Saturday evening, April 19, the gym of Linary Church on Old Hwy. 28 was a busy place. Cooks and servers were preparing a barbecue dinner to honor volunteers of the Rural Health Clinic on Sparta Hwy. in Pleasant Hill with a dinner.

Round tables, as well as long ones, were ready and waiting for the some 50 guests to gather for the dinner, prepared by Lefty's Barbecue. Yes, Linary Church is rather far from the clinic, but the guests came and enjoyed the hospitality.

People came early so the evening could be enjoyed and guests could go home by daylight. They did enjoy music and fellowship as they listened to the entertainment and enjoyed the dinner. The young people from Meridian Church served.

While the guests ate, the primary doctor and his wife — Dr. Harold Lowe and his wife, Diana — spoke of their appreciation for all the help provided day after day by the many who give of their time and talent to provide health care for the many who are finding help for health problems so prevalent in Cumberland and White counties.

Because of the dedication the volunteers give — free of charge to the clinic — many are now able to get medical help. It costs only $10 for an appointment if the person can pay for it. If not, there is no charge.

Medicine is also available where needed to help the many health problems heal. This is continually given free of cost.

The clinic continues to meet a variety of needs. The volunteers help so much in this areas.

For these reasons, the clinic staff provided the dinner to say "thank you" to all who help, as a small gesture.

The clinic is a real asset to the community. Some 800 folks have so far discovered this. You, too, can discover this when you have a need.

Help in the clinic is top priority

I emphasize again the need the clinic has for doctors, PAs, nurses, technicians, office help — almost any kind you may think of.

If you can volunteer once every week or every few weeks, call the clinic at 277-5992. Tell them who you are, what you can do, and when you're available. Diana or Debbie will be happy to speak to you. If neither is available when you call, leave your name and number and tell them why you called. Their hours are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Someone will call you back when able. Come be a part of this needed facility.

Time to smile

Here are some interesting facts from the past:

Little-known inventors of everyday things we use:

•Nylon: Wallace Hume Carothers (1934) — Do you women remember how excited you were when you got your first pair?

•Parking meters: Carlton Magee and Gerald Hale (1935)

•Shopping carts: Sylvan Goldman (1937) — First, there'd be two or three. Now, myriads!

Well-known sayings credited to the wrong person:

•"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." — Confucius. It was actually said by Lao Tzu (The Way of Lao Tzu)

How an adult can misunderstand a small boy's question

A 10-year-old boy asked his mother where he came from one day. His mother gulped, stared, thought, "Uh-oh, Johnny's getting into that sort of thing now. What should I tell him?"

Pausing a moment to find her handkerchief so she could think, she looked at Johnny and began trying to explain where babies come from.

After a bit, she asked "Does that answer your question?"

"Oh," Johnny said. "It's OK. Jimmy said he came from Boston. I just wondered where I came from."

Pioneer Hall Museum

Back in the 1880s, the mother of a family who had moved here from the midwest decided to journey to Boston, MA, from what is now known as Pleasant Hill to plead with a Boston-based mission society to send a full-time teacher for her children and those of the Upper Cumberland region.

The three-month-a-year schooling provided in the area did not satisfy the parents. They wanted the regulation nine-month program.

Her arduous journey was a success.

A teacher did come, and soon young people flocked in. Pleasant Hill Academy was born.

Today, Pleasant Hill Elementary School serves children — several hundred of them — who generally go on to high school, many then to college. It is the modern provision for education.

On Pleasant Hill's Main Street, across from the east end of the elementary school, is the one remaining building of the Academy, now called Pioneer Hall Museum. It is a repository of the many remaining relics of 60-plus years of early education in this part of Tennessee.

The museum is open from early May to October on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there is no charge. Contributions that help with the upkeep are welcome.

The museum is small, but interesting. Someone is on hand to guide you and answer questions. It is an historical presentation that you can easily see in a short visit and learn how children over 100 years ago and their families lived and learned in this part of Tennessee.

Do drop by and look and learn.