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Pickett County

Hazard Cave at Pickett State Park is actually a bluff, not a cave. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, left, with undersecretary Sumner Welles PHOTO: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Pickett County was the birthplace of Cordell Hull, one of the mo…

Polk County

The Ducktown Basin, in Polk County, in the 1950s PHOTO: Ducktown Basin Museum The Ducktown Basin today Copper is an important metal; the water that comes into your house is usually carried in copper pipes. Copper was discovered in Polk Coun…

Putnam County

Burgess Falls, in Putnam County, is one of the most beautiful places in the state. It is also the site of a former power plant. A man visits the standing stone marker in 1939 PHOTO: TN State Library and Archives There are markers and monumen…

Rhea County

The Rhea County Courthouse In the summer of 1925 national attention was focused on Rhea County. It was here that a teacher named John Scopes was tried for breaking a state law that banned the teaching of evolution in public schools. Since Scopes …

Roane County

A marker in front of the old Roane County Courthouse On September 21, 1807, the Roane County town of Kingston served as Tennessee’s state capital for one day, as a result of treaties negotiated with the Cherokee Indians. The legislature met …