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Maplehurst Bakeries Ribbon Cutting

Maplehurst Bakeries Ribbon Cutting

Maplehurst Bakeries held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening August 31, 2016 for its Lebanon facility. Plant manager, Mike Jones, said the facility currently employs 95 people and that most of those employees are Wilson County residents.

Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery products for in-store and food-service bakeries. The new location features warehouse, distribution and manufacturing operations and services customers across North America.

Cindy Waggoner, vice president of operations of Weston Foods North America and Mike Jones, plant manager were joined by State Representative Mark Pody, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, City Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.

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Wilson County Promotions Honors Old Timers at Business Before Hours

Wilson County Promotions Honors Old Timers at Business Before Hours

Wilson County Promotions and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Business Before Hours in Fiddlers Grove on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Wilson County Fair officials presented their annual Old Timers Award to this year's recipients, Dan and Vondie Smith.

The Smiths have been married for 54 years. They were both raised on family farms. Dan works his 360-acre farm raising beef cattle. They agree the life of a farmer can be tough but also very rewarding.

Together they have accumulated 213 years of serving on various community boards. Some of those are Agriculture Farmers Conservation, Middle Tennessee Electric Coop. Young Farmers & Homemakers, Wilson County Livestock Association and many more.

Vondie has served on numerous bank boards. She began her banking career at Commerce Union Bank and working in banking for 54 years. She was a financial adviser to many people. She is also known for helping people pay their bills when they needed a helping hand.

Dan was a charter member of the Farmers Coop. He was serving on the Board when land was purchased for a new building. They built the fertilizer plant first. When they had sold enough stock, they built the building.

Dan and Vondie have served the people pf the community to make it a better place to work and live. Dan said, “He has been as nice to people as he knows how in everything he has done and hopes he has made a difference for the people he has served.”

 In addition to having their names added to a plaque that will remain at the fairgrounds, Old Timers award recipients are presented with rocking chairs courtesy of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. 

 For more information on attending or hosting the Chamber's next Business Before/After Hours, contact the Chamber office at 615-444-5503.  

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Vision Realty Partners Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Vision Realty Partners Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Vision Realty Partners, LLC, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 11:00 a.m.

Owner and managing broker Tod Southworth and wife Betty were joined by friends, Vision Realty Partners Realtors, State Representative Mark Pody, Mayor Philip Craighead, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Scott Jasper, Chamber of Commerce President Melanie Minter, Chamber Ambassadors and Staff.

Vision Realty Partners’ new Lebanon location at 125 North castle Heights Avenue, Suite B, is a satellite of the main office in Mt. Juliet which has grown to 63 agents. “We are committed to working with and supporting new agents and want to be a big presence in Wilson County”, Southworth said.

For more information call (615) 547-2929.

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S. S. Graham Florals, Interiors and Events, Inc. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

S. S. Graham Florals, Interiors and Events, Inc. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

S.S. Graham Florals, Interiors and Events, Inc., hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Owner S. Scott Graham was joined by friends, Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Scott Jasper, President Melanie Minter, Ambassadors and Staff.

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Next Step Resource Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Next Step Resource Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Next Step Resource Center held a ribbon cutting on July 22, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. Located at 100 Mabry Court, the 4,800 square foot facility will serve an estimated 20 to 30 people per day from 19 counties. Among other services, the center provides clothing, housing, transportation and job and life-skill training to those in need.

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Cook's Pest Control Ribbon Cutting

Cook's Pest Control Ribbon Cutting

Cook’s Pest Control celebrated the opening of the company’s new Lebanon, TN office at 1215 South Hartmann Drive. The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 9,159 square-foot facility on July 8.

Brian Cook, Chief Administration Officer, Jo Cook, and Joel Kendzierski, district manager of Cook's Nashville Northeast, were joined by representatives of Cook’s Pest Control, friends, State Representative Mark Pody, Mayor Philip Craighead, Chamber Chairman of the Board, Scott Jasper, Chamber President, Melanie Minter, Chamber staff and Ambassadors.

“We are very excited to move into our new location,” said Joel Kendzierski. “Cook’s Pest Control has been growing steadily in the Nashville area, and this new facility will give us the opportunity to have a more prominent presence in the area and to better serve our customers. We really look forward to becoming part of the neighborhood.”

Visit www.CooksPest.com to learn more about Cook’s Pest Control.

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Chamber Awards $10,000 in Scholarships at Tennessee Scholars Graduation

Chamber Awards $10,000 in Scholarships at Tennessee Scholars Graduation

The 2016 Tennessee Scholars Ceremony was held on May 5th at Cumberland University. Tennessee Scholars is a joint effort by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and the business community of Wilson County to encourage students to take a rigorous course of study.

The ceremony brings Wilson County High Schools together, public and private. This year, there were 431 graduates from Friendship Christian School, Heritage Christian Academy, Lebanon High School, McClain Christian, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, Mt. Juliet High School, Watertown High School, and Wilson Central High School.

Scholarships were provided by the Chamber's Education Division, Genesco, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, Old Hickory Credit Union, an anonymous donor, Wilson Bank and Trust, Manheim, Gladeville Market and Grille, Trinity, Walid Assal, Joe and Delora Holp, Tracy Pointer of Grow, and SKS Enterprises.

