Terry Morrow: Knoxville man's UFO story attracts Travel Channel, History and SyFy interest

A West Knoxville man's alien encounter claims, about which he says he's kept quiet for years, is now drawing interest from major cable outlets.

Farragut resident Thomas Reed says he had his first such encounter in the late 1960s, and has physical evidence that he suggests supports his stories. The evidence, though, is not considered conclusive.

A lie detector test also revealed he's telling the truth, Reed has said.

Though he says he has gaps in his memory about the encounter, Reed's story goes that he and his brother were taken from their beds and led to a mushroom-shaped craft by odd-looking creatures, with flashes of strange lights engulfing them.

Nonetheless, the tale of what happened to him and his family in Connecticut in the late 1960s is attracting national attention.

On Tuesday, a film crew from a new and yet-untitled Travel Channel series will be bring their cameras to Reed's home. The crew will be shooting around Farragut for five days, Reed says.

Producer Kristen Pietropoli confirmed her crew will be interviewing Reed and talking about his claims. The series on which she is the producer does not have a title yet, though the series will debut in May and run for at least eight episodes.

The series will deal with supernatural and out-of-this-world tales. A date for when the Reed episode will air has not been announced yet.

In May, a crew from the Discovery Channel will arrive in Knoxville to talk to Reed, too. However, the program for which they are shooting will air in Europe and Canada.

Cable channel History's series "Decoded" with best-selling author Brad Meltzer also has been in contact with Reed and has interest in talking to him about his adventure. "Decoded," usually, touches on historically based mysteries and investigates clues on how these mysteries can be solved.

A call to Meltzer about his show's interest in the Reed case was not returned by press deadline.

And, naturally, cable channel SyFy has reached out to Reed, too. The channel has a TV movie in mind about Reed and the aliens.

Dancing machines

ABC is trotting out another edition of "Dancing with the Stars," always a favorite in the Knoxville market, up against the already-in-progress second season of NBC's "The Voice," the second most-watched reality series in this market.

Both can be seen at 8 p.m. today.

(FYI: "American Idol" continues to dominate in Knoxville, despite a dip this season.)

"The Voice" has been the most-popular series in Knoxville on Monday nights this season. But, "Dancing" may change all that.

The night's numbers will be out Tuesday.

Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or morrowt@knoxville.com.

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