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White Collar Insanity

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Deputy Clerk David S. Morrison worked at the Scott County Courthouse in March of 1891. Trusted deputy clerks handled all monies for court costs, fees, and allowances made to jail staff, witnesses, […]

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Crimes and Criminals / Fact or Fake / History / The History of Bad Men

The Sole Survivor

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The year 1929 is possibly the most infamous year in the Twentieth Century, for the United States. February brought the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. That spring saw a superstorm that showered Oklahoma […]

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Crimes and Criminals / History / People / The History of Bad Men

The Murderous History of Mr. Bray – Part 2

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The body of a woman was found floating in Boone Lake, on February 9, 1975. A fisherman found her at the mouth of Muddy Creek, near the Tri-City boat dock, at around 10:45 am.

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Crimes and Criminals / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / The History of Bad Men

The Murderous History of Mr. Bray- Part 1

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Cassard was a notable community in 1938, around 10 miles west of Kingsport, Tennessee. This Scott County region had a number of unique features, including the Pennsylvania Glass plant and a Swedish mission. It was shaken to its foundation on August 3, when the body of 14-year-old Willie Mae Gentry was found.

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Folklore and Ghost Stories / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / Myths and Legends / People / Shady Ladies

Kingsport’s Woman in Black

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The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.

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Accidents, Mishaps, and Disasters / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History

Gate City’s Train Tragedy of 1940

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A mysterious collision occurred in Gate City, Virginia, on January 27, 1940. The victims’ families were never given reason as to why the tragedy happened, and the unknown lingers even today.

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Folklore and Ghost Stories / History / Myths and Legends

The Ghost Bull on Roan Mountain

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The tale of the Ghost Bull on Roan Mountain is relatively contemporary, believed to have been first published during the 1970s. For reference, here is the most common version:

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History / Myths and Legends / People

Any Witch Way?

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Residents of the Appalachian Mountains have a number of unique struggles and adversities not found elsewhere, as it has always been. The prevalence of the stereotype is a major adversary. More stereotypes exist surrounding these mountain ranges than any other region of the United States.

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Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

The Melungeon People

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There were multiple families in the initial group. They were varied in hue and features, but the outside world wasn’t aware of them for nearly a century.

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Genealogy and DNA / Histories of Appalachian Peoples / History / People

The Melungeon Manipulation

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Being an original Melungeon must’ve been a difficult life. The overwhelming majority of the media held you in utter contempt.

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