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The Appalachian Highlands, a rural region consisting of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest
Virginia, is world-famous for its country music treasures, fast cars, early pioneer history, and
breathtaking natural scenery. Secret Appalachian Highlands: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure digs deeper and uncovers some of the region’s lesser-known places, mysterious stories, and creative oddities.


I'm Robert Sorrell.

I'm an award-winning journalist, author, and historian. I've written for several newspapers in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, including the Erwin Record, Elizabethton Star, and Bristol Herald Courier. I have also written several local history and true crime books. Since 2020, I've been a licensed real estate agent in Tennessee and North Carolina. I live in the foothills of Northeast Tennessee with my wife and pets.  

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