REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER
Imagine this: out in the wilderness of East Tennessee, an entire town appears practically overnight. Thousands of people live and work in this small, strange city, and all those people are keeping a secret. What these people are doing in the town is, arguably, the greatest military secret of all time.
It’s a true story, and today, we’re going to hear an eyewitness account. Jay Searcy grew up in the small town with the big secret. If his name sounds familiar, he used to be a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times. He also used to work at the The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s been writing professionally his whole life, and he recently published a memoir called The Last Reunion: The Class of 1952 Comes Home to The Secret City.
I interviewed Searcy at the River Gallery in Chattanooga, where he was signing copies of his book.
Listen to the interview.