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CRMC has experienced a great deal of growth and expansion since Paul Korth assumed the job of CEO BY DON NAPIER A year has passed since Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s board of directors named Paul Korth their CEO. And it’s been a very busy year, both for Korth and the growing medical center. CRMC has experienced a great deal of growth and expansion under the leadership of their new executive officer. “We’ve been very successful in recruiting additional doctors,” Korth said. “In the past 12 months, we’ve recruited 19 new physicians and brought in several new services.” One of those new services is rheumatology, and the hospital has also added to the number of hospitalists (including a part-time pediatric hospitalist), neurologists and family medicine.

A third hermatology/oncology physician has also been added to the roster, who and will be offering those services soon seeing patients after the first of the year through the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional. “We’re trying to fill a lot of the needs in the area,” Korth said. A variety of expansion and renovations have been completed, including the new emergency rooms, and the expansion of the central sterile supply and pharmacy relocation. A new da Vinci robot is bringing a new level of care to the hospital. The first in the state of Tennessee to offer robotic surgery across five specialities, CRMC is indeed unique in that it not offers the option of robotic surgery in urology, gynecology, general surgery, ENT and cardiothoracic surgery. Thirteen surgeons at CRMC now offer robotic procedures. Cookeville gynecologist Dr. Bert Geer was chosen to be among the first 50 surgeons in the United States – and only the second in Tennessee - to become trained and certified in “single site” surgery with the daVinci. Robotic single-site surgery allows the procedure to be done through one incision in the belly button as opposed to two or three incisions. Since 2007, Cookeville Regional has offered robotic surgery with one of the most advanced tools every devel-

oped, the da Vinci Surgical system. It’s a robotic device that enhances the skills of our nationally recognized surgeons, allowing them to perform complex and delicate procedures through tiny incisions. The smaller entry points mean less scarring and faster recovery time for patients, all while still receiving the highest level of care at Cookeville Regional. Prior to stepping into the CEO role in October of last year (which began on an interim basis), Korth was the hospital’s chief financial officer for 14 years, a position that is still open today. “We’re still seeking a chief operating officer and a chief financial officer,” he said.“Nobody’s really fit that role yet that I’ve interviewed, but once the COO is filled, then the CFO will be addressed.” Korth credits a good team of accountants to keep the numbers balanced and flowing in the absence of a CFO. As CEO, Korth oversees hospital operations and puts a face to the hospital out in the public. One of his goals, when he came on as CEO was to get out more in the community and answer any questions people may have. “I’ve been involved in a lot of community events,” he noted.“I do have an open door policy and if anyone has any questions, they are welcome to talk to me anytime.”

At the robotic console in the OR at CRMC are Dr. Bert Geer, gynecologist, and Dr. Quinton Cancel, urologist. Both surgeons have been instrumental in the development of the robotics program at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Quinton Cancel, CRMC urologist, in the CRMC operating room getting ready to start a prostatectomy case by positioning the robotic arms. Robotic prostatectomy is now widely considered the new gold standard procedure for prostate removal.


Q A with Crossville Life

Korth agreed to answer some questions from Crossville Life: Q: In what other areas has there been growth for CRMC? Korth: “Since acquiring Cumberland River Hospital in Celina in May of 2012, we have experienced a great deal of growth there. We are continuing to add services up there. It’s all about filling the need of the community.” Q: How has the partnership with Vanderbilt benefited the hospital? Paul Korth, Korth: “It’s easier CRMC CEO to transport patients from here to Vanderbilt. We have access to their services as well. We are especially looking forward to having pediatric specialists from Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital here after the first of the year who will be providing clinic hours to see patients in Cookeville. Another benefit of the partnership for us is that our CRMC employees will also be transitioning to the Aetna health insurance plan through the Vanderbilt’s benefit system Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), the largest provider-organized network of doctors, regional health systems, and other healthcare providers in Tennessee and seven surrounding states.” Q: How common is it for big hospitals to partner with smaller ones? Korth: “Partnerships with larger hospitals are becoming more and more common in a healthcare field that is constantly changing. Vanderbilt has also affiliated with a few other hospitals in the state since our partnership was finalized.” Q: What else can we expect to see in the future? Korth: “This is all just thte beginning of a new chapter for Cookeville Regional Medical Center, even though there are still a lot of unknowns with regard to healthcare reform nationwide.” “More expansions are in the works, and funds are being put into See

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It’s a Wonderful Life Q&A with Chris Cannon, 105.7 The Hog Chris Cannon was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Rockville High School there. He attended Eastern College, near Philadelphia. He came to work for 105.7 The Hog in 2004 and lives in Crossville. He has three daughters. I DON NAPIER have been acquainted Publisher with him for about seven years and listen to him regularly on the radio. When I decided to interview him for my “Wonderful Life” column I thought of him because he lives a great life doing a job he loves. He is one of the lucky ones, he loves his job and loves going to work. That is a recipe for having a wonderful life. Normally when I feature someone in my “Wonderful Life” column, I write a story about their life, but because it seemed to suit the topic better, we conducted an interview with Chris. Q: What is the training for a disc jockey? Chris - Training can come from what your bosses want you to do and say or “how” they want you to say it. Then it’s up to you to accomplish that. You can go to school for formal training or you can be lucky enough, like I was, to have someone see something in you to trust you and train you on-the-job. Q: Do we still call ‘em Disc Jockeys? What is your preferred title? Chris - DJ, or on-the-air-personality is acceptable. I prefer on-air-personality. Q: What was your first radio job @ what radio station? Where? Chris - 105.7 FM was my first radio job, been with the same company every since, thankfully. Q: Do you get more sore throats than normal people?

Chris - Actually, I rarely get sick at fave Van Halen song, my favorite band.” all, but when I do, I make up for lost Q: Do you listen to the radio time! LOL when you are on vacation or traveling? Q: Are you an extrovert? Chris - I am always listening to the Chris - I am an extrovert, but I think radio, not just for the music, but since I have a mechanism inside my brain that I am also the Production Director and needs to even things out, so I have moproduce almost everything you hear that ments where I become an introvert and isn’t a song, I like to hear how shut the world out. It’s 5th gear other stations produce their all the time for me, so a nice commercials. There’s an art slow first gear is a welcome to it, in not just finding the from time to time. correct music that goes along Q: Do you try to be with it, but also finding certain cool on the air? Or is it just spikes and sounds during a natural? pause, music volume, . . . so Chris - I think I have a many things! really good take on what the Q: What’s your favorite listener is interested in and I part of your job? think I have the same sense of Chris Cannon Chris - There are two that humor our listeners have, so I stick out right away. (1) My guess it comes natural. But the bosses - they understand “family,” and listeners and I are usually on the same when I want to surprise my daughter at page. school for lunch, or any family function, Q: What can you NOT say on the air? or travel out of town for a family event, Chris - You cannot use foul language. they are always willing to work with me. (2) The callers/listeners. They are my There are many terms, words you can say, but just because you’re allowed to co-hosts!!! I have a very funny and intelbe dirty or crass, that doesn’t mean you ligent audience! I’m a huge supporter of should. I like to use “code sometimes,” so the military/police/Fire and Rescue, and I love turning the airways over on special only the adults know what I am talking days, honoring those who serve, and risk about, so as to spare the children’s ears. their lives out their on a daily basis. I’m a huge family, daddy dude, so I’m Q: Were you born with a “radio very cautious about what comes across voice?” the air. Chris - I remember my dad sayQ: If you did the programming, ing that there are only about five radio what five songs would you most voices, and I’ve been told that I don’t fit definitely play? Chris - Always a tough question! We that mold and that has been a welcoming thing. I worked for a grocery store play just about everything my dad had once and used to love announcing things on his jukebox and what my sisters also throughout the store, so I’m not sure listened to, so I am lucky to be playing if i always had a radio voice or not, but the music that I love. certainly love using what ever I have. With that being said, my top 5: Q: When you tell people what Rock Lobster (B-52’s), A Pirate Looks you do, what do you call yourself? at 40 (Jimmy Buffett), Stranglehold (Ted Chris - I use the term DJ, since that Nugent), Watching the Detectives (Elvis is what most people understand and are Costello), Top Jimmy (Van Halen),“my



