Thursday, September 3, 2015


Jerry Lee Pepper

August 20, 1935 - September 1, 2015

Jerry Lee Pepper, better known as "Buddy", passed away September 1, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. He served 4 years active duty in the Army. 
 He is survived by his beloved wife, Cornelia Brackeen Pepper of 57 years. Three sons, Michael Pepper (Starr) of Elkmont, Zachary Pepper (Emma) of Athens, Kevin Pepper of Elkmont, and one daughter Selina Ford (Sammy) of Athens. He is also survived by his grandchildren whom he loved and by whom he was adored. 

Funeral service will be Thursday, September 3rd at 1:00 pm at McConnell Funeral Home with visitation from 11:00 until 12:45 pm. Burial will be in the Athens Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of North AL or The Wounded Warrior Project.


Many of you are involved with clipping coupons and stocking up on canned items when they go on sale.  This is such a great way to save money but now you have all this stuff and the expiration date is here.  What do you do?  Just throw it out? Here is as great article about just what that expiration date means.  Don't be too quick to get rid of your stockpile.



One of Hill Spirit's goals is that the people of Elkmont be prepared for life's trials, the unexpected.  Those trials can be sickness, loss of job, death of a loved one to tornadoes, natural or man made disasters. Most of the prepper stuff you see on tv is hype or "reality tv" situations.  This is not really 
what being prepared is. There are those of us who have just now reached the point where they think it might be a good idea to be a little more ready for those unexpected trials. For those who are interested, the blog has a being prepared or provident living label to the right side.  These are older posts.

Here is another podcast by Jack Spirko that does a great job explaining how to start being more responsible for yourself and family in hard times without looking to others to fix your problems.

Jack's Description of Podcast: 
I took a question on “economic collapse” and tried to explain that no that isn’t going to  happen, not the way many think about it anyway.  That the collapse is here, it is on going and it will have both chronic and acute symptoms.  In short instead of 
prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) many should be prepping for TEOYWAYKI (the end of your world as you know it)As usual when you try to explain this some people feel that means, well, “it isn’t so bad” so do we even need to prep beyond say basic readiness.

Also after doing this for so long I often forget that many of the core concepts of modern survivalism might be foreign to even people who have listed (especially selectively) for say two years or even more.  That the ground work I laid in the formative years may never have been heard by many listeners, at all.

So today I will combine a bit of the fundamental modern survival thinking with current modern threats and considerations.  I will try to explain the balance between Doomsday Prepper nonsense and all I need is a flash light and some candles thinking. 

 Humans by and large are binary creatures with an internal binary code of ones and zeros, this is why the political dichotomy is so effective.  We literally think in two dimensions.  Safety and danger, democrat or republican, Pepsi or Coke, rich or poor, sick or healthy, alive or dead, etc.  The absolutes are indeed black and white but life is a million shades of gray, today my goal is to bring you out into the spectrum and let you see some of those shades.
Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • The disaster probability factor
  • The disaster impact scale
  • The inverse relationship of impact scale and probability
  • How the circles of influence and concern fit into this
  • The six primary needs and a new way to think about them
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Security
  • What exactly is a
    • Recession
    • Depression
    • Economic Collapse
    • Currency Default
  • What I consider BASIC common sense preparedness
    • Food for 30-60 days with out complete boredom
    • Ability to deal with initial power loss in 5-10 minutes
    • Power for 14 days with basic needs and comfort
    • Ability to deal with wastes for 30 days if you have to
    • Ability to treat basic injuries and illnesses
    • Ability to keep your home sound in any damage that isn’t catastrophic
    • Water for at least 30 days for all needs, drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.
    • Money to pay all expenses for 90 days with no income. (without raiding retirement accounts)
    • Security for your home and person’s (ETPP)
      • Equipment
      • Training
      • Procedures
      • Protocols
    • The ability to help neighbors
    • The ability to communicate and get information
    • The ability to move out, survive away from home and get back home
    • A full info and documentation kit
    • Situational Awareness and a Positive Mental Conditioning
    • Basic phyical fitness and reasonable activity
    • A network of friends and contacts you can count on
  • Do that and you are ahead of most of the Doomsday People
  • Don’t think everything is swell just because everything isn’t burning


*skip to about 10:06 to get to main topic


The UNA Men's Rugby Team will be starting their fall season this Saturday, September 5 @ 1 pm.  They play at Veteran's Memorial Park in Florence.  One of Elkmont's own, Daniel Logan, plays for the Lions.  Come out and support UNA and find out why Rugby is one of the fasting growing sports in the United States.


