Sunday, September 19

Letters to the Editor

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R. H. Pulliam on cover of the November issue of The Tennessee Magazine

Thanks to a veteran

I very much enjoyed your article, Service Before Self, featuring Mr. R.H. Pulliam. I lived in Collierville until my family moved to Murfreesboro in 2014, but, unfortunately never met Mr Pulliam.

Thank you, Mr. Pulliam, for your service.

I also want to thank my son, Cpl. James C. Jacobs, U.S. Marine Corps, and the many veterans who serve and worship at Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville.

Warmest regards,
Mrs James R. Jacobs


To whom it may concern,

First, I want to say “Thanks” to Mr. R.H. Pulliam’s service he has given during his time spent in the service. I read the article and enjoyed it. He was brave and helpful in all ways. Thank you again, Mr. Pulliam. Can never say thanks enough.

Ann Yates


It has been my pleasure to read Mr. R.H. Pulliam’s life story. It took a lot of courage and strength and faith.

I pray for the veterans daily. Thanks for printing the story.

Mrs. C.L. Shelton


I realize this is probably not what you had in mind when you asked for entries about who your readers find extraordinary and inspirational, but I couldn’t resist sending this to you.

Hope you’re doing well. Your article about Blue Monarch in 2010 still continues to reap rewards for us in so many ways. Wow! What a powerful piece with an enormous ripple effect! Thank you again for giving us that tremendous exposure.

The women of Blue Monarch and how they inspire me every day.

Susan Binkley
Founder, Director
Blue Monarch, Monteagle


I would like to know how to begin receiving The Tennessee Magazine.

Lisa Kisling

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Band notes

I would like to see if you would do an article on our little Tennessee band. It is a small, 40-something-person band that has won nine state championships, including this year.
This little band has a work ethic that compares to none other. That is how it is able to win competitions over 100-plus-person bands, as it did in the 2015 State Championship.

It also was invited to march in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., and has marched at Disney World.

I hope you will recognize this amazing group of kids!

Thank you,
Tina Mullis

Editor’s note: Congratulations on your state championship and your national appearances!


Cades Cove

Your September issue “Point of View” brought back a flood of memories for me.

I lost my only sibling, Jim, to cancer in December 2013. He was also my best friend for the last 35 years of his life, and we spent a lot of time together.

I made half a dozen trips to Cades Cove over the years to enjoy both scenery and counting deer as we drove the “loop,” both early morning and dusk. I agree with you, and Jim would to; you must get out and walk the fields and woods to get a real feel of the area and old home sites. Jim always planned the trips in the midweek timeframe to avoid the crowds.

I miss him so much, but articles like this bring back the good times and memories I had with Jim, and I am indebted to you for this most pleasant reminder.

P.S. Jim was a carver of beautiful walking sticks, and I would like to give you one to use at Cades if we have an opportunity to meet.

Thanks again,
Paul D. Weir Sr.

Editor’s note: I would be honored to walk the cove with you next time I’m there.

Magazine collections

I would like to know what to do with a very large collection of Tennessee Magazines.

I have kept copies of the magazine for several years and would like to give them to someone or some organization if they would like to have them. I contacted the library and was told that they get a copy each month, so they really couldn’t use them.

Would like to hear from you if you have suggestions.

Thank you,
Larry Pritchard
Southwest Tennessee EMC

Editor’s note: If anyone is interested in the collection, please contact us at

Saving Grassy Cove

This incredible segment aired on “Tennessee’s Wild Side” — all about the land and fundraising need. I hope that you will share this video.

This is about 1,000 acres at the very end of Kemmer Road that Tennessee Parks and Greenways is trying to purchase and preserve.

From someone who loves the Cove,
Martha H.


Food features

My son-in-law is a manager of the Ocean Spray plants in Wisconsin, and I sent him your cranberry recipes that were in the November magazine. He said everybody just loved them, so he made copies for the whole plant. Thanks for putting those in the magazine.

Ralph Petty,
Dekalb County

Editor’s note: Thanks for sharing our recipes in Wisconsin. They may like the cheese recipes in this magazine, too. For an easy way to share content from our archives and the current magazine, visit

Corrections and clarifications

Grand Ole Opry

Hello, Tennessee Magazine!

I thoroughly enjoy your publication and look forward to reading each issue. However, in the December 2015 issue, the article on page 16 contains a factual error about the beloved Ryman Auditorium. It was built in 1892, and the Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting every week since Nov. 28, 1925. Your article states the Ryman started hosting the Opry in 1925. The Opry did not come to the beloved Ryman until 1943; prior to this, the Opry started out at the National Life and Accident Insurance building downtown (owners of WSM AM). After there it bounded from venue to venue. Before the Ryman, the Opry was held at the War Memorial Auditorium. In addition, the article states that the Opry was there until 1975. In March of 1974, the Opry moved to the new Opry House at Opryland. Most recently, the Opry returns to the Ryman every November to February. For more information, see the most recent “Grand Ole Opry Picture History Book.” Please pass this information along, and keep up the great work!

Keep on the sunny side,
Justin D. Reed
“The Justin Reed Show”
88.3 FM WMTS

Editor’s note: Thanks for the clarification about the historic Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry.


The photo above was not identified in the November issue. It is the Brighton High School Band from Tipton County performing at the Arlington Open Invitational. We apologize for the confusion.


The December 2015 issue has a typo error on the name for Hornbeak on page 28 listing the West Tennessee events. It shows a parade for Hornbeak, and it is spelled Hornbreak.

The correct spelling is Hornbeak.

Great magazine!
Jeff Rummells

Editor’s note: Thanks for catching that error. We do our best but missed that one.

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About Author

Robin Conover has spent the last 33 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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