A nationwide Coal Strike in 1922 while my grandfather L.G. Payne was County Judge and O.I (Knute) Mink was Sheriff culminated in the death of Sheriff Minks brother Deputy Charles Mink


The news paper articles are a beginning of this site that primarily is to share inforamtion on the events surrounding the nationwide coal strike in 1922 and how it affectied the border area between Kentucky and Tennessee. Kentucky's Governor Morrow sent troops to the boarder while Tennessee's Governor Taylor refused.
In the book "Back Talk from Appalachia" that I bought after finding reference to the strike I found the following: "Claiborne County (Tennessee) judge, sheriff, and twenty-five other officers, after being festooned with cowbells, they were placed aboard a train bound for Knoxville. Upon return , the local judge (my grandfather L.G. Payne) denied the reports of how they were humiliated but added that the situation is absolutely beyond control and we must have {more} troops."

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Mammy Payne


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