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Surprise warming spring lures folks to fishing


At Douglas Lake where many folks were fishing, I also came across a
story about Jerry and Tammy Campbell of Bogard. They celebrated
their 8th wedding anniversary on April 4 and were celebrating by fishing
but not catching anything. At least they got to relax. Jerry is pastor of
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church at Cosby. June will make his
second year leading the church. He is originally from Greene County,
and Tammy is from Weaverville, North Carolina. Tammy's father was
an evangelist so they share their interest in church work. Jerry invited
you to attend some upcoming events at Pleasant Valley. On May 5, the
Foundations will be singing and there's food too. On July 14, the church
is sponsoring an appreciation cookout for the Cosby Volunteer Fire
Department vols. I also learned a connection to Jerry's family. His father,
Raymond Campbell, lived about a mile away from me in Hialeah, Florida,
just across the railroad tracks from where I grew up in the Northwest
section of Dade County. This was during the late 1950s. Perhaps we
bumped into each other?
Published: 8:15 PM, 04/19/2013 Last updated: 8:15 PM, 04/19/2013

Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Folks have been grubbing out weeds, planting flowers and gardens in our hometown after what looks like the last of the cold mornings have passed, but only the arrival of May 10, the last frost free date will tell for sure. And the lake banks are lined with people fishing.

As mentioned last week, I did visit Dr. Ken Johnson for a routine checkup. On Monday, Erma Erts was leaving and mentioned she was not surprised to see me because she read my column that I would be at Newport Internal Medicine. His patients already know of his plans to retire in late June and he confirmed that continued treatment after a bout with cancer would make it difficult to maintain his busy schedule. He is 59 and in good health otherwise but suspects he will have to continue medication for the rest of his life. So it was time to step out of the practice, but he retains the business and Dr. Tony Daniels will take over day-to-day care and will be my new internist. They are also looking for another doctor to join the practice. Dr. Johnson will have a lot of reading to catch up on and time for other interests. I suggested blogging on his medical experiences.

Another person whose career I've followed and who is a fellow Kiwanian will soon retire, too. Audrey Jones is another of the few veterans-of-decades at National Bank of Tennessee and will follow in the steps of L.C. Gregg in her retirement soon. She's planning to leave the end of April after 39 years. We hope to have more about this in the Plain Talk. And by the weekend of April 27 you will revisit some of the events in the life of World War II POW John B. Payne.


History of steam trains


Mike Proffitt has been helping me with some history of steam trains and introduced me to Mallory "Mal" Ferrell. And among the hundreds of articles and 21 books, Mal wrote "Tweetsie Country," which is an enduring history of the birth, life, and death of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC). Mike accompanied Mal and Talmadge " Tal" Carey from Newport to Bulls Gap on March 10 to see and make photos of the Norfolk Southern steam locomotive number 630 and the passenger cars as they arrived on a fan trip from Bristol. The number 630 is a former Southern locomotive and was once number 207 on the ET&WNC line. Mike showed me his copy of Tweetsie Country noting that it is out of print but still available at the Stokely Memorial Library. During our chat at the Plain Talk we mentioned a few people who loved railroading in the bygone era, one being the late Jim Burnett. Mike said that in addition to his trio there were others from the community including Scotty and Mona Sutton. By the way, Mike recommends Edward Walker III's book, Pages from the Past, available at the Plain Talk to learn more about railroading in Cocke County.


More about Tal & Sheila


When preparing this story on the old world of steam trains, I needed more information and called Mike. He was not available so my message asked for help. That help came in the form of an elderly gentleman who walked into my office in early April adding a new face, facts, and connections to this story. "Tal" as he goes by is Talmadge Carey, who lives near Newport City Park. As noted both he and Mal are from Portsmouth where after graduation Tal went into the photo finishing business. After working with a large color lab where some of you may have sent your film for developing he became a partner in his own business. We reminisced about the bygone era of film, black and white prints, film cameras and the craftsmanship required. This was not your typical print maker as he created color wedding prints as large as 20 by 24 inches Elza Painter would strike up an interesting conversation with Tal, who sold his part of the business about 20 years ago, then worked in the unlikely business of security guard.

Why did they end up in Newport and what's his interest in railroads? Tal and Sheila have a son, Jeff, who lives in Texas and he planted the idea in Sheila's mind. With her sister already here it seemed natural but she asked Tal what he thought. "Let's do it," he said and now they live in a house off Justus Street having moved here about 2006. 

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