Cookeville’s Odd Roadside Sites

Cookeville’s Odd Roadside Sites

  By Mike Steely Cookeville is a popular stop for travelers headed west on I-40 with its many restaurants and hotels on the interstate as well as a lively downtown. If you are a fan of odd attractions, then Cookeville has more than a few for you to visit. Seeing pink elephants is a common […]

Traveling Emory Road Two Centuries Ago

  By Mike Steely You may travel Emory Road occasionally or every day. It stretches from Rutledge Pike across north Knox County all the way to Pellissippi Parkway. The route is now a modern county route but the story of the historic route began more than 250 years ago. Chief Tollunteeskee, a brother to Cherokee […]

East Tennessee well represented at new state museum

By Mike Steely From giant sloth fossils to John Sevier and Davy Crockett, the area of East Tennessee is very well represented in the new Tennessee State Museum in Nashville. Located at the end of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall near the state house the state museum is very well organized and the self-guided walk through […]

Where the Hilltops Touch the Sky

By Mike Steely You may have heard of the Standing Stone near Monterey, Tennessee, where a tall sandstone statue of a wolf or dog once stood. Legend says the stone, along what became old Avery Trace, was a Native American marker. Today the stone is only a small piece of rock atop a pedestal because […]

Fort Loudoun Tour drawing near

By Mike Steely Did you know that Fort Loudoun in Vonore was the first British outpost on the west side of the mountains? The fort, built in 1759, was in the middle of the Overhill Cherokee Towns and was abandoned by the British whose march back to the colonies ended in tragedy. There’s lots of […]

Seventy-Three Years of Life and Times

By Mike Steely I’ve just had my 73rd birthday and I’ve been thinking back on my life and thanking my wife Lettie for putting up with me since 1966, my sons and grandchildren for adding happiness and responsibility to my life, and all the friends I’ve had over those long years. I’ve lived through the […]

Visiting Harrell Road Stormwater Park

Visiting Harrell Road Stormwater Park

By Mike Steely Want to visit a really unique group of parks right here in Knox County? You could take a day away from home and take the family to the various unique parks in northwest Knox County. The most unusual of these many parks has got to be Harrell Road Stormwater Park. Donated to […]

Atlanta an unexpected treasure trove for movie buffs

By Mike Steely Atlanta, Georgia offers lots for a family to do including the Coca Cola museum, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Studio Tours, and so much more. But if you’re a movie buff there’s a surprising place to find relics and information on filming in the state. The President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is […]

Cumberland Gap Iron Furnace often overlooked

By Mike Steely Almost everyone in our nation knows of the Cumberland Gap pass, made famous by Daniel Boone, and many in our region visit the national park there. Cumberland Gap is also the name of a small Tennessee town that is surrounded on all sides by the park there. You can drive down into […]

The last days of East Towne Mall

  By Mike Steely I took my wife and grandson to East Towne Mall recently, just after the owners announced it was closing at the end of January. Belk, the only big-box store left there, had announced it is closing this month and that store was packed with shoppers taking advantage of 85% off most […]

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