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There are certain people in your life, who perform small acts of kindness, that leave a lasting positive impression. Those kind acts are of immeasurable importance as they help in shaping you into … more
Gwin Building located on Lee St. in McKenzie shortly before it was razed in the early 1980s. This building housed the offices of Dr. R.D. Gwin about 1870 and later housed the Post Office. File photo … more
Thomas Wolfe wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again” in the 1930’s as the Roaring Twenties grew into the Great Depression. The book is a classic about the ever changing way of life as … more
At times, deciding the subject matter for the Weekly 150 is an arduous task, but this week’s article has been on my mind since the inception of the column. There are many people and events that … more
Laverne and Harris Drewry, owners of Drewry’s Food Center on Cedar St. in McKenzie. This was the first supermarket in McKenzie (1960). Harris’ brother, Jack Drewry, was a founder of the … more
I knew I was in trouble.And it was just a stumble. A slight misstep as Cathy chased after a ball hit by our youngest grandchild. She didn’t fall or tumble down the side of the hill. She … more
There is one week set aside each year to salute newspapers for the important role they have played in our nation, a role that goes back to the beginning of these United States. This year, however, … more
The Holland family has played an intricate part in the history of McKenzie. The late patriarch of the family, Kermit S. Holland, was a beloved member of the community and known for his generosity and … more
Standing: Louise and Austin. Front: Charlie, Warren and Wayne Cooper, 1946. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in … more
I watched part of the presidential debate. Boy, you talk about some fun! I hate that I missed the beginning where the ring announcer said, “In this corner wearing the black trunks, trimmed in … more
Since my appointment and later election to the McKenzie City Council, I have made it my mission to work with city officials to make McKenzie a safe place to live and raise children. Now as my third … more
I tell people that story about Leon seeing a Tarzan picture show up at the Park Theatre and going down to Paris Landing the next day and jumping off that high bridge over the Tennessee River…I … more
About 10 or 11 years old, I became enamored with the game of golf. By seventh-grade, I had enough sense to realize there were not any 5’7’’ centers in the NBA or 115-pound … more
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
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