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Explore Tennessee’s Bristol Speedway, Storytelling Center, Birthplace of Country Music and more

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Tennessee with Cindy Dupree, Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Ms. Dupree and Tom visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greenville, the Bristol Motor Speedway, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee." style="line-height: 1.5;">

Next stop is the National Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, followed by Ms. Dupree’s Highlights of Knoxville. The last stop is the Choo Choo Hotel located in Chattanooga’s former Terminal train station where Ms. Dupree talks about the legendary big band World War II Glenn Miller hit song, Chattanooga Choo Choo. The tune hit the charts as the number one song in America on December 7th 1941. The music post-script is a live recording from the 2016 Coke ovens Bluegrass Festival in the rural village of Dunlap, Tennessee.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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