Knoxville was settled in 1791 and established in 1792.
The City of Knoxville was incorporated in 1815.
Knoxville was named after Henry Knox, President Washington's War Secretary.
William Blount selected the name for the city of Knoxville.
Knoxville was the home of one of the most intense Union supporters,
William Brownlow, editor of the Knoxville Whig newspaper.
The inventor of the Dempster Dumpster, George R. Dempster, was Mayor
of Knoxville 1952-1955.
Due to Knoxville being a major center of marble distribution in the
early 1900s, its nickname soon become "The Marble City."
In Knoxville on May 1, 1890 the first electric street car ran from
Gay Street to Lake Ottossee (now Chilhowee Park).
McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville is named in honor of Knoxville native
and Fighter Pilot Lt. Charles McGhee Tyson who was shot down over
Britain's North Sea in WWI.
Indians were the first settlers of Knoxville and East Tennessee. By
the time the first European settlers appeared, the Cherokees dominated
James White was the first known settler of Knoxville.
Mrs. N.E. ("Whitty") Logan was a nurse who worked near the
front lines in France during World War I, earned a Medal of Commendation
from General Pershing, and helped found the Knoxville Chapter of The
Charles McClung (1761-1835) was Knoxville's first surveyor.
Henley Bridge is named after Col. David Henley, a Revolutionary War
hero sent to Knoxville in 1793 by President George Washington to represent
the war department.
Knoxville native James E. "Buck" Karnes helped rally the
117th Infantry in a charge that broke the Hindenburg Line and forced
the Germans into a retreat in WWI. He received the Congressional Medal
of Honor for his actions.
The first train arrived in Knoxville in 1855.
Knoxville is headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, created
1933, which provided hydroelectric power cheaply and abundantly to
In 1901, Kid Curry, a member of Butch Cassidys Wild Bunch, shot
a couple of deputies and escaped out the back window of a business
on Central Avenue in what is now the Old City. He was captured, brought
to the Knoxville Jail, but escaped and was last seen riding the sheriffs
stolen horse across the Gay Street Bridge.
The French Broad and the Holston Rivers converge in Knoxville to form
the headwaters of the Tennessee River which begins the 650 mile River
Seven lakes surround Knoxville: Cherokee, Douglas, Ft. Loudon, Melton
Hill, Norris, Watts Bar and Tellico.
Knoxville is situated at the crossroads of three major intestates,
I-75, I-40 and I-81.
David Glasgow Farragut was born in Knoxville in 1801 and was appointed
to the rank of Admiral - the first ever in American History.
Knoxville College was founded in 1875.
The corporate headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
is located in Knoxville. TVA was created by President Franklin D.
Roosevelt in 1933 to provide "Electricity for All."
Currently Knoxville’s city population is over 170,000.
The City of Knoxville shares its name with Knoxville, Georgia - Knoxville,
Iowa - Knoxville, Maryland - Knoxville, Pennsylvania - and New Knoxville,
Places Rated Almanac Millennium Edition rated Knoxville #13 in its
overall ranking of best cities to reside for both the US and Canada.
The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville with over 27,000
Blount College, the forerunner of the University of Tennessee, was
chartered in 1794.
Knoxville is 20 miles south of Oak Ridge National Laboratory which
was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb.
Downtown Knoxville is 936 feet above sea level.
In Tennessee's early history, Knoxville was one of four different
towns that served as the seat of government.
The City of Knoxville comprises 104 square miles of the 526-square
mile total for Knox County.
The soft drink Mountain Dew had its beginnings with Hartman Beverages
in Knoxville in the late 1940's.
In 1974 Walter Cronkite designated Knoxville as the "Streaking
Capital of the World." It was in the spring of that year that
an estimated 5,000 people on Cumberland Avenue took their clothes
off... stripping on the "strip".
In 1933 during the Great Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority
(TVA) was founded by the U.S. Government to help create jobs, attract
manufacturing, and provide electricity for all.
Knoxville was the capital of both the Territory and the state of Tennessee.
The "Million Dollar Fire of 1897" destroyed most of Gay
During the 1991 bicentennial celebration of Knoxville, lighting totaling
455,000 was added to Henley Bridge.
The 13-foot bronze statue of Alex Haley inside Morningside Park is
thought to be the largest bronze statue of an African American in
The Sunsphere, built for the 1982 Worlds Fair, is 266 feet tall
and has 26 stories. The actual ball itself houses only five levels.
Every Labor Day Knoxville residents are treated to the largest fireworks
display in the Southeast- Boomsday!
Smoky Mountains National Park is located within 45 minutes of Knoxville.
Knoxville has its own zoo (Knoxville Zoological Gardens) which is
on 53 acres and has over approximately 400,000 yearly visitors.
Knoxville Zoo is the Red Panda Capital of the World, having the greatest
success in breeding and survival of baby Red Pandas.
In 1978, the Knoxville Zoo had the first African Elephant bred and
born in captivity in the Western Hemisphere. Her name was Little Diamond.
Knoxville is home to more than 20 museums and seven historical houses.
Knoxville is home to cable TV's HGTV, which is one of the fastest
growing networks in cable history with nearly 84 million households
in less than nine years.
Knoxville is home to the Knoxville News Sentinel which is one of the
top 100 Daily newspapers in the United States.
The corporate headquarters of Bush Brothers and Company, Goody's Family
Clothing, Petro's Chili & Chips and Pilot Corporation are located
Knoxville's Jake Butcher and his brother caused the fourth largest
bank failure in history.
East Knoxville businessman William Hooper volunteered in WW II as
an instructor to train the mostly-black "Red Ball Express",
which became one of the most decorated U.S. Convoy Units in Europe.
Most of the Civil War dead from the battle in Knoxville are buried
in the Confederate Cemetery, which is located in East Knoxville.
