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Monday, February 05, 2018
Ashe County Sheriff Resigns
Sheriff Terry Buchanan submitted his resignation to Ashe County commissioners this morning in a deal that both dismisses the criminal charges against him and puts Buchanan's legal fees (some $71,000) on the backs of Ashe taxpayers. Watauga's Stacy C. Eggers IV ("Four") was hired as Buchanan's private lawyer, and it appears that Ashe County will be paying those bills in exchange for Buchanan and his wife's releasing the county from any potential future legal claim.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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