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Morristown; Davy Crockett Grew Up Here

Main St. showing 2nd floor walkway!

American Press Travel News–July 4th, Crossville, TN. “Bob & Barb on the Road Again”–As my wife Barb and I continue searching and exploring interesting places to visit we felt that Morristown City, in Hamblen CountyTennessee would be a good one to visit within easy striking distance from our home on the Cumberland Plateau.

After calling Anne G. Ross, Director of Tourism & Program Director, Retire Hamblen County, she made it very easy for us to visit Morristown and see why it would be a fine day-trip for Crossville and surrounding residents. Upon arrival, and after working through Knoxville traffic we arrived in less than 2-hours to Morristown. First we checked in at the Hampton Inn-Morristown (West End) into a delightfully comfortable suite (terrific staff, by the way and quite excellent hot breakfasts too).

A bit about this city that’s quite close to Knoxville: With a population of about 30,000, Morristown’s Main Street area, with an approximate area of a square mile, grew up around a waterway known as Turkey Creek, and the intersection of two railroad lines. In 1962, the creek flooded, nearly wiping out the downtown commercial district. The city developed a plan to modernize Main Street by creating an “overhead sidewalk” that would turn the second floor of the existing buildings into a new “street”, while serving as a canopy for the sidewalks below.

After checking in, we then walked and gawked at various antique and other shops, both at ground level and up the ramps to their elevated second story walkways. Yes, we made some great collectible, but usable finds for our home in Crossville, and during our stay, tasted delightful meals at places such as Jersey Girls with corned beef special sandwiches, The Little Dutch with their delicious salmon entrees’, Hillbilly’s breakfast spot for Spanish Omelets’, and we lunched at Timeless Elegance Tea Room with their famous Chicken & Dumplings, run by a dynamic duo Mr. Kelly and Howard Long (more details on dining experiences in, and all the other great attractions and places we visited in the 2nd edition of our visit, next week).

Restaurants in Morristown were varied and quite excellent!

For its size, Morristown has so many restaurants that for about one year you can dine at a different one every day if you so desire.   After a downtown walking tour with Barbara Garrow, Director of Crossroads Downtown Partnerships’, we really got a good look of what a fine; progressive planned downtown can be in almost any small town America.

Taking a look back in history, we visited a most famous early outdoor pioneer’s home; Davy Crockett. Crockett grew up in and around Morristown; he was born in nearby Greene County.  When visiting pioneer homes you notice how small everything from the height of the doorways to the size of the beds and chairs being so much smaller than today’s cottages and homes. Old time folks were smaller in stature in the “good old days.”

For you sports lovers: In 1985 and 1987, Morristown had teams qualify for the Little League World Series; the 1985 team finished third. The Morristown teams are two of nine Tennessee teams that have advanced to the series in Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Morristown placed fourth in the Little League Softball World Series. In 2007, Morristown won the Little League Softball World Series.

Next issue we’ll present everything we just cannot fit in today including the 700-miles of shoreline of Lake Cherokee and the arts and drama programs! Go: www.tourism@morristownchamber.com for additional information.

A facsimile of Davy Crockett’s flint-lock rifle. I told Barb to take it as a souvenir.
Davy Crockett’s family living room! Also served as a cooking room and workshop too!

Plano Tackle Always Innovative, Not “Plain Old.”

AmericanPressTravelNews-October 17th, Knoxville, TN.-As publisher of APTN, I am also a prolific magazine writer. I write about food and travel, but my roots are in the realm of fishing, hunting, boating and all manner of non-ball sports and endeavors. This article is devoted to where and how I keep my terminal tackle. For many decades I have always utilized Plano Tackle Boxes. Recently I acquired two new Plano products. You guessed it, also tackle boxes and keepers. The first of the 2 units is the Guide Series 3600 the No. Six Stowaway. This compact model is great for Kayak fishing, canoe or any small or larger boat use too. It has a Utili-Tackle Rail System that has attachment points for accessories, gear, or tie -down bungees. The top holds a Stowaway Utility box for quicker than quick access. Corner feet on the base elevates the bag above any puddles while the rubber accents on the base reduces sliding. A compact box with enough storage for even the tackle-hoarder angler.

The other Plano unit is a 3700 Series Z Series zipper bag design with 4-included large stowaway boxes. The backpack design lets you head out with hands free for rods or while heading to the boat, pier or shore. It has a water-resistant fabric coating that keeps the outside water splashes outside. The unit sports a wrap style front pocket for quick asset to your gear. Love this unit too!

Check them out by going to your favorite tackle store or go on-line: www.planomolding.com

Keys Real Estate and Rental Group Trying to Assist After Irma

Los Cayos=(Those Bones) as the Spanish called the Keys Hundreds of years ago!

