This week I want to remember my late cousin, Guy Denton, as I am writing some family history. During the Washington Bicentennial, Guy wrote an article pertaining to his great-great grandfather, Richard Green Waterhouse. In the narrative, Guy stated that Richard G. Waterhouse moved to Rhea Co…

Hello Readers! I know that many of you out there know Brad Harris, but what you may not know is what a wonderful cook he is! Over time Brad has shared some great recipes with me, and I figured it was high time I shared more of them with you. You are in for a real treat today as Brad has shar…

The month of September is beginning, and all of us are wondering where the year has gone! We see the stores with Halloween and Christmas wares on their shelves, and yet the weather is still hot, and the fall season a few weeks away. Even though schools in this area begin during the first wee…

I don’t think I’ve met a tamale I didn’t like. And I especially like those made in the style of the Mississippi Delta. I had never made tamales myself until a couple weeks ago, and they turned out pretty good. So, I was delighted to come across today’s recipe for Tamale Balls which are a pop…

When I moved here from Michigan many moons ago, I quickly learned I was the odd man out. I will admit, I didn’t try very hard to fit in my first few days of school. I was resentful and hurt, I missed my friends, and I couldn’t believe I was being forced to start my life (all 11 years of it) …

There could not be a complete record of Rhea Springs without the inclusion of Colonel John R. Neal, Congressman from the Third District of Tennessee. According to the History of Rhea County, Reminiscences of Amanda Neal Wheelock and Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, there is much information…

If I were going to pick one thing out of this column today and make it, I might have a hard time picking because I rounded up some of my favorites today to share with you and I hope you will find something today that you want to try. I often think that food memories are some of the best ones…

William Gibbs Allen (October 21, 1836---November 28, 1924), the son of Valentine Allen III and Ann Frazier Allen, was born in Jackson County, Alabama, but moved to the Washington (Rhea County) area during 1843. He was elected Trustee of Rhea County in August of 1859; in December of that same…

A fine old cook once told me that if you cook anything at all with love it will taste good. And I believe that. Love is the secret ingredient that makes it all special and worthwhile, and while we may sometimes grumble about having to do this or that, just think what our lives would be like …

While looking for information relating to Rhea County, I came across some hand-written notes which are significant to the history of Spring City. These statements were written by a Historical Society member who is no longer living, but who cared enough about history to preserve the informati…

There are lots of fun recipes for you today, but first I want to follow-up on the “praline” recipe I had in the column last week. A buddy of mine at school made it and brought me a sampling, and I can tell you that they were delicious! In case you missed the recipe last week and want to give…

It seems that summer has just really begun, and the start of school is upon us! Teacher In-service began July 29, and the first full day for students is Monday, August 5. Naturally, the weather is hot as a firecracker, and the humidity high, but life goes on. A number of years ago, students …

Last weekend a lady I know asked me if I could try to get Joyce Fitzgerald’s Chicken Pie recipe. She had recently had it and loved it. I made a quick call to Mrs. Fitzgerald and she was only too happy to share it with me so I could pass it on to you. It sounds easy and delicious, so what cou…

In times past people wrote letters to their kinfolk and friends. This method of communication was used because people lived great distances from each other, and there was no other way to transmit information unless you visited. When visits were made, people usually stayed several days or wee…

Hello everybody! Today’s column is really in two parts. First of all I am going to introduce you to “Miss Shirley,” and then I am going to round out the column with some more good summertime favorites! I hope you will enjoy the column today, and I hope I’ll hear from you soon!

Even though it has been ninety-four years since the Scopes Trial was held, memories of it still “linger in the air” around Rhea County! One could hope that people no longer think of us as barefoot and uneducated, but that we have risen to a higher order of thought in the minds of the public.…

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If it is July in Dayton, that means hot weather, anxiety and anticipation about the fast-approaching new school year and time for the Scopes Festival. I am delighted to see the festival back in full swing this year along with the great play.! I have always felt Dayton could and should do mor…

Our history holds many tragic events, but perhaps one of the saddest is being put to death for a crime one did not commit. A story about one of these occurrences was recorded in the WPA book on Rhea County tombstones, published in 1938. According to WPA records, the Hughes Cemetery is locate…

You’ve read this here before, but it is a happy day for me when I get one of those old favorite recipes that everyone in the family loves, and this week Jeanette Booth Hill blessed me with one from her mother, Mary Booth. I was so happy to get it, and I know you’ll love having it, too! These…

“I’m gonna buy a Paper Doll that I can call my own”

We are going to take a little trip to the Deep South today, all the way to Louisiana and New Orleans! Everybody who has ever been comes back with wonderful food memories, unless they happen to be those people who think they have to eat a hamburger everywhere they go. I always feel sorry for …

The Fourth of July celebrations of today are somewhat different from those in the early days after this date was declared a federal holiday. However, no matter how it is celebrated, the Fourth of July is a day to fly our flag and remember our Declaration of Independence. From a diary entry d…

Greetings! Today as we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we are going to make potato salad! While everyone probably has a potato salad preference, I thought I would get you to thinking about some variations on an all-time favorite. Potato salad is sometimes one of those things that …

This past weekend was spent at my Darwin family reunion, where cousins from all over the United States met to learn more about our family history. We looked over family lineage charts and old Bible records, heard ancestral stories, and saw items from past generations. It’s always great to se…

Sweet music to my ears are the words, “Here is an old recipe for you!” Occasionally it has been a whole file of them. But this time it was a whole compilation of vintage recipes carefully collected from literally around the world.

