What are your professions, and what led you to choose them?
What are three words that best describe you?
JB: Passionate, Energetic, Determined
MB: Tenacious, Visionary, Service-oriented
Where is your favorite place to go in WC and why?
What is the one thing you do not go a day without?JB: Being grateful. God has blessed me over and over again throughout my life, I can’t go a day without being grateful. I kind of make it into a game to keep my eyes open for it. Being grateful doesn’t always jump off the page every day. Some days it’s just harder than others, so I consciously keep my eyes open to see where God’s going to lay something out for me to be grateful for.
MB: Prayer and coffee. I know that is two things, but I really need both to get through the day!
What organizations are you both involved with and why?JB: I’m involved with our church, Church of the City. The other organization I am most fully committed to is the Brown family. Ha! Seriously, I’ve not been as involved in other community organizations because our kids and their activities keep me pretty busy.
MB: I am on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, as well as, on the boards of Unite Williamson, Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County, and the African American Heritage Society. I am a member of the Downtown Franklin Rotary. I am also on the Franklin Trails Committee and The Franklin Tomorrow Outreach Committee. Each one of these organizations has a place in my heart for their mission and impact in our community.
Why did you get involved with re-opening the Five Points Post Office?JB:We will actually be in contract with the USPS and will work alongside of them. I wanted to keep the post office downtown because it’s important to the function of Franklin. There’s history here. There’s uniqueness to it. If we let it go, it would disappear and I can’t let that happen.
MB: Of all the ways I thought our family would serve Franklin, a Post Office wasn’t even on the list. But I saw Julie get really excited about the idea and we both witnessed the community disappointment when it closed. My wife and my community – I can’t say “no” to either of them!
What will be your ongoing involvement with the Post Office?JB: I will be working at and managing the post office on a daily basis. I’m excited to get to know people better and see them every day. We’re offering more than just stamps and shipping services, so there will be a lot going on to keep me very busy.
What plans do you have for the Five Points Post Office and what changes will be taking place?JB: Of course, we’ll be selling stamps and shipping services as well as post office boxes. Additionally, we have plans to build it into a place for the community. We’ll be offering general store retail and business services. We will have an area that highlights our non-profits so people can learn more about them and get involved. We will also have an art gallery that will feature work from local artists.
Why do you feel it is important having the Post Office operating again in downtown Franklin?JB:You can’t have a downtown without a post office! It brings people together on a daily basis and reminds us that we are first and foremost a community! I just heard a story on the radio today about someone’s adult child asking them why they still go to the bank when they could do it all online. Their answer was so they could talk to the people there. I think Five Points Post Office offers that exact connection.
MB:Over the past couple of months, Julie and I have heard countless stories from residents and business owners. For some, this location is a part of family history, for others it is a convenient service close to home or work, and for others, it is literally a life-line for themselves or their business.
Finish this statement: “I am Williamson County because…”JB & MB: Because we won’t think twice about giving our time and resources to help our community. To us, that is what Williamson County is all about – faithful, generous and servant residents being there for each other. We saw that when we first arrived in town and are committed to continuing that tradition.