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Linda Caldwell Retires from the Overhill

Melissa Woody, Lee Curtis, Patricia Gray, Linda Caldwell, Shelda Rees, Cindy Milligan and Beth JonesMelissa Woody, Lee Curtis, Patricia Gray, Linda Caldwell, Shelda Rees, Cindy Milligan and Beth JonesLinda Caldwell, Executive Director of Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, was recently honored at a retirement party in the L& N Depot in Etowah. Linda has been a pioneer in Heritage and Cultural Tourism since 1990 when the Overhill region was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to participate in the Heritage Tourism pilot program for Tennessee. 

Since becoming the founding director, she has developed the Tennessee Overhill into a national model for successful cultural tourism. With such projects as the Old Line Railroad, Unicoi Turnpike Trail, Furs to Factories Heritage Trail, Niche Marketing and Trail of Tears, she and the TOHA have showcased the region across the nation. Caldwell is also a noted speaker to heritage tourism developers in conferences across America.

“All of us salute Linda for her many contributions to our great state,” said Commissioner Susan Whitaker of the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development.  “Linda should take pride in the fruit of her labor that will have a lasting impact on the Tennessee home she has loved so well.”

Caldwell’s successor is Gerald Hodge, Jr., a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who is originally from East Tennessee.  Hodge is a published historian and is passionate about cultural preservation.

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