Resident's cannonball recalls local history

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:16 PM.

“This goes back to when the county seat was in Noma and the only post office was in Caryville,” said Holland. “In 1944 they ran a line through here and that was the start of Pepper Town. I helped build the laundry mat, the old convenience store next to it and the Piggly Wiggly across the street and I love where I live, it’s my castle.”

Another effort he’s making is to clean up and restore Liberty Hill Cemetery.

“I’ve been toting around canisters for donations and I’ve even got an account set up at the First Federal Bank here in town,” he said. “All I need is a riding mower and some weed eaters and I’ve got someone with heavy equipment to clear out the road real nice.”

He said he’s moved to work on the cemetery because his father, mother and brother are there and that he also has a plot there.

“I’ve lived past them and I’ve often asked God why and then I know that I love to see people smile and I love to make them laugh,” said Holland. “I’ve found that using that cannonball was a way to bring people and places together. Life’s too short to be an old stick in the mud.”

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