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Knoxville is located in Knox County in the present day state of Tennessee. Prior to European and United States occupation, this area had been inhabited since 1000 B.C. However, by the 18th century, the Cherokee peoples had become the predominant natives – fighting off Creek and Shawnee incursions. The Cherokee called the place ‘kuwanda’talun’yi,’ which means ‘Mulberry Place.’ The first European to visit this part of Tennessee was most likely the Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto in 1540. It wouldn’t be until 1786 that the town of Knoxville would first be settled, though. Knoxville was founded by Revolutionary War officer James White but named by North Carolina surveyor William Blount, who had been appointed by President George Washington as Governor of the newly created Territory South of the River Ohio. Blount named the town after Revolutionary War General Henry Knox, who at the time was the Secretary of War, Blount’s immediate superior.
Today, Knoxville, Tennessee has a total population of 185,291 people, according to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau. This makes it Tennessee’s third most populous city, after Nashville and Memphis, and the country’s 128th most populous city. According to a 2013 estimate, the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area has a total population of 852,715 people. This makes it the 64th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
The Knoxville, Tennessee area is home to a multitude of corporations. In fact, one of its largest corporations is the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which is the nation’s largest public power provider. Other corporations with headquarters located in the Knoxville, Tennessee area include Regal Entertainment Group, Scripps Networks Interactive, TeamHealth, Pilot Flying J, The H.T. Hackney Company, Tombras Group, Bush Brothers, Sea Ray, Brunswick Boat Group, Thermocopy, Petro’s Chili & Chips, EdFinancial, AC Entertainment, Clayton Homes, Ruby Tuesday, DeRoyal, and Weigel’s.
Knoxville, Tennessee is certainly not all about corporations and businesses, however. The city is also home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO), which was established in 1935. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra holds the distinction of being the oldest continuing orchestra in the southeast area of the United States.
Elsewhere in the area is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which was designated as such in 1983, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which area a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain.
The Knoxville, Tennessee area is perhaps best known, though, as the home of the University of Tennessee, which was established on September 10th, 1794. This public sun-and-land-grant university contains nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges. According to a 2017 report by the U.S. News & World Report, the University of Tennessee ranks 103rd among all national universities and 46th among public institutions of higher learning. As of the Fall 2015 semester, UT has 27,845 students enrolled in total. It has a $1.107 billion endowment.
As can already be surmised, UT’s athletic teams are a significant part of the Knoxville, Tennessee sports scene. The Volunteers, or Lady Volunteers, compete in NCAA Division I FBS Southeastern Conference. As for National Championships, the Vols have won four in football, one in cross country, seven in track and field, one in swimming and diving, and eight in women’s basketball. The world famous Lady Volunteers basketball teams play their home games in Thompson-Boling Arena. As for the Volunteers football team, they play their home games at Neyland Stadium, which was built in 1921. With a current capacity of 102,455, Neyland Stadium is the fifth largest stadium in the United States, the sixth largest stadium in the world, and the second largest stadium in college football’s Southeastern Conference.
Knoxville, Tennessee is also home to National Premier Soccer League’s Knoxville Force, who play at Hackney Field. Southern Professional Hockey League’s Knoxville Ice Bears, who play their home matches in the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, have four regular season titles and four playoff championships to their names. Baseball’s Southern League Tennessee Smokies, who area a farm team for MLB’s Chicago Cubs, play their home games at Smokies Park. They have won three league titles.
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