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Walking history lessons around downtown

Walking history lessons around downtown

A lot has happened in Knoxville since it was founded in the late 1700s.

You can learn a lot about that history on foot during a Knoxville Walking Tour.

Laura Still holds several part time jobs including leading walking tours.

"I thought ok that's what I need to do. I can be an ambassador for Knoxville. I love to tell stories and there's so many great stories in Knoxville," she said.

The tours appeal to visitors and locals alike.

Blount Mansion's new look unveiled

Blount Mansion's new look unveiled

The city of Knoxville unveiled Blount Mansion's new look Monday.

It now has a classic steel ornamental fence around the property, and even before crews installed the new fence, they cleaned up the area.

Last summer, the city brought in goats to chew and remove nearby kudzu.

The Blount Mansion associate president says the new fence was much-needed.

Square dancing caller keeps the fun moving Downtown

Square dancing caller keeps the fun moving Downtown

Square dancing requires at least eight people to dance and one person to call.

A professional caller keeps the crowd moving and smiling.

Square Dance Caller Bill Fox said, "Square dancing is just something that's a lot of fun and it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg."

They keep their arms and their legs and their feet moving at the Square Dance Center in downtown Knoxville.

Jean Gibson started dancing almost 20 years ago.

"I was a single parent. I got out of the house and started square dancing and I've square danced ever since," she said.

Gay St. boutique Julie Apple closing

Gay St. boutique Julie Apple closing

One of the first businesses to return to the 100 block of Gay Street is now closing its doors.

Friday marked the final night for Julianne Applegate's store Julie Apple.

The store sold custom, eco-friendly handbags featuring prints from plaids to petals.

Applegate is letting the store go because her husband is taking a job out of state.

Regardless, she says she'll always be proud of her time and work here in Knoxville.