MARCH 2003

"Ramblins from Forrests 'Riter"
By Ed Butler
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the river to rest in the shade of the trees" at the rate of
1,500 per day. We are fortunate to have a Veteran of World War II that is a charter member of our Camp. After serving his country in the Pacific theater during the War, he volunteered to serve his country in what was at that time the Army Air Corp. Soon after he volunteered to serve in the Army Air Corp. the name was changed to the United States Air Force.

During the past four years I have traveled many miles with Chief Warrant Officer James Heard. It has been a privilege to hear stories about WW II from someone that was there. It will be your loss if you do not attend the meeting on February 18, 2003 to hear Jim tell of his service in the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.


By David C. Daniels, Editor

On February 9, 2003 a posting was made to the Tennessee Echo advising that, pertaining to the Cookeville Highland 10 Theater, "the movie theater mgr. turned me down flat telling he will not do any advertising like that at his facility...."

In spite of this previous announcement that Carmike Cinemas would not allow SCV participation during the showing of Gods and Generals, we have now been welcomed into their lobbies.

With the permission of Mr. Ed Butler, Tennessee Division Heritage Defense Chairman, this writer contacted the Nashville regional offices of Carmike Cinemas. I too was told that this was the case and that Carmike Cinemas had no plans on allowing reenactors or SCV members into their lobbies. I then requested permission of this regional manager to contact Carmike Cinemas Corporate offices.

On Monday February 10, I contacted Carmikes Public Relations office. I kept getting their voicemail and wanting to speak to a Corpoarate officer to verify that their refusal was a corporate decision, I then contacted Carmike President Mr. Michael Patrick. At this initial contact I spoke with his assistant, Yvonne, who was very understanding and pleasant to speak to. I explained to her who the SCV was, what we wanted to do and requested that an officer of Carmike return my call. I again contacted Mr. Patrick's office on Tuesday February 11th, Wednesday February 12th and Friday February 14th. Late on Friday February 14th Ms. Deanna Adams of the Nashville Regional Office called and advised that all the details had been worked out and that the SCV would be welcome at any and all Carmike Cinemas. I then advised Chairman Butler of this news and Tennessee Division Commander Skip Earle on Sunday February 16th.

On Monday February 17th I again received a call from the regional offices of Carmike, from Mr. Lonnie Anders, who reiterated Ms. Adams conversation that we had full run
of the theaters and that if we need any assistance or had

any problems with a local Carmike Cinema to call him directly.
On Tuesday February 18th and again on the 20th, I advised the subscribers to the Tennessee Echo and the SCV Dispatch of Carmikes new position.

Mr. Ed Butler, Dillard-Judd Commander and Tennessee Heritage Defense Chairman then contacted Mr. Josh Powell, our local manager, and set up the times of the showings and worked out all the local details.

We would like to thank Carmike corporate officers, Michael W. Patrick, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fred VanNoy, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, the regional representative Mr. Lonnie Anders, who is a Burkesville, Kentucky native and local Carmike manager Josh Powell.
As of September 30, 2002, Carmike operates 2,260 screens, 309 theatres in 35 states.


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This is purely a public relations item.
I urge commanders of the individual camps, division commanders, and the commander of the SCV, to send a letter of thanks to

Michael W. Patrick, President
Carmike Cinemas, Inc.
1301 1st Avenue
P. O. Box 391 (31902-0391)
Columbus, GA 31901
(706) 576-3400
We need to thank those who are supportive. A letter shows you have taken the time and are sincere.

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Kudos to Comdr. Curtis, Comdr. Butler, and Ferguson Comdr. Tyler & Co. for the reactivation of Camp # 875
Brig. Gen. George Dibrell in Sparta, TN!

Skip Earle,
Tennessee Division Commander