Social News & Human Interest


Source: Hornellsville Tribune, Hornellsville, New York, June 27, 1873
Contributed by Angela Meadows


The crops are passibly good. The farmers are harvesting their wheat and barlay, and some are haying, We have had new Irish potatoes, peas, and string beans. My corn in the garden is tasseling out, tomatoes and cucumbers are in blossom. Sweet potatoes look fine. All garden vegetables are excellent. All kinds of fruit as well as vegetables are very promising, This is the most delightful climate I ever lived in. I spent a portion of my early years in the Gulf States Alabama and Mississippi, and 27 years in New York and Pennsylvania yet here, between the extremes of heat and cold, it is both pleasant and healthy.

Our schools and churches are prospering here.  We hare a great field for  usefulness. I preach monthly at eleven different church buildings, four of which are brick and seven wood. Traveling monthly 112 miles. I go on horseback and find it both pleasant and healthy, and ford the grand rivers of Clinch and Powell, and enjoy it very much.

Our educational interests in East Tenn rising. A university was recently located in Knoxville. Tho Board of Trade and citizens contributing $50,000. In Powell's Valley, where I reside, we yesterday organized a high school by a stock-holding company of the citizens. Twenty-five shares were taken at the first meeting.

Our prospects here, physically, mentally, morally and socially are good, The people of East Tennessee are a loyal, noble-hearted portion of our union. Good farms may be bought for $10 per acre, and from that up to $40. The soil is good for all grasses, roots and grains. The water is excellent.

Quite a number of the colored people are yet here, who were slaves before the war.  Most of them are doing well.  They have a great thirst for education and civilization.

Labor is cheap. Good hands on farms are getting from $10 to $14 per month. Industry and economy in this country will secure success. I would advise all old friends who are thinking of moving to this part of the country, to first come and view before emigrating.  I am more then satisfied, yes pleased to spend the sunset of life here.

Fincastle, Tenn., June 18, 1873
Wm. M. Haskell

Source: The Lafollette Times, Vol. 1 No. 47, Friday, December 5, 1902
Contributed by Misty Smith

Uncle Tom Heatherly, a very old and highly respected citizen, living at
Cloud's Ford on Clinch River, was found dead in his bed two weeks ago. He
went one-half mile to a corn shucking the day before, ate as hearty supper
as common, and when the family got breakfast ready and went to wake him he
was dead. He left considerable property and no children, so there is talk of
a lively litigation over the things

Source: Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, October 10, 1915
Contributed by Angela Meadows


"Four Good Doctors Failed to Do Me Any Good" He Declares
"I am on my fourth bottle of Tanlac and have gained fifteen pounds" writes Mr. Samuel Seavers, a well-known citizen of Lafollette, Tenn. Mr. Seavers continued, "I have been sick over two years, and had been under four doctors, but it seemed that they could not do me any good. I saw Tanlac recommended so highly in the paper and heard so much talk of it here in Lafollette, that I decided to try a bottle, and I got more relief out of this one bottle than I have had in months. I began to improve from the very first and have gained rapidly in weight and strength ever since. My stomach has bothered me for over two years, I have found a cure at last! Gentlemen, I wish I could explain how much better I feel. I have gotten so I could eat anything I want, and I feel many years younger. I feel that I ought to thank God for what this has done for me. I will say to everyone who suffers from stomach trouble or indigestion as I was, take Tanlac and be cured. I have already told many of my friends about this medicine. - (advertisement.)

Source:  Anderson County News, January 1, 1916
Contributed by Susie Bullock

A wedding of interest past week was that of Mr. W.M. Barlow and Miss.Vista Hatmaker, which was quietly solemnised by Esq.J.J. Hendren Tuesday,Dec.21, at the home of the bride at Briceville.Only the ? family and a few friends were present to witness the ceremony.Immediately after the ceremony the young couple left for Pensacola,Florida and other southern points, where they will spend honeymoon.Mr. Barlow is an employee of L&N Telegraph Company, where he has held a responsible position for some time.The happy young couple will return to their home where they will reside.Their many friends join in wishing them a long and happy life.

