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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lucie Campbell

Lucie Eddie Campbell (Lucie Eddie Campbell-Williams) (April 3, 1885 in Duck Hill, Mississippi – 1963) was an African American composer of hymns.Lucie Eddie Campbell, the youngest of nine children, was born to Burrell and Isabella (Wilkerson) Campbell in Duck Hill, Mississippi. Burrell Campbell worked for the Mississippi Central Railroad (later purchased by the Illinois Central Railroad), and Isabella worked as a cook. Shortly after Lucie's birth, Burrell Campbell was killed in a train accident. Being the sole provider for and caretaker of her nine children, Isabella moved to Memphis, Tennessee.

Isabella Campbell not only wanted her children to receive an education, she also wanted them exposed to the performing arts. She elected to give piano lessons to Lora, Lucie's older sister. While piano lessons were being given to Lora, Lucie listened attentively and practiced the lessons on her own.

Lucie Campbell was educated in the public schools of Memphis. In 1899, she was graduated from Kortrecht High School (later Booker T. Washington) as valedictorian of her class and was awarded the highest prize for her Latin proficiency. After completing high school, Lucie passed the teachers' exam and began her teaching career at Carnes Avenue Grammar School. In 1911, she was transferred to Kortrecht High School, where she taught American history and English. Later, she earned the baccalaureate degree from Rust College in Holy Springs, Mississippi, and the master's degree from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College.

At age nineteen, Campbell organized a group of Beale Street musicians into the Music Club. Other members later were added to form a thousand-voice choir that performed at the National Baptist Convention. At the organizational meeting of the National Sunday and Baptist Training Union Congress held in Memphis in 1915, "Miss Lucie" was elected as Music Director. She penned songs for the Congress and wrote musical pageants exhorting the young to give their lives to Christian service. In addition to writing religious music for the Congress, she also wrote the Congress' study lessons, as well as other instructional materials.

In 1919, Lucie E. Campbell published her first song, Something Within, which was followed by more than one hundred others, including The Lord is My Shepherd, Heavenly Sunshine, The King's Highway, Touch Me Lord Jesus, and He Understands, He'll Say Well Done. Campbell also introduced promising young musicians such as Marian Anderson and J. Robert Bradley to the world. "Miss Lucie" introduced Marian Anderson to the National Baptist Convention and served as her accompanist. In 1955, Miss Lucie's loyalty and dedication to the Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress was recognized when she was named as one of the principal lecturers during the 50th Anniversary Session held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In 1946, she was named to the National Policy Planning Commission of the National Education Association. She was elected vice president of the American Teachers Association and from 1941 to 1946 she served as president of the Tennessee Teachers Association.

Lucie E. Campbell was an activist for civil justice. She defied the "Jim Crow" streetcar laws when she refused to relinquish her seat in the section reserved for whites, and as president of the Negro Education Association she struggled with governmental officials to redress the inequities in the pay scale and other benefits for Negro teachers.

On January 14, 1960, Lucie Eddie Campbell married her lifelong companion, the Reverend C. R. Williams. The marriage ceremony took place in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Zack Brown in Memphis. As an expression of her love and respect for her friend, business partner, and companion, Lucie Eddie Campbell-Williams dedicated her song, They That Wait Upon the Lord, to her husband.

The National Sunday School and the Baptist Training Union Congress of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., showed its appreciation to its "first lady of music" when it declared June 20, 1962, as Lucie E. Campbell Appreciation Day. While preparing to attend the celebration and banquet held in her honor, Campbell-Williams suddenly became gravely ill and was rushed to the hospital.

After a six-months' bout with illness, Lucie Eddie Campbell-Williams died on January 3, 1963, in Nashville. Her body was conveyed to Memphis and funeral services were held on January 7 at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church by pastor Dr. Roy Love. She was interred in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. Some of her most famous works are "The King's Highway," "Heavenly Sunshine," "Something Within" and "He'll Understand And Say 'Well Done'." She was also the music director of the National Baptist Convention's Sunday School and the Union Congress of the Baptist Young People.

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Tellico Plains, TN

Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 859 at the 2000 census.


Tellico Plains in 1938

The area was inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous peoples. The historic Muscogee settled here, before moving further south. They were followed by Cherokee displaced from the east and north by European colonial encroachment.

