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Sumner real estate: Durham Farms, Millstone come alive in the summer

Categories: Community Service, CSA, Events, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, New Community, Sumner County, The Tennessean | Posted: June 4, 2018

(Article Click HERE, Special to Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK — TENNESSEE)

Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes, but this summer in two Hendersonville “lifestyle” neighborhoods, it’s also where you can listen to an outdoor concert or learn how to grow herbs and veggies and sample produce grown by local farmers.

“Have fun, get out of the house, and celebrate summer,” said Lacey Edwards, lifestyle director at Durham Farms.

The public is invited to attend upcoming concerts at Durham Farms and agriculture classes at Millstone that will be taught by experts from the University of Tennessee Extension Service. The events are free.

Durham Farms’ summer concert series continues June 2 in one of the pocket parks in the subdivision, located on Drakes Creek Road between Vietnam Veterans Boulevard and Long Hollow Pike. Food trucks, including Cousins Maine Lobster, will be on hand. There will be a petting zoo and a bounce house for kids.

On June 23 another concert will celebrate the grand opening of the community center, named The Farmhouse, which includes a fitness center, a pool, a café and a WiFi hub. It will host community events like happy hours.

At Millstone, being developed by Goodall Homes off Saundersville Road, agriculture experts from the extension service will answer questions about tomato gardens. They’ll also help kids plant tomatoes and peppers, said Jana Pastors, community lifestyle director.

The class is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 14, she said.

“Agriculture classes fit the lifestyle and the theme” of Millstone, which is designed around an outdoors lifestyle, said Pastors.

‘The kids are running, the adults are relaxing’

On July 24, adults will discuss canning and freezing produce while kids learn about planting seeds and flowers. On Aug. 28, adults will learn about maintaining healthy turf while kids learn how to grow succulents in containers. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Back in the day, canning was very popular. Now it’s popular again,” said Pastors.

The classes will be held at Millstone’s farm stand, next to the community center. That’s the place where local farmers are periodically invited to offer samples of their produce.

At Durham Farms, other events planned this summer include movie nights and kids’ parties with paint ball and ice cream.

“The kids are running around and the adults are relaxing,” said Edwards.

Hosting concerts and giving local artists a chance to perform makes sense for a neighborhood in Hendersonville, with its rich music industry heritage, said Edwards.

“Live music attracts so many people,” she said.

Durham Farms and Millstone are among a handful of Nashville-area communities with professional lifestyle directors. Others include Goodall Homes’ StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon and the Waters Edge neighborhood in Franklin, where Pastors plans community activities.

Westhaven the master-planned community in Franklin, and Southern Springs, the new Del Webb active adult community in Spring Hill, also have lifestyle directors.

Durham Farms will eventually have 1,000 homes. Millstone will have 614 homes, including single-family houses, cottage homes, villas and townhomes.

Millstone Community to host UT Ag Classes: Open to the Public

Categories: Community Service, Events, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: June 1, 2018


Goodall Homes, Millstone Community, and UT Extension Instutute of Argiculture Sumner County

would like to invite you to join us for first UT Ag Class at Millstone of the season.

June 14th, 2018 at 6:30pm

Millstone Community Town Center

447 Carriage House Lane Hendersonville, TN 37075

(Directions visit: click HERE)

Adults will enjoy a UT Ag Presentation on Tomato Diseases and Disorders

Kids will enjoy planting their own container tomatoes or peppers

Classes are FREE to the Public.

RSVP Today to

Sponsored by Goodall Homes


Desi Kelley of Nolensville Elementary is Goodall Homes Student of the Month

Categories: Awards, Community Service, Goodall Homes, Williamson County | Posted: January 24, 2017

(By Derby Jones • Publisher for Williamson Herald. Click HERE for Full Article)

When Desi Kelley, a third grader at Nolensville Elementary, went to school on Wednesday, Dec. 21, he was expecting a class party and the school sing-along. What he didn’t expect was to be presented the Goodall Homes Student of the month during the assembly with his parents in the audience as a surprise!

