Tennesee

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in the rural Tennesee heartland for a visit with Becky Magura, CEO of PBS affiliate WCTE, serving middle Tennessee; and a visit with Hippie Jack at his farm. Hippie Jack, aka Jack Stoddart, shares snippets from his life journey passionately advocating for residents of the Upper Cumberland communities—where coal mining once thrived.  

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer reporting from Kingsport, Tennessee—in the shadows of the Great Smokey Mountains—for an exploration of the town’s vibrant economy and fascinating educational opportunities for the upcoming generation.

Back in the latter 1990s, manufacturing jobs were disappearing at a frightening rate across America’s Rust Belt. Kingsport, Tennessee was a poster child for the changes, with staggering job losses and industrial manufacturing plant-closures.