Chapman Highway through the years


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Longtime South Knoxville County Commissioner Howard Pinkston has sold his Chapman Highway car lot to Reeder Chevrolet. Pinkston is a lifelong South Knoxville resident, and is of the third generation of Pinkstons to live “South of the river.” Pinkston and his brother, Paul Jr., began operating the car lot in April of 1973.



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An Americana classic is seen through the snow last week on Chapman Highway near Sevierville in 2008. It is one of hundreds of barns emblazoned since 1935 with advertising for the Lookout Mountain attraction according to Rock City spokeswoman Karen Baker. “We’re still painting them but it’s harder because of highway ordinances. Barn advertising is governed the same as billboards,” she said. According to Baker, here are currently about 90 Rock City barns in the Southeast and most are the handiwork of Chattanooga sign painter Jerry Cannon. The National Weather Service forecast for Knoxville and vicinity calls for a 70% chance of snow Saturday with accumulations of up to 2 inches.



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Chapman Highway near Cas Walker’s in South Knoxville.



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Vicki Johnson welcomes anyone who wants prayer to come into God’s Place Thrift Store on Chapman Highway. 2012.



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Polly Bergen shows Mrs. Clyde Brownsey, 4411 Exemouth Drive, a jeweled sweater on Nov. 30, 1959, at the opening of Bergen’s new shop, Polly Bergen’s Fashions of the Four Seasons, 6113 Chapman Highway.



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Food City President and CEO Steven Smith, left, stands in front of Sara Lee Bakeries on Chapman Highway inMay 2008 to announce that Food City will be bringing back Kern’s Bread. Kern’s was a family-owned operation based in Knoxville dating back 144 years. At right is Tom Hembree, Food City’s senior vice president of marketing.



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Brian Martinez, 12, shoots over the outstretched arm of his brother David, 16, at the Sam Duff Memorial Park located off Chapman Highway in May 2005.



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City of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam takes questions from Liston Matthews after addressing the Knoxville chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association at the IHOP restaurant on Chapman Highway in July 2009. Haslam has announced his running for Governor in 2010.



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Chapman Highway just north of Young High Pike in 1968.



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Kacy Adkins, left, Tiffany Brewer and Amanda Adkins take a spin around the roller rink at Tennessee Valley Skate Center on Chapman Highway on August 26, 2005. The family-owned skating rink closed for business on Aug. 20 after 28 years.



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Chapman Highway in 1962 near the Cas Walker store.



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Sara Foley of Knoxville shops at Sally’s Alley clothing store on Chapman Highway in 2006.



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Chapman Highway looking south in 1968



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Shayona Davenport, 8, holds a doll that she received at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church on Chapman Hwy during a Thanksgiving Feast in2007. The church expects to serve 200-300 people who have no other place to go on Thanksgiving.



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An overgrown lot at Chapman Highway and Nixon Rd. on Sunday, September 2, 2018. Nixon Road is Segment 4 of Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization Chapman Highway plan.



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Business continues as usual at Shoney’s on Chapman Highway in 2007 after it was announced that Royal Hospitality Corp., which operates Church’s Chicken restaurants, is acquiring Shoney’s Restaurants. The Atlanta-based company will take over all 282 Shoney’s restaurants from Shoney’s LLC, but the restaurants will continue under the name Shoney’s.



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Construction equipment parked along Chapman Highway in preparation for the closing of Henley Bridge on Sunday, January 2, 2011 for renovation. According to TDOT, the bridge will remain closed for 24 to 30 months.



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Chapman Highway in 1970. According to the caption, “The center lane on Chapman Highway is for motorist making left turns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., but this motorist chose to make a left turn from the inside southbound through lane. This forced through traffic to slow to a virtual stop and created the danger of collision on the busy highway. The center lane is for inbound traffic 6 to 9 a.m. and for outbound traffic 3 to 6 p.m.



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Workers take a break out side on Thursday June 14, 2007 at the retail location where Steve & Barry’s will occupy when renovations are complete. National discount clothing retailer Steve & Barry’s will open a 68,000-square-foot location the the former Wal-mart site on the Chapman-Ford Crossing shopping center.



