From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 16, 1967


Thanksgiving is a holiday uniquely American. Growing from the early colonists’ celebration of a bountiful harvest, it is a favorite special day throughout the United States.

Homemakers all over the the land will polish their silver and get out the best china that may be used only a handful of times during the year; they’ll bake turkeys and mincemeat pies, congeal cranberry salad, whip potatoes, and boil peas. Families will gather from miles around, some even from different states, and will enjoy bountiful eating, noisily delightful visiting, and countless blessings.

Customarily at Thanksgiving we are aware of blessings in general, and in this land, lush with beauty and rife with material plenty, these are legion. But consider this year concentrating your thanks on the blessing of people. Rare is the individual who isn’t surrounded by persons who mean more to life than all other blessings combined. When life is analyzed and realistic values are recognized, people head the list.

Be grateful for the one who offers a ready smile no matter the weather, the time, the place; for the one who never judges nor tries to change others, but who accepts them as they are for what they are; for the one who always has a tale of humor, a joke almost invariably on himself; for the one who quietly supports his principle, whose integrity never leaves any doubt; for the one who is always nearby when the going gets rough — not to offer advice or point out the errors that brought on the rough going, but silently to offer strength, just by being there; for the one who shares the innermost thoughts of his mind, the innermost travails of his spirit.

See? There’s no greater blessing than people!

Sheriff’s office weekly report

Twenty arrests were made by the Blount County Sheriff’s Department during the past week: five for violating the prohibition law, six for driving while intoxicated, four for highway drunkenness, one for bastardy, two for reckless driving, one for trespassing after a warning, and one for public drunkenness.

Prisoners work five days during the week and are allowed visitors only on Saturdays.