East TN, Tri-Cities Writer
I’m Linda Lange. As a travel writer living in Knoxville, I fully appreciate barbecue, bluegrass and Dollywood.
My story began in the Tennessee Valley, and I’ve traveled the backroads of East Tennessee for as long as I can remember. Whether I’m rafting the Hiwassee, visiting historic towns or enjoying performances at Knoxville’s historic Tennessee Theatre, I love exploring our beautiful state.
The best part for me is meeting the people and letting them tell their stories. Let’s tell the tale of East Tennessee together.
Describe your perfect Tennessee day.
Most likely my perfect Tennessee day would be in the springtime, when the dogwood and redbud trees are in bloom, and wildflowers sprinkle the riverbanks with soft violets and pinks. On these blue-sky days, I like to take my canoe and drift down the rivers, my favorites being the Clinch, Pigeon, Hiwassee and Caney Fork. Often, early morning mist cloaks the waterways, and my only companions are the great blue herons.
Where’s the first place you’d take a friend visiting Tennessee?
Chattanooga squeezes a lot of attractions into its downtown.The Tennessee Aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art are premier attractions for people of all ages and interests. However, downtown is so much more than historic landmarks, neon-lit restaurants and the IMAX 3D theater. The Tennessee River gives people a sense of place. They can bike the winding Tennessee Riverpark, a greenway stretching for miles, or relax aboard the River Gorge Explorer. They can wander through Bluff View Arts District or stroll across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge to Coolidge Park. These little adventures give visitors glimpses into this wonderfully diverse, walkable and lovable city.
If you could meet one historical Tennessean, who would it be and why? (This can be someone still living.)
I’d like to spend an afternoon with Dolly Parton and ask her how she comes up with those great quips like “Keep buyin’ my records. It takes a lot of money to look this cheap!” She doesn’t take herself too seriously and always seems to know what’s important in life. Her Imagination Library sends books to almost 700,000 children every month. What a great thing to do! I could learn a lot from her and I’d sure have a lot of fun just hanging out with her.
Stories By Lindaread all
Elizabethton: A Tennessee Treasure
You can experience the highs and lows of the Elizabethton area without doing too much driving. The small town east of the Tri-Cities in northeast...Read on
Antique Hunting in Tennessee
Sometimes road trips don’t go the way you plan, but that opens the door for an unexpected adventure. I went to Etowah to look into...Read on
Cool Swimming Holes in East Tennessee
Even in 100 degree heat, finding a cool spot in East Tennessee is easy. Carved into the rugged Appalachian terrain, swimming holes, lakes, rivers and...Read on
Fourth of July Fun in East Tennessee
Kids steer their Big Wheels through downtown Crossville. Competitors devour chili peppers in Jonesborough. People toss eggs in Fall Creek Falls State Park, spit watermelon...Read on
Get Away to Historic Rugby
That such an idyllic place as Rugby ever existed is miracle enough; that it’s still around is even more so. But, there it stands just...Read on
It’s not really summer in East Tennessee until the tubing starts at the Little River. Around Memorial Day, the stretch of the river just downstream...Read on
Mountain Music and History at the Museum of Appalachia
Ever imagine you could lead a simple life in the mountains of Tennessee? Play your fiddle on your cabin’s front porch? Live a bucolic existence...Read on