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published on 12/29/2006

Hats Off . . . to 2006 and hello 2007!

By staff writer

It’s that time of year when we ring out the old year and bring in the New Year. It is also a good time to reflect on the past year and thank all the great people who have made this paper the success that it is.

First of all we are blessed to have the greatest contributing writers in the area sharing their thoughts, ideas, stories and gifts with our readers. Thanks to John Tallman for reporting on the town meetings for the Town of Walden. Jay Heavilon’s WRES report keeps us up to date on that wonderful volunteer fire and rescue department. Paul Hendricks has been able to open our eyes to the world of Scouting through his great articles this past year. His son, Nathaniel Hendricks, while in middle school took time to give us movie reviews from the point of a young teenager. From “Inside the Library” Mary Scott Norris continues to keep us in the “know” on current books, library news, and current events that relate to our community. Anne Rittenberry’s Grapevine column has been a staple to this paper from the beginning (and will be surely missed). Her ability to tell the human-interest story carried over into other articles from time to time as well as sharing news of the Signal Mountain Playhouse. A tiny article usually at the end of the paper was the perfect closing for each issue. Sweet, funny, inspiring, who could not close the paper without Beverly McCormick’s thoughts from “The Cookie Jar?”

We are grateful too for other contributing writers, Carol Lannon as well as all the regular writers in Section B, Lori Tessmer, Sonia Young, Dr. Nat Swann, Kim Brown, Anne Exum, Suzanne and Parks Hall, Susan Johnson, Barbara Kennedy, Mac McGee, Joe McGinness, Ricky Park, and Ward Perry and occasionally our very own Billy Parker.

We hope you have enjoyed the news from all the schools in the area, the articles from the Founders Fund about the new middle/high school on Signal Mountain, as well as articles from local organizations. Our calendars remain an important part of our paper with local SM events in the first section and Chattanooga events in the last section. As always, we love your input, your ideas, your stories, and would like to hear from you.

I think we have some great things in store for our readers in 2007. Thank you for supporting us and reading the Signal Mountain Mirror. HAPPY NEW YEAR!