Religion: Pastor Smothers

Big Lick, Tenn. is not a county, or a city, or a town. It is just a place. Greyhound bus drivers in Crossville, 14 miles away, have never heard of it. The 50-odd families in Big Lick carved their little farms out of the rolling, wooded country of the Cumberland Plateau. Timber used to be their cash crop. When the timber market went bad, there was nothing left but hard scrabble farming.

In 1930 the average family's cash income at Big Lick was $50 a year, the average house was valued at $250 to $500....

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