Not since the Perry County Jayhawkers burned a large portion of Centerville’s residential neighborhoods during the Civil War has there been such an abomination to the spirit of being good neighbors. Our beloved Minnie Pearl statue is being held in Perry County as reported in today’s Tennessean, “Custody battle rages over a statue of Minnie Pearl“. All bronzed from the beautiful, sunny Centerville Public Square, Minnie now sits in the quiet, relaxing lobby of the Commodore Hotel in Linden. She is no longer near the Grinders Switch Inn, a 50’s era motel where Elvis stayed (though he didn’t get any sleep while there — you’ll have to visit to get that story!)
Yes, there still are economical things to see and do here in Hickman County, including the Grinders Switch Center with its live audience Saturday morning radio show (more info on http://www.musiccitybackyard.com/ ). At the moment, however, you will have to drive the 30 miles farther down State Route 100 (stop at the Grinders Switch Winery on the way) to see the Minnie Pearl statue in that mean old Perry County.
I am just afraid this will escalate into something between Nancy Roland with the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce and Pat Vanden Bosche with the Perry County Chamber of Commerce that, frankly, we will all regret. When you come to visit, please just don’t bring it up!