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used to me being called. I’ve been known to just say,“I’m the dork you hear from 5 - 10 a.m.” Q: If this career ended, what would you most likely do? Chris - I’s love to run a major corporation, a national or global company, or I would just raise my family in south Florida and become a tennis pro. Q: Is your voice insured? Chris - No. Q: Are you in front or behind the mic? Chris - Both. Many of the things you hear on the radio, I have produced. Q: What is first thing young people say when you tell them what you do for a living? Chris - Young people usually say, “That’s so cool.” My daughters think it’s pretty cool too. Its good when your kids are proud of you. Makes it all worth it. Q: I heard on your radio station See PUBLISHER Page 12


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Cookeville Regional Medical Center recognized by Healthgrades for Quality Clinical Outcomes New national report identifies CRMC among the top hospitals in the nation for excellence in a number of specialty categories Cookeville Regional Medical Center today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in cardiac care, cardiac surgery, orthopedics, spine surgery, pulmonary and critical care medicine according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. This achievement was released today with other new findings in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Cookeville Regional’s clinical out-

comes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. Cookeville Regional not only performs at a 5 star level – it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in this condition, and as a result has been recognized with the 2014 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award in six categories: Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Intervention, Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery and Pulmonary Care. “For a hospital our size it is quite unique to offer the level of specialty care that we provide,” said Paul Korth, CEO of Cookeville Regional.“To be recognized for the high quality of that care on a national level is quite significant. We have a great team here at Cookeville Regional – from physicians, physician extenders, hospital staff and the volunteers – who work hard to ensure that we provide excellent care for our patients. Each day we work harder to maintain our level of quality care and it certainly benefits the thousands of patients we see each year.” As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality,

patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals,” said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades. “Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs.” For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data

and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www. Cookeville Regional’s full listing of 2014 achievements include: America’s Best 100 Hospitals CRMC One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac CareTM for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014) One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac SurgeryTM in 2014 One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary InterventionTM for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic SurgeryTM for 3 Years in a Row (20122014) One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine SurgeryTM for 3 Years in a Row (20122014) Cardiac Recipient of the Healthgrades See


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ookeville Regional Medical Center proudly welcomes rheumatologist Sangeetha Pabolu, M.D.; pulmonary and critical care specialist Ndubuisi Okafor, M.D.; and primary care physician Hunter Stenzel, D.O., to its medical staff. They will join other specialists and primary care physicians in Cookeville Regional Medical Group. They are currently accepting new patients.

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expanding and updating technology, along with the idea of opening a wound care center with hyperbaric chambers on campus within the next year.” Q: How is technology improving the hospital? Korth: We’re continuing to upgrade our computer systems by going to the Paragon platform. We’re also looking at setting up a patient portal to make access to patient records easier on everyone.



Cardiac Care Excellence AwardTM for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence AwardTM in 2014 Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM for 4 Years in a Row (20112014) Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014) Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery in 2014 Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014) Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional

“The portal would allow patients to voluntarily have their medical records updated and stored securely in a database, which would be easily updated by each specialist/doctor and accessed securely by the patient through a secure log-in method.” Q: Do you see any end or a slow down to this growth? Korth: “I think 2014 will be just as busy, if not busier.” • EDITOR’S NOTE - A complete list of the 19 physicians recruited by CRMC in the last year, can be found on page 8 of this edition.

Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (20122014) Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014) Orthopedic Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence AwardTM for 6 Years in a Row (2009-2014) Recipient of the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence AwardTM for 7 Years in a Row (2008-2014) Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 6 Years in a Row (2009-2014) Ranked Among the Top 10% in

Warning: New phone scam continues Residents in the Upper Cumberland continue to receive phone calls as a result of phone scam intending to collect personal information. Several weeks ago Cookeville Regional Medical Center was notified of a new phone scam affecting residents in the Upper Cumberland area. The scam is a caller claiming to be associated with Cookeville Regional Medical Center and reminding “patients” to refill their medications. This is their way of gaining access to personal information.

the Nation for Spine Surgery for 9 Years in a Row (2006-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 6 Years in a Row (2009-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery for 10 Years in a Row (2005-2014) Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2007-2014) Pulmonary Recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence AwardTM in 2014 Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services

THESE PHONE CALLS ARE NOT FROM COOKEVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER! The phone number being used is listed as: 866-218-7985. Anyone who receives a call like this is advised to hang up and not give any personal information. Never divulge personal information over the phone. Please share this information with your friends, family and other contacts. Other hospitals in several other states have also been affected.

in 2014 Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for 2 Years in a Row (20132014) Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2014 Vascular Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass for 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014) Critical Care Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014) • More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades. com/quality.

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They treated me like I was number one. ary Morgan of Livingston had delayed getting treatment for peripheral artery disease in her legs until the pain became so bad that she had to quit working. She turned to Cookeville Regional, where Dr. Brian Gerndt discovered a blockage in her neck as well as several in her legs.


“Sooner or later, I would have been facing having probably one of my legs, if not both of them, taken off, because I wasn’t getting any blood circulation at all through there,” said Morgan. Since Dr. Gerndt performed procedures to remove the neck blockage and replace the arteries in her legs, Morgan’s pain is gone, she’s walking again, and she even stopped smoking. “There’s nothing that can hold me down now!” said Morgan. “I just thank the Lord for Cookeville Regional and for the doctors who did this for me.” It’s these kinds of results that have helped Cookeville Regional achieve the Healthgrades® rank of #1 in Tennessee for Vascular Surgery for 2012. While we feel very honored to receive this level of recognition, it’s the changed lives of patients like Mary Morgan that make it all worthwhile.

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Hospice!! What are we talking about? Most of us are familiar with the saying “Only two things in life are certain.... paying taxes and dying.” In Ecclesiastes 3:2, of the King James Version of the Bible, it states that there is a time to be born and a time to die. I dare say that all of us with any thought on the subject, acknowledge that dying is a natural KEN TAYLOR Hospice process of living. I also dare to say, Exec. Director that most, if not all of us, wish for our own death to be without issues, without discomfort/suffering, at peace, and with knowledge that our loved ones are ok. One thing for sure, we all have that last six months to a year of life. Hospice Care is the one health care area we ALL need to know about, talk about, plan for, and be assured we, or our loved ones, gets the full advantage of. So what are we talking about with Hospice Health Care? Hospice is specialized care for individuals, and their entire family, that are in a life-limiting situation where life’s expectancy may be within six months to a year. Question is – “Do we know when this time is, or think it may be?” Of course none of us know this for sure, but many times we do have the realization that we, or our loved one, is within the last six months to year. A person need not be bed/home bound. They can enjoy daily activities, which can include traveling, etc. and still receive full hospice services. Hospice is comprehensive care that is provided by a coordinated specially trained team of physicians, nurses, home aids, social workers, counselors, and volunteers. This team works together to assure the individual remains comfortable, secure, and the family has additional assistance for over-all care, peace of mind, and quality of life together.

