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Centennial, 1969. Standing (L to R): Kevin White, Carla White Crocker, Cindi Wade and Dwayne “Bubba” Melton, Jr. Seated (L to R): Barbara Bannister and Cluster Ellis. Standing: Roy Ellis. … more
My first paying job was picking up black walnuts. Mrs. Boaz hired me, Leon and David Mark to get rid of the offending hard shelled culprits that had fallen from the humongous tree in her backyard. … more
McKenzie Banner’s 150-year history includes 72 years of involvement by the Washburn family. James Washburn started in 1948 as a printer’s devil. His sons, Jeffery and Joel have worked in … more
I would get soooo excited over going to the picture show. We’d see Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott or Audie Murphy. What a “big event” for a young lad. But as the years roll irrevocably … more
Harry Toombs with team at his homeplace on Rochelle Store Road in Macedonia Community, 1942. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The … more
Ice Storm, 1994. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
To understand the importance of this Valentine miracle, we’ve got to start in Eau Claire, Michigan. In the summer of 1960. I was thirteen. It was only the second time I had ever been out of the … more
I’ve heard enough gloom and doom talk over this impeachment thing to last a lifetime. And it comes from all sides. Both parties. Male and female. Young and old…They’ve about fixed … more
Bob Hope came to Bethel in May of 1975 to help raise money and support for the College. Pictured (L to R): Dr. Raymon Burroughs, Bob Hope, Rev. Jack Barker and Dr. Fred Bryson. File photo originally … more
It’s the dangdest thing I’ve ever seen. And it’s not that big. I have no clue how it works. But I’m telling you, it is the best birthday gift I have received in … more
Comb’s Jewelers Owner, Milton Combs, presents the keys to new owner, Lynda Miller, 1980. Miller and her husband, Kenneth, owned and operated Miller’s Jewelers on Cedar Street. File photo … more
My eyes must have been big as saucers. The air somehow wasn’t reaching all the way down to my lungs. Sweat was coming in such waves the wooden stick was sliding to and fro in my hands. And my … more
Barksdale Auto Service, Cedar St., 1955. Tri-County Motors Co.’s wrecker tows a ‘55 Olds. Front (L to R): Warren Barksdale; driver of wrecker is his brother, Kenneth Barksdale; in back is … more
One of the great advantages of getting older is you don’t have to endure the “first day back to school after the Christmas break” bombardment. Maybe that’s no big deal to you. … more
We were halfway down aisle 8, trying with all our might to stay out of the way. Luke had picked out his beef jerky and loaded a case of root beer on the cart. He was through shopping. I only came … more
Christmas takes you back.Me and Leon and David Mark would fight over who got to carry the ax. And we fought over which tree we thought was “the perfect one.” Then we’d fight over … more
We got to talking about people we’d like to meet, or would have liked to have met. Abraham Lincoln came up quickly. Someone mentioned Babe Ruth. A golfer in the group wanted to play a round … more
Long-time Bethel supporters and brothers (L to R): Joe Morris, Ray Morris and Jack Morris. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie … more
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