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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. 

Feed My Sheep Counseling service here to help PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Feed My Sheep Counseling Services located at 4983 Lebanon Pike in Old hickory, TN welcomes Pastor Gary Stommel to their staff of Licensed Pastoral Counselors.  He joins Dr. Laura Hart and Kathleen Stommel, MA.

Pastor Gary Stommel joins the staff of Feed My Sheep Counseling Services, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Now in his fifth decade of life, he has lived a plethora experiences living in a multitude of social environments working, in a variety of career fields.

Gary was raised on a dairy farm in WI and understands the day to day tension of relying on weather and the economy to make ends meet (as well as 12-15 hour days!).  The sixth of seven children, he lived the multifaceted challenge that big families can bring.  He enlisted in the Air Force at 18 and understands many issues that veterans face.  To date, he has lived in six different states, living in cities as small as 350 people and as large as over a million people.  

In 1994, he answered the call to pastor a church in south-central Kentucky where served for 16 years.  During that tenure, Pastor Gary had the opportunity to counsel hundreds of people with a variety of life-controlling issues.  Recognizing that life can be both difficult and complicated at times, Pastor Gary became a student of counseling, attending seminars, reading many books, and asking lots of questions in an effort to equip himself to be a tool of God for the rescuing of those in distress, those that are dealing with a small challenge, and those that find themselves stuck.

An area of great interest and study for Gary is life coaching.  In fact, before life coaching became an identifiable discipline, Gary told his counselees that he felt his style was one of coaching rather than counseling.  Through training, Pastor Gary has learned to do both effectively; counseling and coaching.  Simply put, counseling addresses some sort of trauma where coaching helps the person move from where they are to where they feel God wanting them to be.

Pastor Gary is a serious student of the Bible and relies heavily upon it in his counseling/coaching practice.  Recognizing and believing that God has a plan for each created person’s life; it is Gary’s desire to see everyone fulfill that God-called purpose for their life.  He is an honors graduate of Bethany College, Santa Cruz, CA, is enrolled in a maters program through Cornerstone University, Lake Charles, LA and a masters level coaching clinic.  He has a great deal of experience in marriage and family, child raising issues, substance abuse and addiction, anger management, depression, PTSD, adults that suffered abuse as a child, as well as life coaching, career coaching, family coaching, and financial coaching.  He is equipped to work with teens and adults, referring younger children to his wife and counseling partner Kathleen Stommel, MA.

Pastor Gary is ordained with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is a Licensed Pastoral Counselor that utilizes Creation Therapy that begins and ends with the assumption that we are created by God and we are created on purpose for a purpose.

If you’d like more information, you can visit the Feed My Sheep Counseling Services website at or you can contact Pastor Gary directly at (615)881-5619 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ascend holds grand opening PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Tuesday, Ascend Federal Credit Union held a grand opening for its new financial center at 300 Pleasant Grove Road, Suite 510, in Mt. Juliet. 

The Mt. Juliet financial center is the 16th Middle Tennessee location for the Tullahoma based credit union. 

“Ascend has been helping members reach their financial goals for more than 60 years,” Ascend’s volunteer Board of Directors Treasurer Randal Braker said. “This new facility enables us to more effectively deliver our brand promise to educate and help members become effective financial stewards.”

The new financial center will also help the credit union provide more convenient access to their members in Wilson County, according to Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel. 

“This beautiful new facility features amenities similar to other Ascend locations, with a few surprises,” Gabriel said. “A new area referred to as a ‘huddle’ space offers an open, more relaxed option to the credit union’s member rooms. Acend’s new Personal Assistance Service System (PASSport) enables members in the drive-up to interact with tellers via video and touchscreen. And, a device bar shows how the free Ascend app and other electronic account access tools function on a mobile device.”

With $1.675 billion in assets and more than 145,000 members, Ascend is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest federally chartered credit unions in the United States. For the past nine years, Ascend has returned more than $50 million to members in bonus dividends and loan interest refunds. 

Ascend is federally insured by the NCUA. Membership is limited. 

New Goodwill set for Grand Opening PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is expanding and opening up its newest store, Donation Express Center and Career Solutions center, and you’re invited to the grand opening. A ribbon cutting will take place at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Goodwill newest store located at 1985 Providence West Parkway in Mt. Juliet. Doors will open immediately after the ribbon cutting, and the grand opening celebration will continue throughout the weekend with gift card giveaways.

This is one of only a handful of stores Goodwill has built from the ground up. The nearly 28,400 square foot facility features a retail sales floor of more than 19,400 square feet. That’s twice the size of the current Mt. Juliet store. 

A new covered drive-thru for donations will be located on the side of the store. 

The new facility also houses Wilson County’s first Career Solutions center. Goodwill Career Solutions offers free one-on-one job training and placement services to people who need help getting a job. In 2013, Goodwill served 17,498 people at our 25 Career Solutions centers in Middle and West Tennessee. Of those, 5,615 found a job. 

Goodwill is able to offer these free services thanks to the generosity of Goodwill’s donors and shoppers. The funds used to deliver Career Solutions services are generated through the sale of donated items. 

Approximately 20 jobs were created to thanks to the relocation of the store, Donation Express Center and the new Career Solutions center.


When: Thursday, May 22

8:45 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting 

9 a.m. – Doors Open 

Where: 1985 Providence West Parkway, Mt. Juliet

The Mt. Juliet store and Donation Express Center on North Mt. Juliet Road will close its doors the night before the new location opens its doors. We hope to have a soft opening a few days before the scheduled grand opening.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.

For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2013, Goodwill served 17,498 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 5,615 people in jobs. For more information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers, visit or call 1-800-545-9231.

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