East TN 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
Sgt. Alvin C. York, A Tennessee Hero
Sgt. Alvin C. York cast a big shadow across the rolling pastures of the Cumberland Plateau. His farmstead at Pall Mall remains much as it...Read on
Behind the Scenes at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has the visitor experience down to an art form. Jewel-toned reef fish swim by with amazing frequency and penguins waddle...Read on
Tennessee Resolutions for 2013
One of the best New Year’s resolutions was made by a friend of mine. She was recovering from knee surgery and had doctor’s orders to...Read on
Hiking in Tennessee’s Winter Wonderland
A hiking buddy once explained why she preferred trekking out in the winter: “In winter, the view is 100 times better,” she said. “The air...Read on
Winter Break Family Fun in Tennessee
People who want to give the gift of experiences, rather than gadgets, have many opportunities to enjoy the season. The Christmas break offers family fun...Read on
Christmas Tree Farm Fun in East TN
Leo Collins wears a bright red Santa T-shirt, making him easy to spot as he directs traffic into his gravel driveway. The owner of Bluebird...Read on
See Christmas on Stage in East Tennessee
“Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing…..Ring ting tingle-ling too….” The sounds of the season sweep through East Tennessee in a flourish of stage shows, musical...Read on