Your Community Partners: 2017 Distinctively Southern Gentlemen

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While Scott Couch has not lived in Sumner County all his life, it is most definitely home to him now. Scott is from Kentucky as well as a Western Kentucky University (WKU) alum. Scott worked in Nashville for commercial radio stations throughout college, and after graduating from WKU, moved to Sumner County with his wife when they had their first child.

“I knew one day, the novelty of taking music requests from listeners (at that time teenagers) would wear off,” Scott says. “I studied journalism and government thinking I could marry my love of broadcasting and telling stories important to people in my viewing/listening area…The people in Sumner County simply reminded us of the folks back home. That is to say folks who will ‘love you’ if you’ll let them. The people of this county continue to be great to me and my family and we do our best to ‘love’ them right back.”

Scott is currently the news anchor for the 9pm and 10pm Fox 17 News WZTV in Nashville.

“I have long viewed myself as a public servant inasmuch as everything I do in my job is focused on my neighbors. Our viewers are my customers in a sense. They have choices of whom they wish to receive their news from. I believe if I keep a servant’s heart, and keep my viewers interests in focus, I’m right where I need to be professionally. As a fairly visible member of the community, I feel a responsibility to share whatever talents I have for the betterment of my community. That includes volunteering at my child’s school, serving on the board of directors of my home owners association, serving on nonprofit boards and making frequent appearances before civic groups either as a guest speaker or an emcee for charitable fundraising events,” Scott says.

One of his favorite things about Sumner County is Long Hollow Pike because of how its beauty represents that of anywhere in Middle Tennessee. Scott’s inspiration is his children, and he attributes fatherhood as his greatest achievement. “I want my children to have even greater opportunities than those afforded to me. I want my children to have the confidence to try anything they have a passion for knowing dad and mom are there to help them and catch them if they stumble. To me, outside teaching them about Jesus, that’s about the best gift there is,” Scott says.

Promoting awareness of local issues using his professional platform is something he takes very seriously. “My greatest moments are those when I can give someone who isn’t being heard a voice,” Scott says. “Several stories stand out but perhaps none more than a Sumner County woman who needed a life-saving transplant operation to survive. She had Tenncare insurance but the provider she chose under the Tenncare umbrella considered the procedure experimental. Every other provider in the Tenncare program covered the procedure. Sharing that story publicly convinced her insurance company to cover the procedure. She lived for many more years in our county. Stories like that stick with you. It reminds you of why you’re here and how your service really can impact lives.”

Being a “gentleman of distinction” for Scott means many things. It means being trustworthy, someone who follows through on his word. Being a gentleman is owning up to mistakes and living out chivalry, being honorable in both victory and defeat. “Being a gentleman also means disagreeing agreeably,” Scott says. “I believe people of good conscience can simply disagree on what’s right or the best course of action. There doesn’t have to be a villain. If I live out my beliefs, then any “distinction” will be in the minds of my family, my neighbors and the people I try to serve.”

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