WBIR has introduced you to many people over the years born and raised in East Tennessee. Now, through a new series called Home Grown, Beth Haynes is giving you the chance to get to know them even better. This area has shaped many familiar faces from Kenny Chesney and Chad Pennington to Scottie Mayfield. Tuesdays at Five, we're going to take you down memory lane and share the unique journeys of Tennessee's favorite sons and daughters.
In a week, Trevor Bayne has cruised from the back of the pack to Daytona's victory lane, grabbing the national spotlight and inspiring a new generation of NASCAR fans. The 20-year-old from Halls is wise beyond his years. And, his HomeGrown story is centered in faith and family.
You may not know the name Kim Williams, but if you like country music, you definitely know his songs. The HomeGrown songwriter has nearly 20 number one hits and dozens of top 10 singles in country, gospel and bluegrass. And, he grew up just outside of Rogersville.
Lady Vols Head Coach Holly Warlick has held many titles-- "All American," "Olympian," "Hall of Famer" and most recently "Coach of the Year." She's HomeGrown and enjoying home court advantage.
Senator Bob Corker is a businessman by trade. He worked his way up from the construction site to owner of two of Chattanooga's largest real estate companies.
From Broadway's biggest honor to the big screen, Levi Kreis has certainly come a long way from his first piano in Oliver Springs.
April 4th, 1968, Reverend Harold Middlebrook was just feet below the Lorraine Motel balcony as his friend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fell to the ground. Like Dr. King, the Civil Rights movement has consumed Middlebrook's life.
Jay Bush and his dog, Duke, have become very comfortable in front of the camera. The two have been the face of Bush Brothers since 1993. However, the company is more than 100 years old. It all started in the tiny East Tennessee town of Chestnut, Tennessee.
Diana Warner designs wearable art from her fashion empire in New York. And, it is the jewelry of choice for many Hollywood starlets. While she loves the Big Apple, the HomeGrown designer is always glad to come back home to Knoxville.
If you've ever had a broken bone, you'll appreciate DeRoyal. That's because, 40 years ago, the East Tennessee Company revolutionized the cast. Now, with thousands of healthcare products and 70 patents, the HomeGrown business is mending people all over the world.
In two decades, Scripps Networks Interactive has grown from a Home and Garden Channel to six networks, two magazines, a restaurant concept and dozens of spinoff lines from home decor products to cookware. And, the HomeGrown company has no plans of uprooting the business.
An interstate pit stop is much more than just fueling up, it's become an experience for both 4-wheel and 18 wheel travelers. And, Pilot Flying J is a big reason why. The HomeGrown company has come a long way from the days when gas sold for just 26 cents a gallon.
If you find a pair of socks in your stocking Christmas morning, check the label. If it says "World's Softest," it's homegrown in Niota, Tennessee.
Did you know the number one selling whiskey in the world is made in a tiny Tennessee town? Yes, it's true and it's all thanks to a man named Jack Daniel. Lynchburg, Tennessee is the birth place of his Tennessee whiskey.
Gold Medalist Davis Tarwater is living the dream. But the Knoxville native had to overcome some Olympic sized disappointment not once, not twice, but three times to get to London. His HomeGrown story is full of heartache, hope and redemption.
On this election day, one East Tennessean has spent nearly half his life in public office from governor and presidential candidate to U.S. Senator. But there's more to Lamar Alexander than politics.