We find that it was not uncommon for our ancestors to have large families many years ago due to many reasons. The lifestyle was very different in the early days of settling Rhea and other counties; farming was the primary occupation of the time, mainly to feed one’s family and for selling cr…

This is Father’s Day weekend. I remember my own father, Earl David Daugherty Sr., as a good, honest, hard-working man who probably best showed his love to us by providing for us the best he could, always making sure that we had a safe home and food on the table. Some of my best memories of h…

Old newspaper articles are always interesting to read, and the following crime information came from The Dayton Star dated October 5 and 12 of 1911. These two items were copied from those newspapers without any of the original paper showing. This was done by Bettye Broyles, our former County…

Today we are sharing more of the recipes from the Strawberry Festival’s Bake Off. Why don’t you start right now looking for something that YOU want to make for next year’s contest! You just might be a winner! And while you are at it, look through your recipe boxes and find something to send me!

Some of you have been reading this column for ages, and there’s a very good chance that you don’t fully know what “Life on the EDGE” really means. The EDGE is the education department of the The Care Center, Rhea County’s local pregnancy help medical clinic. While The Care Center provides pr…

Lately the Rhea County Courthouse has been in the forefront of our local news because it has needed some tender loving care called “restoration.” A building which is used every day by many people has to be given proper attention in order for it to continue in “good health” on the National Re…

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We take so much for granted, but this weekend we have a wonderful opportunity to pause and honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. Every year when I go to the Memorial Day program at the courthouse, I always get one of those poppies that honor…

Country singer Craig Morgan is given credit for having the following message on his Facebook page: “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” That is a beautiful thought to keep in our minds each time we see the fl…

This is the time of year when many of us in Rhea County remember Watts Bar Resort, especially if we have grown up in this area or lived here for many years. The resort was located at the West end of Watts Bar Dam on a bluff, and was considered to be one of the most scenic areas in Tennessee.…

People sometimes ask me how I got interested in cooking. I think part of that answer lies in the fact that I grew up around lots of good cooks, and I was hooked on the magic that serving good food would conjure up and how happy it seemed to make everyone to sit down to a good meal. If I star…

I love spring. I love all the different shades of green that can be seen on the mountainside. I love the flowers and the warm weather and open windows and letting my kids play in mud. I don’t love this haze I’m currently walking around in because of pollen.

Everyone knows that a rose is a rose, but what about a strawberry? Believe it or not, the strawberry is a member of the rose family, and goes with Rhea County like a hand in a glove! Since strawberries are a fast growing crop, and produce runners, which make the next generation of plants, it…

Now it really is Strawberry Time!!! What would the festival be without more delicious strawberry recipes, and that is just what I have for you today! And I thought I would share with you a bit of strawberry history and lore, too! It is said that Madame Tallien, a member of Napoleon’s court w…

Located north of Dayton, and east of U.S. Highway 27, Buttram Cemetery is the final resting place of many people from all walks of life. According to research, the cemetery was originally begun before 1811 as the burial site for John Howard’s wife. Then, in April of 1811, when Howard deeded …

Strawberry time is upon us again!!!! To help get you in the mood and into the spirit of the time today’s recipes are from past bake-off contests, so let them be an inspiration to you to get busy and whip up something strawberry delicious!!!! The bake-off this year will be May 8th! And I’ll b…

I love the Strawberry Festival. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some annoyances that come with living in downtown Dayton during the first week of May. People park in my driveway, block my sidewalk and use my trashcans. But normally, just a sweet taste of strawberry shortcake, or some f…

As we pass by cemeteries in Rhea County and other areas around Tennessee, we can see flowers and flags on graves of those buried in these places. This is because of a tradition we call “Decoration Day,” which is usually celebrated in May and June, and has its beginnings during the War Betwee…

A few weeks back I had written something in the column about Morgantown School, and since then I have had some delightful conversations with people, reminiscing about our days there, and I often think how nice it would be to have some sort of “museum” in which to share our old pictures and m…

Easter, the time which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is not on a set date every year as most other holidays are. Instead, it is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal (Passover) Full Moon date of the year. According to the Ecclesiastical tab…

This week I have included many traditional Easter favorites to appeal to a wide range of tastes and menu plans because some people like lamb, some like ham and some people like other things! There are also some fun recipes, too--the Easter Cookies (which I first saw a couple years ago and wh…

A newspaper article which appeared in the Chattanooga Sunday Times in October of 1936, talks about the legend of Sulphur/Rhea Springs. This article was written by Sarah Ruth Frazier, and gives a detailed account of life in that settlement. According to this story, “Legend has it that in prim…