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Real TN Stories: Helen Turner

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 10:00am

Helen Turner, owner of Helen’s Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee.

Brownsville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development teamed up with Gov. Haslam's office to launch a social media campaign called Real Tennessee Stories, a collaborative effort extending across state government. The campaign showcases the real relationships citizens build with state employees in providing services for the citizens of the state.

Among the Tourist Development nominees is Helen Turner, owner of Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville, Tennessee. Turner is one of the few female pit masters in the country, ranked fourth in the south by Southern Living. She puts sweat, time and dedication before serving some of the best barbecue and banana pudding in Tennessee. The aroma brings travelers from around the world. Telling this unsung heroine's story and inspiring people to visit her restaurant is one of many ways we are #servingTN.

Tennessee Tourism is committed to partnering with passionate people like Helen Turner in #serving TN, equipping them with the resources necessary to support their communities.

In addition to Helen Turner, The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development nominated six others to be featured as one of the Real Tennessee Stories. They are all shining examples of what compassion, perseverance and dedication to serving can do for a community. The department is proud to feature their stories on and the department's industry Facebook page with the hashtag #servingTN March 5-14.

Real TN Stories is a social media campaign focused on telling the true stories of Tennesseans who provide critical, often overlooked, public services to their fellow citizens. The campaign is fundamentally a collaborative effort, coordinated by the Governor's Office and extending across state government during the week of March 5, 2018. By uniting the diverse work of Tennessee State Government under a common theme, Real TN Stories will shine a bright light on how state government positively impacts the average Tennessean in both ordinary and extraordinary ways every single day by #servingTN.