Gary Bridgman. Web dev project manager, pamphleteer, swamp-gondolier, potter's husband, dad, cathedralite, photographer, whackjob. more at garybridgman.com
This is the "take-out" or ending point of the Ghost section of the Wolf River (aka Ghost River), one of the best wetland canoe trails in America. More info at www.wolfriver.org
My wife and I camped out for a slot at Snowden School for 60 unbroken months. Our son was 8 months old when we started the camp-in, and he entered Snowden in kindergarten. Actually, we're still camping out 2 1/2 years later. By "camping out" I actually mean "buying a house in Snowden's district."
Not big deal at my house. I may go and buy what I would normally would have put off buying for a couple of days if there was no snow in the forecast....SNOW IN THE FORECAST!!!!??? OMG, I've got to get 10lbs of cornmeal and a case of canned tuna and...
I bet those roadside stands were disqualified after a state senator or departmental Commissioner had to wait through a bit of traffic in Nashville because of one. Since when is the TN Dept of Health keeping tabs on road safety patterns?
Ms. Ford was worth mentioning because of her easily recognizable name and Mr. Harris because he is good at attracting the attention of reporters (PR success)?
Well, if this is about journalistic layups, why not cover someone with instant news appeal, like Mr. Banbury. The man, his community work, and his business are full of man-bites-dog story angles. C'mon, he's a carnivore AND a hippie AND a Boy Scout leader AND lives north of Vollintine.
Also Jeff, I also meant to note that "1 mile behind Sam's" sounds like you were sliding into home right on top of that multi-epoch site. Must have been a good, dry place to camp for thousands of years. And, yes, that Clovis spearhead was dated to within the same millennium as the Mall of Memphis mastodon. More about the Clovis culture and its paleoindian AK-47 technology here: http://bbc.in/lFPmSs
Jeff, the creek's uppermost headwaters start in the NW corner of Marshall County, Mississippi. Upstream of Collierville, there are several streams that are contenders for being "the" Nonconnah source channel, but the the most distant headwater streams are in Mississippi.
The arrowhead you uncovered was probably not 13,000 years old. "Clovis points" like the one I mentioned are only found at the lowest level of any multicomponent site (containing artifacts representing almost every time period of prehistory). This site was a "high" ridge, converted from farm to subdivision in the mid-80s, and was known as site "40 SY 7" by archaeologists.
You can read my source for this info here: http://bit.ly/kzkT5U (PDF version of the document CULTURAL RESOURCES SURVEY, WITHOUT TESTING, OF THE NONCONNAH CREEK PROJECT, SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE, Gerald P. Smith
& Richard A. Weinstein, 1987, Performed under Contract with the Memphis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, contract No. DACW66-87-C-0025).
Scott is staring at the mysterious herd of horses grazing on the levee near 3rd Street:
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