Do Me A Favor

Lucas McKenzie woke at 6:00 Saturday morning. The bedroom was still dark. As much as Lucas would have enjoyed staying in bed a little longer, he was too accustomed to getting up early, especially when he had a busy day full of activities ahead. With eyes half opened,...

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Adella

Where am I, what has happened? Where’s my husband? The doctors told her you were in a horrible automobile crash. Your husband is in a private room. He is recuperating from surgery and is doing fine. He has been asking about you every hour for the past few days. You...

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Tara

Tara felt Tommy was all she wanted and needed in life to be happy!  It was the night after high school graduation when she finally sat down with her parents and told them she was three months pregnant.  Her parents were numbed by this unexpected news, piercing their...

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The Outhouse

In addition to all the people who normally attend the Saturday night get-togethers at the Barnwell’s farm, there were quite a few visitors there last week.  The Jackson family was there as guests of the Angus McKenzie family.  Their daughter Penny asked Freddie...

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Lisa Ann

Dillard and Molly MacIntosh went for their daily mile walk when they decided they would stop in and visit Clara, which they tried to do at least once or twice a week ever since Clara’s husband, John, passed away last year. John and Clara were always showing pictures...

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Our Mr. Fluffy

It was a most pleasant sunny day when Lindy Jonville walked down the long gravel driveway from the house on their 10 acre farm to the mailbox.  She was taking the mail out of the box when something on the side of the road (about a 100 feet away) caught her attention. ...

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Davey and His Mom

Davey's mom told him no!  She was tired of discussing it.  She said she did not want to come home from a long day at work, totally exhausted, and  then an hour later have to drive across town to the high school to pick her son up from basketball practice.  In...

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The Gossiper

It was 3:00 in the morning when the phone rang, piercing the silence of the night.  Pastor Goodman awakened from a deep sleep, struggling to answer the phone.  Hello, Pastor Goodman, this is Jocelyn Brody.  My husband has been rushed to the hospital.  Would you please...

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Telegram

Freddie Barnwell and his wife were hosting a get together last weekend at their place.  Freddie was at his best telling story after story.  Everyone from the kids to the old timers was already sore from laughing when Freddie told this story about himself and his wife,...

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Emily

Freddie Barnwell (Farmer Barnwell to everyone who knows him) and his wife Jessie had a great week.  Their 4-year old great-granddaughter, Emily, had been staying with them.  Emily just loves to spend time on the farm with her great-grandparents just the way her mother...

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Do You Have A Moment

Do you have a moment Tommy asked?  I told him I would certainly be willing to take a moment for him.  I had a small business I worked on Saturdays in order to make a little extra cash.  The auto parts place where Tommy worked was one of my customers.  Tommy told me he...

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Take a Knee, Then Make It Two

Old Glory bears the holes from wars across the seas, burned, torn in shreds, and trampled underfoot, by God’s grace it still stands, stars and stripes shining bright, waving in the breeze. Sons and daughters of this great land still answer the call, like all those...

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Cowboys, Miracles, and Stars

The Barnwells’ big red barn was packed full as usual for the Saturday evening get-together.  After lots of fun and games, Freddie “Farmer” Barnwell and his wife Jessie were making certain everyone had a bag of popcorn and a cup of apple cider (which came from their...

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A Love Remembered

Molly and Dilbert MacIntosh went downtown last Friday to do a little shopping.  They were about to enter the ice cream parlor when they heard their names called.  Callie, Abby, Ryan, Mallory, and Katie came running down the street.  They drove downtown as soon as they...

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Fleeing Fleas

Freddie Barnwell’s stories are always a favorite with everyone, especially when they are about himself. Farmer Barnwell has a wealth of knowledge considering the fact that he has worked his farm for over 50 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. Most of Farmer...

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Christmas Eve Family Walk

James and Carolyn Craig told us this wonderful Christmas Eve story last Saturday night at the Barnwells’ Friends and Family get-together. It was Christmas Eve, even though there were very few cars on the road that night, when one did come down the road, you could hear...

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Anthony Madino

Ten year old Anthony Madino didn’t have much in life - a life lived mostly behind closed doors in Brooklyn, New York.  To venture outside was to ask for trouble as bullies, drug pushers, thieves, and drive-by shootings were the norm in little Anthony’s neighborhood. ...

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Won’t Be Home

On his way home he saw his friend coming down the road, flying faster than the wind, knowing him probably drunk again. He flashed his headlights to warn him, Sheriff's right around the bend.   ​He was sitting alone when his daughter got home, her beautiful smile and...

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Davey Crockett

Two of the people that attend our Saturday evening get togethers, James and Carolyn Craig, have a well deserved reputation for their vast knowledge of Tennessee history.  Last Saturday night they told us a story about somebody you have certainly heard about.  However,...

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Who Can Explain?

Andrew Penworth and Jenny Cliburn were chatting on the phone when Andrew told Jenny about a story he recently heard. He said it had a profound impact on him to the extent he realized how lacking his prayer life had become.  Jenny said she would love to hear the...

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Megan

Three year old Michael was running across the church playground when he slipped and fell.  His ear-piercing scream brought 14-year old Megan running to his aid.  Her calm loving spirit soon had Michael smiling again.  Of course the show and tell bandaid she put on his...

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Far From Useless

People were talking all week long about the great time everyone had at the Barnwell's farm Saturday night.   Dillard and Molly MacIntosh had all the kids, teens, and adults laughing so hard their sides hurt.  Someone said her husband had just purchased a beautiful new...

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RT and Emelyn

RT and Emelyn must have been attractive socialites to have received the attention of a local newspaper writer who obviously found them and their relationship interesting enough to write about.  They might have been considered flamboyant lovers but lust would probably...

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JJ

JJ's mother's life of despondency had sadly come to an end.  Trapped in a world where it seemed nobody cared, she longed to give her son a better life, but all to no avail.  Drugs and alcohol took her life. Social workers tried to console eight year old JJ the best...

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Kayla’s Visit

Molly MacIntosh stopped by Bobby Lee's Produce and Meat market on Rockton Street to pick up a few grocery items.  Bobby Lee asked Molly if husband Dillard enjoyed the steak she bought last week because he had a sale on steak again today.  Molly told him Dillard said...

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Eye, Heart & Soul

Even though it was a cold winter's night a large crowd showed up at the Barnwell's farm Saturday night.  People of all ages were having fun playing games, singing, laughing, and just plain having a good time there in the big red barn. As usual things quieted down...

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Hugs & Kisses

Jessie Barnwell was reminiscing abut the time she first started dating her husband Freddie many years ago.  Freddie Barnwell, better known as Farmer Barnwell, was all smiles as his wife was telling the story at the Saturday night get-together there at their farm. ...

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Alaska Story

​Last Saturday night Dillard MacIntosh was telling everyone at the get together out at the Barnwell's farm how he had dreamed for years about taking a trip to Alaska.  He was quite dramatic describing the vast wilderness areas in Alaska hardly touched by man. Dillard...

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