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Concerts in the Upper Cumberland: White Pines Music Festival

Concerts in the Upper Cumberland: White Pines Music Festival

The premier spring concert in the area is upon us! Read on to learn more about theWhite Pines Music Festival in Monterey, TN!Unless you want to miss the most exciting weekend festival in the Upper Cumberland, mark your calendar for May 24-25th!Featuring mega stars...

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Trail Season at Meadow Creek Park

Trail Season at Meadow Creek Park

Are you a hiker, fisherman, kayaker, climber, or mountain biker looking for a local place to do your thing? Keep reading to learn more about all the exciting things happening at MeadowCreek Park in Monterey, TN!The season for outdoor exploration is upon us and Meadow...

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Landers Trade Home Solutions Store

Landers Trade Home Solutions Store

Are you looking to build, remodel, or accomplish those pesky spring cleaning chores?Landers Trade Home Solutions Store in Monterey can help! Read on to learn more!With items ranging from automotive to plumbing, and lumber to lighting, Landers Trade Home Solutions...

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Monterey legend, James “Cooney” Foster!

Monterey legend, James “Cooney” Foster!

Article written by Andrew Buckner If you’ve been to a tee-ball game in Monterey over the last… well, 40 years or so, you know the name James “Cooney” Foster.From challenging umpire decisions to helping lead as an Alderman, the town staple has been in the public eye...

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Attraction in the Upper Cumberland: The Monterey Depot Museum

Attraction in the Upper Cumberland: The Monterey Depot Museum

In this month’s blog, we revisit a favorite Monterey destination, the Depot Museum!With train memorabilia, coal mining history, local art, and more, this folksy spot is amustfor anyone visiting the Upper Cumberland!Tragedies, celebrations, gunfights? All and more are...

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Making Monterey Proud: Matt Buckner

Making Monterey Proud: Matt Buckner

Did you know that one of the greatest high school coaches in the country grew up inMonterey? It’s true. Read on to learn more about a true hometown legend!Written by Andrew Buckner 21 seasons. 658 wins. 6 TSSAA state championships. 80-plus collegiate...

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Live Music: The Old Gray Idol

Live Music: The Old Gray Idol

Local talent, pro sound, delicious food, and a chance to win big? Read on to learnmore about what fans and contestants can expect from The Old Gray Idol finale!Who doesn’t love a good singer-songwriter? James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Ed Sheeran, and your neighbor? You...

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Valentine’s Day Shopping In the Upper Cumberland

Valentine’s Day Shopping In the Upper Cumberland

That most romantic of all days is here and we’ve got some recommendations forValentine’s shopping in the Upper Cumberland! Let’s get started!Ok, significant others, you’re stuck. Right? Valentine’s Day is almost here and you’ve got no gifts, ideas, or hope. Rest easy,...

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A Day Spent Dining in Monterey

A Day Spent Dining in Monterey

Are you looking for flavorful coffee, scrumptious treats, and delicious meals while touring picturesque Monterey? We’ve got you covered!So, you’ve got your day trip planned for Monterey, but don’t know where to find sustenance while there. Don’t fret.Today’s blog will...

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Whitaker Park, Better Than Ever!

Whitaker Park, Better Than Ever!

The best kept secret in the Upper Cumberland has upped its game! Read on to learn more about Whitaker Park and the fun improvements that have taken place there!Located just three minutes from the busy world of I-40 sits lovely Whitaker Park in Monterey, Tennessee....

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The Characters of Monterey: Rafferty Cleary

The Characters of Monterey: Rafferty Cleary

Article written by Andrew Buckner In today’s entry, we explore the wonderful wizard of all things Monterey, Cultural Administrator Rafferty Cleary.Despite not being a Monterey native, cultural guru Rafferty Cleary has established himself as an agent of growth, a...

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Avoid the Crowds: Christmas Shopping in Monterey

Avoid the Crowds: Christmas Shopping in Monterey

Christmas is almost here and in today’s blog we’re showcasing some of the BEST stress-free shopping spots for the holiday season!Can you hear it? Mariah Carey is belting “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” couples are arguing, and babies are crying as frenzied shoppers...

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Thanksgiving in Monterey

Thanksgiving in Monterey

Can’t climb into your Netflix account and join the cast of Gilmore Girls for a festive evening in Stars Hollow? No worries, read on to learn more about the next best thing, Thanksgiving in MontereyWe’ve said it before, but Monterey truly is a special place. It’s a...

