Elvis Presley’s Drummer D.J. Fontana Dies at 87

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — D.J. Fontana, the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87, his wife said Thursday. Karen Fontana told The Associated Press that her husband died in his sleep in Nashville Wednesday night. She said he had been suffering complications from breaking his hip in 2016. “He

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Rest in Peace Mama Dip

The New York Times: Mildred Council, a Pillar of Southern Cooking, Is Dead at 89 Mildred Council, a slave’s granddaughter who opened a North Carolina restaurant that proved so successful she caught the attention of presidents, publishers and sports stars, died on May 20 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 89. The cause was complications

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Elvis Week: A Southern Tradition!

Largest Elvis Week Ever Expected at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, August 9-18 MARCH 29, 2018 Ten-Day Event to Celebrate the Music, Life and Legacy of Elvis Presley with Unprecedented Concerts and Special Performances at Graceland’s New Entertainment Complex Guest Stars include Lisa Marie Presley, First-Ever Appearances by Music Legends Darlene Love and Dr. Emily

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Becoming My Mother

I’ve always been curious about the unknown; the things that lurk in darkness. My earliest memory is proof of this sometimes dangerous trait. When I was about 3-years-old, I spotted a beehive nestled in the crook of low-lying tree branches. While my mother sat on the nearby porch talking with several of her friends, I

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Rediscovering “A Love Song for Bobby Long”

The movie “A Love Song for Bobby Long” like the book, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, deals with the invisible people most just pass by or only notice with a curled up “I smell something” kind of stare. The movie is inspired by the novel Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps. It centers around

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Burnt Sugar Cake

Most southerner’s grew up eating Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. To us, food is the center of social occasions and should be prepared to satisfy the taste buds, give comfort and to make the most of what’s available.  This burnt sugar cake originates from the colonial days and was a favorite dessert used to bring those

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Guns Allowed in Fannin County GA Schools

May 11, 2018 – School teachers in Fannin County Georgia are now allowed to come to school with guns. This decision was passed unanimously and has very few restrictions. They must carry the gun in a holster and take a safety class. Obviously there are people who believe this is a sane, safe idea. But

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The Southern Gothic Eye

Perhaps no other genre of literature captures the American South better than Southern Gothic. Afterall, we southerner’s love our eccentric people, especially our dead eccentrics and we love sharing the tall-tales of their exploits. However, even though I use the phrase “tall-tales” in reality, Southern Gothic stories are always rooted in the truth. At its core these stories seek to expose the

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ONLY IN YOUR STATE: 19 Most Charming Southern Towns Everyone in the U.S. Should Visit

Great list for anyone looking for the Southern experience! “The American south definitely has its charms. The weather is dreamy, the people are sunny, and the food is something out of a barbeque-style dream. Check out these incredibly charming southern towns and start planning your next vacation to the land of wisteria, sweet tea, and open-hearted

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