Wednesday, October 20

Letters to the Editor

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Coronavirus resources

Your article (May 2020, page 7) references an “emergency universal income payment,” but my check from the U.S. Treasury says “economic impact payment.” Just sayin’.

Words do matter.

— Rhonda Rasmussen, Holston EC

Author’s note:

Ms. Rasmussen: I couldn’t agree with you more — words do matter. Communicating about the pandemic has been difficult because the details change quickly. I researched and wrote the article on page 7 of the May 2020 issue just days after Congress voted on the first round of stimulus actions and several weeks before the checks arrived in mailboxes. At the time, there was no consistent language about what the payment would be called — some lawmakers and media outlets referred to it as an “economic impact payment” where others used the phrase “emergency universal income payment.” I chose to go with the latter because I felt it was the most accurate description — an emergency income payment being distributed universally to all Americans.

The goal of the article was simple: to help Tennessee families and businesses who are facing financial hardships find access to resources to help them with their energy bills. I am hopeful we accomplished that regardless of the phrase used.

— Trent Scott

Rescheduled events

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our quilt show this year. Please remove the Smoky Mountain Quilters 40th Annual Quilt Show from your calendar of events. It was scheduled for July 31 and Aug. 1.

Thank you,

— Judee Shuler, Oliver Springs

Editor’s note:

We understand many events will either be cancelled or rescheduled this year in response to coronavirus and social distancing requirements. We will try to update each event on our website as we receive new information. Please send your changes to

For visitors, it is also strongly recommended to call ahead to confirm any event information prior to attending.

Finding the Flag

Ever since I was a small child, I can remember anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Tennessee Magazine. Everyone in my family, including my grandparents, knows that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the newest edition in order to find the hidden state flag. While some proved more difficult than others, you could always count on an enjoyable challenge. But lately I can’t help but notice the ridiculous ease with which the flags can be located, making me question if any effort is being applied to the flag hiding anymore. So as an avid reader and fan of The Tennessee Magazine, I thought I might propose a few solutions. Maybe your flag hider is tired and a new one needs to be hired. I’m sure it is hard finding a new hiding place every edition so maybe you need to hire someone with some fresh ideas. Maybe the person hiding the flag is trying to keep it easy enough for children of all ages. If that is the case, then maybe you can start hiding two flags: one a more difficult challenge for adults and a junior flag for children to find.

I appreciate you taking the time to consider my suggestions.


— Reagan Qualls, Meriwether Lewis EC

Editor’s note:

It sounds as if you’ve become an expert flag finder. While some months are easier than others, we do try to make it challenge for everyone. We will work harder to be sneaky!

Photo identification

I would like to comment on the picture on page 31 of the May 2020 issue that questions if the man in the top right corner is Banks Turner. I have done extensive research on Turner. I have family connections to him and have found several pictures of him during my research, including the composite picture of him as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly. If Mr. Carey will pull up that picture, he will have no doubt that the man on the far left is Banks Turner. Since it was Banks who brought the vote for suffrage out of committee for two votes before Harry Burns joined him on the third and the suffragists cheered when Banks declared his vote, there is little doubt that they would be shaking his hand.

— Gwen McCaffrey McReynolds, Southwest Tennessee EMC

Editor’s note:

We suspect you are right, but the reason we said that accounts vary is that we got the photo from the National Woman’s Party, and it is that group’s cut-line we used.

Suffrage activists thank members of the Tennessee General Assembly after the suffrage vote in August 1920. From left, the women are Catherine Flanagan, Anita Pollitzer, Betty Gram and Sue Shelton White. Rep. Thomas Simpson is shaking Gram’s hand, and Rep. Harry Burn is shaking Pollitzer’s hand. The man on the far left is either Rep. Banks Turner or Assistant House Clerk Frank Griffith; accounts vary. Photo: National Woman’s Party

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