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Table of Contents

Inside this issue of


New This Mont h!

Fall, Family Fun Down on the Farm

Ponies, corn mazes, pumpkins, hayrides on a farm near you. Page 10

Crime Fighting Robots By Cody Crawford The future of law enforcement? Page 14

October 2016 Vol. 6, Issue 10

Belle Isle Estate By Melissa Wickline Take a photo tour of a classic post and beam cabin.

Turning Grapes Into Wine Page 18

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Feed the Elephants

Share your yard trimmings with middle Tennessee’s pachyderms. Page 20

By Becky Jane Newbold Local wineries harvest bumper crops after superb growing season.

Columbia’s Square Market Cafe Exhibits Sculpture By Cody Crawford Validity interviews artist, Jennifer Grisham. Page 22

Image Left, Joey Chessor at Grinder’s Switch Winery, courtesy photo. Cover Image: Autumn Brie Cari Mary Griffith

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes By Cari Marye Griffith and Katie Taylor Forget the sugar free diet, sweet treats! Page 6

Ornithology Report

The Believer’s Walk

By Bill Pulliam

By Charles Newbold

50 common birds, part 2.

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October Book Reviews

October Gardens

Ask A Lawyer

By James Lund

By Cassandra Warner

By Landis Turner

Double Review: A a Man Called Ove and Seinfeldia.

Put on your pumpkin face.

Memories of a convention. Page 24

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Our Mission Validity Magazine exists to reflect rural lifestyles of rural communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway in both storytelling and photo journalism. This local publication is designed to promote positive life experiences by delivering authentic, relevant content on healthy living, nature, outdoors, technology, gardening, entertainment and travel to the people who enjoy the small town experience.

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Harvesting Magnificent REwards By Becky Jane Newbold


liche’s announcing autumn’s arrival abound when October rolls around. So I will spare you, dear readers. I will say this: Fall’s glorious colors and crisp, cool mornings are a

huge part of why we choose to live in Tennessee and good friends are the remainder of the equation. My friends Gerald and Mary Hamm invited me to harvest this year at Keg Springs Winery. This family holds a special place in my heart. They, along with their son, Brian and his wife, Becky, are generous, caring and compassionate. They rarely leave things undone, both in their business and in helping others in life. Harvest is such an invigorating time of year. The air was refreshing and the workers were cheerfully

and efficiently completing their task. Climbing the ridge with grape collecting in full swing early that morning, I was reminded of God’s perfect provision. (And the steep climb also reminded me I have not been working out enough!) Hard work, dedication and perseverance combined with love of family make successes of four vineyards in my neighborhood. And many other businesses in our region too. Tire shops, auto repair shops, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, locally owned clothing stores, hardware, the list could go for days.

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The Mighty Oak


r any tree for that matter. I drove to the sawmill recently to retrieve the grandson’s car seat from my son-inlaw’s pickup. He works there. Logs stacked upon logs, deafening saw blade ripping hardwood trunks into railroad ties and mountains of sawdust provoked contemplation about the plight of our forests. Admittedly, I am torn. Old growth trees are nonexistent. And who doesn’t highly regard the By Shane Newbold mighty timber? Their magnificence is unsurpassed. The largest trees are ecosystems unto themselves, providing life to a multitude of other life forms. But sorrowfully, few trees grow old. On the flip side, harvesting trees is big business. In Lewis County, timber is king. Sawmills operate on ridgetops everywhere and in all surrounding counties. Logging supports a lot of people in our region. The jobs may not pay top wages or benefits and it is grueling, hazardous labor, but it does provide employment (for the young and strong anyway, I would not last). Trees are nontoxic and renewable. Homeowners continue to utilize hard-

Each of us are given talents and gifts and most have or have access to resources by which we can provide for ourselves and our families. What a blessing to be surrounded by God’s grace. My nephew once asked the difference between grace and mercy. It was my cousin, Lisa, who helped us with the answer: Grace is God giving us what we do not deserve. Mercy is when God does not give us what we deserve. Each day we plant seeds with our words and deeds and harvest them for years to come. All cliche’s aside, may we learn to walk the walk in this life and reap magnificent rewards.

wood flooring. Synthetic materials are less aesthetically pleasing than wooden, log or wood incorporated construction. Handmade, custom hardwood products have always been and will remain significantly essential with regard to form and function. For example, the most beautiful music still comes from wooden instruments. When harvested, the wood becomes products that outlast generations of humans. Again, for example, the most valuable antiques and stringed instruments are hundreds of years old. Kinda like me, better with age. Yeah,


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good time for you to cynically chuckle. But, having said all that, I still love a ginormous tree. Hate when one is cut down. A forest full of big trees is really cool. And clear cutting seems ridiculous. Responsible, select cut makes more sense, but what do I know? Also, I’ve been known to hug a tree or two. But Becky Jane and I someday hope to build a cabin (log of course, everything wood interior) overlooking our small lake. Obviously, I’ve answered no important questions or solved any big issues in this article. Sorry. Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 29 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest fishing and enjoying his family.

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Validity Recipes

Fall Favorites

By Cari Marye Griffith and Katie Taylor



breaking out the cinnamon, nutAutumn Brie meg, pumpkin pie spice and, of course, indulging in all of the deli- Ingredients: cious fall fruits. This brie combines 1 wheel of brie the sweetness of roasted figs and 2-3 figs pears with a hint of cinnamon and 1 pear lovely salted pistachios. If you want 1 teaspoon maple syrup to impress people at your next, A pinch of cinnamon swanky party, but don’t have a lot 2 tablespoons salted pistachios, of time, money or effort to give, shelled this is an easy dish that is great for 2 tablespoons (or more) entertaining and snacking. apricot jam 1 tablespoon melted butter

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hen I visit my husband at work, I pass by the most gorgeous fig tree I have ever laid eyes on. It takes up half of the front yard of the home and once had a fig almost the size of my fist. I love stopping to admire the tree, but haven’t had the gumption to ask the owners if they would mind sharing one. (Thus, no figs were snatched in the making of this recipe.) In anticipation of autumn, I’m

Instructions: 1. Dice pear into small, bite-sized pieces, and quarter figs. 2. Gently toss pears and figs in a small bowl with maple syrup, cinnamon and melted butter. 3. Roast in oven on 350 for 10-15 minutes, or until the tips of the pears and figs start browning. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! 4. Place 2 tablespoons of apricot jam (or more if you like your brie really sweet) on top of the brie, then carefully add the roasted pears and figs on top. 5. Place brie on a piece of parch-

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ment paper in a skillet or small pan and let cook in the oven for around 20 minutes. You want the brie to be melted inside but not bubbling out. 6. Sprinkle pistachios on top and serve with crackers, toasted bread or just eat it with a spoon.

