Sandusky sgtory in no way connected to Vaiden book

Dear Editor:
 Please be advised that the book “Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story” is in absolutely no way connected to “Touched” … A Bi-Polar Synopsis of the Human Condition … The Road to Maturity” by Frank “Buddy” Vaiden and published by Eloquent Book Publishing. “The Road to Maturity” is a scripturally based book for self-help addressing individuals and relationships. Also sharing with communities and families how they may better cope with the challenges of caretaking the mentally ill.

Book one is presently out of stock. The second book of the “Touched” series, completely re-edited, expanded, and revised to reflect updates and new insights, of the events of the last three years, will augment the basic precepts of the first book release. As many requests have been communicated to Perception Illumination Company as to the release of this second book, the publisher, and myself are doing everything needed to keep to this timetable.

The second book of the “Touched” series, “How You can Survive in a World without Law …the Ultimate Guide to Personal Success and Self-fulfillment,” is now being sent to the publisher for a projected published date of September 30, 2012.

 

Sincerely,
Frank “Buddy” Vaiden
Mountain City, TN 37683

Class social enjoyable at local pizza restaurant

Dear Editor:

On July 29, 2012 the JCHS Class of 1958 had a pizza social at Teammates Pizza. We all enjoyed the social and would do it again! It is so great to have a restaurant in Mountain City with owners and staff that have their goal as excellent service and customer satisfaction. Thanks Teammates Pizza for a great experience, delicious pizza, and salad bar.

Sincerely,
Class Coordinator Daisy Everett

Would like to see a good cleaning at mausoleum

Dear Editor:

I just want to say that I am totally in shock at how the place (Sunset Mausoleum) has gone down. Every time I go over there, I always give somebody the benefit of the doubt when it comes to cleaning, i.e., hasn’t been done yet, or it got messed up again. Needless to say, every time I go back it seems to be worse.
It smells bad. Maybe the carpet has been wet, but at any rate the carpet should be replaced. It is dirty and wore out. The windows are dirty. The front of the vaults are dirty. The memorial tables are dusty and covered with spider webs.
I was over there last week and upon entering, I noticed something that looked like fur. Upon looking closer, it was mold. I have heard people joke about leaving something in the refrigerator until it grew hair, but I’ve never seen it before then. The mold was at least one and a half inches tall and a very large spot on the floor.
I have several family members there and I wish it were taken a little better care of. I wish other people that have family members there felt the same as I do. Also, the bank in front of the building needs to have the weeds cut down. That looks bad, too

Linda Eastridge
Mountain City, TN 37683

Linda Eastridge
Mountain City, TN 37683

It's time for reps to protect our land from clear-cutting

Dear Editor:

I moved here about six years ago from central Illinois because I love the mountains and the climate here in northeastern Tennessee. Recently you have seen the strip mining of the mountains along Highway 167. They call it logging but the reality is whomever owns the 5000 plus acres along 167 has destroyed this pristine area and ultimately lowered your property values by clear cutting the trees for monetary value. I believe it's time for our state representatives to step up to the plate and have our properties reassessed and our real estate taxes lowered. I want to thank Larry Potter for saving Doe Mountain from this disgusting practice. Johnson County residents deserve better and we need to take action now to preserve this area for future generations before the mountains we so love are totally destroyed.

Dave Hanks
Mountain City, TN

In response to wheel tax article from last week

Dear Editor:

In response to the comments made by our county commissioners and others, as reported by Lacy Hilliard in the August 15, 2012 Tomahawk, I offer the following.

First, the Johnson County Real Estate taxes have been increased for the 2012 tax year. This had to be approved by the Tennessee State Legislature. Where was our representation to make our lives easier when we have to pay an increase in real estate taxes? People are struggling to make ends meet. Taxes keep going up whether it’s real estate taxes or the wheel tax. Statements that the wheel tax is more equitable (since I think the commissioners felt that another real estate tax would further erode the real estate market from coming out of its long slump in Johnson County.) Perhaps the county commissioners could vote for lower real estate taxes.

