McMinn County; an Unexpected Industrial Mecca

McMinn County, Tennessee includes Athens, Niota, Englewood, Etowah, part of Sweetwater, and several unincorporated communities. It was created in 1819 and named after Joseph McMinn, a Revolutionary War commander and Tennessee Governor of six years. McMinn was also a decorated veteran of previous wars and served in the Tennessee Senate, as justice of the peace…

C-C-C-Cumberland Mountain State Park

  Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tennessee has more than 1,700 acres with endless recreational options to explore. The park also has an Olympic-sized pool, several picnic shelters, campgrounds, playgrounds, courts for volleyball, tennis, basketball, badminton and other sports and games, a golf course, and a restaurant onsite.  My song for this entry is…

Greeneville, with an E.

National Allied Publications founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson was born in Greeneville, TN in 1890. Eventually his company became DC Comics, and Wheeler-Nicholson would be forever credited as the pioneer of American pulp comic books.  My song for this entry is not a metal song but it is featured on the soundtrack for DC’s newest project, Dark…

Sea Cruising and Chickee Bars in Naples

Naples, Florida is known for being a city of culture, sophistication, high-end retailers, and fancy restaurants. The western border of this city curves along the Gulf of Mexico with miles of beaches and a bustling ecotourism industry.  The Naples Pier, Naples Botanical Garden, Picayune Strand State Forest, Bird Gardens of Naples, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and…