This issue of The Independent features Brandon and Hannah (Hare) White for the article Jackson County Proud! Hannah is the daughter of Trey and Candy Hare of Newport. As a product of Jackson County, Hannah has returned with a wonderful husband, Brandon White, to further the progress and amazing future of Jackson County.

            Hannah attended Newport Schools from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and then transferred to Harding Academy in Searcy where she graduated in 2010. After high school, she continued her education at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2014 and attained a Master’s Degree in 2017.          Brandon is a 2010 graduate of Valley View High School. He attended Arkansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in plant science in 2014.

            The couple met their freshman year of college during fraternity/sorority rush. The couple were paired together on a group pledge date by the older members of Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Gamma Delta. Although they were paired for that blind date, the couple did not officially begin dating until a few months later. The couple married on October 8, 2016 at Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Alicia, Arkansas. Hannah smiles as she recalls her wedding day and tells, “It was literally the best day ever. The weather was perfect. Our family and friends were all there to celebrate us. When I look back on my favorite day in life, that is the day I could live over and over again.”

            Hannah is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Unity Health Harris OB/Gyn clinic in Newport. She works under Dr. Jabez Jackson, Dr. Karen Jones, and Dr. Omar Aziz. Her position is to take care of obstetrical and gynecological patients in the outpatient setting. She does several procedures, including birth control implants and colposcopy procedures for abnormal pap smears. She recently began cosmetic injections with much success, including Botox and dermal fillers. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with, and learn from, physicians with decades of OB/Gyn experience,” states Hannah. With sincerity and a little laugh, Hannah tells, “Dr. Jackson delivered be and brought me into the world. When I was born, I was super sick and had to be in the hospital for several days as an infant. My parents and family whole heartedly believe that Dr. Jackson saved my life. I have literally come full circle now. I get to work with, learn from, and watch him save other’s lives as well.”

            Brandon works in the family business, Trey Hare Custom Spraying Inc. The company is a spraying and fertilize application business based in Newport. The company primarily operates during the crop growing season, which begins in early spring and finishes in late fall. “My job consists of managing the machines and drivers in the Northeast Arkansas area. I am blessed to be able to work with my family every day,” states Brandon.

            The couple attend Central Community Church in Jonesboro. It is a rural country church outside of Jonesboro. “We love going to church and getting to spend time with Brandon’s family that also attends church there,” states Hannah.

            What do they love about Newport? “We love the small town feel to Newport. It is hard to get to know the people in places like Jonesboro or Searcy, and other towns that size. We really enjoy going into Wal-Mart and running into people you know, eating at our favorite local restaurant. Without even asking, they know what we want to drink and have it ready as we come in the door.”

            Outside of work and school, the couple love to spend time with family and close friends. They enjoy fishing together in the summer and duck hunting together in the winter. Hannah laughs and says, “Yes, Brandon takes me duck hunting, and I really do enjoy it. It might have something to do with my dad taking me at a young age.” The couple also own a cattle farm, which keeps them busy. Overall we love to be outdoors and spending time together.

Is there a cause or organization that you are passionate about? As individuals, they are each passionate about different things. Hannah’s career is women’s health, not only healthcare, but beautifying women. That is a reason she loves doing cosmetic injections. “As women, when we look good, we feel good about ourselves.” For Brandon, his passion is agriculture. He loves the custom application challenge, like spraying and fertilizing, but also cattle farming. Brandon loves working with the cattle when spraying season is not in full force. Together, Brandon and Hannah are passionate about family, friends, each other and God.

            “Although we do not live in Newport, we consider Newport home. This is where we work and where our family is. We love the people of Newport and we love helping the people of Newport. Each of us do completely different things for the community of Newport, we consider it a privilege.”