Source: Anderson County News, February 24, 1917
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Friends here will be interested to learn of the marriage of Miss.Eva Disney of Coal Creek and Mr. M.D. Houston of Frankfort,Kansas which occurred Sunday Feb.11, at the bride's home near Coal Creek, Rev.Ward of that place officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Disney.Mr. Houston is a young farmer of Kansas.After an extended trip through the south and west Mr. and Mrs. Houston will be at home at Frankfort,Kansas

Source: Anderson County News, March, 1918
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Argubright-Giles Wedding
Friends of the contracting parties have received the following wedding announcement:
Mr. and Mrs. Perry C.Pearson announce the marriage of their sister Myrtle Alice Giles to Samuel Wilburn Argubright the twenty-third of March nineteen hundred and eighteen, Knoxville,Tennessee.
The marriage was quite a surprise to both families. The bride is the daughter of Wm.Giles of Clinton, while the groom is a son of Jas. C. Argubright, and is now with the American E.F. "somewhere in France.

Source:  Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY; October 2, 1922
Contributed by Angela Meadows


The Lafollette Press for last week contains an account of the Yeager family reunion at Eagle Bluff Springs a week ago yesterday. Besides mother, Mrs. Mary Yeager, who is 72 and makes her home in Jellico with her daughter, Mrs. W. S. Harkness, the following were present; Mr. and Mrs. John H. Yeager and three children from Middlesboro ; Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Harkness, Miss Lola Yeager, Jellico;  Mrs. Robert Skillin, Lebanon, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Yeager and daughter, LaFollette.  The only absent member was Mrs. Martha Smith, a widowed daughter who was kept away on account of ill health. In the afternoon the party motored to the home of  W. A. Yeager at Lafollette where they were entertained and enjoyed a delightful evening meal together before departing for their various homes.. Ten years ago the family home was broken .by the passing on of their father, David Yeager in Southeastern Kentucky.  This branch of the Yeager family consists of two sons, four daughters, fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Source:  Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY; October 2, 1922
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Guests registered at the Piedmont Hotel Monday were: ....
S.E. Bray of LaFollette....
R.L. Forrester of LaFollette..
The Piedmont Hotel
A friend to Everybody AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN
Meal Tickets Sold Local People at Reasonable Rates
R.B.Roberts, Owner &Pro

Various News Items Contributed by Angela Meadows

Bloomingdale, August 22, 1919   J. J. Dudley, cashier of the first National Bank at Lafollette, Tenn., was the guest of friends here Tuesday.

December 10, 1920
D. C. Harkness of Jellico, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. F. W..Browning for a few days this week.

December 31, 1920 Elbert Boyd,of Lafollette, and Elmer Boyd, of Roanoke,Va.,were the guests of Mrs. Mary Boyd a few days last week.

October 11, 1922  Guests registered at the Booneway lnn were; ...
J.B. Douglas of Jellico....
Jack Bruner of Jellico...

October 12, 1922 

The guests registered at the Piedmont Hotel Wednesday were ...
W.E. Folks of Oliver Springs, E.V. McGhee of Oliver Springs,
M.A. Jones of Oliver Springs,
Mitchell Lovely of Oliver Springs,
Albert Jackson of Oliver Springs, ...
 John B. Minnich of LaFollette is the guest of: friends in Pineville this week.

Source:  Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, April 11, 1923
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Baptist Revival Straight Creek
PINEVILLE, April 11 - The Baptists are holding a revival in the community church at Straight Creek. The Rev. Mr. Roach of Lafollette, Tenn., is the preacher and the singing is being conducted by Mr. Crawford of Clinton, Tenn. The largest crowds ever  assembled in the camp for church services are reported.

Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, July 14, 1923
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Mrs. Bell Deroset and her niece. Mrs. Etta Parrott, of Clinton,Tenn., are the guests of Mrs. J. W. Carr this week. Mrs, Deroset is also visiting her son, J. W. Crawford, this week.
Jim England arrived Friday from Powells Valley, with a load of fruit, berries and vegetables for his father, John England.

Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, August 3, 1923
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Mrs. Swam Haley of Lafollette is visiting her mother, Mrs. R. L. Poore.
Mrs R D Knight and little daughter, Mary Ellen of LaFollette, arrived today to spend a few days with Mrs. Knight's parents, Prof. and Mrs. John Surman.
Miss Jess Baird of Jellico is here for a few days visit with Miss Margaret Campbell and her sisters, Mrs. Wayland Smith and Mrs. Elmer Russell.

Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, March 3, 1924
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Avery Gamble of Jacksboro was a visitor in Middlesboro Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Thomas and son Dan, and Miss Elsie Gibson of Powell Valley were in town today.
H.T. Tarwarter has accepted a position in LaFollette, Tenn., and will leave tonight for that place.

Source: Middlesboro News, August 16, 1924
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Miss Vonnie Ausmus drives to school at Well's Springs, which began last week. The past year, it was said to be the best school of Campbell county.

Among those who motored to La Follette, Saturday, were Misses Etta, Cora and Madge Rogers, Vonnie and Mrs. Arthur Ausmus.

Mrs. Dewey Moyers and little daughter, Dorothy, of Powell's Valley, visited home folks at Speedwell, Sunday.

Misses Etta and Madge Rogers.of Speedwell, entertained as visitors, Miss Betty Van Beeber of Powell's Valley and Hope Dossette of  La Follette.
George Hall and daughter, Verdia, in La Follette Saturday.

Source: Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, February 8, 1928
Contributed by Angela Meadows

New York.(IP) Miss Grace Moore, formerly choir singer of Jellico, Tenn., and musical comedy star has Joined that growing circle of American girls who have reached the goal of all singers - stardom in the Metropolitan Opera company. Making her debut on the stage where Marion Talley and Mary Lewis, of Missouri and Arkansas, respectively, gained such signal success in 1926. Miss Moore sang the role of Mimi in "La Boheme" to the applause of an audience which Included 125 folk from her home state, and to the approval of the critics.

Source: Lima News, Lima, Ohio, March 4, 1932
Contributed by Angela Meadows

HARROGATE, Tenn., March 4 -  Life for Calvin Disney; 56- year-old Cumberland mountain man, is just a lot of dirty digs. He lives in a cave high in the hills near here, and for the past three years he has done nothing but pick and shovel work with an $85,000 hidden treasure as his goal. Disney is devoting his life to a hunt for a payroll board which he says was stolen by a robber band during the Civil war. The robbers, he believes, took to the mountains and hid their gold in a cave because of the dangerous times. The war eliminated the robbers from enjoyment of the money and now Disney, who says he has a map which will lead him to the payroll, is busy exploring the cave. He is confident that he ultimately will turn up the spot where the $85,000 in gold is cached, and when he does he plans to hang up his pick and shovel and spend the rest of his life in mountain ease.

Source:  Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield, Ohio; May 25, 1933
Contributed by Angela Meadows

WASHINGTON-A babv born in Campbell county. Tennessee on the site of the future Cove Creek power dam on the day President Roosevelt signed the, Muscle Shoals bill, has been named "Norris Roosevelt Hawkins", a copy of his birth certificate has been sent Senator George W. Norris, author of the Shoals bill.

Source:  Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, July 14, 1933
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Deserted Family Returns

Lydia (Hope) Huston. who with her five children were given county aid over a month ago. when she with her family were found stranded here while searching for the husband and father, who deserted them at Caryville, Tenn., where they resided, and who later were returned to Tennessee, by county authorities, were again in the care of the county Thursday. They were picked up at Hemlock, where Mrs.Huston said she was awaiting the return of her husband, who has relatives there, and were committed to the county jail. Mrs. Huston stated after being returned to Tennessee the authorities there arranged for her return to Ohio, and after only several days she and her family were back in these parts. They are said to have roamed from one place to another and finally came to the attention of county officers of Hemlock. Perry county had returned them to Tennessee since they were residents of that state, but authorities there thought otherwise and saw that they were transported to Ohio. The deserted husband was finally located Thursday and during a conference with Probate Judge John D. Davis, announced that his attentions were to find work and reclaim the children.  Judge Davis is deliberating the matter.

