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INSIDE THIS EDITION Tonya Hinch Exclusive Interview .......... Page 6 Ken Taylor Column ............................... Page 7 Food Finds ...................................... Page 16-17 Tenn-I-See ........................................... Page 21

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Tennessee’s top senior golfers to arrive in Crossville for Men’s Senior Open May 12-13 BY DON NAPIER The City of Crossville will once again sponsor the Tennessee Senior State Open. This year’s tournament, the fifth annual event, will be held at Stonehenge Golf Course in Fairfield Glade, and be played on May 13-14. The Tennessee Section PGA looks for the top senior men in the state to square off when the City of Crossville hosts this, one of the top tournaments of the year held in the Volunteer State. “This tournament is open to all Professionals and Amateurs with a 10 handicap or better, who live in the state of Tennessee or are a member of the Tennessee Section PGA,” City of Crossville Marketing Director Billy Loggins said.“Players must be 50 years old by May 12, 2014.” “There is a Super Senior Division for those who are 65 and older,” Loggins said.“This division will play from shorter tees and compete for a separate purse.” The Title Sponsor is City of Crossville, Mayor J.H. Graham III. Marketing Director and tournament advisor is Billy Loggins. The field size will be restricted to 102 players in the Championship Division. The Super Senior Division will be limited to the first 24 players who register. Players that qualify for early registration: All Tennessee PGA Section Members and Apprentices; Winners of the Senior State Open Championship – last ten years; Top 30 and ties from the 2013 Senior State Open;

2013 Winner Bill Breen (center) shown with Fairfield Glade Community Club President Bob Stackhouse and General Manager Bob Weber.

2013 TGA Player of the Year List – Top 20; Winner of the TGA Senior Match Play Championship last five years; Winner of the TGA Senior Amateur Championship last five years. Bill Breen 2013 Champ A record number of players

participated in the 2013 Senior State Open (143 players). Unlike previous years of the Tennessee Senior State Open, the weather was sunny, beautiful, yet windy at the idyllic Stonehenge Golf Course. However, the better weather did not translate into lower scores, as there were no rounds under par after round one.

Professional Harry Taylor and amateur Danny Green were declared co-champions of the third annual Tennessee Senior State Open in 2012. FGCC’s Bob Stackhouse, Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III, and David Olinger, Tournament Director, are shown with the winning golfers.

The low score after the first round was a 1-over-par 73 carded by professionals Danny Briggs, Bill Hickey and Richard Smith. Round two featured a group of players at the top of their game, and some terrific drama on the back nine. Nevertheless, this day belonged to Professional Bill Breen from Nashville, Tenn. who carded four birdies on the day and fired a three-underpar 33 (-3) on the back nine to shoot the only under par round of the tournament of two-under 70. His clutch sand save on the final hole captured the championship, although he had to sweat out a 10 foot birdie putt for the tie by amateur Paul Korth from Cookeville. Breen finished with a two day total of 76-70-146 to beat out Korth (74-73-147). Breen took home $7,500 for winning his first Senior State Open Championship. Super Seniors Play Super New to the Senior State Open last year, was the Super Senior Division for participants 65 and older. Ron Kilgore (a) of Knoxville, Tenn. held onto his first round three shot lead to win the inaugural Super Senior division. He followed up his See

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It’s a Wonderful Life Family faces Autism, now fights for awareness EDITOR’S NOTE: I recently met Shawn Fry, who is a candidate for District Attorney General in the upcoming May 6th Republican Primary. In addition to being an outstanding attorney and former Asst. District Attorney, Shawn is also an outstanding DON NAPIER husband and father. His story touched me Publisher so much, I decided to write about his family in my “Wonderful Life Column.” By DON NAPIER Shawn and Dawn Fry knew within a week after their son Austin was born, 12 years ago, that something was wrong. He cried constantly and slept very little, while his twin sister, Sydney, seemed fine. “Even though you should not compare children to one another, we did,” said the Frys, who are both attorneys in Cookeville.“They were our only children and all we knew. My wife’s heart was telling her that there was something seriously wrong with Austin.” As time passed, Austin seemed unable to hear, and his speech was not developing well. Words he did learn and songs he tried to sing one day, were simply not there the next. He pitched uncontrollable tantrums. He was often sick. A hearing test showed that he could hear, but simply did not respond to what he heard, not even his own name. Meanwhile, his twin sister was progressing normally, learning and using words and phrases. “That’s been 10 years ago,”Austin’s dad Shawn said. After many struggles, doctor trips, and worry, the Frys were finally given a name for what was wrong with their son: Autism. That’s a disorder of development characterized by difficulty in commu-

for any underlying medical problems nicating and interacting with others. It (there were none). The Child Developsometimes causes a child to retreat into ment Center at Vanderbilt also helped, an isolated, seemingly impenetrable rendering the actual diagnosis just before world. Austin turned 3. Researchers say it is increasingly Today Austin is 12, and you might common, possibly the fastest-growing not ever dream that at one time he could disability in the United States. There is not even wash his a growing push to hands.“Everything find the reasons an autistic child and to find ways “I made hundreds of phone to help those who learns must be calls to professionals that had have it. broken down in any training in autism and also steps, for example, After getting washing their the official diagno- found other fathers like myself hands,”Austin’s sis, the Fry’s were to lean on. Dawn and I read as dad said.“They very sad.“This bemany books as possible looking cannot simply gan another phase in our journey, the watch others do for ways to teach our son.” panic and grieving something and -Shawn Fry stage,” Shawn said. then repeat it on But they did their own. Austin not let the panic had to be taught to take over. Instead, they began an intense point his finger, to make eye contact with search for all the resources available to others, and to play with other children. help their son. As they worked to help their son, the Help came in many forms, beginning Frys also grieved for the loss of the child with the Tennessee Early Intervention they thought they had, and the shattered System, which assigned service coordina- dreams they had for the future. tor Kim Correll to work with the Frys. Public school systems offers proShe arranged speech/language and grams for autistic children beginning development evaluations, and helped the at age three. That’s when Austin joined parents find a neurologist to arrange tests the “Believe Classroom” at Cane Creek Elementary, a program which places autistic children with typically developing peers, thus providing “models” from which the autistic children learn. “He no longer throws tantrums, and loves going to school now,” Shawn said. “He calls people by name and greets them with ‘Good Morning’ -- he’s a happy little boy with a wonderful laugh,” dad said. Recent reports indicate that this complex neurobiological disorder (which usually lasts throughout a lifetime) is striking more and more children, and experts say early intervention is the key to helping children the most. Shawn Fry with son Austin.



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Shawn and other fathers with special needs children are doing all they can to raise awareness and funding for resources and research. “We still have a long journey ahead of us,”Austin’s mom said.“Austin has made huge strides and because of God’s grace, we have faith in greater things to come. What began as the ‘’end of the world’ has provided so many opportunities to share with others the importance of early intervention.” I now know that Austin is a gift from God, and there is a purpose for him having received this diagnosis. It is our passion and purpose to share our testimony so that we may help others on this same journey,” Shawn said. The Frys spend much of their time now working to help raise money for the Autism Society of America. For further information you can call Dawn Fry at (931) 200-4991 or visit on the internet.


