Baseball Change-ups

September 29, 2006

West Tennesseans have enjoyed AA league baseball at Jackson’s Pringles Park, named for the potato chip factory nearby.  The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx will have new uniforms beginning in 2007 as the Seattle Mariners begin a two-year affiliation with the Jackson park.

The Chicago Cubs’s AA team, who played at Pringles Park for nine years, are moving across the state, where they will play as the Tennessee Smokies, replacing the Arizona Diamondbacks AA team.

Confused?  To see who’s going to be on first, wait til Opening Day of 2007.

Jackson Sun – www.jacksonsun.com – Jackson, TN


Taking the chains from Hank Williams’s music

September 29, 2006

Today’s Tennessean brings the good news that nine years of legal fisticuffs between record companies and the children of Hank Williams has come to an end with the kids–and Williams fans–winning.Back in the days of live radio–before tape recording–station engineers often captured performances on blank records called acetates. These could be played again for later broadcast, distributed to other stations, or, more rarely, used to produce records that could be sold.

In this case, one of Hank’s sponsors, Mothers’ Best Flour, recorded over 40 Hank Williams broadcasts in the early 1950s. When WSM moved to new studios, some dimwit threw out the acetates, which were pulled out of the trash by a sharp-eyed photographer, Les Leverett. He later sold these to a former guitar player in Hank’s band with the wonderful name of Hillous Butrum.

The legal wranglings, as such matters usually go, are too tedious to relate here. The good news is that fans will soon be able to hear live recordings of one of the most dynamic performers in country music history.

New music from Ol’ Hank? – Nashville, Tennessee – Friday, 09/29/06 – Tennessean.com


Knoxville works with developer to save historic house

September 29, 2006

How many times have we seen some historic structure in Tennessee cities or towns torn down?  “Someone should have saved that place,” we say, or, with resignation, “You can’t stop progress.”

Actually, you can.

Knoxville has just demonstrated how to do it right.  The Mary Boyce Temple House, built in 1907, sits on a corner on Henley Street, one of Knoxville’s main thoroughfares. Once home to a woman who helped preserve Knoxville’s Blount Mansion, the house witnessed the growth of Knoxville and the virtual elimination of single family houses in the dowtown area.  Following an all-too-familiar script, the house was cut into apartments and slowly declined.  When plans were announced for construction of a new Hampton Inn & Suites, it looked like curtains for the house.

Knox Heritage, Inc., a local preservation group, worked with the hotel developer to alter the footprint of the hotel and save the house.  The city did its part by offering a tax abatement.  A local architect bought the house and announced plans to renovate it, making the distinctive structure his home and office. The house will enhance downtown for all who see it. 

Knox Heritage maintains a list, The Fragile 15, of threatened buildings.  The Mary Boyce Temple House was Number 9 on that list.  Having a list like this is not hard to do and can help galvanize the public and officials to maintain Tennessee’s historic buildings.

KnoxNews: Local