You know you're in East Tennessee when you read under "It Happened Here" in the local paper that a fella' is charged with Driving Under the Influence when, while motoring along out in the county in the middle of the day just in front of a Deputy on patrol, simply drives off the road and and rolls over in a ditch. Oh.........and did I mention he's 77 years old?
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Here, we'd just release the guy on his own recognisance, so he can do it agin' tomorrow.
He'd have to be caught, ooohh about 16 times (which means about 1000 times NOT caught) before we start taking it seriously. OH. One more thing: he has to run down and kill someone riding in a wheelchair next to that ditch.
You definitely have that right! As I've previously oft written, although I was away for almost thirty years I always wanted to come home. Working in New York afforded me the ability to retire here as back when I was young, the entire area was primarily agricultural (still is for that matter) or offered low paying factory work with few benefits.
Right before I left New York in '96, I wrote in a letter to the editor of the Pougkeepsie Journal that I was moving back home to East Tnnessee to, "friendly people, biscuits and gravy and good sippin' whiskey." That was published only three days before we left and I received 19 phone calls from folks I didn't know from around southern Dutchess County, NY, wanting to learn just where I was going. Within six months of my returning home, believe this or not but six couples whom I had never met moved here! One put a downpayment on a house after less than an hour of entering the county for the first time in their lives! A couple of years later I asked one of the husbands if Greeneville/Greene County was anywhere near what I made it out to be. His reply? "I never thought a place such as this still existed in the United States!"
What exciting happens in West Tennessee? Not much, I 'reckon other than Elvis bein' planted in Memphis and some guys with horns makin' a racket around Beale Street.
I also 'reckon theys still a-publishin' the Poughkeepsie Uri....errr, Journal.
I also love how's ever-one has their nicknames in the obits. I mean for example, Homer "Moose" Smith, and Billy Bob "Skyman" Farquarth died a week ago last Sunday.
Also the guys all wear they's best blue jeans and ball caps for their weddin' pitchers and yep, they's got them small sofas in the back 'o they's pick up trucks for their hounds with names like 'Ol Thunder" aleepin' on 'em.