My Small Town Home

Vickie Collins By Vickie Collins, 10th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2kno88j0/
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Just a group of picture from the small city that I grew up close to, and where I went "to town" at for my youth.

Chinese restaurant

Actually, this first picture is from long after I left the city of Cookeville in Tennessee at the age of 23 to work in Nashville. There just didn't seem to be jobs there that I qualified for - or actually none that I qualified for, but wasn't overqualified for. It just seemed like executives of factory workers.

There wasn't a Chinese Restaurant in my hometown till years later when I would go back to visit my mother and even after she died visit other relatives.

It was an all you can eat and likely still there. It had really good food, and I visited just about every time I was in town.

Big Church

Now, in this small city, home of Tennessee Tech, a fairly large university, there were a lot of churches. Most, likely were either Baptist or a relatively local group called the Churches of Christ. However, there were a few Methodists, and even fewer Presbyterians.

However, the First Methodist was huge and had spread till about 10 or so years ago, maybe more, they actually had facilities on three of the four corners of an intersection. This, which is taken quite a bit up the street, is a walkway built over the street for easy assess for two sides.

Drama

Now here is a bit of irony. This building is close to what used to be the library. I want to call it "the old library". Sometime I used to think my father was insane for doing with the old hospital that turned into the original library.

I actually think it might be the building next door.

Church and Funeral Home

Now this would seem a logical combination except that the two buildings have nothing really to do with each other. The brick building is the longest existing funeral home in Cookeville, the one where my father's preparation for the funeral was done, and where we had the life insurance policies. Those old fashioned ones where you paid through the nose and got very little to bury the person with.

The funny colored building next door was the Presbyterian Church (1st Presby) that I went to in my high school years. It was my first escape into something approaching independence because I was actually able to discuss with adults there.

Court house

Now this building has long been a source of disappointment for me. You see I remember the original old fashioned courthouse. It was tall, and had what was almost a steeple. The stairs leading to I believe the third floor were very steep and narrow, and I don't think my mother ever went up there.

Then, they remodeled it, redesigned, and came out with this modern looking (fairly) structure which in my opinion has absolutely no character at all. It doesn't say "small town Tennessee" to me, it could be anywhere.

Of course that building is older now and I am sure at some point somebody will get the idea to remodel it again, and folks will think fondly of this structure. LOL

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the signs from where I was born.

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Home, Small Town, Tennessee

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author avatar Vickie Collins
I am a gay crossdresser who writes under my non-de-plume. I have a variety of interests, science fiction, religion, psychology. I recently moved from Nashville Tn to New Orleans.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
10th Jan 2015 (#)

Nice pictures. We have a bank and a church on nearly every main street block. Lots of pretty trees though which I like.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
10th Jan 2015 (#)

there is a lot of trees in most small cities, that and churches. New Orleans is the biggest city I have seen, however that has this much greenery in the middle of the city. Nashivlle was more on the outskirts.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
11th Jan 2015 (#)

I live in a capitol and have always lived in the part of the town that has a lot of trees.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
11th Jan 2015 (#)

It ain't called the City of Trees for nothing.

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author avatar C.S. McClellan
10th Jan 2015 (#)

The court house is pretty peculiar looking. That part on the right side must have been where the steeple was. I hate to see interesting old buildings remodeled to look modern.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
10th Jan 2015 (#)

I don't remember. Actually I seem to remember it being in the middle and just another story, kind of straight up, but not sure. Yeah, I kinda was upset when they did that. I remember going back to the area, and driving to another small town close by and seeing that THEIR courthouse was older looking and thinking..."they did it right". LOL

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author avatar Carol Roach
10th Jan 2015 (#)

lovely place and I love all the pics as well

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author avatar Vickie Collins
10th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. It was a pretty nice place to be from...and the college came in handy too. :)

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author avatar Harris Mungai
11th Jan 2015 (#)

Beautiful photos here Vickie,but the church and funeral home close by each other seems weird to some of us....hehee!

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author avatar Vickie Collins
11th Jan 2015 (#)

I grew up with those two buildings side by side so to me it doesn't seem odd. BTW, many churches in this country have grave yards outside in the surrounding "lawn" altought that is mostly an older custom now special businesses now set up to provide burial.

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