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...

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...

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...

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...

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...