Monday, December 12, 2011
Del Rio, Tennessee
Del Rio has long had a reputation for moonshining and cockfighting. The former is shared by much of Appalachia, but the latter is not. A raid by federal agents on a cockfighting operation in 2005 led to the arrest of 143 and the confiscation of more than $40,000 in cash. Authorities described the operation as the "largest and oldest illegal cockfighting pit" in the United States.
By coincidence, Del Rio is located in Cocke County, named for William Cocke, one of Tennessee's first two U.S. Senators. Cocke has the distinction of having served in the legislatures of four different states: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi.