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Heartland

This renowned documentary series has celebrated the people and land of Southern Appalachia for nearly 30 years, preserving our heritage through storytelling, dramatic visuals, and relics of Appalachian times. Host Bill Landry explores the people and land of the region, telling the stories of East Tennessee’s roots. Tales told from front porches to re-enactments in the Smoky Mountain air preserves our history and shares it with generations to come.

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Buy the Heartland Series on DVD

Buy the Heartland Series on DVDThe Heartland Series DVDs are a wonderful celebration of people and their land. Each volume encompasses different stories and insightful videography.
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Homemade Sawmill

Homemade SawmillKnowing how things work comes natural to Ernie Proffitt, it's in his blood; a trait he inherited from his dad. So for this family cobbling together a sawmill mill was not a difficult chore, and of course it cuts true.
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Dons Barbershop

Dons BarbershopDonâ??s barbershop in Harriman is a great place to get your ears lowered and filled with down home, live music.
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Web Extra: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolin

Web Extra: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolinFeb 15, 2013, Web Extra Video: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolin for WBIR's The Heartland Series during his 2000 visit to Knoxville. Armstrong was 91-years-old at the time. He died in 2003. Video shot by Doug Mills.
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Bells on the Wind

Bells on the WindA horse drawn sleigh ride gives a musical rhythm to a winter's day.
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Waldensia

WaldensiaThe crumbling coke ovens of Waldensia in Cumberland county offer a glimpse into a once thriving mining community.
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Swift's Silver Mine

Swift's Silver Mine The story of a fabled silver mine first discovered by George Monday in his youth. He led Jonathan Swift there later in life who recorded clues to its location in a journal. Driven away by Indians he vowed to return but could never find the cave.
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Slate Quarries of Panther Creek

Slate Quarries of Panther Creek The remnants of a once thriving business lay scattered up Panther Creek, now within the Great Smokies Mountains. Former residents lead us to the site and back in time to a life before the park.
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Andrew Still

Andrew StillIn 1864 Dr. Andrew Still found his education useless to save his own children. He rejected his training and developed a new method that continues today to grow in popularity.
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Dry Land Fishing

Dry Land FishingDry land fish have been hunted for centuries; they’re a delicacy. The Bolens take us to Hancock County when the woods are running with fish – wild morel mushrooms.
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Ramblin' Rindy Bailey

Ramblin' Rindy BaileyBy the time of her death she was known as Ramblin’ Rindy Bailey, a homeless outcast. Often characterized as the bogyman a community’s insensitive coping belies the tragic story of a family broken by a woman’s battle with mental health.
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Second Creek

Second CreekThe course of Second Creek cuts a winding trail through the heart of Knoxville. From the tub mill of the city’s founder to the towering heights of Neyland Stadium it is a watershed flowing rich with history .
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Pieces Of Our Past

Pieces Of Our PastThe view from Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountains can look pristine. Few would suspect that near by is a pile of debris that attracts a lot of attention. To some it’s junk to others a link to the mountains and the people who called them home.
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Whole Grain

Whole GrainRelying on what you can grow is a way of life planted in Arby Sandefur’s soul as a youngster. Still handy with a scythe, modern tools make farming easier. A good grain crop always meant food on the table and even padding for the bed tick.
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The Stranger and the Widow

The Stranger and the WidowThe hard times that follow the Civil War casts some unsavory characters in the unlikely role of heroes. Their fame spreads far and wide in the dime novels of the times. An oft-told tale has one such legendary character riding into Tennessee.
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The Butterfly Caretaker

The Butterfly CaretakerTo artist Paul de Marrais butterflies might well be flying canvases painted with nature’s most brilliant colors. Charmed since boyhood Paul has taken them under his wing. He grows butterflies and moths at his Greene county home.
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A Natural Environment

A Natural EnvironmentThe origins of mountain balds in the Great Smoky Mountains have long been a mystery. But a team of dedicated scientists digs into the past by digging into the peat layer beneath them and make a discovery that may unravel the secret.
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A Century of Learning

A Century of LearningThough its exterior looks nothing like it did when it was built, Pleasant Ridge Elementary Schoolâ??s foundation is as sturdy now as it was 100 years ago. A Planning session to celebrate this legacy becomes an impromptu reunion.
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Lost in the World

Lost in the WorldThe names on our region's map, like Bear Pen Gap & No Business Knob, do more than identify a location, they also tell a story. After a day's work, two men head out of the mountains for home and itch their story into the landscape and history.
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A Vintage Family

A Vintage Family The Rice family likes a challenge, especially when it comes to restoring vintage cars. Theirs is a legacy of fine craftsmanship inherited from their dad.
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The Real Move

The Real Move A local charity needed to move an old house off their land. They met a man, who wanted an old house on his land. Together they formed a partnership that helped the hungry and preserved an historic home in the process.
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Cades Cove Winter

Cades Cove WinterAn impending snow storm creates an amazing transformation. Videographer Douglas D. Mills captures this remarkable metamorphosis.
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The Whittlers Shed

The Whittlers ShedSpring City is like other small towns. Itâ??s got a Main street, friendly faces and a shady place for the old timers to pass off the time. They get a little jaw work in on the weather, politics, tall tales and the right way to shave a cedar stob.
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The Water Tower Project

The Water Tower ProjectStudents from Heritage High Schoolâ??s carpentry class hone their skills while helping to preserve a piece of history.
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Seat of Perfection

Seat of PerfectionMost of us see a chair with no bottom as less than a chair; ones cast off and ailing especially appeal to caner Douglas Moon. His craft is guided by his senses; he takes his cues from the chair.
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From Hutment Beginnings

From Hutment BeginningsAs Oak Ridge was born amid World War II some of the workers who poured in were African Americans. Their housing was barely more than a wood box with cots. They chose to make a life here despite the racial inequality and their hutment beginnings.
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Let's Pick

Let's PickThe music born of this mountain country draws people together like kin and they’re thick here at the Bradbury Community Center in Roane County. It’s a family stitched tight by the shared love of music and their mantra: Let’s Pick.
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