About Z. Heraclitus Knox
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How Did Knox County's Bluegrass Community Get its Name?
Published 05/01/2013 at 10:22 a.m. 1 Comment
Bermuda, Hercules, Virtue, Mabel, Kangaroo: those were all rural communities in Knox County, 125 years ago. How were they named? Search me.
The Lonsdale Riddle: What's With All Those Streets Named After Northern States?
Published 02/20/2013 at 11:54 a.m.
Street names are a murky subject. The developers or city officials who choose street names aren’t obliged to explain the process of nomenclature in the public record at the time, and rarely volunteer to do so.
The Infamous McClung Warehouses
Published 12/19/2012 at 1:42 p.m.
So who's the McClung behind the now burned-out McClung Warehouses?
Empty Antebellum: One of the Oldest Houses in West Knoxville May be Redeveloped Soon
Published 11/14/2012 at 9:15 a.m.
The house at 9320 Kingston Pike is indeed antebellum. It is in fact one of the oldest houses in West Knoxville. Formally known as the Walker-Sherrill House (for those with more breath and better memory for names, the Kennedy-Baker-Walker-Sherrill House), ...
Knoxville’s Mysteriously Missing Streets
Published 10/10/2012 at 1:42 p.m.
Dear Doc Knox: We have 11th through 22nd Streets in Fort Sanders, and I remember 10th Street before the World’s Fair. But were there ever First through Ninth Streets?
Baseball Town: Knoxville Once a Leader in the Newfangled Competition
Published 09/12/2012 at 10:34 a.m.
The world may have forgotten—football-happy Tennessee certainly has—but Knoxville played a role in the history of Southern baseball. For at least 60 years, baseball was Knoxville’s favorite spectator sport.
Long-Ago Fisticuffs Recall Some Interesting Local Characters
Published 05/23/2012 at 3:18 p.m.
Dear Dr. Knox: I cannot find a decent biography of John Williams, Jr. (1818-1881), the son of Colonel John Williams. Can you help?
Recalling the Short Career of Early Country Music Singer George Reneau
Published 03/28/2012 at 2:17 p.m. 2 Comments
Before Nashville had its first recording studio, before Roy Acuff learned to play fiddle, before the landmark Bristol recordings, there was George Reneau, of Knoxville, Tenn. He was making records, and selling them, as one of America’s first professional country ...
Wading Into Knoxville’s Slag Heaps and Forgotten Fens
Published 02/01/2012 at 11:09 a.m.
Two centuries ago, the block of Gay northeast of the intersection of Gay and Union offered a dropoff way down toward First Creek’s floodplain. The bank was so steep it was considered impossible to develop commercially by the architecture and ...
Downtown's Homegrown Revival
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:47 p.m.
Question: A downtown we first experienced as one of the most lifeless had turned into a great little city. It begs the question, have “native” attitudes changed? Or did it take an influx of non-natives to create what’s becoming a ...