Tag Archives: Kingsport 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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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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Car Troubles

On May 16th of this year, my “little man” (a nineteen year old, 6 foot, almost 4 inch 235 pounder, or “little man” in name only), wrecked his Chevy Trailblazer.  This has changed our focus this summer as a family … Continue reading

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Squirming on the Back Pew

My home church was Morrison Chapel United Methodist Church, located in the Morrison City community, just north of Kingsport, Tennessee.  Our church was started before the Civil War when a circuit riding preacher named Reuben Steele brought the gospel in … Continue reading

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My Father Worked at Sears

After the Kingsport Press strike of 1963, several of the men of my family were displaced and had to find work elsewhere.  My uncle Wes went to New Jersey to work in a factory there.  My grandfather took on small … Continue reading

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How We Built the New Church

The year before I was born, Morrison Chapel burned to the ground one January morning.  Our preacher had gone over to start the furnace that Sunday morning.  Before he got all the way back across the parking lot to the … 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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