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Melvin celebrating 1st anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Debbie Melvin, life-long resident of Mount Juliet who has been selling real estate throughout the Wilson County area for the past 27 years, will be celebrating her one year anniversary Aug. 16 at RE/MAX Exceptional Properties in her hometown.

“The time was right,” says Melvin, “I had thought about this long and hard, and with the current upswing in the real estate market, I was confident that it was the time to realize my dream of owning my own real estate company.”

Melvin, formerly of Coldwell Banker Barnes in Mount Juliet, believes that the global RE/MAX brand and what it stands for helped to establish her new agency quickly. “I believe that RE/MAX exemplifies the vision I have for my company: Exceptional people, exceptional service and exceptional properties. It has been a delight to work with Aaron Dwyer of RE/MAX Regional Services to finalize my plans.” 

Throughout her professional real estate career, Melvin has specialized in both new construction and selling existing homes, but her company, RE/MAX Exceptional Properties, will be able to assist home buyers and sellers in many different categories. 

“Mount Juliet is a great city. For the past three years, it’s been ranked in the top 5 ‘Most Business-Friendly Cities’ in Tennessee and we’ve seen major growth in new businesses and people moving here from all over the country,” notes Melvin. “We’re close to the Nashville International Airport, near outstanding public and private universities and wonderful interstate access from I-40 and I-840.  We are very excited to have the honor of helping families find that special place they will call home.”

About RE/MAX Regional Services

RE/MAX was founded in Denver in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger. In 1978, the first franchised RE/MAX Regional office was opened in Georgia. Today, RE/MAX Regional Services (RRS) provides outstanding support to close to 4,000 agents in nearly 300 offices in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Southern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. RRS ensures its real estate professionals are leaders in technology, training and expertise, to best serve the homebuyers and sellers in their communities.

With offices in 85 countries and the most productive sales force in the industry, RE/MAX sells more real estate than any franchise company in the world. RE/MAX agents are passionate about the communities in which they live and work, and are proud to have raised more than $120 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and other charities. For more information visit

Sofa Express Plus now open PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Sofa Express Plus is here to bring the highest quality furniture at the lowest price. 

Near the corner of Old Hickory Boulevard and Lebanon Road in Hermitage, Sofa Express Plus is filled with deals like recliner sofas for $788. In addition to that, you get a lifetime warranty on all components of the recliner. 

Sofa Express Plus is owned by Jeff Hitt and Chuck Duncan, and run by Steve Whitman. Hitt used to own Hitt’s Furniture, which had several locations in the Nashville area, including Hermitage. He then moved on to Decatur, Ala., but had the opportunity to get back into the Nashville market and seized it. The plan is to open four more stores in the Nashville area by next year. 

Sofa Express Plus also has great deals on mattresses. You can get a Serenity Sleep King Size memory gel mattress for just $899, and a Queen at $699. 

Once you have picked your next sofa, recliner or mattress, Sofa Express Plus can get it to you the same or next day. The warehouse is in Mt. Juliet, and Sofa Express has every item in the store at that warehouse. You can go to the warehouse and pick up the item, or it can be delivered to you the same or next day. Financing is also available. 

Sofa Express Plus is located at 4900 Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage. They are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. You can reach them at (615)871-0244. 

Batson Chiropractic awards Servant Leadership Scholarship PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A 2014 graduate of McGavock Comprehensive High School, Brooke Williamson, was awarded the inaugural Servant Leader Scholarship by Batson Chiropractic Group. Brooke was surprised when Dr. Frank Batson, owner of Batson Chiropractic Group, presented the award on May 22, 2014 in front of her classmates at the senior breakfast.

“As long-time members of this community, we’ve set as our company’s mission to be very intentional in making an IMPACT in the community, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to award this scholarship to Brooke, as she is a deserving young leader,” says Dr. Batson. “Brooke sacrificed a lot of time outside of school to impact her community. And we are excited to recognize all her efforts and help her as she continues to serve others with her future in the health care field.”

Brooke Williamson was chosen to receive the $1,500 scholarship because of her service to the school and to her community, including participation in the Health Occupation Students of America, Student Council, National Honor Society, the Red Cross Club, a mentorship with Meharry Medical College, and a shadow program with Nashville General Hospital. Brooke will attend Tennessee Tech University in the fall.

Founded in 2000, Batson Chiropractic Group is a unique, full-service wellness clinic offering more than 75 years of experience between the 4 doctors. Batson Chiropractic Group offers a comprehensive approach by being a complete wellness center. Services include: Chiropractic, Acupuncture, BrainCore Therapy, Nutritional Testing, Personal Training, Full Physical Rehab Facilities, Massage Therapy, DOT Physicals, and Vitamin & Supplement Store. With more than 5,000 square feet and a full continuum of treatment options available, the doctors and therapy assistants of Batson Chiropractic Group provide thousands of people with the care they need to reach their goals ― goals ranging from pain relief to optimal health. The mission of the company is to give, serve, and help others to make a lasting IMPACT on the community and all those that they encounter. The scholarship program is one way they are doing that.

To learn more about the wellness solutions provided by Batson Chiropractic Group, please visit or call (615) 823-6919 to speak with a team member.

Book reading features Mt. Juliet resident at Books A Million PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A book reading and author signing will be held in the Providence Books A Million  store on Friday, June 20, 4-6 p.m.

The Quig Arrives, a children’s book for early readers, will be read by the author, Sandra Sahli. 

Sahli is a former teacher at Tulip Grove Elementary.  

The Quig Arrives was released by Mascot books in March and it details the arrival  of the first Quig on Earth.  

The storyline was developed from a collaborative  project between Sahli and her sister, Susan Bowerman, a Mt. Juliet resident. 

The adorable Quig character was created by Bowerman and it is a cross  between a Koala and a pig. 

The Quig has a very important message to children everywhere – he has arrived on Planet Earth to teach meaningful character lessons.  

Everyone is invited to come to this fun event.

Crystal Couture moving, growing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Crystal Couture, the chic ladies dress shop known for its stylish bling and hip accessories is broadening horizons, as it enters a new chapter of expansion. And the next chapter promises to bring even more talk than ever. 

While closing its doors on its present location at 110 Public Square, the new couture is having a facelift. 

“We’ve loved our home,” says owner Helene Singer Cash of her location of nearly four years. “But we’ve simply outgrown it.”

Cash is working on a new commercial space for a showroom located at The Mill that will be open by the end of June for appointment for personal styling, shopping events and more. Crystal Couture will be changing their business model from “bricks and mortar” to “clicks and mortar” to focus the next phase of their business, online sales. 

In what Cash describes as a blend of retail, experiential and interactive, the next phase is but a passage to their ultimate destination. In the interim, the plan is to keep in touch with what Cash calls her “Core Couture Club,” whereby special promotions, events and one-on-one consulting will be made available by appointment and sneak peak previews will be by invitation. 

“So it’s very important to join Club Couture,” said Cash of the new transition. “Yes, we’re about Facebook, yes, we’ll be working our social media, but in the end, I plan to stay in touch directly with those who’ve made our business the success it is today. In time, you’ll be able to shop Crystal Couture 24/7. 

To join Club Couture, go to 

“And no, we never sell our lists. Our clientele is our most cherished asset,” Cash confirms. “To be certain, you won’t want to miss what’s coming up next. 

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