September 16, 2010
Potts Camp News
Nikki Gurley selected first alternate in pageant
Mary Minor, her sister-in-law, Jean Gurley, and great-niece, Madisyn Cobbs, attended the annual Hummingbird Festival in Holly Springs on Saturday. They were not prepared for the rain and were on a wagon tour when it came, but had a great time in spite of the weather. It was a nice day for the wildlife programs and a walking tour down the trails. Madisyn especially en-joyed the program on snakes.
Bobby and Katie Smithwick, Betty Maxey, and Joyce Goolsby attended a bluegrass music fest at Tippah County Lake on Saturday night. Happy birthday to Katie Smithwick on Tuesday, Sept. 14. She, her husband, Bobby, and her twin sister celebrated with lunch and a special birthday cake.
My son, Jimmy Hollingsworth and his wife, Martha, visited with me one day last week. I always enjoy visiting with family and friends.
Our town was saddened last week by the deaths of Blake Hopkins, a student at Mary Reid School, who was killed in an auto accident, and the death of Frankie Watts Bennett, wife of Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett.
Rev. Ray Branch, former pastor of the First United Methodist Church Charge, preached in a revival on Monday night at the Waterford Methodist Church.
Congratulations to Alea Gurley, daughter of Jason and Nikki Gurley, and granddaughter of Arthur and Doris Poole, who was selected as First Alternate in the Benton County Fair Beauty Pageant last week.
Andy and Connie Work vacationed in Gatlinburg recently. Traveling with them were their granddaughter, Anna Rose, and friend, Cathy McCallum. They reported a great time in the mountains.
We are proud of our football teams this year and also OF the track and cross country teams who are excelling in their respective events. They have a great sports program at the school. Support the teams this year by your attendance.
Other September birthdays to remember: Anna Passons on Sept. 6, Jennah Morris on Sept. 15, Alex and Analisa Smothers on Sept. 20, Jean Rochelle Gurley on Sept. 21, Shade White on Sept. 22, Judy M. Gurley on Sept. 26, Faith Gurley on Sept. 26, Alea Gurley on Sept. 26, John Nelson on Sept. 28, and Garrie Colhoun on Sept. 30. Happy Anniversary to Mitch and Jeanette Stone on Sept. 13 and to Harold and Nancy Green on Sept. 5th.
You Must Believe
When faith grows dim in the darkest night, you must believe God makes things right. When belief is strong and joy surrounds, you must believe God’s goodness abounds. When prayers go up to heaven above, you must believe God responds with love. When it may seem He doesn’t hear, you must believe He is always near. You must believe God has a plan of which we are a part, but don’t understand. You must believe your prayers are heard. You must believe and accept God’s word.
One Who Cares
There is one who we can lean on in times of great despair. He knows our many heartaches, and sees our every care. There is one who sees each tear that falls and feels each throbbing pain. He longs to draw us close to Him and revive our soul again.
Memories and History
They say you can never go home again, but I have news for them. As I stand at my back door, I can almost see the old barn where Mother milked the cow. James would shuck the corn for the hogs and I shelled corn for the chickens. One time James started jumping up and down and yelling. Suddenly a mouse ran out his pants leg. We really laughed at him.
Sometimes boys James’ age came to play with him. One day, Willard Overton and James decided they didn’t want to play with me, so they ran through the pig pen; they knew I wouldn’t follow them there, but I stood on the fence calling “Come back! Come back!” (Later in my life, when Willard wrote in my memory book in 1936, when we graduated from high school, he wrote, “Do you remember when I called you a tomboy?” I remembered.)
One day we went to Todd’s farm near Hickory Flat to buy a new cow. Mr. Todd was the depot agent there, so my dad knew him. We named the new cow Aggie for Mr. Todd’s wife, Agnes, who had reddish brown hair. Daddy rented a pasture behind St. Mary’s Church across the railroad tracks. It had the old creek running through it for the cows.
Aggie had a little calf in the barn. One day James and Bennie went after the cow. When they opened the gate, she started running to get to her calf. Suddenly, the fast train came around the corner and hit and killed her. We all cried. It was a sad day at our house! We loved that cow.
Sitting on our front porch at night, we could see the lights on Sand Hill, as the cars reached the hilltop in the distance. Our dad would tell us about his years growing up near town on Potts Creek. Eagle Springs, a famous health resort, was located on Sand Hill, about two miles from their home. A two-story hotel was located there. People came from Birmingham, Memphis, New Albany and other far away places to drink and bathe in the magic water. It was known as a cure-all for every ailment. Over the years, many country picnics and political speakings were held there.
The Greers purchased the famous health resort about 1900; later, the hotel burned, but over the years it has been a favorite place for many people.
I remember going there as a child with crowds of people to hear famous politicians speak, especially Senator Wall Doxey. Everybody loved him!
Did you know?
The Constitutional Convention officially opened on May 25, 1787, at the Pennsylvania State House with delegates from seven states present.
George Washington remembered this building well. In 1774 he attended the first Continental Congress, and seven months later he attended the Second Continental Congress where he was named Commander of the American Armies. At the same state house while Washington was engaged in the field, the Declaration of Independence was signed giving the building a new name – Independence Hall.
Eventually delegates from all 13 states except Rhode Island found their way to the convention. Either some of the greatest minds or a divinely led group of men began a work that would become, I believe, the greatest document ever created by man, the United States Constitution. It took until mid-September 1787 to bring to completion a constitution that was brought to the floor of the convention for a vote. The final discussions had closed, Washington stood and called for a roll of the states. Down the roll he called each state and each one by one answered, “Aye.” Of all states present none voted in dissent.
The Constitution would be sent to Congress for action. Convention George Washington lifted his gavel and let it fall. The following Monday, Sept. 17, 1787 the delegates gathered for the last time; emotions must have been running high. It had been four months since they started the process and now it was time to send their precious document out to the world. The delegates one by one picked up the quill pen, dipped it in the ink bottle, and signed their names to the new Constitution. At the top of the signatures was the name, George Washington, president and deputy from Virginia.
Underlying the Constitution are some unspoken assumptions that help form its foundation.
Four pillars in the foundation of the Constitution are:
First, it recognizes the existence of natural law. Natural law recognizes the existence of God and that God has established a natural order of things for this earth and the people of this earth. The concept of unalienable rights is based on an understanding of natural law.
Second, the Constitution is based on the principle that the citizens of a republic nation must be virtuous and moral. Benjamin Franklin wrote – “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Washington wrote to Lafayette that America’s constitutional government would protect us only “so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.”
Third, the Constitution acknowledges that the people are the true sovereigns in a republican government. Under natural law, no man has a right to rule over another, unless the subject gives his consent. James Madison said, “the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone.” Washington concurred, “The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.”
Fourth, the Constitution was created on the assumption that America would function under a free-market economy, recognizing and protecting property rights. John Adams wrote, “All men are born free and independent, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights, among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness.”
We have in this country a government that is based on principles of natural law, assuming a populace that is moral and virtuous, and recognizing the people as sovereigns. I hope you will in some way take time to be thankful for experiencing American freedom. Friday, Sept. 17, is Constitution Day.
Ref: The Real George Washington by Perry Allison Skousen, The American Patriot Almanac by W.J. Bennett, National Center for Constitutional Studies.
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