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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, January 22, 2007

AU Prez Muse in Bham/Barron at County Tourney/Att Collinsville City Hall

Good to see Senator Lowell Barron at the Finals of the Dekalb County Tourney Sat Night.
Here is a link with text at end of this blog
Had a good laugh with Barron telling him about my live state wide call to Bama Dem Party Chair Joe Turnham Friday night on 's for the Record. Asked Joe and Lowell both to be reading my friend Randall Balmer's Thy Kingdom Come and Tom Edsall's Bldg Red America.
Senator Barron said he was hurt I didn't call in the week before when he was on statewide taking calls. I told him I tried but the monitor at the station told me Barron said to be expecting a call from Collinsville, that it would be Jim Preuitt in disguise, and not to take the call.
Barron got a big laugh out of that one.

Could be an interesting group joining Auburn's Wayne Flynt at a book signing in Homewood this afternoon, many author's from the Flynt Tribute Hope and History in the Heart of Dixie. Then Flynt and maybe strong influence on Barron and Bobby Lowder may join Flynt and Kate Campbell for Dinner before the chatauqua tonight at Samford. We'll see.

Reports are former Auburn President William Muse joined Campbell and Flynt for dinner Monday night. It is my understanding Muse will return against next Monday Jan 28 for the event at Samford.
Glen Feldman, UAB History Proff was at the book signing. He has a chapter in History and Hope. I am proud of our Collinsville Mayor for reading a good portion of the book, as well as another influential on Main Street Collinsville.
Feldman also has an essay in Jumpin Jim Crow. Colleague Tim Tyson has an essay in that collection about Gaffney, and there is strong essay in there about Women's Clubs maintaining the history of the Civil War in Small Communities, a history that has largely now been discreddited according to the essay.
Which raises the question, who tells the truth in small communities.
Faulkner said it was not the Sunday School at the Baptist Church, or the Methodist, The City Council, the WMU, the Ladies Clubs, the Shriners, nor the proprietors of the debutante ball.
Like Will Campbell later, Faulkner said if you want to know the truth about any small town, go to the darkest cell in the most remote and dank corner of the local jail and there as you wash away the whitewash on the wall you will find a true record in the etchings of our gross and simple human heart.

Page 27 is the study page for City Council, Mayor Carter and the rest of Collinsville City Hall in this link

Miguel De La Torre raises some gut wrenching questions for true Christians as well. Never quite got to these in Sunday School when I was there; and I am not sure how to implement these ideals of the Kingdom of God.
Is it fair to ask Catholic Countries to use more birth control or is that racist? I don't know.
Maybe I shoulda done a better job at having my own 2.5 children, I don't know.

Time's a wastin while my friend Senator Barron and Jim Preuitt dilly dally with Const Reform while the crisis issues continue to mount in the Alabama Legislature. If you could it in a picture; would look something like my front porch, the metaphor for Bama legislature's dilly dallying.
I got plans for the porch; hoping the legislature can do something about Const Reform.
While I was lone gun raising the question when my friend Senator Barron had Town Hall Meeting in Collinsville back in June, it seemed to be the hot topic when Barron faced the reporters on statewide TV couple weeks.

Leah was at the game as well, And Rollo and Darryl Brown. The latter two big Sanford and Sons, fans. Sorry I had to beat them in the tennis summer of 95, but it was about the only sport I could contest them in, and I did what I had to do

Charles Bowers, and Terrell Spade and Cameron Indo were there also; Jojo, Cody Mac, Nick, Mark Dutton's brother,Chuck, and Mike McPherson.

Fyffe, Lions win DeKalb crowns
By Stan Veitch, Times Sports WriterPublished January 21, 2007
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RAINSVILLE - The dynastic duo of Crossville and Fyffe continue to make DeKalb County High School Basketball Tournament history.Saturday, Crossville won its fourth consecutive county title by defeating Collinsville, 72-48. The Lions (21-1 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A) are the first boys' team to accomplish that feat.Crossville has been in the finals seven of the last eight years and has won six of those.At halftime, the score was tied at 28-28, but the Lions outscored the Panthers (23-2 and ranked No. 2 in 1A) by a 21-3 margin in the third quarter to break it open."I wish I knew what we did," joked Lion coach Tracy Hulgan. "I think we played a little better defense than in the first half and we were able to take care of the ball. We got good ball movement and got the shots we needed. We did the stuff we were supposed to be doing."Meanwhile, Collinsville didn't do what it was supposed to in the critical quarter."We didn't run our offense," said Panther coach Jon Tidmore. "Part of that was their defense. It looked like they were playing the same defense, but we let it get to us and we quit reversing the ball and getting in the flow. That led to no rebounds."Collinsville didn't score in the third quarter until Gavin Myers hit 1-of-2 free throws with 1:40 left. By then, the Lions had scored 16.Most Valuable Player Mick Hedgepeth grabbed a lot of the rebounds - 21 in all - to go with his 17 points and eight blocked shots."They came out trying to run on us," Hedgepeth said. "We were disciplined enough and focused enough to slow it down and run our stuff."This is the second straight county MVP trophy for Hedgepeth, still just a junior. Jasen Jonus scored 15 points and hauled down nine boards. Adam Lowery scored 13 and Jarrett Williamson had 10 points and five rebounds.For the Panthers, Tim Williams scored 18. Myers, Kory Oliver and Robert Gray all netted seven points. Myers had six rebounds.

I spoke to Senator Barron and we were down by four, then a few minutes later we were down by twelve and the disaster had begun. As the GTimes reports, it was a rough third quarter


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