As the students gathered in the school gymnasium for holiday singing, Principal Paula Waits informed the students that there is a special award to be given out. Rachael Overall of Goodall Homes took the microphone and spoke about the type of student they look for in selecting the student and then announced the winner to the delight of the crowd

“He was nominated as the class president by his peers,” said Overall. “He (Desi) was selected for his honesty, helpfulness, kindness to others at all times, thoughtfulness, respectfulness, being responsible, and being accepting of others — great qualities that we look for in our students.”

His third grade teacher, Julie Bratcher, also had many great things to say about Desi.

“The whole class would agree that Desi deserves this award. He embraces all the characteristics that we brainstormed and the students voting him into office after nominating him for the primary,” said Bratcher about the class presidential election. “He is such a bright student with the most kind heart. He does all of his work with excellence and is a joy to teach. I feel very blessed to be his teacher this year.”

Desi is a well-rounded person, according to his parents, Jeffrey and Noelle Kelley. He enjoys using his creativity to build with different blocks, tiles, paper and wood. His parents said Desi would make a good engineer one day.

“He loves to build things and is very creative,” Jeffrey said. “He has great aspirations for lots of things.”

Noelle noted that he is also a great brother with a big heart.

“He loves to make his family laugh with his different accents and songs,” she said. “His heart is tender and he feels deeply for others. Desi asks big questions and loves to learn how things work.”

Both parents agreed his favorite subject is math.

Desi also enjoys anything that involves sports and running and loves to be outside.

“He is competitive but has great sportsmanship,” said Bratcher.

Desi’s fellow classmates all agreed he deserved the award in addition to being nominated as class president.

“He really does deserve the awards,” said classmate Annaross Wetzel. “He is always nice and very intelligent. He treats everyone with kindness.”

Wetzel said she served as his speechwriter during the class campaign.

“I have known him since first grade,” Wentzel said. “Desi is awesome.”

Overall of Goodall Homes noted the future looks bright with these kinds of students.

“Creative, dependable, and kind,” she said. “These were just some of the things I heard about Desi. We need more future leaders like him.”

If you would like to submit a nomination for the Goodall Homes Student of the month, go to and click on the home button for the link to the form.

Goodall Homes sponsors Hunger Free Summer campaign

Categories: Community Service, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Sumner County | Posted: June 15, 2016

(STAFF REPORTS- The Standard of Hendersonville. Click HERE for full article)


Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee has officially launched its Hunger Free Summer campaign to provide 4 million meals. Employees from Goodall Homes, the official Hunger Free Summer sponsor, presented a $25,000 check in support of the campaign. The donation will provide 100,000 meals.

Summertime means thousands of children no longer have access to school meals, and parents are left struggling to provide. Second Harvest has set a goal to provide 4 million summer meals for children and their families to help make this a Hunger Free Summer for all. One of the ways Second Harvest is addressing childhood hunger is through the sponsorship of 31 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites across its 46-county service area that serve meals to children throughout the summer months. In addition to food, many sites provide educational enrichment and recreational activities that help children continue to learn and stay safe and active while school is not in session.

In Middle Tennessee, one in five children, 21.9 percent, in Second Harvest’s 46-county service area are food insecure, totaling 141,710 children. Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to an individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit

About Goodall Homes

Goodall Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, builds single-family homes, townhomes, courtyard cottages and villas throughout Middle Tennessee. The Goodall Homes team mirrors Bob’s commitment to service and excellence in homebuilding. This commitment has been recognized through awards such as the Builder of the Year by Professional Builder magazine (2014); NAHB National Housing Quality Silver Award (2016); NAHB National Housing Quality Bronze Award (2012), The Nashville Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces 2015, 2014, 2013; and The Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Award. For more information about Goodall Homes, please visit

Goodall Homes names Jackson Cooke as June Student of the Month

Categories: Awards, Community Service, Press Release, Williamson County | Posted: June 2, 2016

(/ Williamson Herald Click HERE for full article)

Poplar Grove Middle School student Jackson Cooke has been honored as the Goodall Homes Student of the Month for June. Nominated by his teacher Laura Lavery, Jackson’s favorite subject is science as he hopes to one day become a surgeon.


