Wears Valley Storytelling & Heritage Event

wears valley storytellingBy Michael Sheppard

The Wears Valley Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Kim DeLozier, Carroll McMahan and Daniel Paulin on June 27 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm for the Wears Valley Storytelling & Heritage Event. There will also be a Pig Roast. The event will be held at Cove Creek RV Resort, 3293 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville, Tenn.

Kim Delozier grew up living and working on his family’s farm in East Tennessee raising cattle, tobacco, hogs and chickens. Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Kim began his career at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1978 working as a wild hog hunter. Kim retired in 2010 after 32 years of service in wildlife management. During Kim’s career, the lion’s share of Kim’s time primarily focused on black bear management, wild hog control, white-tailed deer management, small animal management and re-introduction efforts for elk, peregrine falcons, river otters and red wolves. Once retired Kim released two books, the first in 2013 titled, “Bear in the Back Seat.” In 2014, Kim released his second book, “Bear in the Back Seat II.” He has enjoyed best seller success during his second career as an author. He is currently working on “Bear in the Back Seat III.”

Carroll McMahan is a native of Sevierville, Tenn. After living in various places for 25 years, he returned to East Tennessee and now resides in Knoxville. Carroll is the Special Projects Fascinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce; he serves as county historian of Sevier County and also writes a weekly column for The Mountain Press. Carroll is a recipient of the 2012 Community History Award The award was presented by The East Tennessee Historical Society and the 2012 Historic Preservation Recognition Award presented by the Spencer Clack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Carroll McMahan serves on the board of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Catholic Charities of East Tennessee.

Daniel Paulin has done extensive research utilizing the archives of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as the University of Tennessee’s Special Collections Unit, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and private collections. He includes information from interviews with numerous area residents with ties to Elkmont.

This event promises to be funny, entertaining, informative and enjoyable. Please plan on spending a few hours in the valley. All the authors will be happy to sign any of their books for you.

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