Authors debut local history books

CALHOUN, Tenn. -- Three local history authors will introduce their new books Sunday to the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society.

The featured speaker is historian and columnist Joe Guy, whose most recent book is "The Hidden History of East Tennessee," published by the History Press. On Sunday, he will discuss the first McMinn County Court meeting, which took place on March 7, 1820, 190 years ago this month.

IF YOU GO* What: History authors at Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society meeting* When: 3 p.m. Sunday* Where: Calhoun United Methodist Church, 820 Tennessee Highway 163* How much: FreeSource: Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society

Mr. Guy said the court, made up of justices of the peace for McMinn County, met in Calhoun. At the time, the Cherokee Nation was located just across the Tennessee River.

"We are fortunate to have in our county archives the original minutes from that day," Mr. Guy said. "I will have those minutes at the meeting for public viewing."

Also on Sunday, Debbie Moore will be talking about her new book, "The Bell Detachment," about the Trail of Tears journey here on the Hiwassee and Tennessee rivers.

Also, Natalie Winningham will introduce her recently published book, "Struggle on the Hiwassee," a Civil War account of the impact of the Hiwassee River bridge on the Charleston and Calhoun communities.