"I've been able to get to know and maintain a relationship with the townspeople and the folks in the area," Blakeney said. "I've been certainly part of the small-town environment. We both sort of grew up that way. We've really enjoyed living here."
"A lot of things happen and sometimes you don't know why," Blakeney said. "I think I was being manipulated a little bit by forces that knew what I needed to do. It's turned out to be right 40 years later, at least from the standpoint of being happy, having a little success and being around some great folks along the way."