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Fellowship set to open MJ location
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Staff Reports

The Fellowship, formerly Two Rivers Baptist, now has a second permanent campus in Mt. Juliet, renovating a former warehouse on Industrial Drive near the train station.
The Fellowship at Mt. Juliet has been meeting more than three years at Mt. Juliet Elementary School, setting up and tearing down equipment for services. In April The Fellowship at Two Rivers opened in Donelson in the former LA Fitness location on Lebanon Road.
Two Rivers Baptist was a one-time megachurch on McGavock Pike that had a drop in attendance because of a dispute with certain church members who believed funds were spent improperly that centered around former senior pastor Jerry Sutton leaving in 2008.
The name change followed. The Fellowship eventually approved selling its 37.5-acre campus in 2014 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million.
The Fellowship will aim to replicate and continue to launch churches in more communities, said Mt. Juliet Campus Pastor Len Taylor. There are no definite plans yet for a third campus.
The Fellowship at Mt. Juliet’s new building is the former R & D Fixtures building, which totals about 67,000 square feet. About 18,000 square feet has been renovated with a worship center, multipurpose rooms, a coffee shop, preschool, children’s and student areas and offices. Additional phases are planned, Taylor said.
“It’s a very state-of-the-art building and worship center,” Taylor said. “The desire is trying to create a center for our ministry in the Mt. Juliet community.”
The property was purchased about a year ago, and the church first met in the new Mt. Juliet building Dec. 20. A grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 24.
Renovations and property acquisition have been funded through the sale of the former Two Rivers Baptist campus, Taylor said.
Elder Eddie Lewis has been attending in Mt. Juliet from the outset and goes back to the Two Rivers Baptist days.
“I don’t know that we lost an identity,” Lewis said. “We definitely changed. It’s exciting on both campuses — the unity on both campuses and theoretically the ability to minister to twice as many people.”
About 550 combined regularly attend services at both Fellowship campuses, which are overseen by the elders.
About 230 attend the Mt. Juliet campus, and Taylor estimated 40 first-time guests attending since the move to the new building.
The Fellowship has a teaching team that rotates preaching each Sunday at both campuses.

Which-Wich has new ownership
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Which Wich has been a Providence staple for many years, but this past May, the store underwent a change in ownership. 

Mitch Strange has wanted to own his own business nearly all of his life. “I really always had the dream of owning my own business, I wanted to follow in my grandfathers footsteps who owned two donut shops.” said Strange.

“The thing that attracted me to this business is that I love being around people and I love food. I picked Which Wich because I believed they had the best sandwiches in the industry and that they were a brand that could explode under the right leadership.” explained Strange.

Strange has high hopes for Which Wich, and came in with many goals for the business. His top priority though, is customer service.

He said, “I came in with the goal of capturing the local community. We are a family store that not only services food but also wants to make a splash in community through sponsorships and charities. Our main objective is to have the absolute best customer service in the industry.” 

Strange also fully believes that Which Wich has a lot to offer when it comes to their selection of great sandwich options. “We want to ensure that customers see great value in our products. We are one of the only sub shops that serves both hot and cold sandwiches, and some people don’t know we also have a wide variety of desserts and side items.”

Not only that, but Which Wich is also a very healthy option for lunch or dinner.  “We pride ourselves on not only serving great tasting goods, but also foods that are very healthy. Our lettuce wich and bread thinning are just a couple of examples as to how we strive to make our options as healthy as possible. They help us give you a great tasting meal while also keeping your calories very low.” said Stange.

One of his first orders of business when taking over was improving the in-store atmosphere and making it a more enjoyable experience for customers to eat in. He added a high definition flat-screen TV to the wall to appeal to customers who may want to catch the game while eating their sandwich. 

Business has been good for Strange, but could certainly pick up during the work week. Therefore, he is generously offering 10% an entire order to anyone mentions this article when ordering. He also noted that they will be running different promotions every two weeks in order to achieve their goal of improving week day sales.

All in all, the new ownership has brought many minor changes to the beloved Mt. Juliet sandwich destination while also maintaining all of the qualities that made everyone fall in love with it in the first place. Stop in today, and see how Which Wich can serve you. 

