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Bluegrass Article

On July 26th, Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County hosted its 2nd Annual Bluegrass Saturday Night. The event was open to the community with well over 300 in attendance. Bluegrass Saturday Night has long been a staple in the community as a radio program MC’d by Country John B. Mullinix airing on WDEB, Fentress County’s local radio station, every Saturday night. This year’s show began at 6 p.m. with free hamburgers and hotdogs being served by Signature staff to all who attended. The bands started playing at 7 p.m. and the entire program was aired live on WDEB.

“We decided last year to host a live Bluegrass event for our elders and our community,” said SHC of Fentress County Administrator Darrian Goodman. “Our elders faithfully listen to the radio broadcast. On any given Saturday night, our facility comes alive with the bluegrass sound. We thought it would be great if we could host the show live, so we contacted John B. Mullinix at WDEB. He loved the idea! It was such a great success last year we decided to make it an annual event. This year’s event was amazing! The community and elders sat through every band until the last banjo was picked.”

Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County would like to thank our community and extend a special thank you to all those who sponsored our event:

Todd Burnett, Larry Cooper, Paul Crouch, Jimmy Johnson, Rita Pierce Murphy, Charlotte Peavyhouse Garrett, Trish Slaven, Cindy Smith, Frank Smith, Tammy Davis Smith, Nancy Linder Stewart, Steve Taylor, Crystal Hinds Tompkins, and Wanda Tompkins

We would also like to thank PWP for bringing out the beautiful plants, The City of Jamestown and Mayor Ryan Smith for the Stage, WDEB and Kevin and Pam Bazz for all their help and support, Tammy Davis Smith for the food tent, Cindy Smith for the ferns, and all the amazing bands and musicians for their wonderful talent. Lastly we want to say a special thank you to John B. Mullinix. Thank you John B. Without you, this would not have been possible.

- Michael Conatser, Admissions & Marketing Director


On November 10th of 2011, while he and his wife were driving home from a doctor’s appointment, Clayton Pile had a life changing automobile accident. Clayton does not remember any of the events from that horrific day. Harriet Pile, Clayton’s wife, stated they both must have fallen asleep with Clayton at the wheel. Their car ran into a rock wall and the car rolled over, pinning Clayton to the dashboard of the car. He sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to JRMC, the nearest hospital, where he was flown by Life Flight to UT Medical Center. Mrs. Pile suffered only minor injuries.

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Children have descended upon Signature Healthcare of Fentress County! On Monday, June 9th, we kicked off our annual Summer Camp with a carnival with a transportation theme to go along with this month’s theme of planes, trains, and automobiles. The intergenerational camp is designed for the young and old to interact and learn from each other throughout the summer. The kids and residents had fun playing games such as drag racers, paper airplane toss, winner’s circle photo booth, coloring, face painting, and even a 61 foot long inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, and slide! Everyone had a blast!

On May 28, Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County hosted a dinner at the Fentress County Senior Citizen’s Center celebrating Older Americans Month, which takes place each May.

Older Americans Month is intended to recognize older Americans for their contributions and provide them with information to help them stay active and healthy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living. This year’s theme was ‘Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,’ with a focus on injury prevention.

Alice Kirby, director of the center, had this to say about the event:  ”This was just another example of the love and support that Signature HealthCARE shows toward our center and our community. The dinner was a great success with 88 seniors in attendance. They loved the food and the kindness showed by Signature HealthCARE and it’s caring stakeholders!”

Shirley Best, a senior citizen of Fentress County and volunteer at the center sent a beautiful thank you card. The wonderful expression of gratitude was overwhelming to the stakeholders!! We thank you Shirley.

Mrs. Best is a volunteer with the Fentress County Senior Citizen’s Center’s Telephone Reassurance Project. The project is designed to support those seniors who can no longer attend the center. Thank you Shirley Best for your caring and kindness for others.

– Michael Conatser, Admission & Marketing Director


Faye Stephens, Fentress County Register Of Deeds for the last twenty years, recently did a radio spot for Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County. Below are her gracious comments:

“We work our whole lives paying for a home, a place to raise our families and grow old in. The very thought of leaving that home is devastating. This recently happened to my family and I can tell you it’s not easy.”

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On May 1st, 2014 SHC of Fentress County participated in the National Day of Prayer. The theme this year was “In Defiance of Suffering.” Raymond Phillips, pastor of Unity Missionary Baptist Church of Allardt, Tennessee, officiated. Thad Collier, pastor of the Jamestown Methodist Church and Fentress County Executive Frank Smith were in attendance along with a host of friends and family.

Elders Terry Crockett and Beachel Creselious gave personal testimonies about their spiritual journey and what the National Day of Prayer meant to them. The ceremony concluded with a prayer chain of approximately 100 hundred elders, stakeholders and visitors holding hands and praying in unison.

Organizer of the event was SHC of Fentress County Chaplain Ed Walker.

-Michael Conatser Admissions & Marketing Director


U.S. Standard Gold Buyers from Crossville will be at Signature Healthcare of Fentress County Saturday April 5th from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM to buy items from community members such as  gold jewelry, silver jewelry, silver flatware, gold coins, silver coins marked 1964 or prior (dimes, quarters, 1/2 dollars, dollars), 1965-1969 Kennedy half dollars, fine silver or gold ingots, bullion, or rounds. If you’re not sure about something, feel free to bring it in anyway, and get a free estimate!

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M-I-C-K-E-Y  M-O-U-S-E!

Elders and stakeholders recently were inducted into Fentress County’s very own Mickey Mouse Club. They were awarded with a certificate of membership and their own Mickey ears! After the induction ceremony, elders enjoyed watching clips of the original mickey mouse club, and reminiscing about coming home after school to watch it on TV. They knew the theme song and sang along! Each month, new members consisting of elders, stakeholders, and volunteers will be inducted. We will even have a Mickey Mouse Club reunion in November. This is a fun way to include everyone in our preparations for our elder vacation in November to Disney World, and to reminisce about the good ole days.

Elders from Signature Healthcare of Fentress County recently practiced their bowling skills at Plateau Lanes in Crossville, TN. They had a blast getting their “new” shoes, eating lunch, and knocking down some pins Thursday afternoon. Two of the elders in attendance had never been bowling before! When asked what they thought about it, and both said they thought was a lot of fun!

Quality of Life Director, Kelsey Hackett, stated, “It’s great to give others these new, fun experiences in life. Creating memories that will last a lifetime is what I love about working at Signature.” At the end of the day, the elders were worn out, but enjoyed every minute of their afternoon out on the town!