Henning

Mid-South News
6:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

A Small Town Struggles Amid Crime And Decay

Keith Alston stands outside his shop on Main Street in Henning, TN.

The busiest spot in Henning, Tennessee, population 945, is probably the Main Street post office. There is no home delivery in the town, so everyone has to come to the post office to collect their mail.

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Mid-South News
6:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Roots In Rural America Thinning

Beverly Johnson is related to Alex Haley. She is the Program Director at the Alex Haley House Museum and Interpretive Center.

Henning, Tennessee has a population of 945, and is about an hour north of Memphis. A century ago more than 60 percent of Americans lived in rural areas, like Henning. Today 16 percent do, and as more and more people flock to cities, what used to be the dominant America lifestyle is disappearing.

The most famous resident of Henning was the Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Roots Alex Haley. Haley was born in 1921 in Ithaca, New York, where his father was studying agriculture, but he spent his childhood summers in a blue and white-trim wood house in Henning.

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