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Opinion
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Let me start by saying that I am not taking anything away from the Lady Rebel championship this year, but I wanted to take a few moments to remind and/or make our readers aware they were not the first female basketball team from Carroll County to win a state championship. more
The current heat wave across the South has got folks talking more about the weather in the last couple of weeks than college football, gas prices or the latest political jokes coming out of Washington put together. And I live in Florida. Everyone is a hot weather expert down here... more
A fairly plain factory green 1960 Chevrolet was not a chick magnet by any stretch of the imagination. Now, if I’d a’had Nicky Joe Stafford’s brand new, shiny, fire engine red Corvette convertible that would have been a whole different story! more
During the bicentennial celebration in Huntingdon, the story of a Korean War-era military plane crash came to my attention. The Colonial Tea Room displayed a piece of the wreckage that had landed on its roof from the 1954 incident. This week, I am sharing what I have put together of the story, and I’d like to thank Sam McGowan for his compilation of research on the crash. more
Gosh, how well I remember the day Daddy drove the 1960 Chevrolet up into the yard. It was green; which we barely noticed. What we did notice was that it was brand new. We’d never had a new car. Ever! more
Congress has an opportunity to pass legislation that benefits all local citizens, businesses and even protects our democracy. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, LJSA for short, should be included as part of any upcoming reconciliation bill that Congress is considering. The LJSA is a well-thought-out bill that would provide needed support to local news organizations, including local newspapers, to ensure their viability as they continue to make progress toward a digital future. more
Occasionally a story will come across my desk that I find interesting and file away for safe keeping. The story of Ray Melchiorre came through from Bethel University’s Sport Information Department a few weeks ago, naturally it was a Monday and there was no time to read it. This weekend, while I was attempting to find a muse for this week’s article I came across the story again in my email. I found it to be a pretty good read and I would like to share it with our readers this week. more
The year 1966 was year of change in the United States. In Vietnam, U.S. planes began bombing Hanoi and Haiphong. Bob Dylan released his Blonde on Blonde LP. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is founded in New York City. John Lennon declared the Beatles “more popular than Jesus.” Walt Disney dies while producing The Jungle Book and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is shown for the first time on CBS. more
People ask me from time to time why I don’t add pictures to my stories. I think there is a twofold answer here. First of all, we didn’t have any money. Those Kodak Brownie cameras were expensive. And it you wanted a Polaroid Land model J66 with the Electric Eye it would cost you even more. We didn’t have anything to take a picture with! more
Sunday’s baseball championship game was an honor to watch in person. The Banner Staff is extremely proud of your accomplishments this season. As I stood next to the dugout the entire game, your sportsmanship and loyalty to your teammates made me along with your fans and fellow alums proud. more
Dr. Joseph Warren died on Breed’s Hill June 17, 1775. He was 34 years old. He left four children he had been raising alone since his wife’s passing two years earlier. He graduated from Harvard, was well established in Boston and was the second President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, having succeeded John Hancock. more
Last week, I started the trek through the 1970 archive book. As I went deeper and deeper, it was amazing to see so many faces that helped make McKenzie great. more
My first wife has left me….again. This time for a whole week! She was thoughtful enough to leave a pan of her world famous lasagna. She also cooked a passel of hamburgers so all I’ve got to do is heat them in the microwave. more
Ask Rusty — Will My Husband’s Benefits Continue After He Dies? more
This week’s installment is a quick visual glance at the 1970 archive book. more
Our high school auditorium was old even before I got there. It actually creaked at times. It was “big and wide” with a smell and a feel that was unique, yet comfortable. And it was oh, so versatile. more
Last week, as Weakley County and the City of Dresden celebrated the Iris Festival, my mind was drawn to the stories and successes of Ned Ray McWherter. Born the son of a sharecropper, McWherter was a prosperous businessman, Speaker of the House for the Tennessee Legislature and a two-term governor. more
I think I could have been a great fisherman. I can read a nautical map. I still have the needed hand/eye coordination. I have a “light touch” when the occasion calls for it and I have worked on my patience over the years. That can be critical when you are “waiting out” those northern pike! I believe, with just a little practice, I could “set the hook” on a rainbow trout, largemouth bass, walleye... more
With the onset of the Civil War and Tennessee’s secession, a group of pro-Union leaders in East Tennessee, which had rejected secession, petitioned Harris to allow the region to break away from the state and remain with the Union. Harris rejected this and sent troops under Felix K. Zollicoffer into East Tennessee. In the gubernatorial election later that year, William H. Polk, brother of former President James K. Polk, ran against Harris on a pro-Union ticket but was defeated 75,300 to 43,495. more
I tell you near ’bout every week that McKenzie, Tennessee, is the best place on earth to “be from.” Without a doubt. Without hesitation. And without reservation. Of course, I don’t do it with very good sentence structure. Or proper English. more
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