Tag Archives: East Tennessee

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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