Excitement abounds as BrightStone families, staff members, volunteers and donors learn of the approval received at Monday night's meeting of the Williamson County Commissioners regarding land use. Unanimous approval was received to zoning ordinance amendments which will allow BrightStone to proceed with expansion plans within Williamson County. In the near future, BrightStone will be able to provide additional services and programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and also to generously expand the number of adults and families served. "We've been anticipating this phase since we began almost 14 years ago," stated Brenda Hauk, Founder and Executive Director of BrightStone. "We are thrilled that we've received the support of the Staff, Planning Commissioners, and now the County Commissioners of Williamson County. We are so very thankful to everyone for their recognition of the need to serve this community of adults, and their support of our mission." A large number of BrightStone supporters attended the meeting on Monday evening, proudly wearing red shirts displaying the BrightStone logo. When the final vote was taken, and unanimous approval received, the auditorium exploded with smiles and applause. Among those in attendance were Lorraine and Jon Ferrell, wife and son of the late Dr. Craig Ferrell, a beloved community physician who served in a volunteer leadership capacity for BrightStone for many years. Almost $400,000 in funds have already been raised and designated for the Ferrell Home as a part of this expansion. "Craig would be so very pleased!" Mrs. Ferrell commented regarding the approval secured.