Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


July 25, 2013

All aboard the social media train

I am always the latest to board the technology train. By the time I purchase a new gadget, you can rest assured pretty much everyone else in America already has one. Ditto for the social medias. I was late to Facebook and the smartphone; even later to Twitter. By the time I board the train, it is leaving the station. I get Facebook and Twitter is “old news.” I register for Twitter and hello, there is Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and all these other social networking sites.

Twitter is interesting to me. Founded by Jack Dorsey in March 2006, it rapidly gained registered users and now boasts more than 500 million members who tweet an average of 340 tweets a day. Basically, you can send out your thoughts in 140 characters or less, often with the requisite hash tag. For example, I could say something like this: Writing Friday’s article for the Chronicle #school starts soon. Then all 10 of my followers could read it and reply if they chose to do so. Or just read it. Or not.

I follow a few celebrities, University of Tennessee Football, all of the national counseling organizations and some news outlets. I like to sign on and read the latest information they are “tweeting.”

I am not a big “tweeter.” I am more of a peeper. I like to read what everyone is saying but really don’t have much creativity to contribute. I really enjoy Twitter when the awards shows like the Grammys, the Emmys, the Oscars or the CMA's are live on television. People tweet their thoughts about the performances, dresses, etc., and a few of the people are really funny.

I decided to run my own Twitter experiment. I tweeted my favorite morning show hosts: Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales and Matt Lauer. I am happy to tell you I am three for three. Each one of the “Today Show” hosts has returned a tweet to me. Pretty impressive considering each of them has gazillion followers.

As much as I have enjoyed my limited knowledge of the social networking sites, I must say I really liked how the royal family announced the birth of the new prince: by scroll and crier. That is a technology I think I am fully capable of mastering.


There are several events happening in the county this weekend worth mentioning. Fairfield Glade’s Art Guild will host a fundraising golf tournament Friday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $75 per person for golf, cart and luncheon. It will be at the Brae Course at Heatherhurst. Format is two gross and two net balls in each division. Teams may be either four men/four women or two men and two women. If you need additional information, call Dawn Robb at 456-5601 or visit the website at

The ninth annual charity ride is slated for this Saturday to benefit Christmas on the Mountain. The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. from Tommy’s Motor Sports on Crabtree Rd. Registration will begin at 8 am. Lunch will be provided by Big Boy’s Barbeque. All proceeds will go to the purchase of toys for children on the Plateau. If you need additional information, call Julie Vaden at 200-6955.

A benefit concert will be held Saturday night at the Palace Theatre. The Christmas Jingle Project called Christmas in July will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. You may reserve a seat by making a donation prior to the Saturday night event by visiting the website at, or general admission begins when the doors open. If you need additional information, call the Palace at 484-6133.


Local artists are being featured in the Shanks Center for the Arts through Saturday. These artists have either grown up and/or returned to Cumberland County and are professionally engaged in their art. They include Aven Chadwell, Anne Looney Cook, Katelyn Dunn, Bill Hargis, Evelyn Hargis, Carol James, Mariska Kavish, Nekesha Matthews, Jym Mitchell, Bill Quillen, Polly Page, Rosemaree Sabine, Shannon Torrey and Danette Westerfield. The works on display include a variety of visual, creative and performing arts.


Mark your calendars for next Saturday, Aug. 2 for the School Supply Giveaway. School supplies will be given away to those in need of assistance beginning at 8 a.m. at the Linary Church of Christ. The supply giveaway will last until noon. If you want more information about this annual event, contact the church office at 484-5961 or visit the website at

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