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Ernest and Vadie Stokes worked on a farm in Dyersburg for 50 cents a day, saving for a place of their own. They bought the old Hearn farm bout 7½ miles outside McKenzie in the early 1950s. … more
We’ve talked Alexa before. I don’t know how it works. Jesse gave it to me for Father’s Day. It’s some kind of highfalutin technical device that can speak, answer questions and … more
Looking at McKenzie’s downtown a few days ago, I worked from memory placing at least business in each building along Broadway. One of the businesses that came to mind was Tri-County Furniture … more
Barksdale Family, 1952, made at the homeplace of George and Pauline Barksdale. (L to R): Brooks and Mary Frances (Barksdale) Bannister, Kenneth and Lottie (Wray) Barksdale, Willard and Mary Lou … more
Black Friday came and went. Leaving me a little confused! Didn’t it used to be just one single solitary day? Seems to me it has been stretched a mite...by several days in both directions!It … more
Until a few weeks ago, the name Gwin Crawford meant very little to me other than the sight of a large crypt headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery. After I was asked to write a story on … more
They talked about growing up out at Peach; and along the Steadman Ridge. They laughed about taking baths in Sugar Creek; and attending the one room school house at Mt. Zion. They shopped at Minor … more
It’s always a learning experience and sometimes an amusing trip down memory lane for me as I thumb through the Banner archives. Researching another project brought the 1983 volume to my … more
Priorities. Some would call it perspective. With a hint of perception attached. Or a process. Plato, or maybe it was Sigmund Freud, would maintain it is a positional situation. Of course, it could … more
When Demetra died in 2019, the Perkins family received countless remembrances and condolences. Mona Martin Batchelor provided an anecdote that truly tells the story of Mrs. Perkins:I knew early on … more
McKenzie Garden Club, 1960s, at Snead Home. Pictured are (L to R): Dathel Snead, Mary Stewart and Lola Thomas. more
I was paying attention to what was in front of me. We were undefeated and I thought we had a better than average chance of remaining that way. The November air was chilly high atop the press box at … more
Now known as Mrs. Perkins to McKenzie, Demetra once again proved she was not run-of-the-mill. The new teacher became a fixture in the life of her students. Before the beginning of the school year, … more
Dot Ramsay as Minnie Pearl and Malcolm Kee as Grandpa Jones, McKenzie’s “Hee-Haw” Show, 1977. more
I heard a celebrated news commentator say this presidential race “is the most important election in our nation’s history.” A Congresswoman, in the same vein of thinking, declared, … more
Demetra Perkins was not an ordinary human. She was the shiniest gem in the crown of McKenzie; to know Demetra was to love Demetra. At first glance, you wouldn’t think of her as a warrior, but … more
Willie Bell (Bradley) Stubblefield, Mary Francis (Oliver) David, and Elaine Mitchell, about 1944. Gleason girls pose on the cannon in the downtown park. The Park Theatre (in background) was showing … more
Talk about being prepared for Halloween! We’ve been wearing our masks for the past six months!You can’t tell Nancy Pelosi from Freddy Krueger if they’re wearing one of those full … more
There are certain people in your life, who perform small acts of kindness, that leave a lasting positive impression. Those kind acts are of immeasurable importance as they help in shaping you into … more
Gwin Building located on Lee St. in McKenzie shortly before it was razed in the early 1980s. This building housed the offices of Dr. R.D. Gwin about 1870 and later housed the Post Office. File photo … more
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