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Kevin Adelsberger is the founder and managing partner of Adelsberger Marketing in Jackson Tennessee. In 2019, Adelsberger Marketing sold partial ownership of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPAs. Kevin lives in Jackson with his wife and business partner Renae and their three children. They are involved members of First Baptist Church, Jackson. They are also some of the few to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings from below the Mason-Dixon line.
The Freedom Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission of fostering First Amendment freedoms for all, will be at Discovery Park on Sept. 23 and 24, 2022, for a festival celebrating the First Amendment rights that make our country unique. In this episode, the Freedom Forum’s Cathy Trost, chief engagement officer and senior vice president, and Patty Rhule, chief content officer and vice president, share more about some of what the Freedom Forum has found in their annual First Amendment survey and what they heard from recent focus groups with residents of Union City, Tenn. While they’ve found Americans see the First Amendment – which protects our essential freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – as vital to our democracy, many worry there is a lack of understanding about those five freedoms. That’s one of the reasons the Freedom Forum is headed to Discovery Park for their inaugural First Amendment Festival. Admission to the park on the day of the festival is FREE with registration. Fox News anchor Bret Baier will speak about his career and the First Amendment, and country music legends The Gatlin Brothers will perform. For more information or to reserve your ticket, visit This podcast episode is available online on Soundcloud, Castbox, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Spotify and other popular podcast platforms and apps. This episode is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.
Sam Thompson first met Elvis Presley in 1972 when his sister Linda began dating the wildly popular entertainer. In this special Elvis Week 2022 episode, Sam shares details of that first meeting at Graceland and how the two went from friends to Sam working full time for the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Sam was already an officer with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department when the two met, and he eventually quit and went to work full time for Elvis as a personal bodyguard. He served as security for Elvis at concerts around the country, during recording sessions, on personal outings and at Graceland. Through his work, Sam went on road tours with Elvis, witnessed the recording of albums and was present for approximately 130 separate concert and stage performances. Curious what someone who was there thinks about Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis?” Sam shares his thoughts on that, what Graceland was like in the early 1970s and more.
Self-taught sculptor, Hattie Marshall-Duncan of Jackson, Tenn., turns common household items and found objects that are often overlooked into distinguished masterpieces. Her work is reflective of her African American community and family. At the reception for an exhibit of her work at Discovery Park, Marshall-Duncan shared what inspires her work and the unusual technique that results in these unique pieces of art. She was the recipient of the 2019 Tennessee Governor’s Arts Award and her art is displayed in numerous museums and galleries. This collection is on loan from the West Tennessee Regional Art Center (WTRAC) in Humboldt, Tenn., Tom & O.E. Stigall Ethnic Library and Museum in Humboldt, Tenn., Arts in McNairy in Selmer, Tenn. and Joanna and Shawn Pitts.
As the son of James Winchester, a wealthy Tennessee pioneer, entrepreneur and business partner of Andrew Jackson, Marcus B. Winchester had a front row seat to the birth of the volunteer state. In this episode, one of his descendants, Ginger Hadley, shares some of her research that brings to light more about Winchester’s fascinating life, successful career and sad ending. Winchester grew up at Cragfont, the first and finest mansion on the Tennessee frontier, spent time as a prisoner during the War of 1812 and was present as Andrew Jackson signed the Treaty of Old Town with the Chickasaw. Winchester was appointed Memphis’ first mayor and postmaster and opened one of the first general stores and ferries in the new town on the bluff of the Mississippi River. As Hadley discovered in her research, Winchester’s marriage to a young woman with Osage ancestry resulted in much persecution and the couple and their children having to live outside the city limits of the town he governed.
