Lunch With Tate
Every town has its stories. Small towns have twice as many. It seems like when fewer people are involved, those privy to any juicy tidbits a town might harbor feel an obligation to fill the silence.
I grew up in Gatlinburg, TN, a small tourist town nestled up against the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although it's well known and millions of people from around the world come to Gatlinburg each year, its population has always been listed as under a measly four thousand residents. What this meant for the townies, which is what us local kids proudly called each other, was that when school let out at 3 o'clock every day, a few hundred of us would be let loose into a town that was designed to entertain millions. I can remember being shocked as a young kid when I found out every town in America wasn't designed like a huge amusement park and didn't plaster their entire town with a zillion C