By Theresa Jensen Lacey
Take a more in-depth examine all Tennessee has to supply! This enticing quantity is a treasure trove of interesting proof, remarkable anecdotes, and peculiar occasions in Tennessee’s storied historical past. With approximately 250 pages of interpreting leisure, outstanding Tennessee is choked with tidbits and stories starting from the outstanding to the downright extraordinary. You’ll detect: - Elvis Presley’s maximum boyhood unhappiness - the most important hippie commune in North the US - the once a year Liar’s Contest - Tennessee counties that disappeared - The world’s longest paper clip chain - The world’s most sensible pecan pie recipe - global documents set by way of Tennesseans - And extra! even if you’re a Tennessee local, transplant, or simply passing via, you’ll by no means examine the Volunteer kingdom within the comparable method back!
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On the night of October 19, 1908, some of the Night Riders kidnapped two of the company’s officers, Quinton Rankin and R. Z. Taylor, from Ward’s Hotel in Walnut Log. Rankin was murdered; Taylor escaped into swampland and was rescued the next day. Governor Malcolm Patterson called in the Tennessee National Guard to quell the violence and identify and capture the Night Riders. By the end of October, almost one hundred alleged members of the group were assembled in a makeshift camp. Six of them were convicted and sentenced to death, but their conviction was overturned by the state supreme court in 1909.
A popular story about Riley says that one night he stole a calf from a farmer and put it on his raft. Suspecting the farmer would come looking for his property, Riley dressed the animal in a raincoat and boots and had it lie down on the raft. Sure enough, along came the owner. “I’m missing a calf,” he said to Riley. ” “A calf? Why, no,” replied Riley. The farmer looked at the prostrate calf, and in the darkness saw a figure lying there, dressed in raincoat and boots. ” Riley looked downcast. “That is .
Lamar Alexander was scheduled to be inaugurated January 10. But Alexander would be sworn in early as Tennessee’s governor. S. Attorney Hal Hardin telephoned him and came right to the point. Outgoing Governor Ray Blanton was about to release prisoners from the state penitentiary and Hardin suspected they had bought their freedom. To stop this from happening, Alexander had to take office immediately. Alexander suggested that Hardin confer with some state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor John Wilder and State House Speaker Ned Ray McWherter, to get their thoughts on what was essentially a takeover.
Amazing Tennessee : Fascinating Facts, Entertaining Tales, Bizarre Happenings, and Historical Oddities about the Volunteer State by Theresa Jensen Lacey