Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Kitty Wells, Homer and Jethro, Archie Campbell, Carl Butler, and many other legends of country music began their careers at WNOX-Radio, located on the 100 block of Gay Street in Knoxville. All of this talent made music described by singer Don Gibson as “That Knoxville Sound,” a sound rooted in traditional mountain melodies of the past.
On Wednesday, June 29, family and friends gathered at the East Knoxville - Burlington Branch Library to dedicate the building to Donald Ancker Sherrod, Specialist 4th Class. Sherrod was born on June 2, 1943, to FJ and Mariana Sherrod. A 1962 graduate of East High School, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1963, serving a tour of duty in Korea before he volunteered for Vietnam in 1966, where he was killed in action. His courageous action under fire significantly contributed to the success of his company's defense. He was the first person from Burlington to die in the Vietnam War.