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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,

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®.  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® 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 (, 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. 

Children’s Clinic opens new office in Lebanon PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Children’s Clinic East continued its expansion Monday, as they opened up a new office in Lebanon. 

This makes the third office for the practice, who also have locations in Hermitage and Mt. Juliet. 

Dr. Samuel Orr will be the lead doctor on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and Dr. Donna Lett will be in the Lebanon office on Thursdays. 

While the office will be smaller than the Hermitage or Mt. Juliet locations, the doctors will still be able to do essentially everything they do at the other two offices. 

“In essence, it’s just a smaller version of what we have here [Mt. Juliet],” said Dr. Orr. 

There is a large client population that live in the Lebanon area, so expectations are that they will be pretty busy, pretty fast. 

The new location in Lebanon is located at 103 Physicians Way, Suite 100, Lebanon, TN 37090. They can be reached at (615)466-9770.


Dr. Samuel Orr

Dr. Orr is originally from Jackson, Miss. He attended undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, then completed his pediatric residency at Scott and White/Texas A&M in Temple, TX, going on to work for Scott and White in Waco, TX for twelve years. Wanting to get back closer to family and to the Nashville area, he has recently relocated to Lebanon.

Dr. Orr and his wife Kim have two daughters. They love to travel and go to concerts. He enjoys teaching and in fact was an assistant professor of inpatient medicine while with Scott and White. His interests outside of medicine include trail running and marathoning. 

Dr. Donna Lett

Dr. Donna Woodall Lett is a native middle Tennessean who has been practicing at Children’s Clinic East since 2002. After graduating from Austin Peay State University, Dr. Lett received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency training in Columbia, South Carolina at Richland Memorial Hospital/USC, Columbia. She practiced pediatrics in South Carolina and later moved to Chattanooga where she was an assistant professor of pediatrics at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital/UT Chattanooga. Her practice experience includes Level 2 NICU care, newborn nursery, pediatric emergency department, child sexual abuse evaluation, resident and medical student education, and outpatient pediatrics. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of AOA Honor Medical Society. 

Dr. Lett lives in Lebanon with her husband and daughter. She and her family are very active members of their church and school communities. In her free time she enjoys running, weight training, cycling and singing. 

Dr. Lett is grateful for the opportunity to practice in Wilson County and to actively participate in the health and well-being of young family members.

Pier 1 Imports open for business PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pier 1 Imports is pleased to announce the opening of its newest store in Mt. Juliet. 

The new store is located at 600 S. Mt. Juliet Rd., Ste. 104 at Pavilion at Providence West. The total retail square footage of the store is approximately 7,778 square feet. The store officially opened Monday, Oct. 14. 

“We are pleased to bring this new Pier 1 Imports to Mt. Juliet and hope that our new location will inspire customers to discover the eclectic and fun merchandise that is unique to Pier 1 Imports,” said Alex W. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pier 1 Imports. “Pier 1 Imports offers merchandise that fits all decorating styles, as well as a broad array of affordable holiday décor, furniture and gifts, and we look forward to sharing our unique shopping experience with the residents of Mt. Juliet and the surrounding area,” Smith said.

This is the 19th Pier 1 Imports location in Tennessee, and it will feature the new store concept. On average, the store will employ approximately 12-15 associates throughout the year. Associate hours fluctuate based on the needs of the business and the season. As the holiday hiring season progresses, the store expects to hire additional temporary associates to support the business and unique customer experience during the busy holiday season.

New Store Concept

Pier 1 Imports was pleased to announce the unveiling of its new store concept in fall 2011. The new store design is a natural evolution of the Pier 1 Imports experience that utilizes a new interior finish-out, including natural-colored floor tiles, rustic ceiling elements, enhanced store lighting and lit shelving units lining the walls, all of which help customers visualize the end-use of the products within their own home. The new look is complemented by the use of “open stock” merchandising, designed to enhance the shopping environment by giving customers the opportunity to see, feel and interact with the product. The exterior design features bamboo window awnings and a signature bamboo door with rustic metal door handles that will mark the entrance to Pier 1 Imports’ unique shopping experience. The features of the new store will allow easier navigation all while maintaining the “treasure hunt” feel and continuing to make Pier 1 Imports a great place for discovery and spending time browsing.

The Community

Pier 1 Imports is dedicated to supporting the communities in which its associates live and work, as well as the international community from where it imports much of its merchandise. Since 1985, Pier 1 Imports has contributed more than $52 million to philanthropic organizations through international, national and local efforts including UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) and the United Way.

About Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. is the original global importer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts.

Information about the Company is available on

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