Knoxville, Winston Churchill and World War 2


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Winston Churchill once said; “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled… Read more

A Knoxville CHRISTmas Parade Tradition…50 Years Ago


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In the 1950’s the annual Santa Claus Parade (pronounced Sande Claus by most of us) always drew the biggest crowd of any event in Knoxville each year…hands down. At that time Shields-Watkins Stadium held 50,000 fans and was rarely full. The… Read more

Cruze, Majors and Lawson, Lift David McMahan’s Spirits!


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David McMahon In today’s fast paced (as fast as it can be at our age) world, it is truly heartwarming to see friends and acquaintances rally around a hurting brother. Well, it was not surprising when we saw this happen recently with… Read more

The Football Coach Tennessee Should NOT Hire!


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Consider me a loyal Tennessee follower, fan, supporter…et. al.  I have been one since I saw my first game 62 seasons ago. I love Tennessee orange. There are many other colors of orange in college football…Syracuse, Clemson, Florida (YUCK!!),… Read more

TENNESSEE TRADITION: YA’ GOTTA LOVE IT!


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I haven’t lived in Tennessee for almost a half a century…moved away in the dark of night on New Year’s Eve in 1964. My Dad, when asked years ago if he would like to fly in an airplane, said he would…if he could drag one foot.  I guess… Read more

Thank You!


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THANKS and HELP….PLEASE! KNOXVILLE HERITAGE has been significantly better received and used than we ever imagined.  Many of you have shared with us how you have used the site to connect with important; times, people, events and places that… Read more

Will There Be Crabgrass In Heaven?


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(Note:  I wrote this and it was published in another venue a few years ago.  So if you have read it before there’s no need to slog through it again.  But, if you didn’t endure it the first time and have said to yourself, “what kind of… Read more

What You Should Know About Knoxville


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“In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing” -Philip Gilbert Hamilton   It is important for a man to know his hometown to better… Read more

Einstein…Knoxville Zoo’s Talking Parrot And Favorite Son


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How dare anyone question the intelligence level of past or present residents of Knoxville, Tennessee.  The next time your southern drawl is equated with compromised mental capabilities tell them that even zoo animals in Knoxville enunciate clearly… Read more

Tennessee Takes a Body Blow but Dodges a Bullet


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No Big Orange fan, of which am one, felt comfortable when Lane Kiffin was announced as Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers in December of 2008. Many, including me, were very happy to see Phil Fulmer go. He had let the program slide into virtual… Read more