** New book makes the Tri-Cities’ Lost State of Franklin fun **
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – In a new book, author Joe Tennis takes readers of all ages on a journey of history and mystery with a plot set in Northeast Tennessee and the Lost State of Franklin.
On Nov. 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m., the author is signing copies of his books and speaking on his latest release, “Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol” (Backyard Books, $6.99), at the Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad Street. Tennis, 42, is also sharing ghost tales from his books “Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands” (The History Press, $14.99) and “The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia” (Backyard Books, $6.99).
Named for statesman Benjamin Franklin, the Lost State of Franklin existed in the 1780s and never officially became a state, as it eventually turned into Tennessee.
Tennis’s “Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol” is based on the real-life mystery of the State of Franklin capitol building that was torn down in Greeneville, Tenn., in 1897 and shipped to Nashville for Tennessee’s centennial celebration. That cabin was never returned and, in “Finding Franklin,” the young characters wonder if a fortune might have also been lost while looking for clues across places like Erwin, Johnson City, Bristol and The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia.
Geared primarily for younger readers, “Finding Franklin” features a “Pick-Your-Own-Plot” format with multiple endings. The illustrated book also contains an essay on the history of the State of Franklin.
Tennis, a former resident of Kingsport now living near Bristol, Va., is also the author of two Virginia history books (“Southwest Virginia Crossroads” and “Beach to Bluegrass”) as well as a pictorial history, “Sullivan County, Tennessee: Images of America” (Arcadia, $21.99), featuring a chapter on Kingsport and the large lakes built near Kingsport by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
A 1992 graduate of Radford University, Tennis has contributed articles and photographs to newspaper and magazines, including Blue Ridge Country, Bristol Herald Courier, Virginia Living, Kingsport Times-News and Appalachian Voice. He has also written for Virginia Wine Lover.
For more information, call (423) 229-9489.