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THE PICKIN' UP TENNESSEE TOUR 

JUNE 1 - JUNE 26, 2013

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JUNE 2013 PICKIN’ UP TENNESSEE TOUR

DAY 1 (SATURDAY, JUNE 1) — FRANKLIN COUNTY

  • Views from Monteagle Mountain and South Cumberland State Park
  • A visit to Cowan Railroad Park and Museum, and a cleanup with third-graders from the EarthWise Program
  • Conversations with PUTN Youth Ambassador Harlan Porfiri, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Judy Taylor, Chairman Pam Brown of the Franklin County Beautification Committee, Carol Fulmer of the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority and guitar maker Geoff Roehm of Sewanee
  • A cleanup along Hawkins Cove Road in Cowan with members of the Tims Ford Council, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Franklin County’s litter grants program
  • A visit to the kitchen garden at Franklin County Jail and a conversation with kitchen manager Lucy Dyer
  • A tour of the 19th century Falls Mill in Belvidere, and a conversation with owner John Lovett
  • “The Alice Waltz” by Geoff Roehm, and "Lay That Guitar Down" by Tom Knowles, performed at a campsite in Tims Ford State Park by Geoff Roehm, Tom Knowles, Reeda Best, D.W. Bledsoe, Mark Ledbetter and David "Ranger Dave" Watson
  • Campsites at Tims Ford courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 2 (SUNDAY, JUNE 2) — WILSON AND CUMBERLAND COUNTIES

  • A cleanup at Shute’s Branch Recreation Area on Old Hickory Lake in Wilson County, with members of Burris Road Neighbors, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Wilson County's litter grants program
  • Conversations with cleanup volunteers Dave Baka and Susan Meece, Youth Ambassadors Jane and Harlan Porfiri and Wilson County Sheriff’s Officer Robert Dunn
  • A cameo appearance by “Stay Your Hand” songwriter W.T. Davidson
  • “Dollface” by Meghan D'Amico, performed at Fond Object Record Store in East Nashville by Churchyard: Meghan D’Amico, Alice Buchanan, Rebecca Cholewa and Rachel Warrick
  • Campsites at Cedars of Lebanon State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 3 (MONDAY, JUNE 3) — DICKSON AND CHEATHAM COUNTIES

  • A visit to the Old Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte
  • A cleanup along Highway 48 with State Representative Mary Littleton, Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial, Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe, Solid Waste Director Jim Lunn, County Recycling Coordinator Jackie Fayette, staff from the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from the Dickson County litter grants program
  • A visit to Fiddle & Pick, the Musical Heritage Center of Middle Tennessee in Pegram
  • “Angelina Baker,” performed on the Fiddle & Pick stage by Bill Baldock, Wade Dawson, David Martin, Tim May, Gretchen Priest-May, Tom “Tree” Reynolds and David Spicer
  • Campsites at Montgomery Bell State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 4 (TUESDAY, JUNE 4) — HICKMAN AND LEWIS COUNTIES

  • A cleanup on Missionary Ridge Road in Bon Aqua with Hickman County Commissioner Wayne Thomasson, Hickman County Solid Waste Director Marty Turbeville, staff from the Hickman County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Hickman County’s litter grants program
  • A visit to the Bon Aqua United Methodist Church with Commissioner Thomasson
  • A tour of the Hickman County Materials Recovery Facility with director Marty Turbeville
  • A visit to The Farm Community in Summertown in Lewis County, featuring a view from inside the Wholeo Dome (a 12-foot-diameter globe made of stained glass), a hike to the waterfall on Swan Creek  and a conversation with Swan Creek Trust founding member Cynthia Rohrbach
  • “Love the Land and Lose the Litter,” written by Chuck McCarthy, Todd Elgin and Shawn Byrne and performed on The Farm Stage by Chuck, Todd, Shawn and Rick Diamond
  • Campsites at David Crockett State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5) — LAWRENCE AND MARSHALL COUNTIES

