This is a story spanning generations about a family’s
fight to keep their land and way of life taken by the
misuse and abuse of government’s power. The story
begins at the Cumberland Gap in 1777. It ends at the
land between the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers where
their ancestral land and homes were taken by TVA for a
‘demonstration’ recreation area. In this process 949
families, 2,738 people, 29 country churches, and many
country stores and businesses were removed by
condemnation or the threat of eminent domain.
Governmental action in the area forced some families
to move two or three times. The story is a mix of
history, humor, youthful adventure, intrigue, tragedy,
mortality, and spiritual faith.
The following are comments from some of the readers:
“Mr. Shoffner has such a command of words and living
presentation of details that I feel that the persons
mentioned in The Authority are my own family and
friends, so completely does he draw the reader into
the story. If you are looking for interesting,
informative and heart-warming reading, this book is
one you will read several times just as I have done.
My career requires me to do a great deal of reading.
A book this good is a real rarity.”
“Your writing has a wonderful way of taking the reader
through your story by weaving interesting anecdotes
and actual facts through the piece. You were able to
take me through a very long piece of history on a
pleasant and easy to read journey.” “I have read your book and like it very much.”
“A powerful book regarding land that God has entrusted
to the people between the rivers.”
“No one has written anything that tells the facts and
truth as well as the author of the book, The
Authority, by Allen Shoffner.”
“A wonderful book--you’re an excellent writer, know
your story, and how to tell it.”
“Shoffner, a sixth generation Tennessean and an
attorney, tells the story of pain and loss in some of
the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read on this
About the Author:
Born In Stewart County on the edge of The Land Between The Lakes, Betty Joe Wallace has earned two graduate degrees from Austin Peay State University and is completing work toward a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.
As a member of the faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy, she teaches courses in American, African American, and Womens history. She spends considerable time working with students seeking certification to teach social studies and
teaches a course in Methods of Teaching Social Studies.
Ms. Wallace has won numerous honors including the Distinguished Professor Award. In addition to numerous community activities, she is curreritly 1hvolved In research and writing about women in Tennessee and female employees at Camp Campbell, Kentucky during WWII. In their spare time, Ms. Wallace and her husband, John Chapman, raise goats on their farm in Stewart County.