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East TN Writer

Amanda Stravinsky

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of Nashville. My family and I vacationed in East Tennessee every year when I was young. Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains, staying in cabins in Gatlinburg, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge and Dandridge instilled in me a love for this state at an early age. I now have the privilege of working and living in Tennessee. My blog posts will center on what’s happening around this great state.  I’d love it if you joined me! Describe your perfect Tennessee day. If gas prices were virtually non-existent? Okay. The weather would be a crisp 50 degrees, bright sunshine, one or two fluffy clouds in the sky. The Nashville city skyline would be void of city haze. My day would start in Nashville with a quick run to Bongo Java for a mocha latte and a stroll through Centennial Park with my friends. Then, we’d drive to Sevier County to hike Rainbow Falls. Coming back from our hike, we would drive back to Chattanooga for the aquarium and the Southern Belle Riverboat tour. We would end the day right where we started, in Nashville, settling down for some southern home-cooking at the Loveless Café. Of course, one day wouldn’t be enough so I would add a second day and head to Memphis for some toe-tapping music and finger-licking-good barbecue. Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee? Being an honorary Nashvillian, I would have to take my friend to downtown Broadway to experience the sights, smells and sounds of live music blaring from the honky- tonks, flashing neon lights and that lingering smell that tells you some great BBQ is always at your fingertips. If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.) I’ve always wanted to meet Aretha Franklin who was born and raised in Memphis. It would be an honor to be in the presence of one of the great singers of our time, to hear her story of how she used her powerhouse voice to break into the music industry. Also, I would ask her for some singing lessons.

 

Stories By Amanda

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The day my heart stopped or The day I rode Dollywood’s FireChaser Express

It was a peaceful, dark and early morning when I awoke in my hotel room in Pigeon Forge. My eyes instinctively squinted when I turned...Read on

Ramsey House Plantation, Knoxville, provided by Arts & Cultural Alliance

Play [Vintage] Ball!

The sound of the wooden bat hitting against the white, red-stitched ball sending it soaring in the air can be heard amongst the screams of...Read on

4/24/09 Governor Bredesen attends The Hermitage’s 12th Annual President’s Gala

Plan your spring break around these must-see Tennessee festivals

Festivals sprout up just like the many flowers that blanket Tennessee during springtime. Food, arts and music festivals begin to fill the calendar in March...Read on

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Get active this Spring Break with these Tennessee outdoor activities

Turn those clocks forward! Daylight Savings Time is this weekend and that means longer (and warmer) days are finally ahead. After being cooped up indoors...Read on

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Find adventurous possibilities on The Promised Land Trail

Explore the land that was once home to pioneers, pearlers and politicians. The Promised Land Trail, one of the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways,...Read on

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THE TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM WRAPS UP BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH TWO GROUNDBREAKING GALLERIES

Being that February is Black History Month, there have been concerts, celebrations, commemorations, and memorials to honor African American contributions to Tennessee and the nation....Read on

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HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN CHATTANOOGA

Here’s the thing about Chattanooga. All of the attractions are fairly close to each other. You can still wear comfy, cute boots like I did...Read on