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Thurmond attends Jr. National Youth Leaders Conference Kyle Thurmond, a seventh grade student at Crockett County Middle School, attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) this summer in Washington, D.C. Kyle, a resident of Friendship, was among more than 250 outstanding middle school students from across the United States who took part in this extraordinary leadership conference in Washington, D.C. themed “Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future.” JrNYLC introduces young people to the tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them to develop their own leadership skills. The son of Kenneth and Tammy Thurmond, Kyle was nominated to represent the Crockett County 4-H program by Tonya Bain, Extension agent. Kyle joined 4-H at Friendship Elementary School and is currently a member at Crockett County Middle School. “The Youth Leadership Conference is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about our country, make new friends and broaden their horizons,” Bain said. During the six-day program, students took part in educational activities and presentations and explored relevant sites, such as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. museums and memorials. In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, students studied the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement. Upon completion of JrNYLC, students gained a greater sense of the role of individuals in American democracy, as well as the responsibilities of being a leader. “The aim of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference is to inspire students to recognize their own leadership skills, measure their skills against those of current and former leaders and return home with new confidence in their ability to exercise positive influence within their communities,” said Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), the organization that sponsors JrNYLC. “Young people are not only welcome in Washington, D.C., they actually keep this city and our country running.” CYLC is a nonpartisan, educational organization. Since 1985, the Council has inspired more than 200,000 young people to achieve their full leadership potential. To qualify for the conference, Kyle had to write an essay about someone in his life who is a leader and mentor. He chose his brother, Thomas Thurmond, who recently joined the Marines. The Thurmonds would like to thank Shane Perry at Perry Automotive, Ham York Haley at Quality Drug Store in Friendship, Friendship Funeral Home and Friendship Mayor Casey Burnett for helping to sponsor the trip.

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Nancy Harper Writer

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Tina Turner Days become annual celebration BROWNSVILLE TN (AUGUST 28, 2013): What started as a fan celebration honoring Tina Turner’s childhood school, Flagg Grove, has developed into an annual festival observing the heritage and legacy of the international music icon. Tina Turner Heritage Days will be held September 27-28 at the Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn. The event will include tours, concerts and a stew competition. Friday night is Fan Appreciation Night and includes a reception and exhibit of Tina posters. A documentary titled “From Muskogee to Nutbush” will follow. The film, made during the 2012 visit to Nutbush by a group of young artist from Muskogee, Ok., creates a parallel between the two cities, including their struggles with adversity and segregation and highlights the common bond that is part of the journey - music. Wrapping up the Friday evening activities is Norwegian Bluesman Knut Roppestad. Born and raised in Horton, Norway, he began his American adventures in the 1980s and continues to travel and perform in the U.S. at every opportunity. “I’ve been a long time fan of Tina Turner since seeing her live in Oslo,” says Roppestad. “I promise a steamy version of ‘Steamy Windows’ for the fans.” Saturday’s festivalgoers can choose between tours of Nutbush, Turner’s childhood home, and painting an abstract of Tina on vinyl. The smell of stew will fill the air as teams compete for the title of “Stewmaster” and live music from the Spotlight Rising Stars of Muskogee, will entertain between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The festival concludes with a Tribute performance at the Ann Marks Performing Arts Center in Brownsville’s Historic District. Former Flagg Grove School student Lollie Mann will open the show with original gospel numbers and share her memories of time spent at Flagg Grove. FollowTina tribute artist Dorothy Cole will ing Mann is Music Highway Band. This Jackson, rock the stage of the Ann Marks Performing Arts Center during an Tenn., group has performed together since evening concert September 28 in 2001, and have worked Brownsville. with such legendary performers as Carl Mann and Eddie Bond, developing their own special blend of rockabilly and country. Rhythm and blues performer Dorothy Cole will headline the show. Energetic and fun, Cole began her career as a tribute artist in 1993 when she won a Tina look-a-like contest while performing Proud Mary. Since then, she has performed all over the country and in England where she shared the stage with Rod Stewart during a special performance tribute to Tina. A Chattanooga native and Decatur, Ala., resident, Cole appeared in Haywood County for the 2002 dedication of Highway 19 as “Tina Turner Highway.” Norwegian Bluesman Knut “I’m excited about being back in Brownsville,” says Cole. “Performing in Tina’s hometown is always a privilege and I’m especially Roppestad will perform during the opening night of Tina Turner excited to be a part of the first Tina Turner Heritage Days.” The Saturday evening concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets and more Heritage Days, September 27, in information, including a complete schedule of events, can be found Brownsville, Tenn. on the festival website:, or by contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is home to regional museums depicting the history and culture of the West Tennessee people. Inside visitors will find the Cotton Museum, West Tennessee Music Museum, Hatchie River Museum, the Sleepy John Estes Home and Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner. To learn more about the Center, visit or call 731-779-9000.

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Back to School Limo Ride Winner

Tate Family Foods in Maury City had its annual “Back to School Limo Ride” on Friday, Aug. 2. The winner of the contest was Landon Laman. Landon attends Alamo Elementary School. The white Lincoln Town car stretch limousine picked Laman and 11 of his friends up at his house. They then were treated to breakfast at Johnny’s Kwik Stop in Maury City. They were then off to school in style! Steven Tate, owner, said congratulations Landon from all of your friends at Tate Family Foods!

