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Eclipse: we shared a once in a lifetime celestial experience!

Russell Countian interviewed by the local newspaper while in Cookeville
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By Robert Cumming

Monday eclipse morning bright and early around 7 my wife Laura and I loaded up and headed south via US 127 to TN 111. Cookeville was right on the eclipse band with a maximum 2 minutes 33 seconds totality exposure.

With no traffic we arrived around 9AM and headed to the west side of town and the wonderful public Cane Creek Sports Complex for viewing. It was a beautiful blue sky morning without a cloud in the sky. The local Cookeville newspaper crew made their rounds among the crowd gathered and interviewed us.

Suddenly out of nowhere about 11AM clouds began to move in from the east


and I told my wife we had to get out of there fast and head west chasing the eclipse where the sky looked clear blue. We drove west toward Nashville on I-40 about 50 miles desperately looking for a break in the clouds.

I spotted a big hill I thought would be a good viewing spot at the little town of Alexandria interchange. We saw home made signs that said free eclipse viewing and followed them to the North Middleton Baptist Church where a small crowd of about 20 cars had gathered.

They welcomed us to their church and it turned out to be a fantastic experience as we met people there from several states. The clouds miraculously parted as the sky grew dark and the stars came out and everybody shared a once in a lifetime celestial experience!

--Robert Cumming
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