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Rabun Born Bred & by Tessa Lane You know a troublemaker, don’t you? You know a person who isn’t ruthless, but absolutely will not mind. They get injuries and hurt other people for no reason other than to do it. I know a person like that. He wasn’t always like that and is now a very re- spectable man, but that doesn’t change his childhood. In this interview, Roger Dean Carnes tells us about his life in Appalachia, stories of him being a troublemaker, his family (marriage and children, as well as mother, fa- ther, brothers, and sister), and how Rabun has changed over the years. This man is my poppy (grandpa) and even to me, some of these stories are new. I love him, and I hope you love reading his stories. Note, it was important to me to preserve his dialect in this article, so the grammar was intentionally not corrected. The way he speaks is one of my favorite things about Poppy. When I was four years old, we lived in an old house out on the side of the highway. We played in the chicken houses by the side of the road and played with a toy train and truck. We had a little truck, and a model train that belonged to my brother. Then, when I was about four and a half years old, me and my brother were playing with an axe. He chopped off my finger, and it had to be sewed back on. Along ‘bout the time I turned five, we moved from there over to the Glassy Apple Orchard, where I lived ‘till I got out of high school and got married. We just lived over there in the apple orchard and picked ap- ples, chased rabbits, squirrel hunted on the mountain, and we used to climb up and down on Glassy Moun- tain in the wintertime. It had big snows and ice storms. I mean it was just a pretty rough life, at times, but we had a good time living over t W&RFR&6&BגFBv2f&W"BRw&Wrv&FV2Rw&WrWbЦW'FrvRVVFVBWBb2v&FV&WGGV6PFRvR&6VB6WR&rRw2BvRBFVЦf"VBFRvFW"vRB66V2BFN( 2vW&PvRvBW"Vvw2B7GVfbגFBv&VBFRP#