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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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If you had asked me about this wonder a few years ago, I would have stared back into your eyes with an absolute void. Yes, I know what fireflies are, but if you live in Georgia or anywhere in the southern US for that matter, they are lightning bugs. more

May 31, 2016 11:47 AM Seeing Southern

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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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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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Seeing Southern: The Blue Ridge Mountains is a place for stories of humble people, of hard-working souls, of never ending love, of celebrations and reunions, of places that will energize your imagination while they tug at your heart or make you tap your feet to a down-home melody. Email us at!