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Amy Lee, rock star.

Maumelle

Amy Lee, the lead singer of the modern rock band Evanescence, was born in California and spent her early childhood in Florida, before her disc jockey father, John Lee, took a radio job in Central Arkansas and moved to Maumelle. Those teen years produced fond memories for the biggest musical chart success from the state since Black Oak Arkansas.

When I was a teen-ager in Maumelle, we lived in a nice home on a big corner lot in the Riverland area. Yazoo Circle is a horseshoe-shaped road, so you don’t get any “thru traffic” and kids ride bikes and play in the street.

It was an old-fashioned neighborhood where we knew all of our neighbors: the Elliots across the street, the Faubels next door and Mr. and Mrs. Selligman who lived behind us and still live there.

We always enjoyed the fireworks on the Fourth of July and the Easter egg hunts at Lake Willastein, but when the weather turned cold, there were chores to be done.

There were lots of old pine trees, oak trees and sweet gum trees that really shed leaves, needles, and gum balls in the winter.

My two sisters, Carrie and Lori, and my baby brother, Robby, were much younger than me so I was usually the one who instigated fun things to do outside and they always went along with whatever I came up with.

One of my fondest Arkansas memories is raking leaves with Dad and making it a fun thing with the younger kids. I remember making huge brown leaf piles and lots of speedy, wobbly wheelbarrow rides across the front lawn. At some point, we would end up jumping into the piles of leaves we had made and just lay there. One particular time, I jumped into a leaf pile and laid there like I was on a big, soft bed. I remember thinking that I felt a slug on me and I jumped up screaming, squirming, and scrambling out of there. I remember my little brother, who was only three or four, laughing at me for being a girl.

We really loved that home and we loved Maumelle.

— Jim Harris

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