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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state. The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • August 12, 1928

    Ray Bussard, nationally recognized swim coach at the University of Tennessee, was born on August 12, 1928, in Hot Springs, Virginia.

  • August 12, 1956

    WBIR-TV, Channel 10, broadcasted the first television program in Knoxville on this day in 1956.  A highlight of the live program was a large fly which “lit squarely” on the nose of Congressman Howard Baker, Sr.