October 25, 2012
Hello from historic Adairville, Kentucky located between the north and south branches of the Red River in lower Logan County. Located on the big island. The place I call home, not by birth but by choice. What a great place to live, bring up a family and one day retire. I love the place and the people.
I stopped in the Adairville Hardware Store this morning and there was Mr. & Mrs. Davis reading books. (They are smart people.) The first thing I noticed was Mrs. Davis sitting barefoot with her feet propped on a stool. (I see that I am not the only adult in town that enjoys going barefoot. I have long enjoyed seeing Richard Taylor when he steps from his truck barefoot and is as happy as a lark. He is a good man who is liberated. I also enjoy going up to north Logan, over to Scotsville or just outside of Auburn and seeing hundreds of Amish adults and children going barefoot. When I was a kid I could walk over glass, metal or the like and never get a cut or a bruise. Not any more.
Well, back to my more dignified self. All the years I was in Washington, D.C. and later in Frankfort, Kentucky people use to tell me they had never seen me without a suit and tie. Now, I tell them you may never see me again with them on. Casual is the day unless it is something special like church, a wedding or a funeral.
This past Sunday I again attended Living Word Church in Adairville. It is actually only about 300 feet from my home on the town square. What a friendly congregation! People were greeting me from the time I parked my car till the time I sat down in the church. I knew just about everyone there with only a few exceptions. The music was so good and moving. Pastor Cowan is a very gifted teacher of the Bible. I can follow him from bible passage to bible passage. He is the closes that I have come to in finding an old time preacher. He really gets with it when he gets into the Bible. That man knows his stuff! I like his wife as well.
There was a wonderful family setting in front of me Sunday. They were Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Miller of Auburn. I also had two young brothers to come up to me after church and tell me how nice it was for me to attend services and to come back soon. They were Luke and Issiah Boisseau. Fine young men!
As a member of the Logan County Tourism & Convention Commission I attended the LEAD luncheon in Russellville on Wednesday. Lt. Governor Abramson was the speaker and he was good. He really praised Senator Joey Pendleton, Representative Martha Jane King and LEAD Director Tom Harned. He is a great speaker and he wowed the crowd. I had a chance to speak with him after the meeting and I lobbied for Adairville to receive some state grants to help us attract businesses to our town and create more jobs.
Adairville City Councilman Danny Finch and I sat right in front of the speaker. We saw the mayor across the room.
Hwy 43 Cafe is now open on the square. Have already eaten there twice. Last Friday night there was a good crowd. My catfish was a little heavy on the dough and over cooked, the white beans too few and the hush puppies too little and too hard. Sunday I had a great meal. It would be hard pressed to find a better. They had a good crowd also.
There have been a number of suggestions that smoking is a problem that some can not endure. Maybe something can be worked out on this matter.
Former magistrate Harold Prince has been back in the hospital. This time his wife Cecil had to join him. They are both home now. I went by last Sunday and Harold and Cecil rode on their golf cart to count cows. I know Harold must be better because he was back talking politics - local state and national. He told me his sister remained hospitalized in grave condition.
Winston Angel’s father remains hospitalized in grave condition. He was to be moved from Logan County to Nashville this week. I guess the older we get the more people we know who are under the weather or very sick.
A JOB FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT/A PROBLEM FOR US ALL
My friend Billy Layton and “Mr. Joe” Hart were at the hardware store this morning. Billy was telling me about the Sumner County, Tenn. trash trucks leaving half their Tennessee trash scattered along Hwy 431 on the way to the dump in our county. Seems their tarps covering the trash are growing smaller again allowing the trash to blow off all along their journey. Looks like there is a good project for our city police chief and the Logan County Sheriff’s Patrol.
Mrs. Sarah at the Adairville City Hall made a very good suggestion to me about an article. She said since there were nine people running for the six Adairville City Council Seats that I might contact each of the candidates and ask them to list a few things they would like to see happen for Adairville. So I am asking that each candidate contact me and I will run the information in my column next Friday. (Please limit to about 125 words per candidate.)
A LITTLE HISTORY
Did you know that one of Joe Gran Clark’s ancestors was the sheriff in Logan County when the famous Frank & Jesse James bank robbery occured. He got the posse up and led the chase and search. Jo Grant has a copy the news story framed in the hall way of his office across from the court house in Russellville.
There is some new material, newsletters, books and other articles about the great tobacco wars that raged along the Tennessee/Kentucky state line a century ago. I hope to report on some of the activity that happened right here in our own back yard,
There will be a big dinner/entertainment/auction to help Nannette Starks King with medical epenses in her battle with liver cancer. The event is two weekends away at the Red River Fish & Game Habitat. Please make pans to attend. It is going to be a very special event. We all need to pull for Nannette during this time of illness. If you cannot attend you can drop off donations, auction items and notes of cheer at city hall or send in care of Donna Blake.
Time to go! Good night Mrs. Tom Harned, Mrs. Issabel at the Adairville Methodist Church, the Gunderson Brothers sweet mother, all the officers on the County Sheriff’s Patrol, Mrs. Bill Steen, the ladies at the “Manor,” “Sweet Bertie” Angel, the ministers at the churches founded by Sister Nina Pierce of the 3rd Great Awakening and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.