Things like this. Regional bits:
when I lived in Knoxville, their Village Voice-style paper – Metro Pulse – had a great column like this called Secret History. so many places I passed by every day had such interesting stories. case in point: the building where I went to visit my probation officer used to be a classy hotel, notable as the last place Hank Sr. spent the night before ODing on pain meds in transit north to (I believe it was) Bristol TN.
MetroPulse has gone out of business it seems, but I found an unofficial-looking archive of the story here.
the column’s author, Jack Neely, is a great story teller and has compiled the columns into books and seems to be releasing more as he writes them.