Welcome to the Knoxville area, situated at the crossroads of three major interstates: I-75, I-40 and I-81 and on an international waterway.

Knoxville is a city on the grow and on the go. There’s always something to do, whether it’s attending one of many festivals or trade shows throughout the year, boating on a beautiful lake, or hiking in the nearby Smoky Mountains. Host of the “Best 17 Days of Spring” (the annual Dogwood Arts Festival), being the home of the 1982 World’s Fair, and our reputation for being a friendly community, Knoxville is a great place to call home.

Knoxville’s spirit and love of nature is reflected in our passion for outdoor recreation. Whether it’s golf, water-skiing, rock-climbing, or camping, Knoxville is ready to host your next outdoor adventure. When the snow falls, nearby Gatlinburg offers skiing, snow-mobiling, and ice-skating.

Knoxville is in a temperate climate zone. The summers are always green and gentle. The fall color is truly magnificent as hills light up in brilliant autumn hues. Winter is brief and mild. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time, featuring glorious dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers.

Annual Average Temperature: 60.0 degrees F.

Average Low Temperature: January 30 degrees F.; July 68 degrees F.

Average High Temperature: January 47 degrees F.; July 87 degrees F.

Annual Average Precipitation: 47.29 inches

Annual Average Snowfall: 12 inches

Elevation: 936 feet above sea level

City: 177,661

City and County: 566,988

Knox County Median Age: 37

Knoxville’s cost of living ranks below the national average.

National Average – 100.0

Knoxville – 89.8

A mayor and nine-member city council govern the City of Knoxville. The mayor’s office can be reached at 215-2040, the city council can be reached at 215-2075. A county mayor and nineteen-member county commission govern Knox County. The county mayor can be reached at 215-2005, the commission at 215-2534.


Universal EmergencyAmbulance Service

Non-Emergency Ambulance

Knoxville Police Department


Knox County Sheriff

Knox Fire Department

Knox Co. Fire Department

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Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) operates the public bus system for the city of Knoxville, The bus service is composed of fixed routes operating on a regular schedule with service for the University of Tennessee, special events shuttle service, Park-and-Ride Lots, free Shop and Ride Programs, special services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. For more information call 637-3000.

New residents must obtain a Tennessee drivers license within 30 days of establishing residency. Without a valid license from previous residence, a road, written and eye test is required. For additional information call 966-4350 or 594-6399.

A new resident has 30 days to purchase a license plate and Tennessee title. Call the County Clerk’s office at 215-2385 for information and location.

The primary north-south artery in the United States is I-75. The principle route connecting the east and west coasts is I-40, and the major route serving the Northeast is I-81. Knoxville is at the crossroads of these major interstate routes. As a result, the Valley is a prime shippers market with 61 trunk lines and major terminals operating in Knox County.

Knoxville serves as a regional center for a 27-county area of East Tennessee, Kentucky, and Southwest Virginia. Leading edge health care is provided by five general-use hospitals. These area hospitals provide primary and emergency care in addition to maintaining strong reputations for specialized and general care. The health care community takes pride in its use of state-of-the-art technology while providing personalized, individual care.

  • Parkwest Medical Center (865) 374-7275
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (865) 541-1111
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center (865) 545-8000
  • Mercy Health Partners (865) 545-8000
  • University of TN Medical Center (865) 305-9000

Knoxville is also home to specialty hospitals, including a pediatric facility, as well as psychiatric hospitals.

  • Children’s Hospital – 541-8000 (Pediatric)
  • Lakeshore Mental Health Institute – 584-1561 (Psychiatric)

Emergency Medical Assistance is available throughout Knoxville and Knox County by dialing 911. Knoxville has approximately 890 physicians and 385 dentists covering all areas of specialties. Physician referrals can be obtained from Knoxville Academy of Medicine at 524-4676.

There are 15 licensed nursing homes in the metro Knoxville area, and 40 Home Health Agencies as well as Hospice facilities. For further information call the United Way at 523-9131.

Knoxville has a special office that provides information on services available to the disabled, handicapped and elderly. Call 215-2104 for more information.

The Knoxville area is served by BellSouth Telephone Company. For residential service or information contact:

Knoxville: AT & T 888-757-6500
Concord/Farragut: TDS Telecom 671-2100
Halls: Halls Telephone Exchange – 922-3535
Powell: Citizens Communications – 938-2211

The East Tennessee area is served by all national networks and Public Broadcasting services.

  • WATE    ABC    Channel 6
  • WBIR    NBC     10
  • WKXT    CBS    Channel 8
  • WKOP    PBS    Channel 12
  • WKCH    FOX    Channel 43 (independent)

Cable-TV is available in most areas of Knoxville. For more information call Comcast Communications at 637-5411, Intermedia at 983-8200, Charter at 983-8200, or Knology at 357-1000.

The city provides residential garbage collection inside the city limits. There is no government collection in the county. Inside the city call 522-8161, outside the county, call either Waste Connections at (865) 522-0078 or TN Trash Service (865) 986-0217

The Knox County Public Library system has a main library located in downtown Knoxville and 18 branches with a total of more than 654,000 catalogued and owned books. The libraries also offer records, tapes, films, videos, compact discs, and materials for the handicapped and special programs for children. The University of Tennessee libraries are open to the public for a yearly subscriber’s fee. The system has more than 1.6 million volumes and is a U.S. Depository Library with access to all government publications. The TVA library has some 40,000 volumes, primarily of a technical nature. For more information call Knox County Public Library System at 522-1541, University of Tennessee Library System at 974-4351, or TVA Corporate Library at 532-3464.

Within the city and county, there is a leash law where an animal not on their property may be picked up. Owners should be sure that pets have their shots and wear an identification tag. Complete care facilities are available by contacting: UT Veterinary Hospital at 974-8387, The Humane Society Animal Shelter at 573-9674 or the Pet Emergency Clinic at 637-0114.

Knoxville has 2800 acres of parks and recreation space, including 32 recreation centers and approximately 173 playgrounds and parks. There are 146 tennis courts and 5 senior citizen centers.

The nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited national park in the country, and the numerous state parks and area lakes and resorts also provide many types of leisure activities for Knoxvillians and visitors. Knoxville has a wide variety of quality facilities to accommodate an active tourist and convention trade. These include more than 71 hotels and motels with over 7800 first class rooms, a large civic coliseum-auditorium and a spacious convention center. In 1994.

Making its home along the Tennessee River is Ijams Nature Center, a beautiful bird sanctuary made up of woodlands, overlooks, meadows, interpretive gardens, a pond with boardwalk, and a small nature museum. The center also has ongoing natural history programs.

There are 7 lakes and many rivers embracing & enhancing the valley of East Tennessee, including Fort Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake,, Watts Bar Lake,, Melton Hill,, Norris Lake,, Cherokee,, and Douglas Lake,

The Tennessee Valley Authority protects a million acres of public land to support wildlife, outdoor recreation & water quality. A wide range of recreation opportunities is available on the lakes of East Tennessee.

Lake