|Published: 6:34 PM, 03/01/2013
||Last updated: 6:34 PM, 03/01/2013
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
With extreme winds on Tuesday blowing in snow Thursday,
was the March Lion arriving early to our hometown, offering as a consolation
prize the chance of mild weather and early planting in late March?
Will we have a lot of snow in early March as forecasted?
Gas utility manager Tommy Bible expects the first two weeks to be colder than
normal. But, I hope bad weather does not jostle the Parrottsville Ruritan
Club's planned March 9 antique appraisal fair. Joan Beaver was in the Plain
Talk office a week or so ago to place the advertisements for it. We will visit
the school to photograph the many objects brought in for an appraisal.
Perhaps the wind damaged some of your property, as it
arrived with a fury on last Tuesday morning. At the Hollis Allen farm, I viewed
the roof on his large hay shed, and most of the steel and wood framing was in
the adjacent farm road or his pasture. Later, he and friends were on the roof
of his larger hay and cattle barn to inspect for damage. Hollis said he must
have used a thousand screws to fasten the metal down years ago during
construction on the advice of Warren Bryant, who was working at Cocke Farmers
Cooperative at the time. Hollis said he kept going back to get more and more
screws and finally Warren asked him why he was using so many. Hollis replied,
"Because you told me to." Warren's procedure worked and that roof has
held in place. It seems only two-three years ago that wind destroyed his old
There was a piece of news I came across some weeks ago
but think this did not make my weekly column. During a visit to the Cocke
County Courthouse, I bumped into former chief of detectives Robert Caldwell,
who was to testify in a criminal case. He was holding a cane, and I had heard
he is recovering from a medical problem. Robert told me that his lower back
became so bad late last year he could not walk and was diagnosed with a
herniated disk. After surgery a couple months ago he is now pain free and doing
While stopping in Capital Bank last week, I glanced over
to make sure Jeff Fancher was at work and he was talking with an older man.
When I left, so did the man who said "Hi!" We talked a few minutes
before I realized I had forgotten his name. Ray Fancher is the oldest of the
Fancher men but still only 63. He has been retired from Cocke County High
School for about six years but still stays active helping out at First
Responsible gun owners
Sheriff Armando Fontes makes it clear that with gun
ownership and handling comes responsibility in safe handling, storing, and
instructing your children of guns' potential danger. Because he is concerned
about safety he is already working on other programs for our schools and
teachers and is expanding this for some classes you will want to learn about
and join this year. We will let you know about these and their scheduling. Last
week we began talking about the sheriff's dept.-sponsored handgun carry permit
classes, one of which I attended last October with about two dozen other
"Honest citizens need to be able to
defend themselves," he said. As I sat at the training table last year and
looked around there were people who had used guns and others who had not,
Juanita Frazier, who works for Trustee Rob Mathis being one of the later. Next
to me was John Strange of Denton's TV and his business associate Tommy Denton,
who at the firing range showed he knows how to shoot straight and fast. His
grouping of a dozen shots from his .22 caliber pistol could fit into a dollar,
some hitting George.
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