Category: Newspapers & Publications

Knoxville Newspapers Digitization Project

By , January 10, 2016

Can’t figure out what to do with your income tax refund or some other extra cash that’s burning a hole in your pocket? Don’t buy 10 Powerball tickets — invest in a SURE THING that will provide a lasting benefit to everyone!

Knox County Public Library System (a tax-deductible recipient) is raising money to put 70 years’ worth of Knoxville newspapers on-line in digital format. Imagine being able to search and read any issue, any time, from the comfort of your own space.

The Knoxville papers covered the entire region, so this project relates to a huge geographic area.

Click here to read on

An Introduction to Grainger County

By , June 20, 2011

First settlement of Grainger County was begun about 1785, along the valley south of Clinch Mountain, at the head of Flat Creek. Some of the first settlers were some who had resided originally in what is still Hawkins county. A prominent pioneer, James Ore, located at a place known as Oresville, about one mile east of Bean Station, near the close of the 18th century.

The act creating Grainger County was passed on April 22, 1796, and the boundaries were described as follows: "Beginning on the main road leading from Bull’s Gap to Hayne’s Iron Works, on Mosey Creek, at the house of ‘Felps’ Read, running a course to the Kentucky road on the north side of Holston River, then north fifty degrees west to the Virginia line, then west with said line to a point northwest of the end of Clinch Mountain, and to a ridge dividing Richland and Flat Creeks to Holston River at the upper end of the first bluff above Boyles’ old place, then up the course of the river to the mouth of Panther Creek to near the houme of John Evans."

The county court was organized on June 13, 1796 at the home of Benjamin McCarty, who lived approximately two miles below Rutledge. The magistrates present at this first court were Thomas Henderson, Elijah Chisum, James Blair, John Estes, Phelps Read, Benjamin McCarty, James Moore, John Bowen, John Kidwell, John Sims, William Thompson and Major Lea. This group elected the following officers:

  • Ambrose Yancey, Clerk of the Court
  • Martin Ashburn, Sheriff
  • Phelps Read, Register
  • John Estes, Ranger
  • James Moore, Coroner

The Constables appointed were:

  • Reuben White
  • William Smith
  • Samuel Cox
  • John Russell
  • John Rhea
  • Elizs Davis
  • John Hibbert

The location of the seat of justice caused much difficulty, and was not permanently settled until 1801, in Rutledge. Meanwhile the court was held at various places: John Bunch’s, Martin Asburns’, Mitchell’s Spring, and occasionally at a place on the north side of Clinch Mountain. The first courthouse was completed in 1801, near the site of the present courthouse, and was erected by Francis Mayberry.

In 1830 the population of Rutledge was given as 150, and it was made up of one school, one church, three stores, two taverns, two hatters, two blacksmiths, one saddler, and two tanners.

The county academy, known as Madison Academy, was in operation about 1842, and the first building stood on a bluff south of the town. In 1865, a new two-story frame building was erected on a lot just east of the town.

Early Newspapers of Grainger County

There were only two 19th Century newspapers established in Rutledge:

  • The Enterprise, established by J.N. Hodge in 1883.
  • The East Tennessee Eagle, a Republican paper started by G.M. Williams and G.T. Norris, in April, 1887.

This information was prepared by Betty Allen in 1997. All rights reserved.

Grainger County Newspapers

By , June 15, 2011

The vast collection of newspaper microfilm at the TN State Library and Archives includes almost every existent newspaper published in Tennessee. The filming project began in 1957 and Library and Archives staff have been preserving Tennessee newspapers ever since.

The Grainger Today newspaper is currently published in Bean Station.  You can view a sample and get more information about it by clicking here.

Newspapers on microfilm at the TSLA are listed below:

Grainger County Herald.
Published Nov 17 1926 – ? w.
Filmed with Grainger County News.

Grainger County News.
Published Feb 15 1917 – about 2005. w.
TSLA HOLDINGS: Feb 15 1917 – end of publication

Grainger Times.
Published ?-? w.
Filmed with Grainger County News.
TSLA HOLDINGS: Nov 17 1911

Click here for a detailed explanation of the newspaper holdings at TSLA.

Click here for a list of TSLA newspaper holdings arranged by county.

Click here for information about the cataloguing underway at the University of Tennessee’s “Tennessee Newspaper Project.”

Resource Contact Details

By , May 17, 2011

Grainger County

Grainger County Archives
E-Mail Mary Lynn Gilmore, Certified Archives Manager
PO Box 408 , 7850 Rutledge Pk., Second Floor
Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-3693
Grainger County Historian
Kenneth Coffey
Bean Station, TN  37708
Grainger Today Newspaper
Web Site
691 Main Street, PO Box 519
Bean Station, TN 37708
Phone: (865) 993-0713 Fax: (865) 993-6474
Grainger County Historical Society
PO Box 215, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-8345
Grainger County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 101, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-4222
Grainger County Clerk Highway 11W, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-3511
Grainger County Courthouse PO Box 116, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-3511
Grainger County Historical Society
PO Box 215, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-8345


Note:  There is no genealogy research collection in Grainger County libraries.  See the Archives, above.

Bean Station Public Library PO Box 100, Highway 25 E, Bean Station, TN 37708
Phone: (865) 993-3068
Blaine Community Library PO Box 66, Indian Ridge Road, Blaine, TN 37709
Phone: (865) 933-0845
Rutledge Public Library PO Box 100, Highway 11 W, Rutledge, TN 37861
Phone: (865) 828-4784
Washburn Community Library Route 1, Box 129, Highway 131, Washburn, TN 37888
Phone: (865) 497-2506


Claiborne County Historical and Genealogical Society PO Box 32, Tazewell, TN 37879
East Tennessee Historical Society PO Box 1629, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
Phone: (865) 215-8824
McClung Historical Collection
McClung Digital Collection (regional images)
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902
Phone: (865) 215-8801
Knox County Archives (don’t overlook this!) 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN  37902
Phone: (865) 215-8800
H B Stamps Memorial Library (excellent!) 407 East Main Street, Rogersville, TN 37857-3366
(423) 272-8710
Hamblen County Archives Hamblen County Courthouse Basement, Morristown, TN 37814
Phone: (865) 586-1961
Hawkins County Historical & Genealogical Society PO Box 429, Rogersville, TN  37857-0429
Union County Historical Society 3824 Maynardville Hwy., Maynardville, TN 37807
Phone: (865) 992-2136
Union County Cemeteries Association PO Box 1315, Maynardville, TN 37807
East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association PO Box 3714, Knoxville, TN 37927
Phone: (865) 633-8337


Tennessee Historical Commission Department of Environment and Conservation, 701 Broadway, B-30, Nashville, TN 37243-0442
Tennessee Historical Society Ground Floor, War Memorial Building, 300 Capital Boulevard, Nashville TN 37243-0084
Tennessee Genealogical Society Library/Offices: 7779 Poplar Pike, Germantown TN 38138
Mailing: PO Box 381824, Germantown TN 38138-1824
Tennessee Sons of Confederate Veterans
Tennessee United Daughters of the Confederacy
Tennessee Society, Sons of the Revolution (SOR)
Tennessee Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)
Tennessee Daughters of the American Revolution

TN State Library & Archives Digital Collections

By , May 16, 2011

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