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  • By TOMMY REDMON
    Special to the news

    Robert Zumstein, better known as Bob or Bobby, grew up in Morgan County and the 1930’s and 1940’s. He graduated from Central High School in Wartburg in 1951.

    He played football all four years and achieved the nickname “Tuffy” because of the way he hit the defensive line as a running back. You could hear the leather pop.

  • By David Knisley and Tommy Redmon
    Special to the NEWS

    This week I want to share an article written by David Knisley and me. It concerns our WWII War efforts, some Wartburg Central fifth graders and their eccentric teacher. It is all true.

    During WWII, the U.S. Government sponsored highly publicized “drives” to gather all sorts of scrap material to assist in the war effort. I vividly remember a scrap metal drive we had in 1943-44 when I was in the third grade.

  • By Tommy Redmon
    Special to the news

    Most of you readers have no doubt gone to Potter’s Falls.

    Many of you have swam in the cool waters of Crooked Fork Creek that comes out of Petros and runs into the Emory River at bridge 90 on the Southern Railroad.

  • By TOMMY REDMON
    MORGAN COUNTY NEWS

    The “music man” came to Wartburg Central High School in the fall of 1953.

    Superintendent Dudley Human hired him first as a history teacher, but being unable to find a music teacher, he found out Harry Fritts was qualified to teach music so he asked him to switch.

  • 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.