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To Honor a Good Man

Saundra Kelley • Sep 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Jim Poland, well-known and beloved by many in the Tri-Cities area, took a fall in April that rendered him paralyzed and unable to speak. Since that time, with his wife, storyteller Linda Poland at his side, he has endured countless hours of therapy in an effort to regain life as he knew it. At present, he and Linda are at the Shepherd Clinic in Atlanta, where he is undergoing specific spinal injury therapy.

Some years ago, Jim and Linda bought an old property in Telford, and had set up housekeeping when Jim got an offer he couldn't refuse. They put the house up for sale and moved to Texas, but they couldn't get East Tennessee out of their minds. Finally, he resigned from the new position and they returned to their home in Telford where they have remained to this day.

I am writing this article because I benefited from their kindness when I tore the meniscus in my right knee. They were especially kind to me, and I've never forgotten it. I am quite certain that I am far from the only person they have ministered to in the thirty years they have been a part of this community.

Both are active members of the Jonesborough United Methodist Church. Jim is a chemical company sales representative, while Linda, who is a popular storyteller and a founding member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, runs Positive Solutions Tours. She is also the Resident Storyteller for the Town of Jonesborough.

In an effort to show our appreciation for Jim and Linda, the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild is hosting an afternoon of storytelling that will feature an auction and some of our founding members as well. This event will take place at Embree House Historic Farm at 142 Matthews Mill in Telford from 3-7 p.m. Sept. 28. For more information, go to www.storytellersguild.org, or call 913-2166.

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