Knoxville journalist Carson Brewer wrote about Lem Ownby around 1980. You can find a couple of stories about Lem in Brewer's book "A Wonderment of Mountains, The Great Smokies" which I highly recommend. Mr. Ownby said that becoming blind was "unhandy" and yet he soldiered on for many years. Brewer tells a story of Lem that two supreme court justices came to his home and he refused to see them. They thought highly of his "stubborn independence". Me too.