Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


February 28, 2013

GARY'S WORLD: ‘Crossville’ would make a hit TV show

CROSSVILLE — The ABC TV show “Nashville” is a big hit. Many people are watching it, including me, and that says a lot. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I have to admit I didn’t care too much for the show during the first few episodes.

What attracted me to it, though, were some of the over-the-top character portrayals and seeing some of my favorite music joints around Nashville on the big screen.

For example, this week’s episode featured a couple of scenes in Gruhn Guitars — one of my favorite guitar stores in the world. Anyone who is a vintage guitar lover knows that store and they offer some of the most rare and vintage guitars in the world. I could tell it was a staged scene, though, because there were only a few people in the store aside from the actors in the scene.

Anytime I’ve been in there, dozens of people are milling around and it’s near impossible to sit down and play a guitar. It’s become more of a tourist site over the past few years due to its location at the corner of Fourth and Broadway.

The more I watch the show, the more I like it. The characters have definitely developed and the actors have become a lot more convincing. It got me thinking, though.

A TV show based on a small town could be just as big, if not better. Take “Andy Griffith” and the town of Mayberry for example. It is a legendary show. If we could have a TV show based on Crossville, or one on Rockwood, or some other such small town — the story lines would be endless.

I mean how about this public works director in Rockwood who used the town’s credit cards to buy personal guns, ammo, electronics, cameras, testosterone booster and whatever else he desired to the tune of $32,000? That’s unbelievable! It was discovered during a state audit.

In covering the news of Crossville over the past 15 years alone there have been news events that have made national headlines. My gosh, all one has to do is attend a few county meetings during budget deliberations and there is enough drama to pack a full season.

A behind the scenes look at our county and city governments, as well as the goings on of our small town businesses, could generate years of fodder and entertainment. Just a trip through town causes one to speculate and wonder, “What goes on in there”?

We live in a town that continues to amaze me just about every day. There are so many good things, good people and good stories that I’m shocked nobody has done a TV show.

There are so many stories about crazy things and oddities in this town that could spark all kinds of interest. We even have enough news locally to fill a crime drama on a weekly basis.

The characters we have in this town and county are so genuine and interesting, our TV show — Crossville — would be a smash hit.

Have you ever just walked through downtown and taken in the sites, sounds and listened to the conversations? It’s incredible. I’ve heard some of the most amazing conversations while just sitting in a restaurant.

Among my favorite overheard conversations was a man talking to his friend, trying to make a case as to why his 10-year-old child “needed” a Blackberry phone. The child sat next to them playing with the phone all the while they spoke. Is this typical? No, but it happens.

In no way am I making fun of this town or its people. I’ve been one for 24 years. It’s a unique town with a blend of personality types from all across the charts.

I love this town and this county! I am staking claim now.

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing camera crews running around town and blocking off streets for scene shots in the next big silver screen TV show — “Crossville”!

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Gary Nelson is a Crossville Chronicle staffwriter. His column is published each Friday. He may be reached at

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