Cancer Center says thanks to Kerry and Sandra Gentry

For the last five years, two of Mountain City’s residents, Kerry and Sandra Gentry have given of their time, talents, and resources to participate in Celebrate Spring “A Mountain Retreat for Women with Cancer.”  The retreat is sponsored by Blount Memorial Cancer Center in Maryville. They have entertained more than 600 women. Laughter, fellowship and fun are never in short supply when Sandra and Kerry are in the house. Helping teach women there is life after cancer is their goal. The special attention they give to the ladies during their program cannot be described in words.
The dedication they have given to our program is truly a blessing to me and to our program. Mountain City should be very proud of their efforts and their representation of Mountain City and the caliber of people that are a part of your community. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Carmen McCloud
Director, Blount Memorial Cancer Center
Maryville, TN

Thanks to all who helped close Cloud 9 Emporium

Yeah! It’s over!
I want to thank everyone who played a role in anyway in the closing of “Cloud 9 Emporium.” You should all feel very, very proud of yourselves. To those of you who stood by and did nothing, “shame on you.” This situation should open your eyes to what is possible when a community stands up to right a wrong. What we do does not have to be obvious. Write a letter to your legislature, inform your friends and neighbors, instruct your children to the dangers surrounding them. Just do something! To do nothing simply condones the wrong.
I want to especially thank our Sheriff Mike Reece. His diligence and perseverance certainly paid off. We may not always know what our law enforcement is doing behind the scenes, but we have to be grateful that they always have our backs.
Thank you, Mountain City.

Barbara Freyermuth

Primaries, caucuses and parties: ‘I feel your pain’

These comments were sent to the Editor of the Oak Ridger regarding his unhappiness expressed in his Editorial on 21 January 2010, entitled “Caucus mistake by Dems repeated by Anderson’s GOP”.
Primaries, Caucuses & Parties
As they like to say, “I feel your pain”. You have definitely hit on the main problem with the process of nominating candidates for our elected public officials.
As people who study history have learned, this problem started only a few decades after the ratification of our Constitution. The first semblance of “parties” began with the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans with opposing “philosophies” that have not much changed even today.
As observers from both parties have noted, opinions differ widely, even within their own parties.
That is why they pay so much attention to the “centrists”, “independents”, or other labels you want to lay on people like me who have “voted for the lesser of two evils” for decades.
We non-party people do not care about “party platforms”. Rather, we are always interested in the ISSUES of the day. It therefore becomes possible for an independent voter to want 50% of the views of Party “A”, and 50% of the views of Party “B”. What to do? What to do? Neither choice satisfies. This is especially true when they don’t even follow through with the promises they make. This voter certainly does not want to join a party to “gang up” on those who disagree with me.
Voting for “A” or “B” has been the only choice we have had. Why? Because the parties that have gained power have manipulated our political system to make it hard for an “independent” candidate to have a chance, financially, and because many in the media today continue to belittle these candidates, rather than truly presenting to the public what these people intend to do, or not do, if elected. And if all that were not enough, the Party Incumbents “gerrymander” districts to favor their candidate, giving even less and less meaning to the term “representative”, and make rules to make it hard to get a non-Dem, non-GOP candidate on the ballot.

There is a solution, if people will just take the time to consider giving up their past “loyalties”, putting some time in studying the issues in depth, “nominating” a candidate that is in MOST agreement with their views, THEN putting that candidate on the ballot, as a NON-PARTY CANDIDATE. Note the difference here….we DON’T mean a “third party candidate”. Further, the andidate in such a process would not be allowed to accept donations from anyone of more that $100.
Interested? Check out in depth. Be warned! If you first think it is a possibility, be ready to spend some time answering the 100 questions on the ISSUES. It is not an easy task. It shouldn’t be. Imagine YOU being in the elected seat and having to make the decision.

If you like it, and want to help make it work, contact the state coordinator, Andy Andrew, who can be found on the web site. I have personally participated in one of the “mock candidate selection” meetings, and I can attest to the enthusiasm of the 95 people present in a 2.5hr meeting that was anything but boring. The best measurement of that comment would be that the local reporter and his photographer stayed for the entire 2.5hrs….something they rarely do. They sensed the enthusiasm, stayed, and hence did a great job of reporting on this meeting.

Robert Humphries,
Oak Ridge, TN

CS/ME, Fibromyalgia Day coming up May 12

Walk in the light of your fearlessness. May 12th is Awareness Day for CS/ME and Fibromyalgia. These illnesses diminish the lives of those surviving them each day. Many are left bedridden, housebound or in isolation. I’ve met many such survivors, each brave beyond words.
Many times we feel disconnected from everyone due to chronic illness. We can’t always express how or what we feel to others. This leaves us frustrated and alone in a room filled with people. We reach deep inside to see a part of us that many people never need to find. We hold on tight to places in our mind where many people never need to go. Survival is a daily task. Peace, at many times, can be a strange to us.
As I think of those surviving chronic illness, I am reminded of how brave you are. You are not your illness. You are a mighty sword of a warrior going to battle each day for your life. You’re not your harmful thoughts, for they are imposed onto your mind. Yet, as a mighty sword, you are greater than those awful thoughts that enter the mind and effect your body and life. Together we stand, far apart we fall. We each give to the other the strength to move forward even when we would rather lay down and quit.
You show your strength and courage with each breath you take, every obstacle you overcome, each time you learn new ways to cope. You are fearless, even in your pain, for you move ever forward, despite it all.
All of your adversity has rebuilt you, mind, body and spirit. Allow the reality of this truth to wash over you. You are heroes of an unique kind, taking a journey down a very winding road. With uncertainty around every curve, you rise to the occasion with grace. Walk in the light of your fearlessness, for you are the description of courage.

Clarissa Shepherd

Trade VFD expresses gratitude to United Way

The Trade Fire Department would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the United Way fund-raising campaign. This benefits so many worthwhile organizations in our county. One of the good things is that you know where your donations go. They stay right here in our county None goes to the headquarters to pay salaries like so many other organizations do. We would like to thank all of the United Way volunteers who give of their valuable time to make this possible. They are doing their share to help other organizations achieve their much needed goals. We encourage all to continue your faithful support and thank you very much for your donations.

Michael Reece,
Chief of Trade, VFD

Fifth grader in Iowa wants Tennessee memorabilia

Hi! My name is Brock H. I’m a fifth grade student at Harlan Itermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the geography and history of my country. I love your state because I was just down there for a wedding and I am a fan of the Tennessee Titans. I would appreciate it if you would send me a souvenir, some postcards, and any information on the state of Tennessee.
My teacher, Mrs. Newlin, would love a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time! Thanks!

Mrs. Newlin’s Social Studies Class
Harlan Intermediate School
1401 19th St., Harlan, Iowa 51537

Editor’s note: How about it, Johnson County? Can we show this fifth grade student in Iowa how proud we are of our state by helping him out? Let’s send some encouraging letters, beautiful picture postcards and exciting historical information to Brock and his classmates. Just drop your memorabilia and information off to us at The Tomahawk and we will package it up and send it on its way. We will need it by next Friday, April 20, 2012.

Brock H.

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 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 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