Today I made a job-related drive to Grundy County, Tennessee, a sparsely-populated county situated mostly atop the Cumberland Plateau. Located between Nashville and Chattanooga, I-24 just grazes the northwest corner of the county. The rest is covered by narrow, twisted highways. It is a scenic place, but driving is slow and sometimes dangerous. In winter weather, forget it.
I entered the county via Highway 41 after leaving I-24 at Manchester. Highway 41 takes you up the escarpment to Monteagle. From there, I followed the same highway to Tracy City, then turned north on Highway 56 toward Coalmont, where I had my appointment. Afterwards, I stayed on Highway 56 through Altamont, Beersheeba Springs, then back down the escarpment to Tarlton, then it was on to McMinnville and eventually home. (Whenever possible, I take different routes to and from a destination.)
Grundy County is quite possibly the poorest county in Middle Tennessee. You won’t find much white privilege happening there. Still, the people there are always friendly, and there are enough natural wonders to remind a person that this is part of God’s country.