Cari Marye Griffith is a photojournalist turned urban gardener with a deep love for good food, culture and community. Her comfort zone is a cup of Earl Gray, bright morning light and far too many house plants.

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Validity Recipes


he allure of fall is no secret. Cool nights, crisp mornings, muted colors and you know I can’t leave out the delectable pumpkin. We are all aware this gourd has become the face of fall, but I can’t just skip over it because it’s a popular ingredient. If you’ve been a Validity reader for awhile, or you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you also may know I have and always will be a pumpkin lover, despite being no different than every other millennial female, ha! This month, though, we are focusing on various sweets you might want to make during this time of year. From warm chocolate chip cookies, to, of course, pumpkin ice cream, these recipes will surely .


satisfy your sweet tooth!

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Yields about 50 cookies Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla

extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups oatmeal flour (or grind whole oats in food processor) ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 12 oz chocolate chips 4 oz dark chocolate, grated

Recipe, photos and food styling by Katie Taylor

cookie sheet at 350F for 10 min- 4 hours utes. 1 cup canned lite coconut Recipe adapted from “Mrs. Fields’ milk Cookies” by Faye King 2 tablespoons coconut oil ¼ cup maple Pumpkin Ice Cream syrup (Dairy free!) ½ cup canned pumpkin puree Yields 4 servings (not pie filling) Ingredients: teaspoon ¾ cup cashews, soaked in water for 1 pumpkin spice Dash sea salt Crushed graham cracker for topping (optional)

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Instructions: 1. Mix together butter and sugars until creamed. Add in eggs and vanillla. 2. In a separate large bowl, combine flours, salt, baking powder and soda. 3. Carefully pour dry ingredients into wet, and mix until combined. 4. Add chocolate, and stir. 5. Roll dough into golf-ball sized balls, and bake on ungreased

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Instructions: 1. B l e n d all ingredients except graham crackers in a high powered blender. 2. Pour into ice cube molds, and freeze for up to 4 hours, or until firm. 3. Remove ice cream cubes, and place back in high-powered blender or food processor, and

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Fall Farms

of October and have pumpkins and mums Limoland Farm Limoland can be found in Pulaski, for sale. For more information, visit their Tennessee and contains a pumpkin patch, website at, their Facehaystacks, a corn maze, farm animals and book page or call 931-363-5744. more. Hay rides and train rides are available on the weekends. Opening in late Granddaddy’s Farm September, they are open through the end A trip to Granddaddy’s Farm in Es-

till Springs, Tennessee entails such spectacles as pig races, an animal corral, a corn maze, hayrides, a nature trail and more. They opened on September 10 and are open throughout the fall until early November. Pumpkins are available for sale, and season passes are available for a new autumn adventure each weekend. For more information, visit their website at or call 931327-4080.

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Located in Columbia, Tennessee, Ring Farm is open through the month of October and has a corn maze, pumpkins for sale and zombie paintball. For more information, please call 931-486-2395.

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Lucky Ladd Farms is in Eagleville, Tennessee and has a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Lucky Ladd Farms opened in September and will remain open through the month of October. For more information, visit their website at or call 615-696-7500.

Walden Farm

Open September 24th through October 31st, Walden Farm has pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, straw and other fall harvest items. Located in Smyrna, Tennessee, they host hayrides and have farm animals to see, in addition to a corn maze, hay mountain and a 40-foot slide. For more

Gentry’s Farm

In lovely Franklin, Tennessee, Gentry’s Farm is open through the month of October

farm. For more information, visit their website or call 615-758-5364.

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Batey Farms

A corn maze, pumpkin patch and hay rides will be waiting for you if you choose to visit Batey Farms in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Open September 30th through October 30th, Batey Farms is an 8th generation family farm. For more information, visit their website at or call 615848-4178.

on weekends and Monday mornings. A four-acre corn maze, hay rides, a wooden tractor playground and a hands-on barn are just some of the attractions to be found at Gentry’s Farm. For more information, visit their website at or call 615-794-4368.

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information, visit their website at or call 615-220-2918.

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Validity Book Review

A Man Called Ove


Seinfeldia A Man Called Ove By Fredrik Backman Publisher: Simon and Schuster


ometimes you read a book that makes you want to find everything ever written by the author and read it as quickly as possible. This was precisely my reaction to A Man Called Ove. Ove is the angry old man down the street, the one who patrols the neighborhood and contacts the authorities each time he determines his neighbors have committed the slightest infraction. Ove’s wife has passed away. He still visits her often, and has plans to be with her soon. Unfortunately, an insufferable young couple have moved to

the neighborhood and are insistent on breaking the rules. Ove is not hapBy James Lund py. They want to be friends, but Ove doesn’t want friends. He wants only two things, to be left alone and for everyone to obey the rules. I’ve known a few people like Ove and I like them, they make me laugh. Two of my favorite comedians are Don Rickles and the late Walter Matthau, both of whom perfected the angry old man shtick. Ove reminds me of them, except Ove isn’t using his disdain for humanity for comedic effect, he is serious. As with most curmudgeons, this makes for outstanding comedy. And in the end, we are often surprised to find that their heart is

just as big as ours, if not bigger. Swedish author Fredrik Backman hilariously, yet beautifully, captures the essence of a man born in another age, living a comfortable, regimented life of his own design, only to have it thrown into chaos by the passing of time, new neighbors and the loss of the only person in the world he liked, his wife. A Man Called Ove gives us hope that even a bitter old coot can, under the right circumstances, be the lovable old coot that will make your life richer. I loved this story, and though I will not admit it publicly, I may have finished this book with a tear in my eye. I will tell everyone it was just allergies. Seinfeldia By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Publisher: Simon and Schuster

