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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sixth Grade: Katy Beth Stovall, Abigail Wilson, Stephen Curley, Connor Parham, Matthew Shepherd, Mia Snyder, Khala Clemmons, Sarah Shallenberger, Kayla Thomas and Cassidy Price.

Seventh Grade: Alex Pitman, Caroline Hibbett, Hunter Stonebraker, Trent Graves, Camden Burgess, Marcella Gallione, Courtney Wall, Jake Yoder, Sam Stilts, Carly Keith, Evie Miller, Issac Davey, Allen Chesemore. 

Eighth Grade: Emily Spence, Morgan Collins, Connor Pressley, Talley Drescher, Anna Miller, Samuel Eastin, Nicholas Lawing. 

Ninth Grade: Serena Campeau, Samuel Shallenberger, April Bennett, Carly Hummel, Sara Grady, Caleb Anderson, Nate Lawhon, Tori Mobley, Connor Underwood, Chipper Smith and Justus Willis. 

10th Grade: Rikesh Vanmali, William Lundy, Amanda Wall, Christian Webster, Erin Etheridge, Abigail Johnson, Meredith Orr and Lauren Wankel. 

11th Grade: Noah Wilson, Dean Oldham, Jay Brown, Elliot Lee, Lindsay Steele, Andy Pitman, Je Suis’ Scott, Haley Pressley, Allison Mahabir, Ben Eastin and Zack Jones. 

12th Grade: Joshua Wagler, Priyanka Vanmali, Lynnze Ethridge, Cameron Lusk and Sarah Elmer. 

University Medical Center welcomes new CEO Caldwell
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

University Medical Center (UMC) officials are pleased to introduce Matthew T. Caldwell as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Caldwell most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Dallas Regional Medical Center, a sister Health Management Associates hospital in Dallas, TX.  He was instrumental in providing leadership with a focus on development of strategic service lines and physician practices.  He has also been successful in implementing quality initiatives at Dallas Regional, who was ranked number 1 in patient safety in the competitive Dallas County healthcare market.  Now entering his 18th year in healthcare service, he has also served as Chief Operating Officer with Sierra Medical Center, El Paso, TX, Valley Regional Medical Center, Brownsville, TX, and Vice President of Patient Care Services with Baylor Medical Center, Waxahachie, TX.  Caldwell brings to UMC the insight of a veteran healthcare executive as well as the skill of a strategic business leader.    

“Matt is a remarkable leader, with exceptional communication skills, who will serve University Medical Center with distinction and expertise,” said Dr. T. Scott Baker, Chief of Staff, UMC.  “He brings a strong commitment to excellent patient care and we are delighted to have him join us.”

“I am excited to be joining the team at UMC.  UMC is well positioned to continue to lead the way in high quality care for the residents of our community,” says Caldwell. 

Caldwell earned his Master of Health Care Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Bethel College, North Newton, KS.

About University Medical Center

University Medical Center is a 245-bed, two-campus acute health care facility with over 250 physicians on staff. The hospital has approximately 800 full and part-time employees and is the sole provider of health care service in Wilson County, Tennessee.  University Medical Center is the first hospital in the Tennessee to feature the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.  

The hospital provides 24-hour emergency services, inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services along with intensive care and telemetry services. Our Diagnostic Imaging services include basic radiography, digital fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and mammography.  University Medical Center’s Rehabilitation services include an inpatient rehabilitation unit as well as outpatient, physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapies.  Specialties include: Orthopedics - featuring RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic Surgery, Cardiology – Accredited Chest Pain Center, Neurology, General and Bariatric Surgery, Psychiatry, ENT, Urology, and Women’s and Children’s service lines.  University Medical Center is proud to be owned and operated by Health Management Associates, Inc. of Naples, Florida.

In 2009, construction was completed on the $26 million, four-story patient tower that offers 60 new private patient rooms.  The 77,000 square foot facility provides state of the art health care for Wilson County. The multi-specialty Surgery Center opened in February 2011.

For more information, visit or contact Anna-Lee Cockrill at (615)443-2503.

Tornado leaves path of destruction
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

An EF-2 tornado touched down and did major damage on the north side of town early Wednesday morning. 

Weather closings discussed at school board meeting
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Wilson County School board members Bill Robinson and Greg Lasater shared their frustration with how school closings have been handled the last few weeks at the school board meeting Monday.

Ava’s Aquatic Play Pad wins contest
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ava’s Aquatic Play Pad is a little closer to becoming a reality after winning a big contest recently. 

The splash pad recently won the Make Way for Water Play Contest sponsored by Waterplay Solutions Corp. The contest earned Ava’s Aquatic Play Pad up to 25 percent off which is scheduled for completion this year. The votes were cast on an online ballot recently. 

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