Knoxville TN

Knoxville Tennessee was settled before 1800 and has a law on the books making it illegal to lasso fish. Home of the 1982 Worlds Fair, Knoxville attracted more than 11 million visitors. A scenic town in rolling hills, it is north of Chattanooga and east of Nashville. Parts not for outside of town are still a monument of earlier life in the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains. With a population under 200,000 people, Saturday football games at the University of Tennessee will attract well over 100,000 fans. With the players and employees of the huge events at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville hosts one of the largest sporting events, other than Nascar, in the entire United States of America.

Neyland Stadium is well known for it’s orange and white checkerboard endzones. Home of the Tennessee Volunteers NCAA college football team, the Universilty are perenial contenders in the Southeastern Conference and achieve frequent national ranking. The stadium was named for Robert Reese Neyland, who won an astounding 173 games in 216 outings. Although he was born in Texas in 1892, and he died in Louisiana in 1962, Neyland was a true example of the Volunteer spirit. Neyland was appointed to West Point by Sam Rayburn, served in World War I in France, and served in the punishing and brutal Burmese theater in World War II, without complaint.

Neyland produced national champions at the University of Tennessee before World War II, but strugged at first after the war while other teams succeeded with new formations. But Neyland put the exclamation point on the end of his coaching carreer with two national championships in 1950 and 1951. Neyland was also insrumental in the expansion and design of the world famous football stadium that bears his name.

Knoxville is also a quarry region, and once produced so much granite that it was knick-named the Marble City. Notable buildings other than the UT stadium are plentiful. The Tennessee Theater on Gay street was built in 1907 and is a centerpiece of the popular Gay Street. Knoxville is also the home of the sunsphere, visited by Bart Simpson and his friends. The UT campus boasts many modern buildings in expansions spanning the last 30 years, but several edifices were created during the Great Depression era made of stone and with a solid feel unsurpassed in any age. This period also saw development of the McGhee-Tyson Airport.

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Chattanooga Tennessee plus Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis TN, demographics and population information, data on cities and counties, statistics on the state called the Volunteer State, home of Al Gore and Vanderbilt University Tennessee is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the eastern edge of Tennessee is a part of the great Smokey Mountain range, and historical center of the Tennessee Valley Authority as well as the Oak Ridge Nuclear research facilities. Memphis Tennessee is where you visit Graceland and is the home of the roots of Rock and Roll, borders the Mississippi River.

With the close proximity of Gatlinburg to the Smoky Mountains National Park’s entrance, this is a popular visitor spot with plenty of lodging and things to do including snow skiing in the winter. Smoky Mountain cabin rental and hiking are popular in The Great Smoky Mountains which are a range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so named because of the haze. The haze is not smoke but pollen, they are usually covered by a smoky mist and the flora include more than 200 species of trees and the fauna includes wild pigs, usually the smaller charging boar. The trees help create a humid atmosphere and pump out tons of pollen all year round that looks like a smoky mist. Gatlinburg ushers visitors to peaks and valleys in the The Smoky Mountains where The highest peak is Clingman’s Dome (6,643 feet). What is really remarkable is that this range is so complete that the lowest gap in the range is almost 5,000 feet. In 1930, much of the area was made into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and millions of visitors take in the park that forms the boundary between Tennessee and North Carolina. The range also touches Georgia and South Carolina.

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Tennessee was the 16th state admitted June 1, 1796. With more than six million residents, Tennessee is home for Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry with the country music roots of the entire country. Also on the west edge of Tennessee is the Mississippi River and Memphis Tennessee and Beale Street.

Not only a home for Blues and Elvis Presley, some argue that Memphis holds the roots of American Rock and Roll. Also home to Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, and Sam Houston, Tennessee has a rich political heritage. Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state, and the state’s nickname is the Volunteer State.

Tennessee was home to the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world’s first atomic bomb at Oak Ridge. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park inhabits the eastern part of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee is in Knoxville Tennessee and Vanderbilt is in Nashville.

The history of skinny banjos

We all know of the famous scene from the Burt Reynolds movie that bore rise to the ‘Dueling Banjos‘ song. Deliverance was published in 1972 and also starred Ned Beatty and Jon Voight as a set of adventurous blokes from Atlanta taking a canoe trip on a wilderness river before a dam that was in the process of being built turned the raging rapids into a docile lake. The fictional Cahulawassee river was the backdrop for a tussle with folk probably inspired by the stories of the Hill People along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Chattooga River between Georgia and South Carolina was used as a backdrop when filming this classic movie. But more about Banjos.

