The Tennessee Historical Society announced yesterday that seven Tennessee sites have been
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added to the National Register of Historic Places--and lucky for those of us in Middle Tennessee, they all seem to be within a day trip of us. (Okay, let's be honest, there isn't much in the state that's not within a day trip of us, but that's just one of the nice things about living here.)
1. Conway Bridge, spanning the Nolichucky River between Cocke and Greene counties.
2. Cordell Hull Bridge, over in Carthage.
3. The Daylight Building in Knoxville, which was an early home of TVA offices.
4. Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, where, among other things, Jackie Mitchell struck out Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
5. First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga
6. The Clarence T. Jones Observatory in, yes, again, Chattanooga
7. The Doctor Wiley Wagner Vaught Office about 5 miles outside of Johnson City, a historic doctor's office.
Nashville, this list is great. These places look cool as hell. But where are we on this list?
Someone--and I mean you--has dropped the ball. Do you think Jackie Mitchell woke up every day of her life and said, "Eh, Chattanooga is interesting enough without me adding to it?" No, she obviously did not.
Go out today and do something significant in an interesting place around town so that the gal who has this job in 50 years can be reporting that that site was added to this list and folks from all over can come and look at it.