When asked the best advice he could give, Robert Mynatt says “Stay in touch with the Lord.” This is sound advice from a man who has lived a long, well-traveled life. Robert was born April 14, 1927, in Knox County, Tennessee, to William Tell and Sarah Hassie Mynatt. Tell was a farmer, school bus driver and Constable for Knox County. Hassie was a homemaker, which is good considering Robert was the 10th of 13 children including 9 boys and 3 girls. The family lived on a large farm where everybody contributed to farm responsibilities. Robert began farm work at the age of 3 picking strawberries.
When Robert recounts his fondest childhood memory, he tells of the family trip to Norris Dam shortly after it first opened on July 4th, 1936. The family had a picnic, watched boat races and swam in the lake. Further memories of Robert’s childhood include Christmas time when the home was decorated with stockings hung by the chimney and each child received an ap...
Jefferson Park at Dandridge would be nothing without our employees. Our team strives everyday to help make our facility the best it can be! At the end of every month, we like to highlight one team member as the employee of the month. For the month of October, our employee of the month is Sherrie Johnson of our Housekeeping team.
Sherrie has worked with Jefferson Park since May 2018. We sat down and had an interview style talk with her about working with us and her life outside of Jefferson Park.
What do you like about your job?
Our residents! I love telling them stories and making them smile. I can be having a hard day, but our residents give me purpose in life. I lost my husband 2 years ago, and then 10 months later I lost my 4 month old grandson. Being here at Jefferson Park and helping and becoming close to our residents give me purpose. Seeing their smiles everyday is priceless.
Where did you grow up, and how did you end up in Jefferson County?
Jefferson Park at Dandridge has been recognized as the 3rd Best Nursing Home in the state of Tennessee on Newsweek’s Best Nursing Homes 2020 list.
Newsweek’s Best Nursing Homes 2020 recognizes nursing homes that stand out in their dedication to providing excellent resident care. Newsweek Magazine partnered with the global research firm Statista to compile the list of the best nursing homes in the country using data from medical expert recommendations and nursing home performance. The list ranks the Top 5 Nursing Homes in each state.
“We are honored to receive this recognition as the 3rd Best Nursing Home in Tennessee. It is our commitment to our residents that has brought us this far, and we will continue to keep the well-being of our residents the focus of everything we do,” Roger Mynatt, Administrator of Jefferson Park at Dandridge.
As the elderly population grows, the importance of finding a trustworthy nursing home has increased. That is why Newsweek established its inaugural ranking...
Established in 1967 by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, is a tradition celebrated the week beginning with Mother’s Day. The week provides an opportunity to recognize the role of skilled nursing care facilities in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The 2019 National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) theme is “Live Soulfully.”
Jefferson Park at Dandridge is excited for this year’s NSNCW and will hold several events for both our elders and our staff. The week will kick off with a Mother’s Day brunch followed by some bingo fun on Sunday, May 12th.
Throughout the week, we there will be several events, such as fundraising events, elder vs. staff games, and other social activities. One of the spotlights of our week will be Jefferson Park’s 50th Anniversary celebration! We will celebrate by having a community get together with food, giveaways, massages, blood...
“Always think positive, go to church, and stay very close to God,” wise words from resident, Ms. Glenda Long. Ms. Long was born in 1945 to Lottie Elsa and Leroy Walker in Jefferson County. Both parents worked very hard at running the family farm. Lottie Elsa canned food, worked tobacco, planted and harvested the vegetable garden, did all the cleaning, cooking, and laundry for the family. Glenda’s father, Leroy Walker, worked with the dairy cows on the farm and bailed hay, while maintaining the additional areas of the farm. The family rented out a small home on their land to the Rhodes family, who had two children. Together the Rhodes children and Glenda played outdoors, laying in the sun, playing dolls, and sharing meals together, and they became close friends over time. One of the funniest memories Ms. Glenda recalls is dressing up as a hobo for Halloween and enjoying the laughter that it created. While young, she also took piano lessons and eventually began to play the piano at churc...
If you get a chance, stop by and say hello to Ms. Nancy Hightower. Most likely, you will be engaged in a conversation with her about her wonderful family and what a great life she leads. If she is not around, you may find her at church, playing bingo, or attending music programs.
Ms. Hightower has a rich family heritage. She was born in Tazewell, Tennessee, on her family’s farm on April 16, 1923 to Topsey Etter and Amos Williams. Topsey Williams, Nancy’s mother, worked around the farm, and the thing Nancy remembers most is her apple butter recipe. The family also owned a dairy farm where they hand-milked each cow and sold milk to other residents of Tazewell. Amos, Nancy’s father, worked alongside Topsey taking care of the farm and later working in the mines. Nancy grew up hunting and fishing around the farm with her three brothers Johnny, Clarence, Lebert and four sisters Betty King, Elizabeth Carroll, Flora Holt, and Maxie Taylor. In 1939 when Nancy was 16, the family purchased their f...