AmericanPressTravelNews.com-October 1st-Islamorada, FL. Keys–Recently the whole world viewed and anguished over a natural weather and earth set of disasters-namely hurricanes and earthquakes. One hard hit area-the Florida Keys took it on the chin with winds and surges, before Irma headed for the rest of FL., Keys residents received nearly as hard a hit, as the area ever had. Yes, there have been worse storms and far more deaths, as in the 1935 Labor Day disaster that even blew a train off the tracks that linked mainland Florida with all the habitable islands in the Keys chain-over 500 people died in that one. Irma pummeled Puerto Rico, then Harvey slammed a left and right punch, and nearly finished this country of 3.5-million off, which probably will never recover fully.

Taking into consideration there is a need for housing, as so many homes and apartments were damaged and are uninhabitable, at least one group in the small town of Islamorada and surrounding Keys; Coastal Vacation Rentals of The Florida Keys is trying to match locals,  residents and would-be visitors with clean, livable rentals as a bridge, or permanently  for their needs and quiet peace and enjoyment of their lives. David at Coastal Vacation Rentals is doing just that!   I asked David (yes, he’s my son) if he has has weekly, monthly and yearly rentals from traditional island homes and apartments, to some of those local swank homes available as vacation abodes for the highly discriminating vacationers, both Bayside or Oceanside, and inland as well?  Dave told me that “if we don’t have what locals and visitors are in need of, we will find it for them”  David has called Keys home of 40-years. After leaving for military service, he is now transitioning back to the Keys full time, and is working with Coastal Vacation Rentals of the FL Keys. One of his major specialties in the Military was Logistics. Generals and Colonels relied on David and his crews to “gettin er done.” And he never let them down. He is bringing his strengths in Logistics to doing this too, as far as getting it done, for whoever works with him and his team in the keys, as well.

In the military, he knows how to make it happen in disaster, or during quiet times too!. So finding the rental of house, boat and offering full concierge services is a cake-walk for him. Sure I am his father, and who better knows what his son is capable of? I’m sure after Irma’s visit and the fact that he was brought up in the Florida Keys, he knows the ins and outs of the Upper Keys, and has a tremendous support group of others, also brought up in the fabulous Florida Keys, just a keystroke away from helping him, making it happen.  While Hurricane Irma has taken out some of the resorts, David spent time before and after the latest natural disaster both for Keys Emergency Management needs and tourism housing there. It would be is a great opportunity for anyone working with David to hit a homerun in finding whatever their needs are in The keys this year. Be assured the Keys will be more desirable this winter then ever.  Less people, more fish and  perfect, personalized service. NOTE: CURRENTLY DAVID IS DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THE UNITED STATE AIR FORCE!

 
 
 

 

Crab claws and gals in the Florida Keys!

Small Mouth Bass As Exciting as Any Freshwater Game Fish

Our Guide Scott Callen with a 6-pound smallie.

AmericanPressTravelNews-July 4th, Goose Holler’ Farm/Ranch-Bob & Barb are Back from our amazing trip to Lake Chautauqua, and Lake Erie area of New York State. We enjoyed our week in the “Empire State” especially due to the fact there was water, water everywhere (try standing on the shore of Lake Erie without wonderment in your being) and I most enjoy giving priority to places that have water features, as my hot passion for fishing has been hot since my grandfather David Schwartz showed me the way of the “fin.”   When Dave Barus set a fishing trip on Lake Erie out of Dunkirk Launch, Dave Barus, also an outdoors writer of some fine repute, from ” Share the Outdoors, and Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau ( www.tourchautauqua.com) with our guide Scott Callen and his new 22-foot bass boat. 

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Pulling the boat after a great morning of smallmouth bass action.

I knew my rod would bend, and my joy and excitement level would also rise. It was a blustery day, and we had to continually move back over the waters, where a huge gaggle of smallmouth bass were coming off the beds as we drifted and cast our guides rubber/plastic minnow creations in blues, greens, yellows and whites. The smallies loved em! When a small mouth bass hits its usually more of s slam-bang affair than a sip and move off, as with largemouth bass, most times. These bass jump, pull down and really put up a strong battle. Smallmouth live in colder waters than its cousin the largemouth and I believe they are more active and less lethargic than the warmer water largemouths.  For more information about all things Chautauqua County go: www.tourchautauqua.com You may also go: Facebook.com/Tour.Chautauqua

 

Yours truly with a large smallmouth that pulled the rod tip under more than a few times. All our fish were captured and released from a special rubberized net that does not damage the fish’s scales and slime.
Writer and Fishing and Hunting Consultant, for Promotions of Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau; Dave Barus with a hefty smallmouth bass.