Second, to be equitable in taxing every county resident the same and not a select portion, the commissioners could raise the county sales tax ½ cent or ½ percent with a limit for the tax to expire after, hypothetically two years. Any additional sales tax after the two-year time frame would have to be approved by the county voters.

Thirdly, the Greene County, Tennessee commissioners allowed their constituents to vote and decide how they felt about the wheel tax increase.

This is not about whether we need to increase taxes for services, but rather what tax increase will be more equitable to all Johnson County citizens.

I voted for my country commissioners in the last election and I trust that my vote will be remembered in the next election. I only ask our commissioners to look at legislation and/or ideas a little closer for their Johnson County citizens. I suggest that the commissioners attempt to garner more input from the citizens of Johnson County and not necessarily at the commissioner’s meetings. I would hope that the commissioners reach out to their constituents more than they have in the past.

Sincerely,
George A. Spreyne

Cancer Support Group expresses appreciation

Dear Editor:

The Johnson County Cancer Support Group wishes to acknowledge and thank Danny Herman Trucking Inc., Levi Retirees, United Way, Temple and Mike Reece and all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who make it possible to aid those suffering with cancer in Johnson County by providing them with financial support as they undergo treatments. We are a community blessed by the hard work and compassion these individuals and groups show for their neighbors. Thank you friends.

Sincerely,
Flo Bellamy and Bobbie Smith

Christians should stand up for what we believe

Dear Editor:

I am writing this letter in response to last weeks letter to the editor about Christians voicing their beliefs. I truly agree with the author of the letter. Christians need to stand up for the word of God! I have heard all my life the devil has some of his best people in church. I never truly believe this till recently. People say what is wrong with the world today? I believe it’s that the devil has some o his best people in church. Instead of true believers following the word of God, we automatically follow what man says is the word of God. We have homosexuality being more and more accepted in the world and church. The word says, Leviticus 20:13 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as a woman. It is a detestable sin.” We uphold adulterers in our church we allow them to hold offices in our churches (preachers, deacons, song leaders, teachers, bible school teachers). The word says, Proverbs: 5:32 “But a man that commits adultery lacks judgment, whoever does so destroys himself.” We have men and women being baptized on Sunday that invite their lovers to come watch them make this commitment to God. We have men assaulting women right after church. We have married and single men and women having affairs with other married men and women, but still attending church every time the doors are open, and we go as far as to call them brother or sister. We accept these people as they are believers of the word of God, but we as Christians choose to turn a blind eye to their actions. What are we as Christians and church goers saying to non-Christians? As long as you are at church on Sunday, it does not matter what you do the rest of the week! After stepping back and taking a good look around church and the world, I am having a hard time seeing the difference in the two. We are no better than the ones we are preaching to by turning a blind eye to the actions of those we worship with. I have decided that as a true Christian I can no longer call myself that if I continue to turn a blind eye to these things. I am no longer standing for the immorality of Believer or non-Believers. We preach marriage is forever, but we don’t practice it. We preach homosexuality is wrong, but we accept it. We preach abuse is wrong, but we cover for it. We preach purity to our youth but we put them on birth control, and when the un-wed mothers have babies we as a church throw them baby showers. We preach pro-life but we don’t vote that way at the polls. We preach the golden rule, but we don’t practice it. We practice do it to others before they have a chance to do it to you. We as a Christian community are a contradiction of our own beliefs. I am not pointing the finger, I am as guilty as anyone else. So my question is what is wrong with the world today? Are we making a difference and practicing what we preach.