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even par 72 with a second round 79 to hold off runner-up Stephen Kehrer (a) of Crossville. Kilgore finished strong by going birdie, birdie, par on the last three holes, including a hole out from the bunker on seventeen. Congratulations to all of the Super Seniors for their play. We look forward to watching the Super Senior Division for years to come. More Senior News Professional Harry Taylor and amateur Danny Green were declared co-champions of the third annual Tennessee Senior State Open in 2012. The 36-hole tournament was shortened to 18, as the second round was canceled due to unplayable course conditions, according to the TPGA. According to David Olinger, Tournament Director, the field for the open has grown each year. This year the field will be capped at 156 and there will be a Super Senior Division for players 65 and older. Local players have enjoyed some success over the years. Crossville’s Eddie Wyatt tied for seventh with Nashville’s Craig McElhaney in 2012, while another Crossvillian Tony Cox was tied for 18th with Riceville’s Bob Rice and Hendersonville’s Ron Cox

Tim Jackson, 2011 champ

at three-over par 75. Boyd Wyatt Jr. of Knoxville (formerly of Crossville) was tied for 42nd at seven-over par 79. Women’s Open Coming Soon The Tennessee Golf Association, celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, is excited to host its 16th Annual Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open Championship at Stonehenge Golf Club again this year, on July 31-August 2. While the championship consistently features the top amateurs and professionals from Tennessee, contestants come from across the country for the competiSee

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Harry Taylor, 2010 champ

Welcome Golfers To The 5th Annual

May 12 & 13, 2014 at Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade

Proudly Hosted by The City of Crossville

Steve Bolin Franklin, TN

Ron Kilgore (a) Knoxville, TN

Jim Brown (a) Loudon, TN

Paul Korth (a) Cookeville, TN

Walt Chapman Knoxville, TN

Rob Long Clarksville, TN

Bob Clark (a) Cordova, TN

Don Midgett (a) Tullahoma, TN

Bob Cox Knoxville, TN

Jack Oliver Franklin, TN

Tim Dinwiddie (a) Afton, TN

Hank Patton McMinnville, TN

Buzz Fly (a) Memphis, TN

Gary Pierce (a) Franklin, TN

Mike Freels (a) Chuckey, TN

Mike Poe (a) Athens, TN

Jeff Golliher (a) Knoxville, TN

Richard Rebne Ringgold, GA

Steve Golliher (a) Knoxville, TN

Bob Rice (a) Riceville, TN

Danny Green (a) Jackson, TN

Gary Robinson Hermitage, TN

Tony Green (a) Kingsport, TN

Tom Schreiner (a) Chattanooga, TN

Greg Guinn (a) Clarksville, TN

John Thomas (a) Knoxville, TN

Buddy Harston Kingston Spgs., TN

Ron Waters (a) Alcoa, TN

Bill Hickey Knoxville, TN

Blake Watt (a) Brentwood, TN

Mark Houser Kingsport, TN

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PROFILES in COURAGE! Profiling the lives of World War II Veterans

EDITOR’S NOTE-After announcing last issue that I would be writing profiles of World War II veterans, many veterans started calling for appointments to come in and be interviewed. Those included on these pages, represent the first men to show up. I know, after this issue goes into circulation, that there will be many more WWII veterans who would like to have their story told. All I ask is for you to call me at (931) 484-5185 and make an appointment. These interviews often take two hours, and I want to set aside the time for them. Also, these stories are often short, condensed versions of our conversations. There was always more said than could be written down.

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• WES CAMPBELL • Wes Campbell, born in Cumberland County on Dec. 23, 1925, has the honor of being the first veteran for my series. He came into my office wearing his uniform when he came in for the interview (see the photo). Drafted at the age of 18, Wes went into the army in August of 1944. He was in the reserves after WWII.“I got called up when the Korean War broke out,”Wes said.“I made Master Sgt. over there, acting platoon leader.” His first stop was the Macon, Georgia Training Camp. He went

on to be involved in many famous battles, where he was wounded by mortar rounds, being hit in the leg and shoulder. This occurred in a battle fought in the forests of Ardennes (France) -- (also known as the Battle of the Bulge), one of the most costly battles in terms of casualties for the United States.“We didn’t go to the aid station,”Wes said. “I don’t remember why, guess they didn’t think it was bad enough,” he said. Campbell was wounded three times, earning a Purple Heart. He also received the European Service Pin, and The Bronze Star for Meritorious Service.“The Bronze Star is the fourth largest medal we’ve got,”Wes said. Editor’s Note: The Bronze Star is a highly respected award that is given to members of the United States Military for performing heroic acts. The Bronze Star was created on February 4, 1944. Since then, it has been awarded to soldiers during many wars, including WWII. Unfortunately, there is not a published list of all of the soldiers who received this award during WWII specifically. Many people who served for or with the U.S. military during World War II did win this medal. There are nearly 2000 recipients of the Bronze Star, and many of them were recipients during this time. Wes pointed proudly to the gold bars on his sleeve.“Each one represents six months of service. He said his six bars represent his three years in three wars.“I was involved in the Ardennes Invasion as a member of the 94th Infantry Division. My last

Wes Campbell in 1944.

Wes Campbell in 2014.

job, after the war, was in Frankfort, as honor guard where Eisenhower’s headquarters were, where I re-enlisted and stayed an extra year and a half.” Wes said he and the late J.H. Graham Jr., of Crossville, went into the army together, trained together and wound up in the same division. “I even saw him occasionally. That was a memory we shared for many years,”Wes said. After the, Wes came back to Crossville and worked in a saw mill. “I hung around here for a while, I was making $1 a day for a 10-hour day,”Wes said. “When I cashed my last $20 check from the army, I rode my thumb to Dayton, Ohio to join a buddy and hunt for a job,”Wes said. “I worked for a cement contractor in Dayton, raising my family there. We lived there for 25 years before moving back to Crossville in 1972 where I went into the same kind of business. The whole family came back together. I’ve been here ever since.” See


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Tonya Hinch to lead internationallyrecognized Fellowship program in D.C. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following interview was conducted by freelance journalist Kevin Donaldson, who has been a colleague of mine since the mid 1970’s. Kevin has been the Editor of more than one of my publications over the years including Crossville Life, and nobody knows his way around a news story like he does. He has agreed to write on occasion for Crossville Life. His first assignment was to “catch up” with local resident businessperson Tonya Hinch. His outstanding interview about her new job, DCI, and her plans for the future, begins below. -- Don Napier, Publisher By KEVIN DONALDSON Tonya Hinch was scheduled to begin what she says is the “job of her dreams” with the prestigious Aspen Institute on March 31. Hinch, a Crossville native, will head the internationally-recognized Henry Crown Fellowship Program as Managing Director. She is a former Fellow in the program, and has been involved with the selection process of the 2014 class of Fellows since late last year. Notable Crown Fellows are a Who’s Who of the political and business worlds. “I’ve been so impressed with the goals of The Aspen Institute to truly generate and encourage enlightened dialogue about difficult and thorny issues facing the world,” Hinch said recently.“I hope to play a part in making a difference at the international level.” Hinch’s family has deep roots in Cumberland County, and she has been one of the driving forces behind Downtown Crossville, Inc. since returning here several years ago. Q: What did you do professionally before moving back to Crossville? HINCH: I spent most of my career in corporate America, starting or fixing businesses. I was fortunate to work for some world-class entrepreneurs, such as Chris Whittle at Edison Schools and Lloyd Cotsen at Neutrogena. After obtaining a degree in marketing at the University of Tennessee and growing up working in a small family business, I started my professional career at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Q: What was the driving force behind your decision to come back home? HINCH: My Father, Don Hinch, had bypass surgery in Tonya Hinch September, 2004. I had retired from work, so I was able to come back to Tennessee to help with his recuperation. During this time, he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, so I made the decision to stay here until he passed in July, 2005. Q: Tell us about your involvement with DCI over the past decade. HINCH: It has truly been a delight to work with a group of dedicated volunteers who want to make something better. I was fortunate to meet Corey Legare and Carolyn Jozwiak through the Chamber of Commerce. We shared a love of our historic downtown and did not want to end up like many of the old downtowns around us with boarded up windows and broken awnings. In the past decade, I’ve learned so much about my community and the people who care about our community. My great-grandfather was the Sheriff and my grandfather was the County Clerk. In many ways, I grew up on Main Street. Getting to work with people my own age who have their own history with Main Street was rewarding, including the Shanks kids, Mitchell kids, Mayberry kids, and French kids just to name a few. Q: What has been the biggest challenge for DCI during that time, and what do you

