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About Ellen Liston

If it has anything to do with East Tennessee, this Dollywood blogger loves it. Ellen Liston was born in Kingsport and grew up in a rural environment that she says has many similarities to the Sevier County area and the beautiful Smoky Mountains here. When she’s not at Dollywood or enjoying the multitude of activities and attractions in these mountains, Ellen can usually be found cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, particularly at football and Lady Vols basketball games, or hanging out with her family – sometimes cheering on the Vols together! Some of her favorite things are reading almost any kind of book imaginable, history, crime dramas (especially Perry Mason and Forensic Files), old movies, ‘80s music, and most anything to do with her Scottish heritage, including kilts and bagpipes. She and her husband Scott live in South Knoxville on 6 acres with their yellow labs, Charlie and Rudy, and a Maine Coon cat with a major attitude, Sam.
30 October 2017

The Magic of That Red Nosed Reindeer

By | 2017-10-30T11:44:45+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Entertainment|0 Comments

Lots of people love Christmas, and I’m right there with them. Christmas trees of different shapes and themes. Christmas cookies – especially anything that involves gingerbread. Holiday decorations galore. But I have one Christmas obsession that shines above all the others. Rudolph, that adorable reindeer with the red nose. Yes, it really is an [...]

9 October 2017

Picture Perfect Pumpkin Photos

By | 2017-10-09T15:48:56+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Festivals|0 Comments

Picture perfect. When you take a family vacation or just an afternoon adventure, you want to make sure that the memories you made can be relived again and again through the photos you take. One of the best places I have found in forever for capturing memorable moments is the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights. [...]

2 October 2017

Capturing the Best Places to Find Fall Color in the Smokies

By | 2017-10-02T11:22:37+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Nature|0 Comments

Perhaps Dolly Parton said it best. In the fall, our Great Smoky Mountains turn into God’s coloring book. And if you haven’t seen it for yourself in the last several years (or heaven forbid ever!), don’t put it off any longer. This autumn promises to be awesome in terms of spectacular scenery, and literally [...]

28 August 2017

Last Weekend of Smokies Summer is Packed with Fun!

By | 2017-09-05T12:15:14+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Trip Planning|0 Comments

Labor Day weekend - still feels like summer with the warm sunny days, but you know by the cooler morning temperatures that fall is just around the corner. I also love this last hurrah of summer, because it means there are so many fun activities planned to celebrate the season that just was and [...]

7 August 2017

East Tennessee Eclipse Time!

By | 2017-09-19T15:34:07+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Nature|0 Comments

When you live in the Great Smoky Mountains, you get used to the spectacular sights from Mother Nature. But this time, she’s outdoing herself. On August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible through a wide area of the United States, including East Tennessee. How does this happen? It’s when the [...]

14 July 2017

Our American Symbol Up Close and Person

By | 2017-09-04T11:38:00+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Attractions|0 Comments

Treasures abound in East Tennessee. Mountain vistas. Flowing streams. Fireflies lighting up a summer night. And the majesty of bald eagles in flight. A primary reason that the Great Smoky Mountains hosts scores of our national symbol, the bald eagle, is due to the work of the American Eagle Foundation (AEF). The Foundation makes [...]

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