|Regions Bank, Knoxville, with a single light glowing within the crumbling remains of the clock|
I recently walked into Regions bank and asked about the restoration of the clock. It was on my mind because of the shiny new signage atop the First Tennessee Bank. I was told that plans have changed and the clock would be removed rather than repaired or replaced. I was referred to marketing for any further information. I didn’t call. It was too depressing.
I loved being able to check the vital stats of downtown Knoxville at any given time. I checked it as I drove into the city from out-of-town trips, as I listened to music at Sundown or as I went about whatever business in Knoxville. No matter how out of control my life might have been at any given point, I could find steady assurance that the heartbeat of the city was monitored and reported dutifully. I miss that. I know these are rough times for banks, but really how about using a little TARP money and giving us one lousy clock? You aren’t paying us any interest or loaning us any money, so what better way to use it?