East TN Small Towns…

A few weekends ago marked my first foray into East TN on my mission to visit and shoot in TN’s Small Towns.  I had plans to attend a friend of the family’s all-star football game in Williamsburg, KY, so I mapped out my target towns starting in Pleasant Hill.  I didn’t have much time in Pleasant Hill because I wanted to make the kickoff of the game.  It appeared that the primary industry and residence for its inhabitants was a large commercial retirement home.

“BLUE HOUSE WITH SATELLITE”, Pleasant Hill, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“BLUE HOUSE WITH SATELLITE”, Pleasant Hill, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

After the football game, I made my way back into TN and towards a small community called Clinchmore, population 273. To reach Clinchmore from interstate 75 I had to take a small winding road that climbed over a mountain and then back down the other side. The community was dominated by the Stony Fork of the New River.  Houses, old and older, lined the tributary. Every few feet there was a better view of the icy river begging for me to stop and shoot.  I even discovered an abandoned elementary school which I couldn’t pass up.

“Icy Stony Fork”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Icy Stony Fork”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Time Out on the Court”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Time Out on the Court”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Yellow Barn”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Yellow Barn”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Car Seat Bouquet”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Car Seat Bouquet”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“White Horse”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“White Horse”, Clinchmore, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

After Spending the night in Oak Ridge, I made my way to an area called New River before the sun was up.  I found a store with its light on but no one in yet and another community dominated by the river flowing through it.

“Early Morning ICE”, New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Early Morning ICE”, New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Suspension Bridge”, New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Suspension Bridge”, New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Flowing Waters”, New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Flowing Waters”,  New River, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

The next town I made my way to was Petros, home of the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.  It was Sunday morning and the towns inhabitants were making their way to their houses of worship as I photographed.

“Community Center”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Community Center”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Petros CBD”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Petros CBD”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Winding Road”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Winding Road”, Petros, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

Wartburg was my next stop, the largest town I had visited so far, population 913.  That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it makes for a very different look and feel compared to the other towns.  I shot around the town square and out at the “Obed Wild and Scenic River” segment of the Cumberland Trail.

“No Court Parking”,  Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“No Court Parking”, Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Morgan County Courthouse”,  Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Morgan County Courthouse”, Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Wild and Scenic Obed”,  Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Wild and Scenic Obed”, Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Old Nemo Bridge”,  Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Old Nemo Bridge”, Wartburg, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

I was needing to get home but wanted to stop at one more small town on the way, Oakdale. The view as you enter this town from the east has to be the best I have experienced while shooting the small towns.  Atop the large elevated bridge that spans the Emory River, you can see the entire town from the train tunnel into the mountain side to the steeples on the distant hillside.  Besides the obvious impact of the Emory River, the rail industry is a significant factor in this community with a fairly large rail yard that appears to be growing.

“Tunnel and Emory River”,  Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Tunnel and Emory River”, Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Stop”,  Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Stop”, Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Oakdale Rails”,  Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

“Oakdale Rails”, Oakdale, TN ~ © ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT PROTECTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. – DAVID L. MOREL ~ 2015

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