Knoxville, Tennessee in Knox County, has estimated population of 185,291 as of 2015, making it the state’s third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, which is also home to the popular “Volunteers” sports team. Also located there is: 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. As one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
HISTORY: First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee but it struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century until the arrival of the railroad in 1855, which led to an economic boom. During the Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies. Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center. The city’s economy stagnated after the 192’0s as the manufacturing sector collapsed, the Downtown area declined and city leaders became entrenched in highly partisan political fights. Hosting the 1982 World’s Fair helped reinvigorate the city, and revitalization initiatives by city leaders and private developers have had major successes in spurring growth in the city, especially the downtown area.
Economy: In the 2010 ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Knoxville was rated 89.6 (the national average was 100). Kiplinger ranked Knoxville at #5 in its list of Best Value Cities 2011 citing “college sports, the Smoky Mountains and an entrepreneurial spirit.” In April 2008, Forbes magazine named Knoxville among the Top 10 Metropolitan Hotspots in the United States, and within Forbes’ Top 5 for Business & Careers, just behind cities like New York and Los Angeles. In 2007, there were over 19,000 registered businesses in Knoxville. Knoxville is home to: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation’s largest public power provider, movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group, Scripps Networks Interactive, TeamHealth, Pilot Flying J, HT Hackney Corporation, Tombras Group, Bush Brothers, Sea Ray, Thermocopy, EdFinancial, AC Entertainment, as well as The University of Tennessee, CURENT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Gerdau Ameristeel. The Knoxville area is home to 182 shopping centers and factory outlets, and over 2,400 retail establishments.
Culture: Knoxville is home to a rich arts community and has many festivals throughout the year. In its May 2003 “20 Most Rock & Roll towns in the U.S.” feature, Blender ranked Knoxville the 17th best music scene in the United States. In the 1990s, noted alternative-music critic Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, referred to the city as “Austin without the hype”. The city also hosts numerous art festivals, including the 17-day Dogwood Arts Festival in April, which features art shows, crafts fairs, food and live music. Also in April is the Rossini Festival, which celebrates opera and Italian culture. June’s Kuumba (meaning creativity in Swahili) Festival commemorates the region’s African American heritage and showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, games, music, storytelling, theater, and food. Every Labor Day brings Boomsday, the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the United States, to the banks of the Tennessee River between Neyland Stadium and downtown.
Whatever your passion, Knoxville knows how to fuel it. Knoxville’s ever-growing list of things to do includes everything from historical tours to outdoor adventure. Even step into its borders and discover fine food, festivals,award-winning theatres and music for every ear. Knoxville puts no bounds on its surprises. No matter how high the bar is set upon your arrival, Knoxville is ready to jump.
- City of Knoxville
- McGhee Tyson Airport
- KAT Knoxville Area Transit
- Knox County Public Library
- Downtown Knoxville
- Knoxville Parking Authority
Things to Do in Cincinnati OH:
- Visit Knoxville Tourism
- Knoxville News Sentinel
- Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
- Zoo Knoxville
- Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
- Big Ridge State Park Trails
- Sunsphere & Worlds Fair Park
- Knoxville Museum of Art
- More to Knoxville event calendar
- Frank H McClung Museum of National History & Culture
Upscale Furniture services the Knoxville TN Area
Upscale Furniture, offers short and long-term furniture rental in Knoxville TN. Customer Service is our priority; therefore, we are flexible enough to offer customized solutions to any furniture rental, purchase, rent-to-own or basic intern arrangement desired. We have the ability to work in concert with any apartment community, property management company, corporate housing firm or insurance relocation company to deliver a variety of options from a single sofa rental to a complete “turn-key” corporate furniture package.We also offer our rental services for those needing rental furniture, housewares, bedding, electronics and appliances for home staging, student or military housing, or office furniture for company rentals.
UPSCALE FURNITURE Rental offers a complete line of furniture packages for a variety of apartment or town home layouts in Knoxville TN. Our furniture rental division recognizes the importance of our relationship with Knoxville’s apartment communities.
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