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A Visit to Mecklenburg - An account of a visit to the venerable residence of Dr. Ramsey, the Correspondent of the Mobile Advertiser and republished in the Knoxville Register of April 6, 1862.

A woman’s right to vote The story of Lizzie Crozier French - Most modern newspapers across America have a section in them dedicated to the voices of the citizens within the communities they serve. These sections known generally as "Letters to the Editor" are one of the most important pages found in newspapers and have led to momentous changes in American society.

The Cross Chasers: 19 hours in Knoxville, Tennessee by Buddy Piper - I recently returned from spending a day in the cross-saturated fundamentalist Copper Ridge Baptist Church of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

Crosses of Light - "I can't get the hair on the back of my neck to do anything but stick straight out these days. The crosses are indeed in the windows at the Copper Ridge Baptist Church. That is a fact. It doesn't matter if you believe it or not. There at first, I was a bit of a sceptic myself. But now that I've seen the crosses of Copper Ridge with these two eyes, I'm a believer" (Bob Hurley, columnist for The Greenville Sun)

From The Shadow Side: And Other Stories Of Knoxville, Tennessee - by Jack Neely.

Ghosts and Spirits of Tennessee - We all love a good ghost story. I know I do. On this site, I have taken some of the most interesting ghost stories I have ever heard and placed them online for the world to see. A few are widely known. A few I don't think have ever been formally published before. All of them I believe are fascinating.

Haunted Knoxville Ghost tours - Ghost tours of downtown Knoxville.

History of the Coal Creek Watershed - After the Civil War, prisons in the South overflowed. Southern states enacted the "convict lease system" which turned prisoners from liabilities into assets by leasing them to work in mines, plantations, and railroads.  There were only three ways out of the convict labor system: escape, self-mutilation, or death. By the 1880's, business owners and politicians started using convict laborers to replace striking mine workers to crush labor unrest. Prison and labor reform movements of the time saw no end in sight for this cruel institution.

The Most Hated Man in Tennessee History - He was a man with an opinion that earned him an everlasting reputation in Tennessee’s colorful past. History has called him many things – opportunist, preacher, governor, activist – but whatever label they choose, he is a man whose name still evokes strong emotion in many Tennesseans as his story wound its way through the state’s oral tradition.

The Murder of John Hunt Morgan - In the course of the War Between the States in Tennessee, probably no single event had a bigger effect on morale in the state or the Confederacy, as did the death of General John Hunt Morgan in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Not So Tall Tales - by Jack Neely. Like most cities in the world, Knoxville is crawling with stories and statistics that are widely known, often repeated, and completely untrue. Or maybe not so completely. Most of Knoxville's myths have at least a grain of truth to them, and in some cases, that truth is more interesting than the myth.

Slaying in Sequoyah Hills: Who Killed Rose Busch? - Brutal killing of jeweler's wife remains mystery after 40 years.

The Story of John Sevier - You will find little mention of Sevier in history textbooks, but his accomplishments place him in a select group of men that dominated early American colonial life.

Swords to Plowshares: A Short History of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tennessee Chronicles
- This site is part of a Tennessee PBS production and features pictures and information on Knoxville and Tennessee history.

Tennessee’s Most Controversial General - He is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and misunderstood figures in Tennessee history. He was a product of his turbulent times and a man who would rise to become regarded as one of the greatest military minds in the world – a feat he wouldn’t accomplish until well after his 40th birthday.

Thunder Over the Smokies - Colonel William H. Thomas. Thomas had served as a state senator in North Carolina before the war and formed close ties with the people he represented in the western part of the state. His popularity in the Smoky Mountain region made him one of the most influential men in his day.

Wiley Oakley - He was a man whose name became an icon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many described him as a simple, hard-working, and good-natured individual who was quick to help anyone who found themselves in need and at his doorway.

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