The more you read, the more you know


To the editor:

March 2 is National Read Across America Day in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Thanks to this celebration, I’ve become a big fan of Dr. Seuss. His birthday’s provided a lot of opportunities for me to read to the students who attend our schools here in Coffee County. 

I recently read to two fourth grade classes at East Coffee Elementary. The room was filled with students who eagerly listened as I read. They were attentive and engaged and each of them gave me a special thank-you note that they had decorated and written in. These are treasures I’ll hold on to.

This past week, I read to the pre-K students at Hickerson Station Elementary. I sat in a rocking chair as the students sat around me and listened to one of Dr. Seuss’ books with great intensity and interest. When I finished reading and was leaving, Dr. LaDonna McFall, the School Superintendent for Coffee County Schools, was waiting in the wings to read another book.

As Dr. Seuss would say, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I hope my reading to the students helps put them on the path of places they want to go in life. For me, the pleasure and privilege of reading to them is not only the highlight of my day but, in some cases, the highlight of my week.

Gary Cordell

Coffee County Mayor


Help a student learn about Tennessee


To the editor:

Hello! I am writing to you as part of a class project for the novel “The Watsons Go to Birmingham.” My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we chose to learn more about. I wanted to learn more about Tennessee because I went there with my family when I was younger. We had a great time, and I would love to go back soon.

I am writing to ask your readers to please write back and tell me why they like Tennessee, interesting facts about the state and what visitors can do there. They can write to my school’s address, Queen of Peace Catholic School, 4508 Vistula Road, Mishawaka, IN 46544. If they could also include a copy of the newspaper where they saw my letter, I’d greatly appreciate it. IF you have any questions, please contact my teacher’s email at or you may contact her by phone at 415-255-0393 ext. 123. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Gabrielle Kucela

Mishawaka, Indiana


Thank you, Tennova


To the editor:

My wife Sara recently had neck surgery to replace three discs performed by Dr. Seyed Emadian at Tennova-Harton Hospital. I want to extend a thank you to the following:

Dr. Emadian and his staff for their expertise and compassionate care.

Maria, Sara’s nurse who rendered excellent care in the hospital room post-surgery.

Rhonda in pre-op room who prepared Sara for surgery.

Mrs. Emadian who was quite helpful during our office visit.

Also, thanks to Tennova/Harton Hospital for the excellent treatment we received from numerous members of the hospital staff.

Mike Stanton