Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2013 Guide to Jewish Nashville is Hot Off the Press


Two years ago, I was given a copy of the Jewish Observer by a friend who read an article I had written in the another media outlet. Being a lover of diversity, the newspaper became one of my favorite papers to read.

I became so fond of the Jewish Observer that I decided I would advertise my companies in their publications. Beginning in June, my ads will run in every issue of the paper and next year's Guide to Jewish Nashville.


In the meantime, grab the current issue of the 2013 Guide to Jewish Nashville. Featured stories includes the works of artists Kaaren Kirschwith Engle, Kim Phillips, and Zev Goering, who embrace their Jewish heritage. You also find an intriguing story about a dresser that helps solves a 60 year old family mystery.
Interiors by Zev
The Jewish Guide is filled with a comprehensive listing of congregations, organizations, and educational opportunities.  It can serve as a handy reference all year long. The Jewish Observer, the only Jewish newspaper covering Middle Tennessee. It is published by the Jewish Federation of Nashville twice a month.

 Look for the Holmes Pest Control ad in the paper and Living Your Best Life ad on the website.



Home...Where Your Story Begins

For nearly a year, I worked tirelessly to finish a book trilogy. Along the way, I lost stem several times. In January, I was inspired to finish because of an interview with a respected surgeon turned author, Dr. Paul D. Parson. Paul D.Parson has written a series of books base on the Zulu beads given by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boys Scouts, to the original Scout Masters. With historical events as the back drop, Parson  takes readers on a fictional journey to locate the Baden-Powell's beads. Paul shared with me he wrote the entire series before he released the first book. I was inspired after hearing his story and marketing strategies. So inspired, that I decided I would follow in his footsteps.

As a writer, my interest in authoring books was encouraged by many but Derrick Miles of Milestone Motivation Group was persistent in reminding to write books. Two years ago, I was a contributing author to Super-Human Performance. Derrick, known as the encourager, would say often, “Genma, you must put your stories in a book." I shared with him on several occasions about my desire to finish a book I had started that could be written as a series. After much encouragement from him (and many others) along with Paul's story, I said, “yes” to making it happen. For inspiration, I began reading through twenty-six years of journals that chronicled my every thought.

As I read my journals, I had forgotten how much they held. I put everything in my journals; the good, the bad, and the ugly. At times, I wondered out loud if my writings were from a woman going mad! Some years, I probably was. Many pages captured cherished moments from the lives of family and friends and my spiritual victories of hard fought battles. I rejoiced at seeing growth from one journal to another, laughed hysterically at trying to balance social commentary with social politics, lamented over the painful years of trying to raise teens, and was reminded how much has been accomplished over the years despite years of struggling. My journals were the perfect antidote to get me going. Along with years of blogging and writing for many publications, I had an abundance of material.

When I embarked on completing the series, I did not realize I would be pitted against will and might. Suddenly, it appeared as if the universe began to work against me all at once. Alex, the grand prince, became ill and spent weeks back and forth to hospitals. After getting him well, I was plagued with health issues from out of nowhere, while business accounts that were once solid were on shaky grounds. With illnesses taking front seat to life, invoicing got behind. Sending invoices is essential to getting paid. Very few folks voluntary pay a company.


What in the world was happening, I wondered often? The more I pushed through the more pressure mounted that sapped my energy daily. Pressure, anxiety, stress, and tension, entered my body, mind, and spirit. Not to mention, I had isolated myself to finish the book. Can wanting to finish a book bring strife in your life? I was seriously beginning to believe some evil force was hounding me. However, in spite of the hellish last several months, the final sentence was written.

How did it happen? My firm belief in praying daily was my foundation for staying strong. Add that to pure determination and inspiration found from a wooden sign also empowered me to complete what I had started. A wooden sign? Yes, prayer, determination, and my beautiful wooden sign!