It is no secret that I am a fan of ‘80s and ‘90s pop culture. It was a great time for music, movies and television. When Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David convinced network executives to allow them to produce a sitcom about nothing, television was changed forever. Seinfeldia, by Jennifer Armstrong, is an in-depth account of one of the most memorable sitcoms of the 1990s. Armstrong gives us a glimpse behind the scenes with members of the cast and crew, as well as network executives, and explains many of the real life experiences that became our favorite episodes. Seinfeld and David knew the funniest material was most often taken from their own lives. As they mined their experiences, they hired

writers willing to dig into their own past for material. These stories were then fictionalized, to make them

funnier, and became the episodes that, collectively, created what many considered to be a cultural phenomenon. I was shocked at just how many of my favorite episodes were inspired by true events. It’s comforting to learn that other people also have weird lives. I thought I was the only one. Seinfeld altered the sitcom landscape forever. Many industry professionals are indebted to Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and others who helped make Seinfeld one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history. As the holiday season fast approaches, the Seinfeld fan in your family will appreciate this wonderful book as a gift for Christmas, or Festivus… …for the rest of us, you can find copies of A Man Called Ove and Seinfeldia at The Old Curiosity Book Shop on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, or at Order online at:

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recent event has sparked a new debate on the use of robots. In July, Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven officers and two civilians. The controversy began when, as a last resort, police officers used a joystick-controlled robot to carry a bomb to the vicinity where Johnson was hiding and set it off, killing him immediately. They had tried to negotiate with him, but he said he was angry about the deaths of black men by police and would not surrender. Johnson was a former Army reservist and had carried out his attack in ambush fashion. The bomb-carrying robot was touted as a success. By Cody Some, however, are worried. Crawford “We’ve crossed a new frontier, and we look out and we see an absence of law and policy,” said Peter Singer, a moral philosopher who has written about technology, security and robotics. Brigitt Keller, executive director of the National Police Accountability Project, commented, “It’s an emotional situation, I understand that. But even a person

The Anbot, which patrols Chinese streets for criminals



who killed five police officers deserves due process...It’s important that the Constitution applies, that somebody cannot just be summarily executed.” “This was not an ethical dilemma,” stated Police Chief David Brown, who oversaw the planning of the use of the robot-bomb. “I would do it again. I would use any tool necessary to save our officers’ lives.” Although this is the first known situation where a suspect has been killed by a remote-control robot, police use remote-controlled devices and robots in many other situations. Most robots are utilized by police in order to keep police officers safe. In September, police were using a robot to defuse a bomb when the robot cut the wrong wire and the bomb detonated. In 2010, a report surfaced of a robot successfully defusing a bomb. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department recently used a robot to take a rifle from a suspect. This ended a six-hour standoff. In 2007, police used a robot to deliver a cellphone and a bottle of water to a man who was holding civilians hostage in a bus. The negotiations succeeded, and the people were released. During the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Police Department used a robot named Griffin. Griffin was used to patrol areas, making sure no danger was afoot. “Law enforcement across the globe use semi-autonomous technology to do what humans find too dangerous, boring or just can’t,” stated a Wired article. In South Korea, RoboGuards are used to monitor prisoners for suspicious activity. The robots can also be used by correctional officers to communicate with prisoners. In Israel, some police use

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a small wheeled robot called the Dogo, which contains eight cameras. According to Wired, “This small land rover can enter a house quietly, climb stairs and even maneuver over obstacles.” The Dogo is deadly, having the ability to fire bullets, pepper spray or a temporarily blinding light. In order to improve traffic rules enforcement, the Democratic Republic of Congo installed huge robots to monitor people as they go about their lives. The robots direct traffic and help pedestrians safely cross the street. In April, China released the Anbot, which is one of the first autonomous police robots. The Anbot contains cameras, audio recorders and a video screen to communicate with pedestrians. It is

also equipped with a taser and can drive itself as fast as 18 miles per hour. This scary robot can even recharge itself. The state of robotics is increasing quickly, and soon, we will need to worry about rules and regulations surrounding the police use of robots. It seems silly to worry about, but some of the top minds in the world are thinking about the pitfalls of introducing autonomous robots into our daily lives. It’s a topic well worth the study. Cody Crawford is pursuing her Masters in Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University and serves as Director of Digital Innovation for Validity Publishing.

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dug enough daffodils to make Wordsworth proud. A trunk, brimming with the spoils of Spring, and two, crazy women, enthusiastically blissful, wielding shovels as we cheered ourselves on. Now that was fun. Both Kathy and I are lovers of all things pretty, old and a little rusty. We enjoy treasure hunts and can usually be found exploring some small Southern town, searching for the feeling of our childhoods. Kathy and I grew up in our Grandmas’ kitchens: fried pies, old cookie tins regrettably filled with sew-

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hile searching Craigslist for an antique dresser, I met Kathy Sawyer and made an instant friend for life. She’s the kind of girl that dreams big, laughs big and likes a big adventure. We once threw shovels in Kathy’s trunk, rolled up our sleeves and

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The Belle of Belle Isle

ing spools and sticky recipe boxes covered with flour. That’s a bond worth sharing, and it runs deep if you have the memory. We also share the bond of historic salvation, especially when it comes to a house in need of rescue. A hairdresser for thirty-six years, Kathy is the owner of The Hair Biz in Hermitage, Tennessee, By Melissa in a wonderful, century-old stone Wickline cottage she rescued with her husband, Keith. “The stone cottage has allowed my decorating skills to evolve and come to life, while hairdressing evokes another talent I dearly love,” she said. It was the next renovation that changed the Sawyer’s lives forever. Kathy fell in love with Belle Isle the moment she saw pictures of the stunning property. To the former 406 acre estate of Cracker Barrel founder, Dan Evins, Kathy says she was initially drawn as soon as she turned in the drive. “From the moment you enter through the stone pillars and tall gates at the front entrance of Belle Isle Plantation, you can hardly wait to see what’s at the end of that gorgeous, tree-lined drive. And behold, a cabin in the woods, awaiting its new owners, just wanting to be loved and updated,” Kathy said. Aside from creating one of the country’s Keith and Kathy Sawyer most beloved restaurants, Mr. Evins is described by his neighbors as “a very generous man and very well loved in his community; a down-to-earth kind of person, always wearing his overalls.” In May of 2015, Belle Isle’s five homes, including Evin’s main residence, were sold in 29 parcels. Keith and Kathy purchased one of the post and beam cabins along with eleven acres.

evator. Other renovations included adding a stone porch, muchneeded landscaping and a beautiful farm fence to line the driveway and property. Keith and Kathy are currently working on plans to add a new, but historic-looking barn in the future. The cottage had great bones, as Evins spared no expense when he built the estate’s dwellings, complete with European charm and beautiful craftsmanship. Slate tile roofs, imported tile and soaring stone fireplaces add a timeless appeal, even though the homes where built in the early nineties.

