Local moonshine legend "Popcorn" Sutt...

Local moonshine legend "Popcorn" Sutton arrested in Tenn. | NEW...

There are 242 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 17, 2008, titled Local moonshine legend "Popcorn" Sutton arrested in Tenn. | NEW.... In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

This isn't the first time Maggie Valley moonshine legend Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton has landed in jail, but it could be one of his longer stays.

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WHATEVER

Cary, NC

#21 Mar 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
OK, as usual everyone writes, oh let him go, dont law enforcement have anything better to do, etc etc. It's the same ole crap every week. If you dont like the law then make a change at the ballot box. Write your state representatives, make petitions, just do something other than complain about law enforcement. The bottom line is it is against the law, and law enforcement has the responsibilty to enforce those laws until they are changed. So work on changing them if you dont like them. Until then, HE BROKE THE LAW AND WAS ARRESTED. THE END.
YOU MUST BE FROM UP NORTH
High5

Maxton, NC

#22 Mar 17, 2008
Carolinakat wrote:
My grandaddy made moonshine till he was too old to get to the still. He raised a family of 8 during the depression on the money he made making moonshine. His white lightning was of such a quality that the local sheriff got his supply from my grandad and would send a deputy out to tell grandaddy to lay low when the feds were in the area. I see nothing wrong with making a quality drink.
There is nothing wrong with making a quality drink. There is a lot wrong with not paying the tax on it. That's where the feds get you.
witchy

Asheville, NC

#23 Mar 17, 2008
How many of the people posting here against Popcorn are NC natives and how many are transplants? I am a native, I say let him go, he is an old man that has done ALL of the damage that he can do. Get a grip Asheville, Complain about all of the building going on in Asheville when SOOOOOOOO many buildings are sitting empty and the roads are so over crowded they can't stand much more.
JRH

Lancaster, SC

#24 Mar 17, 2008
I am from NC and lived in WNC for 6 years. I love the area, the moonshine, and everything else associated with the mountains. I say let him go, hes an old man who is not hurting anyone.
Chris

Lake Lure, NC

#25 Mar 17, 2008
WHATEVER wrote:
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YOU MUST BE FROM UP NORTH
No I am from WNC. Does that change anything??? HE BROKE THE LAW. Nothing else to say. It's not like he didn't know what he was doing was illegal. He took his chance and got caught. Dont like it, get the law changed. Until then dont do the crime if you cant do the time.
betterdays

Morganton, NC

#26 Mar 17, 2008
Actually Jackson Girl, a felon with a gun is not really considered very heavily by federal prosecutors. It usually is a charge that is used for dismissing in order to gain a plea to other charges. Don't believe all the crap ya get fed by federal agents through the media.
WNC Native Enters Fray

AOL

#27 Mar 17, 2008
TheBroker wrote:
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To those of us who grew up in Haywood County, Popcorn IS and ALWAYS WILL BE a folk hero. He is one of the last remaining relics of a by-gone era. He lives his life just the way many of our grandparents and great-grandparents did, and I find no fault in that.
What we do NOT need to do is lump him in with some of the other people who face the charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. He's a mountain man, not a violent felon. Best I know by reading about the man my entire life, his felonies involve only making liquor, nothing violent. He isn't some gang-banger or crack dealer, just an old-fashioned mountain man practicing his trade. The only crime in what he's doing is that the feds aren't making as much tax revenue off the man as they should. His arrest has nothing to do with anything apart from the government being greedy. Obviously his product isn't a health hazard...he wouldn't have been in "business" all his life if he didn't turn out a quality product.
For those of us who are proud to have grown up in the hills of Appalachia, Popcorn was simply one of us. If some of you folks do not like our heritage, then keep your mouths shut.
Even though I am from Henderson County...all I can say is AMEN!
WHATEVER

Cary, NC

#28 Mar 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
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No I am from WNC. Does that change anything??? HE BROKE THE LAW. Nothing else to say. It's not like he didn't know what he was doing was illegal. He took his chance and got caught. Dont like it, get the law changed. Until then dont do the crime if you cant do the time.
THEN YOU SHOULD MOVE THERE
Tater Salad

