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American Woman What started with one lady’s riveting story of heroism has now spread across Northwest Georgia and beyond.


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OW NE R + C EO Ian Griffin

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Renaissance Marquis knows that staying on the move can be just the right recipe for seniors who have a hankering for having fun.

M AGA Z INE D E S IGN Elizabeth Blount Ellie Borromeo

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E XEC U TIV E PHOTO GRA PHE R Cameron Flaisch

Why continue to beat around the busted light switch when Nina Lovel says fixing the things we are putting off will give us peace of mind and the time to take care of ourselves.

C O NTRIBU TING P HOTO GRA PHE RS Jason Huynh

 G ROWING GRAY IN GEORGIA

It is often frightening for our seniors and their relatives when they lose their ability to connect to the past. Lucky for them, ComForCare Home Care has a few suggestions that may help lighten the load of memory loss.

E D I TO RIA L MA NAGE R McKenzie Todd C ON TRIBU TING E D ITO R Oliver Robbins

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By creating a workplace environment that is family-centered, clients at Rome Health and Rehab can be assured that the staff ’s goal is to bring them into the fold.

W RITE RS Ashlee Bagnell Elizabeth Blount Nina Lovel McKenzie Todd

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At a time when assembly lines became vacant due to men picking up their rifles to fight for our country, America’s heroines carried the manufacturing torch that lit the path to victory.

A D D E S IGN Elizabeth Blount Ellie Borromeo

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Perhaps the most heroic deeds we remember during the time of war are those that never require a solider firing a shot. Emma Pullen, a veteran of the US Air Force, dedicated her life as a nurse to taking care of wounded soldiers during the Vietnam War.

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This car enthusiast jumped at the chance to purchase three classic cars from Chick-Fil-A’s Truett Cathy estate and gained an incredible legacy that is more than just chicken.

 

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When easy rider Dale Ellis isn’t kicked back with his feet on the pegs and wind in his face, he enjoys molding his minds creations into works of art.

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Purposeful Day Where The Heart Is with Renaissance Marquis BACK IN THE DAY, I was referred to as Activity Director and my number one duty was to provide an Activity Program for the residents such as BINGO, music performances, exercise and so forth. This was fun for the residents and they enjoyed the programs. Much thought and consideration has been given to how we at The Harbor and Renaissance Marquis could improve and enrich our residents’ lives. 6

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Now as Life Enrichment Coordinator I not only provide activities, but with the help of families providing interesting facts about each resident, my mission is to improve their lives. We have residents with various backgrounds here at Renaissance Marquis. Businessmen, engineers, farmers, house wives, nurses, sales people and school teachers all call our facility home. Our current residents are from a generation when there was a strong work ethic, love of our country and firm religious values. At The Harbor we begin each day in group programs. Sittercise is a unique 20 minute exercise program that starts off with deep breaths and slow movement and finishes with residents kicking their legs at full speed as we reminisce of Broad Street when Belk, Miller’s and Penny’s were all within walking distance. We then imagine running up and down Clock Tower Hill, down South Broad, around Myrtle Hill and back to my favorite place on Broad Street: the Krystal. Most all exercises are set to songs and hymns all residents are familiar with. After Sittercise, we have hydration time and move into a Spiritual Program / Morning Devotion. We begin devotion with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by singing the Star-Spangled Banner and reciting The Lord’s Prayer. This is followed by reading the Bible and singing our favorite hymns.


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As soon as we finish devotion we move into a Brain Fitness Program where the residents in group session play games like Wheel of Fortune or the Alphabet Game. We also sharpen our math skills with multiplication or use Reminisce Time to spark a memory and engage mental awareness. Additionally, we use a program that connects to a large screen television and displays trivia that is fun and stimulating for our residents. After a long morning of activity, it is important to refuel our bodies during lunchtime. After lunch, the residents are allowed to rest and watch a classical film of yesteryear or take a nap if they choose. Then we gear up for round two in the afternoons with something physical and mental. The residents love spending the afternoons outside in Renaissance’s beautiful garden courtyards. There we have raised garden beds and special garden sections where they plant and grow their favorite vegetables. Some of their favorites are cucumbers, squash, corn, radishes, carrots, green onions and of course, a Southerner’s kitchen staple, the tomato. Nothing is better than having the residents plant, water and weed in the garden and then harvest the vegetables. They love having fresh tomato sandwiches on white bread as an afternoon snack or adding fresh raw vegetables to their meals. Music is also an important part of our program. They play and sing songs of years gone by. Sometimes, they play music of artists like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Pat Boon, etc. Some of our residents stay active by doing their household chores such as dusting, sweeping, folding napkins and more. We love to keep busy and have a sense of feeling useful and needed through our Life Enrichment Program. Come and visit us at The Harbor at Renaissance Marquis and see what we have to offer your loved one in our Premier Memory Care Center. Find out how we can help to enrich their lives and give them purpose.