At Christmastime, I bought a gift for myself from Mom’s Sign Company. Mom’s Sign Company is a Franklin, TN based company owned by Margaret Ziegler that specializes in hand painted wooden signs with heartfelt words for any occasion. I had ordered signs for gifts from Mom’s Sign Company before but never for myself. After browsing the site one night around midnight, I saw a sign that read “Home is where your story begins…” immediately my heart skipped a beat. I felt as if God was giving me the "okay" to share my heart and stories from the place that influenced me the most, home. My home, after years of starts and stops, had become an Oasis in my life.

After I received my sign, I nailed it to my wall above my office desk. This was the first time in a very long time that I actually bought a gift for ME! My office is where I work but it is also where I retreat to write for pleasure. Nailing my sign to the wall felt as if I planted the flag on the moon! I did not realize at the time how my sign would be such a powerful motivator over the next several months

When I entered into my writing zone, my words flowed freely for several weeks. But as weeks turned into months, unforeseen circumstances invaded my life. Illnesses hit my family, from my grandmother to my Grand Prince, like the plague of centuries ago and kept me distracted. There were many days spent wondering if Grand Prince Alex would be okay.  I would glance at my sign as I passed by my office door and read it boldly after praying for his recovery. When I became ill and wondered if I was going to see the next day, I repeated the words from my sign along with every prayer committed to memory. When I was discouraged, depressed, drained, and done, the words on my sign would inspire me to keep going. “Write a few words today,” it seemed to whisper. “Keep at it” it would remind me at times. “Do not give up,” it would yell often. And each day, no matter what, I added words to my story that started at home.

Last week, I met with several editors who looked at me as if they were seeing a ghost. I could read their thoughts, “She has been sick, when did she find time to finish?” I smiled to myself knowing that at home my secret weapon, my sign, helped me accomplish what many would have said was unthinkable. A believer in the power of words, my sign kept me motivated through tough times and was a constant reminder of the beauty of where your story begins.




Saturday, May 25, 2013

Military Health Expert Dr. Evelyn Lewis on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to recognize and reflect on the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families who serve and have served this great country of ours. This month is to celebrate and honor the contributions of those who are a part of and have been a part of the US Armed Forces and the contributions they have made in preserving our way of life. Many organizations and communities around the country are celebrating this month in various ways to recognize our Active Duty members and their families, our Reserve Component members and their families and our Veterans and their families.
Join Living Your Best Life as we celebrate the lives of men and women of our military. We will hear from active duty and veterans who will share personal stories and highlights from their military careers and the next chapter in their lives. All have roles that made them the "first" in many endeavors throughout their lives and in the military. We will hear about their many acts of courage and sacrifice that embody servant leadership that will empower, inspire, and motivate listeners.


 On Saturday, May 25, 2013, tune in to hear from CAPT.(sel) Evelyn Lewis&Clark, USN Retired, who served  twenty-five years in the Navy as a medical doctor. Hear her share about her career as a Navy family physician and the work she does now addressing post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Listen as we will learn how the military, families, communities, and leaders must become more educated and engaged about mental health among our veterans and active duty members of our military.

Tune into 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, streaming live on line at UStream.TV and on military bases on Saturdays from 9:00-10am CST.


More About Dr. Evelyn Lewis&Clark
Spelman's Dr. Bell with Dr. Lewis

Dr. Lewis&Clark earned her medical degree from the University of the Health Sciences, The
Chicago Medical School and completed a residency in family practice at Naval Hospital
Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL. She completed a two-year faculty development fellowship at
Madigan Army Medical Center and Pacific Lutheran University with a Masters degree in the
Social and Behavioral sciences. In June 2003, Dr. Lewis retired from the United States Navy
after 25 years of service. During the next six years, Dr. Lewis &Clark was Director Medical
Policy World Wide Public Affairs and Policy for Pfizer, Inc.
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Currently, she serves as Deputy Director, W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association Health Institute, Chief Medical Officer of the Steptoe Group, LLC, and President and CEO, Evelyn Lewis International Consulting. She also holds appointments in the departments of Family Medicine and Medical and Clinical Psychology Uniformed Services University (USU).