With discomfort and other symptoms under control, all can better enjoy the time they have left – thus our motto of “ADDING LIFE TO DAYS WHEN DAYS CAN NO LONGER BE ADDED TO LIFE”. Many want to be at home, and many of us want our loved to be at home, during this time. All these services do come to you at home, when possible. When not possible, Cumberland House is available. Cumberland House is an affordable six suite home-like facility that provides 24 hours a day total care where family members can focus on loving and quality time, while the staff team focuses on high level individualized personal care/needs. What is the cost of these services to me? Thanks to the combination of Medicare and some other private insurance coverage, plus private memorial contributions, (being a 501 c-3 agency, contributors can receive tax credit for their contributions), fundraising activities of Fairfield Glade and Lake Tansi Auxiliaries, and support from City and County Governments, the Board of Directors have adopted a don’t say no police for services and no one is turned away due to lack of ability to pay. There is no cost for hospice services that is provided in the individual’s home – this includes no copay or deductibles. Hospice provides all the medications, equipment, and supplies needed for care related to the diagnosis. These no-cost Hospice Services include skilled nursing visits, physician over site, durable medical equipment and supplies, home health/homemaker services, social worker/spiritual/nutrition/grief counseling as/when needed or requested, and trained volunteers to help not only the individual but family members as well. Individuals do not need to change physicians. See

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Physicians Recruited by CRMC in the Last Year

Joshua Spencer, MD

Ndubuisi Okafor, MD

Rebekah Sprouse, MD

Jay Turkewitz, MD

Warit Jithpratuck, MD

Lori Thomas, DO

Interventional Cardiology


Pulmonary/Critical Care




Jan Herholdt, MD

Xiangke “Sean” Huang, MD

Sangeetha Pabolu, MD

Hunter Stenzel, DO

Jose Rivero, MD

Felicia Scales, DO

CV Anesthesia


Family Medicine (Outpatient)




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Lee Anne O’Brien, MD

Pediatric Hospitalist (Part time)

Hemamalini Karpurapu, MD Hematology/Oncology

Chimalum Okafor, MD

Idowu Uzzi, MD

Hospitalist (Part time)

Olorunkemi Oluwole, MD Hospitalist (Part time)

Hospitalist (Part time)

Oluwaseyi Adejorin, MD Hospitalist (Part time)

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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Center at CRMC gains recertification For the fourth consecutive time the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Cookeville Regional has once again attained recertification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification ensures that programs meet the essential standards of care. There are currently over 1,400 programs nationwide that have met the high standard of AACVPR certification, certifying both phase II cardiac rehabilitation facilities and phase II pulmonary rehabilitation facilities. Certification helps patients and families to identify which programs that are considered the best as well as helps improve standards of care and helps programs meet the essential standards. Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program to help heart patients recover quickly and improve their overall physical and mental functioning. Cardiac rehab

Shown celebrating the recertification are CRMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab staff (left to right – back row) Libby Lee, Michelle Spivey, Angela Rogers, Vicky Horn, Jennifer Young, Mary Reiley, (front row) Debbie Baker, and Colleen Childress. (Not pictured are Rhonda Case, Danielle Ulmer, and Rachel Farris.)

mixes regular physical exercise with risk factor modification to help with recovery and strengthen the body.

Cardiac rehab is beneficial for patients who have heart disease or who have recently had a heart procedure or

surgery. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise classes that teaches patients with lung problems about their lungs, how to exercise and do activities with less shortness of breath as well as how to “live” better with a lung condition. Pulmonary rehab is beneficial for any patient with lung problems. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center is a department of The Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional. The Heart and Vascular Center offers comprehensive heart care, from diagnostic studies such as cardiac catheterization to interventional procedures like angioplasty and heart bypass surgery as well electrophysiology services to treat and diagnose heart arrhythmias. The Heart and Vascular Center also offers diagnostic studies for vascular conditions such as angiography and treats complex vascular conditions such as aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease.

Cookeville Regional Fairfield Glade Clinic to discontinue Primary Care Services Cookeville Regional Medical Center announces that primary care services will no longer be offered through the Fairfield Glade Clinic in the Fairfield Towne Center after Friday, November 15, 2013. The clinic has offered primary care services as well as provided office space for specialty physicians.

“We did not make the decision to discontinue primary care services there lightly,” said Paul Korth, CEO at Cookeville Regional.“It has been our pleasure to serve the residents of the area and we hope that they will continue to choose Cookeville Regional for specialty care services. As a matter of fact, we are currently working on

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Saturday Dec. 14th promises to be an exciting day for Crossville, with downtown events topped off by the City’s Annual Christmas Parade The holidays are just around the corner and that means Christmas is not far away, and any thoughts of Christmas brings The City of Crossville’s Annual Christmas Parade into the conversation. The big City Christmas Parade will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 14 getting underway at 4:30 p.m. The parade route will follow the same route as last year, beginning on Stanley, connecting with Main St. and heading north. The Grand Marshal for the 2013 parade will be Denise Melton and The House of Hope. The winning theme chosen from entries in the annual “Name Our Parade,” contest is “The Heart of Christmas,” submitted by CMC employee Vickie Schulze.“We would like to thank everyone who participated and provided entries for the parade theme,” said Billy Loggins, City Marketing Director. This year, there are several other events of interest that will take place before the parade. The always popular, Breakfast Rotary Club Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at the Depot. Contact George Marlow, cell # 931-260-8546, or by email for details.

The TAD Center Reindeer Run will take place @ 9:00 a.m. for additional info. contact Shane Wyatt @ 4562859 Cumberland Medical Center will partner with Flowers Bakery to hand out free hot chocolate and snack cakes from the courthouse lawn the before and during the Christmas Parade. The “Downton Abbey” Premier will start at 1:30 at the Palace. You are invited to join WCTE-TV for afternoon tea, followed by a Free Premier Screening Party and then a “sneak peak” of the intrigue and drama of the Downton Abbey screening of the first hour of the new season! Dressing in period costume is optional but encouraged (WWI, 1920’s era). Tickets are free but you must have one to attend. For more ticket info, call 484-6133 The Palace


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Many factors go into life expectancy City of Crossville to host five State Golf Championships again in 2014 The 47th Annual Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches will be held in Crossville again next October. The prestigious tournament was moved to Stonehenge Golf Club in Fairfield Glade last fall. The event, which is jointly conducted by the Tennessee Golf Association and the Tennessee Section PGA, is open to

the public and annually pits the top 16 amateurs and the top 16 PGA professionals in a Ryder Cup style format. The first Challenge Cup Matches were held in the fall of 1968 at Old Hickory Country Club with the Amateurs prevailing. The long-standing competition was the result of the

think it also applies to us. I Most all of us at one don’t know about you, but time or the other have had Father-Son Championship; efforts of Old Hickory amateur John Deal, The Tennessee I feel I am already experithat fleeing thought of Cookeville amateur Bobby Greenwood and The City of Crossville State Team wondering “what is my life ����������������������������� and Cookeville professional Hubie Smith, Championship. expectancy?”, “how many ���������� who was president of the Tennessee Sec“The City of Crossville is truly the more years do I have?” So keep in mind when tion Just of PGA the time. Golf Capitalyou of Tennessee thelife hosthear thewith term exas at often when we This time-honored event brings ing of these fi ve championships. We look pectancy of an individual, ask those questions, we By KEN TAYLOR the total of state championships forward to continuing the region, great relationpopulation, etc., it use our ancestors’ record of held in Hospice Executive Crossville to fi ve. Other championships ship that we already enjoy,” said JeffofAbis based on analysis faclongevity as somewhat of a are the City stick. of Crossville Women’s Open; bot (Executive Director the Tennessee Director tors. In a ofregion where a measuring “The men/ PGA). the Tennessee Senior State Open; population has half the women on myMen’s father’s / mother’s side hypothetical live to be around ?? years of age, so I infants die before the age of five, but everybody else dies at 70 years, the reckon I’ll live til around that age.” Of course we all know as well that life expectancy for a newborn in that we have no guarantees, and any of us region is calculated to be around 37 may leave this life at any time, with or years, even though about 25% of the without any warning. population is between the ages of 50 When we give attention to the term and 70. “life expectancy” on both the personal and general note, it does have a differ- U.S. lifespan has increased ent meaning. The term “life expectanPublic health measures are credcy” really refers to the number of years ited with much of the recent increase of life remaining at any given time, in life expectancy. During the 20th cenbased on multiple factors. Depending tury, the average lifespan in the United on known factors, at age 61, my life ex- States increased by more than 30 years, pectancy may be 20 years, OR it may of which 25 years can be attributed to advances in public health (including be 6 months or less. The term life expectancy is often the decrease in infant deaths). used in context of our human popuIn order to assess the quality of lations, but is also used in plant and these additional years of life, “healthy animal ecology. It is calculated by the life expectancies” have been calculated analysis of life tables know as actuarial for the last 30 years. Since 2001, the tables. The term may also be used in ������ ������� ������������� ���� ���context of manufactured objects and lished statistics called Healthy Life we see labels such as “shelf life”, “ex- Expectancy, defined as the average ���������������������������������������� number of years that a person can ex���������������������������������� pect to live in “full health,” excluding (mean time before failures) and applies the years lived in less than full health to everything from a 33-cent can of due to disease and/or injury. Knoxville Pipes & Drums Band soup to a $52,000 vehicle. Personally, I Here in America, we use similar

Knoxville Pipes & Drums to perform at City of Crossville Christmas Parade Dec. 14 Knoxville Pipes & Drums will make an appearance in the Dec. 14 Crossville Christmas Parade. The band plays a number of venues throughout East Tennessee and the surrounding region. They also provide free piping and drumming lessons. The mission of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums is to broaden the knowledge of Scottish heritage in East Tennessee and surrounding regions through music and provide a hobby for band participants. The Knoxville Pipes and Drums evolved from three pipers who began meeting in June, 1991, under the direction of Tom Gordon. From the beginning the band offered free lessons, In 1992, the Scottish Society of Knoxville assumed sponsorship of the growing band. Exercising true Scottish frugality, and with a generous loan of $3,000 from an anonymous donor, the band purchased the Mackenzie kilts formerly worn by another pipe band.

