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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Aug 29, 2020

In 1962 a World War I vet came to the VA hospital at Mountain Home, Tennessee for medical care.  This man decided to stay in the area, getting a job at the weekly newspaper in nearby Jonesborough.  There he worked as a linotype operator and part-time reporter.  He also developed a relationship with his widowed landlord,...


Aug 22, 2020

Today we tell the story of the camp meeting to end all camp meetings, the one that helped to spark the Second Great Awakening.

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Aug 15, 2020

In 1927 the wife of the Roane County, Tennessee, sheriff managed to persuade two escaped prisoners to return to the jail in Kingston without using a weapon of any kind.  That's a story in and of itself, but it's only part of Lillie Ladd's story, which includes not one but two twists at the end! 

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Aug 8, 2020

In May, 1934, a man wanted for the robbery of a bank in Ewing, Virginia, made a daring escape from the Cocke County, Tennessee, jail.  Thus started a summer of carjackings, highway robberies, moonshining and high speed chases from Knoxville to Cumberland Gap that came to a tragic end on August 22.  Today we tell the...


Aug 1, 2020

Today we tell the story of the first Republican elected governor of Virginia since the Civil War, who also happens to be the father-in-law of one of the state's current senators, and who also happens to have been raised in the Appalachian town of Big Stone Gap...

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