(WBIR) University of Tennessee's mascot, Smokey, is embarking on adventures with a raccoon and turtle in a new interactive electronic book released this month.

"Tales from Rocky Top, Volume I" contains three children's stories written by winners of a writing competition last spring. The illustrated stories, produced through the UT Rocky Top Institute, include music, pop-up facts and narration.

The book features:

1) "Conrad the Rocky Top Turtle," written by UT alumnus Charles Haun and narrated by Dane Bryant, son of Felice and Boudleau Byrant - the composers of "Rocky Top."

2) "Rocky the Raccoon," written by Bearden High School student Rachel Jones and narrated by UT President Emeritus Joe Johnson.

3) "Smokey's Rocky Top Tail," written by Bearden High School student Samantha Arnold and narrated by Bob Kesling, the Voice of the Vols.

Local artist Tiffani Mari Mensch illustrated all the stories.

You can purchase the electronic book in the UT Bookstore and area retailers, including Walgreens. It's in a PDF format on a compact disc that can be copied onto computers and tablets. The CD also includes printable pages for coloring.

Plans for "Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II" are already in the works. The deadline to submit stories is Feb. 28.


to get submission forms, guidelines and other information.

The UT Rocky Top Institute allows students in the UT Department of Retail and Consumer Sciences to further develop and grow the Rocky Top brand by creating unique products. Part of the proceeds go to the Pride of the Southland Band, the Department of Retail and Consumer Science, and supports scholarships, fellowships and institute projects.

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