Get on the bus with Nathan Bedford Forrest

December 19, 2006

The American History Forum and Civil War Education Association, an organization offering various American History and Civil War Tours, has an interesting one lined up for June of 2007. Riding with Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Battle from the Start is a one-bus tour that traces the life of the infamous “Wizard of the Saddle.”

The tour will be led by Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, who vaulted to fame when he was one of the narrators of Ken Burns’s PBS series, The Civil War. bearss1.gifThe tour, which begins and ends in Memphis, costs $1,585 double occupancy if paid in full by December 31.

Tennessee places second in pot growth

December 19, 2006

The Los Angeles Times reports that marijuana is now the number one cash crop in America, a $35 billion dollar market. According to the story,”A report released today by a marijuana public policy analyst contends that the market value of pot produced in the U.S. exceeds $35 billion — far more than the crop value of such heartland staples as corn, soybeans and hay, which are the top three legal cash crops.”

California is the number one source, growing $13.8 billion worth of weed, and Tennessee comes in at number two with an estimated $4.7-billion cannabis harvest.


More on the Smokies “Road to Nowhere”

December 19, 2006

The Asheville Citizen-Times has an entire section on the controversial extension of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road along the north shore of Fontana Lake. Newly elected Congressman Heath Shuler and others have proposed that Swain County, North Carolina accept a cash settlement instead of building what would be an environmental disaster.

Congressman-elect Shuler, who used to be a University of Tennessee quarterback, has called the right play for this issue.