Which Wich is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. They are located at 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road in Providence Marketplace between Belk and Kirklands. They can be reached by phone at (615)754-9424

Snodgrass-King presents Daniels with $10,000 check
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Staff Reports

SnodgrassKing Pediatric Dental Associates put the nail on the coffin of their annual Treats for Troops project on Tuesday by presenting Mt. Juliet country music legend Charlie Daniels with a check for $10,000. 

SnodgrassKing Pediatric Dental Associates of Middle Tennessee supports local schools, the United States troops overseas, and wounded veterans by donating $10,000 to Mt. Juliet’s Journey Home Project each year. The Journey Home Project is a local non-profit organization, founded in 2014 by Daniels, to assist our nation’s post-911 veterans and their families as these heroes transition back into civilian life. One of the Project’s stated goals is “to raise awareness of the sacrifice that these Veterans have made, and to motivate local communities to rally behind these young men and women as they strive to reach their maximum potential.”

For the past several years, SnodgrassKing has organized a Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, Treats for Troops. This year over 3300lbs of candy was collected by local schools and donated to SnodgrassKing. In return, the schools received $5750. Tuesday was the last step in for the program in 2015.

 “The mission for Treats for Troops has always been to give back to our schools, our kids, our communities, and to support our troops, the volunteer heroes who too often have to make the ultimate sacrifice to insure our freedoms,” says Dr. David Snodgrass.  “We believe it is our duty to express our gratitude and appreciation to our veterans for their sacrifice and we hope that by doing this it will inspire other businesses to step up their donations.”

Dr. Snodgrass and Dr. King presented the $10,000 check to Charlie Daniels, Journey Home Project Founder, Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. at the SnodgrassKing Mt. Juliet location. 

Mayberry Christmas returning to Mt. Juliet
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The last episode of the Andy Griffith show aired in 1968. That hasn’t stopped millions of Americans reliving the legendary series over the past half century, though.

Now you can relive a little part of the show with“Mayberry Christmas,” set to take place Dec. 19 at Victory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, the show stars Rodney Dillard and Maggie Peterson along with Bristol’s David Browning as the Mayberry Deputy.

Maybewrry Christmas is a traditional, old timey Christmas show with gmusic, humor, audience interaction and holiday inspiration.

The show will be presented by both Victory Baptist Church and Abundant Life Church. 

“If you like Mayberry,” said Dillard, who portrayed one of the Darling Boys in “The Andy Griffith Show,” “then you’ll love this show.”

Peterson played Charlene Darling in “The Andy Griffith Show. “We just want to bring good flavor. We want to bring good bluegrass and great music, and we are really excited about it.” said Peterson.

This is the third year of the Mayberry Christmas tour, and it still amazes Peterson at how well the show has kept its’ popularity, even after having not been on the air in over 55 years. “I had a wonderful experience on the show. I am kind of surprised that it has kept the popularity that it has, but people love it. It’s amazing.” she said.

“I am hoping people come back to the basic, simpler things,” Dillard said. “That’s my whole thing with ‘Mayberry Christmas.’ It’ll be all Mayberry. Family values. Christmas values. It embodies the spirit and the heart of Mayberry.”

Much of that spirit and heart of yore came through music. From the television show’s theme song, “The Fishin’ Hole,” through Griffith’s occasional guitar picking and to the rare appearances by Denver Pyle, Peterson and the Dillards as the Darlings, music beat within the heart of Mayberry.

The group will start their 2015 tour in North Carolina on Dec. 10, and wrap up right here in Mt. Juliet on Dec. 19. It total, they will do five shows. “We will do it as long as we are able.” said Peterson. 

“We would just like everyone to come out and say hello. We love doing this, it is very fun.” she continued.

Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 6 p.m. 

Massive special events flag raised for first time
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Staff Reports

Last June, Will Sellars  began working on raising funds for a special events flag to donate to the city of Mt. Juliet. 

After speaking with fire chief Jamie Luffman, the two decided on using a 30x60 ft flag for special events, such as Veterans Day, the Christmas Parade, and more. 

Donors for the flag included the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, the Exchange Club of Wilson County, Modern Woodman of America, American Legion Riders, and American Legion Post #281.

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