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00000174-9e19-ddc3-a1fc-bedbd6df0000Authentic South is a sound-rich, storytelling podcast that explores Southern culture through food, art, music, the land, big personalities and interesting characters. These are long form radio stories accessible on demand. Subscribe on iTunes.Tanner Latham is a travel writer and multimedia storyteller based in Atlanta. After growing up in a small town in Alabama, Tanner spent over 10 years traveling throughout and reporting about the South as a Travel Editor for Southern Living magazine. He was also on staff as the multimedia reporter at WFAE from 2011 to 2012 .

Miss Biscuit

Tanner Latham

One of the highlights of Knoxville’s International Biscuit Festival  is the Mr. & Miss Biscuit Pageant. This episode profiles Liz Barr, the reigning Miss Biscuit 2013. Her win was surely secured after she performed an interpretive dance to an original love song...about a biscuit.

The pageant's talent competition was serious. One guy ate a spoonful of flour. There was a woman who carved a butter sculpture to resemble the Sunsphere, one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

And then there was a woman who sang an a cappella piece she wrote to the tune of the Little Mermaid song, “Part of Your World.”

Credit Tanner Latham
Pageant Emcee Erin Donovan and contestant Cheryl Burchett marvel at Cheryl's butter sculpture of Knoxville's Sunsphere.