Tombigbee Tales

A Podcast about Columbus, Mississippi - Its scandals, eccentric people, and our version of Southern Hospitality...which ain’t always so hospitable. Pull up and let me tell you about Mama and them. Bring you some tea because we are going to sit here a spell and catch up.

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4 days ago

The Tennessee Williams building has been so neglected under the reign of Nancy Luke Carpenter that the floor joists are completely rotted under the building and so all renovations are at a complete standstill. 

5 days ago

The women who fought for the first state funded college for women in the United States were Sarah "Sallie" Eola Reneau, Olivia Valentine Hastings, and Annie Coleman Peyton. Three of the most stubborn, brilliant, and courageous women the antebellum South ever produced. These ladies were no shrinking violets. 

7 days ago

Alva Temple and three other Tuskegee Airmen won the 1949 inaugural USAF Gunnery Meet...essentially their version of Top Gun. Yet their names were never recorded as the winners and were listed as "unknown" until 1995 and their trophy stuck in the back of a storage closet at Wright Patterson AFB Museum. Temple retired to Columbus, Mississippi and opened a service station and radiator repair shop on HWY 69. 

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

Mississippi author Julie Liddell Whitehead's new book Hurricane Baby is coming out this fall. Her publishing journey started with a short story within days of weathering Katrina in Brandon, MS and the book just kept growing from there. Follow along as she shares her book beginnings so far!

Friday Jun 07, 2024

Mississippi Artist Lee Harper is an amazing miniature artist. She lives in Oxford, MS where she is a painter and miniaturist who takes commissions. 
See her work at:

Monday Jun 03, 2024

Stephen D. Lee was and is a controversial Southern figure; however, his emphasis on education was embraced not only by his son but by his direct descendants and their spouses. Their education has benefitted the world of aeronautics, law, forensic science, constitutional rights, and space exploration. 

Sunday Jun 02, 2024

Frances Glessner Lee, the Mother of Forensic Science, was the daughter-in-law of General Stephen D. Lee and his wife Regina. Her Nutshell Studies are still taught in homicide investigation training around the country. 

Saturday Jun 01, 2024

Sam Hairston was born in Lowndes County on the Hairston Plantation less than a month before the founding of the Negro League. He would grow up to play for the Birmingham Black Barons before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox. 

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Columbus, MS had three different minor league baseball teams that supplied multiple players to the MLB: 
1907-1908 Columbus Discoverers (Cotton States League)1912-1913 Columbus Joy Riders (Cotton States League)1935 Columbus Bengals (East Dixie League)

Tuesday May 21, 2024

Former Red Sox Pitcher Ronnie Richardson shares his expertise with young men at his (soon to open) Mississippi Exclusive Pitching Academy in Columbus, MS. 
On Facebook: Mississippi Exclusive Pitching Academy w/Ronnie Richardson


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