Taking the Sunbright Loop

By Mike Steely Would you like to take a drive to someplace you’ve probably never been? Small towns in East Tennessee are often overlooked and there are several that are worth a drive. Sunbright in Morgan County is one of those places. The small town was originally...

Driving the Foothills Parkway to Wears Valley

By Mike Steely If you’d like to take the family on a day trip to see views of the Smoky Mountains you haven’t seen before you should consider driving the extension of the Foothills Parkway that opened last fall. Plan to take your time as the speed limit is 35 miles...

Finding Davy Crockett’s family

By Mike Steely Most of us know about Davy Crockett, the Tennessean born in Limestone east of Greeneville, soldier in the Indian Wars, and volunteer in the battle for Texas independence. We know he died at the Alamo and there have been movies and television series...

Touring Historic Powell Valley

By Mike Steely Powell Valley is located just south of Cumberland Mountain stretching from Wise County, Va., all the way into Eastern Tennessee along the Powell River. The name “Powell” comes from long-hunter Ambrose Powell, a member of Dr. Thomas Walker’s exploration...

Chuck Swan area worth a visit

By Mike Steely You may know it as Sharps Chapel or simply the peninsula, but that huge swatch of state forest just north of Maynardville is actually the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area. While it is mostly abandoned now, at one time many families lived, worshiped...