The Mark of Samuel Bell: Our Most Famous Silversmith's Better Known in Texas
Published 2/6/2013 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments
Come July, our favorite reality-television program, Antiques Roadshow, is on its way to Knoxville.
City Guns and Country Guns: One of the Clearest Examples of the Political/Geographical Divide
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:30 a.m. 1 comment
The gun debate may be the crispest demonstration of America’s city-country split. Our political divide is starkly geographical, in a way that’s true on a micro level in Knox County, precinct by precinct, and on a national level, state by ...
The Medical Arts and Architecture: Rehab of Main Street Landmark, Its Architect, and the End of an Era
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 2 comments
Downtown’s residential wave is finally lapping at Main Street. The Medical Arts Building—that tall, beatific jazz-age tower underused and underappreciated for years—is getting rehabbed, and that’s good news.
Light Rail: A Weekend Visit to a Popular Phantasm
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
Our recent issue about What Knoxville Needs stirred up an old futuristic dream that won’t die. We talk about it today in the same tones we used in the ’60s when we talked about jet packs and hovercraft and computers.
Two Architects: Bruce McCarty and Charlie Richmond
Published 1/9/2013 at 9:31 a.m. 0 comments
The year’s only a few days old, but Knoxville has already lost two influential and very different architects.
In the Year 2013: Some Notes About the Coming Months
Published 1/2/2013 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
Finally, we’ve arrived in a gracefully nameable era. For 13 years now, those of us who are accustomed to making sense of our recent past by sorting it into decades with distinct personalities, like the ’20s or the ’50s, haven’t ...
2012: An Ode
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
A funny thing about the news: It always rhymes.
Christmastime in the City, 1912: Of Velocipedes, Bon-Bons, Grafonolas, and SPUGs
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
One century ago, a dozen different Knoxvillians might give you a dozen different ideas about what constituted a Christmas tradition. There survived a few people old enough to recall when Knoxville hardly celebrated Christmas at all. Until the ’40s—the 1840s—it ...
Knox Boox: For the Locavore Reader, a Seasonal Shopping Aid
Published 12/12/2012 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
And there’s been a pretty extravagant variety of very local books this year. These are the ones I’ve encountered and, for one reason or another, been impressed with.
The Secret Identity of Signor Grimaldi: One Strange Story from the Holiday Season of 1877
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
That anyone named Grimaldi ever lived in 1870s Knoxville might be surprising in itself.
Victory at Fort Higley: Breaching the Ramparts with Aslan
Published 11/28/2012 at 1:22 p.m. 0 comments
Scaling the Lilliputian ramparts of Fort Higley last week, I hardly knew the place. One of the two best-preserved Civil War battlements in Knox County, the little fort’s been half-forgotten in these South Knoxville woods for the last 149 years, ...
Look Fast: Four Campus Landmarks Aren't Long for This World
Published 11/20/2012 at 11:34 a.m. 4 comments
No big fan of chain-link fences to begin with, I especially hate to see that fence go up around the Aconda Court building on Cumberland Avenue and what’s now Volunteer Boulevard, and some other historic buildings just behind it, just ...
The Vols-Knoxville Equation: These Seasons May be the Acid Test for an Old Truism
Published 11/14/2012 at 9:11 a.m. 0 comments
Saturday I was at work downtown, as I am most Saturdays, catching up on stuff. I’d been half paying attention to the Missouri game on my desk radio, when early in the fourth quarter I went out to get a ...
Everybody's Liberal. Everybody's Conservative: A New Psychopolitical Theory to Muddle the Results
Published 11/7/2012 at 12:03 p.m. 0 comments
Here’s my theory, in a nutshell. You’re liberal, I’m liberal. You’re conservative, I’m conservative. We’re probably conservative or liberal about different things. My theory, and I’m sticking to it, is that everybody is both conservative and liberal, maybe even in ...
For the Purple: Why Some Red-State Republicans Might Find it Expeditious to Vote Blue
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:33 a.m. 2 comments
One thing Republicans and Democrats and Libertarians and Green Partisans can agree on is that we’ve all survived presidents we don’t like, presidents we thought were dangerous idiots who’ve wasted our money. Maybe that’s the foundation for a new dialogue.