Letters to the editor - 11.18

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By The Staff

Medical expertise important for coroner

To the editor:

I was pleased to read in The Anderson News that Dr. Mark Tussey has announced his candidacy for Anderson County coroner.

Coroner is a very important official of any community. It is the duty of the coroner to declare the cause of any death that is questionable occurring within the county. A scientific understanding of human anatomy and the numerous and varied complex causes of death are vital to fulfilling the function and responsibility of his office.

I worked closely with my late uncle, Billy Huddleston, when he served Anderson County as coroner. He was dedicated to performing the duties of his office to the very best of his ability and to providing the citizens of Anderson County with quality service.

Time and again he would say that the role of coroner should be filled by a medical professional with the expertise to make accurate assessments in the cause of deaths.

Cause of death is critical to the loved ones of the deceased and, in many instances, to the justice system, to the health delivery system and related businesses and industries, to the well-being of the community and to the quality of life of the people who live there.

I applaud Dr. Tussey for his willingness to serve the people of Anderson County at his own personal sacrifice to ensure that the role of the office of coroner is compassionately and professionally carried out.

Phillip Huddleston


‘House of Trees’ scheduled for Nov. 21

To the editor:

My name is Holly Peyton and I am a 2009-2010 Hero of Hope for The American Cancer Society.

I want to make you aware of a Nov. 21 event from 1 to 7 p.m. at Dowling Hall.

This exciting opportunity to support our Anderson County Relay for Life is called “The House of Trees.”

You are invited to enjoy viewing and participating in a silent auction on many decorated Christmas trees, Christmas mantel pieces, wreaths and Christmas stockings while enjoying refreshments. There will also be entertainment provided by local people.

All of the proceeds from this event will benefit our Anderson County Relay for Life Campaign.

I am a cancer survivor and I know the importance of research when it comes to one day finding a cure for this terrible disease. It is difficult to find a family that has not been affected by cancer.

Cancer never sleeps — it eventually affects all of us in one way or the other.

I have been involved in Relay for Life for almost 12 years. My participation until 2008 was as a caregiver for other cancer survivors.  Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2008, I had the opportunity to walk the survivor lap during the 2008 Anderson County Relay for Life for the first time. I couldn’t believe that all of those volunteers who made Relay happen in our county were there cheering me on as I completed the survivor lap.  Those wonderful volunteers were there for me and for many others who had survived cancer.  It was a time in my life to celebrate, remember, and to encourage others to fight back against cancer.

I realized at that moment how much the research that the dollars collected for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life meant to me.

Many people from Anderson County and others around the world prayed for me during my cancer journey.

I know that through prayer and the efforts of the research provided by Relay for Life, I can continue to be a daughter, wife, mother and sister to my family. I have a second chance at life. Praise the Lord!

Anderson County, please come out and support the 2009 “House of Trees” on Nov. 21 at Dowling Hall. You’ll enjoy this exciting holiday kickoff while supporting The American Cancer Society’s Anderson County Relay for Life.

I hope to see you there.

Holly Stratton Peyton