Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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Military Chopper Accidentally Cuts Through TVA Cables

LANCASTER, TENN. — A U.S. Marine helicopter may have narrowly averted disaster here last weekend after severing a pair of static lines along a high-voltage TVA transmission system in the vicinity of Center Hill Dam. The system was in fact out of service at the time and therefore not carrying a charge, according to TVA officials. The incident […]

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Tough Row to Hoe So Far for TN Hemp

It’ll take time to overcome technological stagnation resulting from prohibition Harvest time has come and gone for the second year of legal industrial hemp cultivation in Tennessee. The non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana is billed as a potential boom crop in the 21st Century. It has numerous uses and applications as food, fiber, fuel and health […]

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Bass on the Fly Well Worth a Try

Think fly angling is just for trout? Think again. The classic fly fishing scene that usually comes to people’s mind is a big wily trout slurping up bushy little insect imitations looped onto the surface of a cold rushing stream or chilly mountain lake. But despite the Caney Fork’s prime reputation as a superior Southern […]

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A Taste of Cumberland Wine Country

DelMonaco Winery and Vineyard in Baxter tempts tourists to toast regional agriculture Over the last decade, growth in Tennessee agriculture tourism, or “agritourism,” has emerged as a promising, profitable trend for many families relying in whole or part on farm income for their livelihood. A 2013 University of Tennessee economic survey estimated that farm-based businesses that […]

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Vineyard Serves as Sample of Viable Family Farming

Cellar 53 Winery in Brush Creek promotes local agriculture, protects rural landscape The newest sipping stopover along the Upper Cumberland Wine Trail is a testament to one family’s commitment to farmland preservation and conserving country lifestyle. Owned and operated by Scott and Rebecca Paschal, with the help of their three boys, Cellar 53 Winery is […]