Carrie Johnson,
Mountain City

D.A. seeks to strengthen synthetic drug laws

Dear Editor:

There is a new system of drug trafficking in Tennessee, and it is being carried out right in front of our eyes at convenience stores across the state. Those who are breaking the law are doing so knowingly, and I am writing today to alert you to this dangerous trend: synthetic drugs.
Synthetic drugs are illegal, and they are dangerous. Often sold in stores, some purchasers may not know that these drugs are illegal and dangerous. Across Tennessee, children and adults are having bad reactions to the changing chemicals used in these drugs.
Along with my fellow district attorneys, I am working to strengthen laws seeking to eliminate these products altogether and to prosecute individuals who continue to sell these substances. Please help us by learning more about synthetic drugs and spreading the word within our community.
How can I recognize synthetic drugs?
Synthetic drugs are often marketed in small, colorful plastic pouches—sometimes using cartoon-like images—under names like K2, Spice or Molly’s Plant Food. They can be accompanied by disclaimers such as “Not for Human Consumption” and labeled as “plant food” or “bath salts” in an attempt to mask their true use and sidestep existing laws. Some are designed to look and be smoked like marijuana while others are used more like methamphetamine.
What are the dangers of synthetic drug use?
The effects of these chemical-based substances—violent outbursts, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, increased blood pressure, possible kidney failure, suicidal thoughts and more—are dangerous, and much more severe than users may anticipate. The substances are cheap, addictive, extremely potent and easily fatal.
What are lawmakers doing to address this issue?
In the past two years as synthetic drugs have become increasingly popular, lawmakers have acted repeatedly to outlaw the latest versions of these drugs. However, producers of synthetic drugs constantly alter the chemical contents of the products to circumvent ongoing law enforcement efforts. This is precisely why Tennessee’s district attorneys have continued to work on legislation that takes a big-picture approach to synthetic drugs and the many varied compounds used to produce them.
My fellow district attorneys and I supported our legislators in addressing the present shortcomings in the law. Through several bills recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, the penalties regarding synthetic drugs will increase whether offenders are selling, possessing or ingesting synthetic drugs. The definition of synthetic drugs will also be expanded to include all possible synthetic derivatives.
These efforts will stiffen the penalties for infractions appropriately, as well as eliminate the weaknesses in the substance definition, which producers of synthetic drugs previously abused.
We have also supported dozens of undercover law enforcement stings on convenience stores throughout the state. These efforts have brought criminals to trial and resulted in the confiscation of large quantities of synthetic drugs.
As your district attorney, I will continue to work to eradicate synthetic drugs from Johnson County using the available resources. I hope you will join this effort by sharing this information with your family, friends and colleagues.

Honorable Tony Clark
District Attorney

Honorable Tony Clark
District Attorney

Government should balance budget like we do

Dear Editor:

When the Wheel Tax was first proposed to the residents of Johnson County, it was with the understanding it was to be temporary. Not understanding that there is no such thing as a “temporary tax,” the citizens of Johnson County approved this. Since that time, not only has this tax not been repealed, it has been raised twice that I can remember.

I do not think the Wheel Tax should be raised. As a matter of fact, I feel the Johnson County government should honor their original commitment and abolish the Wheel Tax. I am sure this is not going to happen. And I don’t complain too much about it, as I am realistic and I understand the necessity of paying taxes. I will never be “happy” about paying taxes, but I know it is my civic duty and I proudly honor this duty. However, when it continues to rise, I think it is time to voice my opposition.

Government (city, county, state, and federal) should be held to the same standard as its citizenry. I have financial obligations, as do we all. And when I find myself short of financial means to meet those obligations, I must prioritize and decide what I will cut back on in order to pay for that which I must have.

I can’t go to my employer and say, “The price of gas has gone up, the price of groceries has gone up, and my utilities have gone up. I now no longer make enough money to pay for all the things I want. Therefore you are going to have to start providing me with more income. Sorry, but that is the way it is. I need more money.” I just don’t think that would go over real well.

I am powerless to stop this Wheel Tax increase (thank you, Johnson County Commissioner.) But with the next election, I won’t be so powerless.

William C. Reburn Jr.
Mountain City

Thanks for help with team

I have heard that good help is hard to find. I, however, have come across great help.
I want to thank Junior Banner, Kim Leonard, John Austin, Jesse Brooks, and Mike Fenner
for all the time they give to help with the Lady Dodgers softball team. The girls are very fortunate
to have you all working with them. You are great coaches and I appreciate every one of you all.