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World Champion Taekwondo What is “Attitude?” Attitude is everything,” states Hunter Lee Williams, 3rd Degree Black Belt in taekwondo. Hunter is the 14-year-old son of Randy and Sandy Williams of Jackson and grandson of Marjorie and Bobby Williams from Crocket Mills. When Hunter is not going to school at University School of Jackson, playing computer games, swimming, or visiting with his nieces and nephew, he is training in taekwondo. Six days a week, one to two hours per day, and teaching taekwondo six hours per week. Taekwondo for many people is only what they see in martial arts movies. Taekwondo actually means “Taek” to kick or jump, “won” means fist or hand, and “do” means the way. Hunter eats and breathes taekwondo and has seen taekwondo change his life in many ways. Hunter was thought to have attention deficit disorder at age five by both his doctor and school teachers. Someone mentioned to his parents that maybe he just needed something to help him focus and maybe taekwondo could help. That is when he started Mitch Sage’s Black Belt Academy located in Jackson. From that first day of taekwondo class, Hunter has been on a mission even though he has had challenges just like other young people. Hunter is in the fifth percentile of stature and weight of young people in size and growth. Besides the ADD, normal teenager issues and concerns, he wears glasses, and has asthma. In 2013, Hunter achieved one of his goals by obtaining his 20th World Championship in Taekwondo at the World Championships in Little Rock, Ark. Only a handful of people have achieved 20 World Championship titles. Hunter is a true martial artist using his fist, hands, feet and the way of taekwondo utilizing the life skills that he has learned in the last nine years—life skills such as discipline, respect, perseverance, honor, self-control, and integrity. Hunter holds World Championship titles in Creative Martial Arts, Extreme Martial Arts, Open Hand Traditional Forms in both 2nd and 3rd Forms, and Weapons. His weapon of choice is the Bo Staff, which is basically a stick the length of your body. Hunter also won the 2012 ESPN Creative Form Championship at Wide World of Disney Sports in Orlando, Fla. Hunter’s journey in martial arts has allowed him to meet thousands of people and have many close friends in the United States, South America, Canada, and competing in almost every state in the U.S. He has performed on stage in front of crowds of 10,000 or more and millions on the Dr. Oz Show. Also participating in feature articles and advertisements in the American Taekwondo Association magazine and the USA Today magazine for kids. Hunter was part of a non-bully campaign in 2011 and was featured in a DVD called “Determination Destination” to help other young people become more confident and how to react to bullies. One of his favorite experiences was acting and doing martial arts in a pilot TV show with Mr. Mike Chat, the original Blue Power Ranger, in Hollywood. Hunter is now active in motivational speaking and doing events to help others to grow and become more confident. All of his earnings from his events are donated to the Carl Perkins Prevention of Child Abuse in Jackson.


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Saturday, August 24, 2013, Friendship Elementary School hosted the first PTO Auto Show. There were over forty vehicles registered, including cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles. People from several surrounding counties came out to support our school. Best of show was presented to the #1 contestant for each of the three categories. Auto: George Sichta of Jackson, TN showing a 1970 Chevelle SS. Tractor: James McCall of Bells,TN showing a 1952 Oliver. Motorcycle: Chris Beaver of Friendship, TN showing a Harley Davison. Mr. Beaver registered his bike in his granddaughter, Alyssa Rice, daughter of Drew and Cynthia Rice, all of Friendship, TN. There were sponsors for the auto show that we would like to recognizeagain. They are: • Boss Hoss Motorcycles • Rice Farms & Excavating • Jim Rice Equipment • Crop Production Services(CPS) • Alamo Sonic Drive-In • Mansfield’s Grocery • Smith Farms • Maurices (Dyersburg Mall) • Napa Auto Parts • Tennessee Tractor Alamo • Steve Rice Cattle • Friendship Bank • Crockett Shooting Sports • Start to Finish • Bikini Bottoms Off-Road Park • RT’s Main St. Car Wash Also extra thanks to Dave & Jeannie’s Karaoke for coming for the entertainment. Thanks again to all of those that came out to help support Friendship Elementary School and the PTO. Dates of upcoming events: Sept. 6th Grandparents’ Day and Reward Day Staff and students celebrate this day with breakfast with grandparents. The reward activities are scheduled for staff and students for the afternoon to celebrate for receiving the top 5% on TCAP testing in the spring. Sept. 10th Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled for 3:30-6:00pm Sept. 24th Family Fun Night 5:30-7:00pm Staff and students have a fun-filled night with their families. Lots of games and activities. Plus food are served to all students and family members.

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Urgent Care Mr. and Mrs. Barry Eubanks of Gadsden proudly announce the Preventive engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son, HunterCare Eubanks, to Devon McCain of Nashville. Women's Health The bride-elect is the daughter of Bob and Lisa McCain Well Child Checksof Nashville. She is the granddaughter of the late Helen W.G. Merritt of DOT and + Sports Physicals Covington, Patricia and the late Robert Logan of Paris, Ill., Darleen and Weight Loss Management Bill McCain of Memphis, and the late Annie McCain of Atoka. Devon Disease Management graduated from Perrysburg High School inChronic Perrysburg, Ohio in 2004 and is a 2009 graduate of Ohio State University with a BS in hospitality Onsite: management. She is team leader for J’on Alan Salon in Nashville. The groom-elect is the grandson of Larry and Billie Lab Hoppers of Gadsden and the late Virginia Bowman and Willie Eubanks EKG of Lavinia. Hunter is a 2004 graduate of Crockett County High LungSchool Functionand Test a 2010 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Recreation Administration. He is a youth sports coordinator for Williamson County Parks and Recreation Franklin. Monday -inTuesday - Wednesday - Friday The couple will wed in Nashville on October 12 and will reside in 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nashville.

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W A D E Harvest accepts first residents by Nancy Harper In the August issue of The Crockett Rocket, you were introduced to Joyce Cole who was working to open up the W A D E Harvest House, a halfway house for men. Ms. Cole has informed us there are currently two men living there, and two more should be there by the time you are reading this. Men must be willing to make a change in their lives to be considered for residency. There will not be any high profile criminals or sex offenders living at the house. There will always be a house manager on the premises, and Donna Powell will act as their probation officer. W A D E Harvest halfway house is located at 965 W. Main St., Alamo. Ms. Joyce said you are welcome to call For more information, call 731-589-0751 731-589-0751 with your questions or to stop in and visit. She said, “I would rather have these men here in this house than to have them out on the streets. We are working to rehabilitate them.� The scope of services to be offered include: Services for co-occurring disorders, halfway house and treatment, recovery support services in case management, relapse prevention recovery skills, transportation, drug testing, spiritual/pastoral services, employment assistance, and referral services. The residents also must be willing to work at whatever task is presented to them. Some will require some training. Volunteers are needed. You could teach someone how to use a tiller, how to plant a garden, how to cook, or how to pray. Small businesses might want to give them a chance to work. Mentors are needed to help guide the person who lacks skills and knowledge of successful living, help them get on the straight and narrow, or just to teach and share basic skills. These men need to find their way back. Matthew 25:35-36: For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Maury City United Methodist Church

will have a revival service and music Sept. 8 through 11. Bro. Mark McCastlin will be preaching. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night.

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Boys and Girls Register for Cub Scounts and Girl Scouts

More than 100 Crockett County boys and girls registered for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts last week. Dressed as pirates and cowgirls, they raced boats, line danced, played games and enjoyed tasty treats. Troops and dens will begin meeting in September. For more information, call Greg Emison (Cub Scouts) at 731-217-3967, Catherine Legions (Girl Scouts) at 731-4312676 or Deborah McLean (both) at 731-696-2221.

