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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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  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Life

Behind the scenes with Dolly Parton

Behind the scenes with Dolly PartonBehind the scenes with Dolly Parton
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Art of Glass

Art of GlassThe heat and flames of fire can be destructive, but for those, like Richard Jolley, who are able to harness its power, fire can be used to create some of the most fragile forms of art: works of glass.
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Heartland

Turning the Earth

Turning the EarthOne of the important developments of human civilization was cultivating crops. Lost to most of us today, the simple act of turning the soil was essential. Spend a day plowing and the simplicity disappears like grass in a furrow.
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Heartland

The Legacy of Harrison Mayes

The Legacy of Harrison MayesHis familiar signs still dot the landscape on roads that were once the main roads - versions of the cross with a pointed message. They are the result of prayers and a promise uttered in a mining accident when he was 18.
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America's Truffles

America's TrufflesMany enjoy gathering wild edibles like berries and ramps, but one of nature’s sweetest confections is rare and practically forgotten. For one east Tennessee family, though, the hunting and gathering of this spring treat is an annual tradition.
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Heartland

The False Starling

The False StarlingThe springtime blossoms serve as a reminder of the transforming power of nature. One of the most astounding metamorphic changes in the natural world takes place each year at Ijams Nature Center attracting nature lovers and scientists alike.
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The Move

The MoveAfter the discovery of an error in a 200-year-old legal document the city of Knoxville intends to correct the problem by moving one of its tallest downtown skyscrapers.
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Heartland

A River Free: Big South Fork pt.5

A River Free: Big South Fork pt.5From logging and mining the resources to damming the river the threats to this vital watershed were unrelenting. Polluted and scared but still flowing a new thought began to form - preserve it. An unlikely man championed the cause.
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Heartland

Boom and Bust: Big South Fork pt. 4

Boom and Bust: Big South Fork pt. 4In the late 1880’s railroads finally reached the isolated region of the Big South Fork and exploitation of the vast natural resources began with a frenzy. It was a boom of logging and mining. As often the case a bust was to follow.
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Settling the Big South Fork: Big South Fork pt3

Settling the Big South Fork: Big South Fork pt3Geologic change on the Cumberland Plateau too place over eons. Quicker change was on its way, change that came not from the fundament of the Big South Fork but instead from creatures that walked its surface.
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Heartland

Ancient Impressions: Big South Fork pt2.

Ancient Impressions: Big South Fork pt2.Today visitors are drawn to the Big South Fork for the natural beauty of the landscape. To earlier man these same cliffs and canyons served a more practical use. Come along as the Heartland Series discovers ancient impressions of another era.
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Heartland

White's Creek Flood

White's Creek FloodThe 1929 floods here in east Tennessee were catastrophic killing 7 boy scouts and their troop leader. In Rockwood it remains a more personal tragedy. Across a lifetime, Tom Douglas still ponders the unanswerable question.
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Heartland

It's Spring!

It's Spring!We see it in the mountains, in the valleys, along the rivers and our roads. Life's annual reemergence from winter is here.
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Wildflower Guide

Wildflower GuideThere are 1500 species of flowering herbs, shrubs and trees that is the lush landscape of the Smokies. Each spring they put on a spectacular show, but only for a couple of weeks. So you won't miss them this year here's a Heartland guide.
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Heartland

Spring Wildflowers

Spring WildflowersAn early spring hike to the Bud Ogle cabin in the Smokies is an ideal setting for an outdoor classroom. Ed Bostick is our guide as he teaches the many uses, both practical and mythical, of the great array of wildflowers we see on our way.
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Celtic Harpist

Celtic HarpistThat deep Scots Irish heritage of those settlers who scratched out a living in the rugged landscape of our region echoes in the timeless music of Karen Fletcher.
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Heartland

Prized Possessions

Prized PossessionsA rifle, scissors, a chair, a walking stick, beads and more. It’s by fate or family ties that ordinary objects now are prized possessions -- tangible links to famous people and places from our history.
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Chestnut Ridge Spring

Chestnut Ridge SpringThe Heartland Series’ videographer Doug Mills captures the beauty of Chestnut Ridge in the splendor of spring.
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Weathering Change

Weathering ChangeAfter decades of absence a vital piece of downtown Knoxville is returned to the corner it sat on more than 70 years ago.
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The Dirt Road

The Dirt RoadOur modern highway system is great; we can go wherever we want without a care. But it was not always so. There was a time when getting there, getting anywhere, was an adventure. Our story begins where the pavement ends – along the dirt roads.
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Heartland

Opossum & Sweet Potatoes

Opossum & Sweet PotatoesThe opossum gets a lot of negative attention but around here its heritage is nothing short of heroic. Many have survived because of it. During hard times living off the land meant…well, we hope you brought your appetite ‘possum’s on the menu.
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Bundle of Joy

Bundle of JoyMyrtle Washam spent 47 years as a mid-wife in a remote area of Union County called Wallop Holler. She stopped counting at 190 babies, but she didn’t always know how to birth a baby.
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Herb Trentham

Herb TrenthamBy the 1930’s talk of a national park opened the Smokies to the world. The wealthy came to see it for themselves and found modest people but rich in character. Exactly like the genial tour car driver of the Mountain View Hotel, Herb Trentham.
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History

ET pastor heading to Selma march

ET pastor heading to Selma marchThe Rev. Harold Middlebrook heads this weekend to Selma, Ala., where he took part in a historic protest march 50 years ago. March 6, 2015.
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Heartland

The de Soto Expedition

The de Soto ExpeditionBefore the British set foot in east TN other Europeans had come and gone. They came with sword and crossbow on a mission of conquest. They destroyed one ancient culture and give rise to another. They were the Spanish led by Hernando de Soto.
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Heartland

The Trail of Tears

The Trail of TearsFrom Charleston, TN in Bradley County, 16,000 Cherokee saw a final glimpse of their homeland. It was there that the Trail of Tears began in 1836. We recount the tragedy of the Cherokee Indian removal.
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