From the Desk of
J. Michael Cross County Executive
A short story from a few days ago. Somewhere near the noon hour, as I sat quietly at my desk, an elderly couple came to my door. Asking to speak to me, they came into my office. The lady’s name was Paula Morris from Germantown, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis. With Paula was her 89 year old husband Early “Buddy” Morris. They had driven to Jamestown to visit a spot that was part of a vivid childhood memory for Paula.
She related the following story to me. As a child, Paula, her mother and younger brother had boarded a Greyhound Bus in a small Texas town and were traveling to Jamestown to visit her father who was working on a TVA dam outside of Jamestown. On the way, her mother’s purse was stolen at a bus stop somewhere in Texas. A stranger gave her mother $5.00 to feed the family. They eventually arrived in Jamestown at 2:30 on a Friday morning. There they discovered that they were in the wrong town. The ticket master in Texas was supposed to have sold them tickets to Jamestown, Kentucky where Paula’s dad was working on the Wolf Creek Dam.
While in Jamestown, with no money, Paula said that two waitresses and a cab driver gathered together enough money to purchase tickets to Kentucky. The total cost of these tickets was $2.10. The family boarded the Greyhound bus and arrived in Jamestown, Kentucky mid-afternoon of the same day and met the dad.
At the end of the story, Mrs. Morris said that they had traveled from Germantown to visit the mystery bus stop that she had always remembered. She wanted to show her husband the place that welcomed strangers and offered help to someone in need. She then ask me the location of the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Jamestown in 1947, 69 years ago.
At that time, I picked up my phone book and placed a call to my good friend Gene Holt. “Gene, my friend, I have visitors in my office that need to know the location of the Greyhound bus stop in Jamestown in 1947. Can you help me?” Gene replied, “Why Michael, it was where it had always been, right there in the Mark Twain Hotel and Restaurant.” I thanked Gene for the information and told Paula and Early that not only could I tell them the location, I could show them the relatively unchanged building from my office window. As they looked out the window, tears came to Paula’s eyes as she immediately remembered the building. After sincerely thanking me for the information, Paula and Early crossed the street and entered the building, taking pictures of both the exterior and interior. I watched as they got into their car and headed back toward Germantown, over a 300 mile trip.
The moral of the story is the friendly, giving nature of the people of Fentress County, from past to present to future. Thank you Gene for the information concerning the Greyhound Bus Stop and to two unnamed waitresses and a cab driver from the past.
We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1500749710ekalw1500749710t@skc1500749710ihadn1500749710ama1500749710. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.