By 1993, not only had the number of pipers grown, but a small drum corps had also evolved making the Knoxville Pipes and Drums a reality. The band still offers free drumming lessonsand piping lessons. Since the Band’s founding under Pipe Major Tom Gordon, other pipe majors have included the late Bob Pennington, and Don Cain. The band is presently under the direction of Pipe Major Andrew Payzant. Under a charter, officially presented in 1998 at the Glasgow (Kentucky) Scottish Games by Caberfeidh, the Rt. Hon. John Ruaridh Grant Mackenzie of Kintail, Earl of Cromartie, Chief of Clan Mackenzie, the members of the Knoxville Pipes and Drums wear the ancient Mackenzie tartan. The Knoxville Pipes and Drums fields two bands in Eastern United States Pipe Band Association Competitions, a Grade IV Band and a Grade V Band.



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that Casey’s Frontier Chevrolet was in the middle of a cow pasture? Is that true? Chris - Yes, lol...that’s true. Q: Do you wear sunglasses when you are on the air? Chris - I have! I tell people that I broadcast every morning in a bathing suit with sun lamps in the studio. It may or may not be the truth. lol Q: Tell us why you deserve a raise? Chris - I would put my work ethic up against anyone’s. I think loyalty towards who you work for is huge. If I were given a raise, I would rather it be for my work ethic, not all the awards I’ve received over the years.

D.A. to seek Judge’s seat?

Randy York, who is the District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District, which includes Cumberland County, was set to have a news conference on December 3rd to make an announcement. While it was unofficial at presstime, I am pretty sure he was going to announce his candidacy for Circuit Judge. John Maddux, who has Randy York held that Judge’s seat for many years, is stepping down at the end of his current term. York, who resides in Cumberland County, would be on the ballot for the

August election in 2014.

Crossville Chapter of BNI seeking members

The Crossville Chapter of Business Network International, BNI, is a business and professional organization whose primary purpose is to increase member’s business by the exchange of qualified business referrals. The Crossville BNI Success Group meets Tuesday morning, at the CMC Wellness Center in the Woodmere Mall on Main Street from 7:30 a.m. Your business is invited to join them to see how referral marketing can help your business grow. If you have questions, contact Diane at 707-8484.

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If you are looking for some prime land, lying in the middle of the Cumberland Homesteads on Open Range, my neighbor Bill Thompson would like to talk to you. He has two tracts located at 1175 and 1293 Open Range. Each tract has a Homestead House and 15.5 acres. Your view from either of these tracts is beautiful as you see Renegade and Black Mountain in the distance. Both tracts are gently rolling with some woods and pasture land. Homestead houses and nice land like this does not go on sale every day. Call Bill at 200-4852.

Grand Marshall

Another of my friends, Houston Bynum, has been named the Grand Marshall of the Cookeville Christmas Parade. Houston was chosen because of his work with Happy Haven Home for Children and because the Parade’s theme

is “Through the Eyes of a Child.” Here is a little bit of information about Happy Haven. “Happy “Haven Home exists to share the love of Christ as we help children who may be troubled or distressed in any way,” Bynum said.“We provide these children with the opportunity to grow and develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Our home is truly a “haven” where we heal and restore children to wholeness.” Happy Haven Home for Children opened in 1965 and is supported by area churches of Christ and other interested individuals. Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ currently oversees the program, which provides residential care for children of various backgrounds who are referred by families, agencies, and community members. This ministry seeks to help children and families in need. If you would like to donate to this cause, contact Houston at (931) 526-2052.

Sad farewell to Hoke

Another friend of mine, who lived a wonderful life, was Hoke White, who recently passed away at the age of 88. Hoke was a mainstay at Tennessee Tech, where he as a lifelong fan. Even though he was not a member of the press, or an employee of the University, Hoke never missed a game, at home or on the road. Back when I was following Tech as a member of the media, I recall Hoke being a regular on road trips in the Tech Media van. For 35+ years, Hoke logged thousands of miles to watch his beloved Tech play (mostly football and basketball). It did not matter what Tech’s record was, he was not a fair-weather fan, he was there win, lose or draw. A true fan to the end.

He was always the same, smiling, happy, upbeat. He was one of those guys that made you feel better to be around him. Hoke was what a fan should be. As the legend goes, his blood ran purple and gold.

Best game in town

Speaking of Tennessee Tech, consider this. The Tech campus is a quick 35 minutes west on I-40. As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, their men and women’s basketball teams play division I basketball. Belmont, which is a Nashville-based university, has played in the last four NCAA Tournaments. This year, Belmont has defeated Indiana State, Holy Cross, Hofstra and the University of North Carolina! Tech Beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Indiana-Kokomo and Chicago Loyola, and has played games against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Later they play at Tennessee and face a tough OVC schedule highlighted by their home game against Belmont on Feb. 1. Ticket prices are low and the entertainment is high. Many of the Saturday games are doubleheaders with the Tech women’s games. Get down to Tech and check out their beautiful arena and enjoy some good college basketball.

Open House

The Feed Store, located on highway 70E next door to Plateau Lanes, will host their Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 13. There will be door prizes, live entertainment, refreshments and hot spiced cider. The music will be exceptional because I know the musician, Aaron Ingram (son of Feed Store owner, Michael Ingram). He is very talented.

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Breathing is first step of my fitness journey I have worried for years, that if I didn’t do something, I was going to get so stiff and old that I would wake up someday and be unable to move. I have been told that I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. I visit the chiropractor so often I should have stock in his company. The good news is, I get results and usually feel better. The bad news, the pain comes back. When I first wake up in the morning, I am so stiff I can barely reach down to pick up my shorts and struggle to bend enough to tie my shoes. I am like a stick-man, moving around like a piece of uncooked spaghetti. If someone hits me, I might break. Thankfully, as the day progresses, I loosen up. I’m like the Tin Man in the Wizard Oz. Its as if, my joints receive a squirt of oil and I loosen up. I have been told I have arthritis in my lower back, but I am still able to play golf and bowl in a league. But I need help. I have tried a lot of things to help my lower back pain, but now I am seeking to strengthen my stomach and back muscles. I never tried that. My pathway After some lengthy research, I have chosen an aggressive path for my problems. I am now receiving one-on-one instruction in Pilates from Sue Butkus of Mountainview Studio. I am seeking improvement in the following areas: • Improved posture • Core strength and better flexibility • Improved balance • Reduced back and tailbone pain

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By DON NAPIER I am in for the complete package which will eventually include Yoga, Tai Chi, Acupunture, Massage and Reflexology. As of press time, I have had three personal meetings with Sue, and am excited and looking forward to our next meeting. This would be a good routine for any athlete, any age, any sport. I guarantee they would make them better. What is Plates? Pilates by definition is “A system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.” It was developed by Joseph

Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body though core strength, flexibility, and awareness. These Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a high quality workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time than one would ever imagine. My diary As the weeks roll by, I will be writing a diary about my experiences and sharing it with the readers of Crossville Life right here. I am a little sore as I write this --from my most recent class. I stretched muscles that I never stretched. In my days as an athlete, we worked on the big muscles. These exercises focused on the deep, core muscles of the abdomen and back. To be honest with you, I don’t know enough about my classes to talk intelligently about them . . . yet! When I do, you will know it. What have I learned so far? How to breathe.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease in which the body has trouble changing food into needed energy. As a result, the levels of sugar in the blood become higher than normal. Often diabetes goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. The symptoms of diabetes include: • Frequent urination • Excessive thirst • Extreme hunger • Unusual weight loss • Increased fatigue • Irritability • Blurry vision If you have one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor right away. Recent studies indicate the early detection of diabetes symptoms and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Where is Mountainview? Mountainview Studio is upstairs in the Cravens building at 21 South Stanley Street, Suite 209, in downtown Crossville. You can reach Sue at 707-3695 and visit her online at www.mountainvu. com. Sue is a caring, warm, friendly person who I am convinced, can help me. • Continued Next Issue.

