Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

July 29, 2014
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts
Summer in Collinsville Brings Unforgettable Gifts

I cried the day I had to leave Collinsville. There was not a day during my ten weeks that I looked forward to leaving, and the final week of my internship crept up on me and reality hit hard. Through my tears I told my mom, “I can’t leave here for good. I keep believing I’m just taking a break and I’ll be back.”

By Shaye McCauley
July 23, 2014
Car Care 101 in Collinsville
Car Care 101 in Collinsville

I’ve been lucky to have several father figures in my life, ranging from soccer coaches to teachers to family friends, and each one has taught me invaluable lessons about the world around me. This summer, Mark Shatzel—one half of the couple I’ve been living with—taught me the basics of Car Care 101.

By Shaye McCauley
July 17, 2014
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future
Collinsville's Library Boasts Unique History and Bright Future

The site of the Collinsville Public Library has always been versatile. In 1925, it was the city’s first public movie theatre. Later, it was transformed into a post office, boarding house, and a general merchandise store.

By Shaye McCauley
July 8, 2014
Little Collinsville Transports Visitors to the Past
Little Collinsville Transports Visitors to the Past

Nestled just off Interstate 59 between Birmingham and Chattanooga lies Collinsville, boasting small town charm, authentic Southern cooking and a population proud of the past. Four miles from the red light on Main Street—one of only two stoplights in town—live Gail and Charles Moore, rulers of a small kingdom called “Little Collinsville.”

By Shaye McCauley
July 2, 2014
Local Author Spins Tales to Inspire Love of Reading, Writing
Local Author Spins Tales to Inspire Love of Reading, Writing

In 1960 there was an ice storm that swept the country. Randy Taylor and his friends spent 17 days out of school making the most of an abundance of ice and a lack of electricity. Taylor, who always liked to write, wrote a story about the ensuing hijinks.

By Shaye McCauley

Last Updated: April 04, 2019