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Baby Stitches, from MJ to all over the US in 20 years PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Twenty years ago, Terri Thompson started up a baby item embroidery business in her home. 

Since then, she has seen her items make their way into the hands of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Donald Trump, Kate Hudson, Chris O’Donnell, Trace Adkins and Wynonna Judd and many others.

Thompson sold a couple of items to a doctor’s wife in Mt. Juliet, and she bought a gift for the wife of Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick. 

“When she ordered, it exploded,” said Thompson. 

The CEO of Reebok bought some items. The creator of Mindspring ordered from Baby Stitches. The CFO of Disney in Anaheim ordered. 

Thompson said she realized she was staying up until 2-4 in the morning, so she upgraded her equipment. She caught up, and eventually had to upgrade again. 

Lutnick started the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund after the Sept. 11 attacks to help families that were affected by the tragic day. 

One of the things he did was purchase items for Cantor Fitzgerald mothers who had lost their husbands on that day. 

“He purchased a dozen burp pads for every baby that had lost a father on 9/11,” said Thompson. 

The mothers showed off the burp pads in a People Magazine spread about the story. 

Thompson said business was booming until the recession hit. 

“When everything went south, my business did too,” said Thompson. 

Thompson has added new equipment and a new website to help make it easier for customers. You can track orders online, and browse her great selection. 

Check out what Baby Stitches has to offer at www.babystitches.com.

 
Active lifestyles thrive at McKendree Village PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Offering a continuum of lifetime care for senior adults, McKendree Village in committed to enhancing the quality of life of its residents. Every day, the residents of the campus benefit from a vibrant chaplaincy program and a wide range of   recreational programs as well as proximity to banking, medical care, grocery stores, pharmacies, shopping centers, and other community resources. Recognizing that the residents of the McKendree Village campus bring with them a diverse history of experiences and unique interests, McKendree offers many opportunities for residents to stay involved and share their interests and passions. 

Maintaining fitness and health is an important part of life for many Mckendree residents!  Located on a 42 acre, park-like setting with a walking trail and greenspace for gardening, residents find many amenities on campus that support their goals.  The campus facilities such as a fully equipped wellness center and an indoor saltwater pool are readily enjoyed by all residents. Many residents find it easy and convenient to exercise on their own or with a friend and may also take advantage of McKendree’s full time fitness instructor to provide class instruction and advice on exercise and wellness activities.  

In addition to developing and maintaining friendships on campus, McKendree residents take part in regularly scheduled events and trips throughout the Nashville/Middle Tennessee community. One recent event was a trip to Ethridge, Tennessee to visit the Amish community there. McKendree residents raved about their excellent lunch at the Amish-run restaurant, The Red Rooster. Residents also marveled at the creativity and resourcefulness seen in the crafts, furniture, food  and other items  made by the Amish, including beautiful bentwood rockers, homegrown canned vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, baskets and candles.  When asked about their impressions of the trip, one Mckendree Resident said “Good food, good fellowship, and a good place to buy a walking stick, fresh corn and honey!“. On the way back to McKendree Village, everyone agreed that it was fascinating to learn about the Tennessee Amish culture by experiencing it first hand, but they also looked forward to returning home to their delicious chef-prepared dinner in the McKendree dining room! 

Along with attending events and programs throughout the area, Mckendree Village residents also have the advantage of activities that bring the community to them.  In the coming months, Mckendree Village residents will enjoy a number of events hosted on the campus that are open for area seniors and the public. As a continuation of McKendree Village’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, the campus will sponsor a “Senior Adult Block Party” Sept. 11 that will feature area restaurants, retailers, grocers and organizations serving seniors.  The event will also include health screenings, music, product and service discounts and door prizes. Free, convenient parking is available for the event, and all area senior adults and their families are invited and encouraged to attend!