During her years of active service, prior assignments and appointments included Deputy Vice President for Minority Affairs, Director of the University Health Center, Director, Family Practice Clerkship, Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine, and teaching faculty at several residency-training programs. Her professional and research interests include the impact of culture and cultural competency on healthcare outcomes, assessment and treatment of PTSD and TBI,education and training of healthcare professionals and allied health team members, health management and disease prevention, community outreach and engagement, weight management (obesity and overweight), health and healthcare disparities, healthcare policy, clinical trials and minority participation, and cultural competency.

Dr. Lewis&Clark is a member of several medical associations to include the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board, the National Medical Association (NMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the AMA/NMA Commission to End Healthcare Disparities.

Her military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Medal, Joint Service Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement. Joint Meritorious Unit, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” (two awards), National Defense Medal, Humanitarian Service, Navy Sea Service Deployment, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service with bronze star, Coast Guard Special Operations Service and the Navy Expert Pistol (with silver “E”).

For More info about Dr. Lewis&Clark click here.

Other stories about our military featured on Living Your Best Life and Genmaspeaks:
Colonel Many-Bears Grinder 
Colonel Jacqueline Nave
Dr. Betty Moseley Brown 
FlyGirl Vernice Armour
Lt. Colonel Daphne Young
A Conversation with A Marine
Full Circle
Faces of Patriotism: Women in the Military

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Special Thanks to Arnie Joseph for help with this show.




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Genma Holmes Talks Pest Prevention on The Home Tool Show with Bob Gallese

Genma Holmes returned to the The Home Tool Show with host Bob Gallese to talk pest prevention during April, National Pest Control Month. She shared several tips to help the homeowner reduce seasonal pests in and around the home.


Here are five suggestions that are economical and great for the 'honey do' weekend list that Genma discussed with Bob's audience.
  • Seal off all cracks, crevices and other openings; mouse and insects only new the tiniest of openings to enter.
  • Replace any screens that are torn or broken.
  • Lay crushed rock along the perimeter of the foundation to make pest entry more difficult.
  • Trim trees and bushes back so they do not touch the side of the home.
  • Empty containers with standing water. Standing water can cause of mosquito infestation.  
The Home Tool Show is heard every Saturday morning from 8:00-9:00am EST on WELW 1330 AM or on line at http://www.welw.com/

Genma Holmes is the owner of Holmes Pest Control, an environmental pest control company based in Tennessee. Genma Holmes is also the CEO of GSH Consulting, LLC.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tennessee Titans' Coty Sensabaugh on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations, leaders, and volunteers who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations, leaders, and volunteers embody "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Coty Sensabaugh and Dominique Jordan in the studios with Genma Holmes

Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2013, as we continue to share extraordinary acts of kindness from individuals who are dedicated to beating cancer. Tennessee Titans' Coty Sensabaugh, will talk about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and his tireless efforts to bring awareness to blood cancers. Listen as he discusses his brother, Jamaar Sensabaugh, who died at the tender age of 16 from the disease that was unknown to his family at the time. Titan's Sensabaugh is honoring his brother's memory by establishing ww.coty4aCURE.com campaign. His campaign motto is a "A Fight for Jamaar."

Coty Sensabaugh with his brother Jamaar
We will also hear from Dominique Jordan, Coty's Clemson University sweetheart who passionate about helping him raise $150,000 from fans, supporters, and the cancer community while he campaigns to become the LLS Man of the Year. We will also hear from Coty's mother, Becky Sensabaugh, who will share sage advice about raising sons and overcoming the challenges of motherhood while staying faithful in the midst of a family tragedy.



This show promises to empower, inspire, and motivate you to give back your community and join Coty Sensabaugh, his family, and the LLS Society to raise funds for a powerful cause.

Living Your Best Life, a radio show that empowers, inspires and motivates one to live their BEST life, can heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST. This show will also be aired on WTST, a member of the HBCU radio network.

