Jack Neely Offers Series on Knoxville History at Church Street United Methodist Church

Many of us greatly enjoy the columns and various lectures and walking tours led by Jack Neely. Starting Sunday you’ll have a chance to hear him speak for an hour each week for four weeks. It’s a part of Church Street United Methodist’s celebration of 200 years as a congregation and it includes weekly tours […]

“Just Tennes-saying” Offers You a Chance to Explore Your Local Architecture

Over the last (nearly) six years this blog has offered each of us the chance to talk at some length about design, place and the built environment. These are topics of which I knew nothing when I started considering our downtown and all its intricate components. Hopefully you’ve learned along with me and will continue […]

2015 East Tennessee History Fair

The East Tennessee History Fair, a great annual event in downtown, spread all around the center city this past weekend. In addition to the activities centered on Krutch Park, walking and bus tours took participants in a number of directions from that point. From historical dog contests to children’s activities, from music to movies in the Tennessee […]

Rebel Flags in the City

This summer several news items dominated the country. One, of course, was the shooting in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston by Dylann Roof in which nine people were killed. While Fox News and others initially questioned whether this was part of the “war on Christianity,” it soon became clear from his own confession, photographs […]

TN Theatre Celebrates: Open House, Tours and A New Book

Ten years ago tomorrow, January 14, 2005, the Tennessee Theatre opened its doors on a new era. Closed for the restoration that brought its appearance back to an opulence most Knoxville citizens could not remember – likely better than it was in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s – the era in which most older citizens […]