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Chair-ries Jubilee to have a furniture giveaway for artists

On Sunday afternoon, the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee will be giving away furniture to artists participating in Chair-ries Jubilee 2013-3D.

The furniture giveaway will be held on Broad Street in the building owned by Broad Street United Methodist Church, 223 Broad St., N.W., across from Gardner’s and Mexi-Wings.

The free furniture is for artists who plan to decorate the items and donate them back to the Chair-ries Jubilee event on April 12. The committee will be at the facility from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Many items of furniture will be available which have been donated to them or which was purchased with wonderful discounts from one of our corporate sponsors, Habitat Restore.

This year’s Chair-ries Jubilee theme of 3D is Designate (pick a piece of furniture), Decorate (the furniture, however you want) and Donate (the furniture to Chair-ries Jubilee auction on April 12).

More information about the event will be coming along soon but Nancy Casson and the Chair-ries Jubilee Committee wanted to get this information to you concerning the furniture giveaway.

“Hope to see lots of you artists at the Sunday giveaway,” Casson said.

‘Confederate Bushwhacker’ author to speak to PCHGS

It doesn’t matter whether you’re an avid history buff or not, chances are good that in some of your reading about Polk County you’ve run across one account or another of the notorious Civil War bushwhacker, John P. Gatewood.

Here is a chance to hear it from an expert on the subject, Larry Stephens, who will be guest speaker at the Polk County Historical & Genealogical Society Sunday 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Benton.

Stephens, a reference librarian at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, is the author of a new book, “John P. Gatewood: Confederate Bushwhacker” and has done extensive research on subject. He will share through a PowerPoint presentation what he has learned about this man who is often referred to as a ‘cold-blooded killer” of some 60 people during his November 1864 raid through Tennessee.

Several of them were in Polk County — six were at what is called the Maddens Branch Massacre. Among those killed were Thomas Bell, James Nelson, Harvey Brewster, Jim Hughes, John Christopher and Sam Lovell. And an eyewitness account of some of it was provided by Sarah, a teenage daughter of D.C. Haskins, who lived at the time at the Halfway House.

The Rev. Robert McClary was held hostage by the guerrillas while the killings were taking place, but was finally released. Not much has been written about what happened to Gatewood after the Civil War, but Stephens addresses that too, even though he says “the circumstances surrounding his ultimate fate are very mysterious.”

PCHGS President Marian Presswood encourages all members to be present for this fascinating presentation, and invites anyone interested in the history of Polk County and its people to attend.