'Mrs. Hickman, you are going to be missed daily'

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

We have super kids down here -- we have the cream of the crop," says Mary Ann Hickman.

Hickman should know. She has been talking to them and serving them breakfast and lunch for 34 years. Hickman is the retiring cafeteria manager at Cornersville High School. Also retiring, after 30 years, is Connie Calahan.

"If you don't love it, don't stay," Hickman used to tell the people she hired to work in the cafeteria. Hickman herself insists she "loved every minute" of the years she spent working there. She started out as a meat and vegetable cook when her youngest child entered kindergarten. She applied for, and got, the manager's job in 1985.

"We're all going to miss one another," Hickman says of her "good bunch of ladies" who work in the cafeteria. The new manager won't be appointed until the beginning of July, and Hickman plans on coming back to help her successor plan the menus and order the groceries for the first week.

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