ETSU releases documentary on beans

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - East Tennessee State University has released the second in a series of documentary films that examine the food of Appalachia.

"Beans All the Way: A Story of Pintos and Persistence" covers The Bean Barn in Greeneville, Tenn., going back to when the business first opened as Britt's Grill shortly after World War II.

According to the film's producers, the documentary stresses the importance of beans to a community, a culture and an entire region.

It describes soup beans and cornbread as "the iconic, dollar-stretching, belly-filling, soul-enriching meal of Southern Appalachia."

It was produced by the school's office of University Relations and the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services.

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