Stoney Fork, TN

1973map“The Stoney Fork Community is actually made up of a number of smaller communities ranging in size from 10 to 60 people. The smaller units had originally grown up around various deep mining operations are known locally as Shea’s Camp (or Clinchmore), Round Rock, Peewee Camp, Welsh’s Camp and Beech Fork.

This area is in an isolated section of Campbell County, the nearest towns begin 20-30 miles away on twisting gravel roads over Caryville Mountain. The driving time for those with a car is about an hour. As a matter of fact the roads are so treacherous that the TVA mobile health unit which travels with Health Fairs could not make one of the turns and had to be stationed several miles down the road at the school in Rosedale.

Some of the reference to the Stoney Fork area in this [1973] report use the name Beech Fork. It was not until the end of the summer at a meeting of the community that the name Stoney Fork was chosen for the health council.” — Excerpt from “Final Report: Rural Student Health Coalition June 1, 1972-May 31, 1973,” PDF page 20.

Related People:

Odes and Shelby McKamey

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J. Thomas “Tom” John, M.D.

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Virginia Munford

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Richard Davidson, M.D., M.P.H.

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Related Stories:

Rick Davidson talks about a local healer in the Stoney Fork community

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Notes from the road: Mountain People’s Health Councils

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Stories: “I will always be grateful for the gifts that the work and the people of those summers gave to me.”

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Related Resources/Links:

Caryl Carpenter Papers on Mountain People’s Health Councils, East Tennessee clinics, and Student Health Coalition Photographs, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

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Sue Love Student Health Coalition Meeting Photographs, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

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Richard Davidson Photograph Collection, Southern Historical Collection, UNC Chapel Hill

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Article: “Health Care for those off the beaten path,” from the Tennessee Valley Authority

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