Novel reveals mystery


There is a tendency to think most bad things happen in large cities when, in reality, many rural towns are shrouded with mystery or a particular incident that stays virtually alive through many generations. Perhaps it is because those involved think authorities will not pay as close attention to the rural areas and perhaps it is just what happens when people confuse right and wrong.

Such was the case with Tenaha. It is a place that became known as one where motorists could not travel the roads without being stopped under the façade of search and seizure of money and property without being charged with a crime. Investigative teams were called in and eventually discovered there was much more to the rest of the story.

FBI agent Stewart Fillmore was part of that investigative team at the time and has since retired from the FBI. He retired in 2016 and he busily spent part of his time since then compiling facts into a manuscript form that was released during the latter part of 2017.

The book was titled Teneha: Corruption and Cover-up in Small Town Texas and last week the author was a featured guest speaker at the McMillan Memorial Library in Overton.

Fillmore seemed to be surprised at the turnout of people who filled the room anxious to hear what he had to say.

“I am not a writer and I kept thinking no one is going to believe this,” he reiterated several times throughout his presentation.

Definitely showing his law enforcement background, he came equipped with visual aids to back up his comments. The story about fireplace bricks replacimg marijuana bricks in the evidence room that received many questions from an audience that included other law enforcement personnel.

He kept the suspense going throughout and refused to tell the ending of the rest of the story as he told it.

Lisa Barnett, president of the Friends of the Library was the only one in the room that had read the book in its entirety.

“I was awake two nights in a row because I couldn’t put this book down,” she said. “It is very much what you call a page-turner.”

To the dismay of the crowd, Fillmore had sold all of his available copies and orders were taken with a promise of delivering autographed copies back to the library upon next arrival from the publisher. The book is also available from

Fillmore is contemplating writing another book but at the moment is currently learning the art of caretaking an aunt in the area of Dallas.

THEY WERE CAUGHT knitting and chatting away on Monday afternoon at Downtown D’Lites. The four ladies had been gathering each week for close to eight years to let the crochet and knitting needles fly, weaving colorful yarn into anything imaginable. Those four were Karol Pruitt, Pat Wingfield, Donna Knight and Kassy Nisbett.

“We always welcome newcomers,” said Karol. “We have had as many as 6-8 in this little group,” she said. “Sometimes we meet at one of our homes or at other places but since Downtown D’Lites opened, we usually solve the world’s problems right here by knitting or crocheting them away,” she laughed. “We would love to have more who like to knit or crochet join us. Just show up at one o’clock on Mondays.

A BLACK HISTORY program was held recently at the Wayside Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Joe Murphy. An informative message pertaining to freedom was provided by several guest speakers. Johnny Pryor spoke of the messages hidden within quilts that led to freedom and Alan Pollard gave history behind Abraham Lincoln, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and freedom. He also spoke about the importance of support groups.

The program director was Mable Streets of MLS Boutique. “It was my desire the program was dedicated to freedom and that the audience knew it included all races working together to ensure that happened. The turnout was very good and informative.”

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