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As hard as it is to believe today, entertainment of any sort was once a rare and treasured commodity. Our modern world immerses us in entertainment on a constant basis, enabled by technology and driven by...
For local history buffs, the Mabry-Hazen House is a treasure trove unlike any other.   It’s not the 130 years worth of furniture, paintings and fine China that grace its stately rooms that make it so...
“Beyond in the dark the river flows in a sluggard ooze toward southern seas…. afreight  with the past, dreams dispersed in the water someway, nothing ever lost.” — Cormac McCarthy, Suttree The Tennessee River doesn’t loom...
The people who like to talk about East Tennessee’s “mild” winters and summers have presumably never been here in January — or July.  From May forward, daytime highs usually start their inexorable climb through the 70s...
Deadly shootouts, devastating fires and a bit of vaudeville thrown in for good measure… there are far worse ways to spend an evening in downtown Knoxville. That was the verdict of more than 60 history buffs...
We’ve been really excited to be working with Jack Neely and the Knoxville History Project. Not only is it great to be working with our region’s most prominent historian, but it gives us a chance...
Some parts of Knoxville wear their history proudly, even the scars. Others parts of town, you have to look a little harder to find it. Bearden, for instance, looks like the rest of West Knoxville on its...
When Tennessee became a state in 1796,  Knoxville was a frontier settlement where nearly everyone lived in log cabins with dirt floors yet they could walk across the street to a store and buy a...
Told you we had a big announcement today.... Starting this Friday, we will begin a biweekly collaboration with Knoxville’s favorite historian, Jack Neely.  Every two weeks, “Hard Knox Histories” will feature an article put together by Jack...
. The name “John C. Jarnagin” is chiseled in stone, alongside the names of nearly 600 other men, on a towering gray slab at World’s Fair Park.  Like each and every one of those men, he gave...