Sapphire Lays Claim to Its Story at 428 South Gay Street

Located at historic 428 South Gay Street, Sapphire has been a downtown cocktail destination since 2005. A dozen years in is long enough for a business to reevaluate itself, take stock of strengths and look toward its future with fresh eyes. That’s what owner Aaron Thompson – who started there as a bartender, becoming the […]

Gallows Hill, The Carpenter’s Union Building, Jack Neely and More

Sometimes a word or a phrase just stands on its own to incite or to evoke a reaction or a mood without further assistance. Gallows Hill. The reader immediately knows what happened there. The Knoxville reader may not readily know that the name references what we now generally call “Summit Hill.” “Summit” has such a […]

Downtown Art Wraps by the Knoxville History Project Appear Around the City

This past summer as the Urban Clan drove around the wild west, we stopped over in Missoula, Montana. I snapped a photo though the car window as I drove (don’t do this at home, children) of a buffalo “painted” on an electrical box. We’d noticed them in other cities as well across Montana and Wyoming […]

Real News, Fake News, Media Matters, and Journalism

And where are we? In 2017 more information is available to more people than ever before in history. Information is power, right? Do you feel powerful? Do you feel more informed than ever in your lifetime? It’s more complicated than that, isn’t it? It’s local, it’s national and international. It’s overwhelmingly complex. Twenty-four hour news […]

Bike Boat Brew and Bark – And That Doesn’t Come Close to Covering It

It’s really almost too big to wrap my head around for a small article. Knoxville is known for many things and we aspire to be known by others. Cycling, water sports, craft breweries and being dog friendly are increasingly part of our DNA. Bike Boat Brew and Bark is an annual event sponsored by Visit […]