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Just Take Care of It Here and Now with Nina Lovel

WHAT ANNOYS YOU as you go about your day? (That’s a “what,” not a “who.” We’re not going down that road today!) Maybe it’s a kitchen cabinet that won’t stay closed. Or a squeak in your car or a drain that’s slow about half the time, so you forget about it until there it goes again. It’s amazing how a small irritation can sap your energy, even when it doesn’t get in the way of what you’re doing. It invades your thoughts in that moment, and the next one, and the one after that…and every time you beat up on yourself for not remembering to fix it. Here’s a thought: just take care of it! That closet that’s so dark every time you open it you have to go find a flashlight to find what you’re after? Get one of those stick-on LEDs that look like a light switch: $5.99 at Staples, Ace Hardware or the UPS Store. Buy three and light up other spaces. Dark closets be gone! Maybe I’m easy to entertain, but I’ve learned that when I take care of a little annoying thing, I enjoy a sense of accomplishment and when it doesn’t happen the next time, it’s a bit of a thrill. Three months ago, I spent 20 minutes fixing two kitchen cabinet doors that had rebelliously swung open for years. Such a little fix, and I still rejoice every time I close them, and they stay that way!

The fact is that we’re just not as “old” as our grandparents were when they were our age Irritations come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of urgency, but every one of them will distract you from the task at hand, consuming energy that could be used in much better ways. Every time you fix one it clears a little space in your mind, and this is a gift you should give yourself every day. An uncluttered mind has space and energy to invest in a hobby, a book, a nap or something brand new.

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Speaking of things brand new, there’s good news about our timing; we grown-ups of today have plenty of time left to enjoy our lives! Statistics from the Social Security Agency say that a man reaching 65 today has 22 percent of his life ahead of him, and we 65-year-old girlfriends have 25 percent of ours left. Wow, here we are just starting the fourth quarter of our lives; what exciting things might lie ahead? Have you ever heard someone say, “If I’d known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself?” How fruitless is that statement, a tragic lament for a past that cannot be changed. Here’s a thought: don’t look back; start taking better care of yourself right now. Why wouldn’t you? Here we are, surrounded by excellent healthcare resources and countless activities with which to enrich our lives: dining, learning, entertainment and the arts. This is no time to go lazy in the personal maintenance department. If I've lost you between the kitchen cabinets and longevity, here’s the operative phrase that connects: Just take care of it. Whether it’s a toilet handle you’re tired of jiggling or a health screening you know you need, your life will improve if you just take care of it! So, now I’ll go to meddling. What annoys you about your health? Do you see your physician and dentist regularly, and if so, do you do everything they tell you to? If you say yes, you’ll lie about other things as well, but if you can claim around 85 percent compliance, that’s a passing grade. Many of us fourth-quarter folks are here because we really did take care of ourselves over the years. Others have some lucky genes to thank, but the fact is that we’re just not as “old” as our grandparents were when they were our age.


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We fourth-quarter grown-ups are fortunate to have left some things behind. We’ve survived the statistical range of sudden death from heart attacks and several deadly cancers, and most of us no longer smoke, because we either quit for our health or got tired of being outcasts everywhere but in our own house. If we had cancer, we’re now a survivor, and it’s more of a condition to be managed than a death sentence. We have our share of high blood pressure and diabetes, but as long as we take care of

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these, our long-term outlook is good. Our worn-out joints are replaceable, our blood is thin-able, and our hearts are stent-able. What a great time to be alive! So, what’s left to take care of? Four small things that are huge. I’m not going to throw out statistics. You may find all you want on the Interweb. I’m just going to preach. If you’re in the choir, congratulations and please help by singing these lessons out loud everywhere you go. d

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Four Small Things that are Fourth-Quarter Huge 1. Bone density

Girlfriends, confession time. I had a cavalier attitude towards osteoporosis because I run/walk 6-12 miles a week. Yeah, but there are weeks that this does not happen, and I didn’t pay attention to that get plenty of calcium thing for the last few decades. My first DEXA scan in November informed me that (a) I’m shorter than ever (down two inches since my prime) and (b) I have osteoporosis. That last one hit me hard, but when I realized that the treatment included healthy eating and continuing run/walking, how could I complain? And the best part? My doctor prescribed aggressive management because… wait for it… I am so young! Girlfriends ask your doctor if you need a DEXA scan (you do), and then, just take care of it. This is like the easiest medical test ever. You don’t have to remove any clothes and it takes 30 minutes, door-to-door. Broken hips take lives. Take care of this and build yourself a healthier fourth quarter.

