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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

Tennova Business After Hours Conversation

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.


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.

The building project is expected to be complete by fall 2016. The office (projected facade pictured above with Mt. Juliet Chamber president Mark Hinesley and Lebanon Wilson Co. Chamber president Melanie Minter) will be located on East Division Street across from the train station.

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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.

At each Business Card Exchange, in addition to general networking and a light lunch, attendees have the opportunity to address the entire group as they share briefly about themselves and/or their organization.

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Pictured: Membership Vice-Chair Necole Bell, Dr. Kylene Haskins, and Traci Pope listen as other members of the group share about themselves.

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.

The following Chamber members were recognized and awarded for their various contributions to the Chamber and the community:

T.A. Bryan Distinguished Alumni and Tom Hines
T.A. Bryan: 2015 Distinguished Alumni, Award presented by Education Committee Vice-Chair Tom Hines

Beulah Garrett Friend of Education and Tom Hines
Beulah Garrett: 2015 Friend of Education, Award presented by Education Committee Vice-Chair Tom Hines

Corporate Friend of Education Bob McDonald of CedarStone Bank & Paine Bone of Wilson County Motors: 2015 Corporate Friend of Education, Award presented by Chamber President/CEO Melanie Minter

Bob Harrison Public Servant w Sheriff Bryan and John Bradshaw
Bob Harrison: 2015 Public Servant, Award presented by Ambassador Committee Vice-Chair John Bradshaw and received by Sheriff Robert Bryan on Harrison’s behalf

Jason Pence Ambassador of Year and John Bradshaw
Jason Pence: 2015 Ambassador of the Year, Award Presented by Ambassador Committee Vice-Chair John Bradshaw

Chip Smith Retailer of the Year and Jud Nave
Rose Tire (Chip Smith): 2015 Retailer of the Year, Award presented by Economic Development Vice-Chair Jud Nave

Cedar Tree Award Active Life Chiropractic and Rehab
Active Life Chiropractic (Kelly Miller-Edmonds): 2015 Cedar Tree Award for Best New Professional or Commericial Building; Award presented by Economic Development Vice-Chair Jud Nave

Cedar Tree Award Lebanon Square City of Lebanon Square Project (Mayor Philip Craighead, City Councilman Rob Cesternino): 2015 Cedar Tree Award for Best Restoration or Preservation of a Historical Site
Also pictured at right is Rick Smith, former Chamber Chairman of the Board who was hit by a car on the square in 2013, which served as a catalyst to the renovation project.

Cedar Tree Award Carroll Oakland School
Carroll Oakland School (Mickey Hall): 2015 Cedar Tree Award, Award presented by Economic Development Vice-Chair Jud Nave

David Hale Tapped by Tourism and Kim Parks
David Hale (Hawk Specialty Services): 2015 Tapped by Tourism Award, Award presented by Special Events Committee Vice-Chair Kim Parks

Don and Peggy Simpson Lifetime Member w Necole Bell
Peggy & Don Simpson: 2015 Lifetime Members, Award presented by Membership Vice-Chair Necole Bell

Sarah Sharp and Necole Bell
Sarah Sharp: 2015 Volunteer of the Year, Award presented by Membership Vice-Chair Necole Bell

Hal Bone Business Person of Year and John Bryan
Hal Bone (Hal Bone Enterprises): 2015 Business Person of the Year, Award presented by John Bryan

Tommy Bryan Sports Council and Melanie Minter
Tommy Bryan: 2015 Lebanon Wilson County Sports Council Award, Award presented by Chamber President/CEO Melanie Minter

Other award recipients not pictured are:

Dale Nunnery (Shenandoah Mills): 2015 Industrialist of the Year
CVS Pharmacy: 2015 Cedar Tree Award for Best Improvement of Land Usage to Enhance the Area’s Aesthetic or Quality of Life
Domino’s Pizza: 2015 Cedar Tree Award for Best Structure Converted to a Commercial Use

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.

The new Teacher of the Month Award is one that will honor teachers who “demonstrate hard work and commitment to their students,” explained Dr. Kate Burgun, supervisor of instruction for grades 9-12.

