From the Holler!

Crunch time! I’ve been working my students to the bone, preparing them for the End Of Course Tests on Monday and Tuesday next week. I’ve also been bribing them with candy. It’s amazing how many students will raise their hands to answer questions during review when miniature Snickers are on the line. Incentives and diabetes, the keys to success. Here’s the latest in Appalachian, history, sports and/or political news. 

  • Gainesville High School (Gainesville, GA) is presenting Beauty and the BeastTheir theater department is truly top notch as far as high school productions are concerned. In fact, some college programs fail in comparison. I saw the musical/play Wednesday night, it was incredible. There is another showing tomorrow. If you are in the area check it out, bring a friend and buy some theater swag to promote the program.
  • Brooks Simpson is doing a great job of following the Wilderness Campaign during its 150th anniversary. Check out some of his posts: here, here, here, here and here.
  • Re-enactors, teachers and local advocates celebrate emancipation in Columbus, Mississippi. It’s an interesting study of remembrance.
  • Andy Hall has a new book coming out entitled Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas CoastThe book focuses on “blockade-running in the western Gulf of Mexico, with particular emphasis on the last year of the war, when Galveston became the last remaining port in Confederate hands in the region. Running the blockade under sail, life aboard the Union ships of the blockade, and the lure of prize money are also discussed. The book includes an epilogue that discusses some of the archaeological work done on runners over the last 40 years.” The book should be and interesting read for anyone interested in naval history, Civil War history, etc. Andy’s blog is such a fun read, I expect the book to be better. No pressure Andy, no pressure.
  • Author Silas House opens up to the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) about his book Same Sun Here. 
  • “This week a North Carolina Superior Court ruled that conservation groups representing the interests of communities living near coal ash ponds are able to participate in a lawsuit between Duke and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources for documented, illegal coal ash pollution at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state.” Read more about it here.
  • The United States Wrestling Team defeated the World All-Stars in Times Square on Wednesday night. ‘Murica! The now annual “Beat the Streets” saw a great audience and even better matches. Check out the YouTube playlist of various matches. David Taylor, Ed Ruth and Helen Maroulis were just a few of the standouts.
  • Finally, shout out to a couple of my friends graduating from North Georgia (University of) this weekend: Claire Cox and Jonathan Winskie.

This day in Rock History, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band opened for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theater. “I saw Rock ‘n’ Roll’s future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” ~ Jon Landau, The Real Paper


  1. Thanks for the props. This one was fun to write. How can you NOT enjoy writing lines like, “General Hawes was so unpleasant even Braxton Bragg couldn’t stand him.”?

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