Source:  Anderson County News, Anderson County, July 5, 1935
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Everything must have an end, even Fred Smith sunbroken sojourn in Dark Hollow. This 70 year-old farmer who lives in a quaint, rustie log cabin in a wooded ravine near Loyston says he has never been out of Union County. But he must go soon.The quietly enveloping waters of Norris Lake soon will make his log cabin a tourist home of Neptune. His children must go too, and his grandchildren, the familiar sight of Dark Hollow with its cool streams and leafty vialitas, all his eyes ever known, will give way to new scenes for this mellowed mountaineer

Source:  Clearfield Progress, Clearfield, Penn., October 30, 1937
Contributed by Angela Meadows

NEW YORK  One of the most citified buildings in the largest city in the World went countrified today. The occasion was New York's first festival at Rockefeller Center.  More than 2,000 exhibits were shown, including "the gourdian knot," a gourd grown 37 years ago in Jellico, Tenn by Dr. Thomas Bell, negro physician, and resembling the legendary Gordian knot.

Source:  Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington May 2, 1946
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Cars Seeking Place in 500 Mile Race Total 53
INDIANAPOLIS, AP The field for the 500-mile race at the Indianapolis motor speedway May 30 numbered 53 Friday with the arrival of three entries mailed before the deadline at midnight Wednesday night. The field will be trimmed to 33 starters in time trials to be held this month. W. C. (Sue). Winfield, master mechanic and race car  designer, entered his eight-cylinder super-charged Novi-Governor special, built at La Canada, Calif. Two Offenhauser powered cars were entered by the Hughes brothers of Denver, Colo., and W. Frank Sharp of Jacksboro, Tenn. Doc Williams will drive the Hughes entry.

Source: Walla Walla Union Bulletin, Walla Walla, Washington, Jan. 27, 1947
Contributed by Angela Meadows

NEW YORK (AP) An inconspicuous spot in a small-town church choir was the  springboard from which Grace Moore rose to fame as the "glamor girl" of the  international concert and opera stage and the singing idol of millions of movie fans. News of her death Sunday in a Copenhagen plane crash brought expressions of regret from her admirers. To Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen who said he had completed religious instruction of the diva some time ago and was to have inducted her into the Catholic church upon her return to this country Miss Moore's death was "a matter of deep regret." "This is shocking news," said Lawrence Tibbett. Metropolitan opera baritone, "She was one of America's truly brilliant singers." News of her death brought tears to the eyes of many of her neighbors in Newtown, Conn.,where she made her home. As the news spread through the small town, residents recalled the only occasion at which she sang there in public, Memorial day, 1938, when she and opera star, Gladys Swarthout, joined in a duet of "America," as they stood in front of the soldiers and sailors monument on Main street. "We'll never forget that day," echoed many of the town's residents.  Once before, Miss Moore's soprano was almost stilled through a travel accident. On  December 16, 1943, she and her husband,Valentin Parera, survived one of the nation's worst rail disasters, a collision of two Atlantic coast line streamliners that took 73 lives. Her injuries were slight, however. In July of last year, Miss Moore left the United States for a European concert tour and appearances before American GI's on occupation duty in Europe. Her husband had been ill for several months and Miss Moore had spent much of her time during that period with him at their home at Mougins, in the south of France. Miss Moore, 45, was born in Slabtown, near Del Rio, Tenn., December 5, 1901. The family moved to Jellico when she was five. "I started my musical career there when I sang in the church choir," she once told an interviewer. "So, that is really where life began for me."

