The lead article in today’s New York Times “Escapes” section features Copperhill, the southeasternmost town in Tennessee. People from Atlanta and other places are discovering the charms of the town, the low prices of housing, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
It wasn’t always like that. Copperhill and nearby Ducktown occupied the worst environmental disaster in Tennessee, a blighted landscape visible from outer space. More details here.
Copperhill was also the scene of the “Hicks baby” scandal of 1997, wherein a departed physician of the town–and great uncle of yours truly–was revealed as the the family planning expert of choice for prominent Chattanooga and Atlanta families. He performed abortions or, if the mother wanted to deliver the child, arranged for adoptions. He charged adoptive parents for his services, which led to lurid articles ten years ago of “baby selling.”