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Completing much of the work themselves, the renovation began with a total gut of the kitchen and bath that required Keith moving duct work, removing walls and updating the electrical, HVAC and plumbing. Kathy focused on redesigning the home’s rooms and served as her own contractor to bring her vision to life. The Sawyers also removed two sets of narrow stairs and had a bridge built to connect the two lofts. Because the floor plan did not allow space for a proper stairwell, it made sense to save space and install an el-

With all the beauty Kathy evokes in her design work, I asked her what truly inspires her creativity: “A go-to for me is sitting on the banks of the Tennessee River at dusk. It always brings about inspiration and clears the cobwebs. There is nothing better than fresh air and the natural beauty in the sky or the sunset across the river at dusk. It always brings to mind something incredible.” *** The Sawyers are quite possibly the best hosts to ever entertain, and I appreciate how they honor the kind of southern hospitality Kathy and I still look for on our hunts. Keith’s home-cooked meals are a real treat, and my favorite part is when

Kathy says, “I told Keith you were coming for dinner and he made a pecan pie.” I’m always hoping she’ll say that and I’ve yet to be disappointed. A southern meal, pie, and pretty things to look at… I think Mr. Evins would find himself right at home at the Sawyer house.

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Wine Country Harvest

By Becky Jane Newbold

Early morning fog was just lifting from the valley and harvest along the ridge was almost complete. Gatherers with a steady pace clipped a generous crop of Vidal grapes nurtured under the watchful eyes of caretakers, Susie and George. This was the first year for this team at the twelve year old anchor of middle Tennessee’s wine country, Keg Springs Winery and the crop was exceptional. Owners Gerald and Brian Hamm, a father/son team, coached the harvesting crew on the three acre slope. Grapes were quickly loaded onto the refrigeration truck sporting the Winery at Belle Meade name, to be chilled in preparation for crushing the next day. Brian Hamm is the master winemaker for both Keg Springs Winery and the Winery at Belle Meade, a flourishing partnership and friendship for many years. Trail, each creating award winning vintage wines for every palate. In the short time Keg Springs has been in operation, Brian has been recognized as an international award winning wine maker. His achievements include over 100 medals as well as being recognized in 2011 as the winemaker of the year in Tennessee. “We had perfect harvest weather this year,” Becky Hamm commented. About five and one-half tons of Vidal grapes were harvested in September, yielding 850 gallons of juice, Brian reported. “Due to the effort of my dad, Gerald, the quality of the grapes was outstanding,” Harvest at Grinder’s Switch Winery Brian added. 18 Courtesy photo

Keg Springs Winery was born on a hillside near the historic Natchez Trace in Lewis County and with Brian’s expertise, quickly became a cornerstone in what is now rock solid Tennessee wine country. Four wineries, Amber Falls Winery & Cellars, Grinder’s Switch Winery, Keg Springs Winery and Natchez Hills Vineyard make their home along the Natchez Trace Wine


Keg Springs Winery is located at 361 Keg Springs Road, Hampshire and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 931285-0589 or visit online at Ask about their wine club! Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is a family owned establishment under the leadership of Tim and Judy Zaunbrecher. Tim and Judy and the Amber Falls family host live music events throughout the warmer months, begin each year with a monthly “Gumbo Sunday” starting in late January through early spring which culminates in CajunFest, a highly successful fund raising event hailing to Tim’s Cajun roots in May. This year’s harvest presented itself with a challenge when a wind storm threatened to destroy the crop. Quick work from the Amber Falls team coupled with volunteer support from the area saved the

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harvest. Support posts and trellising snapped in the wind reducing the eight feet tall vines to approximately two feet tall, Tim commented.

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Grinder’s Switch Winery, Centerville

Gerald Hamm of Keg Springs Winery

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little over a month, if memory serves. For all the fans of the Blanc du Bois, the quality of this harvest is better than last year’s, so the wine will reflect that,” he added. Amber Falls Winery & Cellars designs special label wines to honor historic icons including Meriwether Lewis and James K. Polk to name a few. Located at 794 Ridgetop Road, Hampshire, one can learn more at or by calling 931285-0088. Open 7 days.

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Winemaker Brian Hamm, right, harvesting Vidal grapes at Keg Springs Winery.

Just a few miles down the road lies Natchez Hills, a boutique family and veteran-owned vineyard and winery. Natchez Hills Winery specializes in oldworld, handcrafted, small-batch wines using traditional winemaking techniques to ensure the grape’s truest expression, owners Jim and Karen Odom explained. October is always a busy month for middle Tennessee wineries. Harvest and crush in September kept everyone busy and this year was no exception

Taylor Hamilton harvesting at Natchez Hills Vineyard

Within hours the Chambourcin grapes were secured and within days harvested with minimal loss. “Our grapes came in about one to two weeks earlier than they normally would but are good quality, especially the Blanc du Bois,” Vineyard Manager Gabe Zaunbrecher reported. “We got about twice as much Crimson Cabernet as we did last year so for all those who like the Midnight Crimson wine, we will have roughly twice as much of that as last year. It was a huge hit but we sold out of it in a matter of a

Vinnie at Amber Falls approves the Chambourcin harvest.

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Natchez Hills continues to create new and interesting blends such as their popular new offering called La Fusion which is a blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot infused with local honey and a blend of spices. Natchez Hills Vineyard is located at 109 Overhead Bridge Road in Hampshire. Visit online at or call 931285-2500.

