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County Commission approves DHR lease Wednesday, 20 February 2019 20:01

During the recent Jackson County Commission meeting, Commissioners approved the DHR lease agreement, valid until September 30, 2019. The lease was increased from $1.00 per square foot to $3.00 per square foot.

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Scottsboro changed department head ordinance Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:59

Scottsboro’s Ordinance 588 relating to the appointment of certain department heads was amended last week.

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Changes could be coming for U.S. 72 and County Park area Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:49

During the recent City Council Work session a resolution/agreement for the Highway Safety Improvement program for County Park Road and Highway 72 was again discussed.

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Back by popular demand: General Grant?? Did I hear that right?

Yes, Dr. E. C. “Curt” Fields, Jr. who last impersonated the Union general at the January, 2017 Jackson County Historical Association meeting, is coming back to Jackson County.  He will be the speaker at the January 2019 JCHA meeting, which will be held a week early, on Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2019 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Scottsboro Depot Museum. His presentation will be titled, “Grant: The Man Behind the Uniform.” The event is free and the public is invited.
When he visited Jackson County in 2017, Dr. Fields limited his presentation to Grant’s time in Jackson County, which imposed an unfair limitation on Dr. Fields’ vast repertoire of Grant stories. This time, he will broaden his presentation to discuss the general’s life and times.
Dr. Fields is an avid and lifelong student of the American Civil War. He is the same height and body type as General Grant and therefore presents a convincing, true-to-life image of the man as he really looked. He researches and reads extensively about General Grant to deliver an accurate persona of the General. His presentations are in first person, quoting from General Grant’s Memoirs, articles and letters the General wrote, and statements he made in interviews.
Dr. Fields received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Memphis, and a Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He is a career educator having taught for eight years at the junior and senior high school levels and then served for 25 years as a high school administrator before retiring. He is now an educational consultant and a living history demonstrator.
Dr. Fields has portrayed General Grant at numerous battle reenactments and was chosen to portray him at the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in 2015. He is a frequent contributor to the monthly newspaper, “The Civil War Courier,” and is a member of the West Tennessee Historical Society, The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, the Civil War Trust, the Nathan Bedford Forrest Historical Society, The Civil War Trust, and the Shelby County Historical Society.
For more information about Dr. Fields and his programs, see Plan to join us for this entertaining special program.


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