2. PSA

Boyfriends, if you’re not working with your doctor to keep your PSAs done, then you’re lazier than my old striped cat. This is just a simple blood test and the reason you need it is because after the age of 50 your chance of having prostate cancer increases substantially and the majority of prostate cancers are found in men age 65 and older. Get the blood test when your doctor says to, and if you wind up needing surgery, embrace the day; you may start playing like a sixth-grade boy: my friend Lee says once that prostate's gone, you can knock a urinal off the wall!

3. Immunizations

Talk about easy-peasy! As grown-ups we don’t need nearly as many shots as (it seemed like anyway) we got as kids. All we

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need are (a) annual flu shots, (b) a pneumonia shot when our doctor says to get one, and (c) a shingles shot once we’re over 50. These are all available at the health department either for free or not much. Heavens to Murgatroyd, buddies. Go get stuck! Do not pass Go and do not collect $200, just realize that these little preemptory pricks are exponentially simpler than any case of these miseries would be and go take care of them.

4. Colonoscopy

Stand back folks. I saved the best for last, and I’m an expert on this one, having done professional stand-up comedy on the topic. When your friends say things like, “I was asleep for the procedure, but the prep was horrible,” ignore them; they’re just whining. Don’t you EVER let the perceived inconvenience of a 24-hour clear-fluids-and-laxative prep stand in your way of a life without colon cancer! Eight hours on the potty? What on earth is that when compared to major surgery followed by months of chemo and radiation? I mean, really. When your doctor says its time for your colonoscopy, just take care of it. You’ll lose about 5 pounds, have the greatest nap you’ve ever had in your life, and the best part is that self-righteous glow you’ll wear for weeks, knowing that this test is (ahem) behind you for a while. If I’ve stopped preaching and gone to meddling, that’s fine because it means I touched a tender spot. And I’m glad if that happened because I care about you, treasured reader, and I want you to stick around for many more GRAND columns to come. It’s so much fun to joke around, but in a serious moment I urge you to make my list your own, consult your doctor and then go Just. Take. Care of it! *Facts calculated from www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.html


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How we can help: IF YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER WITH DEMENTIA, you know it affects every aspect of their life. Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia can diminish someone's ability to understand and communicate, alter their behavior and moods and affect their physical health. ComForCare’s dementia care services, DementiaWise, can help ensure your loved one is comfortable and receiving the care they need to live a quality life. DementiaWise is our home care service that makes dementia care easier while also allowing you and your loved one to live your best life possible. Caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease and other types) can be challenging. Our behavioral approach to dementia care is person-centered and uses research-based behavioral interventions to create better days for you and your loved one. Whether your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia or another type, our speciallytrained caregivers can help your loved one with dementia be as independent as possible, 12

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Family members often have work, family obligations or their own health care challenges that make it difficult to care for aging parents or other loved ones. ComForCare can help take some of the responsibilities off your plate with in-home care services. Caregivers are available for a few hours a week up to 24/7 including holidays. Our speciallytrained caregivers provide personalized care to match each client’s specific needs and interests. DementiaWise-trained caregivers develop understanding and skills in the most effective care techniques. Prior to the start of in-home care, we brief each caregiver on your loved one’s needs and preferences. As part of our dementia care services, your caregiver will:

1. Deliver customized daily care 2. Implement best practices for dementia care 3. Follow strategies to decrease challenging dementia behavior 4. Engage in meaningful activities 5. Support and stimulate remaining abilities With our help, you can both live life on your terms and enjoy precious time together.

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We are a leader in home care services for people with dementia. The DementiaWise program includes tools that keep clients calm, engaged, happy and functioning at their best. With our best practices and ongoing training, the dementia care services provided by ComForCare are among the best in the home care industry. Many of our locations are DementiaWise-certified and meet our corporate office’s high standards for dementia education and caregiving excellence. For more information about dementia care services provided by ComForCare, please contact us at 706-622-3065.


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Alzheimer’s & Dementia® Disease Awareness Strategies for Caring the Person with Dementia Communications and Understanding Behavior Social Needs and Activities Eating Well