Grinder’s Switch Winery currently has a seven acre vineyard Winemaker Joey Chessor at Grinder’s Switch Winery that includes five different varieties of grapes. Those varieties are for Natchez Hills. Natchez Hills is a young vineCabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Nayard planted in 2008 and is just coming into it’s çionale, Chambourcin and two varieties of musown in terms of mature yields. “We had a very cadine grapes. While every year is different, a good harvest of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, good harvest will yield about 10-12 tons of fruit Chardonnay and Traminette this year,” Jim com- in total. Joey and Gail Chessor founded and opmented. “We hope to create some interesting erate the family owned winery. and flavorful estate wines and blends from this “Our most popular wines by far, are our year’s harvest. We will also bring in fruit from sweet wines,” Jodie Chessor explained. “This is California and Washington state to round out the South after all and folks down here love a litour wine portfolio.”

tle sugar in everything (except cornbread and biscuits). Blackberry Express is our best seller across all of our platforms, but really all of our sweets are really popular. I would say that Blondy, Switch Red and Honeysuckle Rose are consistent favorites and we have to make sure to never run out of those.” Over the past year or so, Grinder’s Switch has concentrated on broadening their dry wine selection. “The demand for those wines has increased dramatically since we opened our Nashville location at Marathon Village last April,” Jodie continued. So far this year, they have released two new dry white wines, Magnolia White (a dry Gewürztraminer) and a new Vidal Blanc. “Tennessee has 52 wineries now and more are opening every year. It’s amazing when you think about all of the hard work that goes into making wine. It’s not an easy business. Winery owners have to be farmers, scientists, bartenders, marketing specialists, social media experts and even the janitor! There are early mornings and late nights and a lot of nail biting while watching the weather reports. But Tennessee wine has a lot to offer and it’s exciting to think about what the future holds,” Jodie concluded.

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all is a great time to prune small way,” said Lead trees and shrubs—this year Caregiver Kristy E., who southern middle Tennessee helped to spearhead the residents can forgo the curbside program. pick-up and leave their trimmings Elephants have large to the elephants instead. On Sat- appetites. Those at The urday, October 22, the public can Sanctuary consume up bring their tree and shrub trim- to 150 pounds of plant mings to the Elephant Discovery material, fruits, vegetaCenter in downtown Hohenwald bles and grain each day, for the elephants at The Elephant approximately four to seven perSanctuary in Tennessee. Although cent of their body weight. To prothe elephants will remain in their vide enrichment and supplement habitats and won’t be present at the elephants’ decreased foraging the Elephant Browse Collection opportunities during the fall and event, local residents are encour- winter months, caregivers supply aged to donate their trimmings to browse –non-toxic branches and help feed their elephant neighbors leaves from specific species of trees and sustain the elephant habitats’ and shrubs, which are a part of the resources. elephants’ regular diets. “The purpose of this program From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Satis to not only provide the elephants urday, October 22, southern midwith more variety to their diet but dle Tennessee residents can bring to also allow the public to donate their browse—tree and plant trimand connect to the elephants in a . 20

mings—to the The Sanctuary’s landscape collection truck that will be parked in the lot behind The Sanctuary’s Elephant Discovery Center in downtown Hohenwald. Sanctuary staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide more information on the elephants and the Browse Collection Program. All donated trimmings must be freshly cut, no older than two weeks and never have been sprayed or treated with pesticides or chemicals. Visit to see a full list of approved trimmings.

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, located in Hohenwald, provides elephants that have been retired from exhibit or performing with individualized care, the companionship of a herd and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their wellbeing. For more information, visit or call 931-796-6500. The Elephant Discovery Center is located at 27 E Main St, Hohenwald, TN 38462.

Ornithology Report


Common Birds -Part 2


ast month, I began a series designed to introduce you to fifty of the most common birds in this area. For my second installment, I’ll continue with five more species that are common in Tennessee all year. The first four species I am covering By Bill Pulliam this time are all classed as “seed eaters.” Birds that specialize in eating seeds tend to have proportionately short, thick and conical bills. These stout bills are built for husking and cracking the seeds of a wide variety of plants. One of the largest groups of seed eating birds is the sparrows. Sparrows are generally small and brownish, and many people find them a confusing lot. We’ll begin here with two closely related small sparrows that are both common in this region all year round: the Chipping Sparrow and the Field Sparrow. Chipping Sparrows are small birds, brownish overall, with relatively long tails. They like fences and edges of fields, brushy areas, power lines, open woods and residential areas. And everything I just said also applies to a couple of dozen other small brown birds. So to identify the sparrows you look at the details. Chipping Sparrows have a clear grayish white breast and belly without streaks and spots. Noticing this reduces your ID options by half. Their heads sport a distinctive pattern of a rusty red cap, a crisp black line through the eye and a white stripe over the eye between the red and the black. These marks eliminate all the other common little brown birds in this area. That wasn’t so hard after all, was it? In the fall and winter, the head pattern is a bit duller, but it is still there. Chippies are named for their song, which is not heard so much in the fall. When they do sing, it is

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a long, steady, rapid trill of musical chips, lasting several seconds. In the fall and winter, they usually make softer, individual, chip notes. At this season, they frequently gather in large flocks in neighborhoods and yards, especially near pine trees, where they will forage on the ground then all fly up at once when spooked, chipping all the way. Field Sparrows are similar to Chippies in size, shape and behavior. They also have the clear whitish gray breast and a rusty red cap. But their face is mostly gray, with just some subtle reddish marks above the eye and on the cheek, with a thin, white ring around the eye that gives them a cute, “big-eyed” look. Most distinctively, they have nice pink bills (the Chippie has a dull brownish bill). In behavior, Chippies and Field Sparrows are similar, though Fields are more fond of thicker brush and Chippies more of open spaces. But, both are often found in the same areas. Next in line is a larger seedeater, the Eastern Towhee. If you have an older bird book you will find this bird called the Rufous-sided Towhee. There are quite a few other Towhees elsewhere in North America, but we only have one here. The Towhee is about double the size of those two small sparrows I just discussed. And unlike them, it is a boldly patterned and colorful bird.