Lt. Mark Cancia, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army of Jackson, Tenn. is passionate about serving others. Cancia's parents migrated from Haiti looking for new life opportunities and quickly found The Salvation Army. In this episode, Cancia discusses how the different programs and services offered by The Salvation Army allow him to use his abilities to address needs in the community around him. To learn more about the local Salvation Army, visit
From a young age, Connor Rinker spent countless hours among the clouds. His love for aviation was passed down from his father, Mike Rinker, a commercial pilot and renowned aerobatic pilot. In this episode, Connor shares how he applies his passion at the flight training school, Full Stop Aviation, at the Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Union City, Tenn. Conner’s goal is to inspire others to pursue a passion for flying. He and one of his students, “Reelfoot Forward” producer, Luke Johnson, also share details on learning to fly, more about what makes the regional airport in Union City so unique and the airport’s surprising connection to Discovery Park’s founder, Robert Kirkland. To learn more about Full Stop Aviation visit
Preston Powell, co-owner of Yukon Outfitters, has been in the sport and outdoor industry for over 20 years. After his gear failed him on a fly fishing trip to the Yukon Territory in Canada, he decided to create a company that would provide great quality outdoor gear at a fair price. Powell spoke with a friend and took the calculated risk to sell his company's product on Amazon. The company took off and the rest is history. In this episode, Powell shares the story of his journey from being a businessman in Hong Kong to an entrepreneur in Alamo, Tennessee. To learn more about Yukon Outfitters visit
Taylor Wilson’s 18-year-old son, Landon, was hit by a truck while out training for his senior year of baseball. He lost an arm and his leg was severely injured in the accident. There were doubts that he would ever play baseball again. In this episode Taylor recounts his son's inspirational journey back to the pitcher's mound. Through a series of letters documented in his book, "Glove Letters: A Father Recalls His Son's Greatest Game," Taylor details the faith, perseverance, prayer and strength it took to get Landon back in the game. "Glove Letters: A Father Recalls His Son's Greatest Game" can be purchased on Amazon.
This special episode featuring Kevin Rumley was recorded live at Discovery Park’s recent Military History and Armed Forces Symposium. Rumley has a master’s degree in social work, performs in numerous bands as a drummer and runs the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court, a program that helps divert veteran offenders from prison to community service and recovery. In this episode he shares more about the difficult road getting here. While serving our country as a Marine on tour in Iraq, he was severely injured when an IED exploded nearby. He spent 18 months in the hospital, endured 32 surgeries and was told he would never walk again. While that prediction proved to be untrue, he left the hospital battling an addiction to the opioids he was prescribed for pain and eventually found himself homeless and hunting for heroin. Thankfully, he found the help and support he needed to regain control of his life and now helps other veterans struggling with the same issues.
Bill Allen was just 18 years old when he began serving in the Navy as a medic during World War II. He was there on D-Day, June 6, 1944, where his ship joined the biggest armada in history carrying soldiers and equipment to storm the beach at Omaha in Normandy, France to liberate Europe from the Nazis. On June 19, 1944, Allen’s ship hit a German mine and exploded leaving less than 30 survivors out of over 300 men that had been serving on the ship. In this inspirational episode, he shares his memories of D-Day and the explosion that cost many of his friends and fellow servicemen their lives. Allen also shares some behind-the-scenes stories of returning to Normandy for the first time with his family in 2013 as part of a PBS documentary that aired on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, “NOVA: D-Day's Sunken Secrets.”
Tanya and Scott Melton, owners of Miso Hongry, have been serving southern comfort food in West Tennessee for almost a decade. In this episode, Tanya shares how cooking with her grandmother inspired her to open her own restaurant using the knowledge and skills that were passed down to her. After creating a successful catering business, the Meltons decided it was time to take their restaurant on the road and open the Miso Hongry food truck. Whether baking a delicious pie or making the perfect chicken and dressing recipe, the Meltons leave customers smiling as they are taken back to grandma's kitchen with every bite.
Merry Brown is a writer, speaker, mediator, philosopher and small business owner. After teaching philosophy for over two decades, Brown felt led to focus on conflict restoration and mediation. In this episode, she shares how she hopes to empower employees and businesses to resolve conflicts swiftly and equitably through her business, Third Party Workplace Conflict Restoration Services. Brown's background and her children have inspired her to publish eight books. In her latest book, "The Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder & Making Peace with Food," she tells her story of how she overcame an eating disorder and provides tools to help people develop a healthy relationship with food. For more information about Third Party Workplace Conflict Restoration Services visit "The Food Addict: Recovering from Binge Eating Disorder & Making Peace with Food" can be purchased on Amazon.
