King of the Wild Exurbs? Another Reconsideration of Davy Crockett's "Wild Frontier"
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
But we keep debunking Parker’s portrayal, anyway, because it’s fun, I guess. Nowadays, people hear Crockett never wore a coonskin cap before they ever hear that he did
A Job Downtown: They're Much Cherished. How Come They're Getting Rarer?
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 2 comments
Back in the ’80s, I took a desk job at an office park in West Knoxville as the editor of a marketing weekly. I had a baby to take care of, and bills to pay, and couldn’t afford to be ...
Two Spirits: A Couple of Good Reasons Not to Dread Old Age
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
Some people tell me they don’t want to live long, because, oh, old age is so terrible, a time of pain, incapacity, and loss. It turns out that way for a lot of people. Nancy seemed to enjoy making old ...
A Study In Stucco: The Old City’s Modern Birthplace May Be Leaving Us
Published 7/17/2013 at 3:55 p.m. 0 comments
Preservationists are having a hard time finding practical reasons to oppose the latest downtown demolition, the stucco one-story building on Central Street, near the train tracks. It’s been vacant for years and is obviously falling apart. This unassuming little building ...
Showing 'Em What We've Got: What Will 'Antiques Roadshow' Find in Knoxville This Week?
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
For antique collectors, certainly, and in fact for art collectors, historians, and curators of various sorts, Antiques Roadshow is maybe just this side of the Olympics, a huge event that may be in your hometown only once in a lifetime.
A Peculiar Fourth: Some Picture From Knoxville's Most Anxious July
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 1 comment
“There’s No Danger,” went a column directed at patrons of Knoxville businesses.
The Ghost Mural: Is the Strange Image on a Warehouse on West Jackson the Work of Peter Max?
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:13 a.m. 3 comments
It might seem far-fetched that Peter Max would have a mural on an old warehouse in Knoxville, Tenn. But then again, maybe not. He was once, if briefly, a neighbor.
Pryor Brown: Can a Parking Garage Be Historic?
Published 6/18/2013 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
Only one historic building has been demolished downtown in this century. Three more proposed demolitions of intact pre-war buildings have come to the fore in the last few days. Up this week, before the Downtown Design Review Board, is the ...
Joe Evans at the Last Chance: One or Two Pieces in the Puzzle of an Obscure Blues Duo
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
In 1991, Document Records released a 20-side compilation of the 1927 and 1931 recordings of an unusual country-blues group called The Two Poor Boys. Their real names were Joe Evans and Arthur McClain.
No One Ever Reaches There: To Some Desperate Escapees 150 Years Ago, Knoxville Was Oz
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:57 p.m. 0 comments
Just when you think you’ve heard all the interesting Civil War stories concerning Knoxville, here comes another.
Deconstructing Ben Atchley Street: Hatter Road, and the Origins of Homberg Drive
Updated 6/4/2013 at 4:21 p.m. 0 comments
Bearden’s Ben Atchley Street controversy presented me with a learning curve. I’ve been tarrying in that quarter, shopping or dining, at least a couple times a month since Lyndon Johnson was president. But even after that long acquaintance, I wasn’t ...
Turning the Corner: Is Knoxville Finally Learning How to Try?
Published 5/22/2013 at 3:23 p.m. 8 comments
In the city I grew up in, the motto was “That’ll do.” Anybody who tried to achieve something that stood out for its quality or individuality, whether it was a building or a plate of food, was just putting on ...
The Elusive Specialty: Of Hot Dogs, Grilled Cheese, and Biscuits
Published 5/15/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 3 comments
But do we serve anything worth waiting in line for? Something that we’d say, “When you’re in Knoxville, you just have to try a ___”?
Averageville: Is Knoxville the Typical American City?
Published 5/8/2013 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
I’ve been talking around that conclusion for a long time, without ever daring to suggest that particular superlative.
Where the Boxcars Are All Empty: The Mysteries of Harry McClintock's Knoxville Youth
Published 5/1/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
If you’re a student of folk music, over 50, or both, you can sing along with an unusual song called “Big Rock Candy Mountain."