“Jackson is very intrinsically motivated at such a young age,” Lavery said. “His peers look up to him as a role model and his positive behavior is shown every day.”

“I’m very excited to honor Jackson with this award,” Goodall Homes Director of Marketing Rachael Overall said. “Each month what we do is recognize an outstanding student in Williamson County who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to give back to their peers, community and family and overall represent good character.

Not only is Jackson a positive role model and star student, he is also a budding entrepreneur. In his old neighborhood, he and his friends began a business called the Neighborhood Garbage Guys. For a small fee, they would take peoples’ garbage containers from their house to the road for trash day, then deliver the containers back to the customer’s house.

“[The Neighborhood Garbage Guys] had about 20 customers,” Jackson’s father said. “They would do their jobs in the rain, sleet or snow.”

Jackson also plays tennis, loves music and teaches 3-year-olds’ Bible class at church.

To nominate a Williamson County student, find a Goodall Homes Student of the Month form under the home menu online at


Nominations open for Goodall Homes Student of the Month

Categories: Awards, Community Service, Franklin, Williamson County | Posted: April 1, 2016

Article Credit Williamson Herald: Click Here for Full Article

56fb443358bf4.image-28c8c954b2c1a2f7aef68b7587d92ac6The Williamson Herald, in conjunction with Goodall Homes, is proud

to sponsor the student of the month. Each month, a student will be selected

from nominations throughout Williamson County including WCS, FSSD,

and any private schools located in Williamson County.

Each winner receives a plaque, and a photo & story in the Williamson Herald

and the photo and story posted to Goodall Homes’ website and social media pages

What makes your student special? Are they a good member of their school community?

Do they show kindness to others? Are they star students?

Do they mentor other children or volunteer in the community?

Fill out the form below and let us know what makes them special!

*Click the link below to download form:

Goodall Homes Student of the Month Nomination Form


Please email this form to Derby Jones at 

or print and fax it to the Herald at 615-790-7551.

Please call the Williamson Herald at 615-790-6465 for more information.

Goodall Homes Student of the Month- BGA sixth grader recognized for leadership, kindness

Categories: Community Service, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Williamson County | Posted: March 4, 2016


Graci Semptimphelter has been given the Goodall Homes Student of the Month Award.

 56d7d24d4d037.imageA sixth grader at Battle Ground Academy, Graci serves as a mentor for 1Team1Goal, an organization founded by her mother Traci Semptimphelter which gives special needs children the opportunity to play football, participate in cheerleading, and dance.

“I really like being able to see smiles on kids’ faces and for them to be a part of a team and to have a spotlight,” Graci said.

Graci was also recognized as one of two Tennessee students to receive the Prudential Spirit of the Community award, a nationwide program honoring students in grades 5-12 for their volunteer work. At 11 years old, Graci is one of the youngest recipients of this award out of the 102 volunteers recognized nationwide.

“Good grades and athletics are very important in our family, but the greatest achievement for us is raising kind children that will make a positive difference in the lives of others,” Graci’s mother, Traci said.

“This award, and what it represents, means more to us than any trophy we have. We live in a great city, and we have chosen an amazing school for our children. It takes a village, and we appreciate that the village helps us instill good character, morals, and values.”

“Graci Semptimphelter is a born leader and wonderful asset to our school community,” BGA Director of Communications Shannon Bevins said.

“She is kindness personified and is a very well-rounded student. She can be found doing everything from acing volleyball serves to working the set of a school play. And of course, she spends much time with 1Team1Goal and her buddy, Lily. We are proud to call her a Wildcat.”

“I’m very happy and honored to have been nominated,” Graci said, “I want to be able to spread awareness through the community [for 1Team1Goal].”

For more information on 1Team1Goal, visit For more information on Goodall Homes, visit


Goodall named 2015 Sumner Countian of the Year

Categories: Awards, Charity, Community Service, Employee News, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: January 5, 2016

(Congrats to Bob Goodall, Jr., President of Goodall Homes for being named Sumner Countian of the Year.  This article was written by Sherry Mitchell of The Gallatin News, published on 12/31/15.  Please click HERE to view the original published editorial.  The same article was published in The Hendersonville Standard and can be viewed HERE.)

