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

Thank you for your support of Heating Fund

 I would like to take a moment to thank all of the merchants and individuals who decorated trees on Main Street to benefit the Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund. While the trees were not auctioned off because they become somewhat battered over time, the Heating Fund collected donations totaling $600 because of this generous and festive activity. The trees added a lot of festivity to Main Street for the Christmas season, adding to the ambiance of our town. I would also like to extend a special thanks to all who donated; if you made a donation and need a tax receipt, please contact me at the address below.
Huge thanks are due to everyone who helps keep the Heating fund operating. We would not be able to help anyone if it was not due to the generosity of our community in continued support and donations. We continue to receive donations from individuals, businesses and churches around Johnson County; it is a reminder that this is such a special place full of special people who make the community great. We have already helped 18 seniors this year who would otherwise have been without heat, and we expect many more before the winter is over. If anyone would like to make a direct donation, you can send your contribution to the Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund, care of Gwen Bell, P.O. Box 208, Mountain City, TN 37683.
 If you are a low income senior citizen with an emergency situation which leaves you without heat this winter and would like to be considered for assistance, please contact us and we will get you an application and point you in the right direction.

Thank you,
Gwen Bell, President
Johnson County Emergency Heating Assistance for Seniors Fund

United Way says thanks

You Did It Johnson County!
On behalf of the United Way of Johnson County/Mountain City I would like to offer my sincere appreciation to all of those that were so generous in your donations to the United Way. Being able to fully realize our goal in this tough economy speaks volumes of your compassion and generous spirit.
Your donations will help our volunteer fire fighters, our senior citizens and sponsor children to attend 4-H Camp. Funding will also help support ACTION Coalition, American Red Cross, Safe Haven, Cancer Support and Legal Aid.
What a wonderful accomplishment this is for our community to be so supportive of services that mean so much to us all. If you missed giving, not to worry, you may continue to donate to the United Way and the funds that we receive will go toward helping us reach our goal next year.
Thank you to all our agencies that contribute so much to our county, and I wish to extend a special thank you to our board that has worked so hard for many years. Your service is definitely appreciated.

Ruth Ann Osborne
President, United Way

Abortion ends a life and causes multiple problems

This month liberals (like President Obama) celebrate 39 years of legalized abortion and Christians mourn the loss of over 55 million babies. After 39 years, is there anything most people don’t know about abortion? Yes, there are shocking facts and negative consequences or side effects of abortion that the pro-abortion media refuses to publicize. The media has aborted the truth!
Americans are painfully unaware of the “excruciating pain” the unborn 20-week fetuses suffer during an abortion said Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand. Dr. Anand said by 20 weeks fetuses have developed all the nerve and brain functions to feel pain but none of the coping mechanisms that help infants and adults to deal with the sensation. Even at eight weeks, the fetuses have a heartbeat and brain waves and could feel pain. We declare dead anyone that has no heartbeat or brain waves. Why is the unborn who have both not considered alive?
Pro-abortion violence is more severe then that of pro-lifers. Dr. Brian Clowes says www.abortionviolence.com documents some 12,000 instances of pro-abortion violence. Dr. Clowes reports 550 fatal butchered abortions where women have died. It also includes more than 300 murderers-abortionists killing their wives, killing abortion patients, and killing pro-lifers. Most murders of pregnant women are boyfriends murdering their pregnant girlfriends because they refuse to have abortions.
We need to end abortion, the most violent ongoing evil in America! Compared to pregnant women who had their babies, pregnant women who aborted studies found more life-threatening physical conditions. Abortion can damage reproductive organs resulting in higher reproductive complications and problems with subsequent deliveries such as infertility, stillbirths, miscarriages, and premature births. Studies found increased cancer rates for women who have abortions. Compared to pregnant women who had their babies, pregnant women who aborted studies found they had more psychological conditions. They had six times higher suicide rate. They had 65% higher risk of clinical depression and stress. They had more sleep disorders and eating disorders. They had five times more drug and alcohol abuse. They have more divorce and more relationship problems. A study found 31% had regrets about the abortion and 60% said they felt “part of me died” after their abortion. See www.theunchoice.com. One woman who had an abortion said, “Having your baby is a choice you will never regret.”
They are correct. Part of them did die and so did part of America. How many great people (like computer genius Steve Jobs (who was a candidate for abortion but his mother chose adoption) have been aborted over the last 39 years? America 39 years of denying the truth is long enough!

