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3rd Anniversary for Tennessee Mountain View

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3rd Anniversary for Tennessee Mountain View

Three years ago today I released the abandoned exploration film Tennessee Mountain View.

The loss of the Mountain View Hotel changed the landscape of Gatlinburg, but it also changed the tone and tenor of the town. Or at the very least it showed how far leaders would go to compete for tourism dollars with ‘action-packed’ Pigeon Forge: a historic hotel was destroyed to put up carnival rides.

This sort of competitive utilitarianism drove much of the development of Sevier County for decades, leading to everything from rampant cabin-building on mountainsides to towns taking on hundreds of millions of dollars of debt to construct enormous events centers to attract tourists.

’Progress’ always trumped ‘preservation’ until the Great Recession. There seems to be a bit more awareness now of heritage, but it could be that banks just won’t loan money for some of the more audacious development ideas.
— Greg Johnson, Opinion Columnist, Knoxville News Sentinel

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Response to video for The Furniture Center

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Response to video for The Furniture Center

I have received some interesting responses for my newest video. The video's a bit goofy, and it's different than most of my other work. The thing that I enjoy about creating content that is very narrow and specific, such as a single furniture store from long ago, is that it’s going to feel more personal to a select group of people, which I like. Here are their messages:

“I remember this place. We would pass it on Austin Peay on the way to the Raleigh Springs Mall. Around 1990, the name changed to Heilig-Myers. When they built the new giant Austin Peay Highway through Raleigh, it destroyed all the businesses along the old Austin Peay road.” - Martin S.

“When I saw the commercial I knew right away, a couple of years ago it was a used furniture/ store fixture store. I bought some shelves there.” - J. Robert H.

“I recognized this immediately because I bought a couch from them. The frame of the couch broke two months past the warranty and they still replaced it with a new couch! I still have the replacement because it is in the living room that isn't used very often. What memories!” - William Guin

“I lived behind close by The Furniture Center and used to play pinball when I was a kid at a store up the street. Then later the ice cream store became a Hub Cap Annie.” - Greg C.

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Tennessee History: Highland Street and Midland Avenue in Memphis

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Tennessee History: Highland Street and Midland Avenue in Memphis

This new short video is about the now demolished Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. I visited the property in December 2014 and the video gives a glimpse at a small part of my childhood, mentioning that in this church my parents were married and my siblings and I attended preschool. Check out the two photos captured from Google Street View between 1:16-1:26 to see places I remember from between 1983 and the early 1990s.

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