Scholarship winners for this year were: Chandler Bastin of Friendship Christian, Honah Bean of Lebanon High School, Michele Bean of Lebanon High School, JC McDearman of Lebanon High School, Thomas Oakely of Lebanon High School, Meghan Branham of Mt. Juliet High School, Emma Brown of Mt. Juliet High School, Jordan Burgess of Mt. Juliet High School, Anna Cheatham of Mt. Juliet High School, Preston Clark of Mt. Juliet High School, Kristen Hammer of Mt. Juliet High School, Justin Dillard of Wilson Central High School, Sarah Hamilton of Wilson Central High School, Chelsea Horton of Wilson Central High School, Asia Pace of Wilson Central High School, Makayla Ruckman of Wilson Central High School, Kayla Varner of Wilson Central High School and Valentina Yang of Wilson Central High School.

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Cumberland University, Gardens on Main, County Mayor Randall Hutto, the guest speaker for the event, all School Principals, Ruth Woodall and the sponsors who made it possible for the Chamber to award $10,000 in scholarships! It was a great night and an energetic example of Wilson County's generosity and academic commitment!

For further information please contact The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 615-444-5503. 

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Elmcroft Senior Living Business After Hours

Elmcroft Senior Living Business After Hours

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Elmcroft Senior Living in Lebanon hosted a Business After Hours presented by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Guests were treated to conversation, live music, dinner and drinks catered by the Elmcroft cafeteria.

Elmcroft of Lebanon is an intimate, senior living community desgned to provide optimal comfort, care and privacy. Elmcroft is located at 801 West Main Street, Lebanon.

For more information please visit or call 615-847-8982.

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Tennova Medical Group Business After Hours

Tennova Medical Group Business After Hours

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Tennova Medical Group in Lebanon hosted a Business After Hours conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Guests were treated to engaging conversations with Dr. Alpesh Patel, Dr. Jocelyne Miller, Dr. Fathi Ali and Dr. Darron Lewis and a delightful dinner catered by the Tennova cafeteria. Tours of suites 101 and 104 were also available.

Tennova Healthcare Lebanon is a 245-bed, two-campus acute health care facility with over 230 physicians on staff. Located at 1411 W. Baddour Parkway it is the seventh largest hospital in Middle Tennessee.

For more information on Tennova Medical Group please visit or call at (615) 444-8262.

The Chamber drawing was conducted but there were no winners.

Tennova Business After Hours Group

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First Freedom Business After Hours

First Freedom Business After Hours

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, First Freedom Bank hosted a Business After Hours conducted by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. The agenda included celebrating their tenth anniversary and honoring Ken Howell. 


Howell was one of the original founders of First Freedom Bank, with more than forty years of banking experience. He was awarded the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Member #23 in 1999; he served as Board Chairman in 1995 and began the Chamber’s Business & Education Coalition to support educational grants and scholarships in Wilson County for both students and teachers.

First Freedom Bank has branch locations in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet and is “committed to a level of service and responsiveness you just won't find anywhere else.” The Lebanon branch is located at 1620 West Main Street. For more information on their services please visit or call at (615) 444-1280.

Pictured below (left to right) are Howell, Lola Mullican First Freedom Executive Administration Officer, John R. Lancaster First Freedom Bank Board Chairman and CEO, John Bradshaw First Freedom President and Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

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Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Groundbreaking

Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Groundbreaking

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce was proud to join the Mt. Juliet Chamber at 2:29 p.m. on Feburary 29 for a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be the location of the Mt. Juliet Chamber's new office location.

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Business Card Exchange - Wilson Co. CASA

Business Card Exchange - Wilson Co. CASA

Wilson County CASA hosted a Business Card Exchange at their office, located at 111 Castle Heights Avenue. CASA Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Smith and Director Cathey Sweeney (pictured above) welcomed the group in attendance, described the CASA program, and concluded with an invitation to a pancake breakfast on March 12 to benefit the volunteer-based child advocacy program.

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2016 Chamber Awards Winners

The 2016 Membership Meeting and Awards Celebration took place at The Mill at Lebanon on the evening of February 9. The format of the night was different than years past, beginning with a more intimate awards ceremony prior to the larger banquet. The celebration concluded in true party style, with the Blues Brokers performing live music for the last hour of the night.

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Wilson Co Schools Teacher of the Month

Wilson Co Schools Teacher of the Month

“We are not afraid of working above and beyond. In fact, that is what defines us.” — Brian Cleary

This quote by Cleary, a teacher in the Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington, perhaps best describes a new honor being bestowed on a teacher each month by Wilson County Schools and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

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Adrenaline Bar & Grill Ribbon Cutting

Adrenaline Bar & Grill Ribbon Cutting

Owners and staff of Adrenaline Bar & Grill were joined by Chamber staff and representatives and City of Lebanon officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their restaurant, located at 200 Maddox Simpson Parkway, Suite A on Thursday, February 11.

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Vibe Auto Ribbon Cutting

Vibe Auto Ribbon Cutting

Chamber representatives, local officials, and community members joined the owners and staff of Vibe Auto for a ribbon cutting at the newly-opened car lot on Monday, February 8.

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Economic Development Lunch & Learn

Economic Development Lunch & Learn

The Chamber's Economic Development Committee hosted a Lunch & Learn featuring TN Commissioner of Economic Development Randy Boyd on Thursday, January 28 at the Lebanon Golf & Country Club.

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Lebanon Municipal Airport Groundbreaking

Lebanon Municipal Airport Groundbreaking

Local officials along with Chamber and community members attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, January 29 at the site of the Lebanon Municipal Airport's new terminal.

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Rockie Williams Groundbreaking

Rockie Williams Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, January 27, members of the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce staff joined new Chamber member Rockie Williams Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram as ground was broken at the future home of the company's new dealership.

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January Renewal Recognition

January Renewal Recognition

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Renewal Recognition reception on Thursday, January 21, 2016. We appreciate our new members and those who have recently renewed!

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