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Stories-A History of Appalachia

May 15, 2021

On April 11, 1946, Earl McFarland was captured by the FBI at the corner of Gay Street and Magnolia Avenue in Knoxville while waiting for a streetcar.   

Why this happened to a Marine veteran of the Battle of Guadalcanal is the subject of our story today.

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Mar 27, 2021

In 1949 a gang robbed the Bank of Follansbee, near Weirton, West Virginia, of $5,400.00 and made their escape. Later that night two policemen pulled over a car they suspected belonged to those robbers.

Things did not go as they planned, and we tell that story this week.

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Dec 26, 2020

An attempted robbery of a Johnson City, Tennessee, laundry in 1930 eventually led to a stint in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, a prisoners strike and an escape for the robber.  Two years later, this man walked into a police station a thousand miles away and surrendered to authorities, who had no idea he was a...


Oct 24, 2020

In 1906 a North Carolina prison escapee comes to Asheville.  There he gets into a drunken shootout with police and an escape littered with his murdered victims.  Today we tell the story of Will Harris.

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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...