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  • From seeing seven states atop Lookout Mountain, just a half-mile from the Tennessee state line, to scaling Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, some of the most scenic views in the Southeast are located in Tennessee. And the good news is that you can see them without leaving the ground. As the only place in the country that offers a view of seven states — Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia — Lookout Mountain offers a 360-d...

  • 40 Years of Gathering Promote Unity and Heritage Among Native American Indian Tribes On an early October weekend in Long Hunter State Park in Hermitage, a pow wow livens up the park’s atmosphere. Native American Indian drum and flute music adds to the ambience of nature’s sounds. Native dancers from throughout the U.S. gather to compete and show off their skills in intricate, colorful regalia that showcase their heritage. Vendors sell food, wares and art showing trade skills that have been p...

  • It’s time for you to have your say in determining the best Tennessee has to offer. We again need your help in naming the honorees of the 2021 Best of Tennessee Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize winners from the three regions of the Volunteer State. And just for nominating your favorites, you’ll be entered in a drawing for entertaining Tennessee-themed prizes. Vote in as many or as few categories as you feel knowledgeable, but keep in mind that only ballots with 15 or more categories ...

  • Fall Color Scouts Can Find a Lot to Feast Their Eyes Upon Fall is one of the best seasons to enjoy the outdoors in Tennessee. The heat of summer has receded, replaced with a combination of sunny days and just enough crispness in the air to bring to mind brightly colored fall leaves, pumpkins and warm mugs of coffee or hot chocolate. One of the best places to enjoy the autumn air and a variety of under-the-blue-sky activities is Cumberland Mountain State Park outside Crossville. The birth of a pa...

  • Changes in gear and rules have done a lot to make the sport safer I interrupt this football season for the following historical tidbit: There was a time when people all over the South wanted the sport banned because it was killing too many young men. There were no helmets, mouthpieces or protective padding; the rules were loosely defined; brawls frequently broke out; players bit each other and gouged each other’s eyes out; and it was hard to find anyone willing to referee the games.Granted, I...

  • Three age categories: 1 to 9, 10 to 14 and 15 to 18 years old. Each group will have first-, second- and third-place winners. Media: Drawing or painting on 8½-by-11-inch unlined paper. We encourage the use of color. Entry: Send your original art to: The Tennessee Magazine, Artist’s Palette — October, P.O. Box 100912, Nashville, TN 37224. (Please make sure you include the month on the outside of the envelope!) Only one entry per artist, please. Deadline: Art must be postmarked by Monday, Nov....

  • Are you a poet at heart? If so, we would like to see your efforts in The Tennessee Magazine’s monthly poetry contest. Please limit your poem to no more than 100 words. Your work must include a Tennessee theme. Winning poems will be printed in our December issue. Subject: While the theme of your poem must include something Tennessee-related, including the word “Tennessee” is not required. Age categories: The competition has six age divisions — 8 and younger, 9–13, 14–18, 19–22, 23...

  • Age 8 and younger First Place Clouds Over Tennessee Damien Quillen, Meriwether Lewis EC Above the grand divisions, there are fluffy cotton balls. Some are stretched out thin, while others are puffy and tall. They fill up full with water that free falls down as rain. They provide relief in summer heat in the form of shade. Before the night is quite a sight as their color change begins. Purples, blues, oranges and pinks will bring the day to an end. Second Place Centipede Sadie Law, Southwest Ten...

  • Dear Connie Sue, I need your help. Is this a straw cutter or some other kind of implement? It’s solid wood, handmade, with pegs and mortise and tenon joints. It is 36 inches tall and 37.5 inches wide with no mark. I got it at a flea market in Wisconsin. — (Another) Connie Sue, Rogersville Dear Connie Sue, This is a flax break. So, yes, it is for straw — of sorts. Linen is made from the long fibers inside the flax plant. To reach but not harm the interior fibers, the straw must be gently br...