Rick Tillis is a self-taught jeweler who got his start doing trade work for stores three decades ago. Ten years ago, he and his wife, Terry, left their home in Franklin, Tenn., and opened shop in the small town of Lewisburg, 45 minutes south.

“We have lived in Middle Tennessee since the ’80s and visited Marshall County often, canoeing on the Duck River that runs through the county and Henry Horton State Park,” Rick says. “The beauty of the county, real estate prices and the people were too much to resist.”

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