Tennessee Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked 3 hours at the River Gate Mall in Goodletsville, TN.  I then walked 1 hour in Jackson, TN.  I then walked another hour (for a total of 5 hours) on the college campus of Lane College, also in Jackson, TN.

Highlights of the Tennessee leg of the tour:

  • The weather started out bad in the Nashville area, so I decided to walk indoors.
  • I was going to Opry Mills Mall.  After driving 15 miles to get there, I saw signs that said it was closed for Restoration due to flooding.
  • I found another mall, that was yet 10 miles further away, but they were open.
  • Apparently quite a few of the businesses in that area flooded a few months back.  That put a “personal touch” on all the news report I heard about the flood on CNN several months back.
  • After walking three hours, I got what may have been the best foot massage I’ve ever had !!!
  • The drive toward Oxford MS went smoothly, but I was a little tired.
  • Along the way, I saw a sign for Lane College, which is the home of one of my favorite Houston Texans football players, Jacoby Jones.  I decided I was going to walk their campus.  I’m glad I did.
  • I finally made it to Oxford, MS with no problems, so I’m ready to roll the next day.

As usual, I recorded a podcast which can be listened to

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about Tennessee:

  • Tennessee has a population of 6,214,888, making it the nation’s 17th-largest state by population, and covers 42,169 square miles (109,220 km2), making it the 36th-largest by total land area.
  • Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state’s western border.
  • Tennessee’s capital and second largest city is Nashville, which has a population of 626,144.[4] Memphis is the state’s largest city, with a population of 670,902.[5] Nashville has the state’s largest metropolitan area, at 1,521,437 people.
  • What is now Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina, and later part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. In the early 19th-century, Tennessee was home to some of American history’s most colorful political figures, among them Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, and Sam Houston. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, and the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war.
  • Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of rock and roll and early blues music. Beale Street in Memphis is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues, with musicians such as W.C. Handy performing in its clubs as early as 1909. Memphis was also home to Sun Records, where musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Charlie Rich began their recording careers, and where rock and roll took shape in the 1950s. The 1927 Victor recording sessions in Bristol generally mark the beginning of the country music genre, and the rise of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1930s helped make Nashville the center of the country music recording industry.

Next stop, Mississippi.