If you visit the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, you're like to visit Cades Cove. As you drive through that area marveling at the scenery and the wildlife, you may know realize that the land was once home to a thriving community of homes, stores and churches. Hundreds of people were forced to move when the park was created and their way of life and their modern homes disappeared under the assault of bulldozers and wrecking crews. It was gone...but not forgotten. Rob Wilds recently traveled to Maryville to meet with some people whose passion it is to remind all of us what it used to be like in Cades Cove
Rob Wilds has been a part of the Tennessee Crossroads family since 1993. As one of our most frequent producers, and the recipient of several journalism awards throughout his various careers, Rob finds that the best reward for his work is meeting the fascinating people and visiting the interesting places he encounters in his travels. A presence in television, radio and print reporter for more than 20 years, Rob is a teacher, writer, producer and director as well as an actor (with appearances in feature films, television shows and on stage).