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Bluestocking, the Story of a Tennessee Family

 

Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – There is a special kind of down-to-earth spirit that Tennesseans have that you don’t necessarily find in other parts of this country. Tennesseans aren’t about being uppity by bragging about how rich their family is or who has the biggest house.

They are much more concerned about how you treat your neighbors and if you’re good to your own family. Tennesseans want you to tell it like it is without putting on airs.

Bluestocking - by Bud Willis. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Tennessee Literary Luminaries Author, Sue Freeman Culverhouse, to hold book signing at APSU November 12th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Sue Freeman Culverhouse, staff writer for Clarksvilleonline.com, has just released her new book, Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren (The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2013).

Already receiving rave reviews, Tennessee Literary Luminaries encompasses the biographies of 11 Tennessee authors: Robert Penn Warren, Alex Haley, Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, Peter Taylor, Eleanor Ross Taylor, Alice Randall, A. Scott Pearson, Bud Willis, Amy Greene and Marshall Chapman.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

Tennessee Literary Luminaries book by Sue Freeman Culverhouse

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Tennessee Highway Patrol announces 2012 Trooper of the Year

 

The Tennessee Highway PatrolNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) named Trooper Nathan W. Hall the 2012 Trooper of the Year at a special award ceremony held Thursday evening in Murfreesboro, TN. Trooper Hall earned the honor after preventing a possible suicide attempt by a juvenile last December in Sullivan County.

“Trooper Hall is a great example of what is expected of a Tennessee State Trooper. He’s professional, courageous, works hard and has a positive attitude. His actions on the night of December 16th, 2012 were nothing short of heroic. Trooper Hall is an outstanding representative of our agency and deserves the Trooper of the Year recognition,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.

Nathan W. Hall named 2012 Trooper of the Year

Nathan W. Hall named 2012 Trooper of the Year

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Bluestocking — A Family Story with a Tennessee Heart

 

Tennesseans have a special kind of down-to-earth spirit you don’t necessarily find in other parts of this country. Tennesseans aren’t about being uppity by bragging about how rich their family is or who has the biggest house. They are much more concerned about how you treat your neighbors and if you’re good to your own family. Tennesseans want you to tell it like it is without putting on airs.

Bud Willis is a Tennessee native whose life has taken many twists and turns. Growing up in a family of nine children, he eventually survived Viet Nam as a Huey helicopter pilot, was named Tennessee’s Outstanding Young Man, and became a partner in J.C. Bradford and Company, a securities firm. His second book, Marble Mountain, is a Vietnam memoir.

When Bud sat down to write his first book, Bluestocking, he went back to his childhood and wrote the story of a Tennessee family headed by remarkable woman who mothered nine children and saw them grow to adulthood with the right values and a chance at success.

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Serendipity—An Afternoon with Lee and Bud Willis and Friends

 

Bud and Lee Willis

Bud and Lee Willis

When I wrote a review of Marble Mountain: A Vietnam Memoir, I had never met Lee and Bud Willis. I had no idea how delightful these two people are. Meeting them at Bud’s book signing at F&M Bank on Friday afternoon was like running into two friends you had known all your life. Personable, down-to-earth, and genuinely nice are just a few of the accurate adjectives that describe this couple who also spend their time contributing to Wounded Warriors, taking their dog, Boo, to his volunteer duties (and adventures in hotels!), and attending Bud’s book signings all over the South.

Joe Pitts, second-term Representative for Legislative District 67 of the State of Tennessee, introduced Bud about 5:00 p.m. to a full room of admirers. Joe’s remarks about Bud’s career in the Marines included mention of his more than 600 missions to save the lives of others who had been wounded by enemy fire.

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A Veteran’s Salute: RIP Ed Freeman!

 

The following is a salute to a fallen veteran of the Vietnam War. In honoring his past exploits and his passing, honor is given at once to all who have worn, are now wearing, and will wear the uniforms of US Military Services.  Rest now, Brother. Day is done.

usflag-lady-liberty.JPGYou’re an 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, November 14, 1965,  LZ X-ray, Vietnam.  Your infantry unit is outnumbered eight to one, and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 or 200 yards away that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is half-way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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