Santa Special

Take a trip back into the Crossroads vault with Tennessee Crossroads as we revisit the 50th Anniversary of one very special Santa train. Watch this and more episode segments of Nashville Public Television’s Tennessee Crossroads.


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Almost twenty years ago, we shared an East Tennessee tradition called the Santa Special. It's an event where St. Nick leaves his sleigh to ride a train pulled by a steam-powered locomotive, along the way spreading holiday cheer through the state's rugged coal mining country.

Joe Elmore has been the host of this Emmy-award winning series since its beginnings. As the face of Tennessee Crossroads, Joe has been taking viewers to meet interesting people and explore fascinating out-of-the-way places since 1987. Joe is also a producer and co-host of Horsepower TV on Spike TV. Joe launched his TV career at WHBQ TV in Memphis, TN, where he served as weekend anchor and reporter. Later, he was chosen to co-host the station's PM Magazine show, where he produced nationally-broadcast stories. He has also done extensive work as an independent film and video producer for clients throughout the Southeast.

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