Giving Back in Retirement
Ron Horton and Evelyn Younglove • McMinnville, TN (Retire Tennessee Community)
When your pastoral hometown is known as the Nursery
Capital of the World, you can imagine that the town square is
pretty well-appointed with every imaginable ;owering ;aura,
plus graceful landscaping. Such is the case with McMinnville,
TN, the aforementioned capital and a delightful small town
set in the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, smack-dab in
the middle of the Volunteer State, and framed by a whole lot
more natural wonders than big city fuss.
It’s the volunteer part that really informs the town, with
married couples like Ron Horton and Evelyn Younglove giving their time to support the community. Ron, who retired after 22 years in the United States Marine Corps with the rank
of First Sergeant, is perhaps the chief volunteer in town as he
is the Commandant of a 45-person detachment of the McMinnville Marine Corps League, which gets needy kids backpacks
stu;ed with supplies for school, and supports a Fishing Rodeo
that generates funds for mentally challenged folks. ;e League
also helps with the local junior ROTC program and provides
scholarship funds to the top male and female cadets each year.
Ron is also a volunteer public safety o;cer for the McMinnville Police Department, where he carries out a myriad of duties from tra;c control to providing an added law enforcement
presence at local events.
But, Ron ultimately takes his marching orders from wife Evelyn, who one day saw an ad in the local paper for a Master
Gardening class and enrolled both herself and Ron. ;en she
suggested they enroll in the local beekeepers class, which will
;nd Ron harvesting his ;rst batch of honey next fall. ;en she
proposed that they hike every one of the 56 state parks close by,
chasing all the best waterfalls along the way. To which Marine
Sergeant Horton dutifully replied, “Whatever you say, hon’!”
;ey’re currently on state park number 26 and counting.
Keep an eye on your local PBS Station listings for Bluegrass
Underground ;lmed in the Cumberland Caverns amphitheater,
333 feet underground in McMinnville, and featuring some of
the ;nest bluegrass artists in a truly unique setting. ;e acoustics are said to be awesome.
For information on visiting Tennessee communities,
Airport: Nashville International
Average Property Tax: $2.08 per
MCMINNVILLE AT A GLANCE