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Ribbon cutting ceremony marks opening of new cardiac cath lab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TriStar Summit Medical Center hosted their Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for their new Cardiac Catheterization Lab on Tuesday, Feb. 26. An estimated 150 community members and business leaders attended the event and shared in the celebration. 

Construction for the new Cath Lab began in November 2012 and invested $1.5 million back into the community.  

The growth and need for a second Cath Lab at TriStar Summit can be partly attributed to the Emergency Department’s overwhelming volume (over 52,000 visits in 2012). With the surrounding communities continuing to grow, TriStar Summit has seen a steady increase in admissions, cardiac cath volumes, outpatient visits and surgeries over the past years, which has also contributed to the need. 

The new addition measures 3,342 square feet. With the upgrade of the existing lab, both Cath rooms have state-of-the-art technology, which includes the most sophisticated patient monitoring systems and filmless capabilities. “This new Cath Lab is vital to saving the lives of heart attack victims here in our community,” said Holly Hill, cardiac services director at TriStar Summit Medical Center. “We’ve had excellent results in providing interventional treatment quickly to heart attack victims who are brought to our emergency department, and with the addition of the new lab it ensures that we will continue to provide exceptional quality care.” 

For more information on cardiac services or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at 615.342.1919 or visit

TriStar Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology, psychiatric and diagnostic services.  With the latest advances in Convenient Care services, including the area’s first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner,  TriStar Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit  or call 615-316-3000.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Firehouse Subs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

After several years of trying, Firehouse Subs has finally found its way to Mt. Juliet. 

“Mt. Juliet was our first choice,” said Brian Desmarais, who has lived in the community with his wife for 18 years. 

Desmarais had a couple of locations in Mt. Juliet that he was close on, but agreements didn’t work out, so he opened the store in Hermitage. He has now made it to his hometown. 

What makes Firehouse Subs different is that all their sandwiches come out hot. They steam the meat and cheese and toast the bun. 

“Nobody else does it that way,” said Desmarais. 

You can get one of their specialty subs like a Hook and Ladder or a Firehouse Meatball, or something simple like a Chicken Breast, Roast Beef, Pastrami, or Virginia Honey Ham.

Firehouse Subs also does a lot for charity, and has already made their mark in Mt. Juliet. Through their Public Safety Foundation, they have donated defibrillators to the Mt. Juliet Police Department and O2 sensors to WEMA. They plan to do more in the future. To donate to the Public Safety Foundation, you can buy the pickle buckets at the restaurant for $2 and all that money goes to the charity. 

Firehouse Subs was started in 1994 by Robin and Chris Sorenson, two firefighter brothers, in Jacksonville, Fla. Now there are over 500 locations across the United States. 

Firehouse Subs is located at 650 South Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 330. They can be reached (615)553-2671. Their hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Local businesses like HDP give back to community PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

While the city is run on taxes mainly, the real difference comes from the local businesses and residents that donate their time and money to help local causes. 

One of those businesses is HDP Motorcycle Shop. Since David and Pat Howell opened up business roughly 10 years ago, they have donated or organized events that have raised over $150,000 for the Mt. Juliet community. 

“Folks like Mr. Howell and his wife are what make our city click,” said City Manager Kenny Martin. 

Martin said that his cooperation with Howell goes back to his days when he was Chief of Police. Martin said Howell was one of the first to donate money to the Mt. Juliet Police Department to help them get assault rifles. He also built a mini bike in honor of Officer Jerry Mundy who was killed in the line of duty. The bike was initially supposed to be used with the D.A.R.E. program to help keep kids off drugs, but now is held at the city. Howell also donated to the Shop with a Cop program, which takes local youth shopping with officers during Christmas time to help them and their families have a nice Christmas season. 

“If everyone just gave a little bit, it would make a huge difference,” said Howell. 

Martin said there are many businesses in the community like HDP that help keep the community moving. He said even when Howell probably didn’t have the money, he still gave because it was for a good cause. 

Howell has also been active with helping the Mt. Juliet Help Center with bike rides for toys and food,  the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, and the Youth Ranch. He also organized a ride for the families of Mundy and Wilson County Sheriff’s Office’s John Musice, who was also killed in the line of duty, which raised $50,000. 

HDP Motorcycle Shop is located at 14346 Lebanon Road. They can be reached at (615)773-9205.

Snap Fitness celebrates grand opening in Mt. Juliet PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mt. Juliet residents now have a fast, convenient and affordable way to get in shape. 

Snap Fitness, the leading chain of 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness clubs, opened in Mt. Juliet Feb. 18, offering residents the best value for their fitness dollar.

Foster Dental Care cuts ribbon on new office PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

When their oldest son, David, built a life size trebuchet for his senior project at Wilson Central High School, Dr. Steve and Kathy thought he might be an engineer.   

Instead he decided to follow in his Dad’s footsteps and “engineer” people’s smiles.  The Fosters had to hop to it to explore ways to expand the dental practice Doc had been operating out of for 26 years. They wanted to offer the best they could for their patients as well as their staff, three of whom have been with them 20 years or more.  

The recent ribbon cutting officially opened a facility filled with state of the art technology and an atmosphere the Fosters hope you find comfortable and relaxing. Designed by a dentist in Rhode Island, the equipment is ergonomically designed to make the experience easier for both the dentist and the patient. The rooms offer privacy and seating with heat and massage and an efficient means of delivering the best of care. Additionally, the practice has room to grow for when Zach joins his Dad and brother in a little over a year.  

Doc says “Mt. Juliet has been a huge blessing to us giving us a wonderful community to raise our children and providing work and friendships.  We want to in turn to be a blessing to this city and those who have supported us as a family and a business over so many years.”  

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