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Eye Centers of Tennessee has several locations in East Tennessee call us at 931-456-2728 or toll-free at 800-766-2728 to find out where we are or hover over a link below.


15 Iris Lane
Crossville, TN 38555
Phone: 931-456-2728
Toll Free: 800-766-2728
Fax: 931-456-5446
Monday - Friday 7:30 to 4:30 PM

| Cookeville

768A S. Willow Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-528-1567
Fax: 931-528-6094
Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30 PM

| Jamestown

1205 Old Highway 127 South
Jamestown, TN 38556
Phone: 931-879-5897
Fax: 931-879-8166
Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30 PM

| McMinnville

220 North Chancery Street
McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: 931-473-2487
Fax: 931-473-8782
Monday - Friday 8:00 to 4:30 PM


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Tennessee, broken glasses, one cold day .... and Syracuse

By Sean Kirst | skirst@syracuse.com

My colleagues and I often joke about how it seems as if Syracuse is everyplace, in the sense that wherever you go or whatever you write, there's always some unexpected Central New York connection .... whether it involves such luminaries as F. Scott Fitzgerald, or Eric Carle ....

Or everyday moments and everyday lives.

Case in point.

(By the way: After I tell this "small world" tale, I'm hoping you'll have some for me.)

I traveled today to Tennessee - to a little town called Crossville - in anticipation of Saturday's memorial service for Earl Lloyd.

Earl, a basketball Hall of Famer who played for years with the old Syracuse Nationals, died in late February. We were friends for many years, and we worked on a book together, Moonfixer, in which Earl - the first African-American play in the National Basketball Association - told the story of his life.

In Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, on the way here, a lens popped out of my glasses. If you wear glasses, you know what that means: I had no backup pair, and my seeing is lousy enough that the situation shaped up - hundreds of miles from home - as a major problem. I wedged the lens into the frame, the lens kept popping out, and sooner or later I knew I'd do something wrong, and break the glasses.

So the first thing I did when I got to Crossville, after dropping my stuff at a hotel, was to hunt through a phone book - yes, a phone book - in hopes of maybe finding a way to get them fixed. It was late afternoon, and the only place I could find that was open was called the Eye Centers of Tennessee. I went in and explained to the young woman at the desk what had happened, and why I was there - this was the first person I'd really spoken with at any length in Crossville - and she said, sure, they could do something to help.

Besides, she'd known Earl.

She'd met him at a doctor's office where she worked, and he'd come in sometimes with his wife Charlie. She said she feels the same way as everyone around Crossville: Earl was a beautiful guy, warm and funny and gentle, and she'd heard he'd passed away, and that was sad news for the whole town.

The temperature outside was dropping fast, and the meteorologists on a television in the office were talking about their fear that the cold would kill off fragile blossoms. As the woman fixed my glasses, I said it surprised me how cold it was getting, and that it reminded me of our March weather, back home in Syracuse.

"Syracuse?" the woman said.

She used to live there.

No way, I told her. But it turns out her mother, Debra Mays, is from Galeville. Her grandmother, Frances Cole, lived in a house on Old Liverpool Road until her death, less than a year ago. The young woman spent a few childhood years at that address with her mom and grandmother, and she said missed the Coney's - or white hot dogs - she used to get up there.

She went to Chestnut Hill Elementary School, and she remembered "how we'd get three feet of snow and still go to school, and if we get any snow at all down here, they close school down."

Then she moved with her mother to Florida, and they later settled in Tennessee, where she happened to meet Earl Lloyd ....

Who made history, 60 years ago next month, on an NBA championship team in Syracuse.

Small world? Sometimes, it's peanut-sized. The woman's name, it turns out, is Erin Gunter. When I left, I promised I'd write that she says hello to Galeville. Then I drove away, wearing a pair of thank-God-they're-repaired glasses, thinking about tomorrow's memorial service for a great man who passed through our town ....

And wondering: What were the odds of all of it coming together, just like that?

Yet I'll bet, if you travel, you've got the same kind of stories ....

Because sometimes it seems like you find Syracuse, everyplace.

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