2018-01-24 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

One of the “perks” of my job is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people and tell their stories in the columns of this newspaper. Such is the case with the front page article this week – “Carrying the Message” – A Message of Hope for Drug Addicts.

Because of confidentiality requirements of Narcotics Anonymous I cannot divulge the name of the person with whom I spoke. However, I can tell you that she is an inspiration to not only those who may be dealing with drug addiction, but also to anyone who wants to make changes in their lives.

PLP has done just that and it has not been easy. But, she didn’t give up and after two rehabilitation attempts she has turned her life around. She is employed, six months drug-free, enrolled in an online school seeking a degree to become a substance abuse counselor and the organizer/moderator of the local Narcotics Anonymous group.

Success isn’t always measured in fame, fortune or material things. It can also be measured by the determination and desire to change one’s life for the better and to help others do the same.

I consider PLP a very successful person!

You will notice a new recipe column beginning with this issue of the newspaper – “Country Cooking with Sue Davis.”

Sue is the wife of Thomas “Pug” Davis, and is a former daycare provider. She comes from a family of great cooks and has agreed to share her knowledge and recipes with readers of The Millen News.

I feel sure you will enjoy the column and, if you happen to run into Sue, please let her know that you do.

Happy birthday this week to: Jackie Burke, Lisa Williams, Dallas Washburn, Daniel Rhodes, Mike Reeves, Sarah Moncrief, Dale Wiggins, Jodi Thomas, Nathan Johnson, Edgar Miller, Stanley Thompson, Edwin Taylor, Nicole Carroll, Gladys Parrish, Mary Burke, Kneisha Newton, Lee Fulcher and Hester Giles.

Happy anniversary this week to: Mr. and Mrs. Jody Bowers.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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