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Past comes to life in Trimble

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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This is an old photo (rear view) of what the Farmers Gin and Supply Co. Inc. in Trimble once looked like before it was torn down. The gin shut down and reopened under different names over the years. Locals often recall a band of brothers, by the last name of Eddlemon, who used to frequently work at the gin over the years.
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Denbar Construction foreman Dennis Barbeau (left) speaks with Raymond Ballard (center) and Trimble Mayor James Davis (right) as workers put the finishing touches on the Full Throttle Sl'oon Shine distillery in Trimble, which is a replica of the old cotton gin that once stood in its spot. The building is complete and work will soon begin on placing the still and other components on the inside.
The small town of Trimble is being transformed back to its old self as the townscape of yesteryear takes shape.

The newest addition to the town is a replica building of the old cotton gin that stood in the very same spot for almost 100 years. The new building won't be used to gin any "white gold" as locals say, but instead it will be distilling Tennessee white whiskey, also known as moonshine. Local entrepreneur and reality television star Michael Ballard is the new owner of the property and he will produce his Full Throttle Sl'oon Shine at the facility .

The building was completed this week and Denbar Construction Co. put the 96-ft.-by-30-ft. Heritage pre-fab building together in 10 days. Construction continues on another building where the old water-treatment facility stood in front of the gin. That building will be used as one of the warehouses. One warehouse already stands behind the soon-to-be distillery.

Raymond Ballard, Michael Ballard's father, was at the site as the workers wrapped up work on the replica gin.

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This old photo shows a truckload of baled cotton to be hauled by C.O. Caldwell from the old Trimble Gin Co. to Federal Compress in Dyersburg in fall of 1943. From left: Mose Reed, Odom Caldwell, Alice Needham (office secretary), Guy Gregory (manager), Claude Thompson.
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A view of downtown Trimble in the early 1980s.
"It's a fine-looking building and underneath the overhang is going to be a patio where people will be able to sit and relax," said Raymond Ballard.

Trimble Mayor James Davis remembers bringing cotton to the gin as a boy and said the building looks just like it did back in the 1950s. The still and the inner workings of the distillery will be assembled sometime soon and there are plans for a store to be built.

Davis, who was recently re-elected as mayor, said he wants to see Trimble flourish and said the distillery is going to be the catalyst.

"This is a big deal to us and we want to see it be successful," said Davis.


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shucks! soon trimble will outgrow dyersburg!!

-- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Nov 11, 2012, at 9:10 AM

Just can't get over history......... Who in their right mind would want to bring back the 50's?

-- Posted by DMASE on Sun, Nov 11, 2012, at 4:28 PM

dmas--ans 2 ur question--tea partiers!

-- Posted by closerlook on Mon, Nov 12, 2012, at 9:51 AM


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