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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jan 30, 2021

The bloody legacy of the Civil War lived on in Appalachia up until the beginning of the 20th century in the form of feuds and honor killings between those who once served the Union and those who did the same for the Confederacy. 

Today we tell of one such example that arose along the Clinch River in East Tennessee and...


Jan 23, 2021

After World War II a young vet moves to Abingdon, Virginia, to take a teaching and coaching position in an area high school. And, being short on funds, he rents a room to live in from a widow.

Things go down from there, eventually leading to a high profile murder trial.

Today we tell you that story.

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Jan 16, 2021

Early on Christmas Eve, 1911, a 24 car coal train wrecked inside the Natural Tunnel in Scott County, Virginia.

Today we tell that story.

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Jan 9, 2021

Ty Cobb was born in 1886 in Narrows, in north Georgia.  He became a baseball legend, known as much for his fierce competitiveness as for his athletic ability.  Today we tell the story of what happened when a fan decided it was a good idea to heckle Cobb during a game.

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Jan 2, 2021

For years the UMWA was under the tight control of John L. Lewis.  After he retired in 1960, he engineered the election of his hand-picked successor, W. A. (Tony) Boyle, as vice-president and then, on the death of Lewis' successor, he made sure he became UMWA president.  Six years later Boyle was challenged for the union...