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Ducktown SmokeThe Fight over One of the South's Greatest Environmental Disasters$
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Duncan Maysilles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles

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Georgia Enters the Fray

Georgia Enters the Fray

(p.81) 4 Georgia Enters the Fray
Ducktown Smoke

Duncan Maysilles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how frustration was eating up Georgia farmers in the Ducktown Basin. Each growing season brought another round of dismay as acid from the smoky clouds killed the fruits of their labors on the stalk, the vine, and the branch. It was bad enough to suffer the damage; it was worse for the farmers to know that they could have profitably sold all of their produce to the miners if only they could grow it. Added to this was the realization that their efforts to fight the smoke problem in the Tennessee courts were, for the moment, going nowhere. After five or six years of litigation in Tennessee, it was obvious to the smoke suitors that they were being ground into sausage and that the company lawyers were turning the crank.

Keywords:   frustration, Georgia farmers, Ducktown Basin, smoke problem, Tennessee courts, litigation

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