Taking the Rockwood Loop

By Mike Steely Want to visit a town that was founded along a pre-historic trail? If you begin in Knoxville and take Interstate 40 west you’ll come to Kingston. The next town is Harriman. If you take that exit you can turn left off the exit and head southwest to...

Remembering Alex Haley

  By Mike Steely Ever look for something you’ve prized over the years and have no idea what you’ve done with it? I once had letters from several people like Jimmy Carter before he was president, Alex Haley when he lived in our area, author Stephen King and other...

Odd places in our region

By Mike Steely Scattered here and there in central Appalachia are places that almost defy description. Odd, unusual places that seem totally out of place and just too weird to be where they are. Yet these unique places do, indeed, exist and are worth a trip just to...

Friendsville and the original ‘Cudjo Cave’

By Mike Steely Whether you’re still cocooning at home or venturing out there are some very interesting places nearby that you can take the family to walk around without being in a crowd. Every town and community in East Tennessee is unique, fun and educational....