Tellico Plains occupies the former site of the Cherokee town of Great Tellico, which was one of the more important towns of the Overhill Cherokee during the late 18th century. Two traditional Native American paths met at Great Tellico, the Trading Path and the Warrior Path.

During the 1840's Elisha Johnson, a former mayor of Rochester, New York, built the Tellico River Mansion on his plantation in Tellico Plains. With his brother Ebenezer, the former mayor of Buffalo, New York, he purchased the Tellico Iron and Manufacturing Company. During the Civil War, the Confederacy commandeered the iron works for production of munitions. General William Sherman's Union Army soldiers destroyed the Tellico Iron Works. Sherman pardoned Elisha Johnson for his part in supplying the Confederate Army because of Johnson's northern birth and sympathies. Johnson returned to the North, settling in Ithaca, New York, where he died in 1866.

The nearby Coker Creek was the site of a minor gold rush during the late 1800s. The small crossroads town of Coker Creek has a gold-panning tourist attraction. Visitors can rent pans and receive professional instructions from the proprietor of the souvenir shop. Visitors can also explore the old gold mines in the surrounding hills in the hopes of finding a nugget with some of the famous yellow ore, although the mines are in a state of disrepair.

Gold mining continues on at least one private plot located slightly to the southwest of the tourist attraction.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tellico Plains became the base of operations for the Babcock Lumber Company, which ran logging operations throughout the Tellico River basin. When it finished clearcutting, it sold its land to the US Forest Service, which has spent decades restoring the woods. Tellico Plains was incorported in 1911. Its first mayor was Columbus Jenkins, father of prominent attorney Ray Jenkins.

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Tracy City, TN

Tracy City is a town in Grundy County, Tennessee, United States. Incorporated in 1915, the population was 1,481 at the 2010 census. Named after Benjamin Franklin Tracy, the city developed out of railroad and mining interests after coal was found in 1840. Tracy City is also home to the oldest family bakery in Tennessee, Dutch Maid Bakery. In 2010 the people of Tracy City elected a dead man, Carl Robin Geary, as mayor.


In 1840 local boys digging a groundhog out of the ground discovered coal. In the early 1870's Tracy City an experimental blast furnace was built by Samuel Jones and owned by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company. The furnace, called "Fiery Gizzard", was built to see if local coal would be used to produce iron. The furnace made 15 tons of iron before the stovepipe fell on the third day. The former location of the furnace is marked with a historical marker. The coke ovens at Tracy City supplied railroad and industrial fuel and workers and their families moved into the area in great numbers from 1875 until 1900. By 1910 the industry faded due to problems invoked by labor unions and convict labor. In 1987 the coke ovens were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tracy City was incorporated in 1915.

Arsonists destroyed Tracy City's James K. Shook School in 1976 after this 1971 photo.

Tracy City has featured prominently in Grundy County's history of arson. Ten buildings in the business district were set alight in 1935. The 100-year-old L&N Depot, 86-year-old James K. Shook School, various waterworks, schools, a lumber yard, and a doctor's clinic were also torched in the 20th century.


Tracy City is home to the Dutch Maid Bakery, the oldest family bakery in Tennessee. It was opened in 1902 by John Baggenstoss and continues to utilize original receipes that Baggenstoss brought from Switzerland. The bakery is open to the public. The Marugg Company is headquartered in Tracy City. The company, founded in 1873 by Swiss settler Christian Marugg, designs and manufactures European style scythes.[9] Open to the public for tours, the Marugg Company was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Arts and cultureTracy City serves as the location of the Grundy County Historical Society and Tracy City Library.[11] Twelve churches are located in Tracy City, including the Tracy City First Baptist Church, which was founded in 1892.[3]

Parks and Recreation

Tracy City is at one end of the Fiery Gizzard Trail, renowned for scenic beauty and diversity.

The town has a road side picnic area and Tracy City Mini Park. The town also has a community center, the Plainview Community Center.


In 2010 Tracy City residents elected Carl Robin Geary as mayor. Geary died of a heart attack on March 10, and on April 12 he was elected, beating incumbent Barbara Bock 268 votes to 85.

