardonnay.

Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, located in Hampshire, won silver medals for their 2012 Cottage Rose and 2012 Romance blends. Arrington’s 2010 Syrah, 2011 Vidal Blanc Chardonnay, 2012 Chardonel Barrel Reserve and 2012 Riesling also took silvers. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery was awarded a silver medal for a 2011 Chambourcin, Beans Creek Winery won a silver medal for their Sparkling Strawberry, and Eagle Springs Winery in Kodak won silver medals for their Honeymoon and Nectar wines.

Bronze medals went to Beachaven Vineyards & Winery for both 2012 Blackberry and Cynthiana varietals, while Arrington Vineyards got a bronze award for a 2012 Chardonnay. A Beans Creek Winery Chardonel also took home bronze, as did Eagle Springs Winery’s 2012 Pride of the South, Screaming Apricot and Wildfire wines.

For more information about Tennessee wines and wineries, contact Tennessee Department of Agriculture viticulture marketing specialist Tammy Algood at tammy.algood@tn.gov. For a directory of Tennessee wineries, wine trails, and recipes paired with or using Tennessee wines, visit www.picktnproducts.org.

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Patio Perfection

This outdoor paradise would be the perfect place to relax on a warm summer night; wouldn’t you ‘like’ to kick your feet up here? As your local agent, I can make your home dreams like this a reality!

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4th of July

As Americans, we need to reconnect to our heritage As Americans, we need to reconnect to our heritage, channel the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, and rediscover the meaning behind our country’s creation. And we need to do it every year.

The point of observing the Fourth of July: To help us remember why this country was founded, and to help us transmit that collective memory to the next generation.

Before America was a nation, it was a dream – a dream shared by many people, from many nations, over many generations. In this new world, where you came from didn’t matter; what mattered was where you were headed.

As more and more people settled, they started to see themselves as new people – Americans.

They felt blessed: The land was spacious. The opportunities limitless.

FREEDOM

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDANCE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

Today, 4th of July, 2013, in the Nashville area ALL activities were cancelled due to storms.

Happy Birthday to my son, Grant….born on the 4th of July!

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Clovercroft Elementary, Franklin, TN

Clovercroft Elementary started off the 2012-2013 school year earning a trophy for being the highest academic achievement in WCS

The teaching staff, the front office staff, the teaching assistants, the Parent Teacher Organization, the Student Council, parents and of course the students all work together to make Clovercroft a special place of learning. The partnership between home and school cannot be underestimated in its affect upon the students who ultimately move on to further their academic careers. (Principles message).

Proudly:

– Nearly 100% attendance at parent-teacher conferences
– PTO purchased 5 IPads for the school
– PTO raised enough money to purchase a mobile computer cart with laptops
– Our PTO hosted many events to build community spirit – Moms and Muffins, Dads
and Donuts, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son event, class parties
– A steady and dedicated volunteer force that helped in classrooms, the workroom,
office, lunchroom, library, art room, music room, PTO events, etc.
– A student who made it to the statewide Geography Bee
– Student clubs focused on serving our community by recycling, cleaning and
gathering clothes, food, and money for communities in need

Clovercroft Elementary is located near the intersection of Wilson Pike and Clovercroft Road.
It is walkable from Breezeway and Chardonnay subdivisions.

http://www.wcs.edu

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Chardonnay subdivision, Franklin, TN

Chardonnay is a beautiful planned community on 163 acres in Franklin, TN. The natural beauty of Williamson County has been maintained by building around existing tree lines,
gently rolling hills and a four acre lake. Over 75 acres have been preserved for green-space.

Built by Turnberry Homes, the executive homes are their “Chauteau Vin Collection” consisting of unique home exteriors perfectly blended with the elements of cedar, stone and brick.

The HOA fee of $80 per month covers the European designed clubhouse with fire pit and a community pool.

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Woman Cave -The New Trend

It’s popular to give men their own “man cave”, so they have a place to call their own in their home.

I think the man cave was created to keep the man out of the woman’s hair. Let him watch his sports with his buddies or play poker with his friends, etc.

Well, the times are changing. The new trend is the “woman cave”!

In Franklin, TN, my friend created her own “woman cave.” She wanted an area for entertaining, particularly for grilling and parties. She finished

  • her garage with paint (the beams are a different shade) sealed the concrete floor and added a wall of cabinets. She finished with a beautiful counter top and a refrigerator was added too.

    Her place, her style and we’re having lots of parties!

    I would love to hear your ideas too.

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