  • A tour of Lawrenceburg Old Jail Museum with historian Curtis Peters In lieu of the cleanup (canceled due to rain)
  • Conversations with Lawrence County Executive J. Mack Chandler and Marshall County Executive Joe Boyd Liggett
  • A tour of Marshall County’s inmate-staffed Materials Recovery Facility
  • Conversations with MRF manager Dave Hunter and inmate worker Ignacio "Nacho" Cerpa
  • “Sally Goodin” and a medley of “Soldiers' Joy,” “Angeline the Baker” and “Over the Waterfall” performed at Henry Horton State Park by Greg Denton, Marcia Denton and National Junior Champion Fiddler Maddie Denton
  • Campsites at Henry Horton State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 6 (SATURDAY, JUNE 8) — HARDIN AND CHESTER COUNTIES

  • A visit to the Civil War-era Cherry Mansion overlooking the Tennessee River in Savannah (Hardin County), and a conversation with owner Mary Ann Gilchrist
  • A visit with Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt
  • “Hallelujah, We Shall Arise,” written by Daniel Ray Holt and Martha Lynn Holt and performed on the grounds of the Cherry Mansion by the Holt Family: Daniel Holt, Danny Ray Holt, Martha Lynn Holt and Melody Holt
  • A special performance of "Happy Birthday to You" by the Holt Family, in honor of Harlan Porfiri who turned 8 today
  • A cleanup along Pleasant Springs Road outside Chickasaw State Park in Chester County with park rangers Ron Elder and Zach Tinkle
  • Campsites at Chickasaw State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 7 (SUNDAY, JUNE 9) — SHELBY COUNTY

  • Sunday morning worship service at New Olivet Baptist Church in Memphis
  • "This Is the Day” and "Worship and Adore," arranged by Dr. Allen F. Todd, II, and performed by the New Olivet Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir
  • Remarks at the church by Pastor Kenneth T. Whalum, Jr., Scenic Tennessee President Marge Davis and Youth Ambassadors Jane and Harlan Porfiri
  • A cleanup along N. Second Street next to Dewitt Spain Airport with volunteers from Clean Memphis, Keep Shelby County Beautiful and the Memphis Police Department, and conversations with Shelby County Environmental Program Coordinator Lisa Williams and Clean Memphis Director Janet Boscarino 
  • A visit to Tom Lee Park and the Riverwalk along the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, and conversations with Executive Director Diana Threadgill of the Mississippi River Corridor—Tennessee, and Joe Royer, owner of Outdoors, Inc., and founder of the annual Outdoors, Inc., Canoe and Kayak Race on the Mississippi
  • Footage of this year's Outdoors, Inc., Canoe and Kayak Race
  • Campsites at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 8  (MONDAY, JUNE 10) — LAUDERDALE, GIBSON AND LAKE COUNTIES

  • A tour of the Alex Haley Boyhood Home and Museum, home of "Roots" author Alex Haley, in Henning, Lauderdale County, led by Museum Manager Beverly Johnson
  • A visit to the grave of Haley ancestor "Chicken George" at Bethlehem Cemetery
  • Cleanups at Bethlehem Cemetery and Porter’s Gap Overlook with members of the Lauderdale County Litter Committee and county leaders
  • Conversations with Lauderdale County Mayor Rod Schuh and County Sheriff Steve Sanders
  • Lunch in the garden at the Henning home of Minnie and Jimmie Flemming, and conversations with Litter Committee Members Minnie Flemming and Anne Tate
  • A visit to the David Crockett Cabin and Museum in Rutherford, Gibson County
  • “Lorena” and “Cindy” performed on the David Crockett Cabin porch by the Front Porch Pickers: Museum Director Joe Bone, Jackie D. Cole, Allen Dishman, Truman Dishman, Marvin Dunlap, Jimmy Hopper, Laymon Jacobs and Charles Perryman
  • A conversation with Youth Ambassador Jane Porfiri
  • A sunset pontoon boat tour of Reelfoot Lake with Park Ranger Warren Douglas
  • Campsites at Reelfoot Lake State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 9  (TUESDAY, JUNE 11) — WEAKLEY AND HENRY COUNTIES

