Confederate flags still fly in Cat. Co.

Staff Writer

Tommy Carroll, pictured, is one of several Newton residents who is proud to still display his confederate flags. The flags, he said, do not represent hate or racism. For Carroll, the controversial symbol represents heritage. He told the O-N-E that he has had only one issues with neighbors and the flags, but suspects the teens who disturbed them years ago were only looking for something to vandalize. Many passersby stop to give him "thumbs up" on his front-yard display and even donate money to help buy new flags when the current ones become tattered, he said.

The use of the confederate flag in relation to racism and hate crimes is not the correct meaning behind the symbol, he said. He plans to continue flying his confederate flags in Newton.