Letters to the Editor

Reader inquires about The Tomahawk archives and Tip Top Hotel

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

I have been wondering how far back do the archives go?

I was interested in the story in the paper a few weeks ago. I had been talking to people about the telephone office when it was on the second floor of the building across from the old hardware store. I was small then and I remember my Aunt Margaret Spivey worked there sometimes on the night shift. She would let me come up there and I would sit in the window on the front of the building and watch the people down on the street. The switchboard was like the ones you see on The Waltons. I just wondered if anyone else remembered when it was like that.

I have another question. Does anyone remember the Tip Top Hotel, O.B. Haney, Proprietor, Mountain City? I have an envelope addressed to my grandpa dated April 1, 1921. Itís got a one-cent stamp on it. I donít know whose picture is on it. Maybe someone can give me information on this.

Dear Ms. Phillips,

Thank you for your letter with memories of Mountain City many years ago. We love to hear from our readers at any time, but especially those of you that can tell us interesting stories that take us back to earlier times.

In answer to your question about our archives, The Tomahawk has bound issues of the paper starting in 1955. They are available for viewing, but we do appreciate a phone call ahead of time. Most times our archives contain the only copy of the older editions, so we are understandably quite protective of them.

We hope some of our readers remember the Tip Top Hotel and can answer your questions about it.

Thank you again, Ms. Phillips, for sharing your memories with us.

Angie A. Gambill

Editor, The Tomahawk

Thank you,
Thelma Phillips

Community Foundation thankful for support for local sponsors

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor:

The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) would like to thank all of the sponsors who supported the 10th Annual Johnson County Talent Show. These businesses, organizations, and individuals, not only support JCCF, but they also help make it possible for our talented young people to perform in a professional setting.

Platinum Plus Sponsors of $500 or more were Triple C Transportation, Danny Herman Trucking, Inc., and Danny Herman. Platinum Sponsors of $200 were Bob and Minnie Miller, Elizabethton Federal, Farmers State Bank, Herman Enterprises, LLC, Johnson County Bank, Heritage Hall, Mark Sijthoff, Maymead, Inc. Mountain City Medical Center in memory of Bill Eller, and Swan James. Gold Sponsors of $100 included Betty Brown, Levi Retirees Club, Mountain City Funeral Home, Mullins Real Estate & Auction, and Wednesday Music Club. Silver Sponsorship of $50 was Johnson County Farm Bureau. Hardeeís and McDonaldís of Mountain City provided gift certificates to the students who received Honorable Mention. We encourage people to support these businesses who in turn support local events.

In addition, the talent show would not have been nearly as successful without the help of the school systemís music teachers, Kim Franklin, Melissa Hight, Nancy Davis, Michael Eggers, Kathy Ransom, Homeschool, along with Charles Lentz, principal of Laurel Elementary. We also appreciate the coverage given to the talent show by The Tomahawk and WMCT. We value the Heritage Hall volunteers, who give so much of their time and a special thanks to Dan Gill, Alice Glenn and Bob Morrison along with his helper, Chase McGlamery. Jeanie Royston was a great asset for being the contact person.

JCCF is made up of volunteers who love Johnson County and give their time and money to support scholarships, youth leadership, schools, and non-profit organizations in Johnson County. Anyone wishing to make a donation to JCCF or discuss leaving something in their will to JCCF should contact Wanda Payne, President of JCCF at 727-1054.

Carol Stout
Talent Show Chair
JCCF Board Member