Thank you,
Janet Brooks

Thank you to all who helped save Doe Mountain

We would like to express our great relief and happiness regarding the state purchase of the Doe Mountain property. This will be a high water mark of success for Johnson County and Mountain City. The purchase will help preserve the beauty of the area, promote tourism, boost the local economy and provide a center for recreation. The hiking and biking paths as well as future ATV and OHV trails will be a magnet for residents and visitors alike. A very special thank you to all the leaders whose efforts helped make this possible, including Mayor Potter, Representative Campbell and particularly Lieutenant Governor Ramsey.

Kevin and Joan Kuhner

Thanks for help with Bake-A-Thon for Heritage Hall

Thank you for making this event successful. To all the bakers, bidders and buyers, thank you for supporting our young people's performing arts programs. Special thanks to our sponsor, Phoenix Medical Products for making this event possible and to First United Methodist Church for the use of their fellowship hall. Thanks to The Tomahawk, WMCT and The Mountain Sentinel for their support.

Sincerely,
The Heritage Hall Board of Directors
Kathy Henderson-chair

USS Columbus shipmate reunion September 12-16

Navy and Marine Corps shipmate who served on the USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS Columbus (SSN-762) past and present, if you would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Home number is (260)486-2281 from 8 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time. Fax number is (260) 492-9771. Email Hope4391@frontier.com.
USS Columbus CA-74/CG-12/SSN-762 Reunion on September 12 – September 16, 2012 at Holiday Inn Portland Airport, Portland Oregon. Please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505. Home number is (260) 486-2221 8AM to 5PM Eastern Time. Fax number is (260) 492-9771.

Sincerely,
Frederick A. Fenzel
Public Relations Officer
USS Columbus Veterans Assn.
145 Newport Street
Arlington, MA 02476
781-648-8790
fnfenzell@verizon.net

ACTION says thanks for disposing of unwanted drugs

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition would like to thank everyone in Johnson County who brought unused /unwanted prescriptions to the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28th, 2012. The data is being tallied by the coalition and an article will be written concerning those numbers and kinds of medications that were turned over to our local law enforcement in the near future. We would also like to thank Bud and Christy from Family Prescription and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for partnering with A.C.T.I.O.N. to host this event.

Johnson County A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition

SADD Club appreciates help with Safety Month events

The SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the A.C.T.I.O.N. Coalition would like to thank all who were involved in the Safety Month events at JCHS. Special thanks go to JCHS Security and Mr. Quave for his expertise with the Click It & Ticket Program, Kim Crosswhite and State Farm Insurance for supporting the program, Amanda Mullins and the Teen Health Council at JCHS for helping with the event, Jack Cress and Mountain View Exxon for supplying a wrecked car for the mock crash scene, Mountain City Fire Department for supplying a fire truck, Johnson County Sheriff’s Department for supplying officers for the Click It & Ticket event and mock crash scene, Willie DeBord for supplying EMS vehicles and manpower, and Paula Walter for taking pictures for us. The events were a great success and we would like to say thank you!

