On this day 60 years ago the Kingsport Times-News ran a story on Dr. Elery Lay, a local educator, government official, and author. The story reported on the upcoming publication of his first novel, That Reek of Sin.
A few years after this article was published, Dr. Lay became principal of Dobyns-Bennett and later served as assistant superintendent of Kingsport City Schools. He served on the Board of Mayor and Alderman from 1969 to 1979 and was the city’s vice-mayor, 1979-1981.
Dr. Lay went on to complete a history of the Tri-City Region with An Industrial and Commercial History of the Tri-Cities in Tennessee . His other works included historical fiction novels Trek to the King’s Mountain, Journey, Great Tree: A Mountain Tale, and piece of historical poetry, Long Island of the Holston.
Dr. Lay was a popular educator and active in many organizations in Kingsport. The archives is fortunate to have several collections pertaining to Dr. Lay, including a collection of his manuscripts. For more information on Dr. Lay feel free to visit the archives or view the contents of the collections online.