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Eating Well in Bean Station

Robin Haefs works with major donors in UT's Development Office. She went to Bean Station, Tenn., on Oct. 21, 2007, for the 11th annual Harvest Pride Days Festival where the sponsors cooked a 600-gallon pot of beans, setting a record for the Guinness World Book of Records. The previous record was 350 pounds of baked beans, cooked by the city of Horace, N.D. The Harvey Pride Days Festival also featured pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin see-spitting contest and a cornbread cooking contest.

Bean Station -- named not for legumes, but for Robert Bean and William Bean II, brothers who settled in the area in 1776 -- is located at the junction of U.S. Highways 11W and 25E in the easternmost part of Grainger County in east Tennessee. In 1863, during the Civil War, Bean Station was the scene of a fierce battle between Union and Confederate forces.

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