Episode 3521

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Tennessee Crossroads

December 30, 2021

Season 35 | Episode 21

Cindy Carter admires the work of Artist Michael J. McBride. Joe Elmore shares the story of the Little River Railroad. Tammi Arender checks out the menu at the Catfish Campus. Rob Wilds goes behind bars at Brushy Mountain Prison.

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Artist Michael J. McBride on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Artist Michael J. McBride

Nashville, TN

Cindy Carter admires the work of Artist Michael J. McBride.

Catfish Campus Restaurant on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Catfish Campus Restaurant

Columbia, TN

A Catfish restaurant off the beaten path in Columbia packs them in six days a week!

Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

Petros, TN

You don't usually think of a prison as a good vacation destination, especially like Brushy Mountain State Prison. For more than a century, the worst of the worst of the worst criminals were sent there. But of course it was closed in 2009. Now, it's re-opened not for inmates, but for tourists. Join Nashville Public Television and Tennessee Crossroads to see at this once infamous lock-up.

Little River Railroad on NPT's Tennessee Crossroads

Little River Railroad

Townsend, TN

Before the Smoky Mountains became a national park, about two-thirds of its virgin forests were clear-cut by loggers. Tennessee Crossroads visits a site that reveals an intriguing story of how a lumber company and railroad brought jobs to Townsend, TN, while bringing destruction to what's now a protected park. Join Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads to find out more.