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Signature recently held its Hometown Film Festival, an annual event in which nursing home residents create original films to compete for funds to go on vacation. Scripts are largely written by nursing home residents, who also star in the films. In 2014, more than 25 films were submitting, including the one above by SHC of Fentress County.

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SHC Hall of Fame

For those unable to attend a SHC Hall of Fame ceremony, we’re bringing the celebration to you with four sites that were selected to have their ceremonies broadcast live via our website.

On October 9, 2014, 99 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 400 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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Signature Healthcare of Fentress County in Jamestown, TN, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on September 23, 2014.

This small country home is doing great things to create home and a positive sense of well-being for everyone that lives and works there.  Things like creating a spa like bathing experience, family style dining and consistent care partner employee assignments just to name a few.

Variety and spontaneity is very important and there is no shortage here in Fentress County. Each year they plan and raise money to take Elders on fun filled adventures and vacations.  Last year they went camping in Sanding Stone State Park and this year they are going to Walt Disney World.  At Halloween they enjoy the Haunted Hollow train ride through the mountains and attend Trick or Treat on the square.

Staying connected to the community is important to the culture of this home so they host a huge blue grass festival every year, they have an active bell choir and they invite local schools and the boy and girls scout to come and participate in fun activities. Each day is rich with meaning and close interactions as Elders enjoy waking and having coffee together, hanging out in country store playing games or sitting out in the courtyard watching the rabbits and soaking up the sun.

Ed the Chaplain says that Signature Healthcare of Fentress County is getting a reputation in the community as a place to be and live abundantly, when people move in here “it is not the end but the beginning” and if you come by for a visit you will see why.

Interested in learning more? Contact Darian Goodman admin.fntrs@signaturehealthcarellc.com


About The Eden Alternative®

The Eden Alternative® is an international, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they may live. Through education, consultation, and outreach, we offer person-directed principles and practices that support the unique needs of different living environments, ranging from the nursing home to the neighborhood street.
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The Hall Of Fame is an innovative Quality of Life Program developed by Signature HealthCARE designed to honor the lives and accomplishments of our residents, stakeholders, volunteers, and others who have had such an impact on our centers, communities, and nation.

On October 9, 2014, 87 Signature HealthCARE centers across the southeast and midwest will induct over 350 distinguished individuals into the Hall of Fame, in local ceremonies featuring celebrity speakers and presentations about the inductees lives and accomplishments.

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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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