Saturday, December 27, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Minnie Pearl

On May 12, 2005, on the Centerville Square - yes, it is that type of town - a statue honoring the life and times of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known to the world as Minnie Pearl was unveiled. The bronze statue is fifteen-percent larger than life and was designed by renowned sculptor Bill Rains who captured her likeness brilliantly.

Ophelia, as she was known around these parts, was born in 1912 in Centerville, Tennessee. Her father was a sawmill operator.

In 1940, "Minnie Pearl" was born on the Grand Ole Opry stage and was called "Cousin Minnie." Her straw hat with the price tag hanging off of it and gingham dress became her trademark all over the world. After 35 years on stage, in 1975, she was the first comedienne to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. After a long illness, Minnie died in 1996 but her legacy remains. Several hospitals have areas that have been named for her.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Famous People

Over the years, Centerville has been home to several famous people. Probably the most famous person to call Centerville home is Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon. Most people know her as Minnie Pearl. A member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years. In 2005 a statue of Minnie was erected on the square in Centerville.

Another member of the Grand Ole Opry that made Centerville his home was Del Reeves.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A brief History Of Centerville

In 1807, the Tennessee General Assembly created a new county. An amendment was added to the bill that specified that the new county should be named in honor of Edwin Hickman, who in 1791 lead a surveying party from North Carolina into the area. The surveying crew camped near a small creek that flows into the Duck River. The next morning, Indians attacked and Hickman and other members of his party were killed.

The original boundaries of the county extended all the way to the Alabama state line and Vernon was named as the first county seat. Throughout the next decade, Hickman County was divided into several smaller counties and a group of citizens wanted to move the county seat to Centerville, which as the name implies is located in the center of Hickman County. In 1823, the town of Centerville became the county seat. The people of Vernon, not wanting the county seat moved, was angry, so the courthouse was dismantled at night and moved along with the records to Centerville.

The correct address and zip code of Centerville is: Centerville, TN 37033