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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Dec 4, 2021

There was a man who lived in Lee County, Virginia, who claimed to have once been a Tennessee Circuit Court judge, a preacher, a teacher and a business owner in Cumberland Gap.

He was also tried for killing two lawmen who tried to arrest his son-in-law.

Today we tell the story of Green Allen Brooks, dubbed by the press...


Oct 23, 2021

In 1877 a young Kentucky man's body was found by the side of the road, the victim of a knife attack. Suspicion quickly fell on the deceased's former best friend since the two had recently had a falling out over a girl. That led the friend to go on the run.

20 years later he was found and brought back to Kentucky to...


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...