Tag Archives: Tennessee

A Song of Unity from Long Ago

A man was enjoying the freedom found in the wilderness of the young nation of America. He was living any way he wanted to, not having a moral compass, but doing what he wanted, when he wanted, regardless of any … Continue reading

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Three Kings in Memphis

Several years ago I traveled to the big city of Memphis to embark on an educational journey.  Wanting to obtain a doctor of ministry, I had looked at different schools in different places, and pondered a variety of programs.  I … Continue reading

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The State of Franklin: Freedom’s Frontier

I was born within the environs of what historians call the “Lost State of Franklin.”  This fleeting governmental boundary was composed of lands lying to the west of present day North Carolina, in the valleys of the great western waters … 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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When Full Service No Longer Referred to the Gas Station

I went off with my grandfather to the stock yard one Saturday and when we came back we noticed they had placed a trailer in the middle of the new lot, thrown some gravel in front of it and put up one of those little rented lit signs with movable letters. Welcome the “Magic Fingers Massage Parlor.” 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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Faces from the Past: A Minister in the Family

Mammaw Scott always wanted a preacher in the family.  She wanted it so bad she dedicated her seventh child to the Lord, praying that he would become a preacher.  He grew up and worked for IBM. But there was a … Continue reading

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