Just one month later on Saturday, Oct. 12, McKendree Village will host the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage’s 26th Annual Car Show, which draws car enthusiasts from throughout the region to enjoy vintage and modified cars, trucks and motorcycles. In addition to the awards for each class of vehicle, other trophies that day will include “Ladies Choice”, “Best Street Rod”, “Most Unusual”, “Best Chrysler”, “Best General Motors”, “Best Ford” and “Best Stock”. This year’s “Best in Show” trophy will be awarded to the winner in memory of long time volunteer Riley Young, who was a dedicated show volunteer for 21 wonderful years. Also  Oct. 12, the McKendree Towers library will host a book sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Of course, the best way to get to know the wonderful people, homes and services of McKendree Village is by experiencing it first hand through a personalized tour, which can be scheduled at your convenience by calling (615)871-8200. As one new member of the McKendree community recently commented, “I feel like it’s my birthday, Christmas and Fourth of July everyday! There’s always something to do. I wish I had moved here sooner.”

 
McDonald celebrates 64 years in banking PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Several notable events happened in 1950 – the first modern credit card was introduced, the first organ transplant was performed, “Peanuts” a cartoon strip about a boy and his dog Snoopy was launched by little know artist, Charles M. Schulz and Willie McDonald began his banking career with Third National Bank.

And the rest they say is history. 

Fast forward some 64 years later, and Willie is still behind the desk, in the lobby, and on the road meeting and greeting new customers as he introduces them to CedarStone Bank.   Saturday July 6, marked McDonald’s 64th year in his chosen vocation.

“CedarStone Bank is obviously very fortunate to have Willie on our team as not too many banks in the country, if any, have someone who is still going strong after 64 years in the profession.  Willie is a great advocate for our bank and the financial industry and continues to bring in new customers each and every month,” commented Hank Stuart, Ex. VP and longtime friend and co-worker of Mr. McDonald.

Willie worked with Third National Bank (later to become SunTrust) for over 53 years.  He officially “retired”  from SunTrust soon after his 53rd year in banking and received a new Ford Mustang convertible, a car he still drives today, as a gift from his customer base.  Not his employer, or fellow employees…but his customer base.  

He had a brief stay at Regions Bank before beginning his new career here at CedarStone Bank in 2004.

“We had plans down the road to open a branch in the Donelson market,” explained Bob McDonald, president and CEO of CedarStone Bank, “but my father’s availability caused us to act a little sooner than originally planned.”

“The Donelson branch has enjoyed tremendous growth and we can attribute a lot of that to Willie and the banking relationships he has formed and nurtured for the past 64 years,” McDonald added. 

“It’s an honor working with my father. He is a banking legend and we are proud to have him as a part of the CedarStone team,” McDonald said.

Willie and CedarStone Bank’s Hank Stuart worked side by side with each other during the early years of Stuart’s banking career at Third National Bank.

“We had a saying back then, there is a right way,  a wrong way,  and then there is Willie’s way,” Stuart added, “and we still say that today.”

“Willie has mentored countless number of bankers over these 64 plus years and I am grateful for all that he has taught me.  More than anything, I am thankful for our relationship as co-workers and friends.  He continues to outwork us all and like I have always said, ‘Willie works by walking around.’  I am very glad that he continues to mentor us by working at CedarStone Bank.”

About William “Willie” McDonald:  Serves on the boards of Music City Center Commission, McKendree Village Foundation, McLeory Foundation, Friends of Two Rivers Mansion, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Boy Scouts of America, Goodpasture School President’s Board and Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce.  In addition he is serving on or has previously served on advisory councils and/or committees of, Star Spangled Salute, Ladies Hermitage Association, American Cancer Society, Metropolitan Nashville Development Board, Nashville Electric Service Board, American Heart Association, Family & Children’s Services, Junior League of Nashville, Donelson Christian Academy, as well as the coordinator for McGavock High School’s PENCIL program. He and his wife Helen have been happily married for 60 years.

 
Cedar Creek Marina offers great live music PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Live music, sitting by the lake and good food in an outdoor setting are essential to summer. 

Luckily, Cedar Creek Marina offers all three Friday and Saturday nights with great local musicians playing into the night. 

The shows, which started in 2008, are for all ages, you can even bring your pets to the concerts. They run from 7 to 11 p.m.

 The Cedar Creek Marina has gone through plenty of changes the last few years. After the flood in 2010, and strong winds doing damage in 2011, the marina reopened in May 2012 after a complete rebuilding of the facility. Approximately 200 covered slips able to accommodate vessels from 20 feet to 60 feet are available for boat owners in Wilson County, plus outside space for boats larger than 60 feet. Access to the covered slips is through a secure gate with the use of a gate code. 

