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It is with pleasure that we share some of the unique stories we have gleaned from the life and career of Ray C. Noland, former Sheriff of Sevier County, Tennessee, whose career spanned twenty years. Many of the people who were acquainted with him have kindly shared memories, facts, and their impressions of this man whose legacy began in the 1940s. We are deeply grateful to them for their help.
We have endeavored to protect the innocent as much as possible, although some cases were publicized so widely they are difficult to disguise. Some names, places or eras have been changed in an attempt to protect the innocent. As my father often said, "He has good people, they can't help how he is," or, "He's straightened up now, and tryin' to live right." We do not want to open old wounds, embarrass, or humiliate anyone, whether it be the family of a prisoner or, of a crooked politician.
We have tried to keep the original East Tennessee and North Carolina accents, which were derived from Elizabethan English, mixed with Irish, Scottish and American Indian influences. This is slowly fading away and we want to capture some of the terms and pronunciations within these writings. Southerners have a beautiful way of expressing themselves in speech. Please do not think of these in the following pages as being illiterate; to the contrary, in most cases they are anything but.
May you laugh at the humorous moments and may tears flow freely regarding the sad; while being indignant at outrages, then joyful with victories. But, most of all, when you finish reading his story, may you go out into the world wanting to be a better person for having become acquainted, through the following pages, with Ray C. Noland.
The Badge, as he wore it, was truly Resplendent...
Ersa Rhea Noland Smith
During the course of researching and writing this book, the author, Ersa Rhea Noland Smith, had the opportunity to speak with many of the law enforcement officers, past and present, who worked with Ray C. Noland. The stories brought to light from these interviews alone, would have made an exciting and colorful book.
However, within these pages you will find much more than just a collection of "war" stories." Ersa Rhea takes us into the Noland Home, to show us a personal side of the big Sheriff that no author-for-hire could ever know. She was there.
Intermingled with the election campaigns, emergency calls and everyday police work; you will find a slice to life behind the scenes.
The book generally focused on a twenty-year span from the 40's to the 60's, but encompasses and reflects on more than ten generations of Sheriff Noland's Family. You will find glimpses of mountain life during the turn of the century, as well as small town and rural living in the early to mid 1900's.
I have come to learn that sometimes you can be too close to something, to see it clearly. To a degree, I have found this to be true of my relationship with my grandfather. Although I knew him to be a great and important man, I had not really considered the far reaching impact his life made on so many others.
During the early stages of its writing, I knew that this would be an outstanding book. But having seen the finished product, I can see now that those of us who have assembled it are over-shadowed by those who lived it.
I hope that you enjoy reading it half as much as I have enjoyed helping to prepare it.
-Charles Robin Smith
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Book Description Nandel Pub. Co, 1989. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110925591106
Book Description Nandel Pub. Co. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0925591106 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.2325298