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Provision Living celebrating National Assisted Living Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Provision Living at Hermitage will celebrate National Assisted Living Week (September 8-14, 2013) by opening the doors of its communities, and the hearts of its staff and team members, as an invitation to seniors and their families to experience the positive changes that assisted living solutions provide, every day.

National Assisted Living Week is an opportunity for assisted living providers to speak to the challenges seniors face in adapting to daily life in the decades following retirement. Whether it be a financial concern related to the affordability of assisted living, or a concern regarding personal independence following the move to assisted living, Provision Living aims to use National Assisted Living Week as a time to listen carefully to the concerns of prospective residents, as well as to highlight the overwhelming success of our current residents.

 “We want to dispel the myth that assisted living is too costly, or results in a decrease in personal independence, and instead share what we actually see daily in our communities, which includes increased participation in healthy, social activities, new friendships and a strong sense of community,” said Todd Spittal, president and CEO of Provision Living.

Each of their 23 properties will be holding special events for residents, families and visitors throughout the week, with a theme of “Open Doors, Open Hearts” to demonstrate that life in Assisted Living is full of independence, choice and engagement.

Lauren Grant, Executive Director of Provision Living at Hermitage, sees the event as a way to help people overcome their fears. “There are so many people out there who just need a little reassurance that a move like this will work out well for them. We hope people will take this opportunity to see for themselves that we are a vibrant community of interesting people.”

As a special promotional event during National Assisted Living Week, people who tour between September 1st and 14th will be entered into a drawing for a free month’s rent, credited on move-in by October 31st, 2013. One winner will be drawn for every Provision Living property.

Garr’s items to be auctioned off PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

One of the oldest Auction companies in middle Tennessee will help say goodbye to one of the oldest companies in Mt. Juliet next week. 

Bill Colson Auction & Realty will handle the auction of Garr’s Rental & Feed, which will include many of the rental items that Garr’s had, and much more. 

“There is going to be a void in the community,” said Bobby Colson, who lives in Mt. Juliet. 

Colson said Garr’s was a gathering place for the community, and he would always run into people he knew, sometimes people he had lost connections with. He said that it will be hard to replace all the good work Garr’s did for the community. 

All the equipment that Garr’s rented will be auctioned off. Some of the items will be a 2005 Chevy 4500 Dump Truck, two 753 Bobcats, Terramite T5C, 4400 John Deere 4x4 Tractor with loader, tools, equipment, trailers, warehouse shelving, wedding supplies, hardware and gardening supplies. 

“Bid high and bid often,” said Colson. “Let’s send Garr’s out with a bang.”

Orr joins TriStar Summit Medical Center PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TriStar Summit Medical Center is proud to welcome Sam Orr, M.D., a board certified pediatrician to its medical staff.  Orr received his medical degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine in Jackson, MS and completed his residency in pediatrics at Scott & White/Texas A&M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas.  He most recently served as a pediatrician at Scott & White Children’s Clinic in Waco, Texas. 

Orr practices with Children’s Clinic East, located at 2025 North Mt. Juliet Road, Mount Juliet, Tenn. 37122 and 3901 Central Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076. For more information on Orr’s pediatric specialties or to request an appointment, call TriStar MedLine at 615-342-1919 or visit 

TriStar Summit Medical Center is a 188 private bed regional medical center serving the residents of Davidson, Wilson and surrounding counties. Summit offers a full range of services including emergency, medical, surgical, obstetric, oncology, psychiatric and diagnostic services.  With the latest advances in Convenient Care services, including the area’s first hospital based 64-slice CT scanner,  TriStar Summit is committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information, visit  or call 615-316-3000. 

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

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.”

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