see for its future? HINCH: Most downtown organizations throw a few festivals and decorate during the holidays. Our biggest challenge was always trying to do too much. We were never happy unless there was something going on all the time - from the waterfall on top of the hill, to holiday decorations, saving old buildings and attempting to enhance the historic value of downtown. I hope DCI will continue to do what it does best - make people come to downtown Crossville through events, tours, and activities. We are incredibly proud of our 4th-grade walking tours as a way to pass down some of our local history to our young people. Also, Taste of Crossville is a great way to support our local restaurants, wineries, and eateries. Q: What has been the most fulfilling part of being involved with DCI? HINCH: Most definitely the relationships we have made with the downtown community and those who love our downtown community. Taking nothing away from new developments, there is something special about the history of our downtown and the entrepreneurs who made the area so special. People like Tommy French, Martha Hill, Shirley Hughes, William Mayberry, Bob Patton, and Bob Mitchell should be celebrated for what they have given to this community over the decades. The opportunity to work with a leadership team at DCI that had nothing to gain personally, but wanted to give back to their community with special talents and abilities, has been priceless. Q: What do you see as being Crossville/ Cumberland County’s biggest asset? HINCH: I believe our location is our biggest asset. Being centrally located for the State and

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Region makes us an ideal location for events and meetings. I hope the leadership of the County, City and Chamber of Commerce can work together to capitalize on this asset. Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Crossville/Cumberland County in the coming years? HINCH: Many years ago, our community leadership was on the forefront of retirement as an emerging industry. The recent economic downturn slowed this effort. We need to not only catch up, but get ahead of the other active retirement communities. Our economy lives on retirees moving in. Unfortunately we have turnover due to age, so we have to get that engine cranked up in a significant manner. Q: How do you think the challenge can be met? HINCH: It’s been said before, but our leadership has to work together. Everyone needs to put aside the past and present grudges, unhappiness, and problems - it’s all about the future. My significant other has a great saying about business: “If you are not growing, you are dying.” Q: You’ve described your new position at the Aspen Institute as a “dream job.”Tell us more about what the Institute does. See

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Preparing for the Dying Process the dying person begins When reading the following the final process of release please keep in mind that we do not from the body, its immehave a written instruction book on diate environment, and all life and death that tells/guides/ inattachments. This release forms us directly and conclusively one hundred percent. However, also tends to follow its we sometimes think we learn from own priorities, which may history and observations. The include the resolution of KEN TAYLOR whatever is unfinished following is such concerning apHospice proaching the end of life. You may of a practical nature and Exec. Director reception of permission relate to, or totally disagree with some of the following. This may to “let go” from family even prompt a debate. Let’s see how members. These events are the noryou feel and/or relate to these commal, natural way in which the person prepares to move from this existence ments. into the next dimension. The most When a person enters the final appropriate kind of responses to the stages of the dying process, two differemotional-spiritual-mental changes ent dynamics are at work, which are are those which support and encourage closely interrelated and interdepenthis release and transition. dent. On the physical side, the body When the body is ready and begins the final process of shutting wanting to stop, but the person is still down, which will end when the physiunresolved or unreconciled over some cal systems cease to function. Usuimportant issue or with some signifially this is an orderly and undramatic cant relationship, he or she may tend to progressive series of physical changes linger in order to finish whatever needs which are not medical emergencies requiring invasive interventions. These finishing - even though he or she may be uncomfortable or debilitated. On physical changes are a normal, natural the other hand, when a person is emoway in which the body prepares itself to stop, and the most appropriate kinds tionally, spiritually, and mentally resolved to release, but the body has not of responses are comfort enhancing completed its final physical shut down, measures. the person will continue to live until The other dynamic that shut down process is complete. The other dynamic of the dying This is when you may hear comments process is the emotional-spiritualSee HOSPICE Page 15 mental aspects. Some feel the spirit of

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I believe it is crucial to our community to elect someone with experience in Criminal Court. If you don’t practice in Criminal Court like Shawn does, you don’t really know what the issues are. If you don’t know what the issues are, then you really don’t know how to change them.

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Help place art in CRMC through the Art for Healing program The hallways of Cookeville Regional Medical Center are beginning to fill with the works of local and regional artists. These original creations make a difference in the environment of the medical center and help patients, hospital staff and visitors find relief and distraction from what can be stressful situations. The Art for Healing program was organized through the Foundation at CRMC in 2012 and has provided Cookeville Regional with twenty-eight fine works of art for display so far. Nineteen two-dimensional pieces including paintings, drawings and photographs, have been hung throughout the halls of the medical center. Nine recent acquisitions of three-dimensional works from artists at the Appalachian Center for Craft are awaiting special display systems, which can only be built when funding is secured. “We are proud that Cookeville

Regional Medical Center is home for such fine works of art; and are appreciative of the positive impact such art has for patients, visitors and staff while in the hospital,” said Paul Korth, CEO, Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Works of art have been acquired through exhibition events where buyers become “sponsors” of a work which is donated to the medical center for its Permanent Collection. An Acquisition Committee reviews each proposed piece for certain criteria. Every effort is made to assure that each piece added to the collection has a positive message for patients. Viewers of these art works will notice a plaque beside each piece which includes both the artist’s and the sponsor’s name, and in many cases an “in honor of” or “in memory of” dedication. Art already in the hospital’s collection prior to the ART for Healing program include a wood sculpture by Brad Sells in the hospital’s lobby, a painting by Joan Derryberry in the entry to the Professional Office Building, a weaving by Jim Bassler in the entry to the Professional Office Building, and a landscape painting by Chris Koczwara on the balcony of the North Tower lobby. “Building on the collection of works by these fine artists is exciting! The efforts are being made to create a Judge Leon Burns and Paul Korth, CEO of CRMC, at a recent event in support of the ART for Healing permanent collection of art from other outstanding local program at CRMC.

