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Growing up in the 1980s and 90s, McKenzie had a selection of doctors with an array of specialties. Our family chose Dr. Sidney Ray. On more than one occasion Dr. Ray saved my father’s life. … more
Fire at Log Cabin Market, 1987. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
Mr. Raymond White talked too slow to be a real meteorologist. But he was all we had growing up back home. He’d come on WHDM and in his unhurried, down home way tell us how hot it was and what … more
George Warren Barksdale was born in 1920 in the Crawley Store community between McKenzie and Greenfield. Before long the family moved to the Liberty Community about four miles from Greenfield. It was … more
(L to R): W.D. Wilson, Ben Gaines and Wendell Manner. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
June 15, 1964, probably won’t ring any bells for you. Shoot, half of today’s world wasn’t even born at the time. President Lyndon Johnson was raving about something he called The … more
The recent unrest around the expansion of hog farming in Carroll County has shined a temporary light on the once-thriving community of Big Buck. With barn construction under way, a passel estimated … more
Dr. A. L. Dennison sitting on his rock (school house step) with his father-in-law, A. W. Wilson, in late 1920s, on Stonewall before it was paved. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial … more
When things got off track back home we’d hold a tent revival. Now, I didn’t have nothing to do with it. I was just a boy. I never knew who organized it. Who set up the tents and rounded … more
As each school year begins, there is a certain buzz in the air that focuses on the tradition of high school football. Cooler temperatures and stadium lights frame that imagery around the game, but … more
Mayor Joe Morris presented Virginia Claire Edwards a plaque of recognition during dedication services for the gazebo in the downtown park during Homecoming ‘86 festivities. File photo … more
The first day of practice in the seventh grade Coach Rogers told us that “football mirrored life”. We then spent the next week doing side straddle hops, bear crawls, monkey rolls and … more
“Who knows if you have come to the Kingdom for such a reason as this?”, Mordecai asked his cousin, Esther.Those who read their Bibles know of this legendary favorite, and that Esther went … more
Dad would say I’m, “chewing my cabbage twice.” But I’ve had enough folks question my intent, meaning, sanity and writing process that I’m going to back up a couple of … more
Part I In 1937, Elwood Ray Morris was born on the family farm located along Morris Cemetery Road in Wildersville, Tennessee. He was the middle child of Navis and Elwood Morris, Jack was 5 years … more
Some of my fondest memories growing up come from my recollections of me as a little boy spending time with my granddad, Verdell Story. He was born and raised here, and when he returned home in the … more
This Covid-19 thing has spawned more ideas than you can shake a stick at. Some of them can leave you shaking your head…Take the new “contactless” food service being offered by … more
March 5, 2020 the state of Tennessee reported its first COVID-19 positive patient. With this news, pandemic medical care in West Tennessee advanced from theory to reality. At West Tennessee … more
As a fisherman, Steve is best known for his forte in crappie. In 1996, he and his fishing partner, Jim Perry, won the world championship Crappiethon Classic. The top prize provided each man with … more
McKenzie is blessed to have so many citizens who take tremendous pride in the city. On numerous occasions, we hear comments from visitors and those looking to relocate here about the pride you take … more
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