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What you’re looking at are two old pillars of the community here in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA… Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee and the Henley Street Bridge. Both locations played a huge role in my life for eight years. I once worked at BHET under the moon light (third shift) for that stretch of time. To get there, I’d cross the Henley Street Bridge around 10:30 P.M.
Now, both are no longer up and running. BHET is standing tall, but with hollow halls and empty beds. After 55 years of service to the community, the hospital shut down shortly after a merger went into effect with another local healthcare system in 2007. BHET officially closed on August 1, 2008.
Here is a YouTube video created by BHET folks in memory of the good ol’ days: The Memories of Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee
The story on the Henley Street Bridge has a different twist from the above. The bridge is currently undergoing a major facelift and will one day reopen to traffic. According to TDOT, the bridge has been deficient for some time. Here is a detailed article about this: TDOT: More plans for 3 year Henley Street Bridge closure
I find it ironic that the two locations which played an important role in my daily life for several years are now just memories (though the bridge will soon be re-structured for traffic). The one thing that comes to mind is Jamie O’Hara’s hit song that went to no.1 on the charts, by the Judd’s in 1986, Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol’ Days), and the line that says…
Everything is changing fast.
We call it progress,
But I just don’t know.