Rule High School — Knoxville, Tennessee

Rule High School -- Knoxville, TN Rule High School opened in 1927. It was named after Captain William Rule, a former Union Army captain who went on to be mayor of Knoxville and the editor of the Knoxville Journal. Rule High School -- Knoxville, TN
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The first addition was finished in 1949, and the second addition was completed in the 1970s.
Rule High School -- Knoxville, TN
However, the school closed in 1991 due to low enrollment numbers.

Kmart Store Closings Google Maps Mashup

Kmart Collage
I have spent the evening working on geo-tagging my flickr photos and creating a google map of the Kmart stores that I have visited that have closed since 2016. The grand total is 31. As this Kmart and Sears thing plays out I will continually add to this map and documment the future of Kmart. The map can be seen by clicking  HERE

Everyone have a great week ahead and thanks again for reading.

Kmart — Athens, Tennessee

Kmart --Athens, Tennessee This Kmart was located at 1802 Decatur Pike in Athens, Tennessee. This was the second location for this Kmart in Athens. The original Kmart was located across the pike in a shopping center co-anchored by Kroger (now United Grocery Outlet) The first Kmart is now a Big Lots. Kmart --Athens, Tennessee
Kmart opened at this location on October 18, 1990. On April 21, 2016 it was announced that the Athens store (along with several other east Tennessee locations) would close. The final day in business was Sunday, July 31, 2016.

Mascot Hosiery Mill — Sweetwater, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee One of the more prominent and interesting buildings you will find in downtown Sweetwater Tennessee is the old Mascot Hosiery Mill building. Sweetwater, Tennessee
The Mill was chartered in 1896 by the Patton Brothers. Patton Brothers operated the mill until 1967 when it was purchased by Crescent Mill. The mill is now closed but it appears newer windows have been installed and paint work done on various parts of the building. Hopefully this beautiful unique building will be saved.

Bowling Chapel Methodist Church — Carter County, Tennessee

Bowling Chapel Methodist Church -- Carter Co, Tennessee
Bowling Chapel Methodist Church is located on US 19E just to the west of Roan Mountain, Tennessee in Carter County.

The church’s roots can be traced back to as early as 1807 when the congregation in the Crabtree community was first formed. The church, however has a tragic story linked to its past which ultimately ended in closure and consolidation of the congregation with the nearby Roan Mountain Methodist Church.
Bowling Chapel Methodist Church -- Carter Co, Tennessee
The following is an excerpt about historic churches in Carter County I found from the Elizabethton Star published in September 2015.

Murder at Roan Mountain Church Revival
Perhaps the most violent and cowardly act in a local church building occurred at the old Bowling Chapel Methodist Church in the Crabtree community of Roan Mountain. The church building, which still stands by the side of the road, is marked by time and age. The paint on the exterior has peeled, the tin roof is now rusty, and the bell tower is absent its bell.
In October 1933, a 32-year-old Carter County constable in the Roan Mountain community was shot in the back as he led singing at a revival meeting inside the church.
According to an account from the Elizabethton Star, John Arnett, was shot in the back by his third cousin, Howard Arnett, who stood outside the church and shot through a window. The shooting occurred on a Tuesday evening, and Arnett died the following Friday morning.
The article stated that witnesses on the outside of the church told authorities that as the shooter raised the gun to fire through the window, he is alleged to have said, “I have killed rabbits and squirrels with this gun, but this is the largest game I have ever brought down.”
“The constable was shot immediately after prayer had ended and he had just started to reach for a song book to lead the singing,” the article read.
Accomplices in the shooting were identified as Dayton Arnett and Robert Julian. All three were later tried and sent to prison for a period of time.
The shooting apparently was the result of the constable seeking to bring some law and order to the community after an outbreak of vandalism and the breaking and entering of homes and a store in the community.
When the church closed its doors several years later, many of its parishioners joined Roan Mountain United Methodist Church. The small Bowling Chapel Church had been a part of the community since 1807.
Despite the shooting, its members had sweet memories of the church. Mrs. Joe Whitehead, now deceased, recalled being a part of the church in her youth and the powerful preaching by some of its pastors, the fervent prayers and songs of praise, dinners on the ground, and Vacation Bible School. “I remember most of the people who attended the church. They were good people, who loved the Lord, and most would have given you the shirt off their back,” she said.
No doubt those early parishioners had memories of Tweetsie, the small narrow gauge train. The railroad track was next to the church, and at least twice a day, the little train chugged and whistled its way past the church as it made its daily run to Cranberry, N.C., and back.
The small abandoned church was also the subject of one of Don Iverson’s paintings.

The Strand Theatre — Kingsport, Tennessee

Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee
The Strand Theatre was the first movie theater in Kingsport. Originally located on the corner of Main and Shelby Streets, the theater moved to 140 Broad Street (former home of Goodwin Furniture Company) in 1925. When the Strand first moved to Broad Street it was referred to as Nu Strand Theatre.
The Strand Theatre burned down on December 22, 1945, but was reopened in 1947.
Downtown Kingsport, Tennessee

The Strand Theater officially closed October 23, 1982.

In 1989, the Restoration Church moved into the historic theater building.  A very informational article, including historical pictures of the theatre can be found by clicking HERE