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Opinion
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Over Carroll County’s 200 years of existence, we have been fortunate enough to have a few locals make it to the national stage, most have been athletes. Yet, the most noted and probably admired has to be the late Dixie Carter. She was a southern lady to her core and never forgot the roots of her raising no matter how big of a name she made on Broadway or in Hollywood. While I never had the privilege to meet Dixie in person, I did meet her husband Hal Holbrook on more than one occasion. To know one, was to know the other. more
I don’t want to mention any names here. So as not to “throw off” on any one person, place, time or thing. This is just another generic Christmas story…that might or might not have taken place. And it might or might not have adjusted my whole thinking about gift getting and giving… more
We express our deepest gratitude to the McKenzie High School Class of 1981 for including us in their 40th reunion this past September. It was a privilege to spend time reminiscing and learning of the impressive accomplishments of the class members. more
During World War II, Gordon Browning initially served as deputy head of the Belgium-Luxembourg mission, which aimed to restore civilian government to these areas and aided in the Allied victory at the Battle of the Bulge in early 1945. more
It was 34 degrees and dropping when we turned on to Bell Street; pretty cold for a guy who’d lived in the Sunshine State for the past 50 years. We parked just inside the chain link fence, behind the visitors’ bleachers, in what was deep leftfield when I played baseball here two eons and a light year ago. more
One of, if not the, most distinguished Carroll Countians has to be the late former Governor Gordon Weaver Browning. From a humble birth in a log cabin to a lawyer, military officer, congressman, governor and statesman very few lived a more interesting life than Browning. more
The first week of December used to be the pits. I’m talking the very bottom! Listen, they gave us two days off from school at Thanksgiving...and fed us pretty well. We were living large, enjoying the freedom the holiday provided. We didn’t even mind that the grown-ups got to eat first (well, maybe just a little). more
I have no idea when you get old enough to “know something.” I was about five when I fell on the gravel running down what was then called the Como Road. I slid head first past six rows of cotton, two water troughs and a rusted out Arcade hay rake. more
Two Tennessee governors have called Carroll County home. Both men, Alvin Hawkins and Gordon Browning were lawyers and politicians whose careers took hold in Huntingdon. This week I would like to share the story of Alvin Hawkins, most of which came from the History of Carroll County publication and William Robertson Garrett and Albert Virgil Goodpasture’s History of Tennessee. more
I don’t do travelogue stories. I am not Triple A, Expedia, Travelocity or Hotel Finder.com. I don’t hardly even know where I’ve been...so it would be silly of me to suggest where you go. more
I find it interesting how many institutions, colleges and preparatory schools have called Carroll County home over its 200 years of existence. Currently, Bethel College/University is the only four-year accredited institution of higher learning in Carroll County, not to take anything away from McKenzie’s branch of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. more
The McKenzie Banner has a larger audience than in its recent history. I am talking about the combined print and digital editions. While the number of printed pages has declined, the number of online subscribers has increased. The Banner offers many daily updates on www.mckenziebanner.com, which also includes years of archives replica editions of the full newspaper. more
By 1825, Carroll County was establishing itself as a growing county. Mills were popping up throughout the county as more folks arrived via westward wagon trains. more
Have you ever “sat and wondered” what those Massachusetts militia guys thought as the British regulars filed into Lexington on that fateful April 19th morning in 1775. They were fixing to start a fight with the biggest dog on earth as those Red Coats marched into town with the early morning sun at their backs. more
Our 2021 MHS Rebels played ten games on the field and a Bruceton forfeit. Shoot! I’m calling that eleven wins and zero losses. At any rate, it’s an undefeated regular season. Those are so hard to come by for most folks. more
In honor of Carroll County’s Bicentennial, it is only proper for me to dedicate a little time honoring the county and some of its history. The next four weeks or more of the Weekly 150 are dedicated to Carroll County and some of its more interesting stories and individuals. more
Mercy sakes alive! Am I glad Halloween is over! All that stuff about ghouls, goblins, gremlins and such lurking about in the fog and mist, searching for whom they might devour, scares me. More than just a little… more
Those that know me, know I have a love for older music, preferably classic country and rock from the 60s and 70s. Probably much to wife’s announce, I know and can sing along to almost every song that comes on the radio or iPod (when I’m the vehicle DJ). The Story family has a history and love for music, going back at least five generations. Naturally, I married one of the best singers from McKenzie. more
I believe it was 1958. But don’t hold me to that. A tad of water has slipped under the bridge since then. And I was way more into hide-and-go-seek, finding the key to my roller skates and Little League baseball than I was new city fire trucks. more
Leon had a birthday this week. It might seem odd to you but I still celebrate it. I call Paula and we cry. And we laugh. And we remember. And we thank our lucky stars. more
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