 More About Coty Sensabaugh 


Entering his second season with the Tennessee Titans. Coty Sensabaugh registered 31 tackles as a rookie, including 22 solo. The fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft was considered a late bloomer by many after beginning his college career as a special teams player and reserve cornerback at Clemson. He nevertheless became one of the Tigers’ top performers by the end of his tenure in Death Valley. As a senior, the team co-captain was credited with more snaps played in one season than any other defender in program history (993). Respected for his work ethic and intelligence, Sensabaugh also possesses tremendous athleticism. At the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, he ran the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash among all cornerbacks, finishing in 4.42 seconds.

Coty Sensabaugh is featured in the current issue of Mocha Market Magazine
 During his first NFL off-season, Coty has humbly accepted the challenge to raise over $100,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (better known as LLS). LLS is the worlds’ largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and improving the quality of life of patients and their families.  LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services for patients.

His intimate connection with blood cancer has inspired Coty to assist families and individuals stricken with this disease.  This year marks the thirteenth anniversary of his older brother Jamaar Sensabaugh’s sudden death from leukemia.  One week after his 16th birthday, Jamaar’s life abruptly ended leaving behind his family, a huge life of promise, and his then 11-year-old baby brother Coty.
“My big brother was my best friend,” said Coty. “My family and I struggled with Jamaar’s death for a long time, yet that circumstance molded me into the man I am today and gave me the motivation to fight against this disease.”

Throughout his high school and college career, Coty has always had a spiritual connection with his brother.  He believes that although his brother is not physically with him, Jamaar is always watching over him and guiding him.

Coty is taking part in The Nashville Man and Woman of the Year campaign for LLS, which officially starts on April 4, 2013, with the winner being crowned on June 13, 2013.  This 10-week competition is filled with appearances and events to support Coty in raising awareness, monetary funds, and interact with hundreds of families and individuals directly and indirectly affected by these horrible diseases.

“It seems like everyday I meet someone who has a close connection with blood cancer, and so many people are encouraged by my story,” said Coty.

“A Fight For Jamaar” is his campaign motto, rightfully named after his big brother. “My brother’s life was stripped suddenly from my family.  Jamaar was never able to fight for his life, and it is my responsibility to fight the good fight for him.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Women: In Charge, On Fire, and Change Agents


April 2013 Issue of Mocha Market featuring Women: In Charge, On Fire, and Change Agents

 The Nashville-Middle Tennessee Region has been a case study for attracting major businesses from around the globe to our area. Fortune 500 corporations like Firestone, LP, Oreck, and Nissan are headed quartered in the area. It is without a doubt, the economic impact and philanthropic giving of each company individually impacts millions of lives and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

With corporate brands that are known by millions worldwide, it could be easy to overlook individuals who are impactful in their own right with their leadership abilities, community engagement, and global outreach that challenge, advisor, and nurture the next generations of leaders. Like Oreck, Nashville is home to local business women who own family businesses that span several generations. Like, Firestone, Nashville has women who began their career paths, locally, prior to becoming nationally respected advisors to leaders who are the global stage. And like Nissan, Nashville has attracted women who are recognized around the world who share international perspectives and practices that help make our world a better place to live.

 Like LP, let me introduce you to three women who believe in building solid community foundations. They are in charge of their own destinies in life, on fire for humanity, and change agents that have positively impacted countless lives in their community, around the nation, and internationally.

Shirin Ebadi: 2003 Nobel Laureate and International Peace Keeper
“It’s not just about hope and ideas. It’s about action.”
 
Shirin Ebadi, J.D., was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and only the fifth Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in any field.

Dr. Ebadi was one of the first female judges in Iran. She served as president of the city court of Tehran from 1975 to 1979 and was the first Iranian woman to achieve Chief Justice status. She, along with other women judges, was dismissed from that position after the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. She was made a clerk in the court she had once presided over, until she petitioned for early retirement. After obtaining her lawyer's license in 1992, Dr. Ebadi set up private practice. As a lawyer, Dr. Ebadi has taken on many controversial cases defending political dissidents and as a result has been arrested numerous times.

