Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Place Where A Legend Grew Up

Blogger's Note: All this week, I will be blogging about my trip to Franklin County, Tennessee which occurred from May 29-31. Come back often this week for more exciting reads and feel free to leave a comment.

(part 8 in a series)

Smokers and Chewers will please spit at each other and not on the stove or floor

Huntland is a small town off Highway 64 about a mile past Falls Mill. The population is around 900. Now whether that includes livestock and pets, I don't know. LOL.

I first became acquainted with Huntland in 2006 when I was a newspaper reporter.
I covered their homecoming celebrations, and several football games, including their playoff game against the Jo Bryn Red Devils of Cedar Hill in Robertson County. Robertson County is literally on the border with Kentucky just above Davidson County.
I remember leaving around 2 that afternoon and not getting back home until about 2 the next morning.

Huntland School started up in 1908 which means this upcoming school year is going to be very special in its own way. It is a K-12 school with around 600 students.

Speaking of football, this is where a UT legend by the name of Johnny Majors played most of his high school football. After transferring before his sophomore year from Moore County Schools in Lynchburg, he played for his father, Shirley Majors who was hired in 1949 to restart the football program which had been dormant for at least two decades prior to his arrival. Johnny won several state player of the year awards in addition to being the state scoring champion three times. They won the state championship in 1951. He also played alongside his brother Joe. The rest as they say is history.

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