“Tri-State Reflections: Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia” is a treat for local history buffs

Jerry H. Summers, a prominent Chattanooga lawyer and self-taught historian, has published a new book: Reflections of the Three States: Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia.

Released just in time for Christmas presents, the book is a small (but powerful) historical compilation of people, places and events in these three neighboring states. Local history buffs will be delighted with this diverse collection of anecdotes, southern traditions and little-known or forgotten stories from the region. With an eye for overlooked detail and a penchant for entertaining tangents, the breadth of topics covered will make readers flip the pages with enthusiasm.

Notable chapters include “Middle Tennessee Mule Day,” “Lost Cities of Alabama,” “Walker County’s Fantastic Pit,” and more. Best of all, proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Orange Grove Center’s person-centered programs for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Summers has long been a friend and supporter of Orange Grove Center, and they are grateful to have benefited from the stories collected throughout his impressive career. A member of the board of directors since 1985, he is also traditionally the host of the organization’s champions event each spring.

Summers is a longtime resident of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. After entering private practice in 1969, he founded what is now Summers, Rufolo & Rogers, where he continues to serve as a supervising member. A renowned litigator, Summers has been included in every annual volume of “Best Lawyers in America” ​​in Criminal Law and Criminal Law, placing him in a very select firm.

In addition to his active participation in Orange Grove Center, his philanthropic efforts have benefited Central High School, UT College of Law and Special Olympics.

Three-state reflections is part of a well researched and informative series of books by Summers on various local historical topics. His other non-fiction works include the autobiography, The turtle and the avocado (2014) ; page turner in the courtroom, Rush for justice? The Forgotten Trial of the Century in Tennessee – Schoolfield 1958 (2015) ; his suite, Schoolfield: Out of the Ashes – 1958-1982 (2017); saga of a local hero, Stanley J. Farmer: We Called Him Coach (2017); gripping basketball chronicle, One Shot Short: Chattanooga Central’s 1957-1958 Basketball Season (2019); and stories from the Volunteer State collection, Tennessee Trivia # 1 (2020).

Copies of these titles can be purchased directly from Orange Grove Center (615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404) 423-664-4805 or online at orangegrovecenter.org

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