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Jim Stovall is a retired journalism professor who lives in Maryville, Tennessee. The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)A couple of days ago, a good friend described taking his son-in-law, a native of the urban Northeast, into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the first time. "This is fantastic!" the young man kept saying as they walked along the Middle Prong, one of the many hiking trails of the Smokies. "This is awesome! This is just like a movie set!"