My Mayberry

A few well written words about my hometown, Piedmont, Alabama by Tracy Stewart. Read and remember!

Tracy Stewart



Piedmont and Mayberry

I’ve been reading with great interest the posts that are made on my Facebook feed “You Know You’re From Piedmont When…” The posts often bring a sense of happiness that I didn’t fully understand at first, but this morning I was driving to work and it occurred to me why they do. Those feelings come from the innocence of an era that I subconsciously long for. It is the same reason I enjoy The Andy Griffith Show reruns on TBS – even without the humorous episodes. In many ways, the writers for that show perfectly captured the essence of a typical, small southern town like Piedmont.

Mayberry had several characters that I could literally plug someone from Piedmont in that I knew growing up. With little effort I can imagine the character of Otis (the town drunk with a heart of gold) being created from someone…

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About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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