Below is an excerpt from my book "Forgotten Tales of Tennessee." Click here to read more about it and order. It was an odd sight that greeted Captain Bryan Graves of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as he looked down on Madisonville from his small plane in June 2007. In the wheat fields below, he… Continue reading What exactly are crop circles signs of?
When Sweetums and I went to Branson, Mo., last summer, the first place he wanted to stop was the World's Largest Toy Museum. Is anyone surprised? The museum was open with pandemic rules: masks, a limited number of people inside, and six feet of separation from other visitors. Because of that, the museum only had… Continue reading Our visit to the World’s Largest Toy Museum
After writing for It’s a Southern Thing about an amazing statue of Minnie Pearl, the country comedian who was a Grand Ole Opry favorite, I decided to visit it in person. (Click here to read my original story on SouthernThing.com). The statue was originally placed in downtown Centerville, Tenn., the birthplace of Minnie Pearl, whose… Continue reading This Tennessee town has two sculptures of Minnie Pearl, but the chicken-wire statue stole my heart
On a recent trip through Georgia, I was driving along Highway 16 when I spotted a sign that said “Barbie Beach Parking.” I did a double take and looked for a place to turn around, exclaiming “I didn’t realize Barbie Beach was on our route.” I told Rebekah, my friend and fellow traveler, that I’d… Continue reading Is Barbie Beach the tackiest roadside attraction ever? See for yourselves
On a recent visit to Newnan, Ga., to tour some movie filming sites, my friend Rebekah and I stopped at historic Oakhill Cemetery for one purpose: to see an arm grave. Before heading out on our trip, I'd seen a story about the unique grave so we made a detour specifically to find it. The… Continue reading This historic cemetery has a grave for an arm, with a marker etched with an arm, of course