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Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Country Pride Amish Market PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

A Mt. Juliet staple is now back open, but in a new form. 

The property that used to hold the Dairy Queen, has been reborn as the Country Pride Amish Market. The store is now filled with Amish produce from nearby in Kentucky. The produce is all organic, and the owners Norman and Peggy Chrisman make the trip three times a week to keep the store stocked. 

“It’s all organic, and it’s quality,” Chrisman said of his choice to use the Amish produce. 

In addition to the produce, there are breads, honeys, jams, bacon, eggs, sugar, flour, Amish pies and cakes. 

Behind the counter, there are other eats for you to enjoy. You can get homemade hamburgers, hot dogs and many other items, as well as ice cream cones. You can also purchase deli meat by the pound. 

Country Pride Amish Market has many other types of items for sell during the different seasons of the year. They have plants and flowers out front, and will also have Pumpkins, straw, Christmas trees, and many other seasonal items. 

Chrisman has lived in Mt. Juliet for 30 years, and ran the Green Hill Market for many years. He also had a roadside market before moving into the current location. He said it was important to keep the old Dairy Queen building alive because it is one of the oldest businesses still standing in Mt. Juliet. He said it was in bad shape when he purchased it, but through a lot of hard work the market is open and ready for customers. 

Country Pride Amish Market is located at 11674 Lebanon Road. They are open Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They can be reached at (615)754-5339. 

Rockstar wins at Nationals PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The awards keep rolling in for Rockstar Academy of Dance. 

Students from the school recently attended a national competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and ended up winning three dances overall. 

“We are pretty proud of these kids,” said Rockstar’s Lacy Chandler. 

The students won a solo (10-year-old), duo (8-and-under), and trio (9-12-years-old).

An average of 45 kids compete for Rockstar during January through July. Chandler said they go to a different national competition each year, and try to pick different cities for the students to visit. 

“We like to show kids new places,” said Chandler. “They get to see places that most kids don’t get to see.”

Chandler said they have been to places such as Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, St. Louis and Georgia. The team won Best Studio at the regional competition they attended in Chicago. 

Chandler said the success they’ve seen at Rockstar is attributed to how hard the kids work. She said many of them work four to five hours a day, four or five days a week. Kids have to audition for the competition team, which usually happens in July or August. 

“They work really hard,” said Chandler. “They take it very serious.”

Rockstar is about to see an expansion of an extra 1,200 square feet within the next month. That will be to make room for a new after school program that will be starting. 

For more information on that program, or all the programs at Rockstar Academy of Dance, call (615)773-4067. You can also check them out on the web at, or on their Facebook page. Rockstar Academy of Dance is located at 1251 N. Mt. Juliet Road. 

Wood-Tex now in MJ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wood-Tex Products have always been known in their home state of New York for doing what they say they were going to do, and treating their customers how they would want to be treated. 

When looking for a new location, the middle Tennessee area, in particular Mt. Juliet, seemed like the place to be. 

“It was a perfect fit,” said CEO Kent Lapp. 

Lapp said that they have always had an old-fashioned way of doing things, that which was established by his father when he started the business in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He said he found that here in Middle Tennessee. Before they had moved the business here, Lapp had visited the area on business and fell in love with Nashville. He planned on moving his family here, but realized this would be a perfect place to expand the family business. 

Wood-Tex Products specializes in storage sheds, garages, horse barns, cabins and chicken coops, sold right to the customer. Many of the structures will be manufactured at the location on Lebanon Road. Wood-Tex tries not to outsource their labor, so anywhere from the production to delivery guys are on their staff. 

On Sept. 13, Wood-Tex Products will be holding their grand opening. It will be a day of food and fun, with free hamburgers and hot dogs, specials on products, a chicken coop giveaway, bounce houses for the kids. 

Wood-Tex will also be at the Wilson County Fair this year, so you can check out what they are all about. 

Wood-Tex Products is located at 6909 Lebanon Road close to Highway 109. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can reach them at (615)202-5682 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also check them out on the web at 

Sleep Apnea care at Medical Necessities PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

For people who suffer from sleep apnea, having easy access to care is of the utmost importance. 

Luckily for people in Mt. Juliet, Medical Necessities is located right in the heart of Mt. Juliet. 

Medical Necessities is the largest home medical equipment care provider in Tennessee with seven locations throughout the region. They handle many home medical equipment needs at their locations, but the Mt. Juliet location focuses on CPAP and BiPap machines for sleep apnea. They care for 400 patients a month just for that condition. 

Medical Necessities accepts all types of insurance and Medicare. Medicare recently went to a competitive bid system for home equipment. Medical Necessities was one of the companies that won that bid, and one of the few in the area that can accept Medicare. 

“We are able to meet their needs on education and equipment,” said . 

Medical Necessities are located at 2740 N. Mt. Juliet Road. They can be reached at (615)997-0861. 

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.”

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