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Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association
SMSA is an organization of folks who tell stories for a living, who tell stories for the love of it, who write stories to be told out loud, or who just love to hear a good yarn. Our goals are to promote the art of storytelling in central East Tennessee, raise public awareness of storytellers as professional artists, and to help local storytellers to improve their skills.
Jonesborough Storytellers Guild
Members are professional, semi-professional & hobbyist ... tellers of tales, singers of songs, workers of magic... or just honest liars!
Murder and Mayhem in Campbell County:
At an early hour crowds poured in from the country to witness the execution of John Webb. The streets near the jail, were thronged with an immense crowd. It was with difficulty that the guards could prevent the crowd from breaking down the jail fence so eager were they to see.
Not So Tall Tales - by Jack Neely
Like most cities in the world, Knoxville is crawling with stories and statistics that are widely known, often repeated, and completely untrue. Or maybe not so completely. Most of Knoxville's myths have at least a grain of truth to them, and in some cases, that truth is more interesting than the myth.
Knoxville Cross of Light Stories:
In December 1995, Pastors Don and Opal Dalton of Flying Higher Ministries, a Pentecostal Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, went to see the crosses of light at the Copper Ridge Baptist Church, about five miles away. They noticed that the glass windows were the same as the ones in their own church. They returned to their church with a camera and flashlight
Cross of Light Stories
Rebecca Alexander - Growing up in a Christian home on a farm in East Tennessee has given Rebecca the background to write and tell stories that will make you laugh and cry all in the same moment. Your imagination will soar to places you have never been and take you to places you've forgotten. Rebecca will capture your heart, lift your spirit, and motivate you to your highest through her many stories: Personal Stories, Sacred Stories, Biblical Characterizations, Straight Scripture Telling, Appalachian Stories, Poetry, Fables & Legends, Humorous Stories, Scary Stories and Motivational Stories.
Mt. LeConte - Sometimes it's just hard to get organized, as when the Chattanooga Snow Assault Team (CSAT) made its second winter pilgrimage to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Only three members from the team's 1993 ill-fated attempt on Clingman's Dome, which ended in a slush wading retreat under freezing rain, were able to return to the mountains on Saturday, January 13, 1996.
Charles "Cuz" Headrick - Cuz is an authentic, energetic Smoky Mountain Storyteller. Discovering the talent within himself, he became a Professional Storyteller in 1986. He tells traditional tales, Jack Tales, Appalachian Tales, Oral History, tall tales, original and humorous stories. His CD's, "Appalachian Tales and Music" and the "Country Tones" have brought joy to many after their visits to the Smoky Mountains. Cuz is probably the most visible, well-known storyteller from Tennessee.
Janice Brooks-Headrick - Under the guise of a normal woman lurks the personality of a Gypsy. Born in the Endless Mountains of New York State, Jan traveled across America, seeking truth, justice and the American way. She fell madly, crazily in love with a longlegged, guitar pickin', storytellin', Tennessean, Cuz Headrick. Jan is happy to share her education in life's experiences with you.
Kathleen Mavournin - Kathleen grew up in Minnesota and has always loved folktales and fairytales. She moved East Tennessee more than 35 years ago, but as soon as she starts to talk, you'll know that she's not native there. She has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and worked for many years at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Genetic Toxicologist. Kathleen has performed at Storytelling Festivals, Tellabrations, and Renaissance Fairs around the southern Appalachian region. She regularly tells stories to school children, youth groups, women's groups, in retirement and assisted living centers, and to her grandchildren.
Millie Beard Seiver - Millie tells Tennessee tales and stories from around the world. Her stories are about ordinary folks who do extraordinary things: personal narratives, stories of HEroes, SHEroes, and peacebuilders. She shares ghost stories, stories that really happened and tales that are make-believe. Hearers say that her stories "let us walk in someone else's shoes, see life from another person's point of view." The storyteller grew up hearing her uncles and aunts bring her grandpapa and other relatives to life, as they swapped tales on the front porch.