Thomas L. Aud

A native of Daviess County, Kentucky, Thomas L. Aud received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Library Science at Western Kentucky University, a Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Kentucky, and served in the U. S. Air Force in West Germany as a Czech linguist. He served briefly as the Head Librarian of the Laurel County Public Library in London, Kentucky before over 31 years as Executive Director of the Jackson/Madison County Library in Jackson, Tennessee. He has worked as a library consultant, an adjunct professor for Jackson State Community College, Local Office Manager for the Census Bureau, and most recently as the Madison County Archivist.

Mr. Aud has done extensive genealogical research on his own family and others. He enjoys reading mystery novels including historical ones with settings in the Roman Republic. He lives in Jackson, Tennessee, with his wife, Celeste, and has two children and two grandchildren.


Terry Barkley

Terry Barkley retired in 2012 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois. He previously served as MMI Foundation archivist in the Baer Memorial Library at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama. Terry is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Directory of American Scholars, and in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He is an independent scholar and musician who lives in Lexington, Virginia.


Jack Happel Boone

Jack Happel Boone (1903-1966) was born in Trenton, Tennessee, and raised in Henderson. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from Vanderbilt University in 1930 and 1931. Boone wrote several short stories both independently and in collaboration with Merle Constiner, including “It Sure Whips Me,” “Death Wife,” “The Return from Missouri,” and “Dossie Bell is Dead.” Their work “Big Singing” was recognized as one of the  O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1932. His only published novel, Dossie Bell is Dead, was released in 1939. Boone died in Henderson, Tennessee, in 1966, at the age of sixty-three.

Jack MacGregor (Mac) Campbell

Jack MacGregor (Mac) Campbell, is a native of Harrison, Arkansas. He holds degrees in agricultural economics and law from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Laws in taxation from Georgetown University. In his career, he has served as Legislative Assistant and Tax Counsel to U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln of Arkansas, Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Maria E. Cantwell of Washington State, and as the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus of Montana. He was an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Administration of President Barack Obama. Currently, he is Senior Vice-president of the Lincoln Policy Group, a public policy consulting and lobbying firm. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Katie and their dog Archie.


Peggy Scott Holley

Peggy Scott Holley has a BA in History from Lipscomb University and an MA in American History from Boston University. She is retired from teaching American History at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. The winner of a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) College Teaching Excellence Award, she has also received the West Tennessee Historical Society’s Marshall Wingfield Award for her article, “The Seventh Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry: West Tennessee Unionists in Andersonville Prison.”

To learn more about Peggy’s research on the 7th Tennessee, please visit her website at


Kevin D. McCann

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Kevin D. McCann graduated with a BS Degree in History from Union University. He has written several books related to the history of West Tennessee, including Hurst’s Wurst, The Jackson Generals: Minor League Baseball in Jackson, Tennessee, and The Peg Leg Politician: Adam Huntsman of Tennessee.

He is the co-founder and publisher of BrayBree Publishing.


John E. Talbott

John E. Talbott is a lifelong McNairy County resident and the author of two books about his hometown: Let’s Call It Finger! A History of North McNairy County and Finger, Tennessee and Its Surrounding Communities and co-author of Fingerprints: An Unofficial and Incomplete History of Finger, Tennessee.

He is a practicing attorney and proprietor of the law firm of John E. Talbott and Associates in Henderson, Tennessee, and is a co-founder and editor of BrayBree Publishing.