Source: Mansfield News Journal, Mansfield, Ohio, April 21, 1949
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Survived Freezing Nights
Mute Child Found After 2-Day Search
CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. (UP) Blonde seven-year-old Wanda Moore was found alive this morning in mountainous country about four miles from her home. She had wandered in the mountains for two nights in freezing temperatures. Word reached the village of Clairfield from one of the search parties that the girl was alive. She had not been brought out of the wild country near the No. 1 mine of the Virginia-Jellico Coal company, and it was not known immediately if she were ill or hurt. T. R. Mitchell at the coal company store at Marion, said a party of men had come to join the search party that found the girl and to bring her out of the mountain.  The sheriff's office said it had been informed Wanda was "in good condition." For two nights and a day, more than a thousand miners and mountaineers had crisscrossed a rough, heavily wooded mountain area, searching for the little girl. Wanda, who had never attended school, was unable to talk or cry for help. Illness when she was a baby left her unable to speak. The sheriff's office said two coal miners, Hubert Parrott and Bud Huddleston, found Wanda after an all-night search. Wanda was last seen near the Moore home, a four-room frame structure, early Tuesday evening. Mrs. Moore,  37, was confined to her bed, in critical condition and under a doctor's care, she had just given birth to her seventh child last Saturday. The oldest Moore child is 12. As word of the missing girl spread, the search party grew to some 1,500 men. Claiborne county Sheriff Dan Chumley estimated that at least 1,000 stayed with the hunt throughout last night.

Source: Marion Star, Marion, Ohio, August 16, 1954
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Father, Daughter Reunited After Gap Of Nearly 50 Years
After nearly half a century, Herbert Tucker has been reunited with the daughter he "walked away" from at the age of 3 weeks. The daughter. Miss Marie Turner of Nashville, Tenn., found her 71 year-old father through a friend and came to Louisville yesterday to join him. Tucker frankly admitted he "just walked away" from his family at High Cliff, Tenn., 48 years ago. Asked why he did it, he said "I had no sense." He said he had regretted the mistake over and over.

Source: Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois, Dec 2, 1954
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Mrs. Pat Scanlan, Mrs. Lowell Scanlan and daughters Miss Lois and Miss Deila Beth Scanlan returned home Sunday after a few days visit with the former's brother, John Crutchfleld and relatives at Jacksboro,Tenn.

Source: unknown paper, unknown date (Please email if you know either!!)
Contributed by Angela Meadows


Mrs. Paul Edward Wright was Miss Marguerite Williams, 1312 LaurelAvenue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Williams of LaFollette. She was marriedto Mr. Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Wright of Lake City, on June 15, at First Baptist Church of LaFollette. The newlyweds will make their home in Knoxville.

Source: Clinton Courier, Clinton, TN, January 17, 1957
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Foust, Diggs Nuptials Will Be Solemnized On Saturday

The engagement of Miss.Billie Sue Foust to Allen Diggs of Norris is announced this week by her parents.Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Foust of Clinton Rt.1.Mr. Diggs is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Diggs of Norris. The wedding will take place Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church,Norris.Miss. Foust was graduated from Norris High School where she was a cheerleader her Junior and Senior years. She is now employed at the Southern Bell Tel. and Tel. Co., Clinton. Mr. Diggs also graduated from Norris High School where he was captain of the basketball team all four years. He is now attending Carson Newman College.

Source: Clinton Courier, Clinton, TN, October 31, 1957
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Miss. Sterling, William Sharp Wed on Oct. 18

Making their home in Andersonville following their wedding Oct.18 and a northern bridal trip are Mr. and Mrs. William Condra Sharp Jr. Mrs. Sharp is the former Roberta Jean Sterling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Sterling, Knoxville. Mr. Sharp is the son of Mrs. W. C. Sharp and the late Mr. Sharp, of Andersonville. The Rev. R. Frank Porter, pastor of Fountain City Methodist Church, Knoxville performed the ceremony at the church at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. John McTeer organist, and Mrs. Jack Sterling vocalist,presented a program of nuptial music. The bride was given in marriage by her father and wore a dress of Chantilly lace and tulie over bridal satin. A Juliet cap of illusion and seed pearls held the waist lenght veil. She carried a cascade arrangements of white orchids. Miss. Peggy Coker was maid of honor and bridesmaids were Mrs. Roger Sharp of Clinton, sister of the groom, Miss. Nancy Sterling of Tracy City, Miss. Betty Sterling and Mrs. Raymond Green of Knoxville. All wore ballerina length dresses of tangerine crystallette over taffeta. They carried a cascade arrangement of bronze chysanthemums. Mr. Sharp chose his uncle, Walter O. Sharp as best man. Ushers were Kenneth Sharp, Hubert Longmire of Andersonville, Jack and James Sterling brothers of the bride of Knoxville. A reception was given at the church following the wedding.