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The Upper Cumberland’s Best Fall Drives

The Upper Cumberland’s Best Fall Drives

Are you looking for a peaceful drive that offers some of the Upper Cumberland’s most beautiful autumnal sights? We’ve got you covered!Nothing beats a day spent cruising backroads in the fall.  The leaves are blowing, the sun is shining, and the air is just crisp...

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Fall Overlook Destinations in the Upper Cumberland: Bee Rock

Fall Overlook Destinations in the Upper Cumberland: Bee Rock

The leaves are beginning to change and the temps are falling. This means, there is no better time to take in the gorgeous views and breathtaking vistas scattered across the Upper Cumberland than now! In this blog, we’re going to introduce you to our personal favorite,...

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The Characters of Monterey: Bill Wiggins

The Characters of Monterey: Bill Wiggins

Article written by Andrew Buckner You’ve seen him riding a Schwinn around town for the last 60 years, but do you really know Bill Wiggins? Keep reading to hear some personal reflections on one of my favorite people and a Monterey legend.If you follow along, most of my...

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Concerts in the Upper Cumberland: Rocktober

Concerts in the Upper Cumberland: Rocktober

Looking for a local place to headbang this fall? The Old Gray in Monterey has you covered!Picturesque farmland. The cool of a Tennessee autumn night. Headbanging icons? Rocktober is upon us once again!Likely to outpace even last year’s massive success, Rocktober 2023...

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Growing Up In Monterey

Growing Up In Monterey

explore what life growing up in Monterey was like for me! This quick, fun journey will pull back the curtain on my experience with small-town living atop the Cumberland Plateau!The crack of a bat rings from the little field as children swing in Whitaker Park. Bimbo...

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Events in the UC: Standing Stone Day 2023

Events in the UC: Standing Stone Day 2023

If the foothills of the Smokies, cozy weather, a parade, historical presentations, delicious food, and live music sound like your idea of the perfect autumn day, read on!October 14th, 2023 will mark the 44th annual Standing Stone Day in downtown Monterey!  A beloved...

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The Perfect City to Visit This Fall: Monterey, TN

The Perfect City to Visit This Fall: Monterey, TN

We may be biased, but in our opinion, nothing is more beautiful than autumn in Monterey, TN. Read further to learn why we feel we love fall on the Cumberland Plateau so much!It’s almost here.  A time when fog hangs on the ponds, lakes, and rivers.  Leaves dazzle the...

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Bulls, Broncs, Barrels, and Bands at the Old Gray

Bulls, Broncs, Barrels, and Bands at the Old Gray

What’s more fun than a rodeo, barrel races, and professional live music? Nothing! Read on to learn more about how all of the above is coming to Monterey, TN, this August!Bull riding. Barrel races. Live music. All of this and more will combine to create one epic...

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Upper Cumberland Adventure: The Outpost at Meadow Creek Park

Upper Cumberland Adventure: The Outpost at Meadow Creek Park

Are you looking for a personalized outdoor adventure in the Upper Cumberland? The Outpost at Meadow Creek Park has you covered.Through the dedication and passion of many wonderful people, Meadow Creek Park has become a travel destination, and “The Outpost” is the...

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Ben Anna’s and the French Market

Ben Anna’s and the French Market

Monterey is growing! Today’s blog highlights a reestablished staple and a newcomer to Commercial Avenue which are both part of the transformation. Read on to learn more. Big changes are happening on “Main Street” Monterey.  For starters, an old favorite, Ben...

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Events in the Upper Cumberland: 4th of July in Monterey

Events in the Upper Cumberland: 4th of July in Monterey

Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to spend this Independence Day? Montereyhas you covered. Read on to learn more!Fireworks. Live music. Togetherness. All this and more will be provided in Monterey, TN on Monday, July 3rd.As part of the “Summer Nights” concert...

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Events in the Upper Cumberland: The Old Gray Revival

Events in the Upper Cumberland: The Old Gray Revival

The best and brightest in worship music will be on display in Monterey this May! Read on to find out why Old Gray Revival is a MUST ADD to your calendar!We The Kingdom. Jason Crabb. Patrick Mayberry. Jimmy Thorpe. Bobby Davis.Household names for those in the Upper...

