German-born baker Peter Kern built perhaps the grandest building on Market Square in 1876. Kern's was part bakery, part, "ice-cream saloon" and meeting place. Peter Kern was elected Mayor in 1890.
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Jack Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project. He has become one of Knoxville’s most popular writers and its unofficial historian. Jack is well known for his thoughtful, well-researched, and provocative pieces of long-form journalism, not to mention his books, speeches, and other public appearances...