Elkmont Middle School Football
South Lincoln @ Home - 6:pm

Elkmont Volleyball @ Decatur Heritage
*Varsity @ 4:30 pm
*Middle School @ 4:30 pm

Elkmont Football 
*decorate your favorite varsity player's locker @ 6:30 pm


Elkmont Football 
 *Varsity @ Brooks High; kickoff 7 pm

Elkmont Saturday Market @ 8 am-noon; 25483 Railroad St  
*farmers market, home crafted foods and items
Elkmont Cross Country
*Wilson Warriors @ Florence; 8 am    

Elkmont Volleyball 
*Elkmont JV Invitational @ TBA

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


HillSpirit has so missed having shaved ice in Elkmont; was so sad when the Pitchfork disappeared.  However, we can get our shaved ice in downtown Elkmont on Thursdays.  The Kong Ice truck has put us on its route. Look for the them for an afterschool treat tomorrow.



08/27/2015 2:00 PM CDT Tanner High School (V) Tanner 3-0 W
08/27/2015 Tanner High School (JV) L
08/27/2015 Tanner High School (MS) 2-0 W
08/29/2015 TBA Lawrence County Tournament Lawrenceburg, TN
08/29/2015 TBA       *Giles County 2-0 W
08/29/2015 TBA       * Summertown 0-2 L
08/29/2015 TBA       * Loretto 1-2 L
09/01/2015 4:30 PM East Limestone (MS) East - New Gym
09/01/2015 East Limestone (JV) East - New Gym
09/01/2015 East Limestone (V) East - New Gym 1-3 L
09/03/2015 4:30 PM Decatur Heritage (V) DHCA Gym
09/03/2015 5:30 PM Meek (V) DHCA Gym
9/03/2015 4:30 PM Decatur Heritage (MS) DHCA Gym
09/03/2015 5:30 PM Lindsay Lane (MS) DHCA Gym
09/05/2015 TBA Elkmont Invitational (JV) Elkmont
09/08/2015 4:15 PM Athens (V) Elkmont
09/08/2015 Athens (JV) Elkmont
09/10/2015 4:15 PM West Limestone (MS) West
09/10/2015 West Limestone (JV) West
09/10/2015 West Limestone (V) West
09/12/2015 TBA Elkmont Invitational (MS) Elkmont
09/14/2015 4:00 PM Athens Middle School (7&8) Athens Middle School
09/14/2015 Athens Bible School (MS) Athens Middle School
09/15/2015 5:00 PM CDT East Lawrence (V) Elkmont
09/15/2015 East Lawrence (JV) Elkmont
09/15/2015 4:30 PM Lindsay Lane (MS) Elkmont
09/15/2015 East Limestone (MS) Elkmont
09/17/2015 4:15 PM Ardmore (JV) Elkmont
09/17/2015 Ardmore (MS) Elkmont
09/17/2015 Ardmore (V) Elkmont
09/19/2015 TBA Elkmont Invitational (V) Elkmont
09/22/2015 5:00 PM CDT Brooks High School (JV) Elkmont
09/22/2015 Brooks High School (V) Elkmont
09/22/2015 5:00 PM CDT Brooks High School (MS) Elkmont
09/22/2015 Madison Academy (MS) Elkmont
09/24/2015 5:30 PM Lee High School (V) Lee High School
6:30 PM CDT Decatur High (V) Lee High School
09/26/2015 TBA East Limestone Tourney (JV) East - New Gym
09/26/2015 TBA East Limestone Tourney (MS) East - New Gym
09/28/2015 4:00 PM Athens Middle School (7&8) Elkmont
Ardmore (MS) Elkmont
09/29/2015 5:30 PM CDT Athens Bible School (MS) Elkmont
09/29/2015 Athens Bible School (V) Elkmont
10/01/2015 2:00 PM CDT Clements High School (V) Elkmont
10/01/2015 Clements High School (MS) Elkmont
10/01/2015 Clements High School (JV) Elkmont
10/03/2015 TBA at East Limestone Varsity Tourney East - New Gym
10/08/2015 5:30 PM CDT New Hope (V) New Hope
10/08/2015 6:30 PM CDT Scottsboro (V) New Hope
10/10/2015 TBA Limestone County Tournament Elkmont
10/15/2015 4:00 PM CDT Athens Bible School (V) Athens Bible School
10/20/2015 TBA 4A Area Tournament TBA
10/23-24 TBA 4A Regional Tournament Huntsville