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How Did Knox County's Bluegrass Community Get its Name?
Published 5/1/2013 at 10:22 a.m. 1 comment
Bermuda, Hercules, Virtue, Mabel, Kangaroo: those were all rural communities in Knox County, 125 years ago. How were they named? Search me.
The Lonsdale Riddle: What's With All Those Streets Named After Northern States?
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 0 comments
Street names are a murky subject. The developers or city officials who choose street names aren’t obliged to explain the process of nomenclature in the public record at the time, and rarely volunteer to do so.
The Infamous McClung Warehouses
Published 12/19/2012 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
So who's the McClung behind the now burned-out McClung Warehouses?
Empty Antebellum: One of the Oldest Houses in West Knoxville May be Redeveloped Soon
Published 11/14/2012 at 9:15 a.m. 0 comments
The house at 9320 Kingston Pike is indeed antebellum. It is in fact one of the oldest houses in West Knoxville. Formally known as the Walker-Sherrill House (for those with more breath and better memory for names, the Kennedy-Baker-Walker-Sherrill House), ...
Knoxville’s Mysteriously Missing Streets
Published 10/10/2012 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
Dear Doc Knox: We have 11th through 22nd Streets in Fort Sanders, and I remember 10th Street before the World’s Fair. But were there ever First through Ninth Streets?
Baseball Town: Knoxville Once a Leader in the Newfangled Competition
Published 9/12/2012 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
The world may have forgotten—football-happy Tennessee certainly has—but Knoxville played a role in the history of Southern baseball. For at least 60 years, baseball was Knoxville’s favorite spectator sport.
Long-Ago Fisticuffs Recall Some Interesting Local Characters
Published 5/23/2012 at 3:18 p.m. 0 comments
Dear Dr. Knox: I cannot find a decent biography of John Williams, Jr. (1818-1881), the son of Colonel John Williams. Can you help?
Recalling the Short Career of Early Country Music Singer George Reneau
Published 3/28/2012 at 2:17 p.m. 2 comments
Before Nashville had its first recording studio, before Roy Acuff learned to play fiddle, before the landmark Bristol recordings, there was George Reneau, of Knoxville, Tenn. He was making records, and selling them, as one of America’s first professional country ...
Wading Into Knoxville’s Slag Heaps and Forgotten Fens
Published 2/1/2012 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
Two centuries ago, the block of Gay northeast of the intersection of Gay and Union offered a dropoff way down toward First Creek’s floodplain. The bank was so steep it was considered impossible to develop commercially by the architecture and ...
Downtown's Homegrown Revival
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:47 p.m. 0 comments
Question: A downtown we first experienced as one of the most lifeless had turned into a great little city. It begs the question, have “native” attitudes changed? Or did it take an influx of non-natives to create what’s becoming a ...
Exploring the Wonder House
Published 8/31/2011 at 1:52 p.m. 3 comments
Peggy: "There is an old huge skeleton of a wooden building in the Rocky Hill community on Northshore Drive that is situated on a hill up in the woods. It is on Currier Lane, across from Roosters. It has been ...
Downtown Knoxville's Whittle Uprising
Published 6/15/2011 at 11:34 a.m. 2 comments
Whittle Communications—we may now be obliged to define it, for those who weren’t around in those heady days—was an unusual national publishing company, a maverick magazine factory that grew rapidly for 20 years before Chris Whittle built his Georgian collegiate-palatial ...
Published 5/18/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments
hat is/was the building on the corner of 16th Street and White Avenue in the Fort Sanders neighborhood? How old is it? Does the University of Tennessee own it? What is inside of it?
Updated 3/26/2011 at 12:57 p.m. 0 comments
Cherokee was to be a 60-square-block development with several hundred homes, a couple of parks, and six boat landings, spaced all the way around the peninsula. Part of the eastern shore was to be called Manhattan Beach.
DIY Historical Research
Published 2/23/2011 at 12:12 p.m. 0 comments
Becca and Russell McCurdy: "My husband and I moved into an historic home in Old North Knoxville this past July. We are interested in finding out the history of the home, but so far, haven’t been able to find much ...
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