Thursday, April 7, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Jim and Sandy White spend Easter holidays with children in Texas

Jack and Gay Stubbs of Oxford were the Sunday guests of his parents, Jack and Pat Stubbs.

Walker Cupp of Collierville was the weekend guest of his mother, Becky Cupp. While here, he visited with John Green, who is in town from Washington, DC.

Jim and Sandy White returned Thursday, March 31, from a 10 day trip to Austin, Tx. They spent the Easter holidays with Chris and Cathy White and their children, Connor and Olivia and with their daughter Heather and her husband Phillip Yates. Heather and Phillip are expecting their first child the end of September.

Chase and Grace Robison of Memphis, Tenn., were the weekend guests of their grandparents, Carol and Lanier Robison.

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Miss Bridget Cook and Patrick Robinson to wed April 23 in New Albany

Tim and Dianne Hill of New Albany announce the engagement of their daughter, Bridget Cook, to Patrick Robinson of Blue Mountain.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Richard and Sue Erwin of Potts Camp and Jamie and Rachel Hill of New Albany.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Betty Blackwell and the late Kenneth Blackwell and Martha Robinson and the late Robert Robinson. He is the son of Greg Robinson and the late Joanna Robinson.

The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Falkner High School. After graduating she went on to attend Northeast Community College and the University of Mississippi. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a summa cum laude standing. She is the director of UAC Kiddie Academy in New Albany.

The prospective groom graduated from Ripley High School in 1997 and went on to Northeast Community College getting a degree in electronics. He is currently employed by Ashley Furniture as a network technician.

The couple will exchange vows on April 23, 2005 at 3 p.m. at United Apostolic Church in New Albany with Rev. Tony Baker officiating. The reception will follow in the fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited.


Heather Henderson and Mark Foote are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Hannah Grace. She was born December 12, 2004 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford and weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces. She was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Richard Henderson of Lake Center; Tim and Tresia Byrd of Waterford and Roy and Hazel Foote of Potts Camp.

Hannah Grace is welcomed home by her big sister Savannah.

Kent and Amanda Smith of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Whaley Smith, born March 24, 2005 at Baptist East Women’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Jack Whaley weighed eight pounds, three ounces and was 20-3/4 inches long.

Grandparents are Rodney and Betty Whaley of Potts Camp; Jacqueline Smith of Memphis, Tenn. and Richard and Linda Smith of Oxford.

Great-grandparents are Fred and Mary Jo Whaley of Potts Camp and Ruby Churchill of Potts Camp.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

The renaissance of beautiful Holly Springs

The Chickasaw Treaty of 1832 opened up the “west” for frontier settlers from the “east,” the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia. The Treaty meant that this wonderful land of Mississippi could be bought by settlers. The first white settler was Robert Burrell Alexander, progenitor of the Tyson family and he came in 1833. He was followed by the Randolph brothers, progenitors of the Newsom family, and Samuel McCorkle, uncle of the Rather family. The Randolphs and 17 other entrepreneurs came to build a town. They had a map for a planned community drawn out with a square (copied from old English town) streets, schools and churches. When they discovered the terrain of the place, this place fit their plan.

The settlers camped along the little stream of water that still meanders through the bottomland under the big hill on highway 7 south. There was an original log cabin there until about 1960. Alexander chose the big hill where Wal-Mart sits today as part of his estate. The original house he built on top of the hill was also there until the 1950s when it burned. It was named “Happy Hill.” Alexander could sit on his porch and survey the high hill where Holly Springs sits today. Holly Springs is one of the highest points in the state at 732 feet above sea level. Holly Springs has been through so much. We had 62 raids here during the War Between the States and were chosen as the headquarters of the northern army by General U.S. Grant. Then Holly Springs was federally occupied for 10 years after the war was over and we had Reconstruction which was tough, as there was no law and no order. When that was over, we began to recuperate and were hit with the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878, which nearly decimated the town. Grant was after the Illinois Central Railroad, which connected the North with the South. Now we have the Burlington Pacific serving Holly Springs.

Now a great renaissance of Holly Springs has begun — it is happening right before our eyes and it is phenomenal! The growth surge from Memphis and all directions is coming our way.

Where these settlers camped at the intersection of Highways 78, 7 and 4, at least 100 new businesses have sprung to life. To come into Holly Springs at night and see the beautiful amber lights is mind-boggling. Economically, we have about 22 industries. In 1936, Mississippi passed the “Balance Agriculture with Industry” program trying to lure down northern factories with cheap taxes and cheap labor (there are no unions here) and the B.A.W.I. Program is still in effect. This region has always had a clay industry for clay products such as pottery and bricks because our clay is so perfect for this creative industry. Long ago, we had one potter who made works of art and we had the jug factory, which was in operation for many decades. It created churns, jugs, pots, etc. Warren Buffet has recently purchased one of the brick factories. (Wouldn’t it be fun to build a house of Warren Buffet bricks?) (He is a contemporary of Bill Gates.)

At the depot, according to U.S.A. and World Today magazine, we have a business where the best hamburgers in the world are served. We manufacture armored cars, plastic for Nissan cars, wall paneling and fireplace mantels, any kind of concrete you want, vinyl siding, ornamental iron products. We make sheet metal and precision welding, air filters for trucks, television cabinets for the world, a millwork factory, a tool and dye factory, a trucking company. Oh, yes, one of the largest industries here is the privately owned correctional facility that will keep everybody straight.

What would a place be without recreational industries? We boast a great golf course, a fantastic hunting lodge with 7000 acres of hunting grounds full of quail. We have the Holly Springs National Forest alive with wild animals for hunting deer, Chewalla State Park and Wall Doxey State Park for fishing, boating, camping and picnicking.

We are so proud of our 62 antebellum homes and our annual Pilgrimage, and Civil War Reenactments. We have been renewed each springtime with the Pilgrimage, which draws thousands of visitors from everywhere. On the first weekend in December, we have a Christmas Pilgrimage and that’s great, too.

Our culture shines through our museums and many denominations of churches, some antebellum in the city. We have the Marshall County History Museum, which is the keeper of the county’s treasures. There is the Ida B. Wells Museum, which depicts black history. The Church of the Yellow Fever is the Catholic Museum, which tells of the great epidemic of 1878. Paul McCloud’s “Graceland, Too” is an Elvis Presley Museum that draws hundreds of fans each year. The Kate Clark Art Gallery is one of a kind in the world as it houses 1,050 paintings from one lady. We have the Christmas Parade, in March an annual “Walking Horse Show,” in June we have a Kudzu Celebration, in September there is a Hummingbird Festival and in October the Harvest Festival.

The Renaissance has come home to roost with the phenomenal park plus three gorgeous antebellum homes that Michael Lynn has created for the tourism industry and Holly Springs. The new industry is called “The Mike Lynn Gardens” and is located in what used to be called “Johnson Park.” The garden will have native plants, a waterfall, a pavilion, and meditation benches throughout. It will be done in five stages over five acres and will be complete in 2007. It opens April 13. This is something Holly Springs has never had before and it will be quite an addition to this part of the world.

Mississippi, itself, is the new frontier of the nation with our pristine blue skies, our elbowroom, our incredible history, our distinct heritage and culture, and our wonderful people; there is no place comparable to it anywhere.

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