Category: States

It Really Is the Big Dam Bridge

By Tom Adkinson LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A statement of the obvious earned the Big Dam Bridge its name and helped cement its identity as the longest bridge in North America built just for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Citing the bridge’s

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Fishing Close to Home in Ocean Springs

By Tom Adkinson OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Capt. Steve Perrigin, the one-man band orchestrating a charter boat business called Strictly Fishin’, seldom ventures more than about six miles from his dock at the Ocean Springs Marine Mart in Ocean Springs.

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Meeting Mother Nature in Mississippi

By Tom Adkinson GAUTIER, Miss. – While casino showrooms on the Mississippi Gulf Coast deliver excellent entertainment, Mother Nature knows how to put on a good show, too. Here are five ways to enjoy the outdoors just a few miles

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Firing Up a Bulldozer in a Las Vegas Sandbox for Adults

By Tom Adkinson LAS VEGAS – Be ready to pass a Breathalyzer test if you want to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers – which may be a bit difficult for some because Mumm’s bulldozers are a heavyweight attraction in

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I Never Wanted To Visit the 9/11 Memorial

(A personal note: When Sept. 11 rolls around every year, Americans pause to remember and reflect on that date in 2001. Here’s what goes through my mind.)  NEW YORK – A couple of years ago, I was in New York City

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Fish Tales and Life Stories on Lake Pontchartrain

ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. – It’s one thing to have a fishing guide who puts you on fish. It’s an entirely different thing to have a fishing guide who also imparts a sense of place. If you engage Captain Kenny

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‘Please Tell Me Another Story’

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The South honed the art of storytelling – whether it was at the dinner table, on the front porch, around a campfire or from the pulpit. That accounts for the popularity of Potluck & Poison

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Chocolate Gravy? It Makes Perfect Sense in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Some foods just sound logical. Consider roast pork, apple pie, ripe tomatoes, and sweet corn. But chocolate gravy? If you’re from Arkansas, that sounds perfectly logical – and delicious when you crave a breakfast treat. Kristie

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Bogart, Hepburn, the African Queen — and You

KEY LARGO, Fla. — The African Queen, the actual boat from the movie of the same name, has been resurrected. The putt-putt-puttering steam-powered boat has led an amazing life in its 100+ years (it was built in England in 1912),

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Old Spice: 150 Years of Tabasco Zing

AVERY ISLAND, La. – This spot in Louisiana Cajun country is famous the world over for little bottles of a spicy red sauce. Of course, it’s Tabasco sauce, and 2018 is a major anniversary year — 150 years of spicing

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