In addition to being an internationally-recognized advocate of human rights, she has also established many non-governmental organizations in Iran, including the Million Signatures Campaign, a campaign demanding an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law.
 Dr. Ebadi is also a university professor and often students from outside Iran take part in her human rights training courses. She has published over 70 articles and 13 books dedicated to various aspects of human rights, some of which have been published by UNICEF.  In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.*

Exploring issues of peace, violence, social justice and oppression, around 250 Mid-South middle and high school students and Belmont student mentors gathered at Belmont University for Nashville’s first ever PeaceJam in a new joint initiative of Belmont University and Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) which paired youth and college students with a Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, for community service projects and a “global cause to action” for their own communities and schools.

Traci Obey Blunt:  National Advisor to Presidential Contender and Business Tycoon

“All that you desire in your personal and professional life may not come today or all at once, but I am a true believer that perseverance and hard work will always pay off.”




Traci Otey Blunt, a veteran media, political and public affairs specialist, is Senior Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. In this role, she is responsible for media strategy and communications, government relations and public affairs activities on behalf of The RLJ Companies. Traci, who recently served as a Deputy Communications Director for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has more than 15 years of experience leading public relations and public affairs efforts for corporate, local, state and federal governments, as well as non-profit organizations.

Traci has experience in the fast-paced world of politics and government, having served as a media specialist on Capitol Hill, with the District of Columbia government, and in mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns.

Prior to joining the Clinton campaign, Traci served as a Vice President and Deputy Director for the multicultural practice at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, DC. As Deputy Director for the agency’s multicultural communications, Traci provided the day-to-day management and oversight of several high-profile accounts and public affairs campaigns, including the African American Medicare Prescription Drug Campaign for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Readiness Initiative and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

As the Director of Communications for the District of Columbia’s Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in 2002, Traci was responsible for planning economic development-related events, as well as leading all communications efforts related to development in the city. She also served as Press Secretary for the 2002 reelection campaign for Mayor Anthony Williams. In 2000, Traci served as the Communications Director for the Tennessee coordinated Gore/Lieberman campaign. She also served as a Communications Specialist at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and worked in the United States Senate.



Traci is a 1990 graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice. She currently serves on the following boards: the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBCLEO) Foundation; the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs Board of Advisors at Tennessee State University; and Malaria No More, a non-profit dedicated to ending malaria deaths and provides life-saving tools and education to families across Africa.

Hortense Price-Jones:  Community Leader and Business Mentor 

“I believe in treating everyone fairly and with dignity. What you put out there comes back…always.”




Hortense Price-Jones is originally from Jackson, Tenn., where she attended public schools. She graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. Her business career began when she opened the College Crib Sports Shop devoted to Men’s and Women’s Apparel. The growing demand for customized designs led her to change the College Crib’s focus to Greek paraphernalia and other merchandise, and she has owned and operated College Crib for over 45 years. 

Throughout Price-Jones’ career in business, she has chosen to employ students from Fisk and Tennessee State Universities, thus serving as a role model and mentor. She has also worked to strengthen the community by establishing a network among businesses in the Jefferson Street area.
 Price-Jones has been featured in the Tennessean, Nashville Banner, Tennessee Tribune, Contempora Magazine, and Impressions, a national magazine for imprinted sportswear and screen printing.

Price-Jones has served her community in several capacities. She is a former member of  Metropolitan Government Nashville and Davidson County; Advisory Purchasing Committee. She is a member of Legacy Board of the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc., and a Lifetime Member of the NAACP. As an advocate for women, she is a member of the Hendersonville Area Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

At various points, Price-Jones has served on the board of governors of the Nashville Area Chamber Commerce (2003-2008); the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce (2002-2004); the board of directors, Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (1995-Present); and board of directors, Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce (1998-2003).


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nancy Osman named BWC's Woman of the Year

Williamson County's Nancy Osman has been named "Woman of the Year" by Brentwood Woman's Club. Unbeknownst to her, several close friends of Nancy Osman gathered to share stories from their lifelong friendships. 

