Photos by Kate Long and Ian McClellan. Design by Kyle Slagle.
Since 2010, Williamson organizations have worked through Sustainable Williamson to coordinate multiple efforts to make the area healthier and more prosperous. "We get much more done working together," said Mingo Diabetes Coalition director Jenny Hudson. Conspirators pictured (center photo, from left) include Bernice Johnson, Diabetes Coalition; Darrin McCormick, mayor; Maria Arnot, Redevelopment Authority; Dee Kapourales, Garden Club; Tim McNamee and Ann Lambright, Redevelopment Authority; Kay Maynard, school system wellness coordinator; Randy Keathley, schools superintendent; Helen Stanley, farmers market manager; Alexis Batausa, Diabetes Coalition.
"We've got a lot of bad demographics, and we're trying to change that. A lot of us are heavy and we smoke. ... I can say that because I'm heavy and I smoke. But a lot of people don't, and they're less likely to go that direction if they see other options. So that's what we hope to do, create other possibilities and opportunities." -- Darrin McCormick, Williamson mayor
The major community group boards overlap, so they can coordinate. As the Diabetes Coalition discusses its school program, the school wellness coordinator is on the board. Redevelopment Authority members can offer city help.