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...

Visiting Harrell Road Stormwater Park

By Mike Steely Want to visit a really unique group of parks right here in Knox County? You could take a day away from home and take the family to the various unique parks in northwest Knox County. The most unusual of these many parks has got to be Harrell Road...

Cumberland Gap Iron Furnace often overlooked

By Mike Steely Almost everyone in our nation knows of the Cumberland Gap pass, made famous by Daniel Boone, and many in our region visit the national park there. Cumberland Gap is also the name of a small Tennessee town that is surrounded on all sides by the park...