Rolling Stone country music coverage coming to Tennessee.
A massive winter storm is moving its way across the U.S. and is once again expected to blast portions of Tennessee, but, just like last week, East Tennessee is expected to be spared the worst of any frozen precipitation. — More.
Editorial on President Obama’s visit to Chattanooga today: Take your jobs plan and shove it
And this: So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program. Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.
Here, in the rural hills of Tennessee, is the latest fallout of a recession that officially ended in 2009 but remains without end for so many. More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.
First, schools became the country’s biggest soup kitchens, as free and reduced-price lunch programs expanded to include free breakfast, then free snacks and then free backpacks of canned goods sent home for weekends. Now those programs are extending into summer, even though classes stop, in order for children to have a dependable source of food. Some elementary school buildings stay open year-round so cafeterias can serve low-income students. High schools begin summer programs earlier to offer free breakfast. — More.
Cummins Falls—Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee
There’s something almost theatrical about the setup here at this 211-acre park about 80 miles east of Nashville. The wide steps at the base of the 75-foot waterfall look exactly like an amphitheater, with all seats facing the headliner: a deep, cold-water swimming hole. So it’s only appropriate that the falls have a dramatic backstory to match. When plans were hatched to transform this family favorite into plots for 85 riverfront houses, an enterprising conservationist group bought the land at public auction and sold it back to the state, turning Cummins Falls into Tennessee’s newest state park in May 2012. — More.
Here’s the state’s description: It is the eighth largest waterfall in Tennessee in volume of water, and was named one of the top 10 best swimming holes in the United States in the “America’s Best Swimming Holes” article in Travel and Leisure magazine. The article reads “It’s a hard-earned scramble to the bottom that involves hiking to the overlook, wading across the ankle-deep stream, climbing up to the ridge, and using a rope guide to walk yourself down to the water. This is not a swimming hole for lightweights. Translation: expect a younger crowd. But if you’re agile (and sure-footed), the descent into the cavernous pool is worth the effort.” Alice Bruneau, June 2010
@foulknews 9m ALERT: North Carolina I-40 eastbound at mm 12 closed because of tractor trailer wreck.
I shot this at the Weigel’s on Cedar Bluff.
UPDATE: Price today (Tuesday) was $3.51.
State officials are making the case to Fiat head Sergio Marchionne to select Tennessee for the Italian automaker’s joint headquarters with Chrysler Group LLC. — More.
*Tongue firmly planted in cheek.
UPDATE: Well, maybe that dog will hunt.