When I was a lad, back in the 1950s and early 1960s, my mother was an active member of Sinking Creek Home Demonstration Club.
This past week I found myself in groups sharing words and axioms used by our parents and grandparents and it dawned on me that our children and grandchildren probably haven’t had the experience of being admonished with the phrase, “If you can’t listen you can feel.”
A few weeks ago, members of Alpha Omicron chapter, Alpha Delta Kappa, celebrated the Golden Anniversary of its charter with an elegant tea at Parrottsville United Methodist Church. Lula Jean Hartsell and Lucille Smith hosted the event.
Over the course of Cocke County’s 200-plus years of history, we have been blessed to have hundreds of outstanding teachers devote themselves to the instruction of our children.
Members of the William Cocke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution continued their active ways in August and September through their participation in numerous events.
As we prepare for the October edition of Let the Stories Be Told, I, too, am scrolling through my family’s tales looking for a few to share. Many of them involve the episodes of Robert and Zollie Sisk and their seven children.
Currently we are laying the groundwork on our popular yearly special edition, Smoky Mountain Homeplace. Once again we are following the theme, Let the Stories Be Told, and are asking readers to submitted those family stories that are always told whenever the clan comes together.
This past Friday, July 5, members of the Costner clan found themselves front and center at the popular Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow events at the Cosby Campground Amphitheatre in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
It’s the first of July, the time of year when plans start falling into place for the Newport Plain Talk’s annual special edition Smoky Mountain Homeplace.
Members of the William Cocke Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored 14 students from fourteen Cocke and Jefferson County elementary schools recently for their qualities of good citizenship. They are as follows:
Last Sunday, like millions of others, I remained glued to my television and watched with joy as Tiger Woods claimed his fifth Masters title in Augusta.
The visit of an American President, Vice-President, First Lady, and/or other dignitary today calls for hours of strategic planning, security clearances, and down-to-the-minute itineraries, complete with Secret Service details, sharpshooters, and press.
The name “Leonard” appears many times in the two hundred-plus years the Huff family has lived in what would become Cocke County, Tennessee. Three Huff brothers, John, Peter, and Joseph, settled in the Del Rio, Bybee, and Cosby communities respectively. Each branch of the family tells the sto…
Judy McGaha’s dreams of saving Laurel Springs Primitive Baptist Church from the ravages of time took a giant step forward this week when Lindsay Crockett, East Tennessee Development District’s Historic Preservation/Housing Planner, pronounced, “The odds are pretty good.”
Most readers know about the Swaggerty Fort, one of Cocke County’s most historic structures. It stands alongside the old Hwy. 321 between Parrottsville and Greeneville. A state historical marker identifies it in the following way:
It won’t be long before the Newport Plain Talk publishes Let the Stories Be Told – Part II. The special collection of tales handed down from generation to generation by local families will appear at the end of January and promises to be filled with more fascinating stories, some dating back …
More bits of Cocke County history are finding their way to the film genre, thanks to Dr. Marc McClure and his students from Walters State Community College.