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Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Tennessee’s rural destinations

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an exploration of Tennessee’s rural realms. Discovery Park of America is located in Union City a 3-hour drive from Nashville. The park features an array of attractions focused on science, technology, engineering and math, a vintage train depot, log cabins, a Titan missile and much more. 

Next up is the historic village of Rugby, 75 miles from Knoxville. Rugby was established in 1880 as an experimental utopian community.

Morristown is a small town just 50 miles from Knoxville, but its economic engine is dynamic, with an array of manufacturers, including a Colgate Palmolive factory and the newly arrived international bus manufacturer Van Hool. 

Monroe County is just an hour’s drive from Knoxville but it’s a realm, where small town life is vibrant and outdoor activities rule, including Craighead Caverns, home of The Lost Sea Adventure where cave tours include the world’s largest underground lake—complete with boat rides.

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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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