Places in the United States like this still exist and one Calhoun woman has put her experience with “evil Mayberry,” in a newly published book titled “Terror at my Tennessee Mountain Home.”
In her book, Taylor tells the true story of her experience living in a mid-eastern Tennessee community.
Georgie Taylor moved to Calhoun and has lived here for five years, and though living where neighbors take care of one another, it is a far cry from the terror she experienced at her Tennessee Mountain home.
In her book, Taylor’s tale begins with her move to Tennessee to be closer to her daughter. Taylor had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure as well as a litany of back problems and wanted to be closer to her family if she needed them.
Georgie continues on describing numerous examples of harassment and physical harm inflicted on herself and her home including excessive verbal abuse with little to no response from the local law enforcement.
For two years, Taylor lived in fear for her life. Taylor was beaten in the head in the middle of the street with a cell phone by the mother of one teenager harassing Taylor with guns and other threats, after Taylor attempted to press charges on him.
Taylor also witnessed the burning of several houses in the neighborhood, including her own all of which went unexplained by law enforcement. Methamphetamine labs were also unchecked in the community, and Taylor details in her book, the countless children with burns and marks on their bodies from living in these homes meth was cooked in.
After a failed civil suit from the beating she incurred in broad daylight, Taylor knew she was no longer safe. The property was eventually sold to another relative of the community and was a total financial loss for Taylor who had to start all over again at the age of 61.
Taylor is a short woman with dark hair, and though she will tell you she used to be “a tough old broad,” you would not guess that she piloted large tractor-trailers around the country since 1981 as a truck driver; a career which has taken her places she says she never would have had the opportunity to see otherwise.
Her second published work “Terror at my Tennessee Mountain Home,” newly released this past December was merely an outlet for Taylor to deal with what happened to her in Tennessee. Taylor says she never really intended to come out with a book from the experience, but says writing the book transformed into helping other people practice caution before committing to an area to live.
“I like to help people. I didn’t figure my truck driving book would sell for a lot of money, I don’t expect that and don’t even need it, but the thing of it is I just want to help,” said Taylor. “I kept thinking to myself, be careful of the area you are moving into, because I went up there and saw the ordinary looking road on the mountain in the country, and I thought that was going to be my retirement home but instead, all this stuff started happening.”
Taylor says this piece was not published for vengeance, but to make people aware. She even went as far as changing all the names of people and places in the book to ensure she got her point across for people to be careful, not to point fingers. Going so far as to name the hero of the piece “John Wayne,” the arson agent who testified against, who Taylor calls “the evil ones,” she says she had her piece with God about the situation a long time ago, though it was a struggle.
Taylor shares in her book what she experienced while revisiting the burned living room where she believed Buckwheat cowered in fear before his death.
“I felt the most intense all consuming hatred I have ever felt in my entire life,” writes Georgie.
Though writing the book helped alleviate some of this pain and hatred, Taylor says "the devil sat on my shoulder for well over a year, I had to do a lot of praying," said Taylor.
And pray she did, for today, Taylor and room mate “Butch,” live in a quiet Calhoun neighborhood where she is enjoying life the way she imagined it to be.
Taylor plans to write a children’s book about Buckwheat and hopes to release her third book involving her memoirs from the young age of 5-years-old to today. Taylor says to look for her book around Christmas 2013, though she still insists that she is just a normal person who owes it all to God.
“I might have trouble walking because of my back, but I have two hands I can work with, I’ve got two legs, I can see, its such a blessing to be able to see what’s out there that God made and my third book is dedicated to God and all these things he’s brought me through,” said Taylor.
“Terror at My Tennessee Mountain Home,” is Taylor’s second published work. Today, Taylor lives peaceably in Calhoun on the Gordon, Floyd County line. Her first published work details the workings of being a successful truck driver, titled "Truck Driving: An adventurous career." The book is aimed once again at helping truck drivers exiting driving school as she offers safety and advice from a trucker with a spotless record.