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We Are Family Where Amazing Things Happen with Rome Health and Rehab “PEOPLE LEAVE PEOPLE, NOT COMPANIES.” The proverbial message often shared throughout any business seminar especially when talking about the why and how a business unit is successful. For over 50 years, Rome Health and Rehab has historically remained as one of the leaders in long-term care/sub-acute care regardless the ownership in the past 50 years. From Creswell Convalescent Center, to Beverly Healthcare, to Golden Living Center and finally to our current Rome Health and Rehab, our mission, vision and expectations have never faltered. Notwithstanding the name, the underlying core value of who we really are and why we continue to prevail is contributed to one reason and one reason only: Our employee family. Yes, we said family. We are not merely a “do my 40 hours and go home” work environment. We laugh together, cry together, celebrate together and even fight for our clients together. Regardless of position or the department, one thing remains constant through us all. We are one. We are one team, with one vision, and one goal. Of our 136 employees, there is over 640 years of combined service. 49 of our employees have been here at least five years or more. Eight of these employees have more than 20 years, four with more than 15 years, nine with 10 years and 28 employees with at least five years. Our most tenured employee will be celebrating her 40th year anniversary this August. Social Worker Diane Highfield started her career when we were called Creswell Convalescent Center in 1979. “I have seen a lot of changes in long-term care throughout the years, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else or being anywhere else,” says Highfield. “This is truly my home away from home.” Following behind Diane is her sister, beautician Martha Sheffield, who started one year after Diane in 1980. The leadership team at Rome Health and Rehab has over a combined 200 years of service. Of the 20 facility leaders, three have more than 20 years including Diane Highfield, Administrator Jennifer Lynn, and Discharge Planner Fred Washington. 14

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Washington started as a dishwasher aide in 1986 when he was just 15 years old. “I have made a lot of friendships throughout the years. All the support from management, and the loyalty shared by us all is why I have always remained dedicated and committed here,” says Washington. Our nursing team consists of 73 employees and averages more than four years of service. Most notably is Nurse Manager Jackie Stewart, who started her second time here in 1996. “I came back because this is my family; these are my people. I am completely invested with this facility,” says Stewart. Restorative Aide Tia Cummings will be celebrating her 20year anniversary this April. Tia expresses, “There are a lot of places we could work but why would we? Working here is more than just a job. It’s being part of a family.” Lisa George, a Resident Care Specialist who has been here 13 years, shares Cumming’s sentiments. George says, “I’ve worked at other places, so I know how great it really is here. I love working with our clients and being able to do what I love in such a great environment. That is why I will never leave.” Our rehab team averages five years of service with Rehab Aide Susanne Martin, leading with nearly 29 years. Just moving from Germany, Martin had only been in the United States for two years before starting in 1990 as a Nurse's Aide. She has never worked anywhere else. “From the first day I walked in, it felt like home,” smiles Martin. “It felt like one big family. I was still trying to get used to being away from my home in Germany and being here at work helped me so much.” Physical Therapist, Mike Simmons has over 15 years in our company rehab and five years at Rome Health and Rehab. Simmons originally had only planned to spend one year in Rome before moving to another area, but he says, “When I came here, it was a completely different atmosphere than I have ever experienced in my 20 years of service. I loved the people and the environment. I just fell in love and never left.” Our dining services team averages more than 12 years for each employee, and they boast a combined 121 years.


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Leading the pack with an amazing 33 years is Cook/Dining Assistant Faye Weatherby. When asked how she can stay at one job so long she replied, “I love my job, but I love the people I work with. It’s easy.” Following is long-time cook, Freida Elkins who will be celebrating 26 years in 2019. “I love my job, I love my colleagues and I feel needed here,” says Elkins. Tammie Brock, Dining Services Manager, has a total of 36 years in the industry, eight of these at Rome Health and Rehab. She says, “I love my job because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission of excellent care. This creates a family environment where everyone is there for each other.” One of the newest members on our team is Jeff Morton, Housekeeping and Laundry Services Director. Jeff excitedly shares, “I’ve worked in ten different facilities and I have never experienced a greater group of individuals as I have here. The family-like environment is unreal. On your first of day of work,

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you don’t have to have someone tell you you’ve joined a family, you simply feel it and can see it. Regardless of job or title, everyone pitches in where needed and everyone has the same high expectations when it comes to caring for the patients.” There is a 110 percent truth in saying we are a rare gem. Rome Health and Rehab is truly a place where amazing things happen.

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Emma Pullen Veteran Profile

Photography Jason Huynh

EMMA PULLEN is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force where she worked as a nurse during the Vietnam War, helping to take care of all servicemen and their families on bases around the world. She fondly remembers all of her most fascinating memories, memories that she has recalled over her 81 years of life. This is Emma’s story. Pullen was born in Boston, Ga. just 12 miles east of Thomasville, where she grew up on a farm. “I drove a tractor, picked cotton and hay and milked cows. Everything that comes along with a farm, I did,” says Pullen. When asked how she ended up in Rome, Ga., Emma credits her aunt after her family traveled to Rome to visit and fell in love with the town. “We were up here visiting my mother’s sister one weekend and we loved the area. Later, my father got sick, and because of the weather in Boston and him not being able to farm anymore, we decide to move up to Rome,” says Pullen. She started at Armuchee High School in the 10th grade, and in two years, graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1955. From there, Pullen began college at Georgia Baptist Nursing School where she graduated when she was 21 years old. This is what started her incredible service as a nurse. 16

