New Interstate leads Colonel Sanders to close fried chicken restaurant

Colonel Harland Sanders sold his 32 room motel and popular 142 seat restaurant here, yesterday, after 26 years of serving up his delicious fried chicken to locals and travelers alike because the planned Interstate 75 will by-pass Corbin and by-pass The Colonel’s livelihood.

Colonel Sanders says, “It does not make sense for me to stay in business, anymore. The traffic, as I knew it, will be gone when the new road comes in.”

His Sander’s Court & Cafe, out on US Highway 25, or the Dixie Highway, has developed a widespread reputation for good food and lots of it and great fried chicken from his own secret recipe.

Richest woman in the South saves fortune from Union and Rebel armies

Millionairess Adelicia Acklen, 49, who built and lives on the elegant Belmont Estate southwest of downtown, high on a hill overlooking the city, is now able to reveal how she cleverly manipulated both Union and Confederate officers during the last year of the Civil War to save much of her considerable fortune from the ravages of war. She did it through planning, cunning, and persuasion.

Everyone who knows the formidable Mrs. Acklen knows that beyond the shadow of a doubt her strongest attribute, other than her beauty, is her persuasion. Her youngest sister has always said, “Adelicia could talk a bird out of a tree.” She is intimidated by no one—not royalty, not presidents, nor captains of industry and certainly not by men in blue uniforms or grey uniforms armed with guns and a lot of brass insignias on their shoulders.

Arkansas farmer makes diamond discovery in road rut

Mufreesboro, Arkansas, September 12, 1906: John Wesley Huddleston, local farmer and land speculator in Pike County, has made an extra-ordinary diamonds discovery along the side of the road and even in the ruts of the road that passes through his 253 acre farm southeast of here. This road goes right into downtown Murfreesboro. It is the busiest road in the county; yet, no one has ever found these sparking gems on it before.

Huddleston actually found his first two diamonds back on August 1st, while looking along side the road for traces of copper, iron, or lead. Horse hooves had ripped up the grass on the road, and wagon wheels had plowed deep ruts, apparently churning up the diamonds that were safely hidden just below the surface.

Ross Barnett assists Mississippi black woman to go to Medical School

Former gubernatorial candidate and staunch segregationist, Ross Barnett, has assisted the black family of Helen Beatrice Barnes, 22, with a medical school loan. Barnes is a Negro pre-med student, who was born here in Jackson but is a graduate of Hunter College in New York City.

Barnes’ grandmother, Harriet Watson, once worked as a domestic in the Barnett family. Apparently, Watson called Barnett, who practices law here, and told him her gifted granddaughter wanted to go to med school. Since the family had little money for such an expensive education, she asked Barnett how med school could happen.

Psychologist obsessed with Hollywood actress dies in museum

Clinical psychologist Dr. Tom Banks, 62, suffered a stroke here Monday afternoon and fell to the floor he was sweeping inside the unusual museum he spent a lifetime creating, still clutching his broom. In death, he was surrounded by movie posters and paraphernalia of his nearly 50 year obsession with the actress and superstar of the 1940’s and 50’s, Ava Gardner. His museum is simply called “Ava.”

Dr. Banks left this area in 1945 to attend college, then, to serve in the Navy and, finally, to practice psychology for 38 years in Pompano Beach, Florida. He married, was successful, and—by all accounts—lived a happy life.