Daniel Nave

Traveler thankful for honest Butler lady

I wish to tell you about one of our fellow citizens. Traveling to Indianapolis to see my first grandchild in the company of my wife and mother, we stopped at a West Virginia rest stop. Mother took in her purse and left it hanging on a toilet stall door. Later, a lady by the name of Geree Harry from Butler, Tenn., found it. Some two hours later our son informed us that a lady had found mother’s purse. After discussing the situation we asked her to mail the purse back to our home in North Carolina.
In a time when citizens have forgotten “The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his or her weight,” I proudly thank her and those of us who still believe in values that established this country.
If you run into this lady thank her as I do for her honesty and integrity. May God continue to Bless the United States of America.

JR King
North Carolina

Reader believes wealthy should pay their “fair share”

Question: Who was the president of the United States from 1993 to 2000 when: this country prospered with the greatest economic expansion in history? This country had the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years? This country had the lowest poverty rate in 20 years? This country had back-to-back balanced budgets and surpluses for the first time in 42 years? This country was put on a path to eliminate the federal debt within a decade? This country had the lowest crime rate in 25 years?
Answer: William Jefferson Clinton.
It is time the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Their excuse always is if they have to pay taxes they can’t use their money to create jobs. Well, wake up Republicans. G.W. Bush gave the wealthy and corporations their no tax break during his first term as president. At that time everywhere you went were billboards and signs on factories in every city with help wanted signs. Most factories advertised their pay at $14 or more per hour. The wealthy and large corporations used this money to load up their machinery out of their factories and sent it to foreign countries such as China or Korea. Now everywhere you go if you do see a help sign, it is at a fast food restaurant.
Make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes and get this country rolling again.

William A. “Bill” Greer

Community Theatre appreciates community

Johnson County Community Theatre would like to thank everyone that came to see our “A Country Christmas Carol” production at Heritage Hall. We hope that it put you in the spirit of the season! We all had a lot of fun and appreciate your patronage. 
Also, we would like to extend special thanks to The Tomahawk for their awesome coverage of this event. Thank you to WMCT and The Mountain Sentinel for their support of our efforts. 

Sincerely,
Kathy Henderson

Tomahawk commended for supporting community

I would like to take this means to express my appreciation to you for the support your paper gives to the churches and the resulting community ministries.
Through the numerous occasion through out the past year, each initiative was published and our community became aware of what was available. For example:
1- Donation of medical equipment: Our residents donate medical equipment that is no longer being used. This equipment is held until someone needs it. After he or she no longer has a need, the equipment is recycled to the next person. Your support of this program has been nothing less than outstanding.
2- The Angel Food Ministry initiative: Although short lived, would have given our people opportunity to purchase quality food at a reduced rate. Your very excellent write up of this program fully informed or neighbors of the availability. (Note: Currently, we are researching ONE HARVEST food ministry as a replacement and hope to have this in operation in the near future.)
3- Publicizing the AARP Driver Safety Class has assisted 28 of our resident to participate and earn three year Automobile Insurance Discounts, in addition, to reviewing the updated safety and roadway rules.
You have been instrumental in each of these program, and your people have always been very courteous and helpful with every initiative. I would simply like to say that I believe community appreciates you and wishes you continued success and a bright future.