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Maury City Elementary

As part of the No Excuses University college bound program at Maury City Elementary School, the staff and students participated in College Colors Day Friday. College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience by encouraging fans across America to wear their favorite college or university apparel throughout the day on Friday, August 30. Pictured above is the staff at MCES supporting their favorite college.

Who goes to college? First graders in Miss Judy Poston’s class at Maury City Elementary recently dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up. The class then discussed “why go to college.” The first grade class has been adopted by Union University and knows they will graduate from college in 2029. They proudly wear their Union University t-shirts (given to them by the college) each Friday and root for the Union University bulldogs.

Maury City Elementary Faculty and Staff are sending the message that “Reading Makes You Great and Powerful” by sporting their new Imagination Library T-Shirts. Imagination Library is a program that provides free books to children birth to 5 years old in the county. Parents of children in this age range can register on line to receive their free books in the mail. Thank you to everyone in the county who bought a t-shirt to support this program. The children of Crockett County will benefit from your generous contribution.

Ms. Jenna Cherry’s 5th grade class at Maury City Elementary School has been adopted by the University of Florida as part of the school’s “No Excuses University” college bound program. These 5th graders will graduate from college in 2025. Go Gators!

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Journey Church partners with Generosity Feeds to package 10,000 meals for hungry children Three Way, TN - In West Tennessee, 1 in 5 people are living below the poverty line. Here in our own community 43% of children struggle with food insecurities, not always knowing where their next meal will come from. Journey Church is partnering with Generosity Feeds ( on September 15th to address this issue in our community. Generosity Feeds works to decrease the debilitating effects of child hunger in America by providing nutritious and delicious meals for children in need. This collaborate effort between Generosity Feeds and Journey Church will take place at Dutch Garden Center in Three Way and will mobilize hundreds of volunteers in a one-day event to assemble 10,000 meals. The event will last just two hours from 4-6 pm. The meals will then be distributed by local school systems or other non-profits and will be given to children in Madison, Gibson, and Crockett County. The food being assembled arrives to the host site in bulk a few days prior to the event. At the packaging event, food is assembled into serving size packages, heat sealed and boxed for distribution. Generosity Feeds food-packs are all natural with no preservatives. The goal of this event is to unite volunteers around a common cause while inspiring hundreds of people into long-term generosity. Through this event we will help to decrese the debilitating effects of food insecurity on children in our area. Local media outlets are invited to provide coverage of the event to help raise awareness of food insecurities in our community and help raise interest in future efforts. Journey Church is a two year old church plant meeting at FunZone in Three Way, TN. We have a desire to help meet the needs o four community by mobilizing volunteer efforts towards a common goal. Generosity Feeds is a non-profit organization located in Sterling, VA and helps to organize meal-packaging events all over the U.S. For further information, please contact: Journey Church, 115 Directors Row, Jackson, TN, 731-388-9667 x203, brice@

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Moments with a Minister CITIZENSHIP

Syria. Unemployment. Politics. North Korea. I’m really tired of watching the news and hearing/talking about these things. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I have done my share of reading the news and blogs…but now I am ready to move on. No doubt there are serious decisions on the horizon and I respect and appreciate those that they make them… but I am not one of them. The apps are deleted. My attention has been refocused. I am done. Incidentally, or maybe not, I came to the following verses in Paul’s letter to the Christians at Philippi, and it reminded me of something really great and important…I hope it will help you like it did me. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself (Philippians 3:2021). These Christians were proud of their city…very patriotic. It was a beautiful city. Philippi was a Roman colony and full of Roman citizens. Those these two truths carried with them fantastic privileges. Paul…writing from the capital of the Roman Empire…felt like they needed a bit of a wake-up call….a reminder if you will But, “our citizenship is in heaven,” he gently reminds them. We live here on earth for a short while, Paul writes, but we stay watchful for the eventual return of the Savior. When He comes, He will transform this old messed-up body into one like His glorious body...all those injustices against you will be made right. He will sort it all out. There was nothing wrong at all with being Roman citizens - sometimes used his citizenship to his advantage - but he wanted them to remember what was most important. We’re Christians first of all, and then Romans. I think we need that reminder today. Except for a few of you, almost everyone reading this article lives in Crockett County, which, obviously is in the United States. There is a strong patriotic sentiment here in this county (Veteran Memorial, veterans events etc), and it’s always been that way. “I’m proud to be an American,” we sometimes sing. Most of us are super-proud to be Crockett Countians! 9 Year During election seasons (which is seemingly rapidly Business approaching), when claims of patriotism surround us, perhaps we ought to be reminded again. We’re Christians first, and then Americans. We belong to God primarily, and then maybe to a political party. We live in a tent down here . . . but our Lord is working on a more permanent home up there. That same, exact power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead will one day snatch us up out of our graves, and He will escort us to the place where we really belong. Until we get there, we’ll always feel somewhat “not at ease” in this world. But that is to be expected because, in a very real sense, we are just visiting down here for a little while. It really is not our home. May God bless us! His Servant, Stephen R. Sutton

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Residents enjoyed hearing about the birds and learning about reelfoot ledgends and all the sites you can enjoy when you visit.

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Joy for More than a Season by: Nancy Harper Life takes us in many directions, and along that road we meet people, add people to our friends’ list, or continue along waiting for the next detour. On life’s road, I’ve met many people; those who were there for a season and those I’ll always remember. For a season I helped with Bible study at the Alamo Nursing & Rehab Center. What a blessing the Bible study time was for me. One lady I met always had a smile and wanted to visit. When we would ask for prayer requests, she was prepared with those she wanted us to add to the prayer list. Nancy Burns Glenn is that lady. She’s in her wheelchair always looking pretty and loves to wear jewelry— that’s the first thing you notice. As you visit a little more, you find a young woman who has joy. Nancy married James Glenn Sr. after high school, their home is in Medon, and they have a son, James Glenn Jr. She had been a housewife for 33 years when she experienced a Nancy Glenn life-changing event. It was 2007 and Nancy fell. It wasn’t just any fall—it was major. Her neck was broken. When Nancy retells the story and the hardships she endured, you can hear the thankfulness she has for all her caregivers. Rushed to Jackson General and then on to a hospital in Memphis for 14 days was a difficult beginning. Nancy was placed in a neck brace, which later broke. Times got really tough, as she was then put in a halo contraption that went from her head to below her waist. Needing constant care, Nancy was sent to Trenton Nursing Home and Rehab Center for about a year. She said there were about 30 people living there. This halo was heavy and was fastened seven ways. It could only be opened and closed with screws and bolts. She could not raise her arms for eight or nine weeks and had to lie flat on her back. Unbelievably so, Nancy’s neck had repaired itself, surgery was not required, and she was able to go back home in November 2010. Later she was hit with double pneumonia and went through another hospital stay. Home Care came into Nancy’s home to help after her hospital stay and started looking for a rehabilitation center for Nancy—destination, Alamo. (continued on page 17)

