Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs

Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs

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Following the success of his collections of stories from funeral directors, schoolteachers, doctors, and lawyers, folklorist William Lynwood Montell presents a new volume of tales from Kentucky sheriffs. Montell collected stories from all areas of the state to represent the diversity of social and economic backgrounds in the various communities the officers serve. Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs covers elections, criminal behavior, and sheriffa€™s mistakes in a lighthearted and often humorous manner. The book includes accounts of a drunk driver who thought he was in a different state, a sheriff running a sting operation with the U.S. Marshals, and a woman reporting a tomato thief in her garden. Other accounts involve procedural errors with serious consequences, such as the tale of a sheriff who mistakenly informs a man that his son has committed suicide. Together, these firsthand narratives preserve important aspects of Kentuckya€™s history not likely to be recorded elsewhere.One reason for this is that we took an aggressive ap- proach to enforcing the laws and combating meth, thus we seized a ... So people here depended upon an external source back then, but now people here make it in their own backyards, and there is more of it. ... drug, which is the drug [pseudoephedrine] that is converted into methamphetamine, and pass laws to limit how much of that you could buy.

Title:Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs
Author:William Montell
Publisher:University Press of Kentucky - 2011-08-19


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