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.
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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
Staying Active in Tennessee During the Holidays
No matter what the weather, I make myself get out of the house after the Thanksgiving feast. Rooms are stuffy and I’m stuffed, so it’s...Read on
East Tennessee’s Art Scene Takes Off
A small art gallery in Townsend caught my eye recently. The two-story log cabin has the feel and smell of a rustic crafts shop, but...Read on
East Tennessee Lights Up for the Holidays
The switch for five million holiday lights flips on Nov. 6 in Pigeon Forge signaling Winterfest has begun. Sparkling displays along the parkway and venues...Read on
Experience Norris Dam State Park this November
The ducks have the right idea. Norris Lake is the place to be in the fall. I join them on the water this Sunday when...Read on
The Ghosts of East Tennessee
Sensors zero in on other worldly vibes. High tech cameras scan the shadows for a hint of paranormal activity. Haunted Knoxville Tours is the real...Read on
Benton Falls in Fall
East Tennessee is at its best during a fall walk in the woods. To get an early jump on the seasonal colors I went to...Read on