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Letters to the Editor March 17, 2011

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  Editor,

LaFollette Press:

I want to thank Susan Sharp for the very timely article in the Press on March 3, “Mistakes today will shape a child’s tomorrow.”

There is nothing more delicate or more helpless than a child. Especially if they aren’t cared for and protected by their mother or a very caring person. If they spend their life being neglected, abused or worse, they most often will think this is how it is supposed to be. Doesn’t give them much of a plan for their life- children often imitate what they see.

Susan closed her article telling mothers not to expose their children to potential harm- and to know that your children are watching you. So ask yourself if you would like what they see?

Thanks again Susan, children are also very special to me.

Pearl Harper

LaFollette 

 

 Editor,

LaFollette Press:

I strongly dislike the “I Hate Meth” signs I see lining the main road of Highway 63 from Cove Lake to LaFollette.  My concern with tourist season fast approaching is what kind of message we are sending to newcomers and vacationers?  

Local residents are very aware and extremely concerned about meth use and the resulting crime spree in our area.  The drug problem is the major issue our law enforcement officers should be dealing with.  I hate to see valuable tourist dollars disappear because of the repeated messages passersby are viewing.  Highway 63 is actually designated  the Tennessee “White Lightning Trail”, with several sites of interest in Campbell County mentioned (www.tntrailsandbyways.com).

Where are the positive signs marking this byway?

Betty Ellis

LaFollette

 

 Editor, 

LaFollette Press:

This is a letter of appreciation and thank you to the Beta Club of Jacksboro Middle School, for their donation of 2,000 pounds of food to the Open Arms Ministry.

Donations like this are used to continue our mission to provide for families in need. The Open Arms Ministry is supported by local churches, and is also supported by donations like this.

Times today are very tough and not improving with the current economy. We at the ministry continue to stay focused on the Lord Jesus by thanking him daily for his many blessings.

God Bless you and your families.

Diana Walker

Public Relations Secretary

Open Arms Ministry

 

  Editor,

LaFollette Press:

During the telethon to raise money for my hip replacement surgery I was overwhelmed and brought to tears by the compassionate giving of the people. There are many thank yous to extend and the Lord knows I appreciate every pledge and donation no matter how great or small.

A special thank you goes to Jeremy Archer and singers Nannie Lou Marlowe, the Old Pathway Singers and Glade Springs Singers for donating two hours of their broadcast time for this cause.

The Joyaires came all the way from Harriman to participate in this telethon, giving away a very nice DVD, CD and sound track package. Thank you, Ernie, Debbie and Anna.

Thanks goes out to some great friends Ric Miller, Rusty Massengill and Todd Poston of the singing group Tribute.

Thanks also goes out to Aaron and Anna Lawson of LaFollette and good friend, Andy Miller of Knoxville.

Thanks to the great staff of WLAF for your hard work and dedication.

Thank to the phone operators who worked tirelessly for four solid hours: Janet Lee, Brenda Russell, Cindy Honaker, Brooke Honaker and Rebecca Smith. What a blessing to see my granddaughter, Brooke Honaker sing three songs that her papaw had written.

A special thank you to Rev. Jack Goins and all the churches that donated to the telethon. A special thank you to Rev. Kenny Gillum for his support and prayers.

I cannot say thank you enough to the person who worked so diligently to make the telethon a success: Mark Honaker. Mark is my son-in-law and I am so grateful for his support.

A very special thank you to my pastor, Rev. Larry Russell and Brother Josh Etter of WLAF who called off pledges for four hours and prayed for the many prayer requests that came in. Words alone cannot express my gratitude. Thank again to everyone. May God bless each of you and I know he will.

Sincerely,

Elmer Summers

LaFollette 

 

 Editor,

LaFollette Press:

Thank you for the contributions that are making it possible to provide the books to the children in Campbell County. In recent months our community has stepped forward to provide much needed funds to support the books for our pre-school children. Children ages newborn to five are eligible to receive books mailed to their home each month. 

In December 2010 the Campbell County Commissioners voted to provide almost $4,000 to guarantee that the program will continue until June 30.  As children receive their books for March, the address label includes a caption thanking the Campbell County Commission for their contribution. Please tell your county commissioner a special thank you for making your books possible.

Our community continues to give to the Campbell County Imagination Library for 2011:  LaFollette Utilities Operation Round-up, LaFollette United Methodist Church, and Delta Kappa Gamma/ Alpha Theta Chapter are recent donors. 

Campbell County Imagination Library currently serves approximately 1,100 children from birth to five years old with a new book each month delivered by mail to the child’s home. Enrollment forms are available at each public library or a parent may enroll a child on-line at http://www.dollysimaginationlibrary.com/home.php.

Parents are encouraged to read to your child each day. Community Health of East Tennessee provides the local management of the program as a community service to Campbell County. 

Each month the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation with funds from a state budgetary allocation match 50- percent of the Campbell County Imagination Library cost of books.  he average cost per child is $24 annually. Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to Campbell County Imagination Library, c/o CHET, P. O. Box 209, Jacksboro, TN  37757.  If you have questions, please call 563-1040.

Sincerely,

Nelsie Wooden

Jacksboro 

 Editor,

LaFollette Press:

I read with interest the applicant information for the new director of our school system.

From what I read there is only one candidate with a Doctorate decree and any previous experience in that type of job. If the references are favorable for that candidate, in my opinion he would be the best choice. While he grew up in this county and has come back here to live, he has no political ties.

And as we all know in past selections from within the county, politics play way too big a role in all decision making, when the only thing that should be in mind is how to make the schools a better learning environment for our children.

Jeannie McDaniel

Pioneer