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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Morning Folks 03 21 07

For the last few months I have been trying to learn about the state I now live in. It's actually a lot of fun for a gal who had never moved more than 8 miles from her first home in the Bay State. Here is a little info on Tennessee's nickname. (The exact origin of the word Tennessee is not known, but it is thought to be Creek or Cherokee and probably refers to the bending of the river. )

Tennessee is nicknamed the Volunteer State.

University of Tennessee's football team is called the Volunteers, or affectionately referred to as the "Vols". I really dislike the orange team colors, however, and they display it everywhere! I have never been partial to orange, although I am getting somewhat used to seeing it on everything. I guess I am used to the more sedate colors of the Patriots. But, I suppose that Celtics Green and the bumble bee colors of the Bruins might look funny to anyone not from Mass.

The nickname The Volunteer State originated during the War of 1812, in which the volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson, displayed bravery in the Battle of New Orleans.
Although The Volunteer State is the most popular nickname there are others.

There is the “Big Bend State,” which refers to the Indian name for the Tennessee River; “The River with the Big Bend”;

and “Hog and Hominy State,” now obsolete but once used because “the corn and pork products of Tennessee were in such great proportions between 1830 and 1840”; I am glad they stopped using that one!

hominy for grits

and “The Mother of Southwestern Statesmen,” because Tennessee furnished the United States with three presidents .

Can you name them? (answers below)

Hope you enjoyed the little bit of trivia.

And speaking of volunteers, below I have posted the Tuesday letter from the Biloxi crew preceded by a few quotes I found on the subject.

Have a great day.



Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~Elizabeth Andrew

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde

Volunteers are love in motion! ~Author Unknown

Here is the update of the Biloxi crew:

Hello again,It's late evening on Tuesday and all is well with the BBM Crew. Rev. Lisa arrived safely last evening at 10:38.We've had another very productive day at our work site in Gulfport. Sue, Joe, Hal and Betsey concentrated on installation of insulation in the ceiling of the one story house. By the end of the afternoon at 5:00 PM, they had covered 80% of the area of the house. George and Mike began installation of sheetrock in one of the two bedrooms of the house. Mary and Ed spent the day patching holes in the wooden floor, demolishing a small section of an old ceiling and installing a new dryer vent.

Today we met Lucious, the owner of the home that we are renovating. He is living in a trailer in the small front yard of his home with his wife, Clementine. Lucious works at the port of Gulfport as a cargo handler while Clementine works as a custodian at the hospital in Biloxi. Among his previous jobs, he was a caterer and is planning to cook lunch for us on Thursday.Terry was at another work site helping with the finish work in a home that is nearly ready to be reoccupied.

There is a real contrast between the conditions in Biloxi and in the adjacent areas inland areas. The shopping areas along Interstate I-10 remind us of the Framingham-Natick area with sprawling malls and large stores such as Lowes and Walmart. If they did sustain much damage in Hurricane Katrina, it must have been limited. That area is from 3 to 5 miles from the coast.In downtown Biloxi, right at the coast, hundreds, if not thousands, of buildings are missing or still in place but heavily damaged. The first and second stories of multi-story hotels and apartment buildings are completely destroyed due to the storm surge and wave action. In some cases, the upper stories are badly damaged because the windows were blown out. Still other buildings, including the small homes of Biloxi's poor residents, are being gutted or now being rebuilt. Individual trailers are scattered through the neighborhoods at homes that are not livable or are being repaired. At other locations, groups of FEMA trailers form "FEMA villages" where large number of displaced families and individuals live. This evening we again shared dinner with the two groups from Wisconsin, this time a Mexican theme meal prepared by them. We continue to enjoy their fellowship.It's now 11:15 PM CST and Betsey, Joe, Mary and Sue are preparing tomorrow evening's dinner for the three crews. Then it''s off to bed to get some sleep before an early morning and another busy day.

Tennessee Presidents were Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk

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