Looking to fill your bookshelf, DVD rack, or playlist with media with a local connection?

Here’s a selection of items from, or about, or created by people from, Walker County and Northwest Georgia.

Most of these purchases support the ongoing work of local artists/authors/musicians, and by buying through these links you additionally support The LaFayette Underground.

Many of these also make great gifts.


    Cory Lee Woodard
    Cory Lee Woodard of LaFayette will need a wheelchair for the rest of his life, but he hasn’t let disability keep him down. Cory Lee turned that challenge into a hobby, and then a business, with a Web site about traveling while wheelchair bound. His blog Curb Free With Cory Lee has, so far, led to one book: Air Travel for Wheelchair Users.
    KC Sprayberry
    KC Sprayberry originates from California and has lived all over the country while serving in the military, but now calls LaFayette her home. She’s a prolific writer, turning out several fictional ebooks a year, regularly contributing to short story compilations, and frequently commenting on LU’s Facebook page. She is best known for Softly Say Goodbye, a 2013 novel about underage drinking. more…
    Rocky Perry
    Rocky Perry of Flintstone, despite struggling with dyslexia, has come into his own as a writer. Painting at an early age, then writing with the help of speech to text software, Mr. Perry is best known for the fictional Luke Banderloft series. He’s also written a text on education reform and a novel – The Change – about a Hurricane Katrina refugee moving to Chattanooga. more…
    Ed Dodd
    Ed Dodd was born in LaFayette in 1902 while his father was pastor of First Baptist Church. He later worked for the Boy Scouts in Pennsylvania and became a professional cartoonist, specializing in animal illustrations. He penned several children’s books – Flapfoot and Chipper the Beaver – but is most famous for creating the Mark Trail comic strip that still runs in papers around the country.


    Hoyt Scoggins
    LaFayette native Hoyt Scoggins was a well regarded rockabilly performer in the 50’s, with several popular records, regular radio appearances, and an early TV show on what eventually became channel 9.

    After years of recording and performing with top country music stars, Scoggins left music to become a preacher. He was later inducted to the Atlanta Music and Rockabilly halls of fame, before passing away in January 2016. His biggest hit, before going into ministry, was 1956’s Tennessee Rock. Unfortunately none of Scoggins’ albums are around to purchase, but several of his songs are available as digital downloads. more…

    Channing Wilson
    Channing Wilson grew up on “the real side of the tracks” right here in LaFayette. He learned guitar at age 17 and taught himself how to put together songs. He formed his first band at age 25 and has since performed live around the south with a number of well-known musicians. Wilson, whose style is definitely old school country, has a sizable repotoire of songs, but so far has only released one professional album, 2012’s Channing Wilson. Other tracts and samples, plus his schedule of upcoming shows, are available on his Web site.


    Tri-State Crematory
    Walker County’s most notorious crime wasn’t a killing, but the criminal non-disposal of people already dead. Tri-State Crematory became a global headline in 2002 after several hundred bodies were found in the woods of Noble, between LaFayette and Rock Spring. The ensuing investigation and prosecution of Ray Brent Marsh remained newsworthy for years, and the case still frequently comes up in conversation about the area.

    Surprisingly, only one book has (so far) been written about the case: Legal Deception (2011). Self-published by nurse and victim family member Teri Crawford, Legal Deception goes into detail about the investigation into the Marsh family and is highly, highly critical of law enforcement officials, lawyers, and judges who handled the case. The book is rough, obviously not professionally written, but contains significant information not available elsewhere.

    A 2014 short film Sahkanaga is loosely based on the crematory case, a fiction that barely resembles what actually occurred. The film isn’t notable for accuracy, but is mentioned here because it was shot in Chickamauga with many locals in acting roles.

Your purchases through these links support the LaFayette Underground.



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