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photo by David Luttrell

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  • Retired engineers Belinda and John Ford, of Farragut, own the 1939 Oldsmobile that escorted two Metro Pulse journalists on the White Lightning Tour to Cumberland Gap. Most of the driving participants in the inaugural tour were members of the Volunteer Street Rod Association.
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  • At Maynardville, a town proud of its country-music heritage, a trio fronted by lead singer/guitarist Greyland James entertains at the Moon Pie breakfast.
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  • Executive Director of the Museum of Appalachia Elaine Meyer.
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  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Locals wave at the vintage-car convoy on top of Norris Dam, little changed since 1936.
  • Caryville businessman Hake Ayers tells tales of his moonshing family.
  • Campbell County Mayor William Baird offers a manifesto about personal rights.
  • State tourism booster Phyllis Qualls-Brooks extolls the virtues of the mountain spirit.
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  • Harvey Fuson, one of the town’s best-known citizens, runs the Old Drug Store, which deals more in ice cream and soda pop than actual drugs.
  • Little-known to casual travelers since the highway passed it by in the 1960s, the tiny Claiborne County town has become a secluded resort.
  • Bill Hockett, a former associate of Popcorn Sutton, readies his moonshine still for Cumberland Gap’s White Lightning Festival.
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