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laura rosser Laura McLendon Rosser
Laura is a resident of Somerville, where her family traces its roots to the early 1800's. Laura studied Equine Science at Middle Tennessee State University, is a graduate of Fayette Academy and works at Fayette County Title Company. Laura has agreed to be our Equine Editor. Laura is on Facebook.

gerry jones Gerry Glen Jones
Author, actor, photographer and family man. Gerry is a resident of Somerville, TN. His acting resume includes appearences on stage, in film, on television and in music videos. As an author, Gerry is a frequent contributer on AXS, publishes reviews in Examiner and has special insight into Small Towns. Gerry is on Facebook.

jeff via Jeff Via
Jeff is the Fayette County Extension Agent and Director of Fayette County Extension. Jeff studied at the University of Tennessee and The University of Florida. Jeff has a passion for beautiful ducks. Check out his farm near Williston on Facebook at J Mallard Farms. Jeff is also on Facebook.

wendell wainwright CAPT Wendell Wainwright
Wendell is a native of Fayette County. Born in Somerville and currently living in Oakland, Wendell is a graduate of UT Martin where he was a founder and the first president of Chi Zeta chaper of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Retired from the United States Public Health Service, CAPT Wainwright is a graduate of Leadership Fayette and a member of the Fayette County School Board.

leroy shaw Leroy Shaw
Leroy is currently the Executive Director of Fayette County Citizens for Progress. An area native, Leroy attended Fayette Ware High School. Teacher, minister and admisistrator, Leroy studied at Tennessee State University, University of Memphis (M. Ed) and Memphis Thelogical Seminary. Leroy is on Facebook.

sherri morris Sherri Morris
Sherri is a Nutrition Research Assistant at the UT Health Science Center and Family and the Consumer Science Educator at the Fayette County Extension. Sherri studied at UT Martin and the University of Memphis. She is a graduate of Fayette Academy and is on Facebook

dolores digaetano Dolores DiGaetano, MD
Dr. DiGaetano, MD has been the president of Chamberlin Clinic, P.A. in Cordova since 1988. Her clinical practice encompasses psychiatric evaluation, patient and family education, treatment planning and medication management. In addition to her practice, Dolores has held numerous offices in various professional organizations, is a nationally recognized speaker, clinical instructor at University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, a principal investigator at CNS Healthcare, and voted "Best Psychiatrist in Memphis" in 2011 and again in 2012. Dolores lives outside of Gallaway and is on Facebook


tonya ashworth Tonya Ashworth
Tonya is responsible for Adult Agriculture at Fayette County Extension, helps with 4-H Youth Development (4-H on Facebook), leads the Fayette County Master Gardeners and publishes a blog, Tonya By Extension. Her blog covers a variety of interesting an informative articles with a tilt toward gardening. Tonya is on Facebook.

kathleen bridges Kathleen Bridges
In addition to 4-H Youth Development (4-H on Facebook) at the at the Fayette County Extension, Kathleen is active with Fayette County Homeschoolers. Katy was in 4-H, raised Jersey cattle and is on Facebook. Kathleen promises that Jersey cattle are some of the most docile cattle that you will come across.

jim larkin Jim Larkin
An Oakland resident, Jim is retired, but he is agressively pursuing his passion for photography. A sampling of Jim's art can be experienced at Fine Art America, and he has been published in Oakland News, Fayette Falcon, Shop Local Fayette County and At Home Memphis & Mid South Magazine. A graduate of Leadership Fayette, Jim is also an event photographer for the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Oakland and Fayette Cares. Jim is on Facebook, and do not miss Homewntown Photography on Facebook


monica schoknecht Monica Schoknecht, DVM
Graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 and became the owner and veterinarian at Arlington Animal Clinic in 2004. Dr. Schoknecht provides excellect small animal care for pet owners in Hickory Withe, Gallaway, Braden, Arlington and other residents of Fayette and Shelby County. Visit the clinic web site Arlington Animal Clinic or check the Clinic on Facebok. Dr. Schoknecht is on Facebook. PS - Her patients have included all of the Fayette County Living pets.

ray graham Ray Graham
Ray is a Memphis native and grew up near the Wolf River. His passion and hobby is paddling and writing about the Wolf River especially the Fayette County sections. He is one of the few people to have paddled every section of the Wolf. Ray is currently a volunteer river guide for the Wlf River Conservancy. When he is not in a canoe, Ray teaches math at the Bartlett Ninth Grade Academy and is a deacon at the Richland Presbyterian Church. He is also a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Ray's Wolf River videos can be seen at Wolf River 100.

ames plantation Ames Plantation
Ames Plantation is a treasure in Fayette County with 18,400 acres of land, the National Field Trial Championships, the Annual Heritage Festival and close working relationships with the University of Tennessee, Rhodes College and The National Bird Dog Foundation. The Plantation superimposes agriculture and education on all aspects of its activities and programs. We are proud to be working with Ames Plantation. Visit them on the web at

jim larkin Wolf River Conservancy
The Wolf River Conservancy's mission is to conserve and enhance the Wolf River and its watershed as a sustainable natural resource. We are excited to have their support, encouragement and participation. In addition to protecting habitat within the Wolf River watershed, the conservancy connects people of all ages to the Wolf River through education and providing outstanding recreational opportunities for our community. Visit them on the web at or on Facebook.

joel Joel Breen
Joel is the owner of Front Porch Magazines, Inc, publisher of Fayette County Living, founder of West Tennessee Heritage Development Corporation (WTHTC) and a member of the executive committee of the MidSouth Regional Greenprint Consortium. Joel relocated from San Diego County 7 years ago, lives outside of Gallaway, is a graduate of Leadership Fayette and is on Facebook. Also find Fayette County Living on Facebook

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