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  • By Tommy Redmon
    Special to the news

    Many towns and cities in our great nation have sacrificed and paid a great price when it comes to sending their sons off to war, but none has done more than Harrodsburg, Ky.

    In October 1941 this little town of less than 5,000 people sent 66 of its young and best men to the Philippines to help General Douglas MacArthur protect the island from the Japanese.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    Long before the days of the big supermarkets where we now buy our groceries, we had several stores on the main roads.

    One I remember well was Brasel’s Grocery located near the junction of Highways 27 and 62, it was popular with school children because of its proximity to Central School.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    Marie got up at 4:30 a.m. to make her husband’s breakfast before he walked up to Highway 62 to catch his ride to work.

    This was an early morning ritual for her and many wives all over Morgan County; five days a week.
    Since 1942 men had traveled east 25 or less miles to work at Y-12, K-25 or X-10 in the new city of Oak Ridge.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    I was discharged from the Navy in the spring of 1962, and returned to Tennessee Tech in Cookeville to finish my college degree.
    Soon after getting there, I met a girl by the name of Wanda Stringer and in the summer we fell in love. We set the wedding day: June 8, 1963.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    I have met many people along the highway of life. Some would even become famous or were already famous.

    In my second year of college at Tennessee Tech, I roomed with a boy from LaFollette by the name of Carl Stiner. In 1958, he would go into the service as a 2nd Lieutenant and come out 35 years later as a four-star General.

    In 1968, while teaching school in Cookeville, I taught a young man by the name of Mack Brown, who later would become a famous college football coach at North Carolina and Texas.

  • Drug addiction is a major problem in Morgan County, but there is help.

    Two times a week, Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Liberty Baptist Church holds Narcotics Anonymous/Alcoholics Anonymous aimed at helping area residents fighting addiction.

    “We want everyone to know there is a place to go and there are people that care,” Ronnie Williams said.

    Williams, a recovering addict of seven years, along with Carey Newport, a recovering addict of five years, started the program two years ago as a way to aid those seeking help in recovery.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

     

    What do you think when our National Anthem is played?

    Do you thank God for the freedom you enjoy?

    While standing there with your hand over your heart, do you think of the many men and women who have fought and died so we could enjoy that freedom, or do you take it for granted that since you were born in the United States that freedom is automatically free?

    Let me tell you folks, it isn’t free.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the news

    If you were to ask me to describe John Robert Dillon in one word, I would have to say “dedicated.”
    Indeed, he was fully dedicated to educating the children of Morgan County. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent in Morgan County Schools for more than 40 years.

    If you count the time he was in public and private schools, along with his time in college, you would find that he spent more than three-fourths of his life in schools.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the news

    I have been near a few tragedies in my life, but the one that affected me most was on May 9, 1980 when the Skyway Bridge that span 4.14 miles from Manatee County to St. Petersburg, Fla. fell.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

    The sky did not look good at all as the big Navy truck was transporting 28 Navy men to Point Lomo, out of San Diego, the morning of Jan. 6, 1959.

    We were there to continue our survival training with what they called helicopter pickup or rescue at sea. One by one we would jump into the cold water (48 degrees) and the helicopter would drop a sling down for us to grab onto and be rescued.

  • It seems every rural community has that one store that is there to meet their needs.

    In Petros, Brushy Mountain Market fills that role as owner Joe Duncan wants to give back to the community that has given him so much.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    I have always had great respect and admiration for the men and women who go to war for our great nation. I appreciate the great sacrifice they have made and will make in the future to see that our country remains free.

    I love my country and if I had been three years older I would have been in the Korean War. I had a brother who served during World War II, one who served during the Korean War and three of us served during the Vietnam War. We all served in the U.S. Navy.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

    When I got out of the Navy in 1962, I wasted no time in getting back to Tennessee Tech to work on my degree.

    In the spring of that year I met Wanda Stronger and we fell in love. She was to become my wife in 1963. This required me to drop out of school and get a job so I went to see Dr. Wilson about a teaching job.

  • Thanksgiving was a little more enjoyable for approximately 100 families in need last Wednesday, as Morgan-Scott Project in Deer Lodge added additional holiday items to its normal weekly food line.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

    I had been through aerial photography school in Pensacola, Fla. And then sent to San Diego to go through two weeks of the roughest survival training the Navy had at this time. All pilots and crew members, who would be flying over water, were required to take this training.  Since I was going Guam to be a crew member in VCP-61 squadron, I fit into that category.

  • The Wartburg Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) is there to help the community 365 days a year.

    In return, the department hopes the community will show its support nine times a year, as the second Saturday of each month the fire department hosts a fish fry to raise funds that helps keep the organization afloat.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the News

    Do you remember the days of the little county stores? It seems that every few miles there was a Mom and Pop business that sold the conveniences of life like bread, milk and luncheon meats, along with candy for the kids and soda pop for the thirsty.

    Well, we had one that was south of Wartburg on Highway 27 where we lived in the 40s. Mom and Dad decided to walk down to Walter Grace’s store to get some things for Dad’s lunch.

  • Mom and Pop stores are known for taking care of small communities.

    In Chestnut Ridge, it’s not a Mom and Pop shop, but rather a Daughter and Pop shop that takes care of the community.
    Roland Hall is the owner of Hall’s County Line Grocery, but his daughter, Sherry Harris, takes care of the day-to-day operations. Hall actually owned the store more than 30 years ago, but purchased it again a year ago for his daughter.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the news

    He was born on Oct. 13, 1898, the fifth child in a family of 16 children. His dad was a sharecropper or tenant farmer and they lived in a 16x20 one-room cabin until nine children were brought into the world. They believed in the grace of God and hard work.

    So begins the story of Sam Knisley, who would come to Morgan County in 1933 with his wife Sally. He came into the world of dire poverty. He was a cripple who did not walk until he was almost five years old.

  • A small store that opened earlier this spring is offering residents of Chestnut Ridge a little bit of everything.

    Dino and Rhonda Geracci opened Plateau Trading Post about four months ago with a goal to help those in the community buy goods close to home.

    “There’s nowhere for the locals to go anymore,” Rhonda Geracci said. “This used to be Howard’s Grocery and it was here for a long time, but when they closed there was nowhere for the older generation to go and hang out anymore.