Death of a Small Town

Death of a Small Town

There are 12 comments on the Atlantic Monthly story from Jun 29, 2009, titled Death of a Small Town. In it, Atlantic Monthly reports that:

Millen, Georgia feels like a community on life support. Shuttered storefronts line Cotton Avenue.

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GAIL BRINSON KIRBY

Manchester, TN

#1 Sep 6, 2009
I GREW UP IN MILLEN GA AT A TIME WHEN EVERY SATURDAY MY DAD, PETE BRINSON WOULD PARK OURCAR ON THE FRONT STREETS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND I WATCHING ALL THE PEOPLE WALK UP AND DOWN THE STREET. WE WOULD GO TO PETE MILLS DRUGSTORE AND GET ICE CREAM IN A CUP AND SIT ON THE CURVE WATCHING EVERYONE. I HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM MILLEN YEARS AGO AND SADLY TO SAY ONLY GO BACK FOR FAMILY DEATH. WHEN I RETURNED TO MILLEN IN 2004 FOR MY BROTHER'S DEATH, IT WAS VERY SAD TO SEE MILLEN DYING AS IT WAS. THE TRAIN DEPOT WHERE I SPENT MY GROWING UP YEARS WAS SHUT DOWN. I GUESS THE SMALL TOWN IS GIVING UP BUT MY GREAT MEMORIES WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. THANK YOU MILLEN FOR GIVING ME THOSE GREAT MEMORIES.
GAIL BRINSON KIBRY
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Nan Searles

Hephzibah, GA

#2 Oct 22, 2009
GAIL BRINSON KIRBY wrote:
I GREW UP IN MILLEN GA AT A TIME WHEN EVERY SATURDAY MY DAD, PETE BRINSON WOULD PARK OURCAR ON THE FRONT STREETS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND I WATCHING ALL THE PEOPLE WALK UP AND DOWN THE STREET. WE WOULD GO TO PETE MILLS DRUGSTORE
AND GET ICE CREAM IN A CUP AND SIT ON THE CURVE WATCHING EVERYONE. I HAVE MOVED AWAY FROM MILLEN YEARS AGO AND SADLY TO SAY ONLY GO BACK FOR FAMILY DEATH. WHEN I RETURNED TO MILLEN IN 2004 FOR MY BROTHER'S DEATH, IT WAS VERY SAD TO SEE MILLEN DYING AS IT WAS. THE TRAIN DEPOT WHERE I SPENT MY GROWING UP YEARS WAS SHUT DOWN. I GUESS THE SMALL TOWN IS GIVING UP BUT MY GREAT MEMORIES WILL ALWAYS BE THERE. THANK YOU MILLEN FOR GIVING ME THOSE GREAT MEMORIES.
GAIL BRINSON KIBRY
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As a current resident of Millen, and a believer in our community, I want to thank you for your post. Secondly, I would like to very much assure you that Millen is very much alive and that we are NOT giving up! Millen has seen unbelieveably hard days over the past 3 years or so, but we are doing everything possible to secure the future of our wonderful little town. We are pulling together, encouraging one another, and fighting the negative. What is a small town to do when every single industry closes down within a 3 year period. Hundreds of jobs were lost, and families face crisis beyond their control. Our hearts have broken and we are struggling. But we are not giving up. That is a promise. We believe great things are headed our way and we need your encouragement. 2004 was not a bad year in Millen. We weren't in nearly as bad economic shape as today. Just remember that there are kids still living right here in Millen that will have sweet memories just like the ones you have now. Millen is in the heart of her residents. We will hold on to hope.

Nan Searles
Current Millen Resident
GAIL KIRBY

Columbia, SC

#3 Nov 2, 2009
Thank you Nan for your love of Millen.

“I think the jury is STILL OUT!”

Since: Oct 09

GA state of mind!

#4 Nov 18, 2009
Nan Searles wrote:
<quoted text>
As a current resident of Millen, and a believer in our community, I want to thank you for your post. Secondly, I would like to very much assure you that Millen is very much alive and that we are NOT giving up! Millen has seen unbelieveably hard days over the past 3 years or so, but we are doing everything possible to secure the future of our wonderful little town. We are pulling together, encouraging one another, and fighting the negative. What is a small town to do when every single industry closes down within a 3 year period. Hundreds of jobs were lost, and families face crisis beyond their control. Our hearts have broken and we are struggling. But we are not giving up. That is a promise. We believe great things are headed our way and we need your encouragement. 2004 was not a bad year in Millen. We weren't in nearly as bad economic shape as today. Just remember that there are kids still living right here in Millen that will have sweet memories just like the ones you have now. Millen is in the heart of her residents. We will hold on to hope.
Nan Searles
Current Millen Resident
Nan, THANK YOU for your post. I worry about Millen all the time.
I remember 30 years ago when Jockey was still opened! Though not from there, my boys father is, and my eldest son and my grand daughter live there now. Dan is from there as are my grand daughter's other "mee-maw" and her entire family.