1959 News Clippings
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Mrs. O.M. Blackwell of Atlanta, Ga., is visiting her sister, Mrs. Lela Ayres, and Mrs. Chris Bittle, also visiting them over the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Hobart White of Knoxville.
Guest of Mr. and Mrs. Vic Ford this week is her nephew, Jan Pickle of Akron,
Mrs. Abrey Hatmaker and Mrs. Wyanita Elliott visited their daughters, Sandy Hatmaker and Pat Elliott, students at Nashville Business College, last weekend.
Mrs. W.C. Martin left Monday with her daughter, Frankie, to visit relatives in West Virginia.  Frankie will go on to Richmond and Petersburg, Va. to visit friends before returning to her work in North Carolina.
Douglas Hatmaker and Mrs. Homer Vowell have returned from a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Kemp in Wilsonville, Ala.
Saturday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Galloway were Mr. and Mrs. Buford Bible of Knoxville.
Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Eller and Belva are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gossett and daughter.

Source: Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 2, 1960
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Bitten Boy Stands Off Rabid Fox with BB Gun
Rabid Fox With BB Gun Pioneer,Tenn. (UPI) A 9-year-old boy who stood off a rabid fox with his BB gun while his younger brother scurried to safety has begun a painful series of anti-rabies shots. The story of brave young Steve Chambers came out when his father, Moses Chambers, brought the head of the fox to the State Health Department laboratories in Knoxville and found it was rabid. Steve and his younger brother were playing near their rural home while their parents were in town. Suddenly the gray fox charged out of the underbrush and attacked the boys. Steve fired a BB-shot at the fox and shouted for his brother to run. The action stopped the fox momentarily, giving the brother a chance to get away. The animal then resumed its attack. Steve fired again but the fox did not stop. The animal lunged and the boy said he felt the teeth cut through his trousers and skin. He battered the animal's head with the air gun butt until it lay still and relaxed its grip on his leg.

Source: Valley Independent, Monessen, PA, Feb 14, 1964
Contributed by Lynne Acres


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (UPI), Mr. and Mrs. JAMES E. LAY celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary today but there will be no party "because we're old fashioned." LAY, 91, and his wife, 88, were married on Valentine's Day, 1889, in Jellico, Tenn. He was 16 and she
13. The former farmer and cabinet maker had this advice for living a Long and
happy life: "I Don't drink, Don't play cards, never smoked or chewed tobacco."

Source: Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, May 13, 1967
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Evolution Suit Proceeds
A school teacher fired for teaching evolution said Friday he would proceed with his suit
challenging Tennessee's famed "monkey law"; despite his reinstatement. Gary L. Scott, a 24-year-old general science teacher at Jacksboro High School said the Campbell County Board of Education's decision Thursday night to rehire him merely would alter the suit somewhat. Scott said when he was first dismissed all he wanted was his pay for the rest of the year, but he broadened his suit to challenge the law itself when teacher groups rallied to his support.

Source: Lima News, Lima, Ohio, September 4, 1974
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Walking Habit Helps Woman Survive Week in Mountain
Maggie Hicks, 85, spends alot of her time walking the roads near her home to visit neighbors. The walking helped her survive a week wandering in the rain in the mountains of East Tennessee. Rescuers found the elderly woman on Tuesday, sitting under a tree in a clearing. Authorities said she apparently wandered away from her home last Tuesday and became confused, "She walked up that mountain.  She was as active as a 30- year old man.  She walked the roads all the time. ,She wasn't strong, she, was just in shape," said Lonriie Wilson of the Campbell County Rescue Squad. "She has always been a goer. She don't sit down and rest, just wanders around. The doctor said recently she had alot of get-up and go",  said Villa McGhee, Mrs. Hicks daughter. Mrs. Hicks is listed in fair condition at Jellico Hospital, suffering from exposure. Mrs. McGhee said her mother was too weak to discuss her ordeal and seems rather dazed. She said her mother has been in excellent health, except for hardening of the arteries. Wilson described the terrain where Mrs. Hicks was found as "all hills - it ain't nothin' but straight up. There's copperheads up there.  We killed 10 in two days looking for her. "When they found her, all she said was she wanted a glass of water and a cup of hot coffee.  She was all soaking wet - it's rained all seven days she was up there" "This is the Lord's blessing", said Mrs. McGhee.