Visitors at a recent event in support of art for the ART for Healing program at CRMC.

artists; creating a history and legacy of the accomplishments of fine artists in our region. Their work serves as a record of the unusual number of professional artists in our community,” said Sally Crain-Jager, chair of the Art for Healing Acquisition Committee. John Bell, Executive Director of the Foundation at CRMC said,“I am so grateful to the community of local artists that support the Art for Healing program and especially to Sally and the members of the Acquisition Committee. I share their common belief that art can have a calming, transformative and healing effect; and I am proud to be a part of ensuring that art has a place in the healing process at CRMC,” Funding for this program is needed to build custom display cases. The Foundation is also seeking donations of works of art which may be sold with proceeds benefiting Founda-

tion programs like Art for Healing and Patient Charitable Assistance. To learn more about this program or to donate, call the Foundation office at 931-7832003, or visit the Foundation’s website at Members of the Acquisition Committee include: Ward Doubet, Chair of the Art Dept. at TTU; Dr. Walter Derryberry, retired physician and art collector; Stacie Netherton, artist and Assistant Director of Putnam County Library; Arlene Dubo, artist and Manager of ART a la Carte gallery; and Amy Jo Carpenter, manager of theStudent to Career Program at theTTU College of Business. The Foundation at CRMC is a 501 (c) (3) charitable non-profit organization and affiliate of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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ookeville Regional Medical Center proudly welcomes Hemamalini Karpurapu, M.D., to the medical staff of The Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional. Dr. Karpurapu is a board eligible hematologist/oncologist. She moved to Cookeville from Washington, D.C. She completed her hematology/ oncology fellowship and internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Prior to completing her fellowship, Dr. Karpurapu served as a hospitalist at Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Md., and participated in many prestigious training electives at Johns Hopkins University, the National Institutes of Health, and

Georgetown University. Dr. Karpurapu is involved in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association. She is credited in cancer- and hematology-related publications. Dr. Karpurapu received her medical degree from Guntur Medical College in India. Prior to her arrival in the United States for an advanced degree, she practiced medicine in the island of Trinidad and Tobago for three years. She is married to Suneel Tammana, M.D., a gastroenterologist who plans to join the gastroenterology practice of Cookeville Regional Medical Group starting in July 2014.

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New Oncologist/Hematologist joins Cookeville Regional Cookeville Regional Medical Center proudly welcomes Hemamalini Karpurapu, M.D. to its medical staff. She has joined the medical staff in the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional. Dr. Karpurapu is a board eligible Hematologist/ Oncologist. She moved to Cookeville from Washington D.C. She completed her Hematology/Oncology fellowship and Internal medicine residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. Prior to completing her fellowship, Dr. Karpurapu served

as a hospitalist at Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland and participated in many prestigious training electives at Johns Hopkins University, the National Institute of Health, and Georgetown University. Dr. Karpurapu is involved in several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Medical Association. She is credited in Cancer and Hematology related publications.

Dr. Karpurapu received her medical degree from Guntur Medical College, India. Prior to her arrival in the United States for an advanced degree, she practiced medicine in the island of Trinidad and Tobago for three years. She is married to Suneel Tammana, M.D. who is a gastroenterologist who plans to join the gastroenterology practice of Cookeville Regional Medical Group starting in July, 2014. Dr. Karpurapu may be reached at the Cancer Center of Cookeville Regional at 931-783-2497.

Oncologist/Hematologist Hemamalini Karpurapu, M.D.

CRMC Breast Program earns coveted National Breast Center Accreditation Cookeville Regional Medical Center has taken their breast program to the next level and is now among an elite group of institutions nationwide providing breast care after receiving a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. This achievement makes Cookeville Regional’s breast program the only accredited breast center in the Upper Cumberland. “We strive to be recognized as leaders in providing the best breast care, and now with this accreditation we take another step in being just that for our patients,” said Lisa Bagci, director of the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The breast program at

Cookeville Regional has met all the requirements and demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. “It is a lot of work to be designated a National Accredited Program and it could not happen without our passionate physicians and staff members joining together. We are a comprehensive breast center. It all starts at the Women’s Center, but our Cancer Center, pathology, imaging, and surgeons work alongside each other and that makes this program successful. From screening patients through oncology treatment, everyone is team. We are honored to be designated a National Accredited Program,” said Bagci. “This service is a must at Cookeville Regional. We are here to serve the women

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HINCH: The purpose of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program is to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. Using the time-tested Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, the program aims to provide the tools and perspectives necessary for effective, enlightened leadership. These dialogues stress, by example, the standards of ethical business leadership and civic responsibility that defined the life of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown. Q: What is the scope of the issues the Aspen Institute deals with? HINCH: The Institute purposefully focuses the Henry Crown Fellowship on a global level, by choosing Fellows from all over the world. Each year a class of 20 Henry Crown Fellows is chosen from a wide pool of accomplished entrepreneurial leaders. These Fellows have already achieved considerable success in the private or public sector and are at an inflection point in their lives or careers - looking toward the broader role they might take on in their communities or globally. The Fellowship challenges each individual to learn and to teach, and to stretch themselves further than they ever thought possible. Q: You’re a former Henry Crown Fellow yourself. How did that influence you to become the Managing Director? HINCH: Back in 2007, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Henry

Crown Fellow. I was nominated by Richard Danzig, the former Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton. My Father had just passed and I was running a family business in a rural community in Tennessee after living in New York City for 20 years. I was truly at an inflection point. I found the program personally transformative and have stayed involved Tonya Hinch over the years, attending reunions, additional events, even a trip to China. The original donors who endowed the program, the Henry Crown family out of Chicago, wanted to give additional funding to help take the program to a new level of success. The Aspen Institute created a new full time Managing Director position and pursued me to fill the position. Not only had I been a Henry Crown Fellow, but I had the entrepreneurial business skill set and love of family legacy the Crown Family wanted. Q: How will those experiences help you in this position? HINCH: No one loved this community more than my father, who was known to stop people at the rest stop to convince them to come into Crossville. My mom, as a retired nurse, has doctored and nursed her

neighborhood since moving in back in 1966. I grew up believing that being involved with the community was a responsibility, not a choice. Although I struggled with this decision given my commitment to my community work, it really was destiny. This position, along with my work and community experience, will give me a chance to impact a large number of people and, I believe, give me the ability to really give back to make a difference in the world. Q: What will be your specific job duties as Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellows? HINCH: We just announced our 17th class of Fellows, and they are truly an amazing group of individuals. Our program is phenomenal, so I am not looking for a revolutionary change. My immediate goal is to manage and support the 2014 Henry Crown Fellows as they attend their initial seminars. I will catch up with the 2013 and 2012 Classes of Henry Crown Fellows, as they are at different points in their commitment. We ask each Henry Crown Fellow to undertake a leadership project which will make a positive impact on their community or globally. I will provide support and guidance for the Fellows during this process. I’m excited to develop programs and activities to connect Henry Crown Fellows around the world to continue and enhance their work. Although not immediate, one of my goals is to expand the pool of qualified candidates, particularly in terms of women and

diversity. No day will be the same, so I can’t wait for the challenge. Q: What will be the length of your term as Managing Director? HINCH: This was not created as a short term assignment, but one that still needs definition. The Crown Family is dedicated to this program, so I hope this is a long-term assignment. The Aspen Institute has tons of opportunities for continued personal growth, travel, and adult education. Q: What plans do you have following the end of your term? HINCH: Given my poor track record for retirement, I think I have to realize that retirement is not in the cards for me. I’m fortunate that I will still be able to stay involved in my family business, Hinch & Associates. Although we are relocating to the Arlington, Virginia area, we are keeping our home in Downtown Crossville. We moved Hinch & Associates to the ground floor while we live upstairs. Melissa Kerley, my long-time business partner, will become the Managing Partner, stepping up into a bigger role. Melissa worked for my father for four years prior to me coming home, so she has a ton of experience. We hired Jeanne Geib as the Client Support Coordinator. My mom will continue as the Agency Mom and Butler will continue to snore on the landing as the Agency Dog. Q: How much of your time will be spent in Washington, as opposed to other Institute branches/locations? How much See

