Air Dates: July 1st & 5th, 2009
Patriotism seems to abound this time of year but Rob Wilds met a Murfreesboro veteran who shares his patriotic memories and feelings all year long.
Contact: Fayne Haynes
Location: 401 West Lytle, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 [map]
Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park
Tressa Bush visits a historic area in Pall Mall dedicated to a Tennessee war hero, the most decorated soldier in WWI.
Contact: Andy York
Phone:(931)879-6456 Locaction: 2700 N York Hwy Pall Mall, TN 38577
Directions: From I-40 take Route 127 North to Pall Mall. The park is located on Hwy. 127, just eight miles from the Tennessee/Kentucky border. [map]
Susan Watson explores the home of President James K. Polk in Columbia, TN.
Contact: John Holtzapple
Location: 301 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401 [map]
Russ Jacobsohn - Wild Horses, Inc.
Tammi Arender profiles an artist in Sparta who makes incredible wooden rocking animals of all kinds.
Contact: Russ Jacobsohn
Location: 605 Long Hollow Road, Sparta, TN 38583 [map]
Info: Russ's wife Nan is an artist as well, she makes beautiful sculptures out of clay
Air Dates: July 9th & 12th, 2009
The Shoppes at Cokers
Rob Wilds meets a Tullahoma man who wouldn't let an old Coke bottling plant fall victim to the wrecking ball. He turned the historic building into a new shopping center.
Contact: Russel Credle
Phone: (615) 476-3542
Location: 401 Wilson Ave., Tullahoma, TN 37388 [map]
Tressa Bush enlists a professional to show us around the revitalized downtown Dandridge.
Location:Dandridge, TN [map]
Springfield Town Square
Ken Wilshire tours the Springfield town square to explore how food can bring parts of a community back to life.
Contact: City Hall
Location: 405 North Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172 [map]
Burdett's Tea Shop
Location: 618 South Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172 [map]
Tricia's on the Square
Location:518 South Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172 [map]
Rob Wilds visits a century old train depot turned museum. There, he discovers the history of Tennessee's first railway, constructed in the 1850s, and the small town that was created because of it.
Contact: Cowan Railroad Museum / Cowan Welcome Center
Phone: (931)967-3078 / (931)968-9877
Location: 108 Front St. South, Cowan, TN 37318 [map]
Footage from The Best of CSX, courtesy Green Frog Productions: www.greenfrog.com
Air Dates: July 16th & 19th, 2009
Rob Wilds gives us a sampler of Chattanooga attractions including Rock City, The Battles for Chattanooga Musuem, and the Chattanooga Nature Center. 1. Rock City
Contact: Rock City Gardens
Phone: (800)854-0675 / (706)820-2531
Location: 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750 [map]
2. The Battles for Chattanooga Museum
Location:1110 East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350 [map]
Info: The Battles for Chattanooga Museum is a three block walk from the top station for the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
3. Chattanooga Nature Center (Formerly the Tennessee Wildlife Center)
Location: 400 Garden Road, Chattanooga, TN 37419 [map]
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Rob Wilds journeys to Chattanooga to visit a former train depot, now hotel, named for a famous 1940s song.
Contact: Holiday Inn
Phone: (800)TRACK29 or (423)266-5000
Location: 1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 [map]
Info: The Chattanooga Choo Choo will celebrate 100 years in 2009! As part of the celebration, the Choo Choo will become independent of the Holiday Inn towards the end of the year.
Joe Elmore takes an ocean journey at the TN Aquarium in Chattanooga.
Phone: (800) 262-0695
Location:1 Broad St. Chattanooga, TN 37402 [map]
Hunter Museum of American Art
Rob Wilds visits the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga to see how a recent expansion has brought art work down from the hill and to the people.
Location: 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN 37403 [map]
Air Dates: July 23rd & 26th, 2009
Joe Elmore discovers there’s plenty to see and do on this urban weekend getaway to East Tennessee.
