Thursday, November 10, 2005

Letters to the Editor

“Responsibility matters”:
Dear Editor:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of drunk-driving fatalities has decreased by 39 percent since 1982. And designated drivers have played a role in that progress, according to a recent survey that showed more than 72 percent of American adults have either been a designated driver or been driven home by one.

A&B Distributing Company and Anheuser-Busch want to say “thank you” to the 146 million American adults who make it standard practice to use designated drivers. Not only have they helped save lives, they’ve shown they care about their friends, family, and our community.

Before the holiday celebrations begin, we encourage adults to log onto to learn more about the importance of designated driver programs and send an electronic thank-you card to their designated driver.

Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers like A&B Distributing Company are working hard to be part of the solution to drunk driving. Just like air bags, anti-lock brakes and seat belts, the designated driver should be a standard feature in our vehicles when we go out with friends and family this holiday season, because “Responsibility Matters.”


Joan Lunsford
Consumer Awareness & Education

Carpenter thanked:
Dear Editor,

John Paul Carpenter, a life-long resident and business pioneer of Holly Springs has again proved very helpful in assisting the alumni of Rust College organize their “Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend.”

For a second year, Carpenter has graciously opened his building, the Oak Palace, to the alumni of Rust College. In doing this he assures that alumni who travel from across the country have a place to reunite, mingle and rekindle old friendships.

Rust College Alumni Weekend, scheduled for February 3 – 5, 2006, will attract over 500 alumni back to Holly Springs to observe one of the oldest basketball rivalries in Rust College history. Rust College will square off against LeMoyne Owen College of Memphis, Tenn. on Saturday night, for an exciting game.

The City of Holly Springs enjoys the annual fruits of this weekend as the alumni patronize the city’s hotels, restaurants, stores and gathering places, like Carpenter’s Oak Palace, which generate great revenue for the city Holly Springs.

Rust Alumni expect to continue to invigorate the economy of Holly Springs by growing the Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend to make each year’s event better than the last. We applaud Carpenter’s hospitality and willingness to adhere to our needs, as we make this weekend a great success for the alumni of Rust College along with the city of Holly Springs.

For more information regarding the festivities, please call Tonya Johnson Neal at (901) 949-9324. It is our hope others will adopt the innovative spirit that Carpenter has by participating with and supporting the alumni of Rust College in making this Rust College annual alumni weekend a success.

Vanecia Belser Kimbrow,
Memphis, Tenn.
(spouse of alumnus);

Beatrice Johnson Lewis,
alumnus, class of 1992, Chicago;

Tonya Johnson Neal,
alumnus, class of 1993, Memphis

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