Sincerely,
Harry Cunningham
Senior Coordinator, Roan Creek Baptist Church

We should all get our priorities in line in USA

This past week I read two articles that I found very interesting. They are vastly different, but the differences serve to point out what SHOULD be important in our life versus what we have let become important.
The first article was about a reception in Washington County, Va. The event was a meet and greet event, during which incoming and outgoing board members were briefly honored. The event was held at the Southwest Va. Higher Education Center, at a total cost of $2,617.38.
The second was an article stating that the Pentagon revealed that some partial, incinerated remains of 9/11 victims that could not be identified were sent to a landfill. The report was made by an independent committee that had been asked to investigate practices at the military’s mortuary at Dover, Del., the first stopping point for the fallen troops coming home from war overseas.
The number of victims involved was unclear, but the report said the remains were from people killed when a terrorist-hijacked airliner struck the Pentagon, killing 184 people, and another crashed in Shanksville, Pa., killing 40 in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Has our integrity and duty as a people become so obsolete that having a good time has become uppermost in our lives, and regard for our brother has become mundane? I know one thing, if my child happened to be one of the discarded humans that were in the dead, dumped like so much garbage in a landfill, I would be irate! And as a Christian and My Brothers’ Keeper, I am incensed on behalf of the humans that are in that dump. Why couldn’t the government at least put them in hallowed ground in a cemetery, instead of a landfill with the garbage? What are we becoming as a nation when we are unconcerned at the atrocities happening around us, and our top concern is wasting money on trivial pursuits? Our priorities have changed drastically and we are becoming a people whose hearts are waxing cold to our neighbors plight.
We have prided ourselves as being a God fearing nation with honor and integrity, with love and concern for our fellow man and God at the Helm. We are fast becoming a Godless nation with concern for no one but ourselves. We can’t change other people, only they can do that. But we can change our self. Each journey begins with one step. May Our Heavenly Father have mercy on us all if we don’t start changing the things we can, and become a Christian nation in action instead of words.

Barbara Pennington Poe
Shady Valley, TN

Reader wants more crime coverage in Tomahawk

“What the people don’t know will hurt them.” This statement, being part of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and also a daily insert on the editorial page of the Johnson City Press, and also the parent owners of the Tomahawk newspaper. I find it very ironic that the Tomahawk newspaper is devoid of mentioning news of criminal and unlawful activities that is so prevalent in Johnson County.
When reading the Johnson City Press I find numerous accounts almost daily of criminal activity being reported. Many have pictures, names and addresses of those so charged. These charges list many items of unlawful infractions but the one mostly concerning the residents of Johnson County is the widespread growth of the drug problem. The drug problems in Johnson County leads to a host of other problems such as, the impact it has upon our youth, burglary, broken homes and families as well as destruction of property. The argument that the Tomahawk stopped these listings because they supply papers to the schools and not wanting to expose our children to these problems, is not relevant as the Johnson City Press is a supporter of newspapers in class rooms and far as I know do not have a special censored edition for schools.
The reporting of court cases in the Tomahawk is also a concern of Johnson County residents. The court report is very difficult to read or decipher and to find results of cases tried. The report mostly shows names, case docket numbers and charges with never a hint of penalties of those so charged. Most of the results are normally cited as continued! I would like to point out that the Johnson City Press has a full listing of court case tried in Elizabethton, Johnson City and other localities and the report list the disposition of tried cases.
I find it most difficult to understand how or why the Tomahawk newspaper has taken upon itself to censor what news the residents of Mountain City and Johnson County can read. I, as well as others I have talked with believe the Tomahawk could better serve its reads with actual reporting of the things that are rapidly changing Johnson County for the worse.
The Sunshine Law has been discussed in Nashville about relaxing how our elected official can discuss the business of localities, and the newspaper have been a strong advocate in not weakening these laws. So, in closing we can readily see “what the people don’t know will hurt them.”

