Judy Garrison

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Rivers and rails have always defined the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now, the rails of Bryson City, North Carolina, have a new shining star, the #1702 steam locomotive. more

Sep 21, 2016 11:15 AM Seeing Southern

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Judy Garrison

If you've traveled in the South, you've passed a "See Rock City" barn. Once there were 900 barns; today, only 62 remain. Rock City, with the help of the land owners and H & M Painting, are making sure that history is preserved - one barn at a time. more

Jul 28, 2016 1:59 PM Seeing Southern

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As Southern as jonquils, banana pudding, magnolias and boiled peanuts, Dolly Parton oozes charm, hospitality and poofy hair. Under studio lighting, she shines brightly. However, she really doesn't need help with brightness. more

Jun 13, 2016 8:07 AM Seeing Southern

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Seeing Southern

What story have you told today? Over breakfast or on the ride to work? To a friend on the phone? Who doesn’t love a good story? more

Apr 19, 2016 4:09 PM Seeing Southern

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Seeing Southern

If you've ever sat around the kitchen table after eating way too much of that crispy fried chicken mother cooked for Sunday dinner and dared not move because you might miss the rest of the story, you need to travel to Young Harris, Georgia, April 1. more

Mar 25, 2016 4:53 PM Seeing Southern

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I meet artist Robert Tino at his gallery in Sevierville, Tennessee, on a spot of land that sits just off a busy four-lane Highway 66. It is his spot of heaven which includes barns and pastures that have been spared from progress. more

Feb 19, 2016 1:16 PM Seeing Southern 1 Comments

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Judy Garrison

I couldn’t have been more than eight when my parents and I starting making trips north into the North Georgia mountains toward our mountain property in Hiawassee. One of the spots that delighted me was the big house with the red roof. more

Jan 27, 2016 3:30 PM Seeing Southern

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Each Thanksgiving morning in Lenoir, North Carolina, the Bolick family fires up the wood fire kiln and by Saturday morning, magic happens. People come from all over the South eager to discover treasures and they're willing to work for it. more

Dec 11, 2015 8:31 AM Seeing Southern

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There’s excitement each time I interview strangers. Like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, “You never know what you’re gonna get.” With Robert Alewine, it was simple. more

Nov 24, 2015 8:42 AM Seeing Southern

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"It's an amazingly charming little city, oozing with handicraft shops and tasteful inns and lovely stone houses," explains writer Ernie Pyle in 1940. In this little city - Gatlinburg - lives The Gatlinburg Inn and the Maples family. more

Nov 4, 2015 6:01 AM Seeing Southern

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Three years ago, I tripped over an idea for a book. I was researching a travel article on distilleries in North Georgia, and who should I find, but the legend that my family had warned me about years earlier. more

Oct 21, 2015 12:00 AM Seeing Southern

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It only took one man, one wire, and one day in the summer of 1970 to make both the man and the place a legend. When Karl Wallenda constructed a wire across Tallulah Falls Gorge in Northeast Georgia, thousands came. more

Oct 7, 2015 4:06 PM Seeing Southern

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People are strange creatures, with all those peculiar attitudes, offbeat beliefs, bizarre actions, extraordinarily strange foundations. Funny thing, place all these creatures in one room, under one tent, and watch all them fade away. more

Sep 22, 2015 12:00 AM Seeing Southern

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Can you feel it? The coolness drifting through the air. Every now and then, the crisp breeze of fall breaks through the sizzle of summer, and it stops me in my tracks. Summer is winding down, and I get to slow down. Fall is on its way. more

Sep 9, 2015 12:00 AM Seeing Southern


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Before Roanoke, I had no clue as to the power of trains. In my mind, they were simply massive steel structures that shot off plumes of smoke (once up on a time), and today, simply an alternative to plane travel. Then, I met O. Winston Link. more

Mar 3, 2015 12:11 PM Seeing Southern

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Remember those fairy tale places from your childhood? When I grew up, taking a vacation was magical, a once-a-year event. One that you looked forward for months on end. more

Feb 19, 2015 4:34 PM Seeing Southern

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Do you ever stop yourself, and say, “That sounded just like something my mama would say.” Eddie Harris is thankful every day for the “hippie craze” that included a longing for leather belts and pocketbooks. more

Feb 3, 2015 3:52 PM Seeing Southern

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There are only two places in the United States where you can replace cars and trucks with tanks and loaders. One is Minnesota; the other, Blue Ridge, Georgia's Tank Town USA! more

Jan 23, 2015 11:25 AM Seeing Southern

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This time of year, once you speed past college football rivalries and the big Thanksgiving feast, people eventually get down to business and remember the reason why a multitude of relatives are under the same roof – in honor of family and history. more

Dec 18, 2014 10:59 AM Seeing Southern

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Plant trees, and they will come. That's probably not the exact advice that Bill Mercier originally imparted to his son Tim or to his granddaughter's husband Joe Foster years ago, but since 1943, the Mercier family has been doing just that. more

Dec 11, 2014 12:18 PM Seeing Southern

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