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PAGE 14 • • April - May 2014 Billy Gustin, born in Toledo, Ohio in 1924, was one of seven, with five sisters and a brother. He volunteered, joining the Navy on Sept. 3, 1941. He went to boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois. “I was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Everyone wanted to know where was Pearl Harbor?” Later, he went to Henry Ford Machinist School in Dearborn, Michigan. He spent two years in the North Atlantic,“dodging German torpedos,” Billy said. “I went on the newly constructed USS Wasatch, an amphibious force command ship, named after a mountain chain in northern Utah. She was a “floating command post.” “I was a machinist on both ships, a 1st Class Machinist Mate,” Billy said. He went on a troop ship to Reykjavik, Iceland where he picked up the USS



time will you spend in Washington as opposed to being able to “come home”? HINCH: The Aspen Institute has been incredibly flexible and generous when it comes to travel. We have a large office in New York City, so I will be able to work from my apartment when in that city. Most of the seminars are held in Aspen, Colorado, but some are worldwide. I’ll have the opportunity to attend seminars with other Leadership Initiatives, in places like Central America, the Middle East, South Africa, and China. My plan is to be in Crossville every five to six weeks for business and personal reasons. I am leaving a mom, grandmother, English Bulldog, pocketknife collection, and home -- I will be back often! Q: You have plans to remain a consulting partner with the family business and to main your residence here. Do you see yourself coming back to Crossville to work and live full-time again? HINCH: I was a kid who grew up in Crossville and swore I would never be back - couldn’t wait to hit the big city life. You can see how that worked out for me. I truly can’t imagine a time that Crossville is not a big part of my life. Although my father never used a computer, had an answering machine, and very rarely locked his office door, it has been amazing to learn what you can do with e-mail and a cell phone. We believe clients will not only not see a drop in service, but will actually see an increase with the addition of Jeanne in our office. Q: How did Butler get to be such an integral part of Hinch & Asociates? HINCH: During my travels with Edison Schools, I saw first-hand how a pet could make a difference in a small office environment. We adopted Butler as a puppy and he grew up in the office. With such a great aura and attitude, Butler simply makes people smile. You can’t have a bad day with Butler in the office. Well, one correction. You can have a bad smelling day with Butler in the office - he can be a bit gassy while snoring!


Profiling the lives of World War II Veterans Tuscaloosa.“I spent two years on that ship as the Engine Room Machinist,” Billy said.“Where we ran the turbines.” “This ship was heavily involved in action,” Gustin said.“It participated in several European wartime operations. She assisted in shore bombardment of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, earning seven battle stars for her service in WWII.” “Right before Hitler bombed London,” Billy said.“A friend and I wanted to see the city, Picadiliy Circus, etc., but there was no gas for the cab.” They finally got to go to 10 Downing Street (in the city of Westminster, London, one of the most famous addresses in the world, “the official residence and office of the British Prime Minister.” “I spent about two and a half years in the South Pacific, dodging Kamikaze

bombers.“The USS Wasatch was noncombatant, it handled communications for seven invasions,“ Billy said. Billy explained the tradition of crossing the equator on a ship.“If you had never been across, you were known as a “Pollywog.” Once you crossed, you were then a “Shellback” and you got a certificate to keep you from being initiated again.” Billy said that the initiation was different on different ships. As for him, they were dumped into a big tank where they were hosed down after we had been forced to crawl through garbage.” Despite spending all that time at sea, Billy never got seasick,“but plenty did,” he said. Another interesting fact was their warning to make sure they were not washed overboard by a rogue wave.“You knew they would not come back and get you,” Billy said.“If you got washed over, you were done.” “On August 14, 1945, the Japanese surrendered,” Billy said.“That was my 21st birthday. I was discharged Dec. 3, 1945 at Great Lakes Naval Training Station.” Billy joined the Naval Reserve but did not go to Korea.“I had a mortgage and two kids,” he said. Gustin went back to his old job before the war, at Columbia Burner Company, where they made converter gas units for coal. “I saw an ad in the paper that called for veterans to go to Dental Lab School on the GI Bill. I tried it, but

Billy Gustin in 1941.

Billy Gustin in 2014.

ran out of money when the GI assistance ran out, and had to quit.” From there he went to the refinery in Toledo and stayed there 31 years as a machinist.“I could fix anything,” Billy said. He retired to Tennessee and Fairfield Glade and continues to play golf, a game he took up fifty years or longer ago, when his boys were playing in high school.“I’m headed toward 90, but still hit the ball. I still love golf,” Billy said. In closing, Billy said that his old Wasatch Ship Reunions have all but died out. After going for years, we are down from 200 to six or seven guys, some in wheelchairs. At the first reunion, we didn’t even know any of those guys, cause we were in different divisions. We enjoyed seeing each other but didn’t really know them during the war.” Billy and his wife Ellie are heading into their 34th year as Tennessee transplants, residents of Fairfield Glade.

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such as “Why am I still here?, Why can’t I go on, I wish I could just go on,” etc. These two processes need to happen in a way appropriate and unique to the values, beliefs, and lifestyle of the person. If you have hospice services you can get guidance from hospice specialist on some better ways to address these different situations. When the person is ready to die and you are able to let go, then is the time to say good-bye. Giving permission to your loved one to let go can be difficult. A dying person may try to hold on, even though it brings prolonged discomfort, in order to be sure those left behind will be all right. Therefore, your ability to release the person from this concern and give them assurance that it is all right, is really one of the greatest gifts you have to give at this time. Your final gift Saying good-bye is your final gift of love to your loved one, for it helps with closure and makes the final release more possible. It may be as simple as saying I love you. It may include recounting favorite memories, places, and activities you shared. It may also include saying,“thank you for... .” or touching, holding, hugging, all of which is good. Tears are a normal and natural part of saying good-bye. Tears do not need to be hidden from your loved one or apologized for. Tears express your love and help you to let go.

Although you may feel prepared for the dying process, you may not be prepared for the actual death moment. It may be helpful for you and your family to think about what you would do if you were the one present at the death moment. Discuss this with your hospice specialist. If you have hospice services than you will know that you have done all that is humanly possible to assure your loved one lived their life fully and their passing was more comfortable and at better peace for all involved. Advantages of Hospice One of the many advantages of having hospice care is the individualized care and on-going education and updates for the family as to what is going on within the loved ones’ body. If hospice is involved than not only is the individual’s comfort and peace given attention to, the entire family is supported and better knows what is happening as well. Hospice of Cumberland County has been serving our community for over 25 years and due to morning care planning meetings with a team of specialist, each patient/family gets the benefit of well over 100 years of experiences in different areas. • 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 the Hospice Hotline 24 hours a day at (931) 335-2223. Ken Taylor is the Executive Director of Hospice of Cumberland County. His column appears in each edition of Crossville Life.

