He's a menace, an outlaw, a bad man. The law told him to get out, and stay out. Don't come back now, you hear?
But on Thursday morning, in a field just off the shoulder of Interstate 24, Les Coffey stood at the edge of illegal. About 50 feet from the line that separates Tennessee from Georgia, Coffey walked toward Dade County and the land from which he has been banished.
Limping, he was 30 feet away now. Cars and tractor-trailers barreled past on the highway.