To The Editor:
The Shelbyville Retired Telephone Pioneers wish to take this opportunity to thank you for publishing information regarding our first reunion. This reunion was for Bell telephone company employees who have worked or still work in Shelbyville. Getting the word out about this reunion was made easier because of your newspaper.
Let me explain the importance of your publication in our endeavor. Operators from Tullahoma and Winchester were merged into the Shelbyville Operator Services in 1956 and from Shelbyville were merged into Nashville May 19, 1979. This ended "local" operators as we knew them. The same mergers followed for local business offices in 1963 and 1983.
All records, such as lists of employees, were either destroyed or had been lost over time.
This created a real problem in locating our former coworkers. That is where you came to our rescue. We received many calls as a result of you publishing our reunion notice.
The reunion was held Saturday May 12. Some people hadn't seen each other since 1979 so there was lots of laughter and tales of the "good old days" accompanied by an abundance of a fine Southern covered dish lunch.
We would like to also take this opportunity to thank all the communities in Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Bedford for their support over the years.
Those of us who are now retired and those who are still working have enjoyed serving you.
The Shelbyville Retired Telephone Pioneers remain active in a broad base of community programs centering on education, the environment, health, human services and life that meet the needs of our respective communities.
Rubye Nell Morrison and Marvell Jacob
Reunion 2007 Committee Co-Chairs