Feb 23 2008

The History Channel is showing the program "Hillbilly : The Real Story" tonight.
If you sometimes have some trouble understanding the old time local folk around here be sure to watch this program 8-10 pm.
It is excellent I hear.

You must not be from here.

You must not be from here.

Why do you say that friend?

Why do you say that friend? I am born and bred Maryville Tennessee with ancestors going back to 1801 in Blount County.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Obviously A Misunderstanding In Intent.

"Old time local folk"?

I must have misunderstood your intent.

By using a racial slur such as "hillbilly" and planting the thought that "old time local folk" must be hard to understand, I thought that you gave the impression of being an elitist instead of a progressive.

People that I know who have moved here from other places are generally the only ones who have a major problem with ignorance of the cultural make-up of Blount County.

That's why, friend. I just misunderstood you.

'Better to be unborn than untaught, for ignorance is the root of misfortune.' -Plato

'It is impossible to make people understand their ignorance; for it requires knowledge to percieve it, and therefore he that can percieve it hath it not.'-Jeremy Taylor

No problem. I have been

No problem. I have been reading your posting here and must say I agree with you 100% on most of what you are saying.
What I think is hard for people to sometimes understand is that our ancestors stayed here because they were individualists who wanted little government interference. That's one thing that makes us a little "quair" if you know what I mean. If I could I would live high on a mountain top away from everyone with a few animals and a garden like my ancestors did. No use for government or law enforcement. My shot gun would take care of most problems. But that's all a dream..
As for Hillbilly being a slur.. I've got a bumper sticker on my car that states "Hillbilly Proud" and a T-shirt that says the same. I am very proud of my poor hard working 'hillbilly" ancestors.. No slur to me.
You are stirring up things some... keep it up.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You're Alright!

What you are speaking of can be termed in one very powerful word: SELF-SUFFICIENCY.(Maybe that's two. I don't know. I wasn't an English major)LOL

We are only "QWARR" to those who are ignorant of our culture. To me, those kind of people don't matter.

At this point in my life, I have no use for local government or law enforcement and my shotgun is still very capable of solving most problems.LOL

Yes, it's all a dream here in Blount County. But our ancestor did come here FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE for a reason and there are better places to live than here. If I decide to go WEST, it will be in the tradition of OUR ancestors who came here through great toil and perseverance.

The only reason that I brought the whole "racial slur" thing up wasn't to attack you, but rather to make a point. Most people who have a problem with using racial slurs (progressives, liberals) have no problem using the slurs "hillbilly" and "redneck". I have a problem with the double standard not the actual slurs.

Trust me when I say that I don't have a problem with racial slurs. I use them as much as possible.LOL

But we should always be respectful to those who show respect and I would never want to hurt someone's feelings. They might have a shotgun too! LOL

I think that is important to let you know that my Mother's side of the family can be traced back to the first two white settlers into Tuckaleeche Cove (Townsend).1729

Also, although my Dad's side of the family is only four generations deep in Blount County, his roots can be traced back to Monroe and McMinn County around 1740.

Think about this: If you are from here and have ancestry that is truly Blount in origin, then you've probably got some Cherokee blood in your ancestry. That puts our roots nearly 7,000 years deep! WOW! Think about that for a minute.

"Heredity is nothing, but stored environment."
-Luther Burbank 1849-1926, American Horticulturist

"If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires." -Nicholas Boileau 1636-1711

"My ancestors didn't come over on the Mayflower, but they were there to meet the boat." -Will Rogers 1879-1935

"What is a rebel? A man who says no." -Albert Camus 1913-1960, French Existential Writer

"Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion."
-Scottish Proverb Sayings of Scottish Origin

"The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man, -- you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind, -- I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that." -Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862


You two keep talking and your going to find out your kin.


No offense taken to any comments here. I like to jump in with my less than knowledgeable comments sometime.
I went to Everett so I can be excused for many of my grammer and spelling mistakes.. (local joke)
We do have a great heritage to brag about don't we.
I try to speak the voice of an average Jane on this site and much of what is discussed here goes over my head. I just read and sometimes jump in.
I am passionate about equal rights and fairness for all persons on all issues.
I agree that many who would never utter the "N" word or other racial slurs think nothing of calling someone a redneck or hillbilly in a negative way.
Nice to meet you on here! We just may be cousins lol....

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Actually, YOU commissionerwalker are my CUZ!

Commissioner Walker, I know for a fact that we have some common ancestors. Ever heard of "Black" Bill Walker? That's right.......the Tremont settler.

I don't know whether to claim you or not.LOL

Do you think that our ancestors would be proud of what you and I are doing?

If the commissioner is your

If the commissioner is your cuz then so am I.
Commissioner Walker and I are related through my great great grandparents. Too funny.. If I ever write a book on local genealogy I have always said the book title will be, "You are Your Own Cousin."

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

follow up

"You are Your Own Cousin."

Would that be a follow up to "I'm my own grandpa"?


Sure do...Howdy Cuz...

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