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Old Dixie Mill torn down; couple reflects on memories and history

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Every road, sidewalk and home in Lupton City was built because of the Dixie Spinning Mill.

Dixie began producing yarn in the mid 20's and quickly became one of the leading manufacturers. Today all that's left are piles among piles of bricks and wood.

"Its a lot of history over there that's going away," James Leeth says.

Leeth operates the golf course behind the mill, which was built specifically for mill employees.

"It was a just a huge place, so many people. Just imagine how many families were fed and made their living through that mill over there," says Leeth.

The mill provided housing and over the years a recreation center, post office and a credit union. It was a model mill village and some employees were lucky enough to find love. Janet and Dwight Redden met while working the third shift, they've been married 44 years. Monday was their first time back to the mill since the late 80's.

"I could almost cry, it was my first real job after high school," says Janet.

Back on the property she recalls the sights, sounds and smells that used to surround her. "Its that raw cotton smell. The whole mill smelled like raw cotton to me," she explains.

The mill continued to operate until the mid 2000's. Since then the building sat vacant, but to those who worked there it was a historical marker.

"It was a good company," Dwight says. "I've met a lot of people over the years here, seen a lot come and a lot go."

Soon every brick and piece of wood will be hauled out leaving nothing but an empty space and memories.

"Its very sad, I really dreaded coming around that curve," Janet says.

The company doing the deconstruction says it will recycle 90 percent of the debris left by the building.

Its not clear what may move into that spot in the future but some local groups have shown interest in purchasing the site and preserving the history.

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