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Two New Books Are Added To My Collection, a Third is Much Anticipated

For the last few years I have tried to collect books by local writers. I’m sure there are many that I don’t have, but I have managed to acquire a few. There are two new ones that I recently added to my bookshelves and another one is on the horizon. Herman Tester has recently published a very interesting work titled Portrait of the Past. According to the title page, the book is, “A Pictorial Glance at Lower Johnson County, Tennessee; And the Elk, Roan & Watauga Valleys.” Tester writes in the preface, “Many of the photographs presented in this book represent life as it was before the lake. Many affected families pictured in this book had resided here long before Tennessee became a state in 1796.”
Tester has also published a book titled, Butler; Old, New and Carderview. Its subtitle is, “A Story of Butler, Johnson County, Tennessee: 1768 – 2006.” For information about either of those books, you may contact Tester by phone at 423-753-6961 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Another book that I recently added to my shelves is called The Trail’s End. With the book, a sequel to his first offering, The Long Trail, well-known and long-time educator and administrator Edward K. Cook has once again written an intriguing story in the vein of his first work. His original story traced the adventures of two young boys who lived in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. Steve McQueen and John Farley left the farm, lived in London for two years and wound up back in Kentucky in a plot of twists and turns that keeps the reader wondering. The sequel finds the pair, now grown, in Oklahoma Territory. The novel explores among other things the influence McQueen and Farley are to have on the budding United States. Both books keep a fast pace with one interesting turn after another. The Trail’s End is available now. For further information about the book, you may call the author at 423-727-8700.
The Johnson County Historical Society has been working on a book for the past few months. Society president, Malcolm Howard, says “Preliminary work prior to publication is nearly complete and it is expected to be available before Christmas. It would make a great Christmas gift.” The book, “A Pic-torial History of Johnson County,” will have a wealth of pictures, some old, some not so old. Through photos, it will trace Johnson County’s farming, business, and special occasions through the years. Howard continues, “The society looks forward with excitement and anticipation toward the finished product.” More information will be provided as to when and where it will be available. Look for it!