Sweet P’s Barbeque and Downtown Dive

Gretchen Bates checks out the menu at Sweet P’s Barbeque in Knoxville.

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If you haven't been to downtown Knoxville recently, you owe yourself a visit. After years of revitalization efforts, it's a vibrant, bustling place that's attracting tons of new businesses. Gretchen Bates went on a shopping spree there recently, and had to re-fuel with a little southern comfort food, barbeque style. At a place called Sweet P's...

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.

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