Woman of Wilson

Woman of Wilson: Susan Shaw



Susan Shaw has spent the past six years working in Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto’s office as a project administrator. She said the most rewarding part of her job is interacting with the community about quality-of-life projects.  Shaw was born in Berwyn, Ill., just west of Chicago. She attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her first career in insurance […]

Woman of Wilson: Adeline Julie Bee-Polson



Adeline Julie Bee-Polson, who many people know as Julie, has worked in the dental field for over 30 years. Bee-Polson held a state license as a Registered Dental Assistant in California; however, when she moved to Tennessee in 2020 the staff at Patriot Dental in Lebanon convinced her to obtain another state license in her new home. Although she is […]

2023 Woman of Wilson Gallery

Read about each of the dedicated women in this year’s honoree class featured below and join us as we recognize and thank them for their service and commitment to Wilson County.

Woman of Wilson: Nicolette Daugherty



Nicolette Daugherty is a Fraud Specialist and Deposit Operations Assistant at CedarStone Bank. “I have been in white collar crime since 2014, when I started with the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office,” she explained. “Being a fraud specialist is rewarding because I am assisting in protecting and preventing our bank and our customers from fraud and getting to use my […]

Woman of Wilson: Adyson Palmer



Adyson Palmer’s family moved to Lebanon when she was just two months old. “I have been raised here and I am proud to call it ‘home.’ All of my family lives here and this is where my fiancée and I will begin our lives together after we get married on December 2,” she said. Palmer, who teaches the 2-year-old class […]

Woman of Wilson: Michelle Lyell



Michelle Lyell works as the front desk and patient care coordinator at Restoration. Every day she welcomes patients to the facility. Restoration offers family primary care and urgent care in addition to IV hydration therapy, medical weight loss, hormone replacement, Emsculpt NEO body sculpting and aesthetics. Lyell said she loves building relationships and working with the public. She has held […]

Woman of Wilson: Sarah Strickland Gray



Sarah Strickland Gray is a nurse by day; however, she taps into her entertaining side off-the-clock, making prank call videos on Tik Tok, a venture she said has gained quite the following. “I enjoy creating comedy,” she said of @sarahsoda5. “It has become a really successful side hustle for me.” Gray, who has lived in Wilson County since age 9, […]

Woman of Wilson: Sydney Seat



Educator Sydney Seat started the 2023 school year with a new title – Assistant Principal. “I actually graduated from Wilson Central High School, class of 2007,” she explained. “It is such a cool experience to help lead a school that I was once a part of as a student.” Seat received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and […]

Woman of Wilson: Asia Alder



Asia Alder kicked off a new school year working with the 2-year-old class at Cedars Preparatory Academy in Lebanon. In the past year and a half that Alder has called CPA home, she has worked with all ages, from infant to fourth grade. “There is not a more welcoming and loving atmosphere,” she said of the school. “I am most […]

Woman of Wilson: Merritt Jennings

Merritt Jennings understands the power that clothing and accessories can have on one’s confidence. “I love fashion and exploiting all different styles and I love how I can basically be (different) every day just based on my outfits,” she said. “I don’t have a specific aesthetic. I think it is fun.” She’s put that love to good use as a […]


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