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Bluegrass and Fellowship in Monterey

Bluegrass and Fellowship in Monterey

Are you a lover of all things folk, gospel, and bluegrass? Read further to learn more about a hidden music gem in Monterey!Do you hear banjo music? If you make your way to the Cumberland Plateau on a Tuesday night, you can catch the joyous sound of mandolins, guitars,...

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Spring Activities For the Family: Hope in Monterey

Spring Activities For the Family: Hope in Monterey

Searching for a festival-style day packed with music, faith, and fellowship? Look no further than Hope in Monterey!Easter is upon us! And with it comes the beauty of church services, egg hunts, and Sunday dinners.But, what if a Saturday prelude to Easter festivities...

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The Officer House Massacre

The Officer House Massacre

Do “haunted houses” or Civil War history pique your interest? We’ve got just theblog for you!Anyone who’s lived in Monterey for long has heard of “The Civil War House.” For some, this remote home built more than a century ago causes the hair to prickle and the senses...

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Pickleball in the Upper Cumberland

Pickleball in the Upper Cumberland

Pickleball!  The sport TAKING OVER recreational fun from coast to coast will soon be available to the citizens of Monterey!Though a specific date has yet to be set, the Putnam County Parks and Recreation department is planning a renovation of the public tennis area on...

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Monterey Garden Club Partners to Protect Birdlife

Monterey Garden Club Partners to Protect Birdlife

Read on to learn more about how an exciting partnership between the Tennessee Bluebird Society and the Monterey Garden Club is protecting indigenous birdlife in the Upper Cumberland!Defending and celebrating the natural beauty around us has always been a central tenet...

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Dining in the Upper Cumberland: Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant

Dining in the Upper Cumberland: Los Agaves Mexican Restaurant

Ready to have your taste buds ignited while visiting beautiful Monterey? Look no further than Los Agaves!You’ve traveled all day.  Traffic, screaming kids, and a low-fuel light have you needing a break from I-40, like now.  What’s more, you’re hungry. But, where...

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The People of Monterey: Keith and Tammy Phillips

The People of Monterey: Keith and Tammy Phillips

What does the ideal pairing of expertise, passion, and service look like? Keith and Tammy Phillips of Goff Funeral Home! Read on to learn more about how these incredible people make Monterey a better place to live.95 years.  That’s how long D.M. Goff Funeral Home has...

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Event Centers in the Upper Cumberland: The Old Gray

Event Centers in the Upper Cumberland: The Old Gray

Searching for an amazing outdoor concert venue where you can catch your favorite acts without leaving the Upper Cumberland? Look no further than the Old Gray!American Idol Winner? Check. Rock Royalty? Yep. Country music legends? You bet. Current chart topper? YES! All...

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Relaxing in the Upper Cumberland: Simply Divine Salon

Relaxing in the Upper Cumberland: Simply Divine Salon

Who doesn’t need a “me” day? From massages and hairstyling to permanentmakeup and facials, Simply Divine has all things relaxation covered!Like Tom and Donna on Parks and Rec, we all need a “treat yo self” day every once in a while. With this in mind, we can’t think...

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 The People of Monterey: Remembering Charlotte Mccowan

 The People of Monterey: Remembering Charlotte Mccowan

All lives are valuable and worth remembering, but, occasionally, a special person comes along who needs an extra dose of celebrating. In today’s blog, we honor the incredible life of one of Monterey’s finest, Charlotte McCowan. I’m going to miss Charlotte Mccowan. ...

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Events in the Upper Cumberland: Monterey Christmas Parade

Events in the Upper Cumberland: Monterey Christmas Parade

Looking for some local Christmas fun this year? Read on to learn more about theexciting festive parade happening in downtown Monterey!Mark your calendars for the Monterey Christmas Parade this coming Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.! The night is PACKED with...

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Remembering Mayor Nathan Walker

Remembering Mayor Nathan Walker

In today’s blog, I’ll celebrate the amazing man that was Nathan Walker, and do my best to convey what he meant to all of us.Obituaries are weird. A notorious criminal sounds like a saint when their eulogy is delivered. We fluff up, exaggerate, look over, and lie to...

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Haunted Local Folklore: Crazy George’s Bridge

Haunted Local Folklore: Crazy George’s Bridge

Halloween is upon us, and there’s no better time to visit a spooky (and real) local tale! Disclaimer: this story is not for the faint of heart or young children.A mysterious death. A railroad ghost. Murder? These are often the whispered sentiments heard when locals...