1. Hotel St. Oliver
Location:407 Union Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902 [map]
2. Three Rivers Rambler
Location: 401 Henley St., Suite 5, Knoxville, TN 37902 [map]
3. Market Square
Location: Market Square District, Knoxville, TN 37902
4. Tomato Head Restaurant
Location: 12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902 [map]
Hours: Mon. 11am-3pm, Tues-Thurs. 11am-9:30pm, Fri.&Sat. 11am-10:30pm, Sun. 10am-9pm
Info:There is a second restaurant located in Maryville. See website for details
5. Yee-Haw Graphics
Location: 413 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902 [map]
6. Knoxville Old City
Rob Wilds visits Litton's Market and Resaurant, what some may say is the home of the perfect hamburger
Contact: Barry Litton
Location: 2803 Essary Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918 [map]
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Al Voecks scores with a story about a Knoxville museum dedicated to women’s basketball.
Location: 700 Hall of Fame Dr., Knoxville, TN 37915 [map]
East Tennessee Museum
Rob Wilds travels to Knoxville to visit the East Tennessee History Center's Museum.
Contact: East TN Historical Society
Location: East Tennessee History Center,
601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 [map]
Info: Open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 1pam-5pm
Air Dates: July 30th & August 2nd, 2009
Great Smoky Mountains National ParkPhone: (865)436-1200
Location:107 Park Hedquarters Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
Website: www.nps.gov/grsm/ or www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/national-park/
1. Gatlinburg, TN entrance From interstate highway I-40 take Exit 407 (Sevierville) to TN-66 South. At the Sevierville intersection, continue straight onto US-441 South. Follow US-441 through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge into park.
2. Townsend, TN entrance From the north: From interstate highway I-40 in Knoxville take Exit 386B to US-129 South to Alcoa/Maryville. At Maryville proceed on US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
From the south: From interstate highway I-75 take Exit 376 to I-140 E towards Oak Ridge/Maryville. Merge onto I-140 E via Exit 376B towards Maryville. Turn onto US-129 South (Alcoa Highway) at Exit 11A and travel towards Alcoa. Turn onto TN-35 and follow it to US-321 North. Follow US-321 North/TN -73 East through Townsend. Continue straight on TN-73 into the park.
Greenbrier Restaurant Tucked away in the woods of Gatlinburg, Kip Kirby finds a 60 year-old log cabin restaurant whose owners are keeping it "all in the family."
Location: 370 Newman Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Info: Open Sun-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-10pm
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
There's a lot of wildlife in the Smokey Mountains but, as Rob Wilds discovered on his visit, that wildlife isn't restricted to bears, deer and squirrels.
Location: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community
Gatlinburg has the largest independent community of artisans and crafts people of anywhere in the country. Kip Kirby travels to Gatlinburg to see what she can find.
Directions: From downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee turn at traffic light #3, which is the intersection of Parkway (Hwy 441) and East Parkway (Hwy 321). Turn at the light onto East Parkway (Hwy 321N) and go 3 miles to Glades Road traffic light #3, here you will see the sign for the Arts & Crafts Community Trail. This is where the 8 mile loop trail begins.
1. Lorelei Candles
Contact: Lori Tierney
Location: 331 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
2. The Chair Shop
Contact: Randy Ogle
Location: 830 Cantrell Circle, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
3. The Broom Shop
Contact: David Ogle
Phone:(865)430-4402 / (865)436-5908
Location:688 Glades Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
4. Smoky Mountain Dulcimer & Gourd Company
Contact: Mark Edelman
Location: 744 Powdermill Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Joe Elmore travels to Gatlinburg to visit a school whose mission is to "enrich lives through art."
Location: 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 [map]
The Front Porch
Al Voecks trys out a restaurant in Cosby that specializes in Mexican food and bluegrass music.
Location: 2912 Cosby Highway, Cosby, TN 37722 [map]
Hours: Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm, Sun. 5-9:30pm, Closed Dec. & Jan.
Info: Bluegrass shows on Fri. & Sat. nights at 7pm & 9m, Folk/acoustic music and "Open Mic" night on Sun. at 7pm