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(continued from page 16) One thing a woman never wants to talk about is her weight, but Nancy will, and she has good reason to do that. She is so proud to say that she has lost almost 300 pounds from the time of her accident till today—half her body weight. Once again, Nancy got really sick and needed surgery. She said, “All the ANRC staff took such good care of me and quickly called the ambulance to take me to the hospital.” After surgery and returning to ANRC, she just couldn’t get well, and once again had to go back to the hospital. She only has good comments about the care she received from all the staff. Nancy also gives credit to the Crockett County Ambulance Service for their excellent care. Brandon Ward said, “We try to put ourselves in the patient’s position and strive to make a hard situation as pleasant as we can. Many of us here at the Ambulance Service have been in the position of needing urgent help where we had to rely on someone for that care. If we can brighten their day, it doesn’t take a lot of effort and doesn’t take away from the care. Our people really care for those in need.” Nancy is getting her strength back and working hard to lose more weight. Her goal is to be able to walk with her walker without assistance and go back home where her husband and son are anxiously waiting. She is now walking 400 steps at a time and is on a low carbohydrate diet. Of course, I had to ask about the diet. Nancy said, “No potatoes, no bread, no butter, no fried foods, fruit for dessert, salads, no salt, drink plenty of water, and no sodas.” Not on my bucket list. I asked how she seasoned her food, and she replied, “Black pepper and Sweet’N Low for my tea.” Then she proudly said, “I lost one more pound today.” While living here in Alamo, Nancy has really enjoyed the Bible studies and has asked Jesus to come into her heart. Amen! Other things she likes are the activities, crafts, the staff, and the residents. Every time someone would walk by, Nancy would say, “That’s my friend.” One of her friends, Mrs. Jean Emison, came over and sat down at the table with us. Ms. Jean said, “Nancy is a good friend; by my side when I need her. You won’t find a closer friend.” Nancy started naming her friends, and I told her I couldn’t list everyone because we might miss somebody. As we were beginning to close up our interview, Nancy shared this with me. “There have been lots of prayers that went out for me. The Lord is in my heart. Now I pray every night and thank the Lord I’m healed. I had a hernia that looked like a baseball and weighed about nine pounds. I 107 S. Lafayette Avenue 5342 College Street prayed for healing. I have a gift in my heart. Everyone here Brownsville, TN 38012 Bells, TN 38006 731-772-1551 731-663-2766 loves me, and I love them.” Joy doesn’t come from circumstances but from God.


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A 1937 snapshot of “The Grove”

by Nancy Harper The Crockett Reporter along with members of our county are very interested in the old schools, and put a note to the effect in one of our publications. Lavelle Hickman called and said she would like to see an article on the Johnson’s Grove School. The focus of that article has turned into more than the school and includes the community itself. The community of Johnson’s Grove, or “The Grove” as some called it, is located three and one-half miles west of Bells. It is fertile land between the south fork and the middle fork of the Forked Deer River. By 1928, a schoolhouse was built in a community called Lanefield, which was about a half mile north of “The Grove” and students were taught year round by Isaac Johnson. A crossroads, a large grove of hardwood trees, which had been Johnson’s Grove School 1937. Front row left to right: Betty cleared by William Johnson, was frequently used as a picnic area and a meeting place. This small settlement was named Carter, Violet Pitt Leech, Carolyn Ward, Olive Ward, Ralph Johnson’s Grove in honor of Mr. W.E. Johnson sometime Tucker, Imogene Proctor, Ernestine ______. Middle row left after 1928. Lanefield continued to exist, but gradually dwinto right: Billy Tritt, Benny Leo Colvett, Agnes Hughes, Roy dled away.* Ezell, Billy Carter, _____ Colvett, Christine Hughes, Cavner It was a bustling community supporting four grocery and Proctor. Back row left to right: Malcolm Kail, Junior Bled- dry goods stores, blacksmith, grist mill, cotton gin, post soe, _____, teacher Virginia Beaver, and Virginia Tritt on office, saw mill, school, three medical doctors, and two churches. the end. Do not know who was cut out of the picture. Mrs. Violet Pitt Leach, who is in the 1937 Johnson’s Grove school picture, talked about living in the community and attending school during her growing-up years. Her grandmother, Ora Kail, owned one of the grocery stores. Ms. Vi said it was really a booming community with houses all around the square. The school was grades 1-8 with four classrooms: first and second grades, third and fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades. About 20 students were in each classroom — 80 students made a large school back then. Ms. Vi said she remembered there was a big stove in the auditorium. Lavelle Hickman, who inherited the old school building from her parents, said that there was a really big flue in the auditorium part of the school. School started at 8 a.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. Most children walked to school and some rode horses. School started up in July for six weeks, then let out to gather the Class of 1934. The two young men on the back row left to right are Doyle Williams and Artilus Williams. crops, and school started back after the harvest and ended in May. In 1937 Ms. Molly Burnett was principal, and Mr. Melvin Carlton took her place when she retired. Ms. Vi said she and her sister took their lunch to school wrapped in a newspaper. There was a cloakroom where all the students hung their coats and put their lunches on the top shelf. She said their lunch was always large and that by lunch time, theirs had already been eaten. “We would just walk from school to our grandmother’s grocery store for something to eat,” said Ms. Vi. “I think it was the loaf bread that everyone wanted from our lunch, as most of the students brought biscuits from home.” When one completed the eighth grade, one had obtained most of the basic skills in the three “R’s.” There was a graduation exercise for all the eighth graders, and those desiring a higher education would attend either Maury City or Alamo. Ms. Vi went to Alamo High School and graduated in 1946. Ms. Vi said history was her favorite subject at Johnson’s Grove, and she really studied hard because their teacher expected them to know the answers. Science was part of the curriculum, as well as writing. When asked what memories of school Ms. Vi had, she said, “Ms. Pinkston was the choir director, and she taught the girls to sing.

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1956-57 photo of the last school year

A very old picture of members of the Johnson’s Grove community, and take note of the WWI soldier.

