2005-07-20 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

An e-mail buddy sent me the following information concerning actor Denzel Washington. I thought it was note worthy and hope you will find it heart-warming as well.

"Brooks Army Medical Center

Don’t know whether you heard about this, but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brooks Army Medical Center (BAMC), in San Antonio, Texas the other day. This is where soldiers that have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the States, especially burn victims. They have buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a hotel where soldiers’ families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost completely filled most of the time.

While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his checkbook out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

The question is why does other Hollywood types make front page news with their anti-everything America crap and this story doesn’t even make page three in the Metro section of any newspaper except the base newspaper in San Antonio?"

That’s a really good question!


Anna Joiner left this past weekend on a trip to Thailand with a group of students sponsored by the Baptist Student Union at Georgia Southern University. Anna and her family are asking that this community remember her and the entire group in prayer as they work to rebuild a school in an area that was devastated by the December Tsunami. The students will be staying with Muslim families in the area where they are working.


Hats off to everyone who had a part in the patriotic celebration held Friday night at the Jenkins County Recreation Department! The event, sponsored by Millen Better Hometown and the Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, was a huge success with a large crowd in attendance. The highlight activity of the night was a spectacular fireworks show.

Thanks also to financial sponsors: Clubhouse Investments, Jarrard Chevrolet, Jenkins County Farm Bureau, Regions Bank, Thompson’s Corner, Planters Electric Membership Corporation, Capital Architectural Products, Georgia Power, Dairy Queen, Seth Benson, John C. Wilson Co., First National Bank and Trust, Jockey International, R.H. Reeves III, J.C. Douglas, Wilson Furniture Company, City of Millen, James Alfriend, Ed Davis and Millen Loan and Finance, McTeer Oil, Millen Service Station, The Charm Barn, Cindy’s Café on Cotton, Gay Loan and Finance and Harold Moore.


Happy birthday this week to: Tammy Jenkins, Jimmy Knight, Jerry Dailey, Felicia Dailey, Christian Chance, Dreta Kent, Frank Wilson, Aaron Tanner, Amanda Elizabeth Bragg, Thomas Thompson and Lynn Saxon.


Celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are: Dr. and Mrs. Joe Griffin.


Military Active Duty List: SPC Grade E4 Arthur Lamont Milton Jr., HHC 1-36 Infantry Support, Friedberg, Germany; Staff Sgt. Gilbert C. Sheppard III, 48th Brigade, 118th Field Artillery, Ft. Stewart; Airman Jamie A. Yager, U.S. Navy, Great Lakes, Ill.; Andy D. Crosby, U.S. Navy, Leyete Gulf Destroyer, Norfolk, Va.; LCPL Dwain "Cade" Lee, 1st Marine Division Combat Service Support Group II Security Element, ArRamadi, Iraq; Jimmy Cooper, U.S. Army National Guard, 878th Engineering Battalion-Augusta, Persian Gulf ; Thomas Kelsey, U.S. Army National Guard, 878th Engineering Battalion-Augusta, Persian Gulf; 1st Lt. J.R. Taylor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Iraq; SPC. Daniel Stuart, 18th MEDCOM, 121 General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; SFC Floyd Bolton Jr., 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; SFC Maria Bolton, 61st Medical Detachment, 21st Combat Support Hospital, 4th Medical Brigade, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; 1st Lt. Andrew P. Thomas, U.S. Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Small Craft Company, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Sgt. Steven Yager, 362nd Sig. Company, Korea; MM3 Jeffrey Sweat, U.S. Navy, USS Kauffman, MM3 59/E-Division, A-Gang, Norfolk, Va.; Cpl. Larry Lamont Clark, U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Bagdad, Iraq; Khan Young, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, Persian Gulf; Robert Milton Jr., E-3, U.S. Army, Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Ga., Mission Kuwait; SFC Ronnie Perryman, E-7, Georgia Army National Guard, Battery A, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, Iraq; Arnold R. Mosley, 2nd Lt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; Debra A. Mosley, Tech. Sgt., U.S. Air Force, Randolph AFB, Texas; and 1st Lt. Donald Slade Burke, Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta.

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