The males are black above, brick red on the sides, and white below, with Be Social! Look Us Up! red eyes and bold white spots in the tail that flash when they fly. Females are similar, but warm brown where the males are black. brambles. Towhees have big, robust conical Finally, for the last bird in this bills and spend much of their time month’s featured five, we’ll go the on the ground other way entirely to one of our amidst brush largest common birds, the Canada scratching and Goose. Everyone knows this bird, digging. They of course. Big and gray with a black also frequently neck and white cheek patch, the call their name, Canada Goose is pretty much unsaying “Towhee! mistakable. This species has been Towhee!” Their booming in numbers across the song is a musi- “Lower 48” in the past, few decades, cal “drink your mostly because of deliberate stocktea!” with two ing programs. whistled notes, Canada Geese are now common the first ascend- all over Tennessee all year round, being and the sec- ing especially fond of ponds, fields, ond descending, parks and large lawns. But, even as followed by a this species becomes more and more ringing trill. abundant and familiar, there is one The last of major point of confusion about it: the four seed- Its name. There is no species called eaters I’ll talk about here is one of the “Canadian Goose.” This bird is our most familiar and recognizable called the CANADA Goose. A Cabirds, the Northern Cardinal. Near- nadian goose is a goose from Canly everyone knows this medium- ada. Very few of the Canada Geese sized bird, the ubiquitous “redbird” around here have ever been near that glows brilliant red summer and Canada, nor have their ancestors for winter. With its crest, black mask many generations. Most of them are and large orange bill, it is hard to home grown, and would be better mistake for anything else. Well, called Tennessean geese than Canathough, of course there are com- dian geese! plications, because the females are mousy brown with red only in their Bill Pulliam got started in birdwatching by his junior high science teacher wings and tails, and the youngsters in 1974, and has been an avid birder in late summer and autumn have ever since in 48 U. S. states and 7 forblack beaks and plumage that can eign countries. He is currently the be mottled with blotches of red and Tennessee editor for eBird, a online gray, sometimes having no crest at project that compiles millions of obfrom tens of thousands of all. Still, even these trickier individ- servations birders around the world. uals always have the flash of red in their wings and tails, and they are the same size as the brilliant red males. Cardinals are also accomplished singers. Their song is a varied series of loud, clear whistles, sometimes sounding like someone whistling for their dog (if anyone still whistles for their dog?). And their call note is a distinctive high-pitched “tink” that, You Work Hard if you learn to recognize At Stewart Family Chiropractic it, will usually alert you We Know What It Takes To Get You Going Again to their presence even if 487 E. Main • Hohenwald, TN • 931-796-2565 they are lurking in the 21 .

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Q&A with

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t was our recent pleasure to speak with Columbia artist Jennifer Grisham about an exhibit of her work to be displayed at Square Market Cafe & Market, on the square in Columbia.

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Q. What piece are you most proud of? A. My portrait bust of James K. Polk was catalogued by the Smithsonian Institution, but my favorite sculpture is usually the one I just finished. Q. Could you explain the process by which your sculptures are created? A. I make the original sculpture using a polymer clay that can be baked to a leather hardness when finished. I then take the piece to a bronze foundry near Atlanta where a flexible mold is made. From this mold, a wax model is made. I carefully rework the surface to make sure this wax replica is the same as the original. A ceramic mold is then made into which molten bronze is poured. After much filing, sanding and buffing a patina is applied with a blowtorch and a final coat of wax seals the bronze.

Q. How do you work? A. When starting a sculpture I occasionally make a pencil sketch but usually make a small clay model. If it’s to be a large sculpture, an armature or skeleton has to be constructed using PVC pipe, copper pipe, styrofoam and tape.

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Q. Why do you do what you do? A. Three dimensional form is endlessly fascinating for me. People’s eyes and hands have always held my interest for some reason. It’s also gratifying to be able to create a portrait of some-

If the sculpture is not to be in bronze, I make the mold myself in my studio and cast the piece in resin or a marble/ stone mixture.

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Q. How long have you been doing your artwork? A. I have been making sculptures since I took a studio sculpture class in college. Hooked. I had a wide variety of jobs after that but always made sculpture in my spare time.

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do try to spend some time with the subject, whether its a person or an animal, to get an idea of their personality. In a well done sculpture, this personality will show through. I like to take my own photos of the subject – from all angles and from the top of the head looking down are essential. In working on portraits, I find that looking at the piece through a mirror helps get the proportions right. Also looking at the work in progress the first thing in the morning is most helpful in seeing flaws that weren’t apparent the day before.

Q. Is it true that your artwork will be displayed at Square Market in Columbia sometime soon? A. My artwork (relief sculptures and drawings) will be on display at Square Market in downtown Columbia during the month of October. Square Market generously offers space on a long back wall to a different artist every month. This provides good exposure for the artist and an interesting change of scenery for the restaurant patrons. Win/win situation.

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Onto this unlovely configuration, slabs of clay are applied and molded by hand until a general form takes shape. Since my sculpture is extremely detailed, I use a small clay tool I make with a pencil and paper clips attached to the end to do the finishing work. It’s best to work from life on a portrait, but this is usually impossible because of the time required. I

Q. Is there a different avenue of art you’d like to pursue? A. I’d like to explore paper making and using paper as a casting medium for sculpture.

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October’s Garden

Cassandra Warner

Fabulous Fall Food, Fun and Flowers


s the awesome fall colors begin to wash over the landscape, turning it into a magnificent mosaic, and the air becomes cool and crisp, it is truly an inspiring season to be out in the garden. October’s garden can be full of hearty, good for you food and flowers to delight your Your By Cassandra Warner senses. spirits can be lifted by fall, family fun in the garden. .


Time to find your pumpkin and get your pumpkin face on. Fall just wouldn’t be fall without pumpkins. They are such a fun food. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors, and they are the must have ingredient in the all American favorite, pumpkin pie. My grandchildren and great grandchildren love finding pumpkins, getting painted pumpkins and getting their pumpkin faces on and, of course, eating that pumpkin pie. Wow, good food and fun! Harvest