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“I had always known I wanted to be a nurse growing up,” explains Pullen. “When we were kids, we would pretend to be soldiers at war during recess and I was always the nurse who took care of those who were injured. “I also remember my doctor. Every time he would see me, he would ask, ‘How soon can you get into nursing school now?’ He really encouraged me,” smiles Pullen. Pullen made her way back to Rome after nursing school and started a job at Floyd Medical Center in the nursery where she worked for about a year. “After I left Floyd, I then went to work as the Head Nurse at Berry College for three years,” says Pullen. Perhaps the moment her life changed forever was when she traveled to California with her father on a three-week camping trip. “I traveled to California and thought I would like to live there,” says Pullen. “I looked at Long Beach and Santa Monica but wasn’t set on leaving Rome yet. However, shortly after, my parents moved out to the Washington-Vancouver area, so I left and headed to Malibu,” recalls Pullen. While in Malibu, Pullen worked at Santa Monica Hospital for 15 months before she moved to Portland, Ore. to work at the VA Hospital there.


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The decision to move across the states was essentially the catalyst for Emma to be able to commit to her wildest dream: to join the Air Force. “I had always wanted to join the Air Force and travel,” says Pullen, “but my parents pitched a fit when I first got out of nursing school after I told them I wanted to join. So, I didn’t. When I was 26, in the year 1965, I finally joined the Air Force. “I was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and went to basic training in Texas. I was then stationed at the Otis Air Force Base in Cape Cod for a year, which was beautiful,” remembers Pullen. “While in Cape Cod, one of my fellow nurses was given notice that she was being transferred to Karamürsel, Turkey. I remember she was all upset about it and crying,” says Pullen. “She had just gotten engaged and did not want to go. So, we went to the chief nurse and asked if I could take her assignment. I had to extend my enlistment for six months because it was an 18 months assignment, but I did it. That was in 1967.” While in Turkey, Pullen worked at the dispensary where she dispensed medications, medical supplies and helped to take care of all servicemen (Air Force, Navy and Marines combined) and their families on base. “Of course, I have a lot of stories while in Turkey. Many I can still picture today. I learned a lot while I was over there, and I am thankful for the experience,” says Pullen. After her tour of active duty, Emma joined the Air Force Reserves where she flew Air Vac (air evacuation) over Europe. The purpose of an Air Vac is to provide medical transportation to ensure access to emergency healthcare for remote community members. “We flew over Brussels, Belgium; Oslo, Norway; we flew to different cities around Germany and even down to Pisa, Italy,” says Pullen. One of Pullen’s most notable jobs, however, was working as a personal nurse for Jack Lemmon’s (of “Grumpy Old Men”) daughter in 1971. “There was nothing wrong with her, her mother just needed some help,” laughs Pullen. “I lived with them in Beverly Hills, Ca., which was a treat. I remember one trip to New York for two weeks while he was filming a TV special with Fred Austere. We lived in a hotel for two weeks. If we ever wanted to go somewhere and do something, he would send the limousine back to pick us up and take us places,” smiles Pullen. After all of her travels, in 1974 Emma found her way back home to Rome. Around 1977, the well-traveled nurse started falling. “I would stand up and if I didn’t have something to hold on to, I would hit the floor,” she says. “At the doctor, they performed MRI’s, x-rays and even spinal taps, but they eventually just called it spasms of mini muscles. “I was given a wheelchair in 1978, while I was Director of Nursing at Riverview Nursing Home on South Broad Street. Even

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though I was wheelchair-bound, I continued working there for 10 years,” says Pullen. “In 1990, I visited a neurologist here in Rome who said I had multiple sclerosis, which is essentially an abnormal response of the body’s immune system directed against the central nervous system, also known as, the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves,” explains Pullen. However, that didn’t slow her down, as she is one of the most active and fun-loving residents at Renaissance Marquis. “I am just proud that I was able to do my part in taking care of everyone in the military, their wives and their children,” says Pullen. We are honored to have been able to retell these cherished memories of a hero, and to personally thank Ms. Pullen for her service.

