East TN Writer

Linda Lange


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 Linda

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The Road to Historic Rogersville

Stagecoaches rumbled through Rogersville, transporting new settlers and future presidents. The dusty road connected the rough-hewn frontier to Washington D.C. and the established cities of...Read on


Chattanooga’s RiverRocks Brings Fall Fun to Tennessee

It’s time to jump into RiverRocks. Don’t worry. It won’t hurt. In fact, it’s a lot of fun. RiverRocks is just beginning its third year...Read on


Tennessee Fall Foliage By Train, Boat, and Air

A sightseeing trip to see Tennessee’s autumn leaf display doesn’t have to be a drive in a car. You can leave the navigation to someone...Read on


Fall Brings a Harvest of East Tennessee Festivals

Nothing says Fall more than a pile of pumpkins and a basket of apples. East Tennesseans are blessed to have a bushel of pumpkin and...Read on


Mile-High Ride on Cherohala Skyway

As the days grow cooler and red and bronze colors slip into hardwood forests, we think about taking a drive purely for the scenery. In...Read on

Glenmore-Mansion Jefferson City

The mansions of East Tennessee

East Tennessee more than holds its own when it comes to mansions. Middle Tennessee’s famous homes, like Belle Meade and Belmont, might hold more grandeur,...Read on


It’s Football Time in Tennessee!

It’s magical really. A late summer afternoon, still a little hot but what glorious orange sunshine and there’s a nice little breeze off the Tennessee...Read on