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Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce launches shop local campaign PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce has launched a shop local campaign to showcase people who are shopping local. From Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 20 Elves armed with 100 stickers are canvasing the community with one goal in mind…..hoping to catch people in the act of shopping local. 

“It’s just another way to help people to focus on shopping in our own community,” says Anita Goff, Director of Membership for the Mt. Juliet Chamber. “When we catch someone shopping in Mt. Juliet, we give them a sticker and take their photo which we upload to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #shoplocalmj and #mjchamber.” “We’ve been uploading photos for a few weeks now and so far, have had a good reaction from the community. It’s good for the local stores to get some added attention, plus people like to see their photos out there on the web!”    

If you’re interested in seeing all the shop local pics, find the Chamber on social media with the hashtags above, or click on the website at www.mtjulietchamber.com and find the #shoplocalmj photo album under the Community Snapshot tab.  

“The face of the business community is getting younger and younger all the time,” says Goff. “We like to use social media as much as we can so we can stay relevant and interact with our customers as much as possible. This shop local campaign has pretty much driven itself since all the photogs upload their own pictures.”  

Why shop local? Chamber President Mark Hinesley replies “Locally owned businesses build strong communities by linking neighbors and by contributing to local causes. Shopping local also funds more city programs and services through sales tax dollars. Plus, shopping in our own community helps us to maintain the distinctive local character that makes up the charm of Mt. Juliet. It’s just a win-win and for us, there really is no reason to shop anywhere else.” 

One more reason to shop local? Notice anything interesting when you look at the #shoplocalmj hashtag? Save yourself from the added hustle and bustle of traveling to other communities to shop. Shop calm and stay local.

 
MJ Health Care honors employees PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The employees of Mt. Juliet Health Care Center were recognized on Nursing Home Caregiver Day, Friday, Nov. 22. The 2013 theme “The Extra Mile” recognizes caregivers who go above and beyond to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs of their residents. 

More than 37,000 men and women provide care for more than 30,000 elderly and disabled patients in Tennessee’s nursing homes, from nurses providing medical care to kitchen managers preparing nutritious meals and everyone in between, the nursing home staff works together to ensure that each and every patient is receiving the highest quality of care possible. In addition to medical care, many facilities offer physical, occupational and speech therapy along with special programs for Alzheimer’s patients. 

“Nursing home employees work hard to provide round-the-clock care to residents,” said Ronald Knox, administrator at Mt. Juliet Health Care Center. “Many caregivers go the extra mile to make sure their patients receive quality care, and I think it’s important to recognize their dedication.”

Mt. Juliet Health Care Center is a member of the Tennessee Health Care Association, a non-profit organization whose members include long-term care facilities located throughout the state. To learn more about the many worthwhile things nursing homes do, visit the association’s website, www.thca.org. 

 
Cedar Stone Bank announces new building in Donelson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The board of directors and officers of CedarStone Bank announced today the acquisition of property in Donelson and construction plans to build a full-service branch to be completed in early 2016.

CedarStone Bank opened in 2004 headquartered in Lebanon with the Donelson branch office opening and leasing space in 2006 at a location formerly known as the headquarters of Gideon International, 2900 Lebanon Road.

“We have been looking for quite some time for what we would consider as the perfect permanent location for our Donelson branch office. The lot we secured a few weeks ago meets that criteria and we are excited about getting this project underway,” stated CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald.

The building site is located at the intersection of Lebanon Road and Donelson Pike in what is described as in the heart of Donelson.

“Our Donelson branch office has grown significantly since opening in 2006 and the leased space on Lebanon Road has served us well.  With our lease expiring soon we were fortunate to find this prime real estate and are excited about our bank’s future in Donelson,” added McDonald.

Michael L. Manous, R.A., founder and president of Manous Design, has designed all CedarStone Bank offices and the Donelson rendering shows the same style and appeal as the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet offices.

