East TN, Knoxville Writer

Linda Lange

Hi! 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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Shark Lagoon

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


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


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

Mike Clemmer

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


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


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