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Bear with Us

Amanda Marr from the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce brought a friend with her. Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear wore his Christmas vest and relaxed on the back of the couch in the WNOX studio. I interviewed Amanda about the 25th anniversary … Continue reading

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Across the Meals

A Facebook friend shared a link to a list of “Every State in the USA, Ranked by Its Food/Drink.” They were thrilled that Tennessee ranked eighth. We do have some excellent food around these parts, especially BBQ. Memphis gets well-deserved … Continue reading

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Meet Virginia

The sign outside the Virginia Welcome Center invited us in with the words: “Live traffic & weather; Play our guitar; Free ice cold H2O fill-up; Live area music info.” My wife and I were passing through Virginia on our way … Continue reading

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Broadway Octocular!

Perhaps some movie or TV show made me anxious about the four binoculars in my luggage. Perhaps it was the process of buying them in the hunting department at Walmart. A couple of months ago, I purchased balcony seats for the June 7 … Continue reading

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What a Nye Sky

There was a celebrity on my flight from Reagan National to LaGuardia Airport last Saturday. When I first spotted him in the airport, I thought, “that guy resembles Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Then I thought that he could enter … Continue reading

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Borderline Personality

There was a break in the clouds this morning as my wife and I were preparing to leave the Town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. Instead of heading straight back to Knoxville, we returned to the Pinnacle Overlook inside Cumberland Gap … Continue reading

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In the Cold Kentucky Rain

Despite the light precipitation, my wife and I drove to the Pinnacle Overlook, located inside Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Instead of seeing Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee, we saw fog. My wife made the best of it by taking close-up … Continue reading

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Ski-daddled

The MP3 players at Koko FitClub are loaded with a variety of 15-minute cardio workouts. Chief Fitness Officer Michael Wood does the workout on a treadmill in his office while telling members like me how fast to walk and how … Continue reading

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Sesquintessence

Google impressed me today with their Google Cultural Institute. In honor of the sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, they posted a link to their digital exhibits about the historic speech. It was my first experience with the GCI. My wife … Continue reading

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Handiwork

The instructions on the mirror were as plain as day: “Employees Must Wash Hands.” I waited and waited and waited. Finally I gave up and washed them myself.

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Knox, Knox… Who’s There?

In East Tennessee, it’s a fairly common practice to name streets after political figures who are still living. In 1792, Knox County was named after the still-living General Henry Knox. The 42-year-old was Secretary of War under President George Washington. … Continue reading

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Mother of Invention

A sign along the road got my attention. My wife and I were passing through Marion, Virginia, on our way home last week. The sign promised “motorcycle friendly ice cream.” I’m sure the real meaning had to do with something … Continue reading

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Chipped Beef

There was no way I could not order the most unusual item on the menu at The Pub & Restaurant in Gettysburg. Their Black & Bleu Burger consists of ground beef mixed with chocolate morsels, topped with a bleu cheese … Continue reading

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Fourscore Check-in

The actual spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address is now believed to be in the Evergreen Cemetery adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park. Previous generations marked what they thought was the spot with the Soldiers’ National Monument. My … Continue reading

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