A Firm Explanation of Knoxville’s Snooty Reputation
Published 10/10/2012 at 1:55 p.m. 0 comments
Knoxville’s been agonizing about its identity for a good while. Are we a major educational center, a green-tech energy powerhouse? Or “authentic,” the Just-Folks Capital of the USA?
Here You Are! Have Some Passenger Pigeon on Toast
Published 10/3/2012 at 3:52 p.m. 1 comment
This is the time of year that armed Knoxvillians started looking hopefully to the sky. Fall was the season of the passenger-pigeon migration, and that meant good eating for everybody.
Oh, Dear: Urban Outfitters, the Arnstein Deal, and Our Olfactory Nerves
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:33 a.m. 1 comment
A few weeks ago in this space, I confessed how all this Asheville downtown retail stuff, as wonderful as it all is—and I don’t deny the wonderfulness of any of it—has the undertone of rubbing our noses in something unpleasant.
Jim "J-Bone" Long, 1930-2012: One Visit With a Not-Quite Fictional Character
Updated 9/20/2012 at 9:09 a.m. 0 comments
Jim Long died last weekend, at age 81. As a character in Cormac McCarthy’s fourth novel, Suttree, he has a place in American literature that may have no precedent.
Fable of the Seven Houses: There's Less of Kingston Pike's Antebellum Heritage Every Day
Published 9/12/2012 at 11:01 a.m. 1 comment
A few months ago, a filling station on Kingston Pike closed. Filling stations close all the time, and they open all the time. Most of us don’t pay much attention unless we’re on E.
A Southern Mutiny: The Birthplace of the Southeastern Conference
Updated 9/10/2012 at 11:05 p.m. 0 comments
In early December 1932, more than 100 university presidents, deans, athletic directors, and baseball, football, and basketball coaches packed the two big hotels on Gay Street.
Passing Through: Paul James of Ijams is Looking for Clues to a Lost Species
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Being English, James does say speciality, not specialty. He’s executive director of Ijams Nature Center, and he does have several other interests, but dead birds are right up there
Knoxville Skyline? Unknown Branson Painting, the Summer's Artistic Mystery
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:05 a.m. 1 comment
The people at Case Antiques on Sutherland Avenue have interesting jobs, and recently made a surprising discovery. A Chattanooga estate sale turned up a previously unknown painting by Lloyd Branson.
Role Model? Knoxville is Importing Asheville, Bit by Bit
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
The big news among culinary hipsters in downtown Knoxville is the opening, later this fall, of Tupelo Honey in the historic Kern Building. It seems a worthy tenant of a space that already has a place in Knoxville’s culinary history.
The Lugubrious Cavalcade: The Hanging of John Webb, 137 Years Ago This Week
Published 8/8/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
Across the generations, Victorian summers can beckon. The era needed its delights, because it also had horrors.
Our First Olympian: Knoxville's Contribution to an International Phenomenon Was a Middle-Aged Classics Professor
Published 8/1/2012 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
Professor Ebenezer Alexander, 59, erstwhile dean of faculty at the University of North Carolina, had been a quiet fellow who wore a gray mustache and smoked a pipe and was handy with a quotation from a Greek sage.
A Glimpse of the Future
Published 7/25/2012 at 12:23 p.m. 0 comments
If it’s a record-breaking summer, you don’t want to miss it. You’re going to want to talk about it someday. Sometimes on a hot day, after spending a morning in an air-conditioned office, I like to experience this famous heat.
The Public Image
Published 7/18/2012 at 12:13 p.m. 0 comments
The news can make you feel old. Last week’s paper ran big headlines about the reborn Tourism and Sport’s Corp.’s exciting new name, the Knoxville Convention and Visitors Bureau. It seemed a pretty good idea; as much as we all ...
An Archaeological Excavation for the Union's Fort Sanders
Published 7/11/2012 at 11:12 a.m. 1 comment
The Faulkners are different. They have been conducting science’s first archaeological excavation of Union Fort Sanders.
Two Local Eateries in Transition
Published 7/3/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 2 comments
The Krystal suddenly boarded up on Cumberland Avenue was no architectural marvel. Its functionalist building had been completely rebuilt, perhaps more than once, in its half-century on the Strip. I won’t argue it was historic. Still, it was a real, ...