If one stands on the banks of the Tennessee River, or in the middle of Mynatt Cemetery, a person is surrounded with history and the people who lived it. Washington, Tennessee in Rhea County is one of those places where one can actually “feel” the impact of events which happened more than two…

This week there is just a little bit of everything—delicious, time-saving casseroles, warming soups, a quick easy candy, a black bottom pie, an easy and elegant cherry pie, and even a Chinese recipe! If you like Egg Foo Yong, be sure to check out the recipe this week with its delicious Chine…

Many of us have a favorite Christmas carol which we like to hear and sing throughout the season. The song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is not only beautiful but a favorite of many people. I happen to know that it is Senator Ken Yager’s best liked Christmas song; therefore, today’s a…

While many people have been gathering up Christmas baking ingredients for some time now and already have their Christmas recipes looked up, some of us may still be wondering just what special goodies will grace our Christmas tables. This week I have included several ideas that will not keep …

As we begin to make preparations for Christmas this year, we not only need to realize why we celebrate this holiday, but we should think of those who are defending our homeland in order to keep us safe. Undoubtedly, our men and women serving in the military will be able to observe the Christ…

If today’s recipes don’t make you want to get in the kitchen and stir up something good, I don’t know what will. Reminds me of something I used to hear a preacher say when the sermon became especially spirited, “If that doesn’t light your fire, then your wood must be wet!” Jokes aside, I had…

Christmas is just over a week away. That means 2019 is about to come to a close. It’s done. It’s over. But not before Christmas.

As the holidays approach, I begin to think back to the time when my family made fruitcakes for the Christmas season. My great-grandmother, Ella Darwin Thomison (mistress of Magnolia House) and my grandmother, Clara Thomison Brown were the principal fruitcake makers in our house. They always …

People often ask me how I write this column. Actually there are several answers to that question. Sometimes I have a clear idea in mind and set about to write about it; other times I have a person to introduce you to; sometimes people send in a set of recipes, and sometimes the column just w…

As our nation sat down to a table filled with food on Thanksgiving Day, hopefully each of us offered thanks to God for our blessings and gave to those less fortunate. (By the time you are reading this newspaper you will have been eating leftovers, or have become very tired of turkey!) I am a…

Thanksgiving 2019 is history, and Christmas is barreling down the pike. This week I am offering some Christmas ideas for you to think about as you plan your meals and festivities.

Most of us have experienced being with family and friends at Thanksgiving, but have we really thought about how thankful we should be during this time of year? As we think back to the beginnings of this holiday, we are able to see just how blessed we are today.

Have you ever done something for someone or given someone something and then not hear one word of thanks or appreciation? If you have, then you know how it makes you feel. I know that none of us are ever thankful enough for the many blessings that come our way each and every day. I often see…

During the War Between the States, many letters, diaries and journals were kept by those brave men who were fighting for the North and South. Many of these manuscripts have been lost over time, but some have survived. One such letter is from William G. Allen to his wife, Mary E. Thomison, wr…

Recently I mentioned that I would love more dump cake recipes and more fruit cake recipes. I recently received what sound like 3 very good ones from Patricia Henderson, and I am wasting no time in getting them passed on to you. I think all three would make good holiday recipes, and Patty say…

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Did you miss me? Chances are, you didn’t even realize I was gone. Six months ago, our family welcomed a piece we didn’t even know we were missing. Harrison Stone assumed the ranks of “baby brother” and life hasn’t slowed since. I had the opportunity to take some time off work as we adjusted …

Harry T. Morgan, ninth child of George Washington Morgan and Mary Alice Boyd Morgan, was born on January 17, 1922 at his family’s farm in Rhea County. When Harry was only ten years old, his father, a farmer and Deputy Sheriff, passed away and Harry’s mother sold areas of the family farm as c…

It is always fun for me to see how a week’s column will take shape and come together. This week is no exception. First of all Billie Doty brings back from Virginia a wonderful old Mincemeat recipe, remembering that a couple of weeks ago someone was asking about Gwen Potter’s recipe. I would …

Since we are preparing to celebrate Veteran’s Day, it is appropriate to read a letter written by a veteran of the War Between the States. This letter is one hundred and fifty-five years old, and was written by William Perry Darwin to his wife, Adelia Gillespie Darwin in 1864. William Perry a…

With Veterans’ Day coming up really soon, I want to share a story with you today about one of our “hometown boys” as a tribute to all our veterans who are certainly deserving of our respect and honor.

Many people have heard the riddle, “What is black and white and read all over?” The answer is the newspaper, and Rhea County has had some type of newspaper since its beginning. I happened to find a number of articles from the 1933 Dayton Herald in some of the Bettye Broyles files, and though…

Earlier this week someone mentioned Dump Cake to me , so I looked one up and decided to pass it along as it is such a good and quick, no-fuss dessert. If you have another one that you like, I would love to see it and pass it on to readers as well. I suppose that put me to thinking about othe…

If you have ever traveled to the western part of the state of Tennessee, you may have seen fields white with the growth of cotton, or even watched the harvesting of the plant. Even though we do not see cotton grown in Rhea County today, it was an important crop before and during the War Betw…

If your idea of pumpkin is limited to Halloween Jack-o’-Lanterns and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, then this column today will broaden your scope because it is all about pumpkins. There is so much you can do with a pumpkin, and I am told it is one of the healthiest things you can eat. Wheneve…

H. A. Crawford wrote the following in one of his newspaper articles, “The rough, unpretentious old house at Gum Spring has long since ceased to occupy the small space on which it stood. It answered a good purpose in its day. It was used in wartimes by Col. Cline, of German extraction, and hi…

When I started to put today’s column together, I just went through the file and pulled some things that I thought sounded good, and since several of them made me think of fall, all the better! I have it on good authority that Zelma Grun is one of the best cooks there is out there, so I was h…

I became interested in finding out about Gum Spring some time ago, when I came across a note to Bettye Broyles from Virginia Knight Nelson. The late Mrs. Nelson had sent information about one of her relatives, along with a sentence naming Gum Spring Church and School. As I began to research …

What began as a wedding party has now grown into one of the major festival celebrations in the world! What is it? Why, Oktoberfest, of course! What better time to bring a taste of Munich and Bavaria to your table!

Since all families are interconnected with many genealogical lines, finding and learning about ancestors can get very complicated and puzzling. Perhaps the best way to untangle the past is to find all the information you can about each person, and then put the family members together. Someti…

Growing up in Morgantown my friends and I had many neighbors, mentors, and role models. Our street was anchored on the north end by the Schrimpsires, the Byerleys, Carol and Velma Henderson, and Reverend and Mrs. J.L. Gates and on the south end of our street “Uncle” Roy and “Aunt” Hazel Morg…

As friendships often do, my friendship with Shirley and Roy Milligan began in the most unlikely of ways. Roy grew up in Morgantown, and some of you that have been around a while like me will remember the old Milligan homeplace over on what we used to call “The Branch.” And ever since that fi…

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…