Harvest all pumpkins and gourds before first frost. Pumpkins show-

ing color will continue to ripen after picking. Be careful not to nick pumpkins while picking, since this will lead to more rapid deterioration. For longer storage life, leave two inch stems attached to the pumpkin. Once you harvest pumpkins and make pies, cakes, muffins and more, be sure to try a family favorite, roasted pumpkin seeds. To roast the pumpkin seeds, rinse under cold water in a colander. Pick out pulp and strings (this is easiest just after you have removed the seeds from the pumpkin before pulp dries). Blot seeds dry with a paper towel,

then coat lightly in a little oil and sprinkle of salt, or spray with cooking spray and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Roast at 325 degrees about 25-40 minutes, until lightly toasted. Check and stir about every 10 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container. To store pumpkins and winter squash, place them in a warm spot one or two weeks to enable skins or rinds to fully cure. Then store in a cool (55-65 degrees) location that is dry and dark, and they should keep 2-3 months. October-February is peak season to harvest sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes). Dig the tubers as needed, and store sunchokes in the crisper wrapped in paper towels up to a week. Leafy greens such as kale, chard, mustard, turnip and collard. Frost won’t hurt them, it can actually improve their flavor. Pick shell (dry) beans when the plant and pods have turned brown. Dig sweet potatoes before the first frost kills the vines. Dig Irish potatoes when the vines die. Harvest tender herbs. Before first frost is predicted, harvest anything you still have growing from the summer garden that would be damaged by the frost. Or cover to protect and extend the season maybe a little longer. Harvest broccoli in the morning before the plant heats up and just as the buds are starting to swell before the yellow petals appear. Cut the main stalk at a slant 5-8 inches below the central head. Broccoli can withstand frost and even make it through a freeze. You can give it some winter protection with a floating row cover, tunnels or grow

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romance to the garden. Some of to have an early harvest in spring. On or around the first killing the more fragrant, spring blooming bulbs to consider are: frost, plant garlic and shallots. DAFFODILS: Geranium, Fall is the best time for planting shrubs and trees. Remember to Cragford, Baby Moon Bridal mulch as they will be more likely Crown, Dickcissell, Sailboat and to survive their first year and grow Tripartite. A daffodil of the late more vigorously due to improved blooming poeticus group is Actaea. HYACINTHS: Blue Jacket, water retention and less competiAnna Marie, Carnegie, Gipsy tion from weeds. Keep them well watered until we have sufficient Queen, Top Hit and Woodstock. TULIPS: Angelique, Persian rainfall. Sow radish seed for a late crop. Pearl, Fokker Fan Fan, Apricot Sow leaf lettuce seeds or set Beauty, Coleur Cardinal, Princess transplants in a protected area or in Irene, Daydream, Monte Carlo and a container to make a beautiful, ed- General Dewet. Set the bulbs twice as deep as ible, fall salad bowl. Add some viothey are tall in loose, well drained las and pansies for your salad bowl soil in a spot that gets at least 6 also. Take out the summer annu- hours of sun while the leaves are als, and put them in the compost green. Water well after planting. and replace them with fall flowers Then wait patiently for spring to so their roots get established be- arrive and you will have a beautiful fore cold weather arrives. Consider “scentsation.” pansies, snapdragons, violas, calenMaintenance dulas, dianthus, diascus, primrose, As those leaves of many colstocks, chrysanthemums, asters, ornamental cabbage and kale, as most ors come falling down, save them! of these will give fall Mon - Sat, through spring color. Hardy perennials 9-5, can be planted now, Closed and most can be dividSunday ed or moved now with little or no risk of loss. Plant some fragrance in the garden this fall. Start now buying and planting for a spring smell-athon. Planting bulbs in 4001 Hwy. 43 N., Ethridge, TN 38456 the fall make “scents in the spring.” Fragrance adds special dimension and

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The least back-breaking way of doing that is to mow over them with a mower which has mulching blades and a bag. You can then use them as mulch, make leaf mold or add them to you compost pile. If we have a killing frost in October, go ahead and cut back the asparagus stalks to the ground and add a winter dressing of aged manure to the bed and mulch three to four inches. In the fall, there is such an abundance of materials available as we begin cleaning up the vegetable and flower gardens and the leaves start falling. So it is a great time to get a compost pile going. Remember not to include diseased plants. Don’t forget to moisten your compost pile regularly to prevent flies from breeding in it. Late October is a good time for mulching. Some materials you can use are compost, straw, bark and leaves. If using leaves, consider shredding them as whole leaves are attractive to slugs, and they don’t protect the roots quite as well. Whole leaves can make a mat that does not allow water to penetrate the soil. Dig and store tender bulbs like Dahlias after first frost. Store in a cool dark area. Even in the cooler weather, Mother Nature is still giving us WEEDS, but at least we won’t be sweating as we try to have a weed free garden. Check evergreens for bag worms. Take care of them now or they will multiply quickly in the spring. Clean up around fruit trees any fruit and leaves on the ground and destroy, as they can harbor pest and disease that can overwinter. Garden quotes

And for our work-though showers And Autumn frost destroy-Our greatest pay’s not measured In fruit and flower we’ve treasured But in golden hours That brought us health and joy. — Frederick Frye Rockwell

If you are a gardener, you can always put “plant manager” on your resume. — Author Unknown

May many wonderful tastes, sights and scents of the festive, fall season, from a sweet, crisp, delicious apple to a freshly baked pumpkin pie (oh my), and all that fall is beginning to bring to October’s garden, amaze and delight you all with Fabulous Food, Fun and Flowers. Originally from Texas, Cassandra Warner is a


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W h e n overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think, I go out and garden, it’s cheaper than a shrink. — Author Unknown

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Who Owns You?


any years ago, after my conversion to Jesus, we were in the company of certain people who would ask, “Who’s your covering?” They promoted the idea that every man and woman needed another human being as their spiritual head. (I noticed most of these “coverings” ultimately resulted in controlling By Charles E. and abusive reNewbold, Jr. lationships.) My typical response! “Jesus! He’s my head. Do you have a problem with that? Can you do a better job?” As expected, that prompted the accusation that I was arrogant and rebellious. At some point later on, the Holy Spirit made me acutely aware that I was to “own no man, and no man was to own me.” “So you’re a maverick?” my accuser added. I never felt the need to defend myself, and it is not my intention here. I knew in my heart that I was a submissive person. Several brothers in Christ and I have remained mutually yielded and correctable over the years. Yet, no one owned anyone. More recently, I came to the peaceful and scriptural resolve that I am not my own. I have been bought with a price by the precious blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:1920). I no longer own myself. He owns me. Nothing happens to me unless God signs off on it. That is settled in me. Then, I put these two concepts together. The reason I cannot own anyone or be owned by anyone is simply because all who have put their trust in Jesus belong to Him. We cannot own each other. This is not just true in terms of personal relationships, but in all aspects of life. Everything I am and everything I have belongs to Christ. I cannot own anything and noth.