Sumner Countian of the Year

He’s known to many as a successful home builder and real estate mogul, but when it comes to service to others, Bob Goodall truly has a heart for giving.

From making sure the hungry are fed; to providing homes to much deserving members in the community; Goodall consistently puts others before himself.

It is for these reasons that the Gallatin News has named Goodall as its Sumner Countian of the Year for 2015.

When Joe James – a double amputee veteran, and his family were offered a home through Goodall Homes and Operation Finally Home, James was a bit skeptical as to why anyone would go to that extent for someone else. He wanted to make sure it was a good fit for his family, and that is was being done for the right reasons.

“He (Bob Goodall) opened up to me that he was just in awe and so thankful for all that veterans have done and he completely sold me – I knew for a fact his heart was completely into doing this, but not for himself,” James said. “And he’s not going to stop – nothing can stop him from giving back to the community and giving back to veterans. He loves just changing people’s lives.

“Even to this day, they haven’t forgotten us – they are always checking up on us to see if we need anything.”

James said after speaking with Goodall, it’s not hard to understand why he is so selfless towards others – the fact is – he’s just a great guy.

“He gets it and he is such a pleasant man – he’s always happy and always has an ear for you,” he said. “You would think a man with a business that big wouldn’t have time for a veteran, but he goes out of his way.”

This is the second home Goodall has built through the Operation Finally Home program.

“We have a strong sense of philanthropy at Goodall and we respect our veterans tremendously,” Rachael Overall, director of marketing for Goodall Homes, said. “They sacrifice their lives to keep us safe and we feel like it’s our job to give back to those veterans when we can – it’s such a great cause.”

Goodall provides home for couple married 54 years

Though not a profitable career, Pastor James Gill has served the church for most of his life. He and wife, Barbara had long ago accepted they would never own a home.

But the director of the Sumner County Food Bank was in for a big surprise in late last year, when Goodall Homes honored the couple with a brand new house in Castalian Springs. Gill said the more-than-kind gesture from Bob Goodall, was a dream come true.

“He gave me something I never had; nor would I ever have had, being a pastor, and he gave my wife a yard she can plant a flower in; a wall she can hang a picture on, and a swing on the front porch she can swing in anytime she wants to,” Gill said. “I prayed many years she would have that opportunity, but I never thought it would happen after 54 years of marriage – it just fulfilled a fantasy, a dream, and a miracle. He gave us what we had both agreed; we would never have on this earth.

Goodall said the idea to build the Gill’s a home came from a discussion he had with other volunteers at the Sumner County Food Bank.

“We got to talking how he is 72-years-old and he’s never owned his own home, and it just stuck with me, and a little bit later a gentleman from the church came by my office and he really planted the seed,” Goodall said. “He said Brother Gill had taken all of his savings and put it in the food bank and that was what he had to build a house with and we needed to see if there was a way we could help.”

Goodall said the first person he approached for a donation wrote a $30,000 check.

“We knew once we had that, we were well on our way to getting this home built,” he said.

More agencies helped

Goodall Homes is also an avid supporter of the Second Harvest Food Bank –

“Our goal is to help raise awareness of how hunger affects our friends and neighbors,” he said. “It’s part of our heritage to make sure we do that, to make sure that folks are fed and that they don’t go home hungry and that they are making sure they go home nourished.”

But the list of community service doesn’t stop there. The company’s other non-profit sponsorships also include: Sumner Co Drug Free Coalition, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children Are People, Too, Sumner County Food Bank, United Way of Sumner County, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County, Bass n Buddies, and Make a Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

In 2014, Goodall Homes was named “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder, North America’s leading business publication dedicated to the home building industry. The award spotlights the best of the best when it comes to building homes.

The Gallatin-based company was founded more than 20 years ago when Bob built his first home in 1983. Goodall Homes can now be found in Wilson, Williamson, Sumner and Davidson counties.

Although honored to receive the award, Goodall made a humble comment; saying it wasn’t just about building good houses.