Nancy has worked tirelessly with the Ty2 Foundation throughout the past year while volunteering in the community with several other organizations. Nancy is also well known for her servant leadership and generosity with her church family.


 
The Osman Family (May 2011)



In March 2012, Nancy Osman and her husband Ty, Sr. lost their son, Ty Osman II, in a tragic car accident. A 2011 graduate of Brentwood High School, Ty was a freshman at Harding University headed to a spring break. Ty was hit while helping others on the side of the road. He was always a very service oriented young man, going on mission trips with his family and church. A few months after Ty, II's death, Nancy and her husband decided to do a service project in their son’s memory. 






Nancy and Ty approached the Hard Bargain Association (HBA) in May 2012 about doing a service project in honor of their son. HBA serves Hard Bargain, a historic African American neighborhood in downtown Franklin, TN. The mission of Hard Bargain Association is to impact lives and preserve the Hard Bargain neighborhood by rehabbing existing homes, building quality affordable housing, and enriching the lives of our neighbors.

The only project available was a big undertaking, not a simple one day project. HBA was in the initial stages of needing to renovate the former Mt. Hope Cemetery caretaker’s house into a new community center for the Hard Bargain neighborhood.



 When Ty first saw the former cemetery caretaker’s house, he was overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to be done before anyone could come volunteer. However, when Nancy saw the house the next day, she saw possibility the moment she walked into the house. Instead of seeing a dilapidated house in need of major repairs, she had a vision of how this house would serve the residents of Hard Bargain. When she was made aware that the residents of the neighborhood had been dreaming of having a community center in their neighborhood for years, she began to visualize what an impact this community center would have. She knew it was a perfect fit for a project to honor her son, because he cared so much about giving back and helping others.


While the renovation of the house was a team effort (friends, family, her husband’s construction company, volunteer subcontractors, and the Ty2 Foundation), Nancy was the first one to have the vision of how great this could be. Her friends rallied around her to help organize volunteers for the “Ty Us 2gether @ Mt. Hope” service day on August 11, 2012. Over 400 hundred volunteered that faithful day! Instead of getting stuck in a mire of grief, she took action and channeled her energy into this project. She used her grief in a positive way and blessed an entire community in the process. 


During the “Ty Us 2gether @ Mt. Hope” service day, in addition to the work on the new community center, additional projects were done in the Hard Bargain community. More than a dozen residents received help with much needed repairs on their homes, landscaping, and yard work, as well as simple house repairs. Other projects included the demolition of a mobile home that was in terrible condition and a playground was established in the neighborhood, complete with a large Jungle Gym, horseshoe pit, and picnic tables.



Additionally, the McLemore House Museum of African American History was painted inside and out. Lastly, volunteers help landscape and do repairs on the Franklin Primitive Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in Williamson County.

The McLemore House
The new Hard Bargain community center opened in October 2012 and was named Ty’s House, in memory of Nancy’s son. Ty’s House is a tremendous contribution, not only to the Hard Bargain, but to Williamson County. The former caretaker’s house is a beautiful, historic building that was preserved. This building is one of the few remaining examples of Second Empire architecture, sometimes called the General Grant style, in Williamson County. If not for the renovation, Williamson County would have lost not only a rare architectural treasure, but also a piece of the historic cemetery’s and the neighborhood’s history.



The Hard Bargain build was not the only project spear headed by the Nancy and the Ty 2 Foundation during the past year, but it was it largest undertaking to date. 
 
Nancy and the Osman family are humble about the many lives they have impacted in the communities of Middle Tennessee, across the country, and around the globe. Nancy would be the last person to want recognition for doing what she loves to do, serving others to glorify God. That is what makes her such a wonderful "Woman of the Year".

(I want to thank HBA and the world's greatest girlfriends for your help. )

Other posts about the Ty 2 Foundation

http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2013/02/hard-bargain-association-discuss-tys.html
http://genmaspeaks.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-ty2-foundation-on-living-your-best.html