Andrea, a MCHS graduate, had only a couple of semesters of college when she went to work for this newspaper selling advertising -- and did a great job of it.
Later she asked if we could work with her on some afternoon and evening courses that she wanted to sign up for at Tennessee Tech. After listening to her proclaim, sitting across the desk from me in my office, that she WOULD become a doctor, I was priviledged to allow this very determined young lady to continue her education as she worked here at the Times.
Many of Andrea's courses continued into the night. She had to take some of her classes at Tech's Livingston extension center. One night, due to an ice storm or a heavy snow, she didn't get home from her night class until the next morning. She told me that because the roads were impassable she spent the night in the parking lot of a filling station. She came on to work and, over my objections, put in eight hours of advertising sales.
After she left the Times, she and her husband moved from their home between Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs to live closer to hospitals and schools that she needed to attend.
We, at the Times, would hear from her from time to time as she worked hard and strudied hard to attain her goal.
Just a few years ago, her father Anthony Johnson, was killed within a half mile of his home in a terrible automobile wreck.
This, along with many other setbacks during her young life, would have been enough to discourage and even stop most people from trying to stay focused in achieving their objective.
...but, Andrea, all of us at this, your hometown newspaper, are very proud to have worked along side of one with such a high level of character.
Best of luck with your new challenge.
I expect all of you who have your lawn decorated with the "WE DON'T WANT IT" or "YES - LES" signs can throw them away now...
COUNTRY WISDOM -- "Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce."