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Opinion
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A very good friend asked if I had “some things” that I was going to work on changing in the upcoming year. I mumbled a halfhearted answer and let it pass...until I got home that afternoon. more
Last week, my stopping point was Hollow Rock. more
As I worked on various topics over the years, it has surprised me as of late the number of small municipalities and communities that make up Carroll County. I find it fitting to dedicate a little space the next few weeks to provide a little history of our neighbors that are Carroll County. more
Never, not one time in all the years I knew him, did I hear Buddy Floore say he liked kids... But I’d ride by the old elementary school down on Long Avenue near Tenth Street and the youngsters would be following him out to the P. E. field like Coach Floore was the pied piper. more
Once upon a time in the NFL, when face masks were optional and penalties were few and far between, roamed a breed of football player like no other. One of those legendary figures was Cleveland Browns lineman and NFL Hall-of-Famer Gene Hickerson. The story of Gene Hickerson starts in Trenton, Tennessee but transitions to Trezevant in Carroll County. more
Making New Year’s predictions was a lot easier when I was a kid. Hog prices, for instance, only had two ways to go: down or way down. It was near ’bout impossible not to get that one right. Only the brightest optimist or some newbie fresh in from Gary, Indiana, could forecast any other way! more
Literature and poetry may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But in Carroll County, most are familiar with the poetic musing of Billy O. Williams. more
The year 2022 is a great time to start a McKenzie High School Alumni Association, a Community Fund, and a Newcomers’ Welcome Initiative. more
Dorothy Jean Swearingen passed away. The name won’t ring a bell with most of you. But this story might. If you let your mind cruise back down your own memory trail... more
I wish I could remember every Christmas. Every present. Every popcorn stringing. Every tree lighting moment...... But the reality is it all kinda blends together in my memory bank. more
Carl Mann was born August 22, 1942, in Huntingdon, Tennessee to Iva Mae Smothers (1910–1989) and Tommie Newton Mann (1906–2000). Growing up in rural Carroll County, young Carl developed a love for music. So much so, that he wanted a music career and not a life working at the family lumber company. more
Over Carroll County’s 200 years of existence, we have been fortunate enough to have a few locals make it to the national stage, most have been athletes. Yet, the most noted and probably admired has to be the late Dixie Carter. She was a southern lady to her core and never forgot the roots of her raising no matter how big of a name she made on Broadway or in Hollywood. While I never had the privilege to meet Dixie in person, I did meet her husband Hal Holbrook on more than one occasion. To know one, was to know the other. more
I don’t want to mention any names here. So as not to “throw off” on any one person, place, time or thing. This is just another generic Christmas story…that might or might not have taken place. And it might or might not have adjusted my whole thinking about gift getting and giving… more
We express our deepest gratitude to the McKenzie High School Class of 1981 for including us in their 40th reunion this past September. It was a privilege to spend time reminiscing and learning of the impressive accomplishments of the class members. more
During World War II, Gordon Browning initially served as deputy head of the Belgium-Luxembourg mission, which aimed to restore civilian government to these areas and aided in the Allied victory at the Battle of the Bulge in early 1945. more
It was 34 degrees and dropping when we turned on to Bell Street; pretty cold for a guy who’d lived in the Sunshine State for the past 50 years. We parked just inside the chain link fence, behind the visitors’ bleachers, in what was deep leftfield when I played baseball here two eons and a light year ago. more
One of, if not the, most distinguished Carroll Countians has to be the late former Governor Gordon Weaver Browning. From a humble birth in a log cabin to a lawyer, military officer, congressman, governor and statesman very few lived a more interesting life than Browning. more
The first week of December used to be the pits. I’m talking the very bottom! Listen, they gave us two days off from school at Thanksgiving...and fed us pretty well. We were living large, enjoying the freedom the holiday provided. We didn’t even mind that the grown-ups got to eat first (well, maybe just a little). more
I have no idea when you get old enough to “know something.” I was about five when I fell on the gravel running down what was then called the Como Road. I slid head first past six rows of cotton, two water troughs and a rusted out Arcade hay rake. more
Two Tennessee governors have called Carroll County home. Both men, Alvin Hawkins and Gordon Browning were lawyers and politicians whose careers took hold in Huntingdon. This week I would like to share the story of Alvin Hawkins, most of which came from the History of Carroll County publication and William Robertson Garrett and Albert Virgil Goodpasture’s History of Tennessee. more
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