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

  • May 22, 1991

    On this day in 1991, Jim Bussell, director of minority recruitment and director of community relations at Whittle Communications based in Knoxville, left the firm to pursue other opportunities after 2 years spent "changing the corporate culture" and "sensitizing the managers" about minority issues.