The Corps of Engineers docked a floating platform from the Girl Scout camp there a few years ago and local musician Mike Hatchett had a suggestion. 

“Of course, I saw it as a stage,” said Hatchett. 

Now great local bands and musicians play there, including Hatchett’s band, Southern Ground. Hatchett was the former sound man for George Jones, and worked with many rock acts before that like Ted Nugent and Jethro Tull. He is the drummer for Southern Ground. The lead guitarist is a construction contractor named Don Baze. The bass player is retired cable, media installer, Bill Bush, and the lead singer is a mechanic named Rocky Medrano. Southern Ground will be playing Friday at Cedar Creek Marina. Hatchett said that he expects plenty of nationally known musicians to make their way to the stage soon because of so many settling in the area. 

In addition to the floating stage with professional stage lighting, there is a nice covered pavilion for guests to sit and listen to the live music or enjoy a meal from the extensive menu at Fishtales Grill. During the fall months, the pavilion has a cozy fireplace to warm up with. There is seating for about seventy guests in the covered areas of the front porch and pavilion, with another 60 or more seating at the outdoor tables on the floating dock next to the stage. 

Cedar Creek Marina is located at 9120 Saundersville Road. For more information, call 758-5174 or check them out on the web at www.cedarcreekmarinatn.com.

 
Provision Living shares result of national poll on assisted living PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Provision Living, a regional operator of assisted living and memory care communities, today shared the results of a national poll indicating that seniors in assisted living overwhelmingly feel safe in, and satisfied with, the communities in which they live. The nationwide survey of seniors currently living in assisted living communities found that fully 93% feel satisfied with their community, including 68% who say they are “very satisfied.” The survey findings also indicated that residents almost unanimously feel safe in their communities, with 99% of respondents reporting they feel safe.

“We’re pleased to share the results of this survey and believe they’re an accurate reflection of what we see each day in our communities,” said Todd Spittal, president of Provision Living. “Each day, as we pursue our vision of creating a radiant organization where people are loved, inspired, and thriving, we see amazing acts of caring, warmth and concern from our team members, and while our associates are truly remarkable, I do believe we have only scratched the surface of what becoming a radiant caregiving organization looks like.”

Lauren Grant, Executive Director of Provision Living at Hermitage, backs up the results with her personal experience: “For those of us working with these incredible residents and their families every day, it’s no surprise that the national satisfaction numbers are high. We work so hard at this because these are people that we love and cherish. When you wake up every day knowing you get to serve people who appreciate you, it’s easy to go the extra mile.”

The survey of 500 seniors living in assisted living communities found widespread satisfaction for almost every aspect of life in their communities.

94% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with their overall quality of life in their assisted living community. 

93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal independence they enjoy in their community. 

93% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the level of personal attention paid to them by staff. 

90% of assisted living residents say they are satisfied with the overall quality of care they receive. 

87% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community are well trained and well qualified to do their job. 

86% of assisted living residents say the workers in their community “care about me as a person.” By an 8-1 margin, assisted living residents agree with the following statement: “Assisted living communities are an excellent choice for seniors who want to live active, independent lives, but may just need a little help now and then. Assisted living communities have a professional and caring staff that provides a safe home away from home for residents. There are ample rules and regulations in place to ensure residents remain safe and are well taken are of. Residents living in assisted living communities enjoy a healthy and high quality of life.”

The survey of 500 residents living in assisted living communities was taken between July 15-18, 2013 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.38%. The survey was conducted jointly by Public Opinion Strategies and Frederick Polls.

About Provision Living:

Based in St. Louis, Provision Living LLC owns and operates a family of assisted living and memory care communities across nine states, representing more than 1,500 units and 950 associates.

Provision Living at Hermitage offers Independent Living villas, Assisted Living apartments and Memory Care services to Nashville area seniors. They are located at 4131 Andrew Jackson Parkway in Hermitage, TN. More information is available at www.HermitageAssistedLiving.com.

 
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