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  • 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 September 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...

  • PLUG IN As battery technology and charging infrastructure improve, many Tennesseans are taking another look at electric vehicles. Their performance, reduced operating costs, limited environmental impact and utilization of all-American fuel sources make them quite compelling. Thanks to our friends at Nissan Americas in Franklin, members of The Tennessee Magazine team set out to see how realistic electric vehicles are for everyday use. Electrified on Monteagle Mountain Electric Vehicles and Famil...

  • Tennessee motorists on Interstate 24 know about Monteagle Mountain’s steepness and sharp curves. It’s a test for internal-combustion engines, transmissions and drivers. Not a Pike’s Peak challenge, but the elevation rise of 2,000 feet and 6 percent gradient slow traffic going east and west. Assaulting the mountain in an electric vehicle (EV), I didn’t know what to expect. In the passenger seat, The Tennessee Magazine Editor Robin Conover prepared her camera equipment. I gripped the steer...

  • Nearly 30 percent of Tennessee households have children under 18 years of age. You see a familiar cast of characters when driving past any school pickup line or through any Little League parking lot: minivans and SUVs. These vehicles provide the comfort, convenience and space that are important to many parents. But what about electric vehicles? Are they a good fit for busy families with kids? To answer this question, our family of four, including our 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, drov...

  • The popularity and acceptance of electric vehicles have steadily increased over the past several years. In 2020, an increase in the number of available charging stations led to a more than 21 percent jump in the amount of electricity used to charge EVs in the U.S., according to a report released by Platts Analytics Energy Outlooks. But what is it like to actually own and drive an EV? What things do you have to do differently from when you drive a gas-powered vehicle? What benefits are provided b...

  • Shutterbug assignment “A Tennessee Summer” Sweet summertime is upon us. Here’s hoping for a summer season full of adventurous trips, sunset boat rides and campfires! This Shutterbug Photography assignment is to capture your Tennessee summer adventures. Images can be from any year but must have been photographed in Tennessee. Please enter any subject matter that captures what your summertime looks like. Whether these adventures are in your backyard or across the state in the Great Smoky Mo...

  • Warriors’ Path State Park home to tons of recreation opportunities Much — but certainly not all — of the recreational opportunities at Warriors’ Path center around Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir. Long before Europeans and their descendants settled in what would become Tennessee, there were footpaths being made by animals and then early inhabitants for hunting and trade purposes. One such path, the Great Cherokee War and Trading Path, passed through what is today Warriors’ Path State Park...

  • There’s a cherry for every palette — sweet, sour, dark and luscious or bright and mild. You can pop them fresh and unpitted into your mouth or reduce them into a syrup for your most elegant desserts. Just keep in mind that there’s not an endless supply: Cherries are the very essence of summer and, like summer days, should be savored while they’re here. Cherry Pudding Cake   Save Print Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar, divided 4 teaspoons baking powder ...

  • 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 — July, 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, Aug. 2....

  • Dear Connie Sue, This coverlet belonged to my grandmother, who was born in 1866 and died in 1928. I would love to know the pattern and its current value. — Margaret, Rogersville Dear Margaret, This overshot structured woven coverlet was made circa 1830. The pattern resembles those attributed to southwestern Virginia. Such coverlets were typically made with two pieces sewn together like yours. The pattern details have worn away from your coverlet with time and use. The border was probably trim...