Former narcotics officer to speak at museum Thursday

Merle Temple, author of the book A Ghostly Shade of Pale, will be the guest speaker at Museum Moments, on Thursday, June 19, at noon at the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany.

He will talk about his years in drug enforcement as well as how this experiences are related to the recently book he has written.

Temple, a native of Tupelo, worked undercover in drug enforcement through the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics as well being a graduate of the DEA Academy in Washington during the early days of President Nixon’s first drug wars.

Held hostage while working undercover, he later met men hired by organized crime to kill him in a standoff near Memphis, and was involved in a gun battle with drug dealers in a heroin deal gone sour. He also worked as Internal Affairs investigator of a plan to corrupt the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.

Merle received the American Legion Award, served as MS Criminal Justice Chairman for Ronald Reagan for President, taught criminal justice/sociology at Augusta State University, hosted the White House Deputy Drug Czar, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ole Miss.

As Bell System Security Mgr., he assisted police to save a deputy mayor’s wife held hostage by a gunman, and was business manager and long range planning manager where he authored a service plan for new customers to spur sales and economic growth.

Merle is author of the novel A Ghostly Shade of Pale  inspired by experiences in the MS. Bureau of Narcotics, and is writing the sequel, A Rented World, based on events in the Bell System and

Merle lives near Tupelo with his wife Judy Bates Temple. He writes and also serves as an evangelist.  A book signing will follow his presentation.

A light lunch will be served, compliments of the Historic Northside Garden Club, beginning at 11:30. For more information, call the museum at 662-538-0014.