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[TN] Digital Stories of Knoxville

Digital stories share Knoxville history
Collaborative work offers tour of culture, heritage

By T. Wayne Waters,
Wednesday, August 20, 2008

These 10 sites will feature digital stories with the launch of the KAATCH wireless network:

* Blount Mansion

* Bijou Theatre

* Tennessee Theatre

* Cal Johnson Building

* Old Vine Avenue

* Gem Theatre site

* The Old City (formerly the Bowery)

* Former Rich's Department Store site (University of Tennessee Conference Center)

* Green Magnet Math and Science Academy

* Haley Heritage Square

These five sites will have information presented on the KAATCH wireless network at the initial launch but will not include a digital story:

* Beck Cultural Exchange Center at Volunteer Landing

* James White's Fort

* U.S. Customs House and Post Office - Market Street

* Sterchi Building

* Hall of Fame Drive (formerly Mulvaney Street, heart of pre-1960s black community; site of writer Nikki Giovanni’s birthplace and historical marker)

Source: KAATCH

Each digital story begins with the soaring, soulful musical prelude of the song "At Last," made popular by singer Etta James.

And by the time the production credits roll at the end of the three- to four-minute vignettes, proponents of the Knoxville African American Tours of Cultural Heritage project say visitors will be both engaged and informed.

The project - a new wireless Wi-Fi network that is starting this fall will be interpreting Knoxville's black heritage with digital storytelling - offers locally produced content at 15 sites in the downtown area.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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