Keli Tate has lived in Callaway County for most of her life. Tate was born and raised here, took a little detour to Arizona for a bit, but she eventually came back to her small-town roots.
"I am fifth-generation Callaway County," Tate said. "My family has strong roots in the community. I went to school at South Callaway and graduated in '99, and then have just worked and lived in this area all my adult life."
Tate and her husband, James, have three kids who are their pride and joy, but also the reason behind everything they do.
"James and I, everything we've done, every move we make, every breath we take, it's in hopes that they're watching that they're seeing us," Tate said. "I know that's cliché, but I don't know if I have any better reason to get up because without them you wouldn't get up and hustle."
Tate is the owner of The Station, which opened in June 2018 and recently moved to downtown Fulton. She always knew that she wanted to have her own business and to be her own boss, but was too scared to fulfill that dream. Until one day, Tate decided it was time.
"I wanted to lead and serve my community the best way I could while still trying to raise a family," Tate said. "Some people dream about owning a bar, I did not, but I love it. It's the best way, I think, to have the best of both worlds."
Before The Station, she was involved within the non-profit community. She had several different roles throughout her life such as an autism specialist, a sexual-assault program leader and working for SERVE.
One goal that Tate would like to accomplish is to somehow bring about more ways to help kids and young adults tap into their goals, to help them realize that they are achievable and to support them.
"What I want," Tate said, "is what I didn't have for someone else. I'm always looking like where's that youth, where's that person who thinks they're stuck in a bubble. I want to burst it for them, and be of some support. There are so many kids, so many youth that have these big goals and don't really know where to go with those.
"I'm always searching for that organization, that leadership role. I want someone, somewhere to say your dreams can come true to these kids."
Tate knows Callaway County is full of support. Sometimes she can't believe that she gets the amount of support she does from her community, and she is so grateful.
"I just want to thank everyone," Tate said. "I don't think there are words to express the gratitude because I'm fully aware that this community decides whether we thrive or we fail. And I think that the moment you forget that, is the moment you could lose everything.
"It's amazing how great they are, I love it — I love this town."
With her father's words ringing in her ear, "work hard, hustle harder," that's exactly what Tate is going to continue to do.