If you happen to be driving through tiny Dixon Springs, Tenn., today and feel the ground trembling, have no fear. It’s not an earthquake. Instead, it’s the grave of I.D. Beasley, a former — and formidable — state representative who almost single-handedly made it against the law for Tennesseans to observe Daylight Saving Time. All because he missed his bus. Tom Jellicorse, retired Knoxville insurance man, knows the hilarious story well. It’s part of his family’s history, and he’s happy to share it whenever this seasonal time adjustment rolls around. “Uncle I.D. was my mother’s brother,” Jellicorse said. “He died in 1956, but served in the legislature for 38 years before that. He was a bachelor. He never learned to drive. “He lived at the Walton Hotel in Carthage. On days when the legislature was in session, he’d catch the bus to Nashville. Then he’d stay at the Andrew Jackson Hotel until it was time to come back to Carthage. “One morning, Uncle I.D. walked down to the bus station in Carthage, just like always. But the bus was already gone. He’d forgotten about the switch to Daylight Saving Time. Made him mad as a hornet.” For Hizzoner Beasley, this was a call to arms. A carryover from World War II during that era, DST was never popular with farmers. Beasley controlled the rural bloc in his part of the state, so it was a simple matter for him to draw up a bill abolishing the practice and guide it along to final approval. Eddie Weeks, librarian for the Tennessee General Assembly, did some archival digging for me — and sure enough, he found Beasley’s bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 4, 1949, by Gov. Gordon Browning. Tennessee hasn’t been alone wrangling in and out of the DST maze through the years. In fact, there has been such a hodgepodge of local and state laws, this exercise became the time-keeping equivalent of “Who’s on First?” Weeks directed me to the web site webexhibits.org/daylightsaving that details this regulatory mess. It’s a fascinating read. Consider: “One year, 23 different pairs of DST start and end dates were used in Iowa alone. And on one Ohio-to-West-Virginia bus route, passengers had to change their watches seven times in 35 miles!” Everything changed with the federal Uniform Time Act of 1966. There’s been some tweaking along the line, of course, and a couple of states and U.S. territories still are holdouts. But by and large, the entire country “sprung forward” at 2 a.m. today and will “fall back” at the same hour on Sunday, Nov. 4. Even if the ghost of I.D. Beasley howls every time it happens. Sam Venable’s column appears on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. He may be reached at 865-342-6272 or .