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Mornings unPHILtered - Statesboro city council meets Blind Willie McTell
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    It was an eclectic mix of guests Friday on “Mornings unPHILtered.” The city election, local blues legend Blind Willie McTell and high school football were the topics.
    Host Phil Boyum’s first guest was Statesboro City Council candidate Fred Parrish, who is running for the District Four post. Born in Portal, Parrish spent 26 years in the Army, and retired as a Warrant Officer.
Parrish’s opponents are Lottie Johnson and John Riggs. Parrish once again stated that he would postpone a study on consolidation, explaining that he felt that the cost of such a study would be too heavy on the city’s taxpayers. Parrish said that money could make a tremendous difference if kept in the city budget.
    Parrish credited Georgia Southern College/University as having been a catalyst for much of the area’s development. Asked about GSU students voting rights, he stated emphatically replied that they had the right to participate in local politics.
    Parrish explained his opposition about establishing red light cameras, because, he said the cost of the cameras doesn’t justify setting them up. He also stated that if a person had to slam on his brakes to avoid running the light that changed as they went underneath them, it could cause an accident.
    Asked about his support for idea of allowing “complimentary wine permits” or the allowing of Sunday sales of alcohol, Parrish replied that he doesn’t support the sales or serving of alcohol during what should be the Lord’s Day of rest. He said it just doesn’t feel right. He grew up, Parrish said, believing that alcohol should not be served on Sunday.
    Any referendum on the subject would require his greatest scrutiny.
    The second guest on the show was Michael Gray, the author of a new book entitled “Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell.” Gray is an English writer, critic, broadcaster and performer of one-man-show-type of talks who regularly performs at colleges, arts centers, small theatres and festivals around Europe and in America.
    Gray uses music and media in his shows to try to give his audience a feeling of just what type of person Willie McTell was growing up in Statesboro. His anonymity, Gray explained, was one of the main reasons he had written this book. Gray continued that Georgia, in the first sixty years of this century, had been overlooked, for studying of local musical history.
    Segregation caused McTell to be isolated, although he never complained about this forced isolation. His family actually moved to Statesboro, which was a relatively forward-thinking community, for a better life.
    Statesboro’s benefactors sent McTell to the Georgia School for the Blind in Macon to further his education. Gray stated that there are no movies of Blind Willie McTell, so he will be using available media of pictures of the city during that period. Gray stated that the last week of McTell’s life was spent in the State Prison in Milledgeville.  
    Mike Anthony, the Herald’s prep sports writer was Boyum’s final guest. Anthony talked about BA Gator’s playing Memorial Day. Southeast Bulloch goes to Screven County, and having put up 20 points against Jefferson County gives a little hope for future games.
    South Effingham comes to Statesboro for the SHS Homecoming football game.

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