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Farmers Central Warehouse, New Tazewell, Tennessee
This is Lawrence Russell and I think Sam Duncan during a tobacco auction in New Tazewell, Tennessee
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1930-1931 CCHS & PVHS AD
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Many family’s lives are intermingled with tobacco if they grew up or lived for any amount of time in Claiborne County. My first remembrances were of my parents two or three pack a day habit and how I hated to ride in a closed up car with both of them puffing away in the front seat. My sister and I had to stop many times on the curvy roads to Knoxville or Morristown or Middlesboro to throw up before we finally became accustomed to the cigarette smoke in the car.

I never used tobacco but am sure I have the residue of years of second hand smoke deposited in my lungs. I lost a brother to lung cancer in 2000 and another went through chemotherapy for lung cancer, and passed away from development of brain cancer in 2009.. My father had prostate cancer and later died of congestive heart failure and my mother suffered from the loss of a leg then and eye and for years with bronchial problems that eventually was the cause of her death in 1999. Although neither of my brothers had anywhere near the habit my parents did both enjoyed a “smoke” every now and then out of sight of their non-smoking spouse.

Have you noticed that there are many changes taking place in New and Old Tazewell. Good job and lots of luck. The old wooden part of the Centre Brick or the Farmer's Central Tobacco Warehouse is gone.
For several years while my father was building his house in Tazewell my family lived in New Tazewell very near the Centre Brick Tobacco Warehouse. I had friends that lived just next door to the warehouse and we played around and under the large tobacco warehouse. Had one of the girls not reminded me a few years back of our sneaking cigarettes from our parents and smoking them under the warehouse I would have forgotten. I guess that was my first experience with tobacco. I evidently didn’t like the taste because after we moved to our new house in Tazewell in 1956 I only tried tobacco maybe one or two more times.

There were the fun times of the Tobacco Festival and the floats and horses. My sister finally talked my father into buying her a horse to ride in the parade. We didn’t have a barn but our neighbor, Marshall Dyer allowed us to use his tobacco barn. Unfortunately the stalls were in dyer need of repair and no matter how my sister and I tried to repair the stall door the horse kept knocking it down. Wheeler Lyford, who my father had purchased the horse from lived below New Tazewell and the horse would head home for Wheeler’s every time it escaped. I don’t know how many times we had to chase the horse all the way below New Tazewell from our house in Tazewell but I know it had to be 6 or 7. One day just before or may have been the day of the Tobacco Festival, before my sister ever got to ride the horse in the parade the horse made it’s final and fateful trek down the new four lane through New Tazewell. It met a most unfortunate and untimely death at the intersection where Danny England Motors is today. It collided with a rather large Buick and died instantly. My sister and our family never really got over the tragedy. My sister now has two horses and a barn right next door with wonderful barn stall doors. She pulls her horses and her and her granddaughter enjoy riding at every opportunity.

Now back to tobacco. My second job after my paper route was as a “bag boy” at Milt and Vida Brooks B&B Supermarket that stood about where C&C Office Supply stands today. During the selling season, which usually started soon after Thanksgiving and lasted till just before Christmas the town was full of excitement with plenty of out of town buyers and sellers and lots of money to spend. Tazewell, as many of you know was always either first or second, depending on Greenville’s market, in tobacco sells. It was always competitive to see which town sold the most burley. The B&B’s co-owner was Roy Brooks and when Roy and Milt both were together in the store during the busy tobacco season there were always lots of story telling and fun for everyone. We would usually stay late one night a week to stock, I think Wednesday. I always looked forward to it because Milt had a slaughter and packinghouse up Cedar Fork and always brought us the largest cuts of loin and occasionally T-Bone to eat on those long nights. The tobacco buyers from North Carolina would always come by for the best of the best of beef to take back home. This was at least for three years that I worked at the B&B on a part-time basis.

Once I started L.M.U. I worked all but one or two quarters on the work-study program at the campus, except for the Fall of 1967 when I worked with a group of students that planted trees along the high walls of the strip mines near Pruden and Clairfield, Tennessee. My on campus assignments were either the Burt-Vincent Memorial Library or the Abraham Lincoln Museum.

East Tennessee Tobacco Growers Date 1961/12
Type Article
Collection Tobacco Institute - Special Collections Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI)
Pages 13

CARL HILLIAD Banner operator - New Tazewell - CLAUDE RUSSELL Has businesses in Middle North Carolina for about 30 years ago, and liked the possibilities at the new market, and opened up his first Banner Warehouse. It had only 24,000 square feet and has 36,000 now. It's the smallest warehouse in New Tazewell. But he also has New Tazewell's largest warehouse, the mammoth 144,000-square-foot Banner

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/kpl19a00

CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM September 2, 1987
To: Samuel D. Chilcote,
From: Walter N. Woodson
Roger Mozingo had confidential discussions today with two Tennesseans: our legislative counsel Cleve Smith and Tennessee Farm Bureau lobbyist Dan Wheeler, I sat in on those calls. What follows is an update on the Cooper (Senator Jim Cooper) situation.

CLEVE SMITH

... Smith had a quiet conversation with House Majority Leader Jim Naifeh about the situation. Naifeh, a tobacco farmer, has contacted several legislators to bring them up to date on Cooper's remarks. As of today, 10 Tennessee lawmakers had contacted the Tennessee Democratic Party protesting its sponsorship of the Cooper event at which he blasted the tobacco industry. Smith says several of the lawmakers also called Cooper's office to register their complaints

Through Ben Crain, Burley Auction Warehouse president, I will encourage discrete contact with Lawrence Russell, a prominent Tennessee warehouseman.
Roger was most careful to explain the sensitive nature of the situation again and again to our counsel and the Farm Bureau representative. Under the circumstances, I believe we are moving as effectly as possible on this matter.

http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bgy18b00

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