Talkin' Tville March 6

What's right with our community?
Mar. 05, 2013 @ 01:26 PM

Friday afternoon, I spent time consulting with a few new friends — and one familiar face to many in Thomasville — about what is right with the Chair City.
David Gordon, an unofficial ambassador of the Thomasville business community, bragged on the many efforts, some featured in the Times, that seek to improve the outlook for many hard-working individuals who face a difficult job market. He pointed to institutions such as the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as local businesses which faithfully serve the community. His pride was uplifting for me, as I consider the community in which I've spent the first 23 years of life.
Mr. Gordon encouraged me to visit Legends Family Restaurant to find a few others in the community to offer their perspective on this question: What would you say to someone who points to the jobless and crime rate as an indictment of Thomasville? What is right with Thomasville? Davidson County?

Thomasville has a good community. It has several good restaurants like this one. And we still have good people, good churches...We've got some of the most talented, hard-working people. It's still not an overbearing, huge county. It's still made up of small towns, where you can come into a restaurant like this and just chat.
— Homer Truitt

I lived in Arkansas for a little while, Texas for a little while and I just couldn't wait to get home. It's just better here. Most people I meet are just good, decent people. People are willing to help each other. We lost so much of our manufacturing and our quality of life may have gone down some because of the unemployment, but overall, everything here is pretty good.
— Kay Angel

My grandchildren live here. They have good schools to go to. One of them goes to East Davidson, one of them will be there soon. I love my church [Hillside Park Baptist Church]. My grandkids get to grow up in a community where they have one of the best youth pastors, some of the most talented singers and musicians around. It feels good knowing that if anybody ever needs anything, there is a group of people who would be willing to go out and do what they can to help you.
— Barbara Croker