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Patt Rushing stands in front of the original Smokey Mountain Market on Chapman Highway in 2001. After almost 30 years in businees, Smoky Mountain Market has closed its doors for good. The original store, known for their hot dogs, was a fixture in Knoxville.



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Chapman Highway in 1985 accompanying a story about new traffic lights for the road.



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Authorities block Chapman Highway as firefighters battle a blaze Friday in 2013 at a Seymour flea market. According to authorities, ammunition was stored in the building.



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Dozens turned out for the “Cash Mob” at Emery’s 5&10 on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.



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Traffic at Moody Ave. on Chapman Highway on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.



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Motorist attempt to cross Chapman Highway at Chapman Plaza shopping center in 1986.



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Nikkii Gervin, 13, meets a 12 week-old boxer-beagle mix named ‘Patches’ during ‘Kroger Cares for Critters’ pet adoption day Friday at Chapman Square, 4409 Chapman Highway. Kroger is partnering with the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley in the two-day event which continues Saturday from 11am to 7pm. Pets can also be brought in to be microchipped, a high-tech way to permanently identify a animal



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Museum founder Arnold R. Mullins pauses with a photograph of a World War II bomber crew while packing boxes Thursday at the Tennessee Veterans Hall of Honor & Honor Guard Museum at 4000 Chapman Highway. Over 2,000 artifacts are going into temporary storage until a new home can be found for the museum’s collection.



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Laura Devlin waits in traffic at the traffic light on Maryville Highway 441 and Chapman Highway for Bike-to-work week in May 2005.



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Inline Skate Center, 6541 Chapman Highway, a loser in the Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s 2006 Orchids & Onions awards. Special photo by Keep Knoxville Beautiful in 2006.



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Braxxton (cq) and Boone Sommers, left to right, try on costumes during the “Cash Mob” at Emery’s 5&10 on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville Friday, Feb. 10, 2012.



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Employee Aruna Shah talks about the continued power outage at the Sunset Motel on Chapman Highway days after the storm that blew through the area on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2009.



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Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Chapman Highway in 2009.



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Dr. Tom Kim, Health Care Heroes Community Outreach honoree operates the Free Medical Clinic, 6209 Chapman Highway in 2010.



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Chapman Highway looking north in 1981.



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Kerns Bread building on Chapman Highway in 2010/



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Ron Emery poses for a portrait at his business Emery’s 5 & 10 on Chapman Highway on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Emery says that the detour route for construction on the Henley street bridge has confused customers and hurt his business.



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Fred T. Williams, co-owner of Knoxville Cleaners, hangs up a pair of slacks he just pressed in his store Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Williams said his business, in the 3000 block of Chapman Highway, is down at least 30 percent since January because of the traffic changed caused by the closing of Henley Bridge.



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Rebecca and Fathi Husain, owners of Wee Care on Chapman Hwy., help a customer on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Wee Care is one of twenty south Knoxville businesses taking part in the South Knoxville Booming the Business loyalty card. Entrants must get 15 of the 20 participating businesses to stamp their card, giving them a chance to win $2,500, a VIP pass to Boomsday, and turning on the lights of the newly restored JFG sign.



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Built in 1931, the now empty Kerns Bakery sits at 2110 Chapman Highway in South Knoxville. The City Council voted this week to begin the process to historically designate the property that would prevent the building from demolition. (COURTESY, KNOX HERITAGE, INC.)



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Patty Harmon, a member of Pathways Church, helps spread Easter eggs prior to the hunt during the Easter EGGstravaganza at the Pathways Church South Knoxville campus on Chapman Highway Saturday, March 30, 2013. Church members stuffed 15,000 plastic eggs for the event — kicking off the opening of the new church, which will hold its first worship service Sunday, March 31. It is located in the old WalMart off Chapman Highway.



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Disc Exchange co-owner Jennie Ingram, left, helps customer Dustin Johnson, right, with a purchase at the store on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville Friday, April 12, 2013. SouthFest takes place this weekend featuring live music at the store and festivities in the nearby parking lot and along Chapman Highway.



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An ambulance leaves the Chatterbox Tavern in south Knox County as traffic backs up on Chapman Highway on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.