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Additional end-of-life physicians are just added to the personal physician’s resources. If an individual does not have a primary physician, then the hospice physician is in place to oversee the individual’s care. Even when an individual/family feels care is better in the 24/hour care facility of Cumberland House, the fees are set on a sliding scale based on the individual’s personal monthly income. This eliminates the need to have to tie up the value of personal possession/property/total family income etc. This makes the the room and board fee, that is not covered by Medicare/insurances, affordable to all. Hospice Health Care may be the best kept secret and most underused health care in America. As sure as life itself, Hospice Care should be part of our health planning. The decision should be made as soon as possible and taken full advantage of, so as to better assure ‘quality’ of life for ourselves and our loved ones. NOTE: I Look forward to visiting with you in the next issue of Crossville Life. If you have questions concerning the total care Hospice of Cumberland County provides or would like a presentation for your group meetings feel free to call us at 484-4748 or the Hospice Hotline 24 hours a day at 931335-2223. • Hospice of Cumberland County is always happy and willing to discuss hospice services and give educational presentations to families or groups. Ken Taylor is the Executive Director of Hospice of Cumberland County. Call him at 484-4748.

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Promoting Art & Artists Benefits of Purchasing Original Local Art When a person purchases, displays, or gives original art, that person is often described in many positive ways. In addition to that personal affirmation, By SHARRON there are distinct economical advanECKERT tages: • It supports the local economy with payment to the local artist. • It is a “Made in America” product • The item is “One of a kind” and not mass produced • The item is handmade, not manufactured • The purchase of an artist’s work encourages future creativity. In your gift-giving and your own decor, consider the value of original, handmade art. In addition to the many local art/craft fairs and festivals, there are several permanent locations in Cumberland County where original local art-craft-music-books can be purchased: • Shanks Center for the Arts, 140 N Main Street, across from the Depot, Crossville 931-787-1936, Wednesday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm • Plateau Creative Art Center PCAC, Art Guild of Fairfield Glade,


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every type of criminal case own personal experience of ranging from DUI cases to first loss. “There are no guarantees degree murder cases. I have in life and sometimes we walk always believed in being fair through deep valleys. The in my decision making as a love and support of family and prosecutor and if elected will friends and our faith in God are carry that same approach of so important in these times.” fairness to the bench.” Gary lives in Cookeville “I could have announced with his wife my candidacy anytime, but Amy and their Veteran’s Day seemed like the three children; right time for me.” Gary works Sammy age in the D.A.’s office in Crossville 11, Brook age and lives in Cookeville. A 10 and Ira Criminal Prosecutor for over age 5. Gary 13 years, he is seeking retiring has been a Judge Leon Burns’ seat on the Prosecutor bench. McKenzie has some with the pretty big shoes to fill. “To me, District Judge Burns is a fair, tough Attorney’s judge who simply asked that Office for lawyers do their jobs, and that over 13 years. defendants follow the rules that In 2008 He he gave them. He was easy to was promoted work with; even-tempered and to Deputy honest. He will be missed.” District McKenzie said. Attorney, Welcome Home - Gary McKenzie, a memsupervising all ber of the 194th Engineer Brigade, is welMcKenzie, 40, of Cookeville, Major felony comed home by daughter Sammy, at the graduated from the University prosecutions Jackson, Tennessee airport in this 2010 of Memphis Law School in for photo. McKenzie was returning from Iraq. May of 2000 and turned down Cumberland, a position with a private law Dekalb and firm in Athens, TN and chose to White Counties. McKenzie Gary recently was honored with go to work at the D.A.’s office. also serves as a Judge Advocate the “Everyday Hero Award,” by “I had clerked with the D.A.’s General (JAG) officer with the the Upper Cumberland Child office in Cleveland TN between TN National Guard. He was Advocacy Center,” for his work my second and third year of activated in 2007 for a period of fighting the battle to end child Law School,” Gary said. I six months then again two years abuse everyday. pretty well knew what I wanted later for a deployment to Iraq. to do.” He is currently a Captain and “I am asking the people of the serves as a JAG 13th Judicial District to choose Officer for the me as their Criminal Court 278th Armored Judge in the May Republican Cavalry Primary. It is important that Regiment. you know who you are voting for. Judges make important Gary McKenzie decisions daily that affect the is a strong lives of people throughout the advocate for 13th District, which includes preserving Putnam County. family values as well as “You need to know about The McKenzie family ensuring a safe all candidates, our legal and healthy experience, our temperament, When asked why he chose environment for our kids to professionalism and more. criminal prosecution as a career grow up in. He understands loss As a judge, one must set McKenzie said “I was instantly and tragedy not only through aside personal prejudices, drawn to the District Attorney’s years of helping countless crime personalities and partisan office by the job description. victims but also through his political influences. We To pursue justice on behalf must have patience, openof the people of Tennessee, mindedness, and humility. Committee to prosecute the guilty and And while we must be protect the innocent without compassionate, the job often To Elect fear or favor. Each situation requires us to be stern,” Gary Mckenzie is unique and so is each person McKenzie said. Treasurer, Bob Terry that comes into my office or onto my docket. We work hard “You can trust me to achieve justice for each one PO Box 4151 of them with respect, effective to do the job!” Cookeville, TN 38502 use of limited resources and - Gary McKenzie (931) 361-1490 vigilant protection of the rights Gary McKenzie announced his candidacy on Veterans Day, November 11th of this year. He chose Veterans Day because of its importance to him and his family. Gary’s father and grandfather served during America’s wars and he followed in their footsteps, having served his country in Iraq.

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Food Finds

Ever the trooper, Dennis Donald opens “Curtain Call Dinner Theatre” venture in store frontage at Crossville Outlet Mall By DON NAPIER I met Dennis Donald about several years ago. At the time, I just didn’t know what to think of him. He is a normal looking guy. Just to see him on the street or to sit and talk to him, you’d never know that he is an extremely talented artist. You cannot possibly imagine the shock my system had that first time I attended one of his shows. It was at the Palace Theatre, and he was hosting a show that paid tribute to The Rat Pack. Dennis Donald is a little like Gomer Pyle; or Crazy Guggenham, on the Jackie Gleason Show. He is an unassuming guy until he opens his mouth to sing! In the mid-1960’s, Rat Pack was the name used by the press and general public to refer to a variation of performers including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Dennis and some friends did a great job that night at the Palace with different amateurs in place to cover songs made famous by the Rat Packers. I must brag on my friend Keith Walther who can be Tom Jones or Elvis Presley whenever the need arises. Now on with the show It took that introduction to make you understand that Dennis Donald can produce a show. And he now has his own address, a regular place to hang his hat --in a big space at Crossville Outlet Mall where he performs dinner theatre, along with some very talented performers. Curtain Call Dinner Theatre is what he calls it. His current show takes you back to the fabulous fifties. Dennis invites his guests to “revisit

audience, going table to table playing requests. He was fabulous! As far as I am concerned, star of the Malt Shop Memories is none other than Ashley Krohn, who many know from her previous appearances, including shows at the Palace. Her Connie Frances-like version of “Everybody is Somebody’s Fool,” gave me goosebumps. She had a dozen great songs, but my favorites were “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Our Day Will Come.” Others who were in the show and had great moments were Lilly Lung and Viviana Pabi. Viviana’s “Mama Said” and “My Guy” were very, very good. Lilly also had a great night, but I especially loved her “Downtown” and “Wishin’ and A-Hopin” Ashley Krohn

those years with some of the area’s best entertainers, while you dance to the music.” His set includes a malt shop, and the show at the time I attended was “Malt Shop Music & Memories.” On the night I attended, the audience was greeted with some very talented performers, including a freshman at Stone Memorial High School, Cheyene Graff, who performed during the “dinner” portion of the dinner theatre. She is an amazing talent and what a stage presence she possessed! This was my first time to hear her sing, but she has already had recognition, winning the Teen Idol contest at the Cumberland County Fair last summer. Live guitar music by the masterful Tony Zerrola was great during dinner and breaks. He came out into the

