Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


January 20, 2014

Willier speaks about male nurses at Wharton

CROSSVILLE — David Willier, RN, is a local success story in many ways. Willier received his RN degree from Roane State Community College after working his way through the three-year nursing program first as a single parent of seven children and then the father of a blended family of 11 children. Three of those children are now themselves in college, and his wife, Stacia, has entered the nursing program.

Willier was the recipient of the Wharton Association Joseph Bogle Scholarship while in training, which is why the association invited him to their semi-annual meeting. He narrated a PowerPoint program about the history and significance of men in the nursing field. Although in early history, male nurses were primary caregivers, by 1930 men constituted fewer than one percent of RNs in the U.S. It actually wasn’t until 1982 that men were allowed to enter nursing school. In the 1980s and 1990s, a shortage of nurses with the accompanying rise in nurses’ wage, as well as a change in gender attitude, brought many men into the profession. Today, close to 10 percent of nurses are male.

After graduation Willier served the Wharton Homes in Pleasant Hill and still works there part-time. Willier is presently involved with Zinnia Wellness, an employee owned medical staffing and management company specializing in private duty for both skilled and unskilled health care workers. Approximately 20 percent of the staff are male.

This winter the Cumberland County School’s technology department will be piloting a new and free texting program. This program will be used primarily to notify parents and students of school closings as soon as they happen. If you would like to be instantly notified of school closings simply text @snowbir to (901) 457-0180. Students must have their parents’ permission before texting and subscribing to this number. Be aware that you may receive a text before 6 a.m. if you subscribe to this number. This system will not replace the automated calling service, School Messenger. You will still receive your calls from this program.

Obviously, some Pleasant Hill Elementary School programs have had to be rescheduled due to the icy weather shutdown. STAR screening will be extended to Jan. 31. Report cards went home on Friday, Jan. 17. Parent/teacher conferences will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m., followed by academic rallies on Wednesday, Jan. 22, grades 1-4 at 1 p.m. and grades 5-8 at 1:30 p.m. Open library is held every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Come and cheer the PHS Volleyball team when they play Wilson on Thursday, Jan. 23, starting at 6 p.m. Don’t miss the PTO Reverse Beauty Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

Pleasant Hill Mayor Al Dwenger has urged drivers to exercise caution on roads when they are covered with ice and snow. Although the town maintenance workers can clear snow with truck and blade, it tends to level out a small amount of snow on the roads, which gets packed and can turn to ice. Salt is ineffective when the temperature is low. The best solution is sun and high temperature.

The town council is still seeking a grant to help pay for a town-wide siren warning system, although it is not certain that they will proceed with installing one depending on remaining cost. Work continues on the town hall bathroom and kitchenette remodeling.

Mayor Dwenger has announced that he will not seek re-election as mayor and invites interested persons to pick up an application at the Cumberland Election Commission, 2 S Main St., Room 105, in Crossville, 484-4919. The "officer in charge" at the Pleasant Hill Post Office is Edith Lesh from Crossville. She has been a rural mail carrier for 15 years and lives with her husband on a small farm with horses, dogs, cats and chickens. She has applied for the job permanently and probably her official title will soon change to that of postmaster.


This week in Pleasant Hill:

•Thursday, Jan. 23 — Will Rabert  presents a monologue as the Rev. Dr. John Burnett, the Methodist Episcopal minister who founded a free school in Tennessee at 10 a.m. in Fletcher House Dining Room and 1 p.m. in Wharton Homes.

•Saturday, Jan. 25 — The Grab at 1944 West Main St. will hold its monthly $1/bag sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    July 22, 2014

  • 8-5 CATS in Palace-Carole Jarboe Cullen - waterfall.jpg Local art event planned at CATS

    Plans are being made for an event sponsored by the CATS Gallery at the Palace Theatre, 72 South Main St., Crossville, Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments, music and an opportunity to view a performance painting by artist Chuck Jensen. A live auction of donated art pieces will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the opportunity to "Be a Cool Cat — Buy Local Art." There is free admission, but it is advisable to get a free ticket at the CATS Gallery in the middle section of the Crossville Mall, at the Palace Theatre or from any participating member of CATS. During the event, original art items including paintings, photographs, and jewelry will be offered for auction, such as this expressive waterfall painting by Carole Cullen.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marriage licenses (Published July 23, 2014)

    July 22, 2014

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    Most of Americans today never stop to think how different our lives would have been several hundred years ago. How many times a day do we wash our hands, and do we ever realize when we take those hot showers and lather up, the long all-day process our ancestors had to go through just to make a bar of soap? Not to mention packing water to the house and heating it up over a wood fire just to have a bath and wash clothes. Times are changing faster than ever.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • pleasant hill ramblings.jpg Mathes restores a bit of Pleasant Hill's history

    Miss Alice Adshead, RN, created a “wilderness trail” through the woods just down the hill from Uplands Sanatorium, the first hospital in Cumberland County once located on Main St. in Pleasant Hill.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • plateau gardening-hydrangeas5117.jpg Prune flowering shrubs: now or wait until February?

    Experts say, “Don’t prune woody-stemmed plants (shrubs, trees and some types of vines) after mid-August.” Do pay close attention to that advice. The purpose of this late-season pruning prohibition is to keep plants healthy.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • IMG_1850.jpg Burgess Falls offers a big payoff for a short hike

    At Burgess Falls, you can be out of your car and taking in the breathtaking view of the Falling Water River as it falls 136 feet in the third and final drop of the river with just a short walk through the woods.
    But even though the state park is close to civilization, this natural wonder retains its wild and scenic reputation.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo 19 Links

  • 8-2 colonial dames.jpg Colonial Dames honors members with luncheon

    The John McKnitt Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century held its May meeting at the home of Joyce Ernst. Those present were Sherry Sneed, Jessie Watts, Dot Brodhag, Kandy B. Smith, Lynn Constan, Donna Hamilton, Margaret Markum, Lana Davis, Sara Tripiciano, Jane Tavernier, Joyce Ernst, Kathy Wilson, Charlotte Reynolds, and Cheryl Chrobot. President Lana Davis welcomed the ladies and followed with the opening ritual.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • J & J Show Best of Show.jpg Art Guild announces winners from Judged and Juried Show

    On June 6, the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade held a reception to announce the winners of the Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show. The pieces were judged by Marcia Goldenstein of Knoxville. Stonehaus Winery provided refreshments for the occasion.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-1 Celtic Circle.jpg Celtic Circle donates to ACPL

    Celtic Circle, a local group of Americans celebrating their Celtic heritage, recently donated a subscription for Scotland Magazine to the Art Circle Public Library and to the Homestead Elementary School library. Pictured, left to right, are Barbara Nugent, originally from Yorkshire, England; Susie Randleman, ACPL director; and Catherine Stewart Munkelwitz from Inverness, Scotland. Celtic Circle will host a program titled "Celtic Sampler" at ACPL on Friday, Aug. 1 beginning at noon. Entertainment includes great Highland bagpipe, bodhran, harp, Irish step dancing, both Scottish and Irish songs, Gaelic spoken and sung, tartan weaving and Celtic Children's Corner with crafts.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo