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Ken Smith

senior editor, Roadside America

1 Hour From Knoxville

PRESENTED ON AUG 17, 2017
IN KNOXVILLE @ VOL 24

Within a one-hour drive of PechaKucha Knoxville are so many odd, quirky, hidden, strange, extraordinary, and bizarre things to see that it would be impossible to cram them all into six minutes and 40 seconds. But Ken Smith will do his best to try.

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