Showtimes Doors open between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m., dinner starts at 5:45 p.m., show starts at 6:45 p.m.. You’ll be out before 9 p.m. Shows are held Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets ($28) can be purchased at the Curtain Call Theatre in the Crossville Outlet Mall, entrance A, Suite 129 or reserved by calling 931337-7469. Summary Is this the world’s best dinner theatre? No it is not, but it is “very” entertaining. The plot is kind of weak, but it was fun and you did find yourself doing a lot of smiling and laughing. Is the food going to wow you? No, but it will surely fill you up, and mine was very tender, hot and tasty. Going along with the Malt Shop theme, the Blue Plate Special we had was hot roast beef with mashed

potatoes and gravy, green beans with choice of a root beer float, a shake or a sundae and all the coffee, tea and lemonade you can drink. Also they have free, freshly popped popcorn during the show, all served by friendly, smiling faces. What was it’s weak points? Having Dennis play the lead role of a teenage boy was a bit of a stretch. It came over as “hokey” when he sang to his teenage girl friend and his sister, both played by real teenagers. The only thing keeping this from being a bonafide hit, would be a young man in the lead role. But this is one man’s dream and I applaud it. I urge you to support Dennis and his Curtain Call venue. Dennis had some really good moments including his Elvis song, even if his Elvis wig was hilarious. There is something very exciting about seeing all these talented people, and knowing they came right out of our community.

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Food Finds Trip to Stagecoach Cafe a “forgettable” experience By DON NAPIER A few of our readers have suggested we review The Stagecoach Cafe, so after Church a few weeks ago, I took the family by for lunch. When we arrived, we looked around and saw that they did not seat many people in their small dining room. A table of six and one of four were already seated, so we knew it would be slow because our orders were behind at least 10 others. We got out of church at 11 and I told my family they could have their choice of Gondola’s, the State Park Restaurant or we would just take chicken home from KFC. The girls voted for Gondola, which is their favorite place to eat. We could not find a place to park which is a pretty good notice that they were full inside. So we headed to choice number two, the State Park. When we got there, parking was also difficult and the line was all the way out the front door. So, Natalie suggested we go to Stagecoach, saying she had always wanted to try it, and we were right at their front door. It seemed like our only option, unless we wanted to go home to have “pot luck.” We walked into the unique little restaurant at exactly 11:30 a.m., which we thought was pretty early, thinking perhaps this would be a good time to be there. We had heard from others that service was often slow. Two small tables were put together on the landing for our party of four. After looking at the menus for a short while,

we ordered. Personally, I did not see a lot that I could have on their menu which included lots of pasta items. (I do not eat white flour). My wife decided to be adventurous and ordered an Egglant Sandwich which came with cheese and pesto on a Paninni. It was supposed to be hot, but was “mildly warm.” It came with a handful of plain potato chips. Daughter Lyndi ordered a burger that came with an order of hash browns similar to what you get at McDonalds. The only thing unusual about her order other than the price ($12), was the fact that the beef came from a Bison and the homemade bun, which she did not eat. Daughter Laura ordered a plain garden salad with grilled chicken. I really did not see anything I wanted, so I decided to try something I never had, an eggplant salad. We also ordered a Pepperoni pizza which we used as an appetizer for the table. I must say that it was very good and did not take very long to prepare, but was a bit small. I was very pleased when I found out that they could make the pizza crust from whole wheat flour. The pizza was the highlight of the meal. The wait for the food was excruciatingly painful. We waited, and waited, and waited some more. The chairs were very uncomfortable for me. They were very narrow and had a hard seat. I think it was patio furniture. I got up about a dozen times and walked around the small gift studio that is attached, killing time and giving my tail bone a rest.

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We went to the car and retrieved the Sunday paper and brought in the sports page. An hour later, we went and got the rest of the paper. We drank water and at no time did the waitress offer a refill. As we entered our second hour at these little tables, we expected our waitress to stop by and explain why. Maybe they were short-handed or some appliance had broken down. But she never said a word. As we passed the 90 minute mark, I wanted to just leave, but my wife would never do anything so bold. She said,“we are here, lets just eat our food and not complain.” I will never understand what took so long. Other than the two sandwiches, the other two orders could have been prepared in a matter of minutes. My salad was called an Entree Salad, but was far from a meal. As soon as I walked into my house, I cooked two hamburger patties. When was the last time you walked into your house immediately after dining out and cooked yourself a double cheeseburger? The overall meal experience was bad. Even if the food had been outstanding, it would have been ruined by the 1:45 minute wait. I cannot blame our waitress, who is one of the owners. She was totally overwhelmed with setting up tables, taking orders, delivering food, and checking out customers. About two hours after we arrived, we finished our food. It was an experience I

can wait a couple decades to repeat. I will, however, order pizza (call in order) from them again. Just as I was about to escape, my daughter Laura had the audacity to want dessert, choosing a flourless chocolate cake, which she liked very much. (We got it to go!) My wife recognized that my patience was wearing thin, so she volunteered to pay the check (with my debit card) so I could leave. I thought back about our choices. In the two hours we spent at Stagecoach, those people who were standing in line at the State Park Restaurant, had time to get to the food bar, get their food, eat it, and get home and take a nap. I decided that I could have ordered my food, driven out to Bear Trace golf course and played nine holes, and still have had time to get back to the restaurant in time to get my meal. I hate to joke about this, but it was a forgettable experience. I understand that their food is prepared fresh and could take a bit longer. But two of our orders were cold salads, which could be plated in two minutes. Adding injury to insult, the cost for this 120 minutes of pain, totaled an incredible $70! Recipe of the month When I was growing up at home, with my two brothers and two sisters, we didn’t have birthday parties. We had birthday cakes, made my our mother especially for us. It was the one time in the year when we got our favorite cake. I was born in July when blackberries were in season, and my favorite cake was a Blackberry Jam See

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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR 17 Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 1:00 pm Phone:931-484-5000

DEC. 10 Suite Surrender @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 1:00 pm Phone:931-484-5000

14 Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 10:30 am Phone:931-484-5000

Chamber Orchestra @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 6:00 pm 931-484-6133

Sanders Family Christmas @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 2:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000 Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 7:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000 Jack Daniels Hometown Christmas @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 7:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000

11 Sanders Family Christmas @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 11:00 am Phone:931-484-5000

Downton Abbey @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 1:30 pm 931-484-6133

Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 10:00 am Phone:931-484-5000 Curtain Call Dinner Theatre “Old Fashioned Christmas” Dinner 6 p.m- Show @ 7 p.m Tickets: 337-7469 13 Best Christmas Pageant Ever @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtimes: 10:00 am & 7:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000 Chamber Orchestra @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133 Curtain Call Dinner Theatre “Old Fashioned Christmas” Dinner 6 p.m- Show @ 7 p.m Tickets: 337-7469

Lucas & Friends Christmas Show @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133 Christmas Parade @ Downtown Crossville Starting at 4:30 pm Curtain Call Dinner Theatre “Old Fashioned Christmas” Dinner 6 p.m- Show @ 7 p.m Tickets: 337-7469

