Ghost of Pearl Harbor
Housed in a most unusual museum in one of East Tennessee's historic mountain towns is a significant record and collection of memorabilia from the USS Tennessee (BB-43), one of the unsung battleship heroes of World War II. The USS Tennessee Battleship Remembrance Museum, about an hour's drive northwest of Knoxville in Scott County, is berthed in a two-story log structure built by Scott High School students who also operate it during the school year.
The story of the battleship museum is one of a son honoring an old Sailor. Paul Dawson and his wife, Karen, began gathering memorabilia from Paul's father, Lee, a Navy photographer on board the Tennessee during the war. As a tribute to his father's service and the many photographs he snapped, Dawson began the museum in April 2004 with the help of student builders from the school's trades and industrial class and members of the high school drama class, who assist with tours. The museum opened on the school's campus in May 2005.