A number of our Tennesseans serving in Congress, and others representing us nearer to home, have been invited to the official opening of our clinic. The groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held July 14 at 9 a.m. This is an exciting event for the clinic staff — Dr. Harold Lowe, Diana Gustafson-Lowe, Marilyn Hall, Debbie Osborne, and their supporting, loyal executive committee and volunteers.

Invitations have been sent to our U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Representative Lincoln Davis; Brock Hill; Tennessee House Representative Eric H. Swafford and Tennessee Senator Charlotte Burks, District 15, and other notables.

The honorable Lincoln Davis has confirmed his intention to be present and will cut the ribbon. Pleasant Hill's mayor, the honorable James Olds, will be one of the honored guests.

As you can see, this will be a special occasion for everyone. You are hereby invited to be present!

If you can arrive before 9 a.m., you can enjoy the continental breakfast and do some mingling. Local entertainers are on the invitation list, so there will be some special entertainment.

During the morning program, you will be given printed material to help you, which you can share with others about healthcare and the clinic staff's plan to provide residents and visitors to the Upper Cumberland.

Having this clinic open to all here means health information and affordable care to all. Those of us who know about this are pleased and excited. We hope you are too. Already it is becoming popular.

Getting ready for school

The Grab — a place anyone can go to replenish his or her wardrobe — is planning its annual "School Outfitting" sale July 16-31. The hours will be Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

School-age children can pick out five outfits per child for free. Parents or guardians may drop them off to look for new additions to their wardrobes so they will be ready when the fall semester begins August 3.

Also, the Grab will accept leftover yard sale clothing you may wish to dispose of. Please be sure your contributions are clean, usable, and in condition others will want to have for their use.

Do you have small items you think others would like to take home? These are also acceptable. Nothing large, heavy, not clean, or hard for one person to handle will be accepted. If it is not good enough for you, it's not good enough to leave for others.

Heavy, bulky items may be accepted by the Good Samaritans in Crossville or the Crossville Housing Authority. The phone number for the Good Samaritans is 484-3325 and the CHA at 484-5978.

Cleanliness

One day a teacher was trying to impress some students with the need to practice cleanliness. "Cleanliness," she said, "is next to godliness."

One youngster replied, "But godliness is unconstitutional."

The teacher quickly responded, "But even the Constitution does not object to being clean."

A timely word from Douglas MacArthur

"I know war as a few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method if settling international disputes."

MacArthur is no longer with us, but one can surely wonder what he would say today.

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