22 Sanders Family Christmas @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 2:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000

A Hometown Christmas @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133


19 Suite Surrender @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 2:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000

3 Thomas Pandolfi @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133

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4 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133

Curtain Call Dinner Theatre “Old Fashioned Christmas” Dinner 6 p.m- Show @ 7 p.m Tickets: 337-7469 20 Suite Surrender @ Cumb Co. Playhouse Showtime: 7:30 pm Phone:931-484-5000


Gordon Mote @ Palace Theatre Showtime: 7:00 pm 931-484-6133

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Day Trippin’ with Tim

By Tim Ingram

Frozen Head State Park It’s a sunny 60 degrees when I meet my brother, Mike, at The Feed Store. It hadn’t taken too much arm twisting to convince him to ride with me to Frozen Head State Park. I’m hoping to see some early fall colors over in east Tennessee. The easy way to get there is to take Genesis Road out of Crossville to Wartburg. The adventuresome route is to go to Crab Orchard and take Hebbertsburg Road, which is, of course, what we did. We leave The Feed Store on our Honda’s and head east on Highway 70 to Crab Orchard. Mike is finding out that 60 miles per hour in 60 degree temperatures without a windshield can be pretty chilling, so I loan him my chaps and heavy gloves. Hebbertsburg Road out of Crab Orchard is good enough, a typical country road that does not see regular maintenance. The surprise, however, comes quite suddenly as the road turns from asphalt to tar and chip, with lots of chip. Our speed goes way down and the concentration level way up. It’s not much fun riding on ball bearings. Well, it wasn’t that bad, but we take no chances. The one lane road twists and turns through the encroaching woods as we cautiously take the path of least gravel, especially around the turns. Overhead in the perfect blue sky a couple of turkey vultures are circling. I hope they’re not waiting on us! Before long the road improves to pot-holed

semi blacktop. We dodge through the walnuts scattered on the road knowing that they could throw us down in a split second if we hit one. A couple of deer sprint across the road just in front of me, startled by the unexpected interruption in their territory. The sumacs along the road are deep red contrasting with the yellow of the hickorys and orange of the maples. An old chimney is left as a sentinel in the middle of a grownup field. I wonder at the stories it could tell. Hebbertsburg Road changes names several times between Crab Orchard and Wartburg and has several splits and turns. There are very few signs marking the names of the roads up here in the middle of the mountains. The road goes from bad to worse and then back to bad with broken asphalt and hairpin turns going up and down the grades. I do not have the route in my GPS, so at one point I take a right split when I should have taken a left. This mistake adds considerable time to our trip as it takes us in a whole new direction. At another point I miss a turn and wind up at a dead end in the middle of a picturesque farm way back in a holler of the mountain. It is easy to get totally lost and turned around up here if you are not familiar with the roads. I have no idea where we are, so we keep heading east as best we can, figuring we will come out somewhere. After a while we come to Highway 299 which is not where I

expected to be. We turn left until it dead ends, and then turn left onto Highway 328. At highway 27 we turn left again and this eventually takes us to Wartburg. It had been my plan to come into Wartburg from the west, not from the south. But, it has been an interesting ride roaming through the mountains none the less. As we come into the outskirts of Wartburg, we turn right onto highway 62. There is a Hardee’s here and we stop for a hot cup of coffee to us warm up. A short distance later we turn left onto Flat Fork Road. We pass Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex which was established in 1896 and operated until 2009. It is still surrounded by double rows of razor wire. I’m glad I’m on the outside looking in and not the other way around. The entrance to the park is nestled at the foot of the surrounding mountains. The road runs beneath the over-

hanging canopy of trees with a shallow stream gurgling over the rocks on the left. A bridge takes us over the stream to the primitive campgrounds. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails in the park that meander by waterfalls, rock shelters, and giant mountaintop cap rocks. The park is situated on 13,122 acres of relatively undisturbed forest. The terrain varies from an elevation of 1340 feet to over 3000 feet on 16 different mountain peaks. Frozen Head State Park is a place I would like to come back to for rustic camping and hiking. I can see myself with my backpacking tent pitched beside the stream, relaxing by the fire, smelling the smoke and the boiling coffee. There’s nothing like the quiet serenity of the mountains to give the soul a restful peace. For more pictures and back articles, visit me on Facebook at “Day Trippin’ with Tim”.

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Business Q&A with Conrad Miller Installation and sales for tubular skylights and solar-powered attic fans By DON NAPIER Q: How long have you been in business for yourself? Miller: Hard to believe it Don, but I’ve been in the Skylight Business for 18 years now. Q: How did you end up in such a specific business? Skylights and Attic Fans? Miller - I saw Tubular Skylights advertised in a trade magazine, and with our experience in the remodeling trade, I believed there was a market for it. So I ordered five skylights and installed the first one at home. I then ran an ad in The Glade Sun and the result was a sale to a man on Lakeview where I installed two in his living room. About a week later, one of their friends on Ivybrook called and wanted one in a bathroom. Before I got done with it, one of their friends came over and wanted three in their house. Next thing you know I was in the Tubular Skylight business. Q: Are you a green person? Are you overly involved or concerned about the amount of energy we are using? Miller: I certainly believe in being good with the earth and saving electricity, but I’m also very enthused about some of the other green aspects of natural light. Did you know that natural light has the seven colors of the rainbow in it, and has tremendous therapeutic benefits including mood enhancing, helping to recover from depression, and has less stress on the eyes while working or reading? There has also been multiple studies done documenting huge increases in school grades where natural daylighting was installed. I installed a number of skylights in Mayberry’s Furniture downtown, to help see the true colors of the fabrics, which the natural light brings out. If i had a store for retail goods. Q: What are the primary advantages of a “Tubular” Skylight over a conventional skylight? Miller: One of the advantages Don, is with the light being diffused by the ceiling lens, there is no glare, and no need for blinds. The tube also has a mirrored finish inside the pipe (tube) which reflects light much better than a drywall shaft. The longer the shaft, the more people notice this. Q: What other products do you sell and install? Miller: One of the things that I install is the Solar-Powered Attic Fan. It’s got a german motor and german solar cells and carries a 25 yr. warranty on these very critical parts. The bigger units move as much air as the electric units, but the D.C. Motor is much quieter, costs nothing to run, and has tax credits of 30% on the installed price. The other little known thing that I sell since I’m already on the roof, is stainless steel gutter guards. guaranteed to keep out all leaves and even pine needles, at a great value. Q: What new product are you thinking of adding to your business? Miller: A groundbreaking product out this year is the revolutionary solarpowered ventilating skylight. Picture yourself Don, with a handheld remote control opening the skylight with a push of a button. No wiring required. And, if a cloud comes up, the rain sensor closes it down. It works great for natural ventila-

tion as the heat rises right out of the top. The good news is the 30% tax credit on solar applies to the installed price of this unit, including any framing, insulating, drywalling, and painting required. So after the tax credit, it costs not a great deal more than a fixed (non-opening) skylight. Q: What certifications do you possess, schools you have attended, etc? Miller:”That is a great question. I have taken training, and am certified as a 5-Star Installer of tubular and traditional skylights, with Velux, the largest skylight company in the world. So, when I install skylights, they are getting a 10 yr. installation warranty along with their product warranty. That means, if you were to have a leak, the company would pay me to replace it, along with any drywall repairs. This is unprecedented, and shows their faith in their cutting edge products and training for your peace of mind. Q: How far do you go to install

skylights? Miller: Ninety percent of my installations are in Nashville or Knoxville. Every winter I do a few installations in Florida, and I have actually installed skylights in 16 different states. The out-of-state jobs come from friends or family of people I have installed for locally, and I usually wait to do those until I am wanting to head in that direction. Q: What do you like about your job? Miller: It is always gratifying to see the transformation in a room, the beautiful ambiance of natural light and the excited customers. Q: What was your background before you were in the Skylight Business? Miller: I grew up working for as an apprentice for my dad in remodeling and new home construction. I started in the sixth grade, learning the tradeform. Occasionally, we would install a Skylight on

This photo was made on a mission trip to Liberia. He went to assist with the building of a staff house on the compound and he also donated eight tubular skylights. He installed seven in the school building and one in the pastor’s home. This was Conrad’s 27th country visited since 1990, but his first trip to Africa. “The school was very dark before the skylights were installed,” Conrad said.

a project. Dad said I would always need a place to live and it was a good trade to know. • You can contact Conrad Miller at (931) 277-3707 or 335-3703. References available upon request.

