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10 YEARS AGO — Pat Dillahunty was named Director of the Huntingdon Special School District.*The annual Cancer Bake Auction raised $12,153.*State Senator Roy Herron of Dresden announced his … more
The Steak House, owned and operated by Billy Vawter, Highland Drive, late 1950s and BEASLEY’S ESSO SERVICENTER. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, … more
I was driving through a small town in Georgia listening to a Kingston Trio tape and wondering why folk singers never had a fiddle in the band when a house number caught my eye. The town had one … more
Aerial photo of Hwy. 79 showing Gaines and Brown Shoe Companies, 1960s. File photo originally published in “A Pictorial History of McKenzie, Tennessee,” by The McKenzie Banner in October … more
God Invented Baseball Of that, there is no doubt. And those poor misguided souls who believe there are no absolutes—absolutely don’t have a clue!90 feet between bases could only be a … more
10 YEARS AGO — Bethel College announced that it would transition to Bethel University.*The Trezevant town council approved the installation of speed bumps on Holmes Street, Crooked Street and … more
There is a scene in an old Western or two in which a crooked banker ties up his own hands or lets someone else do it to give the appearance he was robbed. Think about how you falsely tie yourself up … more
McKenzie celebrated its 125th birthday with a cake served at the City Recreational Park in 1994. Pictured are Bea Barksdale’s grandchildren, J. T. Lindsey’s grandchildren, Gary McKinnie, … more
They come from Michigan. And Colorado. Canada. Maine. Georgia. Ohio. Kentucky. And all points north. I especially look for the ones that come from Tennessee. They come alone. They come as families. … more
McKenzie Elementary School on Woodrow Ave., later McKenzie Jr. High, was demolished in March of 1998 after a new high school was completed on Hwy. 22 and the middle school students relocated to the … more
Geir Helgemo, the world’s number one ranked bridge player, has been suspended by the World Bridge Federation for failing a drug test. I’d never heard of Mr. Helgemo and I’m sorry … more
10 YEARS AGO — Lisa Powell, store manager of Factory Connection in McKenzie, was named Rookie Manager of the Year for the 228-store chain.*Dr. Dennis Wieck joined Henry County Medical Center as … more
McKENZIE/WASHINGTON DC — A McKenzie city marshal, who was slain during an ambush on December 7, 1898 in McKenzie, Tennessee, will be memorialized in two ceremonies.City Marshal A.D. Bryant was … more
As part of McKenzie’s sesquicentennial celebration, citizens are invited to share photos and stories of the city’s history for a timeline to be curated by Carroll Arts and displayed … more
10 YEARS AGO — McKenzie’s Street Department installed the city’s new emergency alarm siren system after the previous system was damaged by a lightning strike. *Construction began … more
I gave a talk last week at the Port St. Joe Public Library. It got off to a horrible start. I was supposed to be speaking on the hurricanes of 1841 and ’44, and how they hastened the demise of … more
In last week’s edition, I promised stories of neighboring communities, the Civil War and early leadership. While researching different stories and characters in McKenzie’s history, I … more
(L to R): Gov. Gordon Browning, John Latham, and Mike Freeland in a bomb shelter, 1961, during the Cold War. Freeland stayed underground for 1 week, broadcasting to large stations, in an experiment … more
I’ve loved three women in my life: Mother, of course, my first wife…..and Loretta Lynn.It’s hard to describe how pivotal 1960 was to a thirteen year old trying to bridge the gap … more
10 YEARS AGO — McKenzie’s VFW Post 4939 hosted the VFW National Commander Glen Gardner, who spoke about the importance of the organization.*Col. James “Jim” Harding of … more
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