ETSU releases latest edition of 'Now & Then' magazine

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JOHNSON CITY (June 17, 2013) – Writers whose works appear in the summer issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine hail from 13 different states.  The common theme among their writings is “Appalachian Industry,” in often unpredictable forms.

Published twice yearly by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University, Now & Then has been in existence since 1984. 

In the summer 2013 issue, George Collins tells the story of how the Magnavox Company came to be located in Greeneville.  Accompanying the story is a photo essay with images of radios, televisions, and phonographs manufactured at the Greeneville plants.  Among them is a shot of the company’s first transistor radio, in bright red, from 1956.

Judy Lee Green traces the history of bedspreads in north Georgia, leading up to Dalton’s designation as the “carpet capital of the world.”

 Brad Lifford interviews a husband-and-wife team who worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, and Dolly Withrow profiles Agnes Kukuchka Smith, a West Virginia “Rosy the Riveter.”

Managing editor Randy Sanders writes about reforested lands affected by surface mining.  Anna Roberts tells of peddling tomatoes.  Joel Keebler traces the history of apple cider.  Rebecca Tolley-Stokes finds scented soaps named “Appalachian Fall.”  And editor Fred Sauceman visits Lodge Manufacturing to learn how black iron skillets are made.

Now & Then is available in Johnson City on the ETSU campus at the University Bookstore and at the Shamrock, 300 W. Walnut Street; in Jonesborough at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center; Gray at the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitors Center; Kingsport at Wallace News; Abingdon at Zazzy’s on East Main Street; and in Asheville at Downtown Books & News. The magazine is also available online at or by calling (423) 439-7865. 

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