Mt Juliet was already a city on the rise, and despite the tornado that tore through the area in March of last year, the city continues to grow. Most of us remember where we were when the storms hit, and the memories are still raw for those who suffered damage. But there is hope for counting our blessings.
For example, Mt Juliet Family Vision moved to their new location at 1005 Charlie Daniels Parkway in April of this year after fifteen years at their previous location on Mt Juliet Road.
The tornado damaged their two-story building taking out the second floor completely. The first floor suffered damage to several rooms, including equipment. Several areas caved in, and the foundation shifted. In fact, the sign for their business was later found near Watertown.
Even though they had just renovated the old office, and expansion plans were in the works, they were left with no choice but to move into a temporary space. Their office manager had to move into her garage. They managed to salvage some previous orders and make home visits to patients also devastated by the tornado, offering services at no charge. They usually provide routine eye exams, optical orders and repairs, optometry glasses/contacts, and primary eye care. But even after the interim relocation, COVID hit, which further complicated how they could provide those services.
Dr. Kevin Davis runs the business that his father, Dr. Michael Davis, and uncle Dr. Peter Davis helped to found back in the '80s. They are carrying on the family legacy of providing eye care excellence.
When asked how the tornado had changed the way they do business, Dr. Kevin Davis remarked, "Perspective wise, things can change at a moment's notice. Our focus is to take care of every patient and ensure they have a great experience. I am most thankful for my family. We do everything together and have each other's backs. Most families may not work well together, but it works for us. It's because it's a team effort."