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Hendersonville resident Scot England got a couple of chuckles reading the observations inspired by my 8th grade annual a couple weeks back. Seems he was also a “really nice guy” who ‘ranked’ his friends by numbering their photos. We must be kindred spirits.
Scot was kind enough to send me an email to share the memories the column brought back to him. Turns out, Scot and his family are newcomers to Sumner County. They moved here last December when he took a job as News Anchor for the RFD/RURAL TV Networks in Nashville. He had been a News Anchor in Illinois for the past 15 years. He was previously the weekday morning anchor at WAND-TV in Decatur, Ill.
We exchanged a few emails and, like I always do to newcomers, I asked how he chose Hendersonville for his new home rather than our neighbors south, east or west of Nashville. I like to find out why people who are going to move to the Nashville area choose Sumner County for their home. Usually they are drawn to the lake or perhaps they knew someone here and they influenced them.
With Scot England, it was more like destiny.
He said he had dreamed of living here for 20 years. “I spent all my life in Illinois, but my goal was always to live and work in Nashville,” he shared in an email. “For the past two decades, any vacation or any long weekend we could get away, my wife and I would be here.
“We always went to Twitty City, always drove by Johnny Cash's home. When Conway died and they sold some of his possessions at auction, I bought a little statue of him that had sat on his desk. When I moved to Hendersonville (my wife Jayne and our daughter weren't able to come until six months later), I put that statue in the passenger seat and said, ‘Conway, I am going to take you back to Hendersonville, where you belong.’”
The Englands also love The Oak Ridge Boys. “For 20 years, when my wife and I would visit, we would drive by William Lee Golden's home and stop and take a picture of us at his gate, in front of his Golden tree," he said, speaking of the tree that bore a carved likeness of the singer. Now the Englands live just down the road from him in the Station Camp area.
They had a ‘cool’ moment when they met Golden during CMA Music Fest, and he, in turn, introduced a friend of his to them and told them, "These are my new neighbors."
It was also England’s dream to work at The Nashville Network when it was on the air. The closest he came to being on TNN was being a contestant on the game show Top Card where he won a brand new 1989 Buick Regal.
When RFD-TV started up, that became his new dream job. He switched from cable to satellite to get his new favorite channel...RFD. Now, he says, it’s amazing to think that he actually works there.
RFD-TV promotes itself as “Rural America’s Most Important Network” with programming designed to both cultivate and nourish the country lifestyle. Available on most cable and satellite networks, RFD-TV focuses on agriculture, horses, country lifestyle and country music, including “The Marty Stuart Show” featuring another Hendersonville resident.
England is currently co-anchor of a five-hour weekday show on RURAL-TV. He also does market updates and news that air through the day on RFD-TV.
Always a huge country music fan, England even worked as a country music radio Disc Jockey for about 15 years before getting into television. His ultimate goal is to have his own country music talk show, kind of like a Larry King Live, but with country artists as guests.
“I really loved my job and life in Illinois, and this was really the only place that could get me to leave there. There is just something about Sumner County that I love. Everyone is so nice.”
Welcome to Sumner County, folks.
See you next week.