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The stories of these five women are only the tip of the iceberg when considering the massive contributions of America’s bravest citizens who laid it all on the line. Photography Jason Huynh

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IF YOU THINK BACK to the United States during World War II, whether you were born in the 1960s or the 1990s, all are familiar with the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter, what she stood for and continues to stand for today. The star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, Rosie the Riveter helped to hire women in unprecedented numbers, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. In fact, between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. That percentage seems very low to us now, as according to the United States Department of Labor, women make up 57 percent of the labor force today. Ms. Jane Tucker, who started the Rosie Revolution here in Rome, had always been familiar with Rosie the Riveter; however, she never quite pinned herself as one until about ten years ago when she joined the American Rosie the Riveter Association. The American Rosie the Riveter Association (ARRA) honors, recognizes and preserves the story of the working women of World War II, and has been doing so since 1998. Members of the ARRA work to promote the advancement of patriotic ideals and loyalty to the United States of America. Not all of America’s Rosie the Riveters were actual riveters. In fact, here in Rome we are lucky enough to house five Rosie the Riveters who each worked in a “man’s position” during World War II.

old), Ms. Bettianne remembers rolling bandages with the Red Cross as a part of her service to the war. “I know at the time I was pretty naïve regarding the war,” says Ware-Harris. “But even being only 12 years old, we did our part. The community was all involved with the war efforts. We would constantly recycle nylon and ration foods, etc.” Bettianne remembers being able to finally wear her first pair of nylons whenever they began to take them and use them for parachutes during the war. It was moments like this when she knew that giving up things she loved, at the time, would eventually be helpful. At first, Bettianne didn’t consider herself a Rosie the Riveter, as do many of the women who worked during WWII. “I became a Rosie when I was living in North Carolina, about four years ago. This was because of Jane Tucker,” explains WareHarris. “Because I didn’t actually rivet, I didn’t think I qualified. She convinced me that rolling bandages did help, so I joined that next day. “I have realized, and am still realizing, how important everyone who worked together during that period was… we did help to win the war,” continues Ware-Harris. “We couldn’t have done it without everyone. I am appreciative of the sacrifice that was made for me, to have the freedom that I have now. I am grateful. Took me a while to realize it, but I am grateful.”

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Ms. Joy Mitchell, a native of Rome, Ga., describes her story as a happy, yet sad time in her life. Joy worked at Battey State Hospital writing guest passes for everyone who came in and out of the hospital. Battey General served as a hospital for sick, wounded and disabled World War II servicemen, and was located right here in


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Rome. The hospital opened in September of 1943 with Colonel D.B. Faust serving as its first executive officer. “When I worked there, Battey General brought boys in from the European Theater in Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. Once the hospital began to develop, we started receiving wounded men from the pacific coast as well,” explains Mitchell. “We had quarters by the quarters of space. It was big; I do remember that,” says Mitchell, when describing the hospital and recalling the grounds housing German prisoners during the war. “We never had any problems with them, from what I can remember.” As an administrator, visitors had to pass through Mitchell in order to gain entry and visit the servicemen. “I worked the three to eleven shifts. Sometimes we had to double up shifts because during the war, you stayed on post until you were relieved. I know I wrote thousands of passes,” recalls Mitchell. Some of Mitchell’s most remarkable memories are when she was able to meet several famous people traveling through Rome during the war. “I wrote passes for a lot of famous people. Henry Ford came through one day. I joked with him about getting his signature on a check for me, but he wouldn’t do it,” laughs Mitchell. “Aside from being saved, the most exciting thing in my life was meeting Helen Keller while working at the hospital,” says Mitchell. “I remember communicating with her by taps in the palm of my hand. She had an interpreter there with her who would tell me what she was thinking. She would then put her hand over my face so that it was touching my mouth and throat. I would talk very slow and she would understand what I said. She would then answer me, best that she could. We ‘talked’ quite a bit, and tears were just flowing the whole time I was talking to her. It makes me tear up now thinking about what she accomplished in her life. It was wonderful to meet her.” Mitchell met so many servicemen, as well as their families, and she remembers this time, labeling it “a wonderful, yet heartbreaking experience.” “One of my favorite memories was getting to reunite a mother with her son. This woman came in—I was on morning shift thank goodness— around 8 a.m. and was asking to see her son who she hadn’t seen in three years. I had to tell her that visiting hours weren’t until two that afternoon, but I knew that I had to do something. I said, ‘You come right over here and wait and let me see what I can do.’ “So, I called down to his unit, section eight (where the patients with severe PTSD were housed) to speak with his nurse about getting him a section eight discharge. I took his mother down to the wing and she met her son halfway down the hall, both in tears,” smiles Mitchell. “Things like that were so rewarding, but also just broke my heart. But, I will never forget it.”

Joy became a Rosie about a year ago, thanks to Ms. Jane Tucker. “I knew about Rosie the Riveter, of course, but I didn’t think I was one because I didn’t rivet. However, my niece met Jane one day and she told her about what I did during the war, and I joined,” says Mitchell. “Working during the war, especially at Battey, gave me a love for my country and a love for my flag that I don’t think I would have had without this experience.”

