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SWTDD Looking for Help Providing Christmas Cheer

Press release from the Southwest Tennessee Development District; December 13, 2012: 

The Christmas season is in full swing and SWTDD’s Area Agency on Aging & Disability is seeking help to provide an extra blessing to each of its 15 clients who are in the Public Guardianship Program. District Public Conservator, Susan Unger, is their legal or court appointed advocate. She acts as a “granddaughter” to each client — she takes them to the doctor, pays bills, purchases groceries, and helps out in other ways as needed. In short, Unger, through the statewide Public Guardianship Program, provides legal guardianship for persons 60 years of age and older who are unable to manage their own affairs and who have no family member, friend, bank or corporation both willing and able to act on his or her behalf.

It is at this time of year that SWTDD reaches out to individuals, businesses and churches in the area for help in making this Christmas memorable for its clients. Because these very special people have no one to buy Christmas gifts for them, the Public Guardianship Program would like to facilitate having at least one gift for each client. The majority of these disabled elderly clients receive no income other than their Social Security or Supplemental Security payments; most live in area nursing homes, but three of them are able to live in their own home or apartment.

“I am happy to do the shopping, wrapping and delivery for anyone who would like to make a monetary donation toward purchasing gifts for our clients,” says Susan Unger, Public Conservator. “Or, if a person or group would like to sponsor an individual, I am willing to provide information about an appropriate gift for that special client. Church or civic groups may choose to sponsor a client from their particular county or town.”

Please contact Susan Unger by phone at 731-668-6405 or by e-mail at if you are interested in helping make Christmas a happier time for these individuals or if you are interested in hearing more about the Public Guardianship for the Elderly Program. Unger is available to speak to civic or church groups about the guardianship services available to Tennessee’s disabled elderly citizens through this program. For more information about SWTDD, visit

Press Releases

‘Tis the Season at Pickwick Landing State Park’s 8th Annual Christmas Fest

Press release from the Department of Environment & Conservation; December 6, 2012: 

PICKWICK DAM, Tenn. – Pickwick Landing State Park will kick off the holidays with its 8th Annual Christmas in the Park festival December 14-15.

Enjoy Pickwick Landing’s Festival of Lights via trolley or a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park, viewing the beautiful luminaries and lighted displays. In addition, more than 50 local retailers and crafters will be on hand, displaying and offering unique items at the park’s Holiday Mart. The Holiday Mart times are Friday from noon until 9 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Luminary displays and rides through the park will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. both nights.

Little ones also will enjoy a special visit from Santa and his elves – complete with a holiday train ride, bedtime stories by the fire each evening, and a special breakfast with Santa planned for Saturday morning. Santa Claus and his elves will arrive in the park’s inn each night at 6 p.m., and bedtime stories will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday’s breakfast with Santa will begin at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.

“This is a great two-day holiday event and there’s something for everyone,” said Guy Garner, park manager for Pickwick Landing. “We encourage everyone to join us at Pickwick Landing for this wonderful holiday tradition and catch the spirit of the season.”

Pickwick Landing State Park is located just south of Pickwick Dam and 12 miles south of Savannah, Tenn. The lake and river offer excellent fishing, boating, swimming and a marina. Accommodations in the park include a modern inn and restaurant, cabins and camping. The park is made up of 1,400 acres of forested hills and hollows, with a 2.8-mile trail to explore and enjoy the wildlife and plant life around the lake. Picnicking, swimming, golfing and play fields are just a few of the amenities.

For more information about Pickwick Landing State Park’s 8th Annual Christmas in the Park or to make reservations, please call 1-800-250-8615. Additional information about the park can also be found on the park’s Web site at