Drive along old US 33 in Maynardville TN (Union County) and you’ll run across one of these signs:
This refers to a movie called “Thunder Road“. The screenplay came from a story written by Robert Mitchum, who also starred in the movie, produced it and sang the theme song. It was released in 1958 and was hugely popular in East Tennessee, anyway. We all knew the theme song, which mentions him “screaming by Maynardville” on one of his moonshine runs. Rumor had it that some scenes were shot around Knoxville, but the only location shooting cited on imdb.com was in Asheville.
“The law they swore they’d get him, but the devil got him first.”
Oh, and Roy Acuff was born in Maynardville, too.