During the Civil War, the Siege of Knoxville lasted 17 days (Nov.
17-Dec. 4, 1863) and ended with the Confederates never taking Knoxville.
The Civil War battle in Knoxville ended with General James Longstreet's
failed, bloody attempt to storm General Ambrose Burnside's fortifications
at Fort Sanders.
During 1860, Knoxville was a small city of about 3,700 people.
During 1860, Knox County was home to over 20,000 white citizens and
over 2,000 slaves.
Fort Sanders is named after General Sanders who was killed in a skirmish
during the Civil War.
Bethel Cemetery on Mabry Hill contains the remains of approximately
1,670 Civil War soldiers.
Nikki Giovanni, the Princess of Black Poetry, was born in Knoxville
Jack Hanna, well known zookeeper, was born in Knoxville in 1947.
Mary Costa, best known as the voice for Disney's Sleeping Beauty was born in Knoxville.
The first black federal judge, William Henry Hastie was born in Knoxville
Pulitzer Prize winning writer James Agee was born in Knoxville in
Famous country singer Kenny Chesney grew up in Knoxville.
The world's smallest gospel singer Lowell Mason was born in Knoxville in 1937.
WNOX went on the air as one of the first 10 radio stations in nation
Knoxville's Historic Andrew Johnson Hotel is the site of the last
known appearance of country western singing star Hank Williams Sr.
The singing duo The Everly Brothers settled in Knoxville when they
appeared on radio from 1953 to 1955.
Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Acuff lived in Knoxville during his
early music learning days.
Country Music Hall of Famer Chet Atkins started on Knoxville's WNOX
radio station when he was 18 years old.
A Knoxville record merchant, Sam Morrison of Bell Sales Company, helped
launch the career of Elvis Presley by promoting Presleys Thats
All Right, Mama by playing it on loudspeakers to the public
on the square. He sold hundreds of copies to people of all ages, including
two copies to an RCA talent scout. The scout sent a copy of the record
to his boss in New York and several months later, RCA bought Elvis
contract from Sun Studios in Memphis.
Knoxville is home to Pat Summitt, UT Lady Vols former women's basketball coach who is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men's or women's team in any division.
Nine former and current University of Tennessee athletes competed
in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Dee Dee Trotter became the first Lady
Vol track and field underclassman ever to win an Olympic Medal.
Former UT track star and Knoxville resident Tim Mack broke not only
his own record, but the Olympic mark in winning the gold medal in
the pole vault at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Former Vol, Justin Gatlin won the Gold in the Olympic 100 Meter Dash
in only 9.85 seconds at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Current WNBA stars Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker, Kara Lawson, Nicky Anosike, Alexis Hornbuckle and Michelle Snow played for UT in Knoxville.
Knoxville's Neyland Stadium is named after University of Tennessee
football coach Robert Reese Neyland.
Current NFL stars Peyton Manning and Eric Berry played for UT in Knoxville.
The only museum devoted to women's basketball (Women's Basketball
Hall of Fame) is located in Knoxville, Tennessee.
In December of 1979 in Knoxville, Hulk Hogan, known then as Sterling
Golden, defeated Dick Slater for the NWA South Eastern Heavyweight
Knoxville was the birthsite of Todd Helton, pro baseball player for
the Colorado Rockies.
Knoxville is home to Doris Sams, All-American, All-Star Outfielder
and Pitcher for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
In the mid-1970s, Knoxville enjoyed watching the "Ernie and Bernie
Show" of UT's Ernie Grunfield and Bernard King as they dominated
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Knoxville was home to Tina Wesson, the million dollar winner of the
television series Survivor 2: Australian Outback.
Quentin Tarantino, the famous actor and director was born in Knoxville.
Creator of "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Fiction."
MTV stuntman and actor Johnny Knoxville grew up in Knoxville.
Wendy's Restaurant creator, Dave Thomas, once worked for Regas Restaurant
Scott Miller who is a musician for the "Blue Collar TV"
series lives in Knoxville.
Former Knoxville resident Ryan Murphy, is the creator of the acclaimed
cable drama "Nip/Tuck" and the TV series "Glee"
Actor John Cullum of "Northern Exposure" TV series fame
and a Tony-winning musical theatre star, calls Knoxville his hometown
and is known to perform at the Clarence Brown Theatre from time to
Actress-singer Polly Bergen, born in Knoxville in 1930, was the first
woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Singer Sewing Machine
Actor Brad Renfro who made his film debut at the age of 11 in the movie "The Client" grew up in Knoxville.
Actress Patricia Neal who was best known for her roles in "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and "Hud" (she won the Academy Award for Best Actress) grew up in Knoxville.
Actress Lara parker who starred in the 2012 movie version of "Dark Shadows" and several television series and movie appearances was born in Knoxville.
Actor David Keith was born in Knoxville and still calls it home. Starred
in "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Daredevil."
The major Hollywood feature film "October Sky," was shot
in and around Knoxville. The 1999 film starred Laura Dern and Jake
Knoxville was the filming location for the 1999 movie, "October
Sky" and the 1996 movie, "Box of Moon Light".
The 2000 movie "Road Trip" with Tom Green had parts filmed
at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
The 1995 TV Series "Christy", starring Kellie Martin, was
filmed in Townsend near Knoxville.
Knoxville was home to the 1982 World's Fair. Attendance was recorded
at 11,127,786 visitors.
When it hosted the World's Fair in 1982, Knoxville was the smallest
city to ever host an International Exposition.
Energy Turns The World was the theme of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
The first touch-screen computer displays were demonstrated, in the
US Pavilion at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
Petro's Chili and Chips made their debut at the 1982 World's Fair
The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures
that remain from the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
Knoxville had the last successful World's Fair held in America.