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Matthew Adkisson, owner of Basement Records on Chapman Highway in South Knoxville, is seen in 2013. Adkisson owned about 4000 final records when he bought the old Basement Records about a year ago. Besides 45, 33, and 78 final records the store has music CD, tapes, video games, and comic books.



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The intersection at Chapman Highway and Sevierville Pike, pictured on Monday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Seymour, is slated for improvements according to TDOT officials. Plans call for a cul-de-sac for Sevierville Pike, eliminating the unsafe angle at which it meets Chapman Highway. It could be let for bids in 2015 and no buildings will be taken for the project. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)



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People wait in line to buy solar viewing glasses for the eclipse at Ace Hardware on Chapman Highway, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. The store manager estimated 400 people waited in line for the 2,000 glasses they had in stock, each customer was allowed to buy up to six pairs.



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Traffics is seen at the intersection of Chapman Highway and Blount Avenue earlier this month at the Henley bridge in South Knoxville. Tennessee Department of Transportation officials expect four lanes of the Henley bridge to reopen to traffic before the Feb. 28 deadline.



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TDOT crews began work to remove loose rocks from a section of hillside along Chapman Highway around 10 a.m. Thursday. One lane on the northbound side was closed near Ye Olde Steakhouse on Feb. 2, 2014.



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Rodger Ritter, left, and Jeff Bertram install cubicles at the Nova Information Systems expansion Friday in South Knoxville. Nova is expanding into a 60,000 sq. ft. building on Chapman Highway that was the former Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse. The new facility will house 400 new employees according to Executive VP David Strider. 2003.



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Kadie Britt, a UT graduate student, displays a kudzu bug after netting it in a field of overgrown kudzu on Chapman Highway in Knoxville on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.



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Employees with Bell Construction begin demolition on G&R Automotive on Chapman Highway on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 in Knoxville, Tenn. The demolition will allow for construction of a new entryway into Fort Dickerson Park.



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Seymour resident Jim Grabber brings Daisy, a South Pyrenees, to Seymour Heights Christian Church on Thursday, April 7, 2016 for a public forum to discuss options over the James White Parkway extension and safety along Chapman Highway.



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Vehicles drive along Chapman Highway as dusk sets over Seymour, Tennessee on Thursday, August 10, 2017.



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About 200 Seymour residents marched down two miles of Chapman Highway on Saturday in July, 23 1994 to call for improvements to the road they say has been the cause of death for too many of their friends.



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About 200 Seymour residents marched down two miles of Chapman Highway on Saturday in July, 23 1994 to call for improvements to the road they say has been the cause of death for too many of their friends.



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Marion Chapman checks out Young High School during a Saturday tour, January, 1964.



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Law enforcement investigate a crash scene on Chapman Highway next to Cota’s Comfort Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017



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A pedestrian crosses Chapman Highway near the entrance to Fort Dickerson Park on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.



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Cars drive through flood waters on Chapman Hwy. in front of Szechuan Garden in South Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.



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Pictured is the entrance on Chapman Highway to Fort Dickerson Park on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The City of Knoxville is taking comments on a proposal to realign the entrance.



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Pictured is the entrance on Chapman Highway to Fort Dickerson Park on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. The City of Knoxville is taking comments on a proposal to realign the entrance. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)



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The entrance to Fort Dickerson Park on Sunday, September 2, 2018.



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Chapman Highway is pictured looking south at the Moody Avenue intersection Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016. According to State officials without construction of the James White Parkway extension any attempts to address safety and traffic issues on Chapman Highway would be inefficient and too costly. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)



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University of Tennessee student Christopher Allen bikes to campus by way of Chapman Highway Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)



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The Iced Coffee Man greets guests at the new Dunkin’ Donuts on Chapman Highway. August 2018



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Young High School auditorium view from Chapman HIghway. 1954



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The interior of Kern’s Bakery Building on Chapman Highway in Knoxville. Plans call for the 70,000 square foot buildingÊto be turned into a restaurant and entertainment center.



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The interior of Kern’s Bakery Building on Chapman Highway in Knoxville. Plans call for the 70,000 square foot buildingÊto be turned into a restaurant and entertainment center.



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