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The Cas Walker Stories Project gathers the tales and legends told about one of 20th century Knoxville’s most famous citizens. Cas Walker was a grocer-politician-media celebrity-music promoter-coon hunter whose colorful life has become the stuff of the region’s favorite urban legends.

The project has recorded oral histories with many who knew Cas Walker, as friends, employees, and political rivals or allies, and collected others from the public. Many of these are gathered in Cas Walker: Stories on his Life and Legend, published by UT Press. This book was edited by Joshua Hodge, a PhD student in the History Department who passed away while the book was in its final stages of completion. An endowment fund is being raised in his name, which will be used to support graduate research.

The book can be found here.

The oral histories that Josh recorded will be deposited with the Knox County Library’s archives. Samples of these interviews can be found here.

Tell us your own Cas Walker story
Have we missed a good Cas Walker story? You can send us a written version at

Better yet, call and leave your story on our answering machine. The Cas Walker Stories phone line is 865-946-9994. When you call, be sure to tell us your name, your address and phone number, and then tell us your story.

Note that we plan to include some of these on this website for others to enjoy.