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Tipton County

A map of Tipton County Tennessee's western boundary used to be the Mississippi River. That seemed to make sense. But no one tells the Mighty Mississippi what to do. During the great earthquake of 1811 and 1812, the river changed its course in …

Trousdale County

Caption Trousdale County is home to a nuclear power plant that the Tennessee Valley Authority never finished. You can see the never-operational Hartsville Nuclear Power Plant from nearly 20 miles away. It sort of towers over Trousdale County. If …

Unicoi County

Uncle Johnny's hostel is a well-known stop on the Appalachian Trail in Erwin. Unicoi County is famous for having once executed an elephant. In 1916, the Sparks Brothers Circus came to Kingsport. A 9,500 pound elephant named Mary brutally ki…

Union County

A Roy Acuff record In the 1940s and 1950s few Americans were better known than Roy Acuff, a native of Maynardville. He started off as a baseball player, but then an injury cut short his career and he began playing the fiddle. In 1934 Acuff starte…

Van Buren County

Photo courtesy of Tom Miller Spencer once made national news, thanks to the elderly ladies of the town. In the late 1930s, the mayor of Spencer died, and for a while no one in the town took the initiative to call an election to replace him. It lo…