Back Around: On a Saturday Afternoon, a Symphony of Old Resonances
Published 7/16/2014 at 11:31 a.m. 1 comment
I thought about how heartened my grandmother would have been to know that hip kids are playing the ukulele again. It was all the rage when she was that age.
A Minor Sacrifice? Ramsey House Opts to Sell Part of its Side Yard
Published 7/9/2014 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
I suspect Ramsey’s problem is that most people just don’t notice it. Though not remote, it’s kind of out of the way. Developing this land just for the house, if not as an interpretive center, as a park with gardens ...
Something Doing Every Minute: The Glorious Fourth, and the Tea Party of the Future
Published 7/2/2014 at 11:34 a.m. 0 comments
Ask anybody, and they’ll tell you things were pretty slow and simple in the old days. It’s a majority opinion, so it must be true.
An Afternoon in the Library: In Which Our Correspondent Has Difficulty Finding a Place to Sit Down With a Book
Published 6/25/2014 at 10:54 a.m. 3 comments
The other day, I’d pulled out an interesting book about the Grand Ole Opry, trying to figure out something about its operation in the ’30s, and, for once, felt too dignified to sit on the floor.
The Everything Store: A Farewell to J’s Mega Mart
Published 6/18/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
There was a scare almost six years ago, and a couple of extended closings since, but this time it seems real: J’s Mega Mart is going out of business.
The Singing Mural: Marion Greenwood's Long-Concealed Masterwork in a Rare Public Display
Published 6/11/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
What’s going on this month and next at UT’s Downtown Gallery is an event without any precedent that I know of.
Too Much Flapper, Part 2: A Lost Film, and a Summer Mystery from 1928
Published 6/4/2014 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Pinkie Lee Koehn, 12-year-old aspiring actress, was missing. She’d vanished the weekend before the debut of a silent comedy, “Too Much Flapper,” a Knoxville-based film in which she’d played a small role.
Too Much Flapper: A Lost Film and a Summer Mystery From 1928
Published 5/28/2014 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments
A stranger with a small mustache showed up in town with some camera equipment, touting his Hollywood connections. James Baret had shot movies of combat in the World War, and later worked with Famous Players as a cameraman and sometime ...
The Centaur of Volos
Published 5/21/2014 at 2:34 p.m. 0 comments
“The Centaur Excavations at Volos” has been perplexing visitors to the main lobby at the University of Tennessee’s Hodges Library for 20 years this month.
Too Big to Save? So Long to a Whole Constellation of Historic Buildings
Published 5/14/2014 at 11:57 a.m. 1 comment
The year 2014 is handy proof that preservationists don’t try to save everything.
Clarence Brown on World's Fair Park? Some Thoughts on One of 2014's Dilemmas
Published 5/7/2014 at 11:12 a.m. 4 comments
I may be in a minority in that I haven’t yet developed a strong opinion about the prospect. I’m writing because I’ve found it frustrating to listen to the arguments.
The City County Container: Does it Matter That We Make Our Decisions in the Dullest Part of Town?
Published 4/30/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
In criticizing a private proposal for a county-owned downtown property, a certain influential county official recently remarked, before witnesses, that “the only businesses downtown are bail bondsmen and check-cashing services.” It wasn’t ever true, of course.
Senator Kefauver's Office: Maybe it Doesn't Fit UT's Winning New Image
Updated 4/24/2014 at 9:49 a.m. 1 comment
Maybe a shrine to a legislator who’s been dead for half a century was hard to fit into UT’s long-term mission. Still, it was interesting, for the 40-odd years it was there.
Spring Cleaning: A Few Odds and Ends, Especially About Bearden
Published 4/16/2014 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
The removal of that fire escape was the end of an era. As a kid I was always fascinated with fire escapes, and remember learning how to lower the bottom flight.
The Undertree: When Did Knoxville Start Rooting for the Dogwood?
Published 4/9/2014 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments
I’ve been asking around, and there are still some older folks who can remember when Knoxville was not famous for its dogwoods.
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