Here are just a few things I love about my hometown –
We’re a little old fashioned. Our culture is friendly and welcoming. Neighbors care about each other, look out for each other, and share life’s ups and downs with each other. We’ll loan you our truck if you need it. The Volunteer moniker is not just part of history, it’s part of the present.
We’re pretty classy. We’ve got The Symphony. We’ve got the Knoxville Museum of Art. We’ve got Broadway shows and local thespians. We’ve got the Big Ears Music Festival and all kinds of other engaging entertainment and athletic events for all ages. We’ve got the Dogwood Arts Festival!
We value children. Our public schools are outstanding and we have a number of excellent private schools in the area. Our rec leagues serve children in every sport and every part of town. We’re thankful for and proud of East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, an amazing facility in downtown Knoxville with the finest pediatric specialists, as well as Urgent Care facilities being strategically placed for after-hours visits.
The scenery. It’s glorious. If you don’t have your own stunning mountain view or lakefront property, you’ll likely pass some on your way home. We are the gateway to the most visited national park in the country and have seven area lakes with a combined 2700 miles of shoreline.
We play. With over 45 Knox County Parks and 5 State Parks close by, healthy rec leagues, and a robust effort led by our Legacy Parks Foundation to continue adding protected green space with trails for bikers, hikers, and dreamers, we are all urged to “Get out and play!”
The weather. We enjoy four distinct seasons with mostly moderate temperatures, each so beautiful that it’s hard to pick a favorite.
We’re easy to get to and easy to get around in. The junction of I-40 and I-75 make travel NSEW a piece of cake; I-640, I-140 and alternate routes aid locals at rush hour; our airport is beautiful, efficient and easily accessed.
The Vols. It’s my school. Go Big Orange!
For numbers and details, please visit the Knox County’s website, knoxcounty.org, or the city’s website, knoxvilletn.gov. For everything else, go to visit knoxville.com.