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City focuses on days gone by

By Ed Brock

Amanda Roberts said you would have to cut off her hand to make her miss Saturday's "Jonesboro Days" celebration. "I wouldn't miss it for anything," Roberts said. "I get to see all the people I've known my whole life there."

For the sixth year residents of Jonesboro past and present will reunite for fun, food and memories. This year it will be held at the Jonesboro Fire Station at 264 N. Main St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

"The big bay at the fire station will give us a little shelter from the weather," said former Jonesboro City Clerk Katherine Smith, who is organizing the event. "We are so excited."

As is the tradition with the event, Smith has been gathering old photographs from residents and will hang them on a wall as a personalized monument to the town's history. Smith has lived in Jonesboro her entire life and she clearly remembers old landmarks like the movie theater that was once on Main Street, down the road from Bama Drugstore.

Bama Rowan, now living in Ellijay, owned the store and will once again come to Jonesboro Days, Smith said.

"They've enjoyed it as much as we've enjoyed them coming," Smith said.

Roberts said she still lives in the Jonesboro area with her husband, Carol, as do a lot of her old friends, but the event is still a good excuse for a reunion.

"You may live two miles from somebody and you don't see them," she said. "But you see them at Jonesboro Days."

This year Roberts' Jonesboro High School Class of 1952 will also have its reunion.

"We were the first class to go to 12 years," Roberts said. "When they passed the law we were in the 11th grade and they called us back for another year."

Former Jonesboro City Council candidate Carl Ayers has been living in Jonesboro for almost six years and he loves Jonesboro Days.

"Most people have welcomed me like I lived here all my life," Ayers said.

Events like Jonesboro Days are a trademark of small-town atmosphere, said former Air Force brat Ayers.

"I've lived in a lot of big cities and you don't have the same camaraderie you have in small cities," Ayers said.

Current Jonesboro City Clerk Joanie Jones usually attends the event but this year a family emergency will keep her away.

"I won't be able to go this year and I'm very sad about that," Jones said.

The city will provide a picnic lunch for the attendees or they can bring their own lunch. It also might be a good idea to bring a folding chair.

For questions or to RSVP call Jonesboro City Hall at (770) 478-3800.