It boggles the mind when you think about how much our world has changed in the last few decades. Nowadays, you can get just about anything you want delivered to your front door. Not so long ago, especially out in the country, you considered yourself lucky to have a general store nearby for essentials. Well, as Gretchen Bates discovered, the folks in Etheridge still count themselves lucky every time they walk through the door at Ike's Amish Depot.
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.