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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Mar 5, 2022

In 1912 a Presbyterian pastor in Greeneville, Tennessee, decided to help his former secretary back at the school he headed in Pittsburgh. That decision cost the woman her life and landed the pastor in jail.

Today we tell that story.

Jan 8, 2022

At the turn of the 20th century, a Kentucky man obsessed with spiritualism, fortune-telling, seances and speaking to the dead, was convinced to marry a "psychic" and give her all his property. This act set off a chain of events involving this man, his siblings, his new (fourth) wife, and a man named Fred, all of...

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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