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Mary’s story is one she remembers fondly, even at 97-yearsyoung. She says it with pride, “I was born and raised right here–or around the corner— on East 2nd Street.” Mary’s daughter, Janie McJunkin Cromer, who is considered a “Rosebud” in the ARRA, accompanied her mother to their interview with Grand. A Rosebud is any female who is the direct descendant of a Rosie or a Volunteer Rosie. “I grew up working at a ten cents store here on Broad Street and went to the old Rome High School,” says Mary. “During that time, and the rest of the time leading up to and during the war, everything was rationed. We had ration stamps we used to buy certain things, and we thought that was the extent of our involvement with the war.” When Mary was just 18, she married the love of her life, Guy McJunkin. Guy and Mary were together 69 years before he passed. “My husband (Guy) and I had just gotten married when he was drafted to basic training,” explains McJunkin. “From there, he was moved to San Pedro, California at Fort McArthur. At first, I wasn’t going to follow him, but he called me one day and asked me to move to California. READV3.COM SPRING 2019 GRAND

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“I remember saying to him, ‘I haven’t ever been that far! I’ve been in Rome my entire life!’” It didn’t take long before Mary changed her mind and jumped on a Greyhound bus the very next day. “I was 18 years old and traveled all the way across the states,” recalls McJunkin. “It took me five days and four nights to get there. “When I got out to California after the long bus ride my husband, who guarded the coast line which was a target for the Japanese, had to pull guard duty that night and couldn’t come and pick me up,” says McJunkin. Janie agreed, laughing, and stepped in to assist her mother with this part of the story. “When she got off the bus, she didn’t have anywhere to go. Luckily, she found a woman who offered to help her, and she ended up staying at a Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) which is essentially a hostel or recreational facility for women in need,” says Janie. After that night, Guy and Mary found an apartment in Manhattan Beach, which is when Mary began her work at the airplane factory (from the best Janie can figure out, it was at El Segundo). “I worked third shift, so I had to take the Greyhound bus in order to go to work from Manhattan Beach to San Pedro/ El Segundo, which was about an hour ride both ways. I didn’t get no sleep!” says McJunkin. While at the airplane factory, Mary worked on an assembly line that manufactured the parts for planes that were used during WWII. Looking for a workplace closer to home, Mary says she got lucky and found a job working in a bakery. “I worked for a sweet Jewish family who was so generous to me during the time I was there. They would always call me the Southern girl, and our customers would ask for the “Southern girl” because they liked the way I talked,” laughs McJunkin. Mary met three families that she still remains very close with for her days as a Rosie, which to Mary, says a lot about what you go through during a time like that. When Guy left Manhattan Beach, Ca., he was transferred to Oklahoma and then to Kentucky. “I came back to Rome because he was getting transferred overseas to Italy,” says McJunkin. “I didn’t know mother and daddy had done anything like this until I was older. They didn’t really talk about it,” says Janie. “To them, it was as if they had not done anything special. It was just what they did.” Mrs. Mary learned about the ARRA through Ms. Jane Tucker, which is why she initially joined. “Becoming a Rosie now has given me a lot of pride in what I chose to do back during the war.”

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been put on trains as they were drafted for the war. Lou worked as a cryptographic clerk at Arlington Station in Arlington, Virginia where she worked to break down and decipher decoded messages. Oftentimes, the messages were about where the troops were stationed or where they were being transferred. However, in one of the codes she helped crack, the group of cryptographers helped to save one small country in the Caribbean Sea. Ms. Lou learned about Rosie through Ms. Jane Tucker as well, and still serves as an active member today.

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Last but most definitely not least, we have the ringleader of the Rosie Revolution in Rome, Ga., Ms. Jane Tucker. Tucker worked as a rod welder during WWII where she built liberty ships in Savannah, Ga. when she was just 16 years old. “Back then, I was working as a rod welder. It was hard work,” says Tucker. Jane is originally from Lineville, Ala. and stayed there during the last half of the depression with her mother and sister. “Everybody was struggling to get things done back then,” recalls Tucker. “I worked in a five and ten cents store for a dollar a day and my mother made $25 a month working at the phone company for 12 hours a day. However, if people didn’t pay their phone bill, my mother couldn’t get paid. So, we would go without sometimes. It was a real struggle.” Tucker remembers learning about her particular job from a cousin who lived in Savannah during the beginning of the war. “When my cousin told me how much we would be making at the riveting job in Savannah, we packed up and headed on down on a train, for six hours, as I would then be making $1.25 an hour,” says Tucker. “To me, it was a great adventure! Where


