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Chattanooga, East TN, Memphis, Nashville, Tri-Cities 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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Head Bob to These 7 Tennessee Music Festivals

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“Reconstruction Tennessee” comes alive at 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event

The smoke had cleared. The guns holstered, the bayonets sheathed. The blood of brothers dried from the land but the wounds of a nation remained...Read on

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Ready for a weekend getaway? Here’s the perfect 48 Hours in Downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga may be famous for its Choo Choo train, but visitors also get thrills exploring on foot. Downtown is especially walkable, so stroll along the...Read on

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Take me out to a Tennessee ball game

The sound of cleats digging into the dirt as a player slides safely into second base; the spinning of a pitcher’s screw ball as it...Read on

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Drink it in: 3 Restaurants with a serious view

There’s a saying that goes “Without winter, we wouldn’t fully appreciate spring.” Well, winter has dealt the nation a good blow of ice, snow, and...Read on

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Spring break Tennessee travel planning

As we count down to spring, it’s time to start planning getaways during the warmer months. Tennessee blossoms in March, shaking off the snow and...Read on

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Follow the sound: Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival is coming to town

There’s a place where art, film, and music collide; where you have to listen with your ears and follow your heart to be swept away...Read on