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Winter events sure to enchant Tennessee- The grandRuby Falls in Chattanooga, est state which houses all the Tn. Enjoy the holiday seageographical features in one son in the presence of an state and whose charm peaks underground gem, Ruby with the notoriety of each and Falls, on Friday and Saturday every season- is on the verge nights Dec. 6-28. Beginning of winter. And while she may at 5 p.m., freshly fallen snow dream of spring, a Tenneswill drift as the horse drawn REBEKAH K. carriages clack to live musee winter holds a glorious BOHANNON sic. Pictures with Santa and and bewitching beauty that BEELER none other can possibly share. Christmas readings by Mrs. Partake of the delights the upClaus will surely put visitors coming holiday season will bring. It is in the Christmas spirit. Then tour the my hope that you are enamored by its cave leading to the 1,120 ft. cascade of magical splendor. But to be anywhere Ruby Falls glitter in the lights. Celefor winter besides Tennessee, is likely brate Discovery Day on Dec. 30 for the to render you pining for her from the 85th anniversary of the underground Gulf Coastal Plain to the Smokies. As waterfall being found. Discovery Day you write your Christmas cards this visitors will receive a postcard and year, please write one more to send to map. More information can be found Holiday Mail for Heroes at P.O. Box at or call 423-8215456, Capital Heights, MD, 207916705. 5456. The American Red Cross will be 2. A Nashville Nutcracker Dec. accepting holiday cards until Dec. 6 to 7-22 at TPAC in Nashville, Tn. This send to our soldiers a small token of theatrical production is completely sincere gratitude. Guidelines are avail- and craftily adapted from the original; able at set in 1897 Nashville and infused with involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes. Nashville history and figures. Plan to With these Tenn-I-See picks, I attend this clever take on the classic hope to enrich your Tennessee winter ballet visit adventures. I wish your Christmas or call 800-430-8903. celebrations very merry and may your 3. Children of Cumberland New Year grant you inspiring new County Orchestra (COCCO) beginnings. In calendar order, my performing Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. and Tenn-I-See picks are: Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theater 1. Ruby Red Christmas at in Crossville, Tn. Support the gifted

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Palace Theatre Events Tuesday, December 10, 2013 06:00pm Children of Crossville Chamber Orchestra Perparatory Group Friday, December 13, 2013 07:00pm Children of Crossville Chamber Orchestra Saturday, December 14, 2013 01:30pm Downton Abbey Saturday, December 14, 2013 07:00pm - 08:00pm Lucas & Friends Annual Christmas Show


Friday, December 20, 2013 07:00pm Vance Nichols Friday, January 03, 2014 07:00pm Thomas Pandolfi Saturday, January 04, 2014 07:00pm Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Thursday, January 09, 2014 07:00pm Gordon Mote Monday, February 03, 2014 08:00am - 05:00pm Fairfield Glade Lions Club



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young musicians of Cumberland County and hear the wonderment of their talents during these winter performances. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 931-484-6133. 4. Rugby Christmas at Historic Rugby, Tn. On Dec. 14 at Historic Rugby, Tn. Historic Rugby would like to invite visitors near and far to join in the village’s Victorian Christmas celebration. The halls of the Historic Rugby village will be decked with holly and visitors are encouraged to dress in 1880s period dress and participate in the joyous season’s music, food and shopping. On Dec. 31, Historic Rugby is set to hold a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball to ring in the birth of 2014. Visit or call 423-628-2441. 5. Homesteads Christmas Tour Dec. 14-15 Crossville, Tn. See the evidence of the revitalization of the local community handed to Cumberland County directly from Pres. Roosevelt. Begin at the Homestead Tower Museum at the Junction of Hwy 68 and 127 S and purchase your ticket to tour the Historic Homesteads homes of Roosevelt’s “New Deal” during the Depression. The tour will end at the Homesteads Museum House which will be decorated for Christmas as a home would have been during the 30s and 40s. Contact the Tower Museum at 931-456-9663 or visit 6. Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin, Tn. Dec. 14-15 at Historic Downtown Franklin, Tn. This free holiday street festival will have visitors saying,“Please, Sir. I want some

more.”The Victorian holiday will be complete with interactive characters from the Dickens novels, horse drawn carriage rides, Victorian holiday treats, a holiday bazaar, and a Town Sing. You are likely to see Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and Father and Mother Time. Dickens of a Christmas will help you keep your Christmas all year. Call 615591-8500 or visit www.historicfranklin. com/events/dickens-of-a-christmas for information and directions. 7. Now playing! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever through Dec. 20 and Family Sanders Christmas through Dec. 21 at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tn. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the funny tale of the Herdman children who are the unlikely vessels through which an entire town learns the true meaning of Christmas. Family Sanders Christmas is a story of a family’s music, kinship and hilarity that take holiday antics beyond tradition. These incredible Christmas productions will have you laughing all the way. Ticket information and show times are available at or call the box office at 931-484-5000. 8. Smokey Mountain Christmas at Dollywood in Sevierville, Tn. now through Dec. 30. Imagine the millions of twinkle lights, hot cocoa, shopping, and fantastical Christmas shows at the grandest theme park in Tennessee. There’s nothing more romantic than the chivalry of a Tennessee Christmas in the Smokies. For event and show times contact 800365-5996 or 9. Old Christmas Mustering See

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Cake. It is somewhat unusual, and you may have never even heard of it. Mom cooked my cake in a Bundt pan, and it often came out with the top sunk in, kind of heavy. That is exactly how I liked it. This recipe, from my first cousin, Doris Scott Beasley of Celina, TN, is the same one my mom used. Hope you enjoy it. Icing is included here, but I never wanted icing on mine.



at Fort Watauga in the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area on Jan. 4-5 in Elizabethton, Tn. Let the Christmasing continue when you venture out to the historic Revolutionary War fort and celebrate in Old World style. Discover the roots of our holiday traditions of those long ago European migrants who brought with them Scotch-Irish, German, English, and Dutch traditions. Visit or call 423-543-5808 for details. 10. Gordon Mote performing at the Palace Theater at 7 p.m. on Jan. 9 in Crossville, Tn. Award winning musician, stand-out country performer and noted Southern gospel singer comes to share the Good News through his God-given talents. Mote has shared the stage with many’a country music star and his unique abilities to rethink and recreate the

Doris’s Jam Cake Cream 2 sticks butter with 2 cups sugar, add 4 eggs, add 1 cup Blackberry jam, beginning and ending with flour. Add alternately 3 cups self rising flour with 1 teasp cinnamon and 1 teasp allspice mixed thoroughly into flour and 1 cup buttermilk, add 1 tbls vanilla and 1 cup nuts (best if use Black Walnuts). Bake in bundt pan at 350 degrees for about an hour. Icing: Dissolve 2 cups brown sugar, 3/4 cups pet milk and cook until soft ball stage, add 2 tbls butter and 1 tsp vanilla, beating until spreading consistency. You may also choose your own caramel icing for the cake or none at all.

old classic gospel tunes will bring you back to a simpler time. Call the Palace at 931-484-6133. 11. Wilderness Wildlife Week at LeConte Center Jan. 25-Feb. 1 in Pigeon Forge, Tn. Get excited and get into nature with eight days of free activities designed to encourage visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Smokies. Expert seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops, as well as guided hikes for all skill levels will surely entice even closet outdoorsmen and women not to wait until spring. Visit or call 800-251-9100. • Rebekah K. Bohannon Beeler is a well-known journalist in the Crossville and Middle Tennessee area. Her TennI-SeeTM column appears regularly in Crossville Life Magazine. She is a freelance writer and songwriter and can be contacted at and

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