Tennessee Journals

East Tennessee

A June 2008 trip to Tennessee by flyingscot4

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: The hidden beauty of East Tennessee and Appalaccia

East Tennessee

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Overview

Babbling Brook? Photo, Tennessee, United States
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Tennessee is legally divided into three separate sections called "grand divisions:" West, Middle, and East. East Tennessee is the most populated and has some of the prettiest mountain country in the US. It is also home to a major US public university, and some of the poorest people in the country. Slavery was not widely practiced in this part of the state and it was against secession before the Civil War. It is still staunchly Republican and has been since that time. Despite the regional Republican majority, there are significant Democratic enclaves in Hamilton, Knox and Washington counties—home to Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City respectively, and also home to the three largest colleges in...Read More

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Attraction | "Cade's Cove"

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Cade's Cove is a "U" shaped, eleven mile, one lane, and one way road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This short road can take over three hours to traverse. If a bear is sighted (common) the line of cars stops and everyone gets out to see the cute, but dangerous bear. The cars remain stopped until the bear wanders off into the woods and the lead car begins moving again. Every once-in-a-while the bear is less friendly and the cars move faster. When a tourist is stupid enough to attempt get an "up close and personal" picture of the cute bear without the benefit of a telephoto lens, things can and do go tragically wrong. There are warning signs posted and travelers are warned at the tick...Read More

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 37738
(865) 436-1200

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Photo, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Clinch Mountain runs all the way from Virginia through East Tennessee. Halfway up the mountain in a lovely location is a small farm owned by "Oma." Oma raises 12 angora goats for wool, 2 alpacas for wool, five dogs for protection of all, and a horse because everyone should have a horse in case the oil runs out.Oma is from Germany and came to this country when she was 21 years old. She has done a lot of things and seen a lot of things, but, in retirement, she has traded her past for the country life in East Tennessee. Her life revolves around the farm, her daughter and grandchildren in Florida, and her family in Germany."Oma" is "Grandma" in German. Her grandchildren have ...Read More
Matthew Photo, Tennessee, United States
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What can I say? This is my only opportunity to both show off Oma's farm in East Tennessee and my grandchildren in the same place. I am truly blessed with a wonderful daughter and son-in-law and three terrific grandchildren who constantly remind of a song written by Adam MacNaughton, "Generations of Change." The last line goes:

"Man, I've seen so much change,
But still it seems so strange,
To look at my world through a young laddie's eyes."

Life is good.