Bush Brother’s Beans 100 years old

May 13, 2008

Barbecue is one of the signature foods of Tennessee, and the side dish most likely to be served with ribs or pulled pork is beans. The Bush family–no, not those Bushes–of East Tennessee have been serving canned beans for 100 years. Here are some cans from the 1920s.

Bush Brothers has its corporate office in Knoxville and factories in Augusta, Wisconsin and Chestnut Hill, Tennessee. The latter is in Jefferson County just east of Newport. This article in the Mountain Press states that the Tennessee plant ships 25 million cases of canned beans and other vegies every year.

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Rogersville’s Nostalgia Village

May 13, 2008

It takes a couple to raise a village.

Otis and Kathy Eldridge, who live outside of Rogersville, have spent several years assembling “Memory Lane,” a collection of buildings that represent an homage to the 1950s and 60s. Beginning with a country store, they have erected a Studebaker Diner, a Texaco station, a body shop, bowling alley, and much more.

Photo by Tom Raymond

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