Better Than Fireworks on the 4th

American flag and fireworksLast week we celebrated Independence Day, a holiday in which we commemorate the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Americans celebrated by participating in family-friendly activities such as barbeques, time at the lake, and, of course, fireworks!

Many of us equate Independence Day with patriotism as we proudly display our American flags in a variety of manners and sing along to The Star Spangled Banner. Some feel it is simply another day, while others feel a strong sense of pride and remembrance.

Many, if not most, senior adult men fought in the military so we could enjoy our various freedoms and holidays as we see fit. For them, last week’s celebration wasn’t just another day.

Senior men and women alike remember war times as both great and horrible. However, most of them enjoy reminiscing about those days. While they may have difficulty remembering something that happened yesterday, they often can tell you, in great detail, what happened on that special day many years ago.

National holidays are a great reason to gather around the patriarch or matriarch of your family and listen to stories of simpler times. Today’s generation may not even know the history of how America gained the freedoms we take for granted. This is even more incentive for us children and grandchildren to spend time with our elders and learn a thing or two about honesty, integrity, and generosity—the very principles on which our great nation was founded in 1776.

Although July 4th has come and gone, we can still take time to sit with an older loved one and glean great insights about the past. We may never know how much they enjoy us asking questions and contently listening. It may even be better than fireworks.

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Fulfilling a Mission in Johnson City

Construction of the new Dominion Senior Living community in Johnson City is underway!

Ground on which the facility will be built was dedicated on April 30. Owners and managers of Dominion Development, Empire Construction, and Dominion Senior Living gathered at the construction site to pray and covenant with God to honor Him throughout all phases of building, developing and serving at the site.


During the dedication, each person wrote a prayer and placed it inside a Bible to be buried in a box within the building’s foundation. It will become a permanent part of the building—an abiding presence and reminder of the mission of Dominion Senior Living: “To honor God through service to seniors.”

“We asked for God’s blessing to be upon the lives of the people we will employ here and upon the people we will care for here,” said Joshua Crisp, Vice President of Dominion Management Group, who is managing all Dominion Senior Living communities.

It’s an exciting milestone!

Dominion Senior Living of Johnson City is located at 2412 Knob Creek Road, Johnson City, TN 37604.


Wellspring Senior Living Is Being Rebranded

See the recent press release below for news about Wellspring’s rebranding process.


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn., May 2, 2014 – Dominion Management Group, parent company of Wellspring Senior Living, has hired Joshua Crisp to lead the newly established Dominion Senior Living management division serving senior living communities.

Josh joins the company with more than 8 years of management and consulting experience including all aspects of senior living operations in several southeastern states. He has worked in development, marketing and startup operations for new communities, as well as acquisition of new management opportunities for existing properties in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

In addition, to better reflect the faith-based culture and brand of the Dominion family of companies, the management company will be named Dominion Senior Living. For consistent positioning in East Tennessee, the community in Sevierville and the community under construction in Johnson City will be rebranded as Dominion Senior Living, effective immediately.

For more information call 865.365.4360.

Ladies Jewelry Making Group

When ladies at Wellspring of West Knoxville began a jewelry making group, they never imagined they would become entrepreneurs!

“We began the group as a fun activity,” says Maggie Hill, Life Enrichment Director at Wellspring. “The ladies loved making bead jewelry for themselves and as gifts for friends and family. As the ladies learned more about beading and design, they began to look for more unusual and unique beads—the more expensive ones. But how do you purchase those beads on a low budget?”

Mary, an ardent beader and member of the group, had an idea. “Why not make pieces to sell and use the money to purchase more beads?“ Now their bead boxes are filled with a wide variety of colors and textures, shapes and sizes. “There are interesting surface designs, too.” Maggie explains. “Their work is really lovely!”

At a recent meeting, several ladies concentrated on their beading, exchanged helpful hints about design and chatted about their work. “Once you get your first pattern done, you’ll take off!” Mary tells a first-timer. The ladies design each piece and lay out their own pattern. So the patterns, bead choice, and color themes are unique to each lady’s work.

Mary chooses a classic look in amber and olive. “I look for what is harmonious,” Helen says as she works on a necklace of delicate light peach and ivory beads. “And I like to add sparkle.”

Glenna chooses bright, contemporary beads with colorful designs and combines them in unusual ways. Rachael, the first-timer, builds a pattern—a prototype she wants to turn into a bracelet for a friend when the amethyst beads arrive.

“Jewelry making meets the criteria for activities at our Wellspring program,” Maggie explains. “It benefits residents in four main areas:  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.”

  • Sorting beads and designing patterns improves motor skills and cognition.
  • Working together and helping each other aids in communication skills and socialization.
  • Handling the tactile surfaces of beads and observing the colors can relieve anxiety.
  • Stringing them in repeated patterns helps to cope with confusion, transition, and discomfort.

“It is rewarding to see the change,” Maggie says. “There’s a deepening sense of self-worth as each lady’s work is recognized and appreciated.”

The jewelry can be purchased as finished pieces or ordered. One-of-a-kind pieces may be ordered as well. You may get more information or place orders by contacting Maggie Hill at 865-200-8238 or

An outlet for creativity and a feeling of purpose . . .      
Necklace $10 to $15                        
Bracelet $5 to $10
Earrings $5 to $10
Full Set from $30

Photos by Cap Stewart

A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & You’re Invited!

Great Smoky Mountains National ParkOur newest location is opening! Wellspring Senior Living at Sevierville, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, is cutting the ribbon and opening our doors wide to welcome the Sevierville community. Do join us!

“Honoring God through service to seniors . . . ″

Landscaped with plants native to the foothills and appointed with deluxe architectural details, Wellspring at Sevierville offers four floor plans ranging from 264 to 370 square feet. Resident units have complimentary electrical and gas utilities. Amenities offered to all Wellspring residents include:

  • dedicated and trained caregivers 24 hours a day
  • licensed nursing staff
  • emergency response system
  • medication management services
  • wellness program
  • pharmacy services
  • beautician and barber services
  • housekeeping/linen/laundry services
  • full-time maintenance and safety staff
  • culinary-trained chef.

Wellspring’s all-inclusive monthly rate structure provides an affordable pricing option.

Wellspring Senior Living at Sevierville is located just off Middle Creek Road, less than a mile from LeConte Medical Center, one of East Tennessee’s newest state-of-the-art hospitals.

For more information see or call 865.365.4360.

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