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Reasons to Visit Monterey, TN: Autumn on the Plateau

Reasons to Visit Monterey, TN: Autumn on the Plateau

Among the many alluring features which draw visitors to the Upper Cumberland, the splendor of fall reigns supreme. The changing leaves, cooling temperatures, and area events make autumn the perfect time to visit Monterey, TN!Crisp mornings, trees that seem to be made...

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The Characters of Monterey: Chris “Mutt” Buckner

The Characters of Monterey: Chris “Mutt” Buckner

Thinking of visiting Monterey, TN? A MASSIVE part of the culture here lives through its wildest characters. One of the most well-known of these is “Mutt” Buckner, and today, we’re going to introduce him! Let’s get started!An affinity for dogs in childhood? An...

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Santa Comes to Monterey on December 3

Santa Comes to Monterey on December 3

Santa Claus will be coming to the mountain in a big way! The 66th Annual Monterey Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Monterey Civitan Club, Monterey Depot Historical Society and the Town of Monterey will be Saturday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. The parade will form on E....

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Standing Stone Day

Standing Stone Day

Fall weather, a parade, local history, live music, what more could you ask for? Read on to find out why you DON’T want to miss Standing Stone Day in Monterey, TN October 8th!For 43 years Monterey has hosted Standing Stone Day, a celebration of the community and the...

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The people of Monterey: Dale Welch

The people of Monterey: Dale Welch

Thinking of visiting Monterey, TN? While here, you’ll want to stop by theDepot Museum and visit Dale Welch. Read on to find out why!The son and grandson of miners, Dale Welch saw the toll the pursuit of coal could take and chose a different story. This passion for...

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Touring the Upper Cumberland: Muddy Pond

Touring the Upper Cumberland: Muddy Pond

Are you looking for a rustic getaway filled with fresh flowers, a teaming general store, local honey, and jaw-dropping leather shops? Look no further than Muddy Pond! Located less than 15 minutes from Monterey, TN, Muddy Pond is a must-see when visiting the Upper...

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Monterey, TN

Monterey, TN

Today’s blog is going to be a departure from our normal routine. In this installment, I’m going to share briefly what Monterey, TN means to me!I won’t be sharing a “tourism” blog today. Instead, I’ll be handing over echoes of a life spent in Monterey, TN. From dusty...

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Life in Monterey: Service stations, much more than gasoline

Life in Monterey: Service stations, much more than gasoline

Nothing says small-town America like local service stations (and the stories shared over coffee there). Monterey features a couple of these unique spots, and in this month’s blog, we’ll learn a little more about each! Let’s get started! More than gasoline and tire...

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Growing up in Monterey: The Convenience Mart

Growing up in Monterey: The Convenience Mart

Life in a small town is all about community, and NOWHERE has the communal spirit thrived over the last few decades quite like the Convenience Mart. Read on to learn more about a place that filled my childhood head with wonder, laughter, and redefined what “family”...

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Growing up in Monterey: Monterey Foods

Growing up in Monterey: Monterey Foods

Nothing says Monterey like the people, culture, and service of Monterey Foods! In today’s blog, I share my personal experience working at this incredible grocery store as a teenager! Let’s get started! Skinny, nervous, clueless. Apt descriptors of me on my first day...

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Overlooks in Putnam County: Bee Rock

Overlooks in Putnam County: Bee Rock

Are you a resident of the Upper Cumberland looking for stunning views close to home? Bee Rock is for you! Read further to learn more about this jaw-dropping natural wonder right around the corner!Gifted to the City of Monterey by Nashville attorney Bobby Walker in...

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Upper Cumberland Car Shows to Visit: Monterey Cruise-Ins

Upper Cumberland Car Shows to Visit: Monterey Cruise-Ins

Are you a gear head looking for the BEST classic car shows in the Upper Cumberland this summer? We can help! Read on to learn more about our favorite automotive extravaganza, the Monterey Cruise-In!In our opinion, nothing beats a classic car show. The weather is nice,...

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Whitaker Park, fun for the entire family!

Whitaker Park, fun for the entire family!

Are you looking for a day out filled with fun, fresh air, and exercise? What if I told you I can help, and the location is only a few minutes from I-40 in Putnam County? Read further to learn more about the hidden gem called Whitaker Park!

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