We had a Mark Twain play, and I played the part of Becky. It was on the stage in the auditorium, and we had a big attendance.” During Christmas, she remembers a tree in the auditorium and that the students drew names and gave gifts. There was a well behind the school with a pump for drinking water. On one side of the back of the school, there was the boy’s outhouse, and the girl’s was on the other side. Ring around the roses, whip, baseball and softball were played during recess. There were no fans in the schoolhouse nor were there screens on the windows. Baseball was “The Sport.” Ms. Vi can tell you all about it and is still a big baseball fan. Willie Hughes’ uncle had a baseball team, and folks would go out to watch them play. There were also picnics at Espy Park on July 4th each year. The girls wore dresses and long stockings; anklets were becoming fashionable in 1937. Boys wore overalls. “Everyone wore shoes as well as I can remember,” said Ms. Vi. Since the schoolhouse had an auditorium, it was used for activities like cake walks, box suppers, and where fruits, cheese, and other food items were distributed to those in need. School-age children liked to spend the night with friends. Community activities included playing cards like High 5, playing checkers, and square dancing. Mr. Joe Lewis bought the first radio, and everyone came to listen. “The Grove” received a station from Del Rio, Texas, that played country or folk music. “Not sure they called it country music back then,” said Ms. Vi. Other programs they listened to on the radio were: Lum & Abner, Jack Benny, and Amos & Andy. “We liked going to church,” said Ms. Vi, who is still a member of the Johnson Grove Baptist Church. The two churches in “The Grove” were Methodist and Baptist. The Methodist Church is no longer serving the community; however, the Baptist Church is currently 176 years old. Entertainment for the kids was Saturday movie night in Bells. They watched cowboy movies and serials. After the movies, they would go to the drug store for ice cream or to the hamburger place. Around 1943, the Johnson’s Grove school burned. Part of the students went to the Methodist Church, and the others went to the Baptist Church until the school was rebuilt in the same location. When the new school was built, all the lumber was donated through the log mill and “The Grove” people built it—no labor costs. Time marches on and the 1956-57 school year was the last for the school children in Johnson’s Grove. My first cousin Patricia Brasfield McLean said that all the students were in one classroom the last year of the school, and classes only went through the sixth grade. Another change is that now we say Johnson Grove. The Greenway family bought the old schoolhouse. Lavelle and her family have removed the classrooms from the building and rebuilt the auditorium part of the school into a home for her daughter and her family. I want to give a big thank you to Lavelle Hickman and Ms. Violet “Vi” Leach for all their pictures and memories. Some teachers: R. V. Harper, Mrs. Pearl Crossnoe, Ms. Oliver Ward, Mrs. Mary Perry, Mr. Franklin Perry (wife Peggy), Ms. Adelle Manning, Ms. Delma Pinkston, Ms. Virginia Beaver, Mr. Alfred ____, and Mr. Melvin Carlton. *I read a book entitled “Mr. Bob” written by Robert T. Tucker Jr., a descendant of fourth generation Tuckers from Johnson’s Grove—for a few dates and facts. It was a very interesting read.


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Alamo Red Devils Open Season with Win On Saturday, August 24th, the Alamo Red Devils traveled to Medina to open the 2013 season. With the sun high in the sky and the humidity just as high, the Red Devils were able to leave Medina with a 22-12 victory. Alamo opened the game on defense and immediately forced a 3 and out from Medina. Taking over after the punt, Alamo put together a drive that ended with a Holden Cummings oneyard touchdown plunge. Kintarious Siddell had 2 big runs on the drive to set up the short touchdown run. After the 2-point conversion was incomplete, Alamo led 6-0. Medina’s next drive resulted in a couple of first downs, but ended in a Red Devil defensive stand in Alamo territory to force the turn- The Alamo Red Devils break through the game banner and into the 2013 over on downs. The Red Devils again season at Medina this past Saturday. The Red Devils came away with a 22marched down the field and appeared 12 victory. to have scored on a Cummings run, but the play was negated by a holding call. That only delayed the touchdown, as 2 plays later, Cummings took it in again and tacked on the 2-point conversion to give Alamo a 14-0 lead. Medina busted a long touchdown run with just under a minute left in the half to pull 89 South Burns Street Alamo, TN 38001 within 14-6. Beginning the second half, Alamo took possession and it took just 3 plays for Cummings to again find the end zone with a long run. Luke Pratt plunged in from 3 yards out on the 2-point conversion play and Alamo extended its lead to 22-6. Medina put another score on the board early in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring on the day. “We looked much more disciplined than we looked per mo in the preseason jamboree,” Coach Brooks Rawson said. “I was proud of the preparation leading up to the opening Vacancies available in Newly Renovated, game. Hopefully that focus will continue throughout the Privately Owned Harber-Lamen Apartments season.” Alamo will be on the road Thursday, August 29th • 2 Bedroom • Newly Carpeted at Dyersburg for a 6 pm kickoff. Results of that game will • Nice Large Kitchen and Bath appear in next week’s paper. with Newly Tiled Floors Game Stats: Leading Rushers: Holden Cummings (143 yards; 3 touch• Quiet Neighborhood with On-Site Security downs); Kintarious Siddell (54 yds.) Leading Pass/Receiv• Conveniently Located within walking distance ing: Luke Pratt (2 comp./3 att. 12 yards); Will Rawson (12 of downtown Alamo yards receiving) Leading Tackles: Peter Maher (8); Hayden Call 731-696-4670 for more details! Beal (7)

