Few time periods bring back sentimental feelings like the 1950s. The birth of rock and roll... Classic Cars... sock hops.. and malt shops.. Well, if you'd like to take a walk down memory lane, there's a restaurant in Alcoa that will let you do just that. Gretchen Bates has the story of Hot Rods 50's diner..
Gretchen Bates joined Tennessee Crossroads in 2007 but had her first appearance on the show in 1991 when her community, The Farm, was featured on the show. Though born and raised in Lewis County, Gretchen left Tennessee to move to New York City and pursue a career in theatre. Highlights from her time in New York City include two summers at the Chautauqua Theatre, working with the Circe du Soleil, and seeing every show on Broadway. After six years on the stage in New York City, Gretchen returned home to Tennessee.