Burgun explained that each month Wilson County Schools’ supervisors ask principals to submit the name of one teacher who has demonstrated hard work and commitment to their students as their school’s Teacher of the Month.

“We also ask principals to write an explanation of why they selected this teacher,” Burgun explained. “Then, Wilson County Schools’ supervisors review the schools’ submissions and select one teacher to be Wilson County Schools and Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.”

Supervisors included in the selection process are Burgun, Deputy Director of Academics Monty Wilson, Supervisor of Instruction Grades Kindergarten-Five Yvonne Smith, Supervisor of Middle Schools Grades Six-Eight Angela Rohen, Supervisor of Testing and Accountability Jennifer Cothron, and CTE Supervisor Bill Moss.

Melanie Minter, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said the organization was “thrilled” when asked to partner with the school system on this honor.

Minter noted that the Chamber partnered last year with the school system on promoting forums explaining CONNECTS, Wilson County Schools’ Digital Conversion Plan for 2015-2018.

“We also partnered with the school system’s Back to School Blast for the almost 1,200 teachers and administrators on the first day of school this year,” said Minter. “We believe in education and in the teachers who work so hard day-in and day-out. We are so happy to be a part of this, and we look forward to more partnerships like this in the future.”

Burgun said the school system wanted to partner with the Chamber to award the Teacher of the Month “because we want our teachers to know that not only does Wilson County Schools appreciate their dedication to students, but that the Wilson County community values their hard work as well.”

The first teacher to receive the newly minted Teacher of the Month honor is Julie Groover at Mt. Juliet Middle School for January 2016.

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Pictured: Chamber President/CEO Melanie Minter, Teacher of the Month Mrs. Julie Groover, Director of Wilson Co. Schools Dr. Donna Wright, Chamber Education Vice-Chair Tom Hines

MJMS Principal Tim Bell wrote about Groover: “Julie works tirelessly with her drama students to prepare for large scale productions like her students’ recent “Annie” production. She choreographs most of the plays she produces, and spends nights and weekends building sets and rehearsing with students.

“Her dedication to the drama department and to Mt. Juliet Middle School students is exceptional!”

Groover said, “I love exploratory and fine arts, so I think it’s an honor to be representing the fine arts. I think it’s great. It seems like it should be math, so that’s awesome. I’m very proud, very excited.”

Burgun and Minter both added that the school system and community appreciate Groover’s commitment to her students to ensure her students’ produce a stellar on-stage performance for the community each and every time.

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.

Adrenaline is proud to welcome bikers and to host live music. They also boast a large beer garden with 12 specialty beers on tap.

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.

Though the weather was cold and dreary, spirits were high at the dealership, as owners spoke of their dreams coming true in the opening of Vibe Auto, located at 102 Trinity Drive in Lebanon.

Vibe’s lot is filled with a variety of pre-owned vehicles, which each come with a Carfax report and a two month/2000 mile warranty. Additionally, the company has a four-day, no-hassle return policy on any vehicle. For more information on Vibe Auto, visit

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.

Throughout the hourlong informative luncheon, Comm. Boyd discussed a variety of subjects ranging from how education impacts employment to broadband availability across the state. The issue of broadband connectivity has implications in a variety of areas, including education and employment. Currently, his office is conducting online surveys to assess the broadband availability throughout all ninety-five counties, with particular attention to rural areas. To access and participate in the survey, TN residents may visit

Thank you to all those in the community who attended the Lunch & Learn. This was the largest such event that the Lebanon Wilson Co. Chamber has seen to date.


Pictured are Chamber Chairman of the Board Scott Jasper (Wilson Bank & Trust), Chamber President & CEO Melanie Minter, TN Commissioner of Economic Development Randy Boyd, and Vice-Chair of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee Jud Nave (THW Insurance).

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.

The terminal, designed by Manous Designs will be a state-of-the-art facility, funded by a partnership between the of State of Tennessee and the City of Lebanon. Heather Bay, owner of Direct Flight Solutions and manager of the Lebanon airport, thanked those who have made this terminal a possibility and spoke hopefully of the future and the economic and community impact that the new facility will have.

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