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Why I Love Franklin County: Tammy West


Tammy West is the owner of Events by Tammy L. West and also works at the A.W. Todd Centre in downtown Russellville. West is a graduate of Russellville High School, class of 2003. The daughter of Janet M. Groce and the late Tommy Wayne Groce Jr., she has three children: Jeremiah, Elijah and Trinity West.

How long have you lived in Franklin County?

I’ve lived in Franklin County all my life! Born and raised here. 

What does your job as owner of Events by Tammy L. West entail?

I decorate events such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and other large and intimate events. I also cater and create sweet treats. I also work part time as an assistant at the A.W. Todd Centre, working alongside Annette Oliver – I set up for events occurring during the week and weekends.

What made you choose your job?

I’ve always loved event planning and decorating. I also find joy in making people happy by bringing their visions to life through decorating, baking or catering. So when I got the opportunity to start something I love, I went for it. This past April I got the opportunity to work with Annette Oliver at the A.W. Todd Centre. She is such an awesome person – I jumped at the chance to assist her with her duties and still do what I truly love, which is working with the community and setup for events.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love being able to meet new people, create new ideas and put my heart into everything I do for the community. My heart is set on giving back and helping out in any way I can.

What is your favorite place to visit in Franklin County?

City Lake is by far my favorite place to visit. I love to go sit and write down my thoughts and dreams and reflect on accomplishments. I also jot down new ideas and things I want to do to give back to the community, and I go walking. 

What is your favorite Franklin County restaurant, and what do you like about it?

Frosty Inn. I love the footlong all the way, add nacho cheese, and I love that they make you feel welcome.

Why do you love Franklin County?

I was born and raised here. It’s my home. It might not mean much to others, but there’s no place like Franklin County. It’s a peaceful place, full of great people with true down-home flavor. You can’t ask for anything better.

Fast Five

Favorite hobbies: Cooking and decorating

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

Goal or ambition: To make sure my children are taken care of and create new ways to make life better for those who don’t have much.

Church: I attend First Baptist Church College Ave. The Rev. BJ Bonner is my pastor.

Something people might not know about me is: I love to go fishing, and if I could, I would fish all day. It’s something about putting the bait on that hook.


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