Lewis County/Hohenwald Postmaster rejects local mail delivery

On Thursday, September 29, 2011, the new Hohenwald Postmaster, Carrie Halmyer, rejected the mailing of the Lewis County Herald. The newspaper experienced technical problems for the paper and did not make the deadline for the United States Postal Service of 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. In the past if problems occurred, the postal service has worked with the newspaper allowing the staff to deliver the news to the post office at 6:30 a.m. for local delivery on Thursday.

New regulations have become a problem with delivery of the paper. Over the past year and a half, these regulations have delayed delivery of the paper to surrounding counties’ post offices and in some cases these delays have been up to five to six days. Until now, there have been no problems with local delivery.

Even though the papers were delivered to the USPS in time for local delivery, the new Postmaster decided, according to "rules," the newspaper could not be delivered on time. We regret this decision of the local Post Office to not do their obligation to deliver the mail. Their motto, since their beginning, "neither rain, snow, nor dark of night shall keep the postal carriers from making their appointed rounds" (if that is really their motto) has no meaning.

We will make sure you receive your paper on time, at least at the local level. We will still be held hostage for delivery in other areas and apologize for their lack of service.

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