“We’ve done a good job of finding niches in the market,” he said. “We want to continue to build leaders and give back to our community.”

Goodall plans to continue to serve his community and also work with Operation Finally Home. Those who have been helped – they just hope he understands what a difference he has made in the lives of others.

“He is continuing this process and working with other organizations,” James said. “They are losing money doing this and he doesn’t care and that really inspires me. We were in a house we barely fit in and we would not be where we are today if it were not for him.

“He has allowed me to feel safe and happy again where I live, and if it wasn’t for Bob Goodall; that would have never happened.”

A man of many words to others, Gill said he is at a loss to find the right words to thank Bob Goodall.

“Bob Goodall gave me a new life and it meant more than I can possibly put into words,” Gill said. “I can think of nobody that deserves this more than he does.”

Wounded Sumner veteran grateful for new home

Categories: Charity, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Events, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, LP Building Products, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, Team | Posted: September 21, 2015

(Written by Tena Lee for The Tennessean on September 18, 2015.  Click here for full article.  If you would like to see video from local news stations, click HERE for News Channel 4 coverage and HERE for News Channel 5 coverage.)

James FamilyA wounded veteran deployed four times to Iraq received the keys to his family’s new mortgage-free home on Friday.

And while retired U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Joseph James thanked those who made the gift possible – mainly the non-profit group Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes – he also acknowledged others who have served their country.

James, who lost parts of both of his legs when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by two improvised explosive devices in April 2008, dedicated his new home to the memory of Maj. Mark Rosenberg.

“This is for you, Maj. Rosenberg,” James said. Rosenberg died from injuries sustained in the same explosion that wounded James.

Veterans are dying at home as well, he noted, calling the suicide rate among veterans “unacceptable.”

“Even though the fight is over on the battlefield, it will never be over mentally [for many veterans],” he said. “Call a veteran today and let them know you care about them. They are our nation’s heroes and they should not be lost in this way.”

James made his remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by city officials as well as employees and officials with Operation Finally Home, Goodall Homes, sponsor J.C. Penney and Southern Living, who filmed the ceremony and “home reveal” as part of Building Hope, a new video series that documents the journeys of five veterans who receive new, mortgage-free homes.

Operation Finally Home and Goodall Homes surprised the James family with the home announcement during a Titans game at Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field) in August 2014, and broke ground on the home in Hendersonville’s Millstone community in April 2015.

Rusty Carroll, executive director of Operation Finally Home, said the organization has dedicated 92 homes to veterans in the last 10 years. It is the second Operation Finally Home project in Hendersonville.

Established in 2005, the Texas-based nonprofit provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to military veterans and widows by partnering with corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors and volunteers.

“This never gets old,” said Carroll, adding he has spent the last year-and-a-half getting to know James, his wife Jarin and their three daughters. “You are an inspiration to so many in ways you don’t even imagine.”

Hendersonville Mayoral Assistant Don Long welcomed the James family to Hendersonville on behalf of Mayor Scott Foster.

“This community is about faith and family,” said Long. Noting his involvement in the Hendersonville Rotary Club, Long added James is a prime example of the club’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

“Thank you for what you’ve done and welcome to Hendersonville,” Long added.

Deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, James has been awarded a Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and four Army commendation medals.

He and his family have been living in the Bethpage area of Sumner County since retiring from the U.S. Army in 2009.

Building Hope premieres on on Oct. 1. The Building Hope episodes featuring Sgt. James and his family will premiere on on Nov. 2.


Channel 5 Morning Line Interview for Operation Finally Home

Categories: Charity, Community Service, Easy Living Home, Employee News, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: July 8, 2015

James Family Home in Millstone

Channel 5 Morning Line recently did an interview with US Army Sergeant 1st Class Joe James, Rusty Carroll (Executive Director of Operation Finally Home), and Bob Goodall, Jr., president of Goodall Homes to discuss the mortgage-free home being built in our Millstone neighborhood in Hendersonville, TN.

Please click HERE to view this amazing interview!  It is so great to be a part of Goodall Homes, who takes pleasure in giving back to the community in such a monumental way.