ing should own me. How radical is that? It is said that everything we own, owns us. Well, not true if we have a clear understanding who really holds the deed to our lives. Paul, the apostle, wrote the following words out of his personal experience with the Lord. He lived it. “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8. Can you imagine the peaceful resolve this brings to our troubled souls when we no longer have to jockey for position, compete for power, strive for possessions or control other people’s lives? If we belong to the Lord and we know it, we do not have to struggle to stay young, fit, filthy rich and attached. To know the will of God in our lives and, to the best of our ability, live that out daily is all that is required of us. This does not mean we have to sell everything and live in poverty, ignore taking care of ourselves or abstain from the pleasures of family, friends, food and things. It does not mean we cannot hold the deed to property. It simply means none of these things can own us—drive us or rule us. They are not masters over us. We are stewards of them. We are not called to go after the things in the world. We are called to live sold out lives. The extent to which we try to own the world, will be the extent to which the world will own us. If Jesus Christ indeed owns us and we live as though He does, others will take notice. Jesus will be liberated in us to live His life through us because we are His prized possessions. Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing.

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One Lawyer’s Opinion

Memories of a Democratic Convention I

n August, millions of Americans water’s campaign slogan, “You watched the national political know he is right, right, right.” This conventions of the Democratic gave Hubert Humphrey, our Vice and Republican parties. Watching Presidential candidate, the chance these boring programs reminded to counter the slogan with his own me of the “You know he is wrong, wrong, much more wrong.” The Vice President was a masinteresting D e m o c r a t i c ter of comedy. An appearance convention in by Humphrey was part of a show 1964 in Atlan- given for all of the delegates. The tic City, New show included Vic Damone and Barbara Streisand, who sang “PeoJersey. Janet and ple” from her hit Broadway show I attended the Funny Girl, and “Happy Days Are By Landis event. (We Here Again,” the Democratic parTurner weren’t mar- ty’s anthem. Peter, Paul and Mary ried until the next year. Yes, we were there to sing one of their hits, “I’m Leaving On A Jet Plane.” had separate rooms.) The show was emceed by the At that time, Atlantic City was on its last legs as a resort and va- late Paul Newman, whose eyes cation destination. This was be- were just as blue as they are on the fore casino gambling came on the movie screen. Another blue-eyed entertainer, scene. The town was pretty sordid, ugly and depressing. Except for Frank Sinatra, was also in Atlanthe convention, not much was go- tic City, not as a performer, but as the escort for Jacqueline Kennedy, ing on. Some of us went to enjoy a making her first public appearance great rock-and-roll dance band since the death of her husband. New York Senator Robert in the basement of our crummy, seedy hotel. When they found out Kennedy gave a eulogy for his late we were from Tennessee, they al- brother, ending with the theme ways played Chuck Berry’s “Mem- from the Broadway musical show, phis” when our group came in. As Camelot. In addition to Sinatra and the if we were all from there. This was the first convention following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Vice President Lyndon Johnson had succeeded him and was seeking a full term for himself. Johnson’s Republican opponent was the ultra conservative Senator Barry Goldwater, who had a very large billboard on the boardMon. - Fri., 10a - 6p , Sat., 9a - 5p 2482 Nashville Hwy. • Columbia, TN 38401 walk just a few feet from the convention center. 931-486-1939 The sign featured his • James Roberts, owner photograph and Gold-

Kennedys, we saw a lot more celebrities. They included Martin Luther King Jr., Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Walter Cronkite, Stokley Carmichael, Elizabeth Taylor, Vikki Carr, Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Mike Todd, David Brinkley, Chet Huntley, Shirley MacLaine, Adlai Stevenson, our ambassador to the Unitied Nations at the time, Newmans’ wife, Joanne Woodward and famous politicians too numerous to count. A friend of mine, not a delegate, was assigned to guard a door and told not to allow anyone to enter. He got a kick out of turning away Walter Cronkite. On the boardwalk, we saw teenagers asking Stevenson for his autograph. He was courteous but declined, telling them, “I just don’t do that.” Attending that convention was a highlight of our lives.

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******* Recently, a lady sent me a long note saying she was the mother of a lawyer and did not think my lawyers’ jokes were funny. She obviously objected to them, but since she didn’t give her name, I didn’t pay her any attention. Long ago I decided I would never spend any time communicating with people who choose to remain anonymous.

This column discusses legal issues of general interest and does not give legal advice on any reader’s personal situation. The law is not a one-size-fits-all hat. Consult a lawyer of your choice. Landis Turner is a graduate of the University of the SouthSewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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on’t you just love a good quote? I could read them for hours. I still chuckle and reflect after hearing many of them often. Truth and wisdom stand the test of time. An enlightening quip does also. M a r k Twain, Yogi Berra and Will Rogers By Shane Newbold fill this page. America is changing, so we think. But you may not believe it true, after pondering the following, historical, hilarious and seriously relevant witticisms.

tell all they know and then stop. Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one. It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial ‘we.’ I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

Yogi Berra (1925-2015) You better cut the pizza in four pieces, because I’m not hungry Mark Twain (1835-1910) The difference between the al- enough to eat six. The future ain’t what it used to most right word and the right word is really a large matter - ‘tis the dif- be. You can observe a lot by just ference between the lightning-bug watching. and the lightning. Little League baseball is a very The most interesting information comes from children, for they good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. Eat Pizza. A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question. Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

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reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves. If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out? Last year we said, ‘Things can’t go on like this,’ and they didn’t, they got worse. The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other. Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction. The farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn’t still be a farmer. Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. The time to save is now. When a dog gets a bone, he doesn’t go out and make a down payment on a bigger bone. He buries the one he’s got. The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. There is nothing so stupid as the educated man if you get him off the thing he was educated in. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier ‘n puttin’ it back in. I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago. I have a scheme for stopping

war. It’s this - no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one. Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it. This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. About all I can say for the United States Senate is that it opens with a prayer and closes with an investigation. It’s easy being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you. And my three for this day: I can live for two months on a good compliment. - Mark Twain We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can. - Will Rogers It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. - Yogi Berra Well Yogi, this article is over. All entries from

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