I love the town we are moving to.

If you have ever read John Grisham's novels set in Clanton, MS, you can imagine what Carthage, TN is like.  I drove to our new house today to drop off a carload of stuff before church board meeting, and I was transported to a world different from that of any I have ever been a part of.  As I drove through downtown (the courthouse/municipal building/city hall/whatever else it needs to be, a few stores, a couple of funeral homes and churches, and a Sonic), I heard a man over a loudspeaker and thought to myself there must be something going on down here.  I drove past the courthouse and saw an elderly gentleman preaching to four people on the courthouse lawn!  This struck me as funny, and I almost chocked trying not to laugh out loud. 

After I dropped our stuff off at the house, I was driving to our church and passed another church group of about two dozen waving signs with scripture on them.  I smiled and waved in response, but I was thinking with the money you spent on those signs, you could have done somthing that would have affected this community a whole lot more than waving signs.  There are hungry people here!  Feed them!  Nonetheless, they were so typical for this southern town.  I love it!

Almost every house I pass by in Smith County has at least two chairs on its porch.  On the same street, I find a Church of Christ, a Baptist Church (or two), and a Methodist Church.  They're building a new Super Wal-Mart, and this is cause for celebration. 

I know that Carthage has its problems, but I can't wait to move here.  The pace of life is just much more suited to my taste, and I love it for its lack of big city aloofness. 


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Feb. 5, 2008 at 5:50 PM hey its a cool town i have lived here for 29 year same street and same place. My grandpa was mayor for 19 years so i know almost everyone here.Maybe we can get together and have a chat some where.. I get bored staying at home.. Welll off to cook supper!!

Misti and Graice

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Feb. 5, 2008 at 5:51 PM oh yea and the church you were talking about was probably mine we do that in the summer. Its called cornerstone baptist church..

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