Irish Eyes Are Smiling in Dyess - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Dyess, Keith Boles - Reporting

Irish Eyes Are Smiling in Dyess

   DYESS (KAIT) - If you think being invaded by tourists is historical then history was made in Dyess today as over a hundred Irish tourists invaded the small town in search of Johnny Cash's, roots.

 Rose Marie Gallagher, "I think it's great. I'm a big Johnny Cash fan and it's nice to come see where he began, his humble beginnings ,nice to see where he started from."

Dyess Mayor Larry Sims and county officials were on hand to greet the group as they rolled into town

  Sims, "Well this was the first tour bus here and we had 2 at one time, a little over 110 people visit Dyess at one time and that's a fifth of our population just to visit here."

 A little historical background, group pictures on the steps of the government building and it was back on the buses to Cash's boyhood home.

 Anne Callanan "I thought it was in a very poor area but in a nice area too. When we went to the house today it was lovely too see the house itself."

 Not every tour group has their own singing star along for the ride. Robert Mizzell of the Irish group the Country Kings helped organize and lead the tour. 

  Mizzell, "This is a rough beginning for a legend and I think it makes the legend more appropriate when you look at where he came from."

  All in all it was a good day to be Irish in Dyess, snagging a shirt or a cookbook, photo opportunities everywhere and how did the mayor rate the first big tour.

  Sims, "It was a thrill, we didn't know what to expect. Now we have a little more idea what to expect, how things work, what they expect, what we expect from them."

 The group will be in Memphis for a couple of days and in the U.S.  for about 10.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • People who ate at Dexter, MO restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

    People who ate at Dexter, MO restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A

    Friday, December 15 2017 5:21 AM EST2017-12-15 10:21:03 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Members of the public who ate at the Dexter, Missouri, Huddle House between November 21, 2017, and December 2, 2017, should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A.  

    Members of the public who ate at the Dexter, Missouri, Huddle House between November 21, 2017, and December 2, 2017, should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A.  

  • Clay County SO, ASP investigate woman's death

    Clay County SO, ASP investigate woman's death

    Thursday, December 14 2017 10:21 PM EST2017-12-15 03:21:34 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:40 PM EST2017-12-15 04:40:07 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Clay County authorities are attempting to get information from the public in a death investigation, Sheriff Terry Miller said Thursday. 

    Clay County authorities are attempting to get information from the public in a death investigation, Sheriff Terry Miller said Thursday. 

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Thursday, December 14 2017 10:45 PM EST2017-12-15 03:45:44 GMT
    Thursday, December 14 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-12-15 04:38:29 GMT
    Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website)Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Website)

    A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

    A guitarist and singer from Cotton Plant, who served as a role model for several area musicians who later became famous, was recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Powered by Frankly