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Avenue Animal Hospital receives national accreditation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mt. Juliet’s Avenue Animal Hospital has joined an elite group of veterinary practices by being awarded AAHA Standards of Accreditation. Nicole Harris, DVM, hospital owner/practitioner, said “This is an honor our staff has worked hard to achieve. We pride ourselves on personal, professional, compassionate care and AAHA accreditation validates our commitment to animals and their owners.”

Established in 1933, The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its high standards for pet health care. It is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Avenue Animal Hospital was evaluated on almost 900 rigorous standards of excellence, covering quality of care, diagnostic and pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility. The standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory). The standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.

Dr. Nicole Harris has a special interest in ultrasound imaging. Avenue Animal Hospital is the only veterinarian facility in Wilson County with the capability of performing in-house ultrasound and echocardiogram exams for quick and accurate diagnosis. Dr. Harris also believes strongly in promoting dental health, focusing on the most current techniques and preventative measures. Dental health is so much more than just cleaning teeth to freshen breath. New techniques such as root planing allow teeth to be saved from extraction and dental blocks for extractions improve the comfort level of the animal.

The hospital also offers pet owners an online program to track their pet’s medical records, appointments and personal history.

Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce has awarded the Community Enhancement of the Month Award to Avenue Animal Hospital for beautification and state-of-the-art renovation of the 5,000 square foot facility at 1725 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

Wilson County Motors moves to new facility PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Since the beginning in 1927, Wilson County Motors focused on delivering a level of service a step above the rest.  As a result of these efforts, this family-owned business has received both Tennessee and National American Business Ethics Awards.  Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC just moved into their new state-of-the-art location at Exit 236 off I-40 in Lebanon.

They will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration events will be March 29 and 30 in celebration of the historic move.  This two-day event features music and entertainment and is open to the community.  As part of this celebration, they are giving away a brand new 2013 Chevrolet Cruze on May 4 at 3 p.m. Registration is now through May 3 at the dealership. Visit them at 903 South Hartmann Drive in Lebanon or log onto for more information and how to register.

General Manager and partner, Mitchel Bone said, “Every aspect of this new facility was designed with our guests in mind.  There is simply not another dealership that that I know of that compares to this one.  We have tried to think of everything to make our guests’ experience unparalleled at any dealership or service facility around.” The new location features the latest technology, relaxing comforts, friendly staff, and 9.5 acres of inventory.

“Our new home is great but our team is what truly sets us apart.  We are thankful to have some of the best men and women here to assist our guests with all their transportation needs,” said Paine Bone, General Manager and partner.  “Several of our family members have been with us for decades.”

For more information contact:  Mitchel Bone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (615) 444-9642.

Wilson Bank & Trust offers MoneyDesktop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where is all your money going, really?

If the answer is a little fuzzy, you aren’t alone.  That pursuit is a big reason Wilson Bank & Trust has introduced a new easy-to-use personal financial management tool called MoneyDesktop that’s free to WB&T online banking customers.

Launched earlier this month, MoneyDesktop gives users an attractive, comprehensive, device-friendly view of all their money (including non-WB&T accounts) in one place, providing account aggregation, expense tracking, budget creation, debt management and financial reporting in a format that’s simple to understand and easy to set up.  The tool is made available through the bank’s online banking module and is easily accessible on mobile phones and tablets.

“Keeping up with family finances and creating household budgets are things we’d all like to do, but finding the time to keep your money organized is a major hurdle for many people,” CEO Randall Clemons said.  “Automatically tracking and categorizing all your funds with a tool like MoneyDesktop can help overcome anxiety about how and where your money is really being spent.”

‘Bubble budgets’ are one of the unique features in the MoneyDesktop tool.  Colorful interactive circles allow a user to see at a glance how much certain expenses relate to an overall budget, and shows which areas are close to being exceeded at any given moment.

The introduction of MoneyDesktop is one of several WB&T initiatives this year related to a special investment in technology for 2013.  Others on the horizon include a new website, expanded online account opening services and mobile check deposits. 

Wilson Bank & Trust (, a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender, is an independent, 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.

Ribbon cutting ceremony marks opening of new cardiac cath lab PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TriStar Summit Medical Center hosted their Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for their new Cardiac Catheterization Lab on Tuesday, Feb. 26. An estimated 150 community members and business leaders attended the event and shared in the celebration. 

Construction for the new Cath Lab began in November 2012 and invested $1.5 million back into the community.  

The growth and need for a second Cath Lab at TriStar Summit can be partly attributed to the Emergency Department’s overwhelming volume (over 52,000 visits in 2012). With the surrounding communities continuing to grow, TriStar Summit has seen a steady increase in admissions, cardiac cath volumes, outpatient visits and surgeries over the past years, which has also contributed to the need. 

The new addition measures 3,342 square feet. With the upgrade of the existing lab, both Cath rooms have state-of-the-art technology, which includes the most sophisticated patient monitoring systems and filmless capabilities. “This new Cath Lab is vital to saving the lives of heart attack victims here in our community,” said Holly Hill, cardiac services director at TriStar Summit Medical Center. “We’ve had excellent results in providing interventional treatment quickly to heart attack victims who are brought to our emergency department, and with the addition of the new lab it ensures that we will continue to provide exceptional quality care.” 

For more information on cardiac services or a free physician referral, please 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.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Firehouse Subs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

After several years of trying, Firehouse Subs has finally found its way to Mt. Juliet. 

“Mt. Juliet was our first choice,” said Brian Desmarais, who has lived in the community with his wife for 18 years. 

Desmarais had a couple of locations in Mt. Juliet that he was close on, but agreements didn’t work out, so he opened the store in Hermitage. He has now made it to his hometown. 

What makes Firehouse Subs different is that all their sandwiches come out hot. They steam the meat and cheese and toast the bun. 

“Nobody else does it that way,” said Desmarais. 

You can get one of their specialty subs like a Hook and Ladder or a Firehouse Meatball, or something simple like a Chicken Breast, Roast Beef, Pastrami, or Virginia Honey Ham.

Firehouse Subs also does a lot for charity, and has already made their mark in Mt. Juliet. Through their Public Safety Foundation, they have donated defibrillators to the Mt. Juliet Police Department and O2 sensors to WEMA. They plan to do more in the future. To donate to the Public Safety Foundation, you can buy the pickle buckets at the restaurant for $2 and all that money goes to the charity. 

Firehouse Subs was started in 1994 by Robin and Chris Sorenson, two firefighter brothers, in Jacksonville, Fla. Now there are over 500 locations across the United States. 

Firehouse Subs is located at 650 South Mt. Juliet Road, Suite 330. They can be reached (615)553-2671. Their hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

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