Knoxville is a great place to visit — and call home, too!
By Chuck Cavalaris
Licensed Realtor & Freelance Writer
Knoxville, as the third-largest city in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, offers abundant recreational and educational opportunities near breath-taking mountains and lakes.
“It’s just a beautiful place to be,” said Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero. “It has all the big-city opportunities, but with a very unique midsize city feel. You can get to know people here and have a wonderful time.”
This area offers the flagship campus for the University of Tennessee, which has 27,000 students and 10,000 faculty members. There also are several outstanding community colleges, which offer free tuition for high school graduates in good academic standing.
Knoxville also is home to excellent medical facilities, numerous outstanding restaurants, the Tennessee Valley Authority and close to the world famous technology corridor in Oak Ridge.
East Tennessee is a prime annual destination for people that love the great outdoors and this includes the Great Smoky Mountains, which is the nation’s most visited national park. Gatlinburg has a ski resort and indoor skating rink and Sevierville is home to Dollywood and Dolly Parton.
“We are so proud to call this area our home,” Dolly Parton said. “The mountains are so beautiful and the people are so friendly.”
You can hear that distinctive friendly voice telling visitors from around the world, “Now y’all come back very soon, you hear?”
Knoxville also has received national accolades from nature lovers and national organizations for an Urban Wilderness that features a 1,000 acre wildlife preserve and forest just south of the city. There are 10 city parks, 44 miles of hiking and biking areas and lakes to swim, boat or kayak. There also are numerous state parks with impressive picnic facilities for family gatherings.
This area could be the hub for Southern Hospitality. It’s no wonder Knoxville that ranks as one of The Top Places to Live in America! It’s just another reason why so many folks that relocate here are quick to count their blessings — and so very proud to call it their home, too!
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