Letters: Thanking Good Samaritans

Johnson City Press • May 29, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Thanking Good Samaritans

Two weeks ago, I had a nasty bike accident on the Tweetsie Trail. Two strangers, one I believe to be Mr. Luther Brooks, were very instrumental in calling the Carter County Rescue Squad for me and making sure my wife was able to get to the ER in Johnson City.

I would like to connect with Mr. Brooks and his companion to extend my gratitude and let them know how much I appreciate them taking the time and effort to help two other strangers.

Also, thanks to Chad and Shelby of the CCRS and the ER staff at the Johnson City Medical Center who made my experience a lot less painful.


Taylor right about refugees

With reference to the refugee question, Anita Taylor was right all along about this issue. The last thing this area needs is hundreds of refugees.

This is the most difficult times I have ever witnessed. Millions are out of work with no end in sight.

She was one of the first to look after the local people, and they should get behind her and support her.

When it comes to vote, remember the local elected officials who tried so hard to push their ideas of refugee resettlement through.

There will be much change and downsizing and cutbacks. All we can do is float it out.


Mr. Tester was friend, leader

Throughout our short time on earth, we will come in contact with some very special people that make an unforgettable impression on our lives. One such person that made an impact on me was Mr. C. Herman Tester.

He not only was well-known in the Gray-Sulphur Springs communities as school principal at Sulphur Springs School and Daniel Boone High School, but he was widely known throughout the Washington County School System as an outstanding educator. He was firm, yet fair. He cared about the success of all children — the children from varying degrees of background.

Often, Mr. Tester did things for children and families that no one knew about. He stood out as a coach, teacher, principal, mentor, friend, and family man. He always stayed true to high standards morally and academically.

He was a genuine educator; not only in knowledge, but in skills to help students function in everyday life. I remember him for his wealth of historical knowledge; it was amazing. He knew the children, where they lived, and how they were progressing. He did this throughout his teaching career.

I knew Mr. Tester during my tenure as a teacher at SSS. I knew his family as wife, Nancy, taught beside me, and was fortunate to have taught his sons, Rob and Roland. Family life was a high priority to him. He doted on his two granddaughters, Louise and Emma.

This gentle giant will be sorely missed in our community. However, many will reflect back on their connections to him with fond memories. I knew Mr. Tester for many years; however I never called him Herman. Out of the highest level of respect, he was always Mr. Tester to me. I am thankful that I was privileged to call him my friend. Blessings to his dear family.