  • A cleanup along King Road in Martin with members and parents of Girl Scout Troop 43001 and Girl Scout Troop 40473, and members of the Weakley County litter grants program 
  • A visit to the Robert E. Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris, and conversations about the history and vision of the school with Academy Director Suzanne Richter and Chairman Ray Harding 
  • “The Sunflower Dance” and “The Spanish Fandango” performed on the lawn of the Robert E. Lee Academy by banjo master Dan Knowles
  • “September on the Mississippi,” composed by National Mountain Dulcimer Champion Larry R. Conger and performed by Larry and wife Elaine Conger at the Eiffel Tower Park in Paris
  • Campsites at Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 10 (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12) — HENDERSON COUNTY

  • A visit to Parkers Crossroads National Battlefield and Visitors Center, and a conversation with park historian and State Representative Steve McDaniel
  • A cleanup along Wildersville Road in Parkers Crossroads with park volunteers, county commissioners, staff from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and members of Boy Scout Troop 119
  • A scheduled performance of country music by Henderson County Register of Deeds Doug Bartholomew was cancelled due to a medical emergency that was thankfully and quickly resolved
  • Campsites at Natchez Trace State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 11 (SATURDAY, JUNE 15) — VAN BUREN COUNTY

  • A cleanup at the home of Spencer resident Ms. Dodson, and a conversation with Pickin' Up Tennessee Project Manager Marge Davis
  • A visit to the Spencer woodworking shop of self-described "upcycler" Randy Johns
  • Scenic views inside Fall Creek Falls State Park
  • Conversations with singer-songwriters Roger Neely and James W. “Junior” Dodson about life on the Cumberland Plateau
  • A pair of songs honoring their fathers on this Father's Day weekend—“Medals on the Wall” by Roger Neely and “A Dollar a Car” by Junior  Dodson—performed on the porch of the historic Liberty Hill School in Fall Creek Falls State Park, accompanied by Roger's daughters Grace and Laura Neely
  • Campsites at Fall Creek Falls State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 12 (SUNDAY, JUNE 16) — CUMBERLAND COUNTY

  • A visit to the historic Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, and conversations with Playhouse Board Member Ken Hobbs and stage manager Bryce McDonald
  • A visit to (and climb up) the "World's Tallest Treehouse" (the Minister’s Treehouse) in Crossvile, and a conversation with Tonya Hinch of Crossville's Downtown Partnership
  • A cleanup along Peavine Road, and conversations with Richard Albins of Friends of Peavine and local volunteer Dave Shannon
  • A tour of Stonehaus Winery in Crossville, a conversation with winery manager Rob Ramsey, and a sampling of the winery's special Anniversary blend celebrating 75 years of Tennessee State Parks
  • “Old Joe Clark” performed on the stone patio at Cumberland Mountain State Park by The Main Stage: musicians Cheryl Chunn, Larry Chunn, Gail Johnson, Derek Johnson, Darrah Ramsey, Jake Ramsey and Robert Wheeler, and square dancers Amelia Baker, Brayden Chun, Treble Chunn, Ally Johnson, Lexi Johnson, IsaBella McCoy, Corynne Meadows, Paige Nevil and Gracie Parrish
  • Campsites at Cumberland Mountain State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 13 (MONDAY, JUNE 17) — JACKSON AND FENTRESS COUNTIES

