Silver Spoon Cafe closed in tax seizure

April 2nd, 2013

Silver Spoon Cafe resided at its location on Kingston Pike for years and recently moved further west making room for the Tomato Head to fill its old space. Silver Spoon Cafe was started by Ruby Tuesday employees so it could be said that Silver Spoon had its roots in the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair. The TN government appears to be in the restaurant business now.

See more at Knoxnews.

The Cooks Corner

May 21st, 2012

A favorite kitchen store in Turkey Creek is closing.

The Cook’s Corner last day of business will be Saturday, May 26, 2012. This week all merchandise is 50% off (60% off all ceramics, some items priced “as is”).

All sales final, no returns.

In addition, we’re also selling all our furniture and fixtures. The entire business is also for sale to interested parties.


Chrysler closing three dealerships in Knoxville

May 14th, 2009

A list of Chrysler dealership closings lists three in Knoxville. Source: Patrick Beeson via Twitter

Rocky Hill Hardees Closed

May 14th, 2009

The Rocky Hill Hardees has closed. Apparently without fanfare or notice. Source: Jack Lail via Twitter

Braden’s Western Ave Store to Become Warehouse

April 16th, 2009

Braden’s Fine Furniture and Interiors Western Avenue location will close on April 17th. It will reopen on April 24th to liquidate $8 million in inventory. The family owned business opened in 1956 continues to operate a location in Turkey Creek as customers have moved from downtown. The Western Avenue location will reopen as a warehouse. See more information including a note about the impact of I-40 closures and construction at Knoxnews.

Fewer companies show at UT job fair

March 31st, 2009

This past Thursday’s UT job fair produced fewer companies than last year.

In all, 109 companies had tables at the job fair, down from about 200 last year. [Source, WBIR, UT students flood job fair]

Graduating senors feel the hurt from the weakened economy:

"It definitely seems like there’s more people fighting for fewer jobs," Watson said. "I’ve actually seen quite a few alumni here that are looking for jobs, which is a little disheartening." [Source, WBIR, UT students flood job fair]

Denso Offers Voluntary Buyouts

March 26th, 2009

Denso, the largest employer in McMinn County, is offering voluntary buyouts to some of its Athens plant employees. It is already on a 4-day work week due to lack of demand. [Source, WBIR, Denso offering buyouts in response to auto industry downturn]


March 26th, 2009

Knoxville is a gem of a town in beautiful East Tennessee. Knoxville has an incredibly interesting and diverse history. Unfortunately, a lack of vision by local politicians, poor metropolitan planning, a strong good ol’ boy network, short-sighted planning, no urban development strategy and other factors leave Knoxville unable to keep businesses for any length of time. Restaurants close almost as quickly as they open. Large chain businesses that succeed in lessor cities fail in Knoxville. Farms with rusting construction equipment lay in waste from development projects started and never finished.

World War II brought prosperity to Knoxville in the names of Alcoa and Oak Ridge. Now Alcoa is shutting down smelters and Oak Ridge is tearing down buildings. Knoxville suffers and inches closer to becoming a ghost town.