Getting outside is an activity that's not quite as accessible these days as it once was, but Williamson County resident Dewight Lanham hopes his driving tour videos can act as a virtual gateway to the open road for those who are stuck inside.
WC-TV, Williamson County's government and education television channel, will feature Lanham's videos for nearly 14 hours on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m.
"It's just little driving tours around the county, and he just kind of focuses on a road or an area in each one," said WC-TV Director Creed Henderson. "A lot of times, we use them in between content. When we have 15 or 20 minutes to fill, we'll play one during the day."
However, the TV crew recently finished its basketball coverage and has an entire day to fill this weekend, so Henderson thought it would be a nice change of pace to feature a marathon of Lanham's work.
Lanham started filming virtual driving tours of Williamson County roads in 2017. He noticed how quickly a stretch of asphalt that held so much nostalgia for many people could change, inspiring the project's name, "The Changing Road: See Today to Remember Tomorrow."
He typically receives a few dozen to a few hundred views on each video, but he was excited to find his recent video of Hillsboro Road amid the snow brought by Winter Storm Uri had over 1,100 views.
He also recently completed a four-part tour of historic downtown Franklin.
Lanham hopes, as his videos air this weekend, those who are isolated or just need a peaceful program to help them unwind can benefit from his filmed adventures on the road.
"People have been shut in all this time, and it might help them," he said. "It might lift their spirits to see driving tours of roads in Williamson County."
WC-TV can be viewed on Comcast channel 3, Charter channel 192, AT&T channel 99 and United Communications channel 207. Additionally, all of "The Changing Road" videos can be found on the Dewight Lanham YouTube channel.