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WB&T gives $8,000 to Second Harvest through penny drive PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

After taking part in an area-wide penny drive that concluded in January, Wilson Bank & Trust recently presented Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with a contribution of just over $8,000.

The total bank donation included money from jars that were displayed at all WB&T branches; change collected by employees and customers on their own; and a $2,500 donation match offered by bank management.  Between early November and the end of January, each of Wilson Bank’s 25 full-service offices in Wilson, DeKalb, Davidson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner and Trousdale counties collected change and provided collection cans for individuals to take home and return.

As a whole, the change drive coordinated by Ms. Cheap, WB&T and other partners raised more than $47,000 for Second Harvest to help the hungry in Middle Tennessee.

“Many people in our community continue to struggle to put food on the table,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest.  “Creative partnerships like the Penny Drive help Second Harvest and our partner agencies provide hope and sustenance to those in need and we are grateful for all of our partners in our continued fight against hunger.”

The change drive was one of several special charitable programs undertaken at Wilson Bank & Trust in celebration of the bank’s 25th anniversary last year. Others included ‘Operation Giveback,’ a giving program through which employees donated items for community help centers, and ‘Christmas On Us,’ a radio-based campaign that involved WB&T providing gift cards to help families with their Christmas shopping.

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.

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.  Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest and most comprehensive of over 200 food banks and food distribution centers nationwide and also a member of Feeding America - The Nation’s Food Bank Network.  Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 400 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt opens after hours clinic in MJ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt  has opened an after-hours clinic in Mt. Juliet. 

To celebrate the opening of the new clinic, Vanderbilt held a community event at the clinic location Sunday, April 7, with a ribbon cutting At the event, visitors learned more about the after-hours clinic, met the pediatricians, toured the neonatal transport ambulance and enjoy karaoke, games and prizes.

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic, located at 2025 North Mt. Juliet Rd., Suite 200, will allow parents to take their children to get care when their pediatricians’ offices have closed for the day or the weekend. To keep care consistent and current, the child’s regular pediatrician will be sent a report about the visit the same evening.

The Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours Clinic will be open seven days a week, including holidays. The hours are Monday-Friday, 6-9:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 3-9:30 p.m.

WB&T Family Fun Day at Leeville location PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wilson Bank & Trust will host its sixth annual Leeville Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bank’s Leeville office, located at 440 Hwy. 109 North in Lebanon.

New at the event this year, from 12 to 3 p.m. only, will be a youth talent competition with categories for dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts, singing and instruments.  The contest is open to ages 6 through 16, with prizes to be awarded in each category.  For those who sign up by April 24, the registration fee is only $10.  More competition information is available at or by calling 453-1086. 

Other entertainment options at Family Fun Day include live music in the morning, free inflatables for the kids, an emergency vehicles display and train rides for children of all ages.  Also new for 2013 will be the addition of craft vendor booths.  Concessions will be offered by the Wilson Central Choral Booster Club.

“We’re excited about the continued success of this event and the new activities added this year, and we’re thankful for partnerships with Permobil, Advance Propane, BJ’s Trailers, Goodall Homes, Kenwal and our other corporate sponsors that help make it happen,” WB&T Leeville Office Manager Bernie Christian said. “We’re happy to bring friends and neighbors together in the Leeville community for an entertaining day of family fun.”

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 offices in seven Middle Tennessee counties, offering a full range of financial products that include secondary market mortgage loans and online banking services.

Mirko Pasta opening April 1 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Authentic, traditional Italian food is coming to the heart of Mt. Juliet. 

Mirko Pasta, located at the old elementary school site, has a menu filled with authentic Italian pastas, appetizers, salads, soups and desserts. 

“People just love our food,” said Mirko Pasta’s Gary Murphey. 

The location on Demonbreun has been open since October 2011, and has been getting rave reviews. Urbanspoon users have it at 90 percent and Yelp users have given it four stars. 

Missy Johnson has been wanting to open in Mt. Juliet for awhile because this is her home. They had a location in the Publix shopping center, but really wanted a patio. The town center location popped up, and they grabbed it. 

At Mirko, you really have your choice to make any combination of pastas. Your server will go through the different pastas you can choose from, which include six short pastas, six long pastas or six types of ravioli. You can even get gluten free pasta in spaghetti, fusili or penne. 

Once you have made your pasta selection, you move on to your sauce. You have 14 to choose from, including options like pomodoro, Bolognese, alfredo, carbonara and pesto. You can also add on to your pasta, vegetables, chicken, meatballs, sausage, ham, salmon, shrimp or crab. 

If you don’t want to create your own pasta, Mirko has five signature pastas or six different entrees like Pollo al Marsala. 

For a great lunch option, you can get one of Mirko’s six paninis, soup and salads or pastas and entrees. 

Mirko also has an extensive wine selection with several types of reds, whites, wine-tinis and classic wine cocktails. There is also draft and bottled beer.   

Mirko Pasta was started by Chef Mirko Di Giacomantonio. He is a native of the small coastal town of Tortoreto, Italy. He worked as a chef and manager in restaurants in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Romania and the United States. He started Mirko Pasta in Athens, Ga. and there are now 15 locations across Georgia, Tennessee , Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama. 

Mirko Pasta will be open for business April 1. 

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.

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