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What caused the “butcher’s son” to give up meat? By DON NAPIER Crossville Life Magazine For the past 12 years, I have suffered from symptoms similar to IBS, which for all rights made me disabled when it came to air travel, going to college football games, and traveling in general. It hindered me in every conceivable way, day and night, and included daily nausea. For many years beyond the last 12, I have struggled with my weight and related medical conditions, including the need for angioplasty, heart caths and eventually, an arterial stent. I have had several cardiologists over the past 25-30 years, none I like as well as my current physician Dr. Stacy Brewington at Tennessee Heart in Cookeville. Our good relationship led me to share with him a decision to make drastic changes to my diet. For the past eight weeks, my wife and I have followed a plant-based diet created by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D. It is outlined in his book,“Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.” Let me say it as plain as I can. The diet is strict. There is no way to “ease” into it. It is black and white. You either do it all at once, or it will not work. I ordered the book from Amazon. com. The day it arrived at my office, I read the first five chapters without ever laying it down. I started on the diet that day for a late lunch. I have not wavered from it since then and the results have been nothing short of miraculous.

Dr. Esselstyn’s website is named “” In Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Esselstyn, Jr., a former surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, challenges conventional cardiology by posing a compelling, revolutionary idea -- that he can, in fact, abolish the heart-disease epidemic by changing our diets. Drawing from his twenty-year nutritional study --- the most comprehensive study of its kind --- Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that plant-based, oil-free nutrition can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects. The proof is in the incredible results of the patients who followed his groundbreaking program. The men and women in his original study came to him with advanced coronary disease. Within the months of following a plant-based, oil-free diet, their angina symptoms eased, their cholesterol levels dropped significantly, and they experienced a marked improvement in blood flow to the heart. Twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms. After I read the first five chapter (since then I have read the entire book twice over), I decided to follow the diet for one reason-- so that I could pour myself into an effort to do something to help reverse my heart disease, improve my chest pain, and not just rely on the medicine that all doctors treat us with.


No doctor is trying to cure any of us. We and our diseases are being “managed” by our doctors, until we die and are replaced with a new patient. My father died of a massive heart attack when he was 43 years old. He had never been overweight, and was 6-0, 180 pounds. He did smoke (though he quit before he died). I was told many times by health care providers that this was my worst health “factor.” My father was a butcher and I grew up eating lots of meat, like all people from our era. After reading the book that morning in my office, I didn’t hesitate. I never stopped to wonder,“could I do it?” I knew I could. I have cut out 99% of the meat I used to eat. No poultry, beef, pork nor dairy since I opened the package that Fed Ex dropped at my office on Feb. 8, 2014. To cut to the facts, here is what everyone of you want to know. What are the rules of the program? • You may not eat anything with a mother or a face (no meat, poultry or fish). • You cannot eat dairy products • You must not consume oil of any kind -- not a drop. • Generally, you cannot eat nuts or avocados. (if you have heart disease, no. If you do not have heart disease, yes). After a month on the exact program, I took my book to my appointment with my cardiologist and he advised me to

add some grilled or steamed fish to my diet and it would only add protein and Omega 3, to my diet. I have had a few small filets of Salmon, and Artic Char. You can eat a wonderful variety of delicious, nutrient-dense foods: • All vegetables except avocado. Leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, veggies that are red, green, purple, orange and yellow and everything in between,. • All legumes -- beans, peas, and lentils of all varieties. • All whole grains and products such as bread and pasta that are made from them -- as long as they do not contain “added” fats. • All fruits. Heart disease is my own personal disaster, and suddenly there was something I could do. The diet empowers you. For the first time in your life, you are doing something positive to help your health and heart, not just waiting around for a heart doctor to save your life with a triple bypass. All my life, I wondered, “when would it happen?”When would the massive heart attack happen to me like it happened to my dad? I don’t think that way anymore. After watching me eat this way for a week, my wife Natalie, who does have high cholesterol, started on the program. She has followed it to a tee ever since. We have both been surprised how much we See

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Crossville is lucky to have a restaurant of Forte’s quality By DON NAPIER Crossville Life Magazine Owned by John and Ken (and their wives Kim and Christine), Forte’s has become my favorite place for lunch. Crossville is a lucky little town to have a restaurant of this quality. I really enjoy walking to lunch. There is just something great about taking that little stroll and leaving the car parked. I do understand that not everyone can enjoy this convenience. When I take an out of town friend to Forte’s for lunch or dinner, often they will say,“we don’t have anything like this in Cookeville, -- or Livingston. You guys are so lucky.” I think that speaks volumes for Forte’s. In my eating plan that has pretty well eliminated meat from my diet, fish has become the star of several of my meals. I can depend on Forte’s to deliver the goods. On their menu is Salmon and Grouper,

The friendly staff - These four ladies handle the crowd at Forte’s no matter how demanding they are. L-R, Kelly Gipper, Neva Hall, Sarah Neubauer and Renee Norman.

both delicious pan broiled. They also have other fish available at certain times, and I had their Artic Char once that was the best single piece of fish I ever ate. I have also had Amberjack and Mahi Mahi. Forte’s is a unique restaurant for a

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small, rural town. Don’t get me wrong, I love “meat ‘n threes.” I love turnip greens, sweet potatoes, pinto beans, fried okra, etc. and everyone who reads my food columns know that cornbread is nearly sacred to me. But Forte’s is not that kind of restaurant. They have a hand-written blackboard where they outline their daily specials. You are liable to see nearly anything there, from fried oysters to a Short Rib chopped steak, or Paninni’s, or Eggplant Parmesan. But it is more than just what they serve as specials. For example, I am always looking for steamed veggies, and I always find that their steamed broccoli is cooked perfectly. We’ve all had some al dente broccoli that you could not eat - hard and rubbery, just terribly undercooked. We all know what we think about that! If I had to single out one outstanding food group, it would be their soups. Chef John Forte is a master soup maker. I am allergic to milk or cream so I have to be careful about the ingredients, but they serve many varieties that I can enjoy. Variety is the key to the Forte’s daily lunch menu. You will not grow tired of their special menu. I would also like to comment on their wait staff. They have had the same four regular waitresses for a long time, and I really enjoy seeing them all every time I go there. I have a tendency to sit in the same place, so Kelly is my standard waitress, but I talk to them all and they are always friendly. What a great asset it is to have good employees. A good wait staff is essential to having a successful restaurant. I remember John’s quote when I interviewed him last summer for a story, “We feel blessed every time we open the doors and people come in. We believe if you give good food, at good prices, with good service, people will love it.”We obviously do! Hey, it’s 12:30 -- let’s walk up to Forte’s.