CedarStone Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank serving customers in the Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Donelson market areas. For more information on CedarStone Bank, please log on to the bank’s web address, www.cedarstonebank.com

 
WB&T unveils Kasasa checking and savings accounts PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

They may not be bounding tall buildings, but bankers at Wilson Bank & Trust have been bestowed with a super-sized set of products that are fueling some out-of-the-ordinary enthusiasm at local branches this week.  

With the arrival of the WB&T’s new suite of Kasasa checking and savings accounts, bank representatives are offering consumers big-time products complete with special rewards, to go along the outstanding service that’s always been the cornerstone of community banking.  To help spread the word about these ‘empowering’ new accounts, employees have been seen donning Kasasa capes and even soaring the skies, both figuratively and literally.

Celebrations for the Kasasa kickoff have featured branch managers and other bank employees waving signs to passing cars, grilling free hot dogs and striking poses atop various structures.  A $1,000 cash giveaway drawing has also been part of the special product promotion, as have a series of hot air balloon advertisement flights.  

Kasasa is a new brand of free checking and savings accounts that rewards consumers for using their account with what interests them most—high interest, cash back, automatic savings and digital downloads from iTunes® or Amazon.com®.  These accounts, combined with the personal service that only community financial institutions can deliver, are offering residents a better banking option than the megabank experience.

Wilson Bank & Trust is offering four Kasasa financial products, including Kasasa Cash®, Kasasa Cash Back™, Kasasa Saver® and Kasasa Tunes®. All Kasasa products are free, reward-based accounts, with no minimum balance to earn the rewards or maintain the account, no monthly service fee, free online banking and free ATMs nationwide.

Kasasa Cash - A free checking account that rewards consumers with high interest for every month they qualify.

Kasasa Cash Back - A free checking account that rewards account holders with major cash back on everyday debit card purchases, without points or category restrictions like the big guys. The cash back amount is based on how much a consumer spends on his or her debit card.

Kasasa Saver - A free, high interest saver account linked to a Kasasa Cash or Kasasa Cash Back checking account. The interest and ATM fee refunds earned in the Kasasa Cash account or the cash back and ATM fee refunds earned in the Kasasa Cash Back account are automatically deposited into the Kasasa Saver account when the account holders qualify. The balance in the Kasasa Saver account also earns a high rate of interest.   

Kasasa Tunes - A checking account that rewards consumers with digital downloads from iTunes® or Amazon.com® when they qualify.

To receive the Kasasa account benefits, each monthly qualification cycle consumers are asked to do a few simple things like receive an eStatement, access online banking, use a debit card a minimum number of times and have an automatic payment (ACH) post and settle. If an account holder does not meet the qualifications in a given month, Wilson Bank & Trust will alert the individual, who will be eligible the following month for the benefits.

Wilson Bank & Trust (www.wilsonbank.com), member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is a locally owned bank established in 1987 to provide personal and professional service in a hometown setting. One of the top banks in the South in stability, products, technology, growth and earnings, WB&T currently operates 25 full-service offices in seven Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and online banking services.

 
Houston’s now has fresh grilled hamburgers and fries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Houston’s Meat and Produce is continuing to expand its kitchen, now adding fresh grilled burgers and fries. 

What makes Houston’s burgers different is that they come from the meat room inside the store, and are never frozen. The meat is ground right in the store, and cooked while you wait. 

Chris Houston said another reason they wanted to do it is because it gives north siders more burger options. 

“There are not a lot of places known for their burgers on this side of a town,” said Houston. 

You can still get all the favorites at Houston’s as well. Taco salads are on Thursdays, steak sandwiches on Fridays and smoked ribs on the weekends. You can also get their famous chicken salad as well. 

If you are interested in catering an event, Houston’s can handle 20 people to 1,000 any day of the week. 

Houston’s Meat & Produce is located at 3930 N. Mt. Juliet Road. They can be reached at (615)758-7226. 

 
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