For some, a love of history turns into a hobby.
Tom Carson has done just that, collecting scrip and other monetary items, with a particular focus on Hamilton and Roane counties, where he and his wife Judy own property.
Scrip was company money typically paid to employees instead of real cash.
“They paid the employees with these. They were supposedly only good at company stores, but they were (sometimes) good elsewhere, too,” Tom Carson said.