You wouldn’t remember the real name of this motel if you were a tourist on your way to the Smokies back years ago.
Especially if you were sleepy, hungry, or tired.
Back then, the real name was Sunny Acres Motel and it was on your right on Chapman Highway heading to Gatlinburg and making your way past the places selling quilts and dishes.
Today, with new owners and a new name, it’s called the Wayoma Motel and it’s on the other side of Chapman Highway. But to people in Knoxville, it will always be “The Sleepy Hungry Tired out on Chapman Highway” probably because that’s what it’s always been called, and probably because they’re still using the original sign.
Although most old tourist motels like this one have been bypassed into extinction by the interstate, the “hillbilly” with the light in his hat is still there, the a welcoming beacon for any traveler who’s sleepy, hungry or tired.