  • Scenic views of the falls and blue hole at Cummins Falls State Park in Jackson County
  • A cleanup along Blackburn Fork Road next to the park, with teen members of the Community Prevention Coalition of Jackson County, staff from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from the Jackson County litter grants program
  • A community gathering at the home of Leonard Anderson in Jamestown, with County Executive W. Frank Smith, Solid Waste Director Faye Dalton and others
  • “Pickin' Up Cans” by Deb Anderson (sister of Leonard Anderson), performed in Leonard Anderson’s front yard by Deb and Leonard
  • "Hard Times" by Leonard Anderson, performed by Leonard on guitar and harmonica, accompanied by Stacey Choate on jingle cajon
  • Campsites at Frozen Head State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 14 (TUESDAY, JUNE 18) — ANDERSON, MORGAN AND SCOTT COUNTIES

  • A visit inside the working water wheel of the grist mill at Norris Dam State Park in Anderson County, and a conversation with Park Naturalist  Jazmine Kennedy
  • A cleanup along Highway 62 in Wartburg with volunteers from Morgan County 4-H, Keep Morgan Clean, the mayor’s office, Liberty Baptist Church, staff from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Morgan County’s litter grants program
  • Conversations with Morgan County Executive Don Edwards and Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals
  • A tour of Scott County High School's Museum of Scott County, the world's only such property designed, built and curated by students, and a conversation with founder/teacher Gary Sexton
  • "Fishers of Men" and "Whole World Round" performed on the stage of the museum’s main building by Scott County High School's Highlander Bluegrass Band: Johnathan Adkins, Jamie Bowling, Alex Kazee, Andrew Norman, Kailey Pemberton, Anna Sexton and Rebekah Sexton
  • Campsites at Norris Dam State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 15 (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19) — MEIGS AND HAMILTON COUNTIES

  • A tour of the espalier nursery at River Road Farms in Decatur (Meigs County), and a conversation with nursery manager Billy Moore
  • A cleanup along Blythe Ferry Road with staff from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Meigs County’s litter grants program
  • A tour of the water quality exhibit inside the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, with aquatic conservation biologist Dr. Bernard Kuhajda
  • “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” performed on the plaza of the Tennessee Aquarium by the B. T. Scruggs jazz ensemble: Booker T. Scruggs, II, Greg Malone, Rupert Patton, William Price and Nancy Westmoreland
  • Campsites at Harrison Bay State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 16 (SATURDAY, JUNE 22) — KNOX, JEFFERSON AND HAMBLEN COUNTIES

  • “America the Beautiful” and “This Is My Country” performed at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville by barbershop harmony group Smokyland Sound: David DeLaney, Ron DuBois, Lee Franks, Jim Gentry, Garvin L. Greene, Gerald Klima, Steven L. Klima, John Oxendine, John Shelton, Harry Thomas and Kent Peebles
  • A cleanup along Highway 92 at TVA's Cherokee Reservoir with members of UT’s SPEAK (Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville), Scenic Knoxville, the Tennessee chapter of the Izaak Walton League, staff from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and inmates from Jefferson County’s litter grants program
  • Conversations with UT SPEAK leader Eric McAnly and Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. “Bud” McCoig
  • Campsites at Panther Creek State Park in Hamblen County courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 17 (SUNDAY, JUNE 23) — CARTER COUNTY

  • A visit to the reproduction Fort Watauga within Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton, a reenactment gathering by members of the Washington County Regiment of the North Carolina Militia and the Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps, and conversations with John Large, director of the Fife and Drums Corps, and regiment reenactors Earl Slagle and Mark Halback 
  • “Old Saybrook,” "Welcome Here Again" and "Yankee Doodle" performed at Fort Watauga by the Watauga Valley Fife and Drum Corps: Lacey Boyle, John Large, Jr., Director, Larry L. Lokey, Nathan Lokey, Ty Lokey and Jacob Lynch
  • A visit to the Covered Bridge Park in Elizabethton and a conversation with Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes
  • “Little Black Train” and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" performed at the Covered Bridge Park by Sheriff Chris Mathes and the All-Star Jailbird Band: John Hamm, Justin Hamm, Chris Mathes and Jackie Mathes
  • A cleanup at the Blevins Road Access Area on the Watauga River with members of the Overmountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and a conversation with Chapter President Ron Harrington
  • A tour of the nineteenth-century Miller Homestead inside Roan Mountain State Park
  • “Get Along Home, Cindy, Cindy" and " She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" performed on the porch of the Miller Homestead farmhouse by T.V. Barnett and His Roan Mountain Moonshiners: T.V. Barnett, Michael Jones, Sam Jones and Rhodyjane Meadows
  • A visit to the Roan Mountain home of T.V. Barnett, a tour of his fiddle-making workshop, and conversations with T.V. and Rhodayjane Meadows 
  • Campsites at Roan Mountain State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 18 (MONDAY, JUNE 24) — COCKE COUNTY