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it was hard work and long hours, it was worth it.” After Tucker finished work as a riveter, she attended school in Chicago, Ill. where she became a dental hygienist. “I came to Rome in 1968 to work for my cousin who was a dentist. I worked as a dental hygienist for 55 years, which is where I have met a lot of the other Rosie’s here with me today,” smiles Tucker. A pertinent theme in all of these remarkable women’s stories is that none of them knew they were considered Rosie’s until recently. “Back when I was younger, you wouldn’t go around talking about your life because you were too busy living it. That was one of the reasons why it never dawned on us that we were Rosie’s earlier in life,” says Tucker. “I didn’t know there was a National Association for Rosie the Riveters. My niece saw that you could join online, so she signed me up. I later began to see and listen to the stories that women would tell me about their lives, so I traveled to Nashville to a national meeting. When I came back, I was on a mission to start gathering other women together who were considered Rosie’s as well,” explains Tucker. The women had a great turnout at the first meeting, which amazed Jane.

“We (Rosie’s) opened the door for women to know that they can do anything they wanted to, and to make it possible for women to do those things,” continues Tucker. “When we took our jobs, especially in factories, we knew that the men would get them back as soon as they got home. But the women were able to instill in their daughters and granddaughters the independence that they could have.” Currently, Jane spends her time traveling around and speaking to students at schools and tells them of her story as a Rosie the Riveter. From the wise words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby, “(Women) gave their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks, riveted the ships and rolled the shells… Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the Nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” We at GRAND are so thankful to have been able to sit down with these five incredible women and learn about their lives during WWII and beyond. **Be sure to visit the Museum of Flight at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport on March 26 from 11a.m. to 2p.m. as the Rosie the Riveter’s will host their annual garden dedication.

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ometimes, you don’t choose the car, the car chooses you. This was certainly the case when Stan Reiff of Braselton, Georgia obtained his 1981 DeLorean along with four other unique cars from Truett Cathy’s estate auction in 2014. Shortly after Truett Cathy’s death, the Cathy estate held a family and friends auction for his belongings with the goal of raising money for several charities. Reiff, being a CPA for the Chick-Fil-A Corporation, works with the Chick-Fil-A Foundation, the Wednesday Foundation and the family office. As a self-proclaimed “car buff,” Reiff always wanted to own these cars and when given the opportunity to purchase the cars from the Cathy auction, he knew that it was a “win-win” situation if the proceeds were used to help others.

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Reiff had no intentions of winning the DeLorean and bid on it just to say he had bid on it, but with no competing offers, the car came into his possession along with an amazing legacy. According to Reiff, the car was previously owned by Chapman S. Root who was a personal friend of John DeLorean. Root and his family owned the glass company who designed the classic Coca-Cola bottle. The Root family only put 500 miles on the DeLorean and kept the classic in the family museum. Truett Cathy purchased the car after Chapman Root’s death and kept it on display at the Chick-Fil-A headquarters. Cathy only put 125 miles on the DeLorean before Reiff purchased it, and Reiff is proud to say that the car only has 700 original miles on it.


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If you have seen the Netflix sensation Stranger Things, you probably have seen Reiff ’s next prize: a 1972 Cutlass 442. Before it came into Cathy’s possession, this clone was owned by Dave Pearson a NASCAR driver in the 1960 Rookie Hall of Fame. Reiff also acquired a 1989 Jeep Wrangler (Harley Davidson Edition) from the auction. Cathy had signed and dated the hood of the Jeep for a veteran and then ended up purchasing the car for his personal collection. A 1929 Ford Model A (1981 Commemorative Shay Edition) was added to the purchase as well. The Convertible Roadster has a rumble seat, trunk and two side mount spare tires. Reiff holds a piece of history that Truett Cathy left behind and he hopes to keep that legacy alive for his family and many generations to come. READV3.COM SPRING 2019 GRAND

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Life is Grand The Chopper and the Clay Text Elizabeth Blount Photography Jason Huynh Local potter Dale Ellis has been throwing clay for five years, and is only getting better with age. His handcrafted jugs are inspired by traditional Appalachian Folk Art and feature everything from wildlife to regional moonshining heroes. The process of handcrafting these unique jugs usually takes several days from the initial throwing, to carving and painting the final product, and as Ellis puts it, "Once I get going they just start to flow." After building up an inventory, Ellis has recently sold many of his pieces under the name Clay Oddities, a fitting description for his style of work. "I was running out of room and was afraid I was going to wind up on the television show, Hoarders," he jokes. Despite the variety of subjects that drive his work, Ellis says that he doesn't pick favorite pieces. "They're kind of like kids, they're all different and you love them all."

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Line Dancing Lessons • 6 - 8 pm

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At Thornton Center *$2 per class

Social Dance Lessons • 6 - 9 pm

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Silver Sneakers • 9:15 - 10:15am

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