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Wanderlust. It’s kind of a little brother thing. I’d remind David Mark that Mother said not to go past Archie Moore’s bottom field. He’d be over the fence and almost to the pond before my echo faded away. I was six months shy of being two years older...so naturally I had to shinny over that fence and go after him! more
Born in 1923, Homer Dwayne Pearson grew up during the Great Depression. When he was old enough (around 17 years old), he enlisted with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He left the Terry Community of Carroll County and was shipped out west to work in the state parks and forests of Oregon and Washington. more
Summers were the best. Now, we understood the importance of school from an early age. All of us. Even Buddy Wiggleton admitted it was a “necessary evil.” more
Harold Ross Martin was born December 11, 1929, to Luther Lee (1889–1961) and Mossie Cooper Martin (1892–1967). He was the youngest of five children; Caywood, Hazel, Kathryn and Rachael Jean. more
Daddy woke me up at first light the morning after I graduated from college with a 28 inch McCulloch 142 chainsaw in his hand, “Son, get up! Mother’s got breakfast on the table. We’ve got work to do.” more
Ezra Martin was born on August 30, 1914, to Seth Thomas Martin and Millie B Hayes Martin. As the eldest of eight children, he grew up in Trezevant. His parents were sharecroppers with plenty of work for the eight kids. The siblings joined in picking beans, corn and strawberries, digging potatoes and other jobs around the house. more
I’ve been doing some serious thinking. About life, living, children, work ethic, vacations, brown Jersey cotton work gloves, the-way-it-used-to-be and weeds. more
Joseph R. Biden is the President of The United States of America. more
If you asked me 20 years ago about the USS Indianapolis, I would have told you it was the ship in Quint’s monologue from Jaws. Robert Shaw in his whiskey and cigarette-rich voice delivered the semi-factual tale of what took place. more
Coach John Camp would get right in your face. He could be a bit intimidating. And you talk about relentless... more
I have to be honest, when I come across a “historically” based story in The Banner or any newspaper for that matter, I’m usually a little skeptical on its accuracy. more
I don’t know what age exactly you have to be to realize there is a price to pay to live in the United States of America. It varies I’m sure with different folks. And some sadly, never understand. more
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
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