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern Hosts Graduation Ceremony The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Newbern (TCAT-Newbern) hosted its annual graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the West Dyersburg Church of Christ. Diplomas were awarded in each of the following career and technical areas: Automotive, Business, Drafting and CAD, Electronics, Heating and Air, Industrial Maintenance, Machine Shop, and Practical Nursing. During the ceremony, 184 diplomas and 30 technical certificates were conferred. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Newbern and Union City campuses) enjoy a tremendous graduation rate (77%). An even greater accomplishment is an 85% placement rate of our graduates. Employers in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and even Florida, are hiring our graduates for their high skilled, high wage jobs. We encourage you to contact TCAT-Newbern if you need to acquire new skills or enhance your current skill set. Marsha Mitchell, Student Services Coordinator, presided over the ceremony. Mr. Jeff Nicks, TCAT Newbern Maintenance Technician, provided the invocation. Tennessee State Representative Bill Sanderson from Kenton delivered the commencement address. Donna Hastings, TCAT Director, and Donnie Walton, TCAT Assistant Director, presented diplomas to graduates with the assistance of the program instructors: Miranda Miller, Shannon Stewart, Eddie Brunswick, Jay Litchford, James Palmer, Coy Matheny, Craig Creswell, Wanda Smith and Shannon Miller. The National Technical Honor Society recognized 55 students from the 2012-2013 graduating class. The National Technical Honor Society is an organization dedicated to honoring student achievement and leadership, promoting educational excellence, and enhancing career opportunities. Students must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average to be a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Each member of the National Technical Honor Society wore a white tassel and white stole to represent the organization. Academic honor graduates included Lia Baker, Clarissa Douglas, Sara Grief, Tina Kanady, Cindy Martin, Connie Miller, Matthew Whitaker, Heather Wilson, Sean Lanahan, Shane Walton, David Chandler, Robert Cox, Dennis Montgomery, Lisa Rainey, Melisa Rudd, Darrell Brock, Reggie Chambers, Timothy Moore, William Murray, Charles Roberson, James Roberson, Joe Roberts, Barry Sowell, Roy Wiseman, Patrick David, Alejanandro Acevedo, Jeffrey Burkett, Miquel Cruz, Albert Jackson, Mariah Adkins, Jennifer Alcozer, Kelli Dodson, Elizabeth Fransen, Miki Glisson, Katrina Harvey, Cornelius Jackson, Krystal Jackson, Kim Jones, Colis Long, Amanda Owens, Ashley Smith, Ezra Spurlock, Ryan Nicole Thompson, Valerie Bishop, Ashley Brown, Amanda Davis, Yolonda Dysart, Maria Fortner, Molly Herman, Hiliary Mays, Taliya McGuire, Sondra Purvis, Jennifer Ravello, and Ra’Sheda Wright. SkillsUSA chapter leaders and skilled competitors were recognized for their dedication and leadership. The regional, state, and national SkillsUSA competitors who were honored included Tracy Moss, Jeff Nicks, Sean Lanahan, Trevor Riley, Shane Walton, Robert Cox, Matt Whitaker, Heather Wilson, Clarissa Douglas, Ryan Nicole Thompson, Kelli Dodson, Kim Jones, Amanda Owens, Mariah Adkins, Miki Glisson, Ashley Smith, Jeff Burkett, and Christopher Smith. Chapter officers Sean Lanahan and Robert Cox were honored for their outstanding contributions and leadership to the local chapter. SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical schools, and two-year colleges. The association emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. The Drafting and CAD Technology program was recognized for recently being awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for providing over 1,000 hours of service to the local community. This national award is presented annually to individuals and teams who are committed to making a difference in their communities. Following the ceremony, a reception honoring the graduating class was hosted by TTCN Student Services staff. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Newbern (TCAT Newbern) provides technical and skills training to students in order to meet the occupational needs of employers in the service area. Desirable worker characteristics are also emphasized to instill good work habits, reliability, honesty, and other attributes needed for a productive society. Specifically, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology provides technical support to existing business/industry to meet the ever increasing demands for a highly-trained and skilled work force. For more information about TCAT technical programs, visit

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Red Devils Handle Dyersburg 30-14


Playing on an artificial turf field is a rare event for a high school team. It is even more rare for a 6th grader to get that opportunity. On Thursday, August 29, the Alamo Red Devils got the opportunity to play on the new turf at Sawyer Stadium on the campus of Dyersburg High School. And the experience was a great one, as the Red Devils came away with a 30-14 victory. Alamo opened the game with the ball. Driving against a much bigger Dyersburg team, the Red Devils were able to march down the field and hit pay dirt when Hayden Beal took it into the end zone from a yard out. The conversion attempt was no good and Alamo led 6-0. The Red Devil defense was able to slow Dyersburg down, but Dyersburg converted two different 4th-down opportunities on the drive and was able to tie the game at 6 with under a minute left before halftime. Kintarious “Smokey” Siddell broke away from the pack on the first play after the Dyersburg drive and raced in from 70 yards out. Holden Cummings tacked on the 2-point conversion to give Alamo a halftime lead of 14-6. The Alamo defense picked up the pace in the 2nd half and forced a punt on the first drive and Peter Maher intercepted a Dyersburg pass on their second drive. The combination of Siddell and Cummings moved the Red Devils down to the 18-yard line after the punt. That is when Luke Pratt hooked up with Holden Cummings for an 18-yard touchdown pass. Cummings again put up the 2-point conversion run and Alamo led 22-6. Izaak Beaver marched the Red Devils down inside the 10-yard line on 3 consecutive runs after the Maher interception. Holden Cummings then hooked up with Hunter Ward on a 8-yard touchdown strike. Drew Riley ran in the 2-point conversion for a 30-6 lead. Dyersburg put the final points on the board with 2 ½ minutes left in the game. Head Coach Brooks Rawson talked about his team after the game. “I was extremely proud of our execution today. We were way outsized, but the offense stayed within themselves and the defense was able to get off their blocks and make tackles all night. It is a good win to beat a big, athletic team th 7 Annual  Alamo  Red  Devils  Play  Day   like Dyersburg.” The Red Devils will host a Play Day this Saturday, Saturday,  September  7th,  2013   September 7th at Alamo Field. Six Games, twelve teams   and over a 1,000 fans will be in Alamo for the 7th Annual Event. Alamo plays Gibson County at 10:15.   9:00  am  –      USJ  –  Crockett  Co.   Game Stat Leaders:   10:15  am  –    Alamo  –  Gibson  Co.   Rushing: Kintarious Siddell (101 yds. 1 TD); Holden Cum   11:30  am  –    Medina  –  Dyersburg     mings (56 yds.); Izaak Beaver (15 yds. 1 TD) Passing/Receiving: Luke Pratt (2 Comp./3 Att. 51 yds. 1   12:45  pm  –   Alamo  (JV)  –  Trenton  (JV)     TD); Cummings (51 yds. Rec. 1 TD); Hunter Ward (8 yds.   2:00  pm  –      JCS  –  Northview   Rec. 1 TD)   3:15  pm  –      Trenton  –  TCA   Defense: Peter Maher (7 tackles; 1 Int.); Izaak Beaver (5   tkl.); Miguel Guerra (5 tkl.); Luke Pratt (3 tkl.; 1 Int.) *  Admission  =  $2.00  for  school  age  and  older  


