Lynnville notes

Friday, January 28, 2011

Let it snow, let it snow! The snow that fell on Wednesday morning decorated the landscape so well and left the roads where everyone could go.

The Lynnville Literary and Fine Arts Society will meet on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church.

The annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 25. Anyone wanting to reserve a booth should contact 931-527-0032 or 931-527-3922.

Anyone wanting to take piano lessons should call 931-527-3466 in Lynnville.

News From The Campus of Richland Middle and High School:

Lindsey Perkins won the 2010 VFW Essay contest for the State of Tennessee after winning for Richland High School, Giles County, and the District. Lindsey will present her essay, "Does Our Generation Have A Role In America's Future" in Nashville in February and will go on to compete nationally in Washington, D. C. in March.

The Richland HOSA will be in regional competition on Feb. 11 at MTSU.

Carl Manning, a 9th grade student at Richland High School, ranked 32nd out of 121 Alto Saxophone players that audtioned for Tennessee Mid-State Honor Band.

FCA hosted a ping-pong tournament on January 24.The proceeds went to support FCA charities.

The Richland High School Basketball Homecoming will be held on Friday evening, Jan. 28, beginning at 6 p.m.

On Friday morning, there will be a volleyball tournament in the school gymnasium between grades nine, 10, 11, and 12. Following the games, there will be a pep rally to cheer the Raiders on to win Friday evening in the basketball game against the Santa Fe Wildcats.

From the files of history in Lynnville, Tennessee:

To continue the articles from "The Purple and Gold," a semi-monthly school newspaper published by The Robert B. Jones High School in Lynnville, Tennessee in March 8, 1920. Mrs. Cathy Hickman Maxwell, a 1972 graduate of Jones High School, found this school newspaper in her grandmother's trunk, Mrs. Jennie Stallings Cross.

One article in the school newspaper was titled, "Who Was Bob Jones" by J. H. Burrow. "He was a young man of about 30 who died in 1898 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California where he had been to a resort for tuberculosis, where had spent the winter on top of these mountains. When the stage coach reached the bottom, he was sitting upright, dead. He loved Lynnville and her children. He had made his will giving all he possessed to form this Jones School. He had been a good financier, possessing some $60,000.00.

He is buried in Lynnwood Cemetery, where his grave is marked by a huge granite block. More enduring than granite is the love and devotion of the students of this school that strew flowers on his tomb and will hallow his memory for all time.

While Vanderbilt, Peabody, and Thomas Martin gave part of their vast fortune, Bob Jones gave like the widow -- his all. As the years go by we realize what we owe to the beneficence of Bob Jones. His fame as a benefactor is more enduring than Alvin York's, if not as George Washington. I am sure he has made it possible to have one of the best endowed high schools in the state.

We now have eleven talented teachers and some 250 students. Eternity alone will reveal what we owe to Bob Jones.

This slight tribute I write for 'The Purple and Gold' with only a moments preparation, with best wishes for the paper and its corps of directors. I am as ever the friend of R. B. Jones."