Notable People

American college football player and University of Miami coach Charlie Tate was born in Tracy City. Miss Tennessee 1939, Judy Jones was from Tracy City. Baseball player Phil Douglas is buried in Tracy City Cemetery, even though he died in Sequatchie, Tennessee. Ernst Leonhardt was born to a Swiss emigrant couple in Tracy City in September 1885. He held dual citizenship and returned to Switzerland as a child. Leonhardt became involved in politics in 1932 when he joined the National Front, and before long he had risen to the rank of Gauf├╝hrer (equivalent to Gauleiter) in both Basel-City and the Canton of Solothurn. Leonhardt relocated to Germany in 1939 and continued his pro-Nazi activism from there. In his absence, the Swiss courts found Leonhardt of attacking the Swiss Confederation's independence and illegally recruiting for a foreign military (i. e. the SS) and was sentenced to fifteen and a half years in prison.[16] His Swiss citizenship was revoked in 1943. He remained in Germany for the rest of his life, continuing to produce propaganda.[15] He was killed in an air raid in March 1945.

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Grandpa's In Charge

One day my Grandma was out, and my Grandpa was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.

Grandpa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Grandma came home.

My Grandpa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!'

Grandma waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grandpa, and she watched him drink it up. Hmmm ?!!?

Then she said, (as only a Grandma would know), "'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Quotes And Thoughts

"We must be steady enough in ourselves, to be open and to let the winds of life blow through us, to be our breath, our inspiration."~ Mary Caroline Richards

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

Maybe if I share the path I walk, then a little more of your pain will vanish. No matter what, your path is yours. Don't follow misery or worry. Devote every moment of your life to improving your dreams. Love your world. Cherish the good you do. Let go of hatred. Dream of love. ~ Anon

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering. ~ Saint Augustine

Lovers are often unaware that the XXX kisses on cards goes back to early Christianity. In the days when few people could sign their name, an X was a legally binding signature. To emphasize their commitment to an agreement, people would kiss the X, similar to kissing the bible after swearing an oath.

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?

They say that love is more important than money, but have you ever tried to pay your bills with a hug? -

I don't need a psychiatrist to prod into my personal life and make me tell them all my secrets, I have my friends for that. -

"You can only hold your stomach in for so many years."--Burt Reynolds

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."--Abraham Lincoln

"If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."- Ronald Reagan

“To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” Oren Arnold–novelist, journalist and humorist

"Anger is a feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind."--Evan Esar

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Pass The Biscuits Please

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now & then & I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!
Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides... A burnt biscuit never hurt anyone!"

You know, life is full of imperfect things... And imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults and choosing to celebrate each other's differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

So...please pass me a biscuit. And yes, the burned one will do just fine!
And please pass this along to someone who has enriched your life...I just did!

Life is too short to wake up with regrets... Love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don't.


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Daffy Definations


The art of turning on the bathtub tap with your toes.


A cat licking your sunburn.


A method for going broke methodically.


The ability to eat only one salted peanut.


The linguistic crutch of inarticulate idiots.


A hole in the water surrounded by wood into which one pours money.


One who treats all women as sequels.


A pinch of tobacco, wrapped in paper, fire at one end, fool at the other.


A case for holding dead batteries.


Someone who doesn't have to take a public service exam to work for the government.


That annoying time between naps.


The confusion created when ones mind overrides the body's basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some idiot who desperately needs it.


Twelve people who determine which client has the better lawyer


The only animals you eat before they are born and after they're dead.


Making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.


A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle

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Ten Advantages For Growing Older

1. Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.

2. Kidnappers ignore you.

3. Sexual harassment charges against you just don't stick.

4. People no longer think you're a hypochondriac.

5. Your secrets are now safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

6. Your eyes won't get much worse.

7. You're no longer expected to run into a burning building.

8. Whatever you buy now won't wear out.

9. In a hostage situation, you're likely to be released first.

10. There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

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Children And Nursey Rhymes

How are children expected to listen to their parents when Cinderilla stays out until midnight.

Pinocchio tells lies,

Aladdin hangs around a bunch of thieves,

Batman drives at 300 mph,

Sleeping Beauty is just lazy,

And Snow White lives with 7 men?

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