Recently, the Cumberland County Senior Volunteer of the Year Awards was held recognizing some of the county’s most caring and dedicated senior volunteers. Their faithfulness and unselfish acts cannot go unnoticed by those life’s they touch every day. It was a very difficult decision to narrow it down to just one, from so many worthy, wonderful, caring people. Each nominee did receive a plaque for their faithful service to the community.

Cumberland Medical Center’s volunteer Lou Tuck has made a career out of volunteering her time, energy, ideals and talents all coming from her heart. She has been a dedicated hospital volunteer for 56 years in many cities, recently 16 years at CMC in Crossville. Lou helped organized the Howell Waiting Room and the Cumberland Medical Center Chapel and has been the president of the volunteers at CMC for the last six years. 

She wears a lot of hats, heading many special projects with bake, jewelry and book sales, as well as health fairs. Recently, she was instrumental in the CMC Auxiliary, donating $100,000 to enable the medical center to buy a new state-of-the-art portable ultrasound machine.

The manager of CMC volunteers, Tina Treadway, said, “If you want to know what a volunteer looks, acts and thinks like, it's Lou Tuck. She makes my job easy. She is my cheerleader, my rock and a shoulder to lean on when you need it. She knows how to get things done and makes a difference.”

Dr. Barry Wagner, CEO of CMC, stated, “Miss Lou has a true servant's heart. She has gone above and beyond to serve our hospital, our patients and our community. I am proud to work with her and to call her my friend.”

Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. officially declared Nov. 18 as Lou Tuck Day, which also just happens to be her husband Seav‘s birthday. Tennessee representative Cameron Sexton gave her plaques on his behalf and on behalf of Tennessee State Senator Charlotte Burks. U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais was represented by Betty Kay Renick giving Tuck a plaque.

The Crossville's new city manager, Bruce Wyatt, also honored Tuck with a plaque.

Tuck was also the 2009 Tennessee Hospital Association's Volunteer of the Year.

She said, “Retirement is what you make of it. You can sit back and watch things go by or you can get out there and help things go by, the way you want them to go and make a difference doing it.”

People like Tuck and these volunteers are considered a real blessing to the community, and everyone can all learn a lot from them in how they live their lives. Thanks to all the volunteers that helps to make Cumberland County a better place to live.