East TN 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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Black History Month in East Tennessee

Written by: Dave Jones, East Tennessee Regional Manager   In the 1950’s, Green McAdoo Grammar School in Clinton was the leading education entity for African...Read on


Valentine’s Day Ideas in Middle Tennessee

We’re almost a week away from Valentine’s Day weekend which means flowers, chocolates, dinner reservations, and special dates are being planned. Middle Tennessee has a...Read on

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Romantic Spaces in East Tennessee Historic Places

Written by: Dave Jones, East Tennessee Regional Manager February is the month for love and East Tennessee combines history and romance for one powerful elixir...Read on

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Explore the Arts, Iconic Attractions and Outdoor Adventure on our Pie in the Sky Trail

East Tennessee’s Trails & Byways follow the routes of early settlers, storytellers and musicians through country as spectacular as the Great Smoky Mountains. Four distinct...Read on

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Finding my “cool” in Knoxville

A blend of music, nature, and a vibrant, ever-changing food scene, Knoxville is a sprawling city with any and every activity you could think of....Read on

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Written by: Dave Jones East Tennessee Regional Manager, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development   One of the reasons I enjoy living in Tennessee is its...Read on

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Family’s East Tennessee vacation even more memorable with a Dolly Parton soundtrack

Written by: Bill Patterson   If you’ve seen television ads for Tennessee Tourism, then you’ve probably already met the Kicinski-McCoy Family of Nashville, Tenn, who...Read on