Showing posts with label Knoxville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Knoxville. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Yassin's Falafel House

Last year, Yassin's Falafel House was voted America's nicest place.

Recently someone broke into the restaurant. The following was posted on the door.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Mountain Dew

Maybe I knew this, but I had totally forgotten that Mountain Dew was a Knoxville product:
"Tennessee bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman developed Mountain Dew as a mixer in the 1940s. Soft drinks were sold regionally in the 1930s, and the Hartmans had difficulty in Knoxville obtaining their preferred soda to mix with liquor, preferably whiskey, so the two developed their own. Originally a 19th-century slang term for whiskey, especially Highland Scotch whiskey, the Mountain Dew name was trademarked for the soft drink in 1948."
I've mostly given up soft drinks, but I went through a phase where I was drinking two cans of Mountain Dew a night. (Yikes!) The Livewire Orange is still my go to drink if I'm on the road over night. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Airplane Filling Station

I posted about the Airplane Filling Station 8 years ago. The old links are dead, but check out the update and pictures of the restored site.
The building also got a new steward. Knox Heritage, an East Tennessee preservation group active in Knoxville and the surrounding area, assumed ownership of the building in November of 2018. When the AFSPA approached them about selling the plane two years ago, Morgan says, Knox Heritage initially suggested a preservation easement. “They said, ‘Well, I think we would just feel better turning it over to an organization like Knox Heritage,’” Morgan repeats, laughing. “We’re just proud they thought of us! It really is an honor for us.”

An easement through the Tennessee Historical Association protects the plane through 2025; in the future, Knox Heritage will continue to preserve it, Morgan says. The airplane is the group’s first commercial property, and the rent it generates will help fund its other preservation efforts. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair

Seems smaller than I remember it...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Map of Physics

Adding to to my general knowledge pool today...

Sheldon wouldn't like concluding with philosophy.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Knox Guns

The local NPR station is doing a series of stories about guns called "Five Guns."

I missed the final Diversity Dialogue of semester that focused on campus carry.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Unintended Consequences

The rule was supposed to keep beer joints away from churches... but now churches can't use some locations because of their proximity to beer sellers:
“Land just wasn’t available,” Arnold said. “To find 6 or 7 acres of land that you could build on that was affordable was very difficult, but there were plenty of lease spaces … the problem we were running into were landlords being apprehensive about leasing to a church because of the beer permit laws.”

Monday, November 14, 2016

UTK Diversity Dialogue Town Hall: Campus Carry

I wish I could make it to the Diversity Dialogue Town Hall: Campus Carry, but I've got a prior commitment for that time:
"The Division of Student Life’s Diversity Committee is excited to host the final Diversity Dialogue Town Hall event of the semester on Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30PM in Alumni Memorial Building Room 32. This Town Hall will cover the recently passed Campus Concealed Carry Policy (Tennessee Law TCA 39-17-1309) which allows generally all UT full-time employees with a valid handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on UT property. 
We will hearing from members of the University of Tennessee Police Department, Faculty Senate, Students for Concealed Carry, and the Knoxville Chapter of Moms Demand Gun Sense in America."

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Beach Front Property

And I've got some beach front property I'd like to sell you...

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pokemon Go

Even the Knoxville Police are hip to the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Knoxville Hamfest Tomorrow

Knoxville Hamfest - go early as the boneyard seems to fade fast. (And you can avoid the heat.)

Monday, January 25, 2016

TYT MD-380: Shmoocon Firetalks 2016 Video

I've been reading on this TYT MD-380 hacking stuff, but didn't catch that Travis Goodspeed is an East TN/Knoxville guy.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


I went down a rabbit hole for no real reason, but stumbled across this document [PDF] about neighborhood grants available in Knoxville. The reason I found it interesting is that the awards could be used for ham radio training. Under project examples, the text reads:
Crime and Public Safety

Projects which reduce crime and increase public safety, such as establishment of a neighborhood watch program; creative alley lighting; National Night Out activities; and crime prevention, fire safety and emergency preparedness programs (including First Aid, CPR and Ham Radio training)
The grant process is competitive, so I suspect that ham radio training might not be as compelling to some as a park or program to benefit seniors or children.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Knoxville - Cultural Center of the World

Just one more reason Knoxville is so great...

Friday, October 9, 2015

Vibroplex and Inrad

With the uncertain long term future of Ten-Tec, I'm happy to see more ham radio businesses coming to East Tennessee - and Knoxville in particular.

From the Vibroplex Facebook page:
"October 6, 2015 – Vibroplex LLC of Knoxville, TN announces the acquisition of International Radio Corporation of Aptos, CA. The sale was finalized on September 23. International Radio, commonly referred to as “Inrad”, is the leading manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM crystal filters for Amateur Radio transceivers and receivers with some 250 different models currently available for present day equipment and obsolete gear dating as far back as the 1950's. Inrad is presently the OEM roofing filter supplier for the popular Elecraft K3/K3S series of HF transceivers. The last day of operations in California was September 22. Inrad is now up and running at the Vibroplex offices in Tennessee but the backlog of present orders on hand will take several more days to fill. The former and new owners say thank you to the Amateur Radio community for more than 40 years of Inrad business. Inquiries about Inrad can be directed to the main Vibroplex email address at or"
Previously, Vibroplex acquires Bencher.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014