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Today's Features

  • In June 1961, while serving as director of the 4th Marine Reserve and Recruitment District based in Philadelphia, I was selected for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. In the Marine Corps promotion is based upon the recommendations of selection boards composed of about seven officers senior in rank to those officers in the selection zone.

  • At a time of year when churches invest so much time and effort into holiday celebrations and draw their biggest attendance, the few members of one of Shelby County’s oldest are their church’s doors are still open.

    Buffalo Lick Baptist, 208 years old this month, is holding on with just 23 members, its pastor said, and it isn’t going anywhere.

  • Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.

    “Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.

    The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.

  • Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.

    “Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.

    The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.

  • Brenda Jackson, known for her decades of representation on the Shelby County Board of Education, is helping ensure that everyone in Shelby County who might not have a Thanksgiving Day meal can find food and company.

    She is the guiding spirit behind the community Thanksgiving Day dinner scheduled for Thursday at Stratton Center, and she may have started a new tradition, Rhonda Gillman said.

  • As we gather around tables to feast on turkey with all the trimmings and give thanks for what’s important in our lives, it just may be that out in the woods behind the house those turkeys that found a way to stay in the wild and avoid the ovens are giving thanks for being dropped back in Shelby County.

    A rural community filled with outdoorsmen, there is no doubt that in this county many of the centerpiece turkeys have been hunted and harvested by someone sitting at that table, but not too long ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

  • A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.

    But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.

  • A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.

    But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

    Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.

  • On a Friday afternoon, 50 years ago today, an American tragedy unfolded in the downtown streets of Dallas. The moment when an assassin’s bullet took the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and in so many ways changed the course of American history is not something anyone alive that day can forget.

    In fact, it has become the most significant “I remember that day” anecdote that men and women have passed down through the generations, through oral histories, written memories or simply reliving the moment through media presentations.

  • Joel Kaufman is dying to know just who Elizabeth is.

    “That’s my main question; Just who was Elizabeth and how did she get this name?” he said.

    Elizabeth is a 1938 Ford that resided in Shelby County, originally purchased by Ruth Davis and later given to Don Turner.

    Kaufman, 60, lives in Hickory, N.C., and purchased the car online, and now he wants to tell its story along with returning it to the road.