Home to Georgia’s highest peaks and the source for several rivers—including the Savannah and Chattahoochee—the Blue Ridge region is considered Georgia’s most visually stunning. Because of its natural beauty, outdoor recreation and tourism are the dominant industries in the Blue Ridge. Farmland, however, is scarce due to the region’s high amounts of rainfall and mountainous terrain.
We visit the birthplace of NASCAR, along with a brand new country club for car lovers.
The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences invites us on a tour of its Mountain Research and Education Center, where we interview Dr. Wayne Hanna, one of the foremost turf growers in the world! He’s grown grass for sports complexes as far away as the World Cup Soccer Tournament in South Africa, and as close to home as UGA’s own athletic fields. Teachable Moments center around agriculture, including photosynthesis, the nitrogen cycle, and more.
We go to McCaysville to meet a group a people who claim their jobs are “better than your vacation.” They’re river guides at Rolling Thunder River Company, a white water rafting company where the employees, surprisingly, still use math to do those jobs. They also use a host of certifications to ensure customer safety. Oh, and being an Eagle Scout doesn’t hurt either.