This paint-up is not that old, but it’s beginning to fade. Clifton’s is on corner of East Market and Unicoi Streets. Years ago, Unicoi Street came up in some news story or other and I was perplexed…I’d never heard of it and I’ve lived in Kingsport since Hector was a pup*. The street is a one-blocker, though, and forever didn’t have much of anything located on it and, more importantly, it wasn’t on any of my paper routes.
* Obsolete phrase. See https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/since+Hector+was+a+pup
It looks like this old building on the corner of East Main and Cherokee Streets is coming down…literally.
Back in the 50’s, this building was mostly Ward’s Feed Store & Hatchery. There were some other businesses downstairs and apartments upstairs. I delivered the newspaper to a lady who lived in one. She always had a snuff stick in her mouth. But she always paid her subscription on time (I collected weekly for the paper delivery).
It appears that there are condemnation notices on the whole building, but only the back portion is blocked off.