Wednesday, October 20

Letters to the Editor

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World War II Veteran Bill Allen

I am new to Tennessee, and one of the first things retrieved from my mailbox, this magazine is the one that really drew my attention because I am from Normandy and grew up near the D-Day beaches. Thank you, Bill!
— Romain Fromage

I would like to speak to Cindy Kent about her article on Bill Allen in The Tennessee Magazine. My older brother was a Navy medic also landing in Normandy much the same as Bill. Looking at the possibility they knew each other. My brother survived and passed away at age 84. Thanks,
— Charles Masey, Brentwood

The story “The Highest Price” was the best story I think has been printed in this magazine. When reading the story, it felt as if you were there with him. Great job!
— Treva Arnold, Duck River EMC

I really enjoyed the article about Bill Allen by Cindy Kent. The article mentions another article or book by Cindy Kent titled “Better Men: Alpha Upsilon in Vietnam.” I would like to find that article. Could you pass this request to Ms. Kent so I may find out how to access her article? Thank you,
— Joe Looney, Duck River EMC

Editor’s Note: We loved meeting Mr. Allen and sharing his harrowing story of service with our readers. If you would like to get in touch with him, please direct your correspondence to The Tennessee Magazine, and we will make sure he receives it. Please include your contact information.
Send mail to: The Tennessee Magazine, Bill Allen, 2964 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204.
Direct emails to Robin Conover at
For more information on the Vietnam-era stories of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at the University of Tennessee at Martin written by Cynthia Kent, please contact Richie Brewer at


Our son, Calvin Ward, is the first child in our family to win anything in the contests. He is thrilled! Thank you all for doing the contests. It is so much fun for our family. Since this is our first time, we are wondering about how he will get his reward. Thanks again. Our favorite day of the month to get mail is when your magazine comes!
— Catherine Ward, Gibson EMC

Editor’s Note: Congratulations on being a winner, Calvin. Our contest winners’ packets are shipped via U.S. Postal Service about seven to 10 days after the magazine is published.


Me writing this to you is quite comical because what I found is definitely not your fault. On page 19 of your July 2020 edition, there is a state sign for the “Old Trace.” There is an incorrect spelling of “developement,” which should be development. Funny, I know! Hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
— Heather Tant, Duck River EMC

Editor’s Note: You have an eagle eye. We take pride in our copy editing and proofreading. We didn’t catch that error on the sign in the photograph.

Truth or Lies

THANK YOU for the “Truth or Lies” article! We are totally being manipulated by so many news agencies and people with agendas. It is very helpful to have some more sites to explore in order to verify what I find online, but I am also grateful that you printed this so more people can see that it is really happening and that we need to examine more than one source of info to form an educated opinion. We are becoming numb to any information because most of it does seem to make us angry. Great article!
— Anne McCalister,  Middle Tennessee EMC


Do you offer a subscription to those whose hearts are in Tennessee but live elsewhere?
— Julie Carlin, El Cajon, California

Editor’s response: Absolutely! The Tennessee Magazine is available to members of Tennessee’s electric cooperatives as part of the membership fee. If you are a member, check with your local office about a subscription. If you are not a member of an electric cooperative, you can purchase individual or gift subscriptions. The cost is $15 for one year or $30 for three years. Please see the form on page 41 or check our website and choose a subscription at


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  1. Nancy B. Poole, CEMC on

    I commend the brave young poet whose poem “Racism” won first place in the Age 9-13 category in the August 2020 issue. The honesty with which it was written is compelling and heart breaking. I wish to assure this promising poet that we are all created in the image of God. He doesn’t make mistakes. Embrace the person you are and the special purpose in life HE has just for you. In addition, God’s Word tells us many times to “Fear not, Jesus is with you.” He will never leave us or forsake us when only we ask. I respect the poet’s beliefs and share the above encouragement only from what I know. He has brought me through a shooting, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, three serious car accidents, the aftermath of a home invasion, and many other challenging life events. His Word is true. In I John 4:18, the new testament (KJV), His Word tells us “There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.” God’s love for us is perfect. I pray that with His help the poet will overcome fear and continue to write. The pen is mightier than the sword.

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