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The Lost L&N: Remembering a Forgotten Tavern From Downtown's Darker Years
Published 7/9/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 1 comment
To clarify for those who might be confused, the main L&N station is the big, elaborate 1905 red-brick-and-marble building that’s still standing—more than that, handsomely renovated and now the home of the STEM Academy.
Big Green Monster: So Was the Old KUB Building on Gay Street and Church Ever Attractive?
Published 3/5/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
In 1963, when everything was going modern, it looked amazing, even futuristic. In a promotional booklet, the new building is juxtaposed with a picture of a middle-aged couple wearing all white, as people of the future always do, and a ...
On the Map: Did Knoxville Have a “Slave Cemetery,” or is it a Mislabeled Google Map?
Published 1/8/2014 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
So even if the Knoxville area’s slave ownership was small by South Carolina or Alabama standards, Knox County did have slaves, hundreds of them.
Dirt Track Date: Tracing the Origins of Knoxville’s Original Speedway
Published 11/6/2013 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments
Dear Doc Knox: Was Speedway Circle (just south of the intersection of Rutledge Pike and Asheville Highway) ever used as a real racetrack?
Our Most-Asked Question: So, About That Completely Intact, Underground Block Of Gay Street...
Published 6/19/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Is it true that underneath the 100 block of Gay Street the original city buildings are still there and intact with their store fronts just as they were built?? I’ve been trying to find out for years.
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 ...
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