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I'm a Midwesterner who visited Tennessee for the first time and here are 6 things that surprised me

By tlakritz@insider.com (Talia Lakritz) of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 8: I visited new grocery chains like Publix, stayed in a Dolly Parton-themed RV through Airbnb, and of course, spent a day at Dollywood.Here are six things that surprised me during my time in Tennessee.

I recently visited Knoxville, Tennessee, for the first time on a reporting trip.

I visited new grocery chains like Publix, stayed in a Dolly Parton-themed RV through Airbnb, and of course, spent a day at Dollywood.

Here are six things that surprised me during my time in Tennessee.

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