Steve Turner’s life

Don Dudenbostel’s portrait of Steve Turner, who raises bear hounds and gamecocks in Cocke County, Tennessee. The photo is part of Dudenbostel and Tom Jester’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit at the East Tennessee Historical Society. “The constant crowing of gamecocks and baying of hounds fill the air day and night, but it is a sound that […]

Praying in Tongues

Don Dudenbostel shot this portrait of Rev. Jimmy Morrow, a serpent-handling preacher. The photo is part of Dudenbostel and  Tom Jester’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit at the East Tennessee Historical Society. Tom and Don gave me permission to run a few photos and audio clips from the exhibit. Here’s an audio file that Jester recorded of […]

Serpents on the Bible

Two copperheads lie on Rev. Jimmy Morrow’s Bible in this photo from Tom Jester and Don Dudenbostel’s Vanishing Appalachia exhibit  at the East Tennessee Historical Society. Tom and Don gave me permission to run a few photos and audio clips from the exhibit. Here’s an audio file that Tom made when this photo was made: […]

On moonshine and serpents …

I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this. The Rev. Jimmy Morrow was approachable. Kind. Sincere. A small group gathered around him at the opening of the Vanishing Appalachia exhibit today while Morrow talked about everything from local history to, well, snake handling. Or more correctly, serpent handling. I guess what I really […]