Editor’s Note: The Johnson County court report that Mr. Martin refers to is still available on our website at www.thetomahawk.com. He is correct that it no longer appears in the printed version of The Tomahawk per an agreement with our local school system that allows us to put the paper in Johnson County classrooms as a teaching tool under a program called “Newspapers In Education.” However, we take exception to the claim that “criminal activity” is not reported in The Tomahawk, i.e., seven of the nine issues printed this year have had at least one article on the front page concerning issues from drug related arrests to murder investigations. We are in constant communication with our local law officials to bring the news to our readers on a weekly basis in our print edition and a daily basis on our web site and Facebook page.

Charlie E. Martin
Laurel Bloomery, TN

No Mountaintop Removal Mining in TN

I believe Lt. Gov. Ramsey misrepresented the impact of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee's passage of “SB 577” last week, which was still referred to as the TN “Scenic Vistas Protection Act.” In fact, on Feb. 29th, the Senate Energy & Environment Committee radically altered SB 577 before passing it, and the amendments essentially allow “business as usual” including more mountaintop removal (MTR) mining.
More importantly, though, the amended bill will be considered before the full TN Senate on March 8th! Please contact all the Senators and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey before the Senate session begins that day. Ask them to restore and support the original language of the bill (details available from TNLEAF.org, Mar 1 Action Alert) and then pass it!
You may realize that the southern Appalachians are one of the richest regions in the world for biodiversity. Many people use our mountains for outdoor recreation, and for peace of mind and spiritual renewal. Their value for tourism and in maintaining our cultural heritage far exceeds any compensation for a one-time extraction of low-grade coal, especially since the profits go to a company outside of TN.
What about jobs? MTR mining is not like coal mining that was done years ago. It actually reduces the number of people employed in coal mining, and the profits go to corporations in other states. Data from KY, VA, and WV show that people who live in mined areas suffer most directly from the health impacts of air and water pollution and do not benefit economically in the long term. A less destructive form of mining can be used.
Destroying our mountains for a one-time use is poor stewardship of a gift from God. Please let our Senators and Lt. Gov. Ramsey know how you feel before March 8th. Thank you.

Carol Landis
Johnson City

Reader says middle school is as important as high school

I love your papers! You always make sure you have everything that goes on in Johnson County. You put high school and middle school events in, but you don’t put as much middle school stuff in as high school events. I think that middle school is just as important as high school. I would like to see more middle school events. Thank you for your time.

Abby Miller

New ABC show GCB is offensive to Christians

The network ABC has a new primetime soap, GCB, based on the book “Good Christian B*tches.” In World Magazine, Megan Basham said, “None of the foul-mouthed, barely dressed characters on GCB are actual Christians. There’s no question about the intent of creator Darren Starr (Sex and the City). He aims to paint those who profess Jesus with the broadest and ugliest brush he can find.”
Basham said the show uses every lazy stereotype of hypocritical, Bible-belt Bible-thumpers the writers can think of. One of the supposed Christians on the show said that her exposed cleavage helps her cross hang straight and later that the phone isn’t the proper venue for discussing adultery – church is.
If a Christian producer gave similar treatment of Islam or homosexuals, the media and Hollywood celebrity twitter accounts and talk shows would explode from the outpouring accusations of hate speech. They wouldn’t call it only satire.
ABC and other networks have all received awards from gay groups for their favorable treatment of homosexuals. The rare violent acts aimed at homosexuals, blacks, Muslims, etc., regularly generate national soul-searching by the major media. However, more people are killed or beaten throughout the world because they are Christians than all other groups combined. No one in the news media will call for examination of the attitudes toward Christians. It’s taken for granted by the media that making fun of and hating Christians is acceptable and reasonable. Because over 90 percent of the media including the news media have an anti-Christian liberal worldview and agenda, their arguments should be examined carefully. Not only are Christians called to be salt, they are called to test things and take things with a grain of salt! There’s only one kind of news that is completely believable and always true, and it’s the good news of Jesus!

D.D. Nave