Letters to the Editor

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Cover to Cover

I really enjoy your magazine, reading it from cover to cover the day it arrives. Thank you for your relevant, well-written product. Keep up the great work.

Gail Spragins, Linden
Meriwether Lewis EC


Story Ideas

My husband and I moved here from Michigan and love the state with the exception of one thing. We don’t understand why trash is thrown out on the roadsides all over the state. We pick up trash on our road at least three times a year, and it is a constant battle. It seems to be mostly beer bottles and cans, fast food containers and soft drink cans. But we have also found lighters, tires, mattresses and even a toilet. We just don’t understand!

Your magazine promotes the state and its beauty. Could you help in some way by doing a story about this trash problem and how it destroys the beauty of an otherwise spectacular state?

Laurie Jeffrey, Medina
Gibson EMC

Tennessee is home to more than 10,000 caves. Many people are uneducated on the ecological significance caves hold as well as the variety of creatures that call them home. I am president of the Upper Cumberland Grotto, a caving organization, and I would love to see a story on cave preservation as well as suggestions on proper caving procedures. We promote respectful caving, always with landowners’ permission. We do cleanups and trash removals and would like to see as many people as possible gain perspective on the natural treasures we hold underground and the importance of protecting those areas.

Natasha Moseley, Cookeville
Upper Cumberland EMC

Editor’s note: Some of our best story ideas come from readers. We wish we could cover them all but don’t always have the space. Thank you for the story ideas about the littering problem and caves. We will try to follow up on both suggestions.

Keep ’em coming! Anyone can submit story ideas. Please send them to storyidea@tnmagazine.org.


Poetry

I would like to suggest an improvement to the Poetry page: that the second- and third-place winners, even though they don’t get their poems published in the magazine, at least get their names printed in recognition of having placed. In that way, they will know that they have won without having to go online, and it also would be a nice way to recognize them.

Anna Kurschner, Somerville
Chickasaw EC


Duplicates

I get two magazines every month and have for a long time now. Please just send one. Thank you!

Jeanie Weldon, Newbern
Gibson EMC

Editor’s note: If you receive duplicate copies of The Tennessee Magazine, it is usually because you have more than one account at your electric cooperative. To eliminate the duplicates, just call your co-op and make the request.


Subscriptions

I was reading the letters to the editor and saw where one lady was not a member of the local electric cooperative and could get the magazine. I would also like the magazine. My niece in another county sends it to me or brings copies when she visits. I love the recipes.

Thanks very much.
Effie Marie Raines, Nashville

Editor’s note: If you are not a member of a local electric cooperative, you can subscribe to The Tennessee Magazine. Rates are $15 per year or $30 for three years. You can mail a check or money order along with your name and address to:

The Tennessee Magazine
Subscriptions
P.O. Box 100912
Nashville, TN 37224

You also have the option of calling our office at 615-367-9284 and paying for a subscription using your MasterCard or Visa.

Finally, if you prefer to pay using PayPal, you can go to our website, www.tnmagazine.org, and order a subscription.

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About Author

Robin Conover

Robin Conover has spent the last 23 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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