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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Podcast by Reelfoot Forward

    Ep. 108 Gary Foreman: Sharing History Through Storytelling

    Ep. 108 Gary Foreman: Sharing History Through Storytelling

    Gary Foreman is the owner of Native Sun Productions and an EMMY-nominated producer of around 40 historical documentaries and cultural programming. The story of David Crockett gripped Foreman at a young age, launching him on a journey to documentary production. From the dangerous wilderness in the unexplored Wild West to pirates who roamed the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Foreman hopes that his documentaries and programming push people to discover more about history. His passion for storytelling even led him to produce many of the exhibit pieces Discovery Park of America has on display for American frontiersman David Crockett. In this episode, listeners will discover the fascinating process of producing a documentary and the importance of sharing history through storytelling.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 107 Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend

    Ep. 107 Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend

    Dixie Locke Emmons enjoyed the unique experience of being the first girlfriend of Elvis Presley. The two met in the youth group of First Assembly of God, Memphis. They were dating in 1954 when the unknown singer stepped in Sun Studio and recorded “That's All Right Mama," now known as “ground zero” of rock ‘n’ roll. Emmons’s daughter, Kristi Emmons Jones, worked closely with her mother on the recently published book, “Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend.” In this episode, listeners will discover what Presley was like before fame and fortune, how Emmons and Priscilla Presley became close friends later in life and how Emmons and her daughter worked together to create this look back at an important moment in the history of popular culture. “Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend” can be purchased from Graceland at: https://store.graceland.com/products/unlocked-memoirs-of-elviss-first-girlfriend.

    • 35 min
    Ep. 106 Bob Keast: Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum

    Ep. 106 Bob Keast: Tennessee Freshwater Pearl Museum

    Did you know that the Tennessee River Pearl is Tennessee's state gem and Camden, Tenn. is home to the only freshwater pearl culturing farm in North America? Bob Keast, owner of the Birdsong Resort and Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Museum, Farm, Tour and Jewelry Showroom, joined us to discuss the fascinating history of the freshwater pearl and how Tennessee began to produce this gem. For more information about the farm and museum, visit https://museum.tennesseeriverpearls.com/.

    • 51 min
    Ep. 105 Obion County High School Podcasters Austin and Alex

    Ep. 105 Obion County High School Podcasters Austin and Alex

    High school juniors Austin Alexander and Alex Carpenter pull the curtain back and share behind-the-scenes details about their successful podcast, “RebelCast,” that focuses on the teachers and students of Obion County Central High School. Along with a team of friends who help with all aspects of production, they’ve taken their idea from “what if” to a podcast that features interviews with teachers, details about school sports and segments like “hidden gems of OC.” Both will also be part of a group of students that will be participating in an upcoming education-based tour of Europe thanks to a scholarship from the Union City Rotary Club.

    You can download and listen to “RebelCast” here: https://open.spotify.com/show/3nBGMGmQLPC8lP5VeMcOXY

    This episode is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 104 Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi: Leading the Way

    Ep. 104 Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi: Leading the Way

    In this episode, Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi shares his inspirational journey from his childhood in the northern region of Iran on the coast of the Caspian Sea to his current role as dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Passionate about the subject of leadership, Dr. Tootoonchi also provides insight on some of the principles that he believes can guide both aspiring and experienced leaders to lead their teams effectively, peacefully and productively.

    This episode is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 103 Jeff Campbell: The Meadows Hotel

    Ep. 103 Jeff Campbell: The Meadows Hotel

    After a successful career rising through the ranks of the FedEx Corporation in Memphis and then Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Fort Worth, Texas, Jeff Campbell returned to his hometown of Fulton, Kentucky. After discovering a need for some TLC, Campbell was inspired to contribute to his community through projects like "Let's Paint the Town" that inspired renovation and painting of more than 30 historic buildings downtown. He then funded, designed and oversaw construction of Campbell Plaza in a neglected vacant lot and joined with the Rotary Club to raise funds to develop the city’s Unity Park. Campbell then turned his visionary eye to the historic Meadows Hotel, a 100-room hotel built in 1901 in Fulton to serve the guests of the Illinois Central Railroad. After acquiring what was left of the property, he oversaw a complete reconstruction project, returning The Meadows Hotel back to its former glory. Today, the historic boutique hotel features 20 luxurious rooms, and a popular full-service bar and restaurant. In this episode, Campbell shares the story of the project and more about the challenges and rewards of seeing a need in a rural community and working with the community to meet it. More about The Meadows Hotel.

    This episode is sponsored by The University of Tennessee at Martin.

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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REEL Good Idea!

Love getting to hear these success stories from West Tennessee’s favorites! Can’t wait for the next one!

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The Best of West TN

This is a great way to learn about the rural culture of West Tennessee- not just the attractions that are unique to the area but the heart and soul of who the people are. Thank you Discovery Park of America, this is a great idea

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