Freeland writes Blanton book
By Jeff Whitten
O. H. “Shorty” Freeland wrote the book “Ray Blanton and I” for two reasons. The first is to show the people of Tennessee that former Gov. Ray Blanton did not do anything to deserve going to prison. The second is to raise money for a Ray Blanton memorial in Adamsville. There is currently no such memorial, and Freeland said all money made from the book will go to this purpose.
Freeland was a member of Blanton’s staff during his term as governor from 1975 to 1979. He, along with the 95 county advisory committees, was in charge of hiring and firing for state jobs.
These committee members provided the instigation to write the book.