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It’s a buggy without a horse

by Nancy Harper It’s a buggy without a horse. I wonder if that’s how people described the first automobiles? It certainly is a good way to describe the vehicle built by Herbert and Marie Adams at Herbie Town. The Adams family lives just over on the other side of the Quincy bottom into Gibson County. Most everyone in Crockett County knows the family; they attend church, build houses, and perform home repairs here in the county—Herbert and Marie Adams. You may have seen them ride through Alamo or at Green Frog in their horseless carriage. Some cedar trees were cut down in Bradford and sent to a saw mill that Mr. Herbert used to build his carriage. He said that he started working on it for about two weeks and then had to start all over again. Next, he used a John Deere riding lawn mower that he cut into for the motor, which gave him the capability of not changing gears. Head lights, brake lights, signal lights, rearview mirrors, and a horn—all the bells and whistles. Yes, he’s already been asked if he would sell it, but he hasn’t priced it yet. Ms. Marie and Mr. Herbert rode the horseless carriage from their home to Alamo, and it took 35-40 minutes — seven miles/hour. His idea came from the Ford brothers, who took a buggy and put a motor on it. The Adamses rode it in the Strawberry Festival this year. Ms. Marie said she heard someone say, “What is that? Looks like a buggy without a horse.” “I like to stay busy. I’m 85, and when I get to be 110 or 112, I’ll go to the coffee shop then. I do go every few weeks to visit. When I was born, I weighed 7 ½ pounds and have always been in a hurry. I get up about 2 every Mr. Herbert and Ms. Marie ready for a morning,” Mr. Herbert said. My first reaction was, “You gotta be kidding.” ride in their horseless carriage. He said that he had always gotten up early, even as a child. He said that he was one of nine kids, and he would get up in the morning and gather the wood, milk the cows, feed the mules, and whatever. He said that his momma wouldn’t let him build a fire while he was so young. He did say that he sleeps in about once a month — five or six hours. I had to ask what time he went to bed thinking that it might be five or six in the evening, but he said about nine or 10. He said that he had always loved to watch daylight moving in. He just wants to know what’s going on. Ms. Marie said that she does not get up that early. When I asked her how many years they had been married, she shook her head and said, “It will be 65 years in December.” God bless, Ms. Marie. Ms. Marie’s family lived about a mile or mile-and-a-half from the Adams family. Her parents were James Ivy Lowrance and Fountie Hardaway. Mr. Herbert and Ms. Marie bought the land they currently live on from Ms. Marie’s dad. Upstairs in the saloon, you will find four generations of Ms. Marie’s family — her parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents. She said that she wants to get a picture made of her and Mr. Herbert so they can hang it up there with her family. What a beautiful old church. Step inside and They started building their house in 1952 with $50 in the bank. Since Mr. Herbert was the oldest boy in his family, he was making you will be amazed at the stained glass window. (continued on page 33)

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(continued from page 32) the crop for his parents. Even though his brother John was young, Mr. Herbert taught him how to drive the tractor so he and Ms. Marie could get their house built. He said he built it in the middle of a cow pasture. “I was the only sharecropper who built a house is what folks said,” Mr. Herbert shared. “I worked on it all hours of the day and night.” Mr. Herbert was the sixth of nine children born to a sharecropper family. His family lived within seeing distance of where they built their house. When you look around at all the buildings, the funny pieces, the scrap wood, and things in the making, you wonder how he came up with all these ideas. His project at the The left side of the house was Ms. Marie’s sister’s first moment is a half carriage which he plans to mount over the building used as a garage when you enter Herbie Town, and house. the wording will be “Visit .” He said he plans to build a jail for which he already has the lumber. He said that a lady from Bolivar plans to give him some old law books from her dad’s library. One of them is dated 1890. A plaque this lady had purchased for her dad’s desk will be on display in Herbie Town’s law office. Mr. Herbert said, “There’s a lot of meanness going on, so we need a jail and a law office.” If you ever drive by his place and see a glass house, that will be Mr. Herbert’s — he said he wasn’t going in the nursing home or behind bars. He said if he had a glass house, then he could still see what was going on. “Now I’m not nosey, I just want to keep up on things,” he said. Where would you see all this? It’s Herbie Town, 778 Humboldt Gibson Wells Rd., Humboldt. For more informaLike I said, you never know where to look when you visit tion, call 731-559-4661. Herbie Town. When I started to take pictures, I was just overwhelmed by everything on their place. Ms. Marie’s sister’s first house is there. There’s a chair that rocks sideways, a water wheel, bank, barber shop, funeral parlor, cobbler, library, all kinds of “western art metal or wood” and lots more. You really just don’t know where to look — there’s so much to see. Mr. Herbert and Ms. Marie were gracious hosts to me. They took me riding in their carriage, and I even got to eat a hamburger in Brazil. Tennessee, that is. You may wonder why I’ve mostly written about Mr. Herbert. Well it’s this way: He did most of the talking! The stove and the container above the stove get really hot, and then the airplane fan propeller sends the heat into the next room.

One of the many buildings at Herbie Town.


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Esther Lee Parker’s 100th birthday

by Nancy Harper A birthday celebration is always lots of fun; a 100th birthday party is even better. Ms. Esther Lee Parker celebrated with many family, friends, and neighbors at Providence Baptist Church. Ms. Esther greeted all the guests. Visitors stooped down to speak to her so that she could see and hear them. She was able to recall faces and names and talk about old times. She was born on August 27, 1913 to John William Parker and Carra Nevada Mills. Ms. Esther had one sister, Loudean Parker Warren. Their mother, Ms. Carra, passed away in November 1920 from a lung condition and left two small children, ages seven and four. Then their father left his daughters and went to Oregon where he later died and was buried in 1968. The two girls were raised by their grandparents, William Edward Parker and Alpha Emily Livingood. When Ms. Esther’s grandparents died, she lived with Aunt Larrena and Uncle Jesse, who never married. Ms. Esther had one child—a son, Doris Parker; four grandchildren: Donna Jordan from Pittsburgh, Pa., Shannon ParkMs. Esther Lee Parker celebrating her 100th birthday er from Crockett Mills, Gaye Lynn Bailey from Philadephia, with her grandchildren. Left to right: Shannon Parker, Pa., Gin Williams from Maury City; seven great-granchilGin Williams, Ms. Esther, Gaye Lynn Bailey, and Donna dren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Ms. Esther now lives in Philadelphia, and has been Jordan. there about four years. Gaye Lynn said her grandmother was 96 when they moved her to Philadelphia. Ms. Esther saw the ocean for the first time and stood and looked at it and said it was the greatest thing she had ever seen. At 99, they went to the Renaissance Fair, and she said it was the greatest. Gaye Lynn said, “Ms. Esther met a boyfriend there, and he told her he’d meet her there every year. When we told him her age, he couldn’t believe it. In Florida she saw a dolphin named Winter, who splashed and got her soaking wet. She thought it was funny. I’m glad we have had the opportunity to take her places.” Some memories of Ms. Esther were of her pulling a cotton sack and picking cotton. Many said she was a great cook—coconut cake, fresh cream corn, vegetables out of the garden, and chocolate pies with meringue up to here. Family members said that whenever they visited her, she cooked three great meals a day. “She was a neat lady,” said niece Ruby Nell Henderson. “She and my mother, who was 94 years old, could shop us under the table any day,” said niece Joyce Williamson. Neighbor Bea Love said that she would write Ms. Esther long letters after she Great-great-grandchildren moved to Philadelphia telling her all about Crockett Mills. “I write and tell her about her house that is being remodeled, about her neighbors, the crops, and just a little bit of everything. She looked forward to my community news. My mother-in-law was one of Ms. Esther’s good friends, and they used to talk to each other every day,” said Bea. On up in years, Ms. Esther went to work at the Crockett Nursing (continued on page 35)

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Ms. Esther with neighbor Virginia Ottinger Home with her friend, Marie Love. Ms. Patricia Parker married Ms. EsPictured (from left to right/back row to front row): ther’s son Doris in 1960. She said, “Ms. Steve Williams, Adam Johnson, Shannon Parker, Nerissa Parker, Jim JorEsther had a good son.” dan, Leslie Plaia, Joey Plaia, Paislee Verran, Mallory Johnson, Gaye Lyn Many cousins were in attendance, inBailey, Donna Jordan, Chelsea Williams, Gin Williams, Kenzie Johnson cluding Jean Gourley, Ann Horner and Esther Lee Parker (celebrating her 100th bday), Patricia Parker, Addie Parkher granddaughter, Roberta Eskew and er, Catie Jordan, Zachary Parker her granddaughter, and many others. unable to attend: Abby Brown (great grandchild) “Mr. Jessie could get rid of warts,” said Lisa Cotton. Gaye Lynn said, “Uncle Jessie would take a butter bean and put it in a jar and the wart went away.” Lisa said she told him about a wart she had, and it just went away. Lisa Cotton said all the kids in Crockett Mills would make a circle at Halloween to all the houses, and every house had great food like divinity and all kinds of homemade goodies. They thought it was fudge at Ms. Esther’s house. J.B. and Virginia Ottinger moved to Crockett Mills in 1961 and said Ms. Esther was a good neighbor. “She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and was always the oldest member. Since she has moved away, now I am the oldest,” said Ms. Virginia. “She likes gifts; that’s why we had this party,” said her grandson Shannon.” She’ll probably be here another 20-30 years.” Ms. Esther was so thankful for all the birthday wishes.


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A Doctor Who Saves

By Dorothy Pendergrass Alamo Nursing & Rehab Center resident “My inspiration for writing this story came from one of my doctors. I was intrigued by the way he was inspired by his family to become a doctor. His family taught him geography instead of training him to be a camel rider. He is a very caring and knowledgeable doctor.” –Dot Pendergrass In faraway India a little boy named Jacob sits close by the small house where his family lives. His eyes are watching a space near the horizon close to the sunset for a lone camel. The camel will be bringing his father home from work where he had been lead guide for a caravan of camels. The other trained camels are carrying visitors from foreign lands who want to see the wonderful sites of India. These carrying-camels are trained to follow only Father and his lead camel. This is always a special time for Jacob. Besides being the lead camel man, Father has the duty of cleaning the waiting room for tomorrow’s guests after today’s guests have gone. Most of the day’s guests leave behind some kind of paper or pictorial of where they are from. Like one beautiful picture of the Argentina Mountains. wwwwwwAnd a caption asking everyone to come to Argentina and be guided on a donkey’s back into the canyons. Jacob’s mother had hung the picture on Jacob’s wall in his bedroom. Then she helped him find Argentina on his big globe map of the world. He also had a picture of Niagara Falls in America, and he found Niagara Falls on his globe. Beside it was a picture of Big Ben in London. Next was a clothing selection in Japan, the many bright colors of Hawaii, and the warm clothes worn by the Eskimos in Alaska. All of which Jacob could locate on his globe. Jacob’s father loved all of them. Because he had gotten to know them as he guided the people back into India and found them to be very good. Father would show Jacob on his globe where the people lived that he would be guiding tomorrow. “They want to see our beautiful historic India. All of the people love their country and are proud of it and its people as they should be, but they are also interested in what makes up the rest of our world.” Back with Jacob who is watching for his father, he sees a glint of light on the horizon. A moment later and a closer look, he sees the shape of a camel. The light he saw was the tiny reflection of the sunset on his father’s hat, where he wore a pin of gold in the shape of India. This meant Father would be home very soon. He ran to tell mother. She came to look and agreed, yes, it was Father. After dinner father, mother, and Jacob spread all the pictures of the day on the table. This time it was a huge hospital and many more smaller hospitals. But the picture Jacob chose to put on his wall was of a small child who seemed to be in very severe pain. Then another picture of the same child smiling with his hands held together in prayer. He was looking up at the doctor. The next picture was the doctor with his hands held also in prayer looking down at the child smiling. The wording underneath the picture said, “Doctor saves boy’s leg.” After that picture is hung on his wall and every time anyone asks him, “Jacob, what do you want to be when you grow up?” his answer was always, “A doctor who saves.” Jacob had always made good grades, but now everyone he encountered urged him to study hard—whether it was his grandfather or the governor who heard his story. Jacob wants to be a doctor who saves. When asked, “Who do you want to save?” He never gave an answer. In his heart and hanging on the wall was a picture of a little boy and the doctor who saved his leg. Still Jacob only heard “good grades.” He asked himself sometimes, “Will just good grades help the people of the world who need help?” But he never said it out loud. To this school and the next it seemed no matter how much Jacob studied, it seemed harder to get an A. But he was always trying to do his best. (continued on page 37)

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(continued from page 36) If 12 apples make a dozen today, then 12 apples will always make a dozen. That means whatever is asked of you today, learn it. Don’t just guess and hope it’s right. Know it and you will always be right. So Jacob listened and learned. He moved from India to Africa, he moved from Africa to England, and he moved from England to America. Always doing his best. Then one day he was called to a hospital, which had a child in very bad condition. It was hours and hours before Jacob said, “I’ve done my best.” The child went to Intensive Care. The team of doctors went on to other cases. The next morning there was no change in Intensive Care for the little boy. The next day he was rolled up in bed and a nurse was feeding him soup. Next day, he saw the doctor pass by the window and waved for him to come inside. As the doctor neared the bed, the boy lifted his left arm and said, “Big business people in America shake hands.” Both of them smiled as they shook hands. Later outside the child’s door, Jacob lifted his fist high in the air and said, “Yes.” To this child whom they believed was going to live! And to the memory of that other child and doctor and that caption, “The Doctor who saves Boy’s Leg.”

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