By Theresa Jensen Lacey
Take a better examine all Tennessee has to supply! This enticing quantity is a treasure trove of attention-grabbing evidence, magnificent anecdotes, and peculiar occasions in Tennessee’s storied heritage. With approximately 250 pages of analyzing amusement, notable Tennessee is full of tidbits and stories starting from the extraordinary to the downright strange. You’ll detect: - Elvis Presley’s maximum boyhood unhappiness - the biggest hippie commune in North the United States - the yearly Liar’s Contest - Tennessee counties that disappeared - The world’s longest paper clip chain - The world’s most sensible pecan pie recipe - global files set by way of Tennesseans - And extra! even if you’re a Tennessee local, transplant, or simply passing via, you’ll by no means examine the Volunteer kingdom within the similar means back!
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Mike DuBose, Muriel Anderson, Amon Evans, and Dave Steighan offered me their invaluable tales. Don Wick, Tennessee historical trivia buff, helped me fill in the gaps. ” Actress Patricia Neal reviewed my text and offered me friendly encouragement. Ashley LaRoche, assistant editor of The Official Tennessee Vacation Guidebook and the magazine Tennessee Connections, both published by Journal Communications, provided neverending assistance. Old buddies Carlock Stooksbury and John Rice Irwin of the Museum of Appalachia shared East Tennessee lore, photos, and the drawing of the still (I’ll never tell where yours are located).
Some of their stories are captured here. T. Jensen Lacey offers an entertaining collection of facts, oddities of history, and tales both true and tall. —From the Governor’s Office, The Capitol, Nashville, Tennessee PREFACE If there’s ever a way to make people fall in love with a state, it’s to ask them to write a book about it. Since I took on this project, not only have I found more reasons to love Tennessee, but I’ve discovered more about Tennessee than I ever dreamed possible. Having worked some years back at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris (and now living in Middle Tennessee), I seem to be the perpetual tourist, curiosity seeker, and history buff.
The Tennessee Central Railroad, founded by Jere Baxter, built a line that reached into previously inaccessible areas of Tennessee. The line was the major link to the outside world for many because of Baxter’s efforts—but he failed in his attempts to wrest total control of Union Station from the L&N. Lawrence County: Home of Aviation’s Pioneer? ” His aeronautical wonder consisted of a balloon under which was suspended a fan, which drew air into a chamber and expelled it though a narrow opening, causing the machine to fly.