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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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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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Heartland

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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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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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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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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The City Man

The City ManBy the 1900’s railroads had turned the small town of Knoxville into a busy wholesale center. A new breed of citizen emerged: the city man. Pat Roddy, Jr. was born into the ranks in 1902. But the city of his youth was not the city we know today
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A Geologic Window

A Geologic WindowIt is rare to find flat, fertile land running with water in the midst of the mountains. White Oak Sinks is a rare place in deed. A great place for human settlement it is also a geologic window that looks deep into the past.
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Long Hunter's Journey

Long Hunter's JourneyIt’s a long way from living in a cave to earth shaking technology yet there is a connection and it begins with a long hunter from North Carolina.
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Covered Bridges

Covered BridgesThey are a sign of progress as well as one of a by-gone era. Rare to our area even in their heyday, the covered bridge today is rarer still. In fact, only 3 historic covered bridges still exist in east Tennessee.
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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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History

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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History

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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History

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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History

Waldensia

WaldensiaThe crumbling coke ovens of Waldensia in Cumberland county offer a glimpse into a once thriving mining community.
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History

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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History

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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