December was a busy month of activities throughout Wilson County, including several Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings for new, expanding and relocating businesses.
Among those was Sigma Pi International Fraternity, celebrating its purchase of the historic and grand Mitchell House property on the campus of the former Castle Heights Military Academy. Sigma Pi selected the property – which has been restored in recent years by the Cracker Barrel Foundation – as the new international headquarters for the fraternity. Sigma Pi moved from Williamson County to the Lebanon property toward then end of 2013, and announced it would make the main floor of the Mitchell House available for weddings, receptions and other functions.
Celebrating an expansion with a December ribbon cutting and open house was Cedarcroft, Inc. The home for disabled men added 4,800 square feet consisting of a new commercial kitchen and dining facility and a chapel. In the process, the nonprofit organization was able to convert two older kitchen and dining areas into additional living quarters for residents.
Cedarcroft, a nonprofit organization licensed by the state of Tennessee, is often at capacity with 118 residents, providing for the care and welfare of disabled men in the Middle Tennessee area. Cedarcroft was established in 1974, licensed in 1989 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors, employing about 30 staff members.
The expansion created one centralized, commercial grade kitchen – replacing two smaller kitchens in separate buildings – and providing sufficient dining space to accommodate all residents in two seatings per meal.
Cedarcroft also assists men in independent living settings on their campus, which comprises most of a city block on S. College Street in Lebanon and includes several structures, among them the former Margie Anna Nursing Home, the Pavilion and the old Martha Gaston Hospital.
Big O’s Concessions marked its move to Lebanon with a ribbon cutting during Christmas on the Square, where concessions were sold during the holiday celebration. Big O’s provides concessions at a number of community events, fairs and other activities.
Marking a relocation and its return to the historic Lebanon Public Square with a December ribbon cutting was Cumberland Real Estate. Owned by Jackie Gaither, Cumberland Real Estate returned to its roots with the move back downtown.