SADD Club Advisor,
Angie Dickens

Reader upset with Obama for supporting gay marriage

President Obama became the first president in our history to support same-sex marriage. As a Christian Sociologist who has studied the family I'm upset Obama wants to devalue marriage and take away the rights of children to have both a mother and father they need. I agree with the black leader who said, “The institution of marriage in human history has always been for the purpose of procreation and socialization and two people of the same sex can't fill either bill.”
Every major religion for over 5000 years has viewed homosexuality as unnatural, unwise and a offense against God. Obama is in effect saying “Stupid ancestors, stupid Tennesseans, stupid God, what did they know?” God does have a right to take away a homosexual couple’s right to be joined in holy matrimony because He alone decides what is holy.
Because of their control of the major media and Hollywood, homosexuality has gone from being illegal in about every state 40 years ago to being celebrated in every state today. People don't even know that homosexuality is so unhealthy the Red Cross won't accept their blood. While Christianity sees homosexuality as an adjective, the media says it's a noun. Liberals (like Obama) and some churches now celebrate homosexuality. However the Bible teaches homosexuality is like any other temptation that God calls people to resist. The Bible teaches it's the deliverance from temptation Christians and churches must celebrate, not its proud and eager embrace.
Christianity teaches feelings and emotions aren't a dependable source for determining right and wrong. C.S. Lewis said actions are more powerful then emotions and anyone you keep acting loving to you will feel love for. Many feel more love for their pets then anyone because they act more loving to their pet. In the Bible, love is an action and Jesus showed that love by paying for all our sins on the cross. Jesus loves everyone including homosexuals and has changed everyone who seeks Him-including homosexuals. We know homosexuality isn't genetic because often one identical twin is a homosexual while another isn't. Still homosexuals say they where born homosexual. The good news is with Jesus everyone including homosexuals can be born again.
For more info see www.exodusinternational.org or www.truthwinsout.org. As Christians our job isn't to fix people or make them nice but to tell them about Jesus. As C.S. Lewis said, “We must not suppose that even if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved souls.” Nice people go to Hell if Jesus hasn't made them new by forgiving their sins. Some Christians and churches have spoken the truth about the sin of homosexuality but failed to extend Jesus-like compassion to those struggling, while some churches have rejected the truth and have married homosexuals and celebrated their homosexuality. Both are wrong, Jesus is 100 percent grace and love and 100 percent truth. If we fail to represent any part of that we fail to represent Jesus.

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton, TN

A Sunday morning drive told me what is wrong with us

The Tomahawk's recent Question Of The Week, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” was a real zinger, and the answers were mostly right on the money. I particularly agreed with the lady who said, “Too much government, not enough God.”
Our country has had a lot of problems in the past few years and lately everyone wants to blame President Obama. But it's not all his fault. If Senator McCain had won the election, we would still be hurting. If Governor Romney wins in November, our nation will still be in trouble. Our country started the down hill slide before the President was even born. I didn't vote for him, won't vote for him, but I'm not going to blame Obama for our nation's decline.
My wife had surgery a while back and couldn't go to our church that week. I decided to only attend Sunday School and head back home to insure she was okay. My 14 mile ride at 11:00 a.m. shed a lot of light on why our country is falling apart.
The parking lots at Food Lion, Save-A-Lot, Food Country, Fred's and Dollar General were packed. I must have passed a dozen trucks towing boats, the car washes had folks waiting in line, the ATMs were busy, the restaurants were packing them in and I saw hundreds of cars leisurely heading along life's highway. That was a sad 25 minute drive considering that Johnson County has a higher average of church going folk than the larger towns and cities.
God is slowly withdrawing His hand from America, and we deserve it! Unless we start putting the Lord Jesus Christ first in our lives, we are doomed as a nation. The great Evangelist of the past, Billy Kelly said it best…. “God is still on His throne, the reins are in His hands, and everything is running right on time!” We've got trouble folks, and the answer is in the Savior of the King James Bible, not Washington DC.

Jim Koenig
Mountain City

Wherefore art thou, President Obama?

Millions of Americans are not looking for a job any more. They have no unemployment benefits left, either discouraged or early retirement as their only option has left fewer people working than back in 1980!
Would anyone hazard a guess as to what the actual unemployment is in our country? Thirty-eight of our seniors age 65 or over are unemployed! Twenty-four percent of black men age 18-24 are jobless.
Now hear this! The Bureau of Labor counts a person part of the labor force if they have a job or have looked for one in the last four weeks!
Why did Obama go to Canada to buy two (two million each) buses for he and his staff to tour Texas? Remember there is a Detroit, Mr. President!
In fact, why did Obama give China the contract to rebuild our bridges and infrastructure?
Listen, America, to Karzai laughing about getting all of his billions over the next 10 years from our president! Why not share this horrible agreement with us, Mr. President? Why blackmail us to eventually leave when our country has already sacrificed so much?
We are now in the throes of big time inflation. Our dollar keeps losing value and groceries keep going higher. Gas prices so high that travel and vacations are prohibitive.
Just where and what is our energy program? Don’t we have about 35,000 people now employed to solve this problem?
I am afraid to look forward to four more years of your administration when I review the past three! Only goodbye.

