I’d like to take up a little space in The Macon County News to let me tell the people in Macon County how much they mean to me. They have made me feel like a real “local lady” since I moved to the mountains. I had to learn one new expression that I had never heard before moving to Franklin. That expression was “you uns.” And I quickly learned to love “you uns!”
I moved to Franklin in August of 1979 as a divorcee and mother of two sons to teach kindergarten at East Franklin School. It took me a year to even get an interview in the Macon County School system mainly because I was not a “local.” When I first started applying for a teaching position here in Franklin, Dr. Joe Hill was the superintendent. He was certainly not a “local” and he didn’t stay in Franklin long. He even told me that I would have a much better chance of getting a teaching position if I went ahead and married the “local man,” Sam McClure, that I was courting at the time.