remember

Kingsport, TN

#1 Jun 7, 2013
moonshine has been in this area since white man settled .dureing prohibition , certian people from up north made weekly trips here to pick up shipments of this clear liquid and continued to do so for many years . in the late 60's and early 70's when viet-nam vets began comming home to this area , to carry on family tradition of making shine and money , some of these vets took to the woods but now they had a knowledge of a new commodity to go along with the shine .contacts with thier brothers in arms that lived in chicago and newyork assured large shipments and piles of money . marijuana could be produced,sacked and shipped in greater quantity than shine but people wanted the drink to go with the smoke also .at that time 11w was the mian trucking route and orders was getting so big that trucks was contracted to haul the goods . big rig truck stop in beanstation was used to tranfer loads from cars to trucks . it and shady lane motel came to be a hot spot for gambling , prostitution and orders being filled . certain influential people and some law enforcement was payed very well for protection against the feds . the bust of big rig was to cover the tracks of these influential people when the feds got to close . ( haskel , lee , and brand did not go to jail or several other county leaders )
Grass Roots

Bristol, TN

#2 Jun 7, 2013
Im a local wine maker and i remember that heritage, but look at the place now, no moonshine OR weed, but theres plenty of pills to overdose on!
resident

Kingsport, TN

#3 Jun 8, 2013
there was and is city and county leaders that played a big part in making money off the illeagal making , distribution , and transportation of illeagal substances in our small town .
Old Timer

Johnson City, TN

#4 Jun 8, 2013
Well, I have made shine in an illegal untaxed still, as I was taught by my grandpappy.

To be honest, even the best of it is harsh and unpleasant both coming and in the aftermath.

Seriously folks, there is a reason why all people historically have aged their distillates.

It's for people who don't have patience or taste. Gave it up years ago. I make a great craft microbrew now, nice and legal.
copper pot

Kingsport, TN

#5 Jun 8, 2013
even though most home made drink and smoke now a days is for personal hobbie and consumption , it can still be found if you know the right person . lets face it , anything is better than the junk these younger " so called partyers " are putting in thier bodies . it makes them crazy enough to hurt or kill people to get more . i can remember standing up on the seat in my grandads old truck going to the caswalkers grocery store on hwy 66 , buying several big bags of sugar and then to the mill for sacks of corn , take it deep in a holler in fisherscreek and unload it along side a path going deeper in the woods . middle of summer , not a house for miles but the smell of smoke was thick . as i got older , i was drafted to gather wood and keep the fire . as time went on , i was taught the art and of course across the ridge , i had an erb garden .
Ronnie

Concord, NC

#6 Jun 8, 2013
I am watching YOU
copper pot

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jun 9, 2013
that was 40 years ago and if you was who you wanted me to think you are then i'd say you should have more serious people you need to do more than just watch . people have changed since i was a teenager cruising town on a saturday night with lawson , nelms , dean , hurd , delp , keeping us kids in line . now we have a new breed of cops playing a whole new game with a new breed of desperate people .
rumors

Kingsport, TN

#8 Jun 11, 2013
i heard the people that was murderd at a cabin and thrown in a well out back in goshen valley many years ago , was fed informants and had info on certian influential leaders in hawkins that provided "protection" for moonshine and refer transportation . several other unsolveld murders are thought to be connected to informants or people knowing or having evidence on certian inflential peolple and some law enforcement in hawkins .
brandie g

Bristol, TN

#9 Jun 12, 2013
Grass Roots wrote:
Im a local wine maker and i remember that heritage, but look at the place now, no moonshine OR weed, but theres plenty of pills to overdose on!
Now in hawkins county sheriff Ronnie Lawson has run almost all the moonshiners and pot growers off now we have the zombied out meth and pill heads and he thinks it's better.
friend

Troy, NC

#10 Jun 12, 2013
I remember those murders i think...there was 2 in christians bend that was never solved..names were andy and pamela i think..ut was all covered up because of local law inforcement being involved
resident

Kingsport, TN

#11 Jun 12, 2013
correct!
copper pot

Kingsport, TN

#12 Jun 12, 2013
ronnie didn't do it . this is something that has evolved over many years . ronnie got handed a town full of pill and meth heads . no-one has ever overdosed on pot or killed anyone for a jiont , unlike pills or meth . considering the place and time , hawkins co. was doing very well until certian law enforcement and certian leading officials figured out that they could make money on both ends buy getting drug and alcohol money behind closed doors and getting federal drug enforcement money on the front steps .
White Lightning

Knoxville, TN

#13 Sep 26, 2013
When did moonshine become legal to purchase in liquor stores?
XYZ

Seymour, TN

#14 Sep 26, 2013
rumors wrote:
i heard the people that was murderd at a cabin and thrown in a well out back in goshen valley many years ago , was fed informants and had info on certian influential leaders in hawkins that provided "protection" for moonshine and refer transportation . several other unsolveld murders are thought to be connected to informants or people knowing or having evidence on certian inflential peolple and some law enforcement in hawkins .
Sorry, but your opinions are absolutely bull s__t. Except BS has a use, as it can be be used as fertilizer. If they had any information at all, the feds would have already known it and a big bust would have been made. More especially if any informants had been murdered.
duhh

Ashburn, VA

#15 Sep 26, 2013
last summer
taxman

Herndon, VA

#16 Sep 26, 2013
White Lightning wrote:
When did moonshine become legal to purchase in liquor stores?
When they started making it in Gatlinburg, and paying the tax.

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