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Rymers, former owners of The Birds Nest, featured in national magazine

Fred Rymer

Fred Rymer, who ran The Birds Nest antique store in Russellville, Tennessee, for more than a decade with his wife, Dorothy, has been featured in a national magazine.

The Rymers currently live at The Heritage Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Morristown run by Life Care Centers of America....

The Heritage Center celebrates Nellie Johnson’s 110th birthday

Nellie Johnson

Nellie Maude Johnson, a resident at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, celebrated her 110th birthday on Dec. 16, 2016.

Friends, fellow residents, associates and church family joined Johnson for a party marking this milestone, which makes her a super-centenarian. The dining room was decorated beautifully with gold decorations, and Johnson wore a corsage of white roses and gold ribbon. 

The Heritage Center resident wins regional Christmas card contest

Patricia Trent

Patricia Trent, a 67-year-old resident at The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, recently had her artwork featured on a Christmas card.

Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions.

The Heritage Center helps patient recover after bowel surgery

Johnny Purkey with Lori Williams, physical therapist assistant, left, and Jesse Castillo, occupational therapist assistant, right

Johnny Purkey needed rehabilitation badly after having bowel surgery for bleeding in his digestive tract.

“When I came to The Heritage Center [in Morristown, Tennessee], I could hardly move or eat,” said Purkey. “At one point, I was diagnosed with pneumonia along with fractured ribs and was afraid of what the future held.”

Rehab at The Heritage Center helps local man lose weight, regain health

Kenneth Banner walking with his therapists

On Jan. 30, 2015, Kenneth Banner came to The Heritage Center in Morristown, Tennessee, looking for help in managing multiple medical conditions and regaining his independence.

Banner had been in three different hospitals. With a weight of 330 lbs., he suffered from hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, an irregular heartbeat and diabetes.

Couple that met at The Heritage Center weds there

Photo by the Citizen Tribune. Reprinted with permission.

Originally published in the Citizen Tribune on Sept. 16, 2015. Reprinted with permission.

Once upon a time, Walter Williams and Brandi McDonald met under less than perfect circumstances; however, through the trials, they found love and wed Tuesday afternoon. 

Earlier this year, life brought both McDonald with a broken foot and Williams with the loss of both legs to The Heritage Center’s rehabilitation department [in Morristown, Tennessee]. It is there where they met and the beginnings of love took root.