As the Monday through Friday host of WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” on 89.9 FM, Red Hickey oversees a legendary radio program in the studio located on bustling Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Philippine Connection

Photo by Fred Sauceman

Pacific Island cookery at a fall fair in the Volunteer State may, at first, seem out of place. But Knoxvillians’ love of lumpia is long-standing. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Winter Pinnacle

Cataloochee Ski Area

Few things bring out the child within like a blanket of white and some good old-fashioned fun in the snow. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Celebrate the season—and the creativity of Southern Appalachia—at one or more of these markets, fairs, and arts communities. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Knox County’s first stone home

Chuck Cooper photography

Long before the advent of icicle string lights and inflatable snowmen, holiday decorations brightened even the humblest of log cabins. Celebrate the season—and connect with our region’s roots—at these historic residences around Southern Appalachia. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features


Elizabeth Aaron photo

Kevin Abernathy shamelessly proffers his rock-and-roll roots on his spring release of Ain’t Learned Yet. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Knoxville's Shakespeare on the Square

Ed Dumas Photo

Come summer nights in downtown Knoxville, there’s much ado about none other than the Bard himself. more

Jul 30, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

What Big Ears

Scott Chris photo

A lute player, an Inuit throat singer, and a punk rocker walk into a bar in Knoxville, Tennessee … That’s not a joke. Actually, it’s the setup for Big Ears, a music and arts festival that is making global waves. more

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

The unknown

Photo by Paul Clark

The air got noticeably colder as Debra Maddox walked into what she called the most haunted place in Asheville. “How odd,” she said, walking down the steps from Asheville, N.C.’s, Church Street to a gravel parking lot. more

Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Love Kitchen

T. Wayne Waters photo

It’s a little past 8 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and 82-year-old twin sisters Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner are in the kitchen cracking eggs into wide-mouth wooden bowls. Brewing coffee infuses the air with an earthy aroma. more

Aug 22, 2014 4:43 PM Features

With daydreams of adventure and longing for a world much wilder than the break room, concrete streets and manicured trees of the city, Knoxville’s outdoor recreation lovers need not travel far to find where the city gives way to the country. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Knox Mason, located on South Gay Street in Knoxville’s historic Old City, blends sleek, modern style with traditional Southern charm in a perfect reflection of its chef and owner, Matt Gallaher. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Marc Nelson jeans

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Located in a warehouse on the east side of Knoxville, Tenn., Marc Nelson Denim is one of only a handful of companies to sell American-made jeans. Knoxville, like much of the South, once was a bastion of the textile industry. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

J. Allen Smith & Company

Thompson Photograph Collection, McClung Historical Collection

Knoxville may get in the news these days via the college-sports pages, it sometimes surprises folks that it is, at its core, an industrial city. Driven by its extractive industries, Knoxville diversified to railroad equipment, textiles and furniture. more

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

The Tennessee Shines Radio Show happens every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is broadcast live on award-winning, listener-supported radio station WDVX FM and online at more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Turning point

Photo courtesy of Visit Knoxville

People who haven’t been to downtown Knoxville in a decade or two will need to allow some time for adjustment. The general shapes of the narrow old streets and crowded buildings look familiar, maybe. more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center

Donated photo

The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is located on the shore of the Tennessee River just off Neyland Drive in downtown. It’s a setting that’s almost too perfect to have been an accident—indeed, the center’s facility was built for another purpose. more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center photo

In November, Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tenn., opened the Ross Marble Quarry, including multi-use trails, undisturbed woodlands, rocky outcrops, a stunning quarry gorge, and multi-use trails. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

First family of the Park

Photos courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park Library—Sugarlands Visitor center

The establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was an extraordinarily complicated and difficult task, complete with heroes and heroines. In Tennessee, W.P. and Ann Davis of Knoxville were the primary progenitors of the park movement. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features

Knoxville food tours

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Explore downtown Knoxville’s food scene via a two-hour guided walking tour of Market Square, Gay Street and The Old City. more

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia