Longtime Hawkins County storyteller “Doc” McConnell is on track to become Tennessee’s first-ever “Tennessee Storytelling Laureate.”
A resolution creating the office of Tennessee Storytelling Laureate and designating McConnell as its first appointee advanced in the House State Government Subcommittee Wednesday.
The resolution noted that McConnell, a Rogersville native, has made significant contributions to Tennessee’s celebrated storytelling heritage during a 30-year period.
During that time, McConnell has performed his “Old Medicine Show” and appeared at the 1982 World’s Fair, Country Music Hall of Fame, Minnesota State Fair, Tallahassee Museum, Milwaukee Radio Days, Tennessee Valley Fair, Jonesborough’s National Storytelling Festival and National Barbecue Festival.
He has also appeared on the “Today” show,” “Hee Haw” and on National Public Radio programs.
“In the service of his art, Doc McConnell utilizes his expertise and desire to mentor future storytellers, and he has provided innumerable concerts, lectures, workshops, seminars and classes focusing on the improvement of storytelling skills, the acquisition of a better understanding of people and their cultures through traditional storytelling,” the resolution states.
For more information go to www.legislature.state.tn.us and click on “Legislation.” The resolution’s main sponsor is state Rep. John Hood, D-Murfreesboro. The resolution’s number is HJR 960.