Dr. Shawn Pitts, founder of Arts in McNairy, is a chiropractor, cultural planner and community arts advocate. Arts in McNairy was founded in 2001 on the principle that participation in the arts is a cornerstone for the development of a healthy community. In this episode, Dr. Pitts shares how his community’s passion for the arts resulted in McNairy County becoming one of the most active and diverse arts communities in the southeast. Their work has resulted in a vital art scene that includes music, literature, visual arts, performing arts and more. For information about Arts in McNairy, visit
Roger Sorkin, founder of the American Resilience Project, is an award-winning producer, writer, editor and director. In this episode, Sorkin shares how he uses storytelling to address threats to the future of our planet. In his new film "Farm Free or Die," he is making the issue of climate change more accessible and relatable to everyone with the goal of improving the livelihoods of those living and working in farming communities. "Farm Free or Die" will be shown during Discovery Park’s National Ag Day Celebration on March 22, 2022. For more information on "Farm Free or Die" and the American Resilience Project, visit
Terrence Martin, a University of Tennessee at Martin graduate, is no stranger to the importance of both style and substance. As a part of his personal image, he became known for wearing bowties to work every day as a school teacher and administrator. After seeing the impact his bowties had on his students, he decided to begin his own bowtie company he named Impeccable Knots. Through his company, Martin provides customers with high-quality bowties along with the highest level of service. In addition to his successful small business, he’s still passionate about education. Martin works with the Dekalb County School District in Georgia in school redesign and innovation. In this episode, Martin shares tips to starting and running a small business. Those interested in purchasing his bowties can visit
Storytelling has always been a big part of Dr. Frank McMeen’s life. As a child, he paid special attention to the stories his grandparents shared. Today, McMeen, president of the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, has compiled many of these stories and others in his book, "Let Me Tell You A Story: Finding Hope in a Hopeless World." Through these stories, he also shares examples of God's love and gives readers hope in difficult times. In this episode, McMeen shares some of his favorite stories from the book and reminisces about his fascinating life and career. "Let Me Tell You A Story: Finding Hope in a Hopeless World" can be purchased from Barnes & Noble at:
Environmental justice and creation care are passion points for Martha Lyle Ford, the director of the Center of Faith and Imagination at Memphis Theological Seminary. She works with a team who helps faith leaders thrive applying disciplines from Sabbath-keeping, personal finances and mental and physical health to conflict transformation, justice and community building. Ford also shares with others how to connect with God’s creation for recreation, renewal and rest. In this episode, Ford shares how she incorporates her deep connection to nature with her faith by practicing creation care, the belief that we are to be good stewards of the Earth. For those interested in learning more, visit or email Martha Lyle Ford at This episode is sponsored by Blue Bank Resort.
Gary Foreman is the owner of Native Sun Productions and an EMMY-nominated producer of around 40 historical documentaries and cultural programming. The story of David Crockett gripped Foreman at a young age, launching him on a journey to documentary production. From the dangerous wilderness in the unexplored Wild West to pirates who roamed the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, Foreman hopes that his documentaries and programming push people to discover more about history. His passion for storytelling even led him to produce many of the exhibit pieces Discovery Park of America has on display for American frontiersman David Crockett. In this episode, listeners will discover the fascinating process of producing a documentary and the importance of sharing history through storytelling.
Dixie Locke Emmons enjoyed the unique experience of being the first girlfriend of Elvis Presley. The two met in the youth group of First Assembly of God, Memphis. They were dating in 1954 when the unknown singer stepped in Sun Studio and recorded “That's All Right Mama," now known as “ground zero” of rock ‘n’ roll. Emmons’s daughter, Kristi Emmons Jones, worked closely with her mother on the recently published book, “Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend.” In this episode, listeners will discover what Presley was like before fame and fortune, how Emmons and Priscilla Presley became close friends later in life and how Emmons and her daughter worked together to create this look back at an important moment in the history of popular culture. “Unlocked: Memoirs of Elvis’ First Girlfriend” can be purchased from Graceland at:
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