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While anchored in Alameda, California, near San Francisco, Max and a group of buddies traveled to Richmond. While walking down the street, his sailor cap blew off and landed at the feet of a group of … more
McKenzie High Band, 1948-49. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
Vicki Fields could outrun me in elementary school. Ye gads, I got beat by a girl! And here is the really awful part, there was no subterfuge. I didn’t trip or give her a head start. She was … more
Oh! What a year we’ve had! I believe we are all tired of the “new normal” and know all of us are looking forward to a fresh start with renewed energy, good health, prosperity, and … more
When I first started the Weekly 150, it was originally planned to run to the end of the 2019 calendar year. After several humbling emails and letters of appreciation, it was extended another year and … more
Opening of McKenzie Time Capsule, 1990. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
Robert Holmes “Yogi” Brewer sat on the porch steps and looked out across Stonewall Street at the late December sun lowering behind the distant trees….. “You reckon next year … more
Growing up in the south, I imagine every family has certain friends their children feel are surrogate aunts, uncles or grandparents. For me, there was one such person, who to this day, I consider a … more
Waldran Street, 16 inch snow, March, 1968. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October 2004. more
The man in the wheelchair was having a bit of trouble. He was overloaded with groceries and trying to steer his way among the people and cars back to where I supposed he was parked. Every time he … more
uestion of the day; how many NFL players have called McKenzie home at some point in their life? Well, up until a few days ago I could only name one, Michael Jasper, Bethel University’s head … more
I remember the Roy Rogers’ gun and holster set like it was yesterday. One Christmas it was a Lionel Train. ‘Course, I had to share that with two brothers. It was way too expensive to go … more
My name is Felicia Patterson and I would like to tell you about the most wonderful people, angels from God, I have ever seen.My father, James Joyner, 83, McKenzie was admitted to Baptist Memorial … more
In the early stages of this series, I did a feature on Webb School. Through the Rosenwald Fund and the foresight of Professor J.L. Seets, Webb School became the foremost school for the local African … more
Ernest and Vadie Stokes worked on a farm in Dyersburg for 50 cents a day, saving for a place of their own. They bought the old Hearn farm bout 7½ miles outside McKenzie in the early 1950s. … more
We’ve talked Alexa before. I don’t know how it works. Jesse gave it to me for Father’s Day. It’s some kind of highfalutin technical device that can speak, answer questions and … more
Looking at McKenzie’s downtown a few days ago, I worked from memory placing at least business in each building along Broadway. One of the businesses that came to mind was Tri-County Furniture … more
Barksdale Family, 1952, made at the homeplace of George and Pauline Barksdale. (L to R): Brooks and Mary Frances (Barksdale) Bannister, Kenneth and Lottie (Wray) Barksdale, Willard and Mary Lou … more
Black Friday came and went. Leaving me a little confused! Didn’t it used to be just one single solitary day? Seems to me it has been stretched a mite...by several days in both directions!It … more
Until a few weeks ago, the name Gwin Crawford meant very little to me other than the sight of a large crypt headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery. After I was asked to write a story on … more
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