PRESS RELEASE: HGTV Pilot “Home Town” Featuring Laurel, Miss. to Premiere January 24th


Judi Holifield
Laurel Main Street

HGTV Pilot “Home Town” Featuring Laurel, Miss.
to Premiere January 24th

Laurel, Miss. – Jan. 11, 2016 – HGTV will premiere the pilot episode of “Home Town” on Sunday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m. CT. The show features Erin and Ben Napier showing new residents the benefits of small-town life while finding, buying and renovating a home in Laurel, Miss.

“Ben and I aren’t house flippers,” said Erin. “We’re just two people who want others to see the magic of small town living and everything it has to offer.”

In the episode, the Napiers guide a new family in search of an old home in the historic southern town of Laurel, Miss. With the help local architects, builders and craftsmen, Erin and Ben implement their design and vision to restore the old house. If the pilot is successful, the show could become a series on HGTV. “When you live in a small town, you can make a difference. It’s affordable. You can travel and see the world, but the small towns are important. That’s where most people’s lives begin,” said Ben, who hopes the show could be a catalyst that brings other young families back home to their small towns all over America.

College sweethearts and graduates of the University of Mississippi, this creative couple own several businesses including wedding stationery boutique Lucky Luxe Heirloom Design, Lucky Luxe Dry Goods, and Scotsman Co. which features handcrafted furniture by Ben as well as some of his “favorite things” that speak to masculine vintage style.

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About HGTV

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and, the premier source for home-related inspiration, instruction and entertainment, attracts more than six million people each month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

About Laurel Main Street

Founded in 2007, Laurel Main Street is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Laurel, Miss., through preservation and economic growth. They recently received accreditation from the National Main Street Program and maintain membership with the Mississippi Main Street Association. To learn more about Laurel Main Street, please visit


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Written by Susan Ladd

Susan Ladd is a native of Franklin, TN. She recently moved to Laurel with her husband, Dr. Seth Ladd. She is an undergraduate of University of Tennessee, Chattanooga where she obtained a degree in Child and Family Studies. Since college, Susan has spent most of her career in customer experience positions. In her most recent role, she was the Experience Concierge for Ramsey Solutions in Nashville, TN where she curated events and experiences for clients. Susan takes pride in impacting others through experiences and her interactions with them. She is excited to use her time from living in places like Nashville, Franklin, Chattanooga, TN, New York City and Asheville, NC to enhance the experiences in Laurel. Susan and her husband are excited to be building a future in Laurel and feels privileged to build on the strong foundation that Laurel Main Street provides.