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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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Labor Day: Celebration of Working People

As flags go up around the town where I’m living in 2018 in Georgia, I can’t help but reflect on the people who raised me and the work ethic they exhibited. Labor Day is a good excuse to celebrate them. … 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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What’s in a Name? Communities and the People Who Have Passed This Way, Part One

What folks will call these places in coming years and centuries, we know not. But one thing is certain, the naming of a place gives it identity and reminds us that others have been here before us. Continue reading

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Christmas with Boiled Custard: I’ll Have Mine with Calf Slobbers!

One of the ancient Christmas traditions in our family, living near the south bank of the North Fork of the Holston River, in Scott County, Virginia, was to gather in at the old family homeplace.  Granddaddy Ketron was still living … Continue reading

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Faces From the Past: Part One

I recently came across a box of pictures I’ve been looking for over the past ten years.  We’ve moved three times in that period of time and I happened to look in a box at the top of the closet, … 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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Coal Memories

Our family heated the house with a coal furnace.  The furnace was a whole-house forced-air heating method.  The furnace was in the dug-out basement.  The house was built before the basement was dug.  My grandfather was working at the Kingsport … 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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The Stone House

I grew up at the foot of a hill upon which was a winding, maple-lined driveway that ended at a beautiful stone house.  The people who lived there were “Doc” Corns and his wife.  They were in fairly declining health … Continue reading

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