“Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast” is produced at Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee and celebrates the culture, accomplishments and history of West Tennessee while inspiring listeners to see beyond. Hosted by Scott Williams, guests include West Tennessee influencers from the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, tourism and more. Like what you hear? Subscribe to “Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast” on iTunes and listen to a new episode each week.

Episode 28: African Americans Before, During and After WWI

In June 1917, 1,250 men volunteered to become the first African Americans to receive training and begin military service in World War I. Many hoped that they would be rewarded with equal rights at the end of the war. MORE>>

Episode 27: Honey, I Bought a Nursery!

Charles and Crystal Meade changed the course of their family’s life when they purchased a Northwest Tennessee nursery that was in much need of some TLC. Today, Soleil Garden Center includes a nursery, a retail showroom featuring regional artists and a recording studio. MORE>>

Episode 26: Karen Campbell – Get Out and Explore the World

As a child, Karen Campbell looked down the road of her Northwest Tennessee hometown and couldn’t wait to get out and explore. In this episode, Campbell shares her entertaining story of leaving home, exploring the world, then coming back to share her passion for this area of Tennessee. MORE>>

Episode 25: The Cotton Mill Community of Dyersburg, Tennessee

Have you ever wondered the importance that a cotton mill would have on a community? Danny Walden from Dyersburg, Tenn. joins Scott to discuss the impact the cotton industry had in the small community of Dyersburg right before the Great Depression. MORE>>

Episode 24: Mary Nita Bondura, What It’s Like Working at Discovery Park

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like working at Discovery Park of America before it even opened? Mary Nita Bondurant planned the ground-breaking ceremony for Discovery Park and has great insights on working in advertising and marketing for a museum. MORE>>

Episode 23: Jason Stout, Building Bridges in the Arts

As an associate professor of art at the University of Tennessee at Martin, Stout encourages his students to not dismiss fellow students and the community if they do not understand art. MORE>>

Episode 22: Paris, Tennessee: Where the Eiffel Tower Stands and Catfish Run the Town

On today’s episode, we learn all about the charming town of Paris, Tennessee from the Chamber of Commerce executive director Travis McLeese. MORE>>

Episode 21: “We’re not in Kansas Anymore!” Bill Minihan

Born-and-raised Kansan Bill Minihan sang, danced and produced his way through the live entertainment business and now runs the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. MORE>>