I had the opportunity to go to Asheville N. C. on a girl’s weekend this past weekend. It rained a lot but we managed to get out and visit some of the shops in Asheville and Black Mountain. Some of my favorites were the F. W. Woolworth’s shop in downtown Asheville. It still had the original soda shop bar and some tables. The rest had been converted into an art gallery that featured lots of individual artist’s work available for purchase. There were so many different forms of art featured. The old grocery story building would be perfect for something like this. Then on Black Mountain, the ironworks shop was a favorite. They had so many beautiful pieces. Everything from earrings to pot holders to beautiful outdoor chandeliers was on display. Then the Town hardware store had everything. Their motto was if you want it they probably have it. Anyway, it was a great weekend even with the rain; we just spent some quality friend time laughing and making memories. It was also amazing to see how from the time we went across the mountain going to our destination and the rain came upon our arrival in Asheville, the trees were beginning to turn by the next morning. So, we were able to see some color on our return.
There was a great article in the Franklin Favorite about a local farming family. The Don Halcomb family was featured. It told that their family farm goes back to the 1800’s about the time Adairville was founded. They have grown and now have farms totaling 6500 acres in Logan, Simpson, Todd County and Franklin, Tennessee. Farming has changed and evolved over the years as it states in the article. The farm is run by Don and Meredith along with their two sons and their spouses, Sam and Stephanie Halcomb and John and Sarah Halcomb. We are blessed to live in the heart of a great farming community. Our local farmers are so important to the economy of Adairville and Logan County.
The terrible potholes in the streets will be getting paved soon as well as some of our worse streets. We will also be getting some sidewalks redone. We are trying to look at some of our worse sidewalks especially the ones that have heavy traffic and start with them. Thanks for being so patient during the fiber, water and sewer projects.
I saw where our school is “flooding” in early primary. I’m not sure I understand all it entails but think it involves teaching phonics and the breaking down of words in able to be read words. I can testify to the fact that phonics is important. Mrs. Willeford was Chad’s 1st grade teacher and she believed in phonics. By the first quarter of the year, Chad was reading the newspaper and continues to be an avid reader to this day. Go Adairville School in your quest for new ways of learning.
Coffee Bottom Girl
Every time I have seen the Smokey Mountains I am always in awe of the beauty. The clouds hanging in the mountains this past week were so beautiful and the beginning of the different colors. I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of all of God’s creation. I also always think about the people that came here from England to settle this raw beauty. I can’t begin to imagine how it would feel to stand at the bottom of those great mountains and begin the trek to see what is on the other side, knowing you will encounter all sorts of wild animals. What courage and fortitude our forefathers had, not sure we have that much today. I know we constantly discover new things and ideas and I am in awe of some of the things that have been accomplished during my lifetime, it somehow still dims in the idea of going across those mountains for the first time.
A Hui Hou Kā’Kou
“May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand”
To contact Donna Blake about the Adairville News, call 270-772-2175.