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Growing up, I was led to believe Carroll Lake was built back in the 1930s. This led to my assumption it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Well, you know what they say about assuming. Turns out the State of Tennessee bought the land to build the lake in 1949. So this week’s story shines a little light on the history of Carroll Lake. more
I don’t remember graduating from kindergarten. But I bet you we had ice cream and Miss Katie hugged each one of us. I’m not too far out on a limb here. Two of Miss Katie’s all time favorite things were ice cream and hugging. more
Growing up in the 1980s and 90s in McKenzie, I remember an abundance of manufacturing jobs in the area. And this wasn’t even in McKenzie’s heyday. Slowly but surely with the blame placed on NAFTA and other economic downturns, the Tri-County area like most of the United States watched the unemployment rise as factories pulled up their stakes or shuttered their doors altogether. more
Will Rogers died in a plane crash on August 15, 1935, near Point Barrow, Alaska. On August 16, 1935, in New York City, Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers recorded “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” for the American Record Corporation. more
Dedication of New City Hall, 1992. Mayor Bob Putman at the podium. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
It seems 1996 was a transitional year for McKenzie as three memorable and iconic businesses locked their doors for a final time. Moseley Seed and Feed, Wrinkles Hardware and Forestwood Restaurant. While working on the story for John Moseley, I came across the story of Lou Sherwood’s retirement written by Linda Bolton. more
I stood in line behind a young lady at the “Just Love Coffee Café” in Nolensville, Tennessee, trying to get a better look at the tattoo running down her left forearm…without looking like I was trying to get a better look at the tattoo running down her left forearm! more
For 65 years, Moseley Seed and Produce was a fixture in McKenzie. The business was synonymous with John H. Moseley, but the story of the feed store begins with his father, George Leonard Moseley (1887-1962). more
There are tremendous advantages to growing up in a small town. For one thing, it doesn’t take long to get from one end of it to the other. more
Back in the 1950s, it wasn’t uncommon for families in the rural south to have a garden and sell their surplus crops for a little extra money. In Gleason, the cash crop was sweet potatoes, earning the little municipality the title of Tater Town, USA. Many households in Gleason raised a plot of sweet potatoes. During the harvest, the potatoes were brought to a central warehouse and were sent out to various vendors in the county. more
The first bit of “story telling” I can remember was about a dog and a bone. This wayward hound was crossing over a small stream on an equally small bridge (the Childcraft book had pictures) carrying a bone in his mouth. Mother read how the dog saw his own reflection and, greedy for the “other dog’s possessions,” opened his mouth to bark, thereby dropping his bone. more
On June 3, 1934, local Civilian Conservation Corps. (CCC) camps were granted the authority to enroll fifteen local men. The purpose behind the authorization was to bring in individuals with local knowledge and experience. The locals would be more familiar with the area and had certain training and experience that could be used to the camp’s advantage. Some of the locals enrolled at the camp were Bailess Simmons, Morris Beadles, Howard Sparks, David Chandler, Hugh Brooks, Wilburn Aden, Graden Featherstone and Joe McClure. more
Folks, we’ve got to nip this in the bud. And I’m not talking leftover Easter lilies! It may be the stupidest idea in the history of the known world. You’ve got to wonder who sits around and thinks this stuff up…. more
On April 5, 1933, through an executive order, Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. This “New Deal” legislation was designed to put hundreds of thousands of young men to work on environmental conservation projects. By July 1, 1933, 1,433 work camps were established and employing 300,000 men. It was the most rapid peacetime mobilization in American history. more
Call me old fashion. Outdated. A dinosaur who somehow escaped the tar pit. And sure, I hear the comments. The game is too slow. The pitcher takes too long to deliver the ball. The batter steps out of the box after every pitch. They scratch and spit and argue over every close play. Tied games go on forever. more
In recent weeks, Mother Nature has waged war in the Southeast with a barrage of heavy rains and tornadoes. With each passing tornado watch and warning, we dodged a serious bullet. In 1997, that was not the case. more
One Easter Mom dressed me, Leon and David Mark just alike. Good golly Lord America! It was like one of those Egyptian plagues! more
Me and Leon would get into an ugly staring contest by crossing our eyes and sticking out our tongues at each other. Mom would invariably say, “You boys stop that. You do it long enough and your eyes will stick that way!” more
If you look at McKenzie High School football over the last 40 years, there has been one fairly consistent face on the sidelines, Randy Thomas. He stands out as a superior and great teacher/coach. The 2020 football season marked his swan song in athletics, and at the end of the 2020-2021 school season, he will officially retire from education. more
March 30th is the date to observe National Doctor’s Day. This special day is observed by hospitals and communities throughout the country. more
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