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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.

Get ready to rock at Rock Zone PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

If you ask most adults why they gave up playing an instrument or singing, they’ll often say the lessons were boring and they “never really did anything with it.” 

Rock Zone Music School just opened at 11902 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. 

It aims to make learning to sing or playing an instrument fun for all ages, and best of all, there’s the opportunity to be part of the Rock Zone band that performs at venues around Nashville, complete with professional sound, video and production. 

In fact, students are starting to ramp up their rehearsals for their first show at 

The Hard Rock Cafe in Downtown Nashville on Tuesday June 10th.

This is you or your kid’s chance to be a rock star, for real. 

What better way to encourage someone to practice and try new things than to say, “Hey, you and the band have a gig coming up—in front of the public!”

Rock Zone’s coaches are working Nashville musicians who work directly with students, offering valuable advice and guidance regarding the music industry and all it encompasses. 

In addition to Rock Zone’s rock band group lessons, private lessons are available, as well as a summer camp and songwriter bootcamp. 

Four key instruments are taught at Rock Zone: guitar, bass, drums and keys. Voice lessons are available as well.

For those who want to learn to play some of the best rock songs ever written and/or write original music and share it in public, Rock Zone School Of Music is the place to be in Mt. Juliet. 

Call (615)562-0070 to register for lessons or camps, or visit to find out more information and/or register online. 

CedarStone Bank to hold 10 year celebration PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

On Thursday, April 17, CedarStone Bank will host a community celebration of 10 years of service in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson. The event, which is open to the public, is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the bank’s headquarters at 900 West Main Street in Lebanon. The celebration will feature live music by local favorite Tick Bryan and The CedarStones, refreshments, and fellowship. “We have coordinated efforts between the Chambers of Commerce offices in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson for this event and expect a terrific turnout,” said CedarStone Bank President and CEO Robert L. McDonald.

In early 2003, a diverse group of business and community leaders in Wilson County began to visualize a new bank in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet – a bank that would be known for returning to the simple basics of banking: friendly, experienced bankers conveniently delivering superior services to both individuals and businesses. CedarStone Bank opened its doors for business in April 2004. Since that time, CedarStone Bank has become known as a true community bank, with a strong commitment to education and to developing a positive business climate.

“We are appreciative of what our bank has accomplished over the past 10 years,” said Nelson Steed, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  “Much of that can be attributed to our first priority of serving our customers and our communities.  Our bank’s name reflects this.  Cedar and Stone represents strength and integrity, which resembles our communities,” Steed continued.

The Board of Directors include:  Nelson Steed, Chairman, Jackie Cowden, Vice Chair, Kevin Bay, Secretary, Brownie Vantrease, Bancroft O’Quinn, Jr., MD, Don Moser, and Bob McDonald, President and CEO.  The Executive Officers helping to form the bank include: Hank Stuart, Executive Vice President and Tina Winfree, Senior Vice President.  CedarStone Bank is a full service financial institution with three offices:  900 West Main Street, Lebanon, 4140 North Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, and 2900 Lebanon Road, Nashville.  For more information please visit us on our website at   

Dr. Bobo takes over at Hermitage Chiropractic & Rehab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

When Dr. Greg Bobo closed his practice in Georgia, he was looking for the perfect place to start a new one. 

After some time in Louisville working with a friend, Bobo found the right fit at Hermitage Chiropractic & Rehab. 

Bobo, who lives in the Mt. Juliet area, said he loves the Mt. Juliet and Hermitage area. He is a scout master for Troop 439 in Mt. Juliet. He is an Eagle Scout himself. 

“The sense of community here, people haven’t lost it,” said Bobo. “It doesn’t feel corporate at all. That’s refreshing.”

Bobo said he helps treat patients mostly with headache, neck pain and back pain. 

“I try and simplify everything,” said Bobo. 

Bobo says he prides himself on customer service, and that he will not only give you quality care, but will do it quickly and efficiently. He doesn’t want you sitting in the waiting room, he wants to get you right back.

Right now, Bobo is offering free first visit exams and X-rays to see if his approach will be right for you. 

You can visit Dr. Greg Bobo, D.C. at Hermitage Chiropractic & Rehab at 3441 Lebanon Pike, Suite 117 in Hermitage. You can call for more information at (615)871-9000 or visit them on the web at

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