Byrne, the former front man for the Talking Heads, took his daughter to Dollywood and has some interesting comments on Dolly:
Today’s News Sentinel carries the story of holiday shoppers who shun malls and make a trip to the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg for some Christmas cheer. While the distillery delivers a great tour and makes a good outing, it’s actually not a very good place to buy Tennessee’s most famous product.
In one of the wonderful ironies of Tennessee, Moore County is dry, and it took an act of the state legislature to allow the distillery to sell any whiskey at all. The bottles sold on site are the more expensive commemorative ones.
I recommend taking the tour, but buying your whiskey at a conventional liquor store. There you’ll find better prices and all sizes of Jack Daniels, from stocking stuffers to frat-house party sizes.
The Music City Star, the first commuter train in Tennessee, begins service tomorrow. This $40 million transit experiment will run from Lebanon to Riverfront Park in Nashville, stopping in Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, and Donelson along the way.
The Lebanon leg is the first of a proposed seven rail lines that will radiate out from Music City, and mass transit officials, not to mention train buffs, hope it succeeds.
For visitors to Nashville who would like to get out to places like Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage or other attractions without using a car, the train does not offer much. Right now its schedule accomodates only commuters, with the last outbound train in the morning at 8:30 AM and the first inbound one at 3:20 PM.
The train is a start, however, so let’s hope it is a big success and that the number and frequency of trains increases.
Excursion trains will soon begin rolling up the Hiwassee River. The 50-mile round-trip ride will take three hours and will run from October 7th through the month of November. The Hiwassee, northeast of Chattanooga, is beautiful anytime of year, but during the fall the trees will really put on a show., Rail buffs will enjoy the Great Hiwassee Loop, a spiral of rails that puts passengers 64 feet over track the train rolled on just a few minutes before.
Future plans include taking the train all the way to Copperhill, once brush is removed from the tracks. This excursion has long been a dream of Tennessee Overhill , one of Tennessee’s most prominent culture and heritage tourism organizations.
Click on the link below for ticket prices and schedules.