Grundy County Nurse Practitioner Wins National Award

Monday, May 20, 2013
Nurse Practitioner Darryl Adams with her husband Paul.
Nurse Practitioner Darryl Adams with her husband Paul.

Darryl Adams, APN, RN, primary care nurse practitioner at the Grundy County Health Department, was honored as Nurse Practitioner of the Year in front of 1,500 attendees at the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Nashville.  Ms. Adams also received a complimentary full conference registration and will be featured in the June 2013 issue of The Nurse Practitioner as part of her award. 


Ms. Adams’s nomination was the result of developing the Mountain Tops and Bottoms program.       Adams has always been very committed to making sure patients get the preventive care they need, especially cancer screenings.  She once had a patient who was terminally ill from breast cancer because the patient was uninsured and didn’t know about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program available from the Department of Health.


To raise awareness, Ms. Adams put together a program to educate women in the community about breast and cervical cancer and services available to patients who cannot afford care.  She used her own time to develop the program, solicit door prizes and publicize a “Mountain Tops and Bottoms” event.  Her enthusiasm for helping others carried over to the rest of the Grundy County Health Department staff, who got involved with getting donations, stuffing goody bags and providing refreshments for the event.  Adams is always willing to go the extra mile and her compassion and hard work make a big difference in the lives of her patients.


Ms. Adams received her Master of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.  She lives in McMinnville with her husband Paul, and they have one son, Vincent.



Memorial's Mobile Health Coach Visits Mountain View Head Start Feb. 19

CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at the Mountain View Head Start on  Friday, Feb. 19  from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year.  Any woman who meets these age guidelines and has not had a mammogram ... (click for more)

Southern Surgical Arts To Host 2nd Annual IgniteRed Event Friday

Southern Surgical Arts will be hosting the second annual IgniteRed event Friday, on National Wear Red Day, at 6 p.m. at 1405 Cowart St. "Unfortunately, many heart disease victims’ first symptom could be death, particularly among women," officials said. The event is a special invitation-only gathering to bring together many of the city’s female civic leaders, ... (click for more)

State's TNReady Testing Program Has "Severe Network Outage"; Testing To Be By Pencil And Paper

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Monday afternoon that the state's TNReady testing program had suffered "a severe network outage." Commissioner Edwards said the testing will go on, but it will have to be done with pencil and paper. She sent this email to school directors across the state: Directors, Thank you for your patience as we faced technical ... (click for more)

Brandon Bettis, 25, Arrested For Home Invasion; 2 Other Suspects Being Sought

Brandon Bettis, 25, was arrested after a home invasion early Monday morning, and two other suspects are being sought. Chattanooga Police responded to the 1100 block of Thomas Lane at 6:30 a.m. on the report of a home invasion robbery.  The suspects entered the home of the victims, James Shrum, 47, and Hillary Schooley, 25.   The victims were wakened and threatened ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars - And Response (3)

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Greenholtz: A No-Brainer

I am going to make this as simple as I possibly can. There are three fine lawyers now running for Criminal Court Judge and anywhere you go there will be people who like and admire Tom Greenholtz, Boyd Patterson and Mike Little. But when we select a judge, it should never be based on popularity. That’s why Gov. Haslam picked Greenholtz over both Little and Patterson this summer to ... (click for more)