Candler, NC

#29 Mar 17, 2008
It has always been common knowledge what Popcorn does for a living...for years. EVERYBODY knows. They have even written stories about it in the newspaper. So, why now????????
dar

Great Falls, MT

#30 Mar 17, 2008
As a transplanted yankee I say this guy is a national treasure and the law should leave him alone...government doesn't get a cash cut so... they go round n round...harrassing him.
cottagegirl

Hendersonville, NC

#31 Mar 17, 2008
I am sorry but the Mexicans are the ones robbing the taxpayers having babies faster than that old gun of Popcorn's can fire bullets. Me and you we are feeding them housing them and clothing them all while they are driving new Escalades and trafficing dope faster than you can light a fire. Now there's a real problem not this man!!!
NCbred-FL accidental

Branford, FL

#32 Mar 17, 2008
Ronald Frobnitz wrote:
This guy faces the very serious charge of possession of a firearm by a conviction felon. Let's not make him some kind of folk hero.
Oh Grow down will ya???

“Not neccesarily the norm”

Since: Feb 08

Asheville

#33 Mar 17, 2008
“Moonshine is romanticized in folklore and the movies. The truth though is that moonshine is a dangerous health issue and breeds other crime,”

If you replace the word moonshine with marijuana you get the same line we've been being fed every day of this disastrous "drug war". It's funny how much more dangerous things become when the feds aren't making money directly off of it.'Oh, moonshine breeds other crime, it's the gateway drug you know, but feel free to have this Anheuser Busch beer. It's good for you.'

I'm glad there are still independent minded old mountain men in this world. My daddy's one of them, bless 'im. LET POPCORN GO!

I have to say also that I find this story extra sad on St. Patty's day for some reason...
FORD MAN

Great Falls, MT

#34 Mar 17, 2008
My My look,s like our county mountie,s have run out of something to do.
bam

United States

#35 Mar 17, 2008
cottagegirl wrote:
I am sorry but the Mexicans are the ones robbing the taxpayers having babies faster than that old gun of Popcorn's can fire bullets. Me and you we are feeding them housing them and clothing them all while they are driving new Escalades and trafficing dope faster than you can light a fire. Now there's a real problem not this man!!!
hello!
Thank God

United States

#36 Mar 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
<quoted text>
No I am from WNC. Does that change anything??? HE BROKE THE LAW. Nothing else to say. It's not like he didn't know what he was doing was illegal. He took his chance and got caught. Dont like it, get the law changed. Until then dont do the crime if you cant do the time.
You are wasting your breath. Maggie Valley mentality does not change and they cannot be educated. Others have tried. They cannot even spell alcohol poisoning and, even if they somehow managed to get someone to read the law to them, they couldn't understand what it meant. Just thank God if you don't have to live there.
PIGGY

AOL

#37 Mar 17, 2008
what a shame to mess with such a good ol' mountain man,who's only crime is makin shine-hell they run my granddaddy out of west jefferson for makin shine back in the forty's he just came to south carolina and made it on the edisto river. they never stopped him!! leave popcorn alone and chase the crack heads and illegal mexicans out of this country they are the sorry asses that is taking us for a ride!! chris------- you would make a good punk in the pen--- dont drop the soap boyeeeeee!!

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#38 Mar 17, 2008
Tater Salad wrote:
It has always been common knowledge what Popcorn does for a living...for years. EVERYBODY knows. They have even written stories about it in the newspaper. So, why now????????
That is what I was curious about.
Ranger

Statesboro, GA

#39 Mar 17, 2008
Free Popcorn!! The Feds worring about Taxs? Hello! Clean up around your own door. Besides Popcorn makes good clean Shine. Let the Old Man Go!!

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#40 Mar 17, 2008
ham sandwich wrote:
more crap .... come on fed's ....can we not make crack, and meth a federal crime, so you guys can stop putting out the little fires, while the whole nation burns down around us....
It would be a miracle if the federal gov't would make
meth and crack and the labs a federal crime.
Meth labs have inconvenienced law abiding citizens
that want once-OTC medicines (sudafed).

And if anyone had the moonshine, it should be their business. At least he was not hurting anyone.

What good will it do if he is sentenced to fed pen?

He has only made TN angry because the dumb jerks
that run the tax office are mad. Get a life TN.

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