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The stories of Tallulah Bankhead’s antics abound all over the world, but not more prevalent than here in Jasper, where she lived with her father, William B. Bankhead, and her grandparents, John Hollis Bankhead and Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (her namesake) on Eighth Avenue. As the years roll by, those stories become grander with creatively-added details that, if repeated enough, to some become the truth. Those stories of sex, alcohol and drugs bring into question her character. While certainly Tallulah had her shortcomings, as we all do, those antics, faults, shortcomings — whatever you choose to call them — were a part of Tallulah, not the whole person. Many times, her character is assassinated because of those antics, and that’s when we, as a community, easily lose track of her true contribution to Jasper and the world. more
There is a little book sitting on my bookcase in my office that I haven’t thought about in quite some time, that is until a midweek conversation during a lunch with Ed Howell, the news editor here at the Daily Mountain Eagle. The book, entitled … more
The face of war is usually a man’s — young and lean with an expression frozen in time that is both haunting and heroic. What we so easily forget is that women have been serving in the armed forces since the American … more
Sit down, folks. I need to have a heart-to-heart with you. As you recall a few weeks ago, District 4 Walker County Commissioner Steven Aderholt, prevented from speaking at a Walker County Civil Service Board meeting, eventually went online and … more
Qualifying to run for the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions ended last week, with a crowded field of candidates throwing their names in the hat. The primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15. Any runoff, which is probably with 11 … more
Graduation season is upon us. Each year we receive invitations from the grandkids and great grandkids of our friends and neighbors. It’s an interesting crossroad for kids walking down the aisle. The road ahead into the future seems so bright and … more
A bill to provide support for autistic children has passed the Alabama Legislature by votes of 100-0 in the House and 33-1 in the Senate. The bill is similar to laws already existing in 45 other states. Citizens in Alabama had overwhelmingly showed … more
Where were you the last time you thought to yourself, “The people here are always so nice”? For me, it was Chick-fil-A. I’ve had some serious talks over their original chicken sandwich over the years. The food is always hot, the staff is … more
And now, let us get a reality check on these closings. Sit down. Take a deep breath. Ok, let’s start. No question people are concerned in Jasper about the evaporating retail landscape. The current list now includes G. Mays and Sons, Solid Image … more
What could be better than a picnic on a small patch of green grass on a sunny May day? How about if that family feast was on a mere few feet from a headstone? It sounds weird to anyone from other parts of the country. But it happens just about … more
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