Understanding Apples

Understanding Apples

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by J S Moore
     
 

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Anyone that knows the city of Kingsport, the Model City, our "Little Apple", knows about Church Circle and the area adjacent to it: Five Points. For a moment let's examine this fine town û the way it is now and the way it used to be.

It used to be that Kingsport, Tennessee wasn't King's…  See more details below

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The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Anyone that knows the city of Kingsport, the Model City, our "Little Apple", knows about Church Circle and the area adjacent to it: Five Points. For a moment let's examine this fine town û the way it is now and the way it used to be.

It used to be that Kingsport, Tennessee wasn't King's Port at all. It was part of a Cherokee nation û so vast û and so rich in agriculture and history, oral history, that the area was actually a sacred ground to these Native Americans. What is called Long Island here in Kingsport, Tennessee was once a hallowed stretch û a four and a half mile island that was nestled between the Holston River and the Sluice, revered by the tribesman for its energy and spiritual presence. It was said that no man could be killed on Long Island. But in 1777 the chiefs gathered and signed a treaty with the white man, giving up not only hundreds of thousands of their acreage, but millions û including the sacred ground known as Long Island. Because the chieftains' decision was not unanimous among the elders or their sons û a powerful curse was placed upon the hallowed ground: No white man would ever find peace there.

A mere window of events is shared within the pages of this book that offer only a glimpse of what life was like thereafter.

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ISBN-13:
9781598007466
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/13/2006
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

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Understanding Apples 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Preface by Michael J. Burns really sets the stage for what is to be an absolutely pleasurable collection of short stories about a region in Tennessee known as Long Island. I could visualize these characters as if I were watching them in a movie. Excellent reading overall.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this book at a local festival. This book is a collection of short stories that are based on actual events. The stories are set in and around Kingsport, TN back in the early to mid-Twentieth Century - so be prepared for a Southern take on life. Because it is a collection of short stories, the subject matter shifts frequently (which in my opinion keeps the book interesting) and therefore, it is not a book that you have to read all at one time. The characters are interesting and colorful, and the stories definitely present a way of life that most of us have only watched in movies or on TV. If you are looking for something different than the normal suspense / political thriller / romance type of book, then this might be one for you to check out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being Jason's brother and a secondary character in the book, I applaud Jason's creativity and motivation to pull together lessons learned and entertaining tales from my life. He does an excellent job of potraying the challenges and adjustments faced by the characters. It may be hard for some people from different areas of the country to understand how this environment existed during a recent generation - but it did. In some ways, Jason illustrates the ruggedness of survival in East Tennessee, in others he shows the connection between our environmant and the decision we make. The area has changed tremendously in the last 90, 60, 30, and even 10 years. In fact, Jason and I did not witness the young, meaner side of Judd - we saw the generosity, kindness, and friendly nature (He honked at everyone, spoke kindly, and gave you plenty of attention. You always knew where you stand with Judd and you hoped it was on his good side. I can't imagine the challenges of other pioneers (because I did not witness them) in the area like George Eastman, John B. Dennis, and Mr. Wilcox. These men impacted Kingsport and Long Island from an macroeconomic standpoint, while Judd Moore used his muscles to buld the roads, chemical plants, and cleaned up their messes. Both types were required. It is interesting that Judd's house is located between two streets named after John B. Dennis and Wilcox. On the other side, Eastman Chemical Company is located. In fact, you can see the whole plant from his front porch. Great job Jason! You have done the world a great service by keeping these stories alive and available to curious minds.