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have liked a lot of these foods we never ate. Unlike other diets, I have had no temptation to “cheat.” And eating between meals is legal but I am never hungry. I fell in love with his message: “If you do what I ask,” Esselstyn writes,“your heart disease is history. Rather than detour around it, squish it with a balloon, or brace it open with a wire bracket -- either of which is just a temporary angina-relieving procedure -- my program can prevent disease altogether, or stop it in its tracks. While all the interventional procedures carry considerable risk of morbidity, including new heart attacks, strokes, infections and for some, the inevitable loss of cognition. My program carries none. By contrast, the benefits of my program actually grow with time. The longer you follow it, the healthier you will be.” There is not enough space here for me to fully explain all that the diet does, but this lengthy paragraph spoke volumes to me. I underlined it in my book. Here’s what it said. Read it slowly. So, what do we eat? I eat a mixture of three oatmeals for breakfast most every day. I use 1/4 cup of Old Fashioned Oats (not Quick), 1/4 cup of an Organic High Fiber Hot Cereal (oat bran) with Flaxseed (from Bob’s Red Tail), and 1/4 cup of Organic Rolled Oats (all must carry the word “whole” grain). I also add 1 tablespoon of “steel-cut” oats. I use one cup of water for every 1/4 cup of cereal, bring it to a boil, then add the oats, and cook without a lid for 10 minutes, then set off the stove and cover tightly. It will absorb the rest of the liquid and fluff up). I serve it with raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries and banana. I use brown sugar to sweeten, and a bit of Soy or Almond Milk. This is the holy grail for sticking to your ribs. Eat breakfast before 7 a.m. and never think about food again until about 1 p.m. For lunch I eat a foot long veggie sandwich from Subway with my own vegan mayo or mustard and balsamic vinegar. I also eat at Forte’s because they have

“The dietary changes that have helped my patients over the past twenty years can help you too. They can actually make you immune to heart attacks. And there is considerable evidence that they have benefits far beyond coronary artery disease. If you eat to save year heart, you eat to save yourself from other diseases of nutritional extravagance: from strokes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, adult-onset diabetes, and possibly mental impairment, as well. You gain protection from a host of other ailments that have been linked to dietary factors, including impotence and cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, rectum, uterus, and ovaries. And if you are eating for good health in this way, here’s a side benefit you might not have expected: for the rest of your life, you will never gain, have to count calories or worry about your weight.” -- Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn an awesome restaurant and because they have grilled salmon or other fish available. I also eat chinese food which I ask to be prepared without oil, which they can do. Chinese veggies are particularly good. ($3.75) Supper at home nearly always begins with brown rice, which took several attempts before I mastered the way to cook it. Here is how to prepare perfect brown rice. Start with 4 cups of water for every 1/2 cup of rice. Bring the water and a little salt to a boil, then add your rice, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes on medium. Rinse the dry rice in a strainer before you add it to the

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My Pilates journey continues Pilates attracts everyone from grandmas to executives with its promise of core strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone. While some people might wonder why I can’t just watch a video on the internet and do Pilates at home, I am here to tell you that there is no substitute for the one-on-one advantage of having a professional instructor teach you the exercises not to mention the fact that very few people have the By DON NAPIER proper equipment to do these exercises at home. I have just completed a five month instruction on how to use the reformer — the equipment developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates. My instructor, Sue Butkus, owner of Mountainview Pilates Studio, has worked with me for approximately 90 minutes a week teaching me the basic and advanced exercises on the reformer, a bed like piece of equipment. Now that I fully understand how to use the reformer, we have moved on to different equipment and new exercises.

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Promoting Art & Artists Looney is major contributor to local art One of the major art advocates in our area is Mrs. Ann Looney, a native Tennessean and resident of Cumberland County. In addiBy SHARRON tion to promoting many cultural arts ECKERT organizations, Ann is a musician herself, often playing her accordion or a piano for various events. Again this semester she is accompanying the Cumberland County Community Chorus in preparation for their spring concert April 26-27-28. She is a distinguished piano teacher, and most recently is scheduling her students to play at the annual CACE Youth Expo, Saturday, April 12, at the Community Complex. Among her accomplishments is



which before I started these exercises, was so bad that it dominated my every waking thought. It is 85% improved. About Sue Butkus Sue Butkus, Pilates instructor, hails from Chicago, IL. She is an enthusiastic fitness advocate who has spent many years searching for the key to a lifestyle of health and wellness. Sue’s first goal was to become a personal fitness trainer through the American Council on Exercise. This course of study helped clarify the components of exercise and developed her ability to motivate clients to move safely. Sue then felt compelled to discover methods which might encourage her clients to move thoughtfully, incorporating the control of mind /body/spirit connections to create more lasting changes in the body. This process led her to the work of Joseph Pilates. Many hours of study and performance of the Pilates Method led to a greater appreciation for mind, body and spirit connections.“After completing the Full Certification (over 1000 hours of study, practice and performance) “I was a true advocate of the Pilates Method,” Sue said.“I found that Pilates’ basic principles held the key to a personal lifestyle change.” Sue is presently instructing clients at Mountainview Pilates Studio in Crossville, Tennessee. She has been accepted as an instructor into the American Council on Exercise Academy to instruct others in the delivery of Pilates Mat Exercise. As a continuing member of the national Pilates Method Alliance, she strives to remain current in the continuing study of the Pilates Method. She has developed Pilates-inspired classes and workshops for osteoporosis, golf fitness, water exercise, the physioball, the foam roller and the Magic Circle. (removed Wellness Center information) • Mountainview Studio is located at 21 East Stanley Street, Suite 209. You may contact Sue at (931) 707-3696. Visit online at

being the Founder and the Coordinator of the Arts RoundUp, a monthly gathering of representatives of many cultural arts organizations. Ann continuously invites and welcomes interested people to network and share information about their groups’ events. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, usually in the Green Room of the Palace Theatre. Lunch is provided for a small shared donation. The “message communicator” for the Arts RoundUp is Judy Pearson, who will gladly add people to her email list and forward much information about cultural arts activities and events in our area. Ann served several terms as our area representative to the Tennessee Arts Commission. Most of the other Commissioners are from large cities, so in that role, Ann was influential in speaking on behalf of the smaller, or rural, communities. Ann has recently been selected as a board member to Tennesseans for the Arts, a significant arts advocacy organization. She has often participated in Arts on the Hill, a day of talking with our elected officials about the importance of the arts in education and in our lives.

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the world with spring floras than the knowledgeable Cumberland County Master Gardeners? Visit www.ccmga. org. 5. Kevin Costner and Modern West concert on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, Tn. He was Dances with Wolves, Charlie Waite and Anse Hatfield and now he is simply singersongwriter Kevin Costner. Passionately singing his signature brand of dynamic Americana incorporating the lonely sounds of the Mid West with the echoes from between the ridges of Appalachia, Costner is transformed from silver screen darling to a multifaceted stageranger. Contact TPAC at 615-782-2400 or visit 6. Cumberland County Playhouse (CCP) presents Annie Get Your Gun May 2- July 22, American Icon May 22- May 24, and the 21st annual production of Smoke on the Mountain May 30- August 8 in Crossville, Tn. Annie Get Your Gun, starring musician, Johnny Cash’s great niece and Tennessee’s Miss America Kellye Cash as Annie Oakley, who falls in love with her counterpart and rival, Frank Butler, in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. This musical is sure to put the gun in gung-ho and will emblazon the idea that love conquers all. American Icon will be the performance of the season with CCP’s Performance Education students epitomizing American idols in an epic depiction of music, theater and dance. Smoke on the Mountain will once again bring the loveable Sanders family and Rev. Oglethorpe to CCP’s stage in this hilariously entertaining

