Knox County Schools and TVA Near Deal: Andrew Johnson Building Hangs in the Balance

An agreement in principle has been reached between Knox County and TVA to have the school system offices moved to TVA's east tower. The deal also involves Summer Place and was explained yesterday to a joint meeting of the school board and county … [Continue reading]

Hope Brothers Building at 428 South Gay Street to Add Residences

The building at 428 South Gay Street, which houses Sapphire in its storefront, was built after the 1897 Gay Street Fire. The current five-story building replaced a shorter, three-story building destroyed by the fire.  A shoe store initially, it later … [Continue reading]

Downtown Hotels: Too Many? Too Few? Just the Right Number?

  I get these kinds of questions often. Most of the time they are asked from the perspective of doubts about whether downtown can support all the new hotels that have sprung up in recent years. In the nine years I've been writing about … [Continue reading]

How Does a Small Business Make It in a Big Business World?

In a large sense, that's what the 2019 Maker City Summit was all about. Today's small makers will become tomorrow's small businesses and, some of them, will eventually become Knoxville's newest large businesses. The headwinds, however, are stiff. … [Continue reading]

Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (9/8 – 9/17/2019)

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the … [Continue reading]