New monuments honoring Greene County soldiers have been placed at Veterans Memorial Park in the last year, continuing the Forest Street site’s transition from the little-used Forest Park to a place for solemn, patriotic reflection.

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The legacy of George Clem School and the accomplishments of its student-athletes were celebrated in February with a special event held in conjunction with Greeneville High School basketball games.

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Greene Countians, who have long enjoyed the privilege of having a state park, national historic site and several local parks within the county’s borders, now have Tennessee’s newest state park within easy visiting distance.

When former Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Superintendent Lizzie Watts departed Greeneville in January 2017 to become superintendent of three National Park Service sites in West Virginia, the question of who would replace her became a conversation point in the community.

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For more than 100 years, the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery has been an option as a final resting place for local veterans. However, that option may not available soon as the cemetery has almost reached its burial capacity.

When the Greeneville Greene Devils football team defeated Haywood 56-21 at Tennessee Tech in November to complete its second straight 15-0 season and win its second straight Class 4A state championship, it was a back-to-back feat nearly a decade in the making.

Since Andy Collins took over the Greeneville High School baseball program three years ago, the Greene Devils have made two state tournament appearances and won Greene County’s first baseball state championship at Middle Tennessee State University in May.

Despite finishing last in the Appalachian League’s West Division with a 28-40 record, the Greeneville Reds’ inaugural season at Tusculum University’s Pioneer Park was a success at the gate.

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The story of the 2017 return of Pfc. Reece Gass’ remains to his home in Greene County from an unmarked World War II grave in Belgium gripped the attention of the county and made headlines and touched hearts across the country.

Increased safety measures, including at the state level, and a new carnival provider brought about a better year for the Greene County Fair in 2017.

About 300 people packed a Tusculum College board room as Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini joined Tusculum College officials in announcing the creation of the Greeneville Reds, the newest franchise in Minor League Baseball’s rookie-level Appalachian League.

A capital campaign to raise $250,000 to renovate the Greeneville Theatre Guild building on Depot Street is nearly halfway to its goal. The campaign kicked off last December with a goal of raising the money within a year.


Hundreds of people thronged Main Street in front of the Capitol Theatre on Wednesday evening in anticipation of an historic event for the downtown. At 8 p.m. the iconic marquee of the Capitol came to life in brilliant color, reminiscent of the its neon heyday.

The historic and cordial relationship between the local community and the USS Greeneville submarine flourished in early 2017, when four members of the boat’s crew, including its then-captain, visited the town for which their Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine submarine is named.

The year 2017 was one of change at Greene County’s only state park, the Davy (now David) Crockett Birthplace Park, which as of early 2018 has a different look and more focused interpretive emphasis than the park of years past.

When Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf showed up in Greeneville in March 2017, he had one intention: to plant a flag in Rachel Bewley’s Greene County back yard.

On the flag were the words: “He Will Not Divide Us.”