musical about the gospel and high maintenance family relationships. Contact CCP at 931-484-5000 or visit www. 7. Spring on the Mountain event May 3 beginning at 8 a.m. in Monterey, Tn. Crafts and food vendors, train ride and entertainment, car show and so much more will certainly chase off Old Man Winter and entice Spring to stay for a while. Contact the Depot Museum for more information 839-2111 or visit 8. Live in Livingston on May 3 in Livingston, Tn. After you spend your morning in Monterey for Spring on the Mountain, take the scenic route down Hwy 84 to Livingston and enjoy the free celebration of Americana music on the square for an intimate concert experience with singer-songwriters, folksingers, bluegrass, and good homegrown American music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit or call 931823-6421. 9. Spring Fling musical event on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Crossville, Tn. Join entertainers Ruth and Wayne Lucas and their special guests as they honor all women in celebration of Mother’s Day. Treat the deserving women in your life to spectacular Spring Fling event as a special thank you for all they have done. Call 931-484-6133. 10. The Highland Games May 16-18 in Maryville, Tn. The 33rd annual festival of games held at Maryville College will call out to the highlander in all of us with Scots Bands and Games, dancing and music. A cultural haven See

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Letter to the Editor... Dear Don, I finally found the time to sit down and read the Crossville Life from cover to cover, and once again, I was impressed with what a great magazine/paper it is. Very informative, well written, beautifully designed, and aesthetically pleasing. Thank you. I enjoyed your article on restaurants and the response you got about your article on the Stagecoach. As I said, we had the same experience there about a year ago. I also enjoyed

your review of our La Casta restaurant here in the Glade. We enjoy going there as well as the pizza place. Thank you too, for putting the article about the Music Academy in the paper and spotlighting it on the front page! We are very pleased and will let you know about the hoped for response we get from it. We’ll keep in touch and put in an article next fall, if that is OK. Jerry Rouse Music Academy


Besides the full music event, there will be local and regional artisans, food, crafters, and storytelling. Visit www. or call (423) 628- 2441. 12. Spring Music Festival presented by Jammin at Hippie Jack’s May 22-25 with day passes and camping packages available. Preserving Americana music is the mission of Jammin at Hippie Jack’s as it the sound of the people. This Spring Musical Festival epitomizes the grassroots effort to hear the voices of the artists who sing our stories. More information can be found at or call (931) 445-2072. • 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


for those who have Scottish roots and interests, the Highland Games is the destination of the year. And I have it on good authority that our very own Celtic Circle group will be attending. For more information email Celtic Circle founder Barbara Thornhill at callingallclans2013, visit or call Cliff Fitzsimmons at 865-368-2543. 11. Rugby Music and Arts Festival May 16 & 17 at Historic Rugby, Tn. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy the 40th annual celebration of Rugby’s British and Appalachian roots. Historic Rugby is the surviving Victorian village founded by British author and social reformer, Thomas Hughes, who sought to build a Utopia amidst the hills of Tennessee whose residents would collaborate and work together in a classless society.

There is NO substitute for experience in theiscourtroom! There NO substitute for experience in Shawn Frycourtroom! is uniquely qualified the

to be our next District Attorney. Shawn Fry is uniquely qualified He is the only candidate in the to be our next District Attorney. Republican whoinhas He is the onlyPrimary candidate the Republican Primary who has actual experience as a prosecutor actual experience as a prosecutor in in the the District District Attorney's Attorney's office. office.

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WWII Vets to be honored in France Two of the four WWII veterans from Tennessee, who are to receive an award from the French government, are from Crossville. Private First Class William Drasal and Private First Class Edwin Lansford are being honored for their work to liberate France from oppression during the war. About a decade ago, the French government decided to recognize all war veterans who contributed to the liberation. The award is the highest honor in France and recognizes those who have served the country in some distinguished way. Napoleon Bonaparte founded the National Order of the Legion of Honor in 1802.

Before Crossville became The Golf Capital of Tennessee, Lake Tansi was the golf capital of Crossville

Stay & Play Packages Available William Drasal and Edwin Lansford, war heroes.

The 18-hole Lake Tansi Village course features 6,701 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 71.9 and it has a slope rating of 126 with the county's smoothest and fastest greens. Designed by Robert Renault, the Lake Tansi Village golf course opened in 1958.

Lake Tansi Golf Course

2476 Dunbar Rd Crossville, TN 38572 For tee times call: (931) 788-3301 Matt Phipps, Head Golf Professional

Golf’s best-kept secret -- Dale Hollow State Park No doubt those of us who call Cumberland County home are blessed with a wide array of local courses, but we are also fortunate to be located in a region where there are many first class courses within a short driving distance. One of the best courses within a relatively short driving distance of Crossville is Dale Hollow State Park, located in the southern edge of Kentucky, near Burkesville. Named the sixth Best New Affordable Courses by Golf Digest in 2004, Dale Hollow State Park is still relatively new and well worth the 90-minute drive to get there. At 7,273 yards, it is the longest of the state park courses in Kentucky --with five sets of tees so there is a distance that fits all level of players.

The golf course at Dale Hollow State Park lays on hilly land , marked with caves, steep gorges, small lakes and 61 sand traps. The sand trap on number 11 covers nearly an acre and runs from tee to green. The fairways and tees are sewn with Zoysia grass, renowned by golfers all over the south as the favorite grass because of how the ball sits “atop” the grass, rather than nestling down into it. I remember the first time I ever played Zoysia (at River Island, on the French Broad River). I had the best day of my life with my irons because every shot was like it was teed up. Rates for 18 holes are a very reasonable $25 for weekdays and $30 on weekends. To make a tee time, call 866-903-7888.

Crossville Barber Shop Crossville Barber Shop got its start 62 years ago when Pete Stubbs' father first operated under that name. Pete bought it from his father, then came Dexter Smith, Jeff Hassler and Jim Everitt, the current owner. Jim bought it 13 years ago. "I hope the next owner is my daughter," Jim said.


Barber Shop

BARBER SHOP Open: Monday - Friday 8 - 5 / Sat. 8 - Noon

778 West Avenue 931-707-8852 Jim Everitt, Owner


Anytime Monday through Friday. 18 holes. Cart included. (55 & up)

Current Rates:

MON. - FRI.: $29 18 holes. Cart included.

WEEKENDS: $35 18 holes. Cart included.

COOKEVILLE GOLF CLUB 1500 Country Club Rd. • Cookeville, TN


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560 Peavine Road Crossville, TN 38571



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Hospice is a special care that focuses on comfort and quality of life for individuals with a life limiting illness. We walk with the patient and family providing education, peace and top care.

“We wish we had you sooner!”-

A statement we often hear from the families we serve and it’s easy to see why. We offer Cumberland House! Our community’s only state of the art facility that provides specialized care in home like suites. Hospice covers the cost of supplies, personal hygiene assistance, medications and equipment related to the illness. Nurse visits are available 24 hours a day and we have social workers and trained volunteers to assist with family needs.

Crossville Life, April-May, 2014  

News, features, and information form and about Crossville, TN and the Upper Cumberland area of Middle Tennessee.

Crossville Life, April-May, 2014  

News, features, and information form and about Crossville, TN and the Upper Cumberland area of Middle Tennessee.