Ed Cook

TEA Party is concerned with direction of country

Since their inception in 2008, TEA parties across the nation have been actively watching and affecting county and state legislatures, culminating in the success of the 2010 election. Now, according to most television news stations and newspapers, the Tea Party is dead. Nothing could be further from the truth.The fact is, “TEA Party” (Taxed Enough Already) is only a name given to common, everyday Americans who are concerned about the direction in which their country is moving. If you believe the government should be increasing drilling for natural gas and oil to keep prices lower, and should not be cutting oil drilling permits on public controlled land; the government should not interfere with our religious beliefs; hunting and fishing rights should be protected; your land should be yours, protected from death taxes and Agenda 21; the military must remain strong and our warriors should receive the respect and benefits they’ve earned; a safety net must be provided for all children and disabled; taxes are too high and the government must stop wasting money; health care prices should be as low as possible and purchase should be available to all, then you are a part of a majority of Americans which include the Tea Party groups.
Here in Johnson County, TEA party attendees are folks who are concerned about these issues and are farmers, nurses, realtors, teachers, business owners, ministers, veterans and many parents and grandparents who are alarmed that their children and grandchildren may inherit a country where American liberty and prosperity will be compromised. These folks do more than meet and discuss. Because of this dedication and commitment of everyday people like these, the Tennessee legislature (this year) passed the following: Nullification of ObamaCare in the State of Tennessee (signed into law), Schools in Tennessee must institute curriculum on American History and courses in Civics where the Founding Documents (i.e. U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers) are required for all students (signed into law).
On April 4, 2012, the Tennessee Senate voted 24-8 and passed Bill SB 893, Creationism/Evolution, which would allow teachers to help students “understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the strength and weaknesses of existing scientific theories like biological evolution, global warming, and human cloning.”- Senator Bo Watson. The Health Care Compacts topic was shown as a presentation by TEA Party Patriots’ Jenny Beth Martin at the Knoxville, TN Summit in December, 2010. This is a formal governmental agreement between two states and must have approval from Congress, but not the President. Once in place, they would supersede Federal laws that exceed the Constitution Enumeration of Powers in the US Constitution. This has not yet passed is on the fast track.
The TEA Party is a conglomerate group, made up of conservatives, independents, libertarians, and even non-politicals that believe in the Constitution, and want any changes in our laws to be Constitution based. If you have questions or would like to join in discussions, the group meets every 4th Tuesday. This month we meet on April 24th at 6:30 pm at the American Legion on Church Street. Newcomers are welcome. Sandwiches, tea and coffee will be served.

Laura Comeaux
Rod Huff
Jeanne Courtney

Let's keep our teens driving safely all year

I would like to thank the students and advisors involved in SADD of Johnson County for raising awareness about teen driving throughout May, which is National Youth Traffic Safety Month.
More than 5,000 people die in car crashes involving teen drivers each year, and the number of deaths in 2009 in our state should trouble all Tennesseans. The “License to Save” report issued by The Allstate Foundation indicates more than 158 people died in Tennessee in 2009 in crashes involving teen drivers. It is the work of teens and advisors such as those involved in SADD of Johnson County who can help us change the culture of teen driving in our state.
While I am grateful for the awareness raised during National Youth Traffic Safety Month, teen safe driving is a year-round campaign. I lead the Tennessee Teen Safe Driving Coalition and we work all year to educate parents, teens and others about how to develop safe teen drivers. I encourage everyone interested in teen driving to join us and end this public safety epidemic. Together, we can save lives not just in May but every month of the year.

Sonya Manfred
Tennessee Teen Safe Driving Coalition Leader