Monday, February 8, 2010

Uh Oh.. Here Comes the Saints Fans!

Who dat? Who dat? Who dat talkin' 'bout beatin' dem SAINTS?
Who dat? Who dat? Who dat talkin' 'bout beatin' dem SAINTS?
Who dat? Who dat? Who dat talkin' 'bout beatin' dem SAINTS?

Rosemary Gray

Detroit Appreciates Douglass Alumni Association's Website:

Dear Calvin:

I am an avid follower of the Current News and Events section. I must say you and the Committee are doing a fantastic job and I commend you.

I just finished viewing the photos from Mrs. Willie Kate Bradford's suprise birthday party. Here again, you have done a great job.

I too, would like to send a belated birthday wish to Mrs. Bradford.

I hope you and The Committee will continue to provide this great service, not only to the community,Kingsport area, but to the State of Tennessee.

We all thank you.


Alan (Mickey) Watterson

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Volunteers applauded - Letter to the Editor

Once again, Mark Kilgore, James “Moose” Henry and Jason Wilburn helped pull off another successful community event. I am New Vision youth director, and these guys have been with me, and Mrs. Veronica Camp, our parent representative for New Vision Youth, from day one. We’ve been together, always supporting our youth and community when asked to help out. I’ve never got no for an answer. Their humbleness I cannot express.
New Vision Youth applauds them with thanks and love. You can always count on them for help and support in the community. I give Mark Kilgore extra thanks for all the hard work he does with the Kingsport Parks and Recreation and other athletics programs.
Thanks to all the organizations that participated in the candlelight vigil and Calvin Sneed and the pastors and mayor. To the community and the people that support New Vision Youth, thanks. May God bless you all and continue to support New Vision Youth.
Johnnie Mae Swagerty

Thanks for support - Letter to the Editor

The Full Gospel Mission Church and the Kitchen of Hope thanks all the churches, schools, volunteers, organizations, businesses, families and individuals, and the Almighty up above — our dear Lord Jesus for your support and dedication to the Kitchen of Hope.
If it wasn’t for all of you helping out and donations and food the Kitchen of Hope couldn’t have made it through your support and dedication and a many thanks to Mrs. Nellie Roberts for her hard work and dedication. Thanks to everyone.

Geraldine Swagerty

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Give Obama support he deserves - Letter to the Editor

I wholeheartedly agree with Cecelia Henderson in Sunday’s letter to the editor. We sat by as George Bush ran this country into the ground and took care of his cronies, the same cronies that are trying to undermine President Obama. One year is not enough time to undo eight years of gerrymandering by Bush. Given the chance and our support, President Obama can make a difference. All politicians need to stop thinking about themselves and start representing their constituents. The Democrats need to stop being so wishy-washy and support the president. I see a good man fighting against the tide of the same good-old-boy politics. We need to give him a chance to do the job he was elected to do and strongly support him.

Cheryl Luis

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"LIFE WITHOUT BLACK PEOPLE" - A Lesson for Black History Month

A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away.

They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.

At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they said No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The "NEW AMERICA" is not America at all-only a barren land.

1. There are very few crops that have flourished because the nation was built on a slave-supported system.

2. There are no cities with tall skyscrapers because Alexander Mils, a black man, invented the elevator, and without it, one finds great difficulty reaching higher floors.

3. There are few if any cars because Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, Joseph Gambol, also black, invented the Super Charge System for Internal Combustion Engines, and Garrett A. Morgan, a black man, invented the traffic signals.

4. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another black man, Albert R. Robinson.

5. Even if there were streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.

6. There were few if any newspapers, magazines and books because John Love invented the pencil sharpener, William Purveys invented the fountain pen, and Lee Barrage invented the Type Writing Machine W. A. Love invented the Advanced Printing Press. They were all, you guessed it, Black.

7. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the Postmarking and Canceling Machine, William Purveys invented the Hand Stamp and Philip Downing invented the Letter Drop.

8. The lawns were brown and wilted because Joseph Smith invented the Lawn Sprinkler and John Burr the Lawn Mower.

9. When they entered their homes, they found them to be poorly ventilated and poorly heated. You see, Frederick Jones invented the Air Conditioner and Alice Parker the Heating Furnace.

Their homes were also dim. But of course, Lewis Lattimer later invented the Electric Lamp, Michael Harvey invented the lantern and Granville T. Woods invented the Automatic Cut off Switch.

Their homes were also filthy because Thomas W. Steward invented the Mop and Lloyd P. Ray the Dust Pan.

10. Their children met them at the door-barefooted, shabby, motley and unkempt. But what could one expect?
Jan E. Matzelinger invented the Shoe Lasting Machine, Walter Sammons invented the Comb, Sarah Boone invented the Ironing Board and George T. Samon invented the Clothes Dryer.

11. Finally, they were resigned to at least have dinner amidst all of this turmoil. But here again, the food had spoiled because another Black Man, John Standard invented the refrigerator.

Now, isn't that something? What would this country be like without the contributions of Blacks, as African-Americans? Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "by the time we leave for work, Americans have depended on the inventions from the minds of Blacks." Black history includes more than just slavery, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey & W.E.B. Dubois.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

And Then... the Fight Started....

My wife sat down on the sofa next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?'
I said, 'Dust.'

And then the fight started...


My wife and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"
"No," she answered.
I then said, "Is that your final answer?"
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."

And then the fight started....


Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a
torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather
out there is terrible."

My loving wife of 5 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started...


I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed
and little things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn't
believe it.... He was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, "I AM NOT HAPPY!!!"

So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"

And then the fight started........


My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.'

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started...


My wife and I were sitting at a table at my school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, 'Do you know her?' 'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.'

'My Gosh!' says my wife, 'who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'

And then the fight started...


A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.... She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replied, 'Your eyesight's darn near perfect.'

And then the fight started....