48 Facts About Knoxville


Knoxville is a city in and the county seat of Knox County in the U S state of Tennessee.

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Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, whose sports teams, the Tennessee Volunteers, are popular in the surrounding area.

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Knoxville is home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for East Tennessee, and the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies.

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Knoxville served as capital of the Southwest Territory and as capital of Tennessee until 1817, when the capital was moved to Murfreesboro.

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Early Knoxville has been described as an "alternately quiet and rowdy river town".

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Knoxville initially thrived as a way station for travelers and migrants heading west.

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William "Parson" Brownlow, the radical publisher of the Knoxville Whig, was one of the region's leading anti-secessionists .

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Blount County, just south of Knoxville, had developed into a center of abolitionist activity, due in part to its relatively large Quaker faction and the anti-slavery president of Maryville College, Isaac Anderson.

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The Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, Knoxville was reportedly a station on the underground railroad.

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Knoxville rejoined the Army of Northern Virginia the following spring.

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In 1896, Knoxville celebrated its achievements by creating its own flag.

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The Flag of Knoxville, Tennessee represents the city's progressive growth due to agriculture and industry.

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Knoxville escaped from the Knoxville Jail and rode away on a horse stolen from the sheriff.

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Knoxville hosted the Appalachian Exposition in 1910 and 1911 and the National Conservation Exposition in 1913.

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The fair's energy theme was selected due to Knoxville being the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority and for the city's proximity to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Since 2000, Knoxville has successfully brought business back to the downtown area.

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In 2006, the City of Knoxville adopted the South Waterfront Vision Plan, a long-term improvement project to revitalize the 750 acre waterfront fronting three miles of shoreline on the Tennessee River.

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Knoxville is situated in the Great Appalachian Valley, about halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains to the east and the Cumberland Plateau to the west.

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Prominent Ridge-and-Valley structures in the Knoxville area include Sharp's Ridge and Beaver Ridge in the northern part of the city, Brown Mountain in South Knoxville, parts of Bays Mountain just south of the city, and parts of McAnnally Ridge in the northeastern part of the city.

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The section of the Tennessee River that passes through Knoxville is part of Fort Loudoun Lake, an artificial reservoir created by TVA's Fort Loudoun Dam about 30 miles downstream in Lenoir City.

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Notable tributaries of the Tennessee in Knoxville include First Creek and Second Creek, which flow through the downtown area, Third Creek, which flows west of U T, and Sinking Creek, Ten Mile Creek, and Turkey Creek, which drain West Knoxville.

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Knoxville is the central city in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area, an Office of Management and Budget -designated metropolitan statistical area that covers Knox, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Grainger, Loudon, Morgan, Roane and Union counties.

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Additionally, the Knoxville MSA is the chief component of the larger OMB-designated Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette TN Combined Statistical Area .

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Municipalities in the CSA, but not the Knoxville MSA, include Morristown, Rutledge, Dandridge, Jefferson City, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, LaFollette, Jacksboro, Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood, and Newport.

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Knoxville is home to the nation's largest concentration of homes designed by noted Victorian residential architect George Franklin Barber, who lived in the city.

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The Knoxville Chamber is one of six partners in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, which promotes economic development in Knox and surrounding counties.

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Largest company based in Knoxville is privately held Pilot Flying J, the nation's largest truck stop chain and sixth largest private company, which reported over $29.

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Also based in Knoxville are movie theater chain Regal Cinemas, major operations of Discovery, Inc, and health care-staffing firm TeamHealth.

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Major companies located within the Knoxville MSA include Clayton Homes and Ruby Tuesday, and DeRoyal and Weigel's .

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Knoxville area is home to 596 office buildings which contain over 21million square feet of office space.

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Major brokerage firms with offices in Knoxville include Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Wells Fargo, and Merrill Lynch.

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Major manufacturing operations in the Knoxville MSA are conducted at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, the DENSO plant and the Clayton Homes manufacturing center, and the ALCOA plants in Alcoa.

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Downtown Knoxville contains a number of specialty shops, clubs, and dining areas, mostly concentrated in the Old City, Market Square, and along Gay Street.

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Knoxville is home to a rich arts community and has many festivals throughout the year.

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Knoxville was the location of Sergei Rachmaninoff's final concert in 1943, performed at Alumni Memorial Auditorium at the University of Tennessee.

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Discovery, Inc operates the former Scripps Networks Interactive cable television networks from Knoxville, including HGTV, Magnolia Network, Food Network and Cooking Channel.

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Knoxville is the home of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, almost entirely thanks to the success of Pat Summitt and the University of Tennessee women's basketball team.

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Knoxville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for East Tennessee.

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Knoxville is home to the main campus of the University of Tennessee, which has operated in the city since the 1790s.

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South College is a for-profit school located in West Knoxville that offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, health care, criminal justice, and legal fields.

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Knoxville College was a historically black college that began operating in Knoxville in the 1870s.

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Knoxville College had an enrollment of about 100 students as of 2010 and closed permanently in 2015.

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Two principal interstate highways serving Knoxville are Interstate 40, which connects the city to Asheville and Bristol to the east and Nashville to the west, and Interstate 75, which connects the city to Chattanooga to the south and Lexington to the north.

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Knoxville's busiest road is a stretch of U S Route 129 known as Alcoa Highway, which connects the Downtown area with McGhee Tyson Airport and Maryville.

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Rail freight in Knoxville is handled by two Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, and one shortline, the Knoxville and Holston River Railroad.

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Knoxville and Holston River Railroad is a subsidiary of Gulf and Ohio Railways, a shortline holding company headquartered at the James Park House in Downtown Knoxville.

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Knoxville is an international port connected via navigable channels to the nation's inland waterways and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Knoxville has seven sister cities as designated by Sister Cities International:.

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