Shopgirl's Evidence: A Lost Movie Turns Up, With a Lost Story
Published 4/2/2014 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
Somehow I’d never heard that one of his daughters was an actress who had a Hollywood career, albeit brief.
The Necessary: Things Downtown Needs: A Pharmacy, a Grocery—And One Public Toilet
Published 3/26/2014 at 10:27 a.m. 1 comment
Revival has presented downtown Knoxville with a better array of bladder-filling options than anywhere I’ve ever visited, with the possible exception of New Orleans. But with that fact comes a delicate irony. Downtown still lacks public facilities.
Crossing the Tracks: An Effort to Reconnect Old Kingston Pike with Itself May Be Just Too Sensible
Published 3/19/2014 at 11:09 a.m. 0 comments
Old Kingston Pike appears to end at Staub Street, where I once took piano lessons. Then the old road dissolves into what looks like a driveway along the northeastern corner of Cherokee Country Club’s golf course, but on Google Maps, ...
Our Impending Architectural Crisis: It Doesn't Have to be Gruesome, as Likely as That Seems
Published 3/12/2014 at 12:26 p.m. 1 comment
Occasionally a new building gets announced. But most of the new buildings heralded on the front page of the newspaper don’t actually get built.
Hidden Treasure? Maybe Not, but Old Market Square Buildings Yield Interesting Stuff
Published 3/5/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 1 comment
Paul found the penny when he removed concrete from an old I-beam. It was just sitting on top, an old Indian-head penny, worn and pitted, but you can still make out the date.
Full Speed Ahead? After Decades as a Non-Hotel, the Farragut May be a Hotel Again
Published 2/26/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
Monday night, two friendly middle-aged Californians spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the East Tennessee History Center about the building diagonally across the street. The old Farragut Hotel has been a stubborn exception to downtown’s revival, emptied of the offices ...
Snow Days and Consolidation: Why a Narrower Scope is Sometimes Better
Published 2/19/2014 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
The recent snows brought up a perspective on an old issue that may never die, though many think it should.
Safe Keeping: Downtown's Only Jeweler Keeps Its Biggest Rarity on the Floor
Published 2/12/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
Reporters don’t do a lot of jewelry shopping, even this time of year. I probably don’t need to go into why that’s the case. It’s not because of our fabled difficulty in maintaining romantic relationships. At least it’s not just ...
The Long Walk: One More Visit with the Bishop of Fort Sanders
Published 2/5/2014 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
Professor Gideon Fryer’s black beret suggests an affinity for guerrilla campaigns. He emerges from his apartment in Fort Sanders on the last day there’s ice on the sidewalks. He pokes the ice with a long, stout, bamboo staff.
Two '50s Icons: Memories of Dugout Doug's and the Everlys, and an Idea to Preserve the Carousel Theatre
Published 1/29/2014 at 10:04 a.m. 0 comments
I heard from a few folks concerning the Everly Brothers eulogy and the not-forgotten Cumberland Avenue record store known as the Campus Record Shop, aka Dugout Doug’s, where the Everlys first encountered Bo Diddley’s rock ’n’ roll.
Piggy and His Pals: An Afternoon's Investigation Into a Winter Mystery at Union Ave Books
Published 1/23/2014 at 10:08 a.m. 1 comment
It was on the stationery of Dr. John Quincy Adams West, a well-known local intestinal specialist who had studied in Europe. The address on the letterhead was 712 Walnut St., where Dr. West practiced for years.
The Southern Vortex: Weather, Food, and More Reasons to Question Our Identity
Published 1/15/2014 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
There are times, like last Monday night, when I was laying a fire because it was 2 degrees outside and the power was out, that can strain your lifelong faith that the North and the South are different places, with ...
The Everlys at Dugout Doug's: Don, Phil, and the Importance of Cumberland Avenue
Published 1/8/2014 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Yes, they were here for just two years. But some two years make all the difference.
Second Rate Is Still Pretty Good. What Do You Think This Is, Chattanooga?
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:10 a.m. 1 comment
A new year, and to hell with the old one. Was it just bad luck, that year of ’13? It was the worst year for historic preservation in my reporting career, and it somehow packed a few fresh disappointments about ...
The Win: The Untold Story of 2013 Seems, Too Often, to be One of Gamesmanship
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 3 comments
I’ve been reporting for about 30 years, but have never gotten as many off-the-record comments as I have in 2013. >I’ve gotten them mostly about historical-preservation issues. It was, hands down, this century’s worst year for tearing down historic buildings. ...