Source: Syracuse Herald Journal, Syracuse, New York; September 8, 1983
Contributed by Angela Meadows

Examination ordered for girl in cancer-treatment dispute

KNOXVILLE.Tenn. (AP)  The Tennessee Court of Appeals today ordered a medical examination for the 12-year-old daughter of a preacher whose family has refused treatment for the cancer that could kill her within six months. But the court temporarily blocked a Juvenile Court judge's order requiring chemotherapy, a treatment family members say would violate their religious beliefs. The Juvenile Court in Jacksboro must conduct a full hearing based on medical evidence from the examination before it can order any treatment, said Presiding Judge James W. Parrott. Pamela Irene Hamilton and her father will be flown to Memphis later today to begin a week-long examination at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. But even if the examination confirms a doctor's diagnosis of cancer, Larry Hamilton, the father, said he would "go all the way to the Supreme Court" to keep his daughter from receiving any treatment. Hamilton said only God can heal the girl, and she needs prayer, not medicine. "I believe she's got the faith to recover."  said Hamilton, pastor of the 38 member Church of God of the Union Assembly in LaFollette.  "It will be God's will whatever happens". The girl suffers from Ewings Sarcoma, a cancer affecting the bones and lungs, according to a petition for treatment filed Aug. 26 in Campbell County Juvenile Court by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Without chemotherapy, the girl probably will die within six months - and even with treatment, she has only a 50-50 chance of being cured, the petition said. "I believe God can heal me without going to the doctors," Miss Hamilton told a reporter for The Knoxville Journal on Tuesday. Asked if the thought of death frightened her, the frail, brown haired girl who walks with the aid of crutches replied "Not really".  Hamilton said, however, that he and his wife, Deborah Ann, do not object to doctors treating cuts and broken bones. It was during treatment for a broken leg that the girl's cancer was diagnosed a month ago.

Source: Clinton Courier, Clinton, TN, March 28, 1985
Contributed by Susie Bullock

Birthday Marks Century Plus Two

Not many people live to celebrate their 102 birthday but Mrs. Lucy Russell is an exeception. She was honored Friday at the Anderson County Health Care Center where she has lived for the past three months. Doug Wright, adminstrator, welcomed the many friends and relatives who were there and her minister, the Rev.John Bolin of Main St. Baptist Church in Lake City, read a biographical sketch and then read Proverbs 31:10-31. Mrs. Russell was Lucy Ayers of Campbell County before her marriage to James F. Russell, a coal miner, in June 1900. She was born March 23, 1883 in Newcombe to Claiborn and Catherine Ayers. There were seven brothers and three sisters, all of whom she has outlived. After the Russells were married they moved to Lake City in 1922 and joined Main Street Baptist Church in 1929. Mr. Russell died in 1957. Their daughter, Cora Hatmaker, was the church pianist for several years. Besides the daughter, they had another daughter, Mossie Lowe and two sons, Clyde and Horace Russell. Mrs. Russell also outlived three of the children. She made her home with Mrs. Hatmaker until the daughter had to be hospitalized, then beacme a resident at ACHCC in January. She has nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Another grandson and a great-granddaughter have died. While living with Mrs. Hatmaker, Mrs. Russell companion was a talking parakeet named Ralph. Since she has been at the nursing home, Ralph sits under her master's cane at the Hatmaker home, grieving for her, family members said. Until she became ill Mrs. Russell enjoyed knitting, crocheting and working with flowers. She enjoyed company, especially children. A Lafollette radio station named her senior citizen of the week and she was given a bouguet by a florist. On Saturday she received a birthday cake from another radio station.Women from the church helped serve cake and punch to many visitors. They were Ruby Foster, Eloise Robinson, Lucy Russel, Cora Russel, Bert Banks, Garce Brogan, Nola Wright, Lena Johnson and Paralee Dunn. Also in attendance were Mayor Cathy Brown and Pat Stair, trustee.Volunteer Elizabeth Phillips also assisted.







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