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East Tennessee was considered the ‘pits’ of the mission

“The Mormons in the hills of eastern Tennessee were often under attack by people from other churches. Near Bybee on November 6, 1934, I wrote, ‘Went around & visited about 4 families of Saints. At Luther Talley’s found a boy 21 yrs. old, just been married two days, reading & studying Book of Mormon. Found […]

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It’s the Snallygaster

It’s a great winged beast, with scales like a reptile and the wings and talons of a great bird. No. It’s half bird, half wildcat with yellow and black stripes. No. It’s a sable-eyed muskrat with a tuxedo front. It’s the Snallygaster, and for several years in the late 1920s and early 1930s it caused […]

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The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife

This tale of the shrewish wife who terrifies even the demons is ancient and widespread. The Hindus have it in a sixth century fable collection, the Panchatantra. It seems to have travelled westward by Persia, and to have spread to almost every European country. In early versions, the farmer makes a pact with the Devil […]

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Alabama’s gourd martin house tradition

This past weekend Cullman, AL hosted the Alabama Gourd Society’s 17th Annual Alabama Gourd Show. This year’s crop of art gourds builds on a grand old Native American tradition of combining beauty with functionality. Alabama gourd artists today often draw inspiration both from Cherokee design sensibilities (classic food vessels of that tribe come to mind), as […]

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Eerie Night In A Haunted House

Reprinted from Kingsport Times News January 23, 1966 by James M. Evans, United Press International   HILTONS, VA – It’s likely that most folks at one time or another have wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a haunted house. It’s also likely that a good number of them have taken […]

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