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The Land, Its People and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

This documentary takes an in-depth look at one of the most recognizable geographic features in East Tennessee: our Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's one of the most contentious and unusual park establishments in the history of the National Park Service. The exquisite Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea and the 75th anniversary of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2009 set the scene for this part to the East Tennessee Stories film series.

The Land, Its People and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park premiered on East Tennessee PBS in September 2009. Search the program listings for future broadcasts.

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World War II

The first documentary in our East Tennessee Stories series, which premiered in September 2007, intertwines veteran interviews with historical footage to tell the story of East Tennesseans and their experiences from more than half a century ago. Search the program listings for future broadcasts.

"Early on it was an adventure, but we didn't know what we were getting into," Gerald Clark of Knoxville says in the film. "Combat is hell on Earth." As they touch on everything from being young recruits and then hardened soldiers, to witnessing Pearl Harbor and death camps, meet a diverse group of local veterans—pilots, sailors and nurses—who share with viewers their touching and courageous experiences throughout World War II. Search the program listings for future broadcasts.

The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin

Two men led a remote region to the brink of civil war, changing the Constitution forever! Produced by Nolichucky Pictures, The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin reveals the truth behind this legendary rebellion. Discover the reasons Franklin came into being and uncover the mystery of how we lost our 14th state. Search the program listings for future broadcasts. 

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Good Design: A Half Century of the Community Design Center in East Tennessee

The Community Design Center was founded in 1969 by a young group of  Knoxville-based architects, landscape architects, planners, an attorney and a sociologist. Created with the vision of supplying  professional architectural and design services to people and organizations that traditionally couldn’t afford those services. From parks, sidewalks and community centers to facade improvements and historical preservation, it is hard to travel anywhere in East Tennessee without seeing this group’s positive effects. This documentary talks with the founding members to get a first hand account of how the Community Design Center was formed, how its work has changed them and the East Tennessee landscape and the future of the center in our community. Search the program listings for future broadcasts.

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