The Banjo has four or five strings and instead of an acoustic box such as that in a guitar, the strings excite a circular bit of parchment or animal hide (usually pig or bore skin) or plastic much like a loudspeaker. The simpler form in the video may be like the primitive African instruments fashioned by indenturees in pre-colonial America, i.e. when the continent was colonized by France, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

The banjo is common in country and folk music but also has taken a shine to Irish and even pop music. Steve Martin, a comedian, was a proficient player of the banjo. African roots to banjo music may have been the foundation for country and bluegrass.

The banjo is often played with a set of picks on the fingers. Modern picks are sold in the left and right thumb configurations. Players that strum with their right hand would get a right hand set where the thumb pick is tailored to the right hand thumb. The finger picks are interchangeable between hands. A thumb pick and two finger picks for most players are the complement of picks that acouter a banjo picker’s strum hand. Most modern banjos are strung with stainless steel for the high note strings and a thicker but lighter and more flexible metal alloy to produce the lower tones. Bronze, an alloy primarily of copper and tin, is a common material used in lower tone strings of four and five string banjos.

Banjos come stung with anywhere from 3 to 10 strings, but five is most common. Instruments related to the banj o with a similar sound might even have one string or 12. We can al picture the old washtub with a stick of would levered to pull one sting tightly, we have a vibrating drum and a sting making this a crude form of banjo but the deft touch to apply the correct pressure to tune the sting and still have the slack in the timpani of the washdrum is not as easy as it looks.

Winter Garden Prep

Dormant Season Ending!  Now is the last chance for bareroot planting, dormant pruning and spraying! Finish these tasks by mid-month.

Don’t miss the most important spray to prevent peach leaf curl on nectarines and peaches. Spray with lime sulfur or fixed copper when buds begin to swell but before they show color — about mid-month. Copper sprays must contain 50% fixed copper. Do not use lime sulfur on apricots.       If fireblight has been a problem on your pear trees, including evergreen pears, spray while the tree is in blossom with copper or agricultural grade streptomycin.

Spray weekly when the weather is warm and humid. Warm means an average daily temperature of over 60 degrees. Add the high and the low for the day and divide by two to get the average temperature for the day.      Weed Prevention  If you have had problems with crabgrass or spotted spurge in the past, apply a fertilizer that contains a pre-emergence herbicide (weed preventer) in mid-February. Crabgrass begins to germinate by the end of the month. These weeds are not problems until summer, but you need to act now if you want to prevent them from growing at all. Pendamethalin prevents oxalis and spotted spurge as well as crabgrass. Dacthal is also effective against a wide range of summer weeds.

Gallery prevents crabgrass and many broadleaf weeds.   Cool and wet weather encourages red thread, a fungus disease, in lawns. This disease will show up as small (3 to 5 inch) brown spots in your lawn. Look closely at the tips of the blades to see the red color. Prevent or treat red thread by applying a high nitrogen fertilizer. Bluegrass lawns are especially susceptible.   Spot spray dandelions in lawns with a broadleaf weed killer. Only the most severe infestation of weeds require a weed and feed product, which applies chemicals over the entire lawn rather than on just the weeds themselves.      Plant Bulbs and Seeds  Plant bulbs for late spring and summer — glads, lilies, iris, cannas, callas, anemones, ranunculus, tuberous begonias. Plant crowns of strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus and artichokes. Begin planting gladiolus corms now; they will bloom in 10 weeks. Plant them 6 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Plant every two weeks in March and April also to space out the blooming. Thrips attack leaves and flowers, especially during the hot summer months. Be sure to get started planting now.  In the greenhouse or under lights, plant seeds of spring flowers and vegetables — stock, calendulas, sweet Williams, lettuce, cole crops, root crops, parsley, onions.  If rains are light, be sure to water as deciduous trees put out new leaves and blossoms.

Cut back fuchsias and hydrangeas. To make hydrangeas blue, give them a monthly application of aluminum sulfate.      Flowers for February  Vines:   Hardenbergia violacea is sold as Coral Pea. It belongs to the Pea Family, Legumimosae, and is native to Australia. Adapted to USDA Zones 9 and 10. Give it sunlight, a well drained soil, and regular watering. It blooms profusely in February. Prune after flowering. Train as a vine or prune as a mounded shrub. Also does well in containers.