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…

Pilots, Pirates, and Dingbatters in Ocracoke

Ocracoke is a village on Ocracoke Island in the lower Outer Banks of North Carolina. There are no other towns or villages on the island, but it is helpful to understand the distinction. Wokokkon was first used by the Croatan and other Native American tribes as hunting and fishing grounds until British colonizers arrived in…