Notes for Nurses 2019

Notes for Nurses is more than just an exciting night of dinner and dancing. The fundraiser for Cumberland University’s Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, currently in its seventh year, has a long reach. Nearly half a million dollars has been raised since its inception – all designated to nurs-ing program scholarships and simulation labs.

Dean Dr. Mary Bess Griffith thanked the 375 ticket holders who attended this year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Wilson County Expo Center. She noted that it was a commitment to come out on a cold, rainy night – but delivered on a promise that it would be a “heck of a party.”

Griffith said the mission of Rudy School of Nursing is simple – to be the best. “We have a very clear vision. Our vision is to be the best nursing program in the Middle Tennessee area. We will be excellent – we will be nothing less,” she explained. “We will be the nursing program by which all others measure themselves. So, we have set a high bar but I have no doubt that we can meet that. You are the reason we are going to meet that.”

Thanks to Notes for Nurses, five scholarships were given to nursing students at the beginning of the fall semester.

“We can’t do things without your help. It allows us to go above and beyond. You contributed to the potential health outcomes of every patient these students touch,” Griffith concluded.

The audience also heard from attorney Frank Rudy, nephew of Jeanette C. Rudy for whom the school is named. Rudy joked that he was her favorite nephew before sharing insight into his aunt’s life and passion.

“Jeanette could not have children. That was probably her greatest disappointment – that she could not have a legacy. Our children are our legacy,” Rudy said. “Jeanette decided that her legacy was going to be this nursing school.”

He recalled going to a pinning ceremony and becoming emotional. “I looked at those beautiful, young faces heading out into the world to do great things and to save lives. That’s her legacy,” he said. “I told them, ‘You better do a good job because you are representing my aunt. You are her kids.’”

The event was chaired for the third time by Pam McAteer. McAteer has volunteered with Notes for Nurses for over four years.

“I love Cumberland University. Several years ago my friend, Denise Boman, who is the CNO (Chief Nursing Officer) at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, asked me to be on the committee. (My involvement) grew from there,” she said. “It has been fun and I’ve met a lot of great people.”

The inaugural event was held in an airport hangar at the Lebanon Municipal Airport and stayed there until 2018 when Notes for Nurses outgrew the space.

“It began as a songwriter’s night and really just evolved. Now it is more of a dance party and dinner,” said McAteer. “We think this will be our biggest year.”
Beth McCall served as an honorary chair for the 2019 installment.

Sponsors included Southern Manor Living Centers, LLC., Alliance Securities & Team HSC, American National Home Health, Compass Auction & Real Estate, Middle Tennessee Periodontics (Dr. Charles Daley), Smile Gallery (Dr. Chad Williams), The Lett Center (Dr. E. Dwayne Lett), Wilson Bank and Trust, Dr. Teresa Larkin and Dr. Jim Newman, Powell & Meadows, Gibbs Pharmacy, Cedar City RV, McAteer Animal Hospital, Modern Eye Gallery, and Tay-lord Fitness.

Table sponsors were Bill Williams, Whip Crackin’ Rodeo, THW Insurance Services, Summit Medical Center, Drs. Paul and Cristy Stumb, Jim & Katie Stewart, Sloan’s Lawn Care and Landscaping, Quality Center for Rehabilitation and Healing, Oakmont Health, LP Moore, Beth McCall, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Manous, Tim Leeper, Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Susan Kirshner, Kane & Crowell Law Firm, HTK Wealth Management, Hot Springs Spas of Music City, Dr. Mary Bess Griffith, Alan Davenport, Mark Conner, City of Lebanon, CedarStone Bank, Drs. Jarred, Bart Benson, AnyCare 24, Alive Hospice, World Classic Martial Arts and The Pavilion.

BILL LEE, Tennessee's 50th Governor

More than two years ago, businessman Bill Lee, founder of the Lee Company, em-barked on a new adventure. He would run as a republican candidate in the Aug. 2, 2018 gubernatorial primary.

He knew the process wouldn’t be easy. He was an outsider to the political process – running against seasoned politicians from both parties.
His company employs 1,200 skilled tradesmen al-ready, but Lee longed to make a difference on a larger scale.
Lee and his wife, Maria, prayed about their decision for a year before he entered the race and were pleased when he won the Republican primary to face-off against Democratic candidate, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.
“I am a person who gets asked all the time why I would want to run for governor,” Lee remarked during a final campaign stop at Cumberland University in October 2018. “I have a private life that is blessed, indeed, but I found myself on a journey. God puts us on journeys that lead us places unplanned.”
The polls on November 6, 2018, showed Tennesseans had voted Lee to be their next governor – and on Satur-day, January 19, 2019, he was sworn in.
Bill Lee is the 50th Governor of Tennessee.
A series of celebrations were held over the weekend, beginning with a Boots on Broadway party at Acme Feed & Seed on Friday, January 18.
An inaugural worship service kicked-off events on Saturday. The ceremony was held at Legislative Plaza, followed by a tour of the Tennessee State Capitol for supporters who signed-up.
Two balls were held that evening at the Music City Center – the First Couple’s Dinner and Ball and the Believe in Tennessee Ball.
Gov. Lee thanked the ticketholders in attendance.
“I am a little overwhelmed but so encouraged, so grateful, so humbled and so honored. So many people in this room have been responsible for where we are today and I just thank you … I certainly hoped (to be elected) but in some ways never imagined we would be standing here doing this,” he spoke to the crowd, with Maria by his side. “The Lord has been very good to us for our entire lives and through so many ups and downs, and certainly has been good to us in this last season of life. We are grateful to Him for what He has done and the spot He put us in.”
Lee next introduced special guests for the evening – which delighted the crowd at the Inaugural Ball. They were four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, and outspoken country songstress, Wynonna.

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Bryan said it was an honor for a “kid from Georgia” to play the governor’s inaugural ball.
He sang several of his hit songs and dedicated “Here’s to the Farmer” to the Lees as the couple had their first dance.
Lee concluded by reiterating his commitment to his posi-tion.
“We will live our lives in the fullest capacity we can to serve every single one of you and the 6.5 million people that live in our great state of Tennessee,” he said. “We are deeply indebted. We count it a true honor to be in the spot that you have put us in. We will work to serve you – thank you very, very much.”

Wilson County’s Newest Judge

On December 31st, 2018, Ensley Hagan was sworn in as the new Wilson County General Sessions Judge, Division III following Judge John Gwin’s retirement.

Family and friends gathered for the swearing-in, held the day before Judge Hagan’s official start date of January 1st. Judge Hagan began practicing law in 2007 with his father, Tony Hagan, and wife, Andrea. He is a third generation lawyer and a second generation judge. His grandmother, who was married to the late Judge Willard Ensley “Buck” Hagan was on hand to watch her grandson being sworn in. A native of Wilson County, Judge Hagan, and his wife live in Lebanon with their three children.