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Cole Family Practice adding Vandy Nurse Midwifery care PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Cole Family Practice in Old Hickory has joined forces with the Vanderbilt School of Nursing to provide prenatal care provided by three Certified Nurse Midwives to the area.

Vanderbilt’s Nurse Midwives are sought out by women all over the middle Tennessee area, and have seen a big growth in popularity in recent years. Certified Nurse Midwives guide women through their pregnancy while educating them, and empowering them to make intelligent choices in the process.  It is an alternative to a traditional OB/GYN, who may have a strict program for pregnant women to follow, and the woman may feel she has no say in her process. 

Amy Cole of Cole Family Practice is a nurse midwife and graduate of Vanderbilt. She said that she has had Vanderbilt graduate students work for her in the past, so she had a good working relationship with the school. They approached her about possibly helping them branch out their Nurse Midwifery program, and she jumped on board. 

“It’s a great thing for the midwifery childbirth community,” said Cole. “It adds another option for childbirth care, and makes it much more accessible.”

Midwives have been around since ancient times. Nurse midwife patients have shorter lengths of stay, lower C-section rates, fewer lower birth weight infants and higher breastfeeding rates. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 85 percent of all births in the United States are considered normal and do not require medical intervention. 

Nurse Practitioner Meg Rowland Boyls is excited about the addition to Cole Family Practice and thinks the community will benefit greatly. She said it will give women the option for a more natural approach to pregnancy, as well as providing the already quality family care patients receive at Cole Family Practice. 

“This is a good expansion of access of care,” said Boyls. 

Cole Family Practice welcomed Annie Sorensen, Bethany Sanders and Erin Monberg Jan. 2. All are Certified Nurse Midwives, are faculty members at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and hold privileges for deliveries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Sorensen said she got into the profession because she thinks pregnancy is a very unique time for a woman because the woman’s concerns shifts from not only her personal health care, but to that of her family. 

“Pregnancy is a very unique time to educate a woman,” said Sorensen. 

Sorensen said that they are a perfect fit for a place like Cole Family Practice which strives to achieve a more natural form of health care. She believes that it is inspiring to help empower a woman to make choices about her health. 

“You get to take part in this, and it’s very exciting,” said Sorensen. 

Cole Family Practice is located at 4962 Lebanon Pike in Old Hickory. You can reach them at 874-3422 or check them out online at 

Bentley’s moves into Mt. Juliet location PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

For years, Mt. Juliet has received the great service Bentley’s Heating and Cooling, but now the family owned business has a home in Mt. Juliet.
Bentley’s has opened an office at 11853 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. You might have seen their sign out on the road about their Free Filter Fridays special.
You can go into the location and get a free air filter, no purchase necessary. Bill Bentley said he keeps getting calls asking what is the gimmick about the free filters, and he says there is none at all.
“We just want people to get to know us,” said Bentley.
William Bentley founded the company in 1945. Since then they have provided great service to Wilson and the surrounding counties, and the company has been passed down the generations of the Bentley family.
Bentley’s offers a vast array of services from service and repair of your HVAC units, installing of new Trane or Rheem units, geothermal units, water heaters, electric air cleaners. They are Trane and Rheem certified.
Bentley believes that Trane is the best on the market. He said that on most units, they dip their compressors in varnish, but Trane dips theirs in an apoxy, which is way more efficient and durable. He said the compressor is basically the engine of the unit, so if that is the highest quality, the unit will be the highest quality.
Bentley said the most important part of having a home in Mt. Juliet is making things easier for the customer. You can now come into the office to pay your bill, get information from the knowledgeable staff, or on Fridays, pick up your free filter. He said he enjoys being a bigger part of the community as well, they have already joined the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce, they look to sponsor ball teams, and help the community in any way they can.
Bentley’s Heating and Cooling is located at 11853 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. They can be reached by calling 754-COOL.

Mt. Juliet based Pallette Records empowers artists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A new Mt. Juliet based recording studio, which empowers artists to control their own interests, creativity and destiny, is now up and going. 

Palette Records enables artists to collaborate with like-minded artists, find new ways to reach new audiences, and access world-class studio and production resources.

Conceived as a record label “created by artists for the artists” by co-founders Debra Lyn and Jeff Silverman, the founder of Nashville-based full service production studio Palette Music/Studio/Productions, Palette Records uses the United Artists’ model as its inspiration to bring independent artists together under one banner, so they can:  

• Share ideas and support each other in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration

• Connect with “like-minded” yet diverse artists whose paths typically wouldn’t cross at a conventional record label

• Find new and better ways, channels and avenues to reach new audiences, including radio, TV, Internet, electronic media, cross-promotion opportunities and more

• Access Palette Music’s expertise and resources, and ensure that their creations reflect world-class production values

“Our goal at Palette Records is to promote `Art in Music,’ and give proactive and forward-thinking artists the platform, resources and support they need to succeed -- yet without forcing them to compromise their vision or sacrifice their independence,” commented Jeff Silverman, a music industry veteran whose nearly 40-year career has included stints as a touring and studio musician with artists such as Rick Springfield and Roger Miller, a Motown/LA staff writer, a music editor for film and TV, and an artist signed to the legendary Sound City Studios.

