Bell County Historical Society to host open house

Published 10:13 am Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Middlesboro businessman and musician Larry Cadle will be the featured guest at the open house at the Bell County Historical Society on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m.

Cadle will describe his upbringing on a tobacco farm, his family,and artistic endeavors.

He wrote and recently published “Dead Reckoning,” a novel set in the 1950s and describing life in Middlesboro and rural areas. Many will recognize characters and places incorporated into the story.

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Copies will be available for purchase and signing. The principal character Hi Sexton, after serving in the Korean War, returns to his parents’ farm in Claiborne County. With a keen ear for the rural dialect, Cadle tells about Hi’s life and loves including a “circuit girl” he met at the Majestic Hotel on 19th Street.

Dr. Kenneth Smith, in his recent review in The Gateway, stated that the novel “provides a plot which holds the reader firmly as he navigates by dead reckoning between two love experiences.”

Bob Vaughn describes it as “having a very in riguing plot.”

The public is welcome to the open house and admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

You may pick up a copy of Cadle’s book, the recently published Bell County Pictorial History, The Magic City or other local works from the museum bookstore for Christmas giving.