Waxen stiffs coming to Gatlinburg

November 4, 2007

For the Mensa members who have seen all the Ripley’s attractions and crave more in Gatlinburg, help is on the way. The Knoxville News Sentinel breathlessly announces that the Hollywood Wax Museum is coming to town.

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Current top music in Tennessee

November 4, 2007

BoingBoing links to an interesting site that shows the current most popular artists and albums for a particular state or country. The info comes from Gracenotes, the company whose database provides the song titles and other information when someone rips a CD. The number one album at this moment is Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride.”

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Culinary tourism: Selmer and Southern Foodways

November 4, 2007

I just got home last night from a culinary tourism swing across Tennessee, and today’s Memphis Commercial Appeal brings a great story on the Southern Foodways Alliance’s (SFA) tenth annual Symposium held last week in Oxford, Mississippi. Roy Blount, Jr. was the headliner. Here are several podcasts of the event, although I don’t see Roy’s remarks among them–too bad about that.

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Roy Blount, Jr. photo by Valerie Shaff from Blount’s website

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Memphis’s Ford family financial base

November 2, 2007

One of the significant African-American Memphis landmarks that ought to be on tourism maps is the N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, at 12 S Parkway West. In the days of segregation, the funeral business was one of the ways of accumulating wealth in black communities, and few families have made as much of a funerary enterprise as the Fords.

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Selmer’s slugburgers

November 1, 2007

If MacDonald’s was conjuring up some new burgers, they would probably not call them “slugburgers.”

That’s the name given to burgers whose patties are a mixture of ground beef and soy grits. These delicacies came about during the Depression as a means of saving money in those hard times, and they got the name “slugburger” because they cost a nickel, which was known in some areas as a “slug.”

Corinth, Mississippi is the epicenter of slugburgerdom, with a Slugburger Festival in July, but just north and across the state line in Tennessee, Selmer is the place to go for this culinary experience. I tried for years to get a slugburger in Selmer, but every time I came through town, the two leading slugburger emporiums were closed. Seems that they open for breakfast at 4:00 AM and by 2:00 PM the proprietors are ready to go home and take a nap. They tend to never see the Tonight Show or Letterman.

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