Since launching, Palette Records has already signed four notable artists: 

• Michael Peterson, who debuted on the country music scene in 1997 with a self-titled album that featured five Top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs -- including the #1 hit “From Here to Eternity.” Currently, Michael is working with Palette Records on his upcoming CD “One Day from Someday.”

•  Debra Lyn, an award-winning singer/songwriter whose catalog includes several country, rock and bluegrass albums, including the just-released holiday song from Palette Records “Save the Mistletoe for Me.” Debra Lyn is also working with Palette Records on the CD and video to her upcoming release “A Cold Wind Blows.”

• Aeone is an award winning artiste whose work has been heard in over 60 trailers and numerous film and television projects, including TNT’s Emmy Nominated “Mists of Avalon.” Aeone has released five critically acclaimed albums, and her upcoming EP from Palette Records entitled ‘Love is the Healer’ continues her journey into the world of mystical enchantment.

• Jerzee, an award-winning singer/songwriter based in Germany whose sound captures everything from rock, folk, dance and electro, and whose first single achieved widespread airplay on major radio stations across Germany. Currently, Jerzee is working with Palette Records on her upcoming CD “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll, but it Feels Like Love.”

Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique filled with handmade treasures PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Just a few years ago, Tia Rios found her passion. 

While she went to college to do nursing, she learned that she had a knack for artistic endeavors. Soon after, she started making handmade gifts, many of them repurposed from things like old doors and window frames. That’s not all, as Rios likes to make pillows, jewelry, and many other types of items. 

“I love taking something old and making it new,” said Rios of her shabby chic style. 

She also got to put the hobby to work for Sparkling Tiaras helping make little girl birthday parties a blast.

“I’m very girly inside,” joked Rios about her style. 

She started loading up a trailer and going to trade shows and flea markets. She had to move away from her hometown Mt. Juliet due to her husband’s job, but was able to return after a year, when he secured a position back in the area. That is when she decided to make her passion her business, and opened Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique. 

Nearly everything in the store is hand made by Rios. She makes items on Monday and Tuesday, then opens on Wednesday through Saturday for people to come see her creations. 

Just 22, Rios has hopefully a long career ahead of her, and hopes to one day have her own line of products. Right now she is just happy with how her little boutique is going and is pleased with wherever she ends up. 

“It’s wherever God takes me,” said Rios. 

Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique is located at 3650 N. Mt. Juliet Road across from Mt. Juliet Middle School. They are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach them at (615) 417-7823. 

You can also check them out on Facebook by searching Tia’s Shabby Chic Boutique. 

Penn Station East Coast Subs close to opening in Mt. Juliet PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Penn Station East Coast Subs, the fast-casual restaurant known for its legendary Philadelphia Cheesesteak Sub sandwich served hot and made-to-order on freshly baked French bread, will open its fourth store in Middle Tennessee in mid-December at 600 S. Mt. Juliet Road in Mt. Juliet, Tn. At the helm is Thompson Station resident Marcus Queen and his two partners, who have plans to open two additional locations in 2014 and a total of 12 stores throughout Middle Tennessee within the next five years. 

Queen is no stranger to the restaurant industry. He’s spent 34 years working for well-known chains such as Applebee’s, Houston’s and Burger King. After a short stint working for Advanced Auto Parts in 2011, he was immediately drawn to Penn Station and its food after a visit a few years ago. 

 “After three decades in the restaurant business I thought I’d had enough and decided to try my hand in the automotive industry,” said Queen. “But it didn’t take long for me to return after I learned about Penn Station. I first tried the food on a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit my sister. I thought the concept was great and the food was terrific. A few months later I received a phone call from a recruiter and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Queen and his partners opened their first Penn Station location in Hermitage in August 2012 and purchased two additional stores in Bellevue and Murfreesboro in May 2012. Their development agreement calls for the opening of eight more locations.

“Penn Station is a northern brand that we are slowly introducing to the South,” said Queen. “So far the response of the Middle Tennessee community has been very positive and we know as we continue to open more restaurants Penn Station will soon become a household name that represents fresh and delicious sub sandwiches.”

Originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985, Penn Station serves a variety of grilled and cold deli subs, as well as fresh, hand-cut, made-to-order French fries, hand-squeezed lemonade made throughout the day and chocolate chunk cookies baked fresh in the restaurant.

With his 12 restaurants, Queen will bring approximately 300 jobs to the area. He plans to hire 25 employees at his Mt. Juliet location and applicants can visit the Hermitage restaurant to apply. 

Penn Station has approximately 270 restaurants in 13 states including Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All but one location is franchised. Projections call for the opening of 30 restaurants nationwide in 2014. Markets targeted for growth include Kansas City, Richmond, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville and North and South Carolina, as well as a number of other existing markets. For more information, visit 

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