Pam Redmon has been named the new Director of the Smithville Senior Citizens Center.
She began her duties there almost a month ago. "I am really excited about the opportunity," said Redmon.
Prior to taking this position, Redmon worked with UCHRA. She is also owner of the Flower Box on Walnut Street. "I worked at Lakeside Resort for four years as the catering manager and then I became a nutrition project director for the Upper Cumberland through UCHRA serving fourteen counties. We did the home delivered meals and the congregate meals at eighteen senior sites. In the process of that, my daughter and her friend got me into the flower business (Flower Box)," said Redmon in an interview with WJLE.
During her four weeks on the job, Redman has seen activity pick up at the center. "They were kind of at a standstill for about a month but we're picking up and moving forward. We have several things scheduled. This week we're going to go to the senior expo in Cookeville. We're taking a group on a UCARTS bus. We have our first dance this Saturday night, October 24. Everybody is welcome. We're having it at the senior complex. We have a covered dish scheduled for the next Thursday night, October 29 and State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver is going to be here. She will be our guest speaker. We're also looking at possibly taking a day trip to Woodbury to the arts center or to the Cumberland Mountain State Park. We'd like to do a fall excursion before the leaves fall and maybe do a day trip to Sequatchie Valley to look at the leaves and have lunch," she said.
The center also features several regular activities. "We have recreation everyday with cards. They put puzzles together. There's a card game they call hand and foot which they are very active with. They play dominoes. I would like to have a weeklong rook tournament. We'd ask that people grab a partner and come in and start practicing for a rook tournament. The seniors walk daily and we have available the exercise equipment that they can use," Redmon continued.
Redmon's goal is to continue improving services at the center. "We are going to try and move our level up. I am new to this job and that's why I am excited because I like a challenge. We're going to move this center up to a higher level. We're at the bottom right now. I'd like to move it up to be in comparison with Cannon County, Jamestown, Cookeville, etc. because I think we have a need and we have lots of seniors who are so active and enjoy getting out so I am going to try and participate in all the requirements that will move us up a level," said Redmon.
In addition to the Smithville Senior Citizens Center, Liberty and Alexandria also have centers. Nancy Goad is the Director of the Liberty Senior Citizens Center and Sandy Brown is Director of the Alexandria Center.