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There are many places to visit in Tennessee

Being a native of Johnson County, Tennessee, I have for years been curious about the state in which I was born. I am happy to curl up with a book on Tennessee. There is always something new to learn. There are so many historic and geographic sites to see and a whole lot of entertainment venues.
Some folks can boast about being in all the states of the United States, but I cannot. I haven’t been to many sites of interest. Oh! I’ve been to a few. Some I’ve mentioned in previous columns such as Greeneville where I visited the historical home of President Andrew Johnson, his tailor shop and other places of interest. I’ve visited David Crockett’s birthplace and cabin, been to Rocky Mount where the capitol of the Territory South of the River Ohio was for a time. There may be a few places of interest I’ve been to that I have forgotten.
Let me mention a few of the places of interest in Tennessee that might be prospective places to visit for me as well as for the readers of this column.
Knoxville is an interesting town. I remember being at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville with a group of people from First Christian Church. The Sunsphere was one of the major sights to see there. I understand that a restaurant is now housed in the fifth level of the Sunsphere. I made the trip to the top in an elevator. The Sunsphere is 288 ft. tall and is topped with a five-story glass ball. One of the things I remember most at the fair was seeing my first IMAX movie. Of course, everyone knows that Knoxville is the home of the beloved University of Tennessee Volunteers. Whatever the sport may be at the school, fans come in droves to witness them. UT football is one of the main things that draws huge crowds when the Vols play at home.
Knoxville is the site of the stately frame Blount Mansion. Built in 1792, it is one of the oldest homes in the state and was considered a mansion in its day. It was the home of William Blount, who was a signer of the U. S. Constitution. I, as well as most Johnson County folks, have visited the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. There are so many fun and informative things to do there its hard to mention them all. So, I won’t.
The Great Smoky Mountains is the destination for many from Johnson County. Cades Cove features a drive that showcases several restored structures that were a part of that mountain community. Oak Ridge, once a quiet rural community became extremely hectic when in 1943, work began on the Atomic Bomb. I mentioned Jamestown a few columns ago. Jamestown is near the home and gristmill owned by Sgt. Alvin C. York. Gen. John J. Pershing said of York. “He is the greatest soldier of World War I.”
The Cumberland Gap was a pass in the mountains that eased a way for settlers to move further into the frontier following the Revolutionary War. Daniel Boone was one who blazed the trail through the Gap.
There are many other trips to take and sites to see in Tennessee. Perhaps I’ll write about more in later columns.