Tag Archives: East Tennessee

Remembering the Schoolhouse(s) Known as “Bell Ridge” in the Morrison City area of North Kingsport, Tennessee

There are three main places where children form their identity (or at least they used to): 1. Their home, 2. Their church, and 3. Their school. Bell Ridge Elementary was a school built to serve people of the northwest corner … Continue reading

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The Healing of the Broken Rooster

I met Dana Reed when I moved to Jonesborough, Tennessee in 2003.  “Coach,” as they called him, since he had been a coach for more than a generation of young people in the schools of Washington County, Tennessee, was grinning … Continue reading

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Gone to Conference

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”–Hebrews 10: 25, (King James Bible) I am not sure who first thought … Continue reading

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The Model City

I grew up next to Kingsport, Tennessee.  Kingsport has had several lives, the most recent being a period of industrialization, growth, expansion, and relative decline.  This period was much touted at the beginning as the town became known through the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Appalachia, Part One: Mountaineers are Always Free!

I am taken with the stories of the settlement of my home region in the early history of the United States.  The mountains became a home of hope for many who were getting away from something worse somewhere else.  Their … Continue reading

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A Lost Historic Site

  Samuel Patton was born in 1797 in the Lancaster District of South Carolina.  As a young man he was part of a family that was religious, but not enthused about it.  One of his grandmothers was known to say, … Continue reading

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Chewing Gum and the Rapture

I don’t know when I first became aware that little blobs of pink on the bottom of the church chairs was actually chewing gum.  But I am sure I saw some the night Pastor Steve came to preach.  The minister … Continue reading

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Compromise Church

Up in a narrow hollow in East Tennessee there is a little white, country church called “Compromise.”  It is on Route 70 between Rogersville and Kyle’s Ford.  It’s been there quite a long time.  It looks pretty serene, with a … Continue reading

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Things I Like About Kingsport

Everybody has a home town.  I guess mine is Kingsport, Tennessee, even though I was actually raised just north in a little nearby community across the state line in Virginia.  Kingsport was our place to go for nearly everything we … Continue reading

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Decoration Day

Long before it became a day to honor the people who had died in war, the people of the hills of home would go each spring to the family or church graveyard.  They went in springtime after all the gardens … Continue reading

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