I would like it very much if you will let me chat/thread with you at times because I know my son won't ever worry me with any news or emergencies.

All my other kids live in other states in thriving towns and my husbands grown kids and grand kids live elsewhere also. He and I get a little short changed on visits with today's economy.

I mean no intrusion...just need some maw-maw support.
Again thank you for the encouraging post. I worry about them the most and I can't tell you how much I miss my Karleigh.
Karren

San Bernardino, CA

#5 Mar 17, 2010
Boy, this all sounds very sad. I am in CA and we are being transferred to Augusta, GA. I have found a house in Millen and considering buying. Can someone be very truthful, even if it hurts, about Millen. I have six small children and want to know what I am getting into. The pics of the town I have seen look so nice. Thank you for your help.

“I think the jury is STILL OUT!”

Since: Oct 09

GA state of mind!

#6 Apr 12, 2010
Karren wrote:
Boy, this all sounds very sad. I am in CA and we are being transferred to Augusta, GA. I have found a house in Millen and considering buying. Can someone be very truthful, even if it hurts, about Millen. I have six small children and want to know what I am getting into. The pics of the town I have seen look so nice. Thank you for your help.
Gee....I truly wish I knew what to say....the truth is my memories are wonderful...but I know my son struggles now. I thank God everyday there is more family for him still hanging on there.
If you are being transferred to Augusta then it sounds like your job is secure and commuting the hour is no issue. Truly you sound fortunate because the people I have met can be charming.
I wish my son and granddaughter could come to north Ga but I miss them and I know I'm leaning abit towards my emotions. He works an hour away to have a job and is a vol fireman in Jenkins County and a single dad with a 5 yr old.
I find Statesboro and Savannah quite dreamy actually.
The Clarks Hill Resv. area out of Augusta is awesome if you like boating.
That'd be my pick!
Good luck on your decision and God Bless your move!
Sorry I took so long~ puter power supply down
on borrowed source now.
ICU

United States

#7 Aug 14, 2011
I saw this dump on television tonight. Just another southern cesspool where the greedy factory workers ran their jobs off
Angel

Sevierville, TN

#8 Aug 14, 2011
ICU wrote:
I saw this dump on television tonight. Just another southern cesspool where the greedy factory workers ran their jobs off
I hope you never end up in this situation, because you sound like a cold hearted person. You need to be on your knees praying for people going through hardtimes instead of making snippy remarks.
ICU

United States

#9 Aug 14, 2011
Yea right like that lady with the house with the big swimming pool, granite counter tops and all the frills who will probably be bailed out by the taxpayer sooner then one thinks
They put them selves in this situation by their own greed
They deserve it
Angel

Sevierville, TN

#10 Aug 14, 2011
ICU wrote:
Yea right like that lady with the house with the big swimming pool, granite counter tops and all the frills who will probably be bailed out by the taxpayer sooner then one thinks
They put them selves in this situation by their own greed
They deserve it
I will pray for your ignorance!! I guess you are perfect and never made mistakes, that was sarcasm!!
ICU

United States

#11 Aug 14, 2011
Honest mistakes vs being driven by greed are two different things. I noted right off they were alluding that it was the banks fault. Typical that they will not even admit their own mistakes as we pay taxes to bail them out
Greedy ignorant southern trash
Alfred E Neumann

Twin City, GA

#12 Sep 29, 2013
ICU wrote:
Yea right like that lady with the house with the big swimming pool, granite counter tops and all the frills who will probably be bailed out by the taxpayer sooner then one thinks
They put them selves in this situation by their own greed
They deserve it
Blame Obama because he keeps printing $85,000,000,000.00 per month with no monetary backing. This is over $1 trillion a year and someday, it will have to be paid back or live with an inflated currency of 1 cent on the dollar.
Say that I am old, but I can remember when a Coca-Cola cost only a nickel now they cost $1.50 or more. Blue jeans cost only $1.50 a pair and gasoline cost $.28 a gallon, I could fill my 20 gallon tank for less than a dollar and now it is fastly approaching the time when gasoline will cost $6.00 a gallon.
Food stamps are given out so freely that a recipient can have enough money that they can start and support a big drug problem and small town grocery stores can buy foods stamps from the druggies to make $6,000,000.00 in 3-4 years (Read the story about Wilkinson County, Irvinville). It happened there.

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