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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

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

Loggins, Smith earn promotions at WB&T PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wilson Bank & Trust has named North Mt. Juliet Road Office Manager Jason Loggins a vice president and promoted Gary Smith to assistant manager at the Hwy. 70 Office, bank officials announced recently.

Loggins has worked in banking and consumer finance for 18 years, including 10 years at Wilson Bank & Trust in Mt. Juliet.  An alumnus of Mt. Juliet High School and Middle Tennessee State University, he recently earned a graduate degree in banking from LSU’s Graduate School of Banking.  Loggins’ extensive involvement in the community includes current service on the Mt. Juliet Chamber’s board of directors and with the Mt. Juliet Noon Rotary, and he has previously served as Chamber chairman, Noon Rotary president, Mt. Juliet Arts Alliance chairman, and a member of Kiwanis and the 100 Club of Wilson County.  He is also a Leadership Wilson graduate.  He and wife Dana have two children, Radley and Lindsey.

Hwy. 70 Assistant Office Manager Gary Smith has been with Wilson Bank & Trust for 18 years, most recently as a loan officer.  He has 30 years of experience in banking.  A Middle Tennessee State University graduate, Smith is also active in the community as a member and past treasurer of the Mt. Juliet Rotary Club; a former member and past president of the Mt. Juliet Civitan Club, and a founding board member and past treasurer of Habitat for Humanity of Wilson County.

Jason Loggins (NMLS No. 447439) can be reached at 547-5509 or at the Wilson Bank & Trust office located at 1476 N. Mt. Juliet Road.  Gary Smith (NMLS # 447430) can be reached at 547-5602, or at the WB&T location at 11835 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet.

Wilson Bank & Trust (, member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is a community 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 offices in seven Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and online banking services.

Encore Consignment East expands PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last February, two local Mt. Juliet moms, Michelle Harper and Tricia Swaney, listened to local moms chanting on Facebook “Bring Encores to Mt Juliet.” These two moms with lots of help from other local moms, held the most successful Children’s Consignment Sale in Wilson County.

This knock-out success demanded that Encores East expand.  After a long search, Encores East Sale will be holding its second Consignment sale in a large, spacious warehouse, called The Deal Center (formerly Spec Print) at 1710 North Mt Juliet Rd.  With easy access from I-40 and plenty of parking, this location is beyond ideal for the next sale.

Having a larger area for the sale, Encores East has announced that they are expanding to include all Household Items, Tools/Hardware, Books, Electronics, Furniture, and Home Décor.  Along with thousands of quality, name brand gently used clothing items for children, toys, accessories, and many other items at deeply discounted prices, this sale will be one to not miss.

The First Time Mom’s Sale will get the ball rolling, starting Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 8:30 a.m. New mothers must register online prior to sale.  At 10 a.m. that same day, the General Public is free to take advantage of the incredible quality and amazing variety available at Encores East.  This sale will continue through the week offering a 50 percent off day on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon.  

Encores East has a fast and easy streamlined check out.  Offering shoppers a relaxed, organized and easier purchase process, with less wait and less hassle.  Encores accepts payment in cash, debit card or credit card issued by Visa or Mastercard.

On Aug. 4, Drop Off begins and continues through Aug. 5.  Consignors and those who barter or work for the sale get the privilege of shopping early on Aug. 6. If you are interested in consigning, working or bartering, please look for more information or register on the website 

After the sale, consignors may pick up any unsold items or simply leave these items for donation. Encores East has arranged for all donation items to foster families through DCS. 

Our community is important to us.  Beyond providing a shopping experience that’s value friendly to families in Wilson County, Encores East also works hard by donating time and raising money for Wilson County’s Books from Birth Imagination Library. On Wednesday, July 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., Encores East is sponsoring a Spirit Night at the Mt Juliet/Providence Chick-fil-A with all proceeds going to Wilson Books from Birth.  Representatives from Wilson Books from Birth will be on-hand at both at the Spirit Night and at select sale dates for families to sign-up.  

The original Encores and More in Franklin began 20 years ago in a two-car garage in Brentwood with only 60 consignors. Now with thousands of consignors and five locations, Encores Consignment has grown to be one of the most popular and trusted consignment sales in Middle Tennessee. 


Our streamlined check out system makes for shorter lines and quicker check out times!

Once you register for a consignor number, it is permanent and you can use the same number and tags at all the Encores Locations

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