  • A cleanup of an illegal tire dump site on Bluff Road outside Newport with volunteers from Keep Cocke County Beautiful, the RID program (Remove Illegal Dumpsites), the Cocke County Partnership and Tourism Council, staff from the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, inmates from Cocke County’s litter grants program, State Representative Jeremy Faison and his family, and many others
  • Conversations with Representative Faison, County Historian Duay O’Neil, Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, Newport City Mayor Connie Ball and Litter Crew Supervisor Jimmy Lindsey
  • “In the Garden” performed a capella in the community garden at Wellington Place in Newport by Spirit of Smoky: Danese Ball, Teresa Buckner, Susan Burgin and Tina Kilgore
  • Campsites at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks

DAY 19 (TUESDAY, JUNE 25) — SEVIER AND BLOUNT COUNTIES

  • A cleanup at Morton’s Overlook in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with volunteers from Keep Sevier Beautiful, UT SPEAK, Ripley's Attractions, students from Sevierville Intermediate School and others
  • Conversations with National Park Service Volunteer Coordinator Christine Hoyer and Gatlinburg Marketing Director Chad Netherland
  • A conversation with Keep Sevier Beautiful Executive Director Laura Howard about the group's partnership with TerraCycle to recycle cigarette butts 
  • A tour of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg with Executive Director Bill May, and a conversation about the school's participation in the "Gatlinburg Goes Green" initiative 
  • More conversation about "Gatlinburg Goes Green" with Director of Community and Media Relations George Hawkins, including the recent LEED certification of the Hilton Garden Inn and a visit to the Sevier County composting facility
  • A visit to the home of Mark and Beverly Durand in Blount County in the foothills of the Smokies
  • “I'm Gonna Learn You How to Rock Andy,” and “Hog Went Through the Fence, Yoke and All,” a medley of atonal songs performed by Mark Durand and Ron Elrod
  • Camping in the Durand's back yard

DAY 20 (WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26) — MCMINN AND POLK COUNTIES

  • A cleanup along Highway 30 next to Regional Park in Athens, with volunteers from Keep McMinn Beautiful, Leadership McMinn and the Athens Public Works department
  • Conversations with Athens City Council Vice Mayor Ann Davis and Athens Public Works Director Shawn Lindsay
  • A visit to Athens' new earth-sheltered Environmental Education Center, the first building of its kind in the U.S.
  • A visit to the Webb Brothers Float Service on the Hiwassee State Scenic River in Reliance, a conversation with owner Harold Webb, and a short raft float down the river
  • A visit to the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Polk County, and a conversation with Adrian Lambert of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce
  • “Tennessee Twister” by Lisa Jacobi, performed on the riverside patio of the Ocoee Whitewater Center by Playing on the Planet: Lisa Jacobi, Dennis Mixon and Jarrod Payne, accompanied by Seu Jacobi on hula hoop
  • “Native American Flute Improvisation I" and “Native American Flute Improvisation II" performed on the patio of the Ocoee Whitewater Center by Cherokee youth leader Matthew “Matt” Tooni
  • Campsites at Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic River State Park courtesy of Tennessee's Division of State Parks