State of the Region

I’d like to call this address a state of northeast Alabama: “The Little Smokies” Dekalb Tourism could do a lot more. And instead of only focusing on Fort Payne’s multi-year, completely dis-functional efforts of a nightlife scene riddled with self interest, ignorance, close-mindedness, and greed, we could stop doing the same old things that have […]

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As She Lay Dying

  Maw grew up around here. She had seen a lot. She had lived a life and was one of the strongest and meanest women I have ever known. As She Lay Dying… It was after her stroke. On Ancient Cherokee land. Her own son, as she lay dying… planned how to make more out […]

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Cherokee History: We’re Still Here

Have you seen my Cherokee version of the Gadsden Flag? GADSDEN FLAG HISTORY Gadsden began his rise to prominence as a merchant and patriot in Charleston. He prospered as a merchant, and built the wharf in Charleston that still bears his name. He was captain of a militia company during a 1759 expedition against the Cherokee. […]

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The Legend of Granny Dollar

Have you heard of Granny Dollar? I had heard of her many times, but never knew the whole story; until today. A nice man named Don Hall from Geraldine, AL shared a Landmarks of DeKalb county booklet with me all about Granny Dollar. She was a fascinating Cherokee woman born in Buck’s Pocket as Nancy […]

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Leadership

    Last Wednesday, March 16th, I held a press conference at my Grove Oak Store for former Buck’s Pocket Park Manager to express his concern over the state of Alabama’s park system, and management. I’ve been following this particular issue since April of 2015 when I spoke to the Governor at a town hall […]

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The Cherokee: Not A Plains People

Alright, so sit back and listen as I blow off some steam. I went for a drive this morning to check on my mountain. The rain was moving in, and I wanted to see what developments had actually occurred since the announced partial closure of our local state park, Buck’s Pocket. I drove myself the 2 miles […]

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