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Ben Caldwell - Metalsmith on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Ben Caldwell – Metalsmith

Nolensville, TN

Making a living as an artist isn't always easy. The artist you're about to meet struggled for years, that is until he learned a centuries old method of metalsmithing. And as Tennessee Crossroads found out, Ben Caldwell's artistic future is now as bright as the copper and silver he works with. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Ben Caldwell - Metalsmith, in Nolensville, TN.


Colonel Littleton on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Colonel Littleton

Lynnville, TN

If you treasure hand-me-down gifts like your grandfather's pocket watch or pocketknife, you'll be interested in this next story. Items like that are hard to come by these days. But Col. Littleton in Lynnville, TN wants to bring back that piece of tradition of the past by creating leather goods and other items that aren't just gifts but help foster emotional bonds.


Banjo Picker on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Banjo Picker

Hendersonville, TN

The unmistakable sound of traditional banjo picking can quickly take you back to the times of Uncle Dave Macon and Grandpa Jones. There's a banjo picker in West Tennessee wanting to carry on that musical tradition and as Tennessee Crossroads discovered, he's got some very personal reasons for wanting to do so. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Philip Steinmetz - Banjo Picker.


Forbus General Store on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Forbus General Store

Pall Mall, TN

Owner Joe Sells grew up nearby Pall Mall, TN and always wanted to open a general store, discussed it with his wife and children, tried to be a general store for a few years but did not work financially. So, he noticed a lot of tourists and he did not have anything for them to buy. And that's when a light went off in his head to make and sell fudge. It worked! He's living his dream, and Pig, well it's just something the folks there do to pass the time. They take it seriously, gives locals a place to "hang out", whittle on the front porch in summer, sit by fire in winter and play cards. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Forbus General Store.


Nashville Mounted Patrol School on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Nashville Mounted Patrol School

Nashville, TN

If you've been to a major Nashville event like a Titans game or even the recent Music City Marathon, you've probably seen the Mounted Patrol, the police on horseback. It's amazing to see what these officers and their horses go through to make sure the horses stay calm, cool and collected. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Nashville Mounted Patrol School.


Melanie Guion - Shoe Artist on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Melanie Guion – Shoe Artist

Nashville, TN

Hurricane Katrina caused hundreds of people to flee New Orleans, LA and the gulf coast. Many of those displaced settled in Tennessee. One woman who fled the storm decided Nashville would be a wonderful place to continue her artwork. Tennessee Crossroads shows us this artist is starting over in Music City with her husband, her son and her shoes. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Melanie Guion - Shoe Artist.


Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Area on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Area

Pall Mall, TN

Tennessee Crossroads visits the home of Tennessee war hero Sgt. Alvin C. York, a WWI most decorated soldier to which he lived from 1920 until his death in 1964. All items are original, all belonged to Sgt. York, including his grist mill and gravesite. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Area in Pall Mall, TN.


Kem Alexander - Concrete Artist on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Kem Alexander – Concrete Artist

Chattanooga, TN

It's hard to imagine a piece of highway, a concrete slab, as a beautiful piece of artwork. But one Chattanooga, TN woman has taken the rough and coarse cement and made some very uncommon concrete. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Kem Alexander - Concrete Artist.


Artistic Judge on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Artistic Judge

McMinnville, TN

Becoming an artist doesn't necessarily mean you have to invest in expensive supplies or even art lessons. Charles Haston began painting at the tender age of 55, with brushes from Walmart, and never looked back. Tennessee Crossroads traveled to McMinville, TN to meet the man known there as "The Artistic Judge".


Twisted Sisters on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Twisted Sisters

Nashville, TN

Sometimes working with family can put a strain on the relationship, but for two sisters in West Nashville, working together has enhanced their artistry and creativity. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about the The Twisted Sisters in Nashville, TN.


Crafters of Tennessee

Crafters of Tennessee, Old Hickory

Old Hickory, TN

With music being such an integral part of Tennessee's landscape, it's no surprise many guitars and banjos are built in the state. Celebrities like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and John Fogerty have had some of their stringed instruments custom built in Old Hickory, TN. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Crafters of Tennessee - Old Hickory.


Turner Museum - Grundy County on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Turner Museum – Grundy County

Tracy City, TN

We visit longtime resident William Turner of Grundy County who's on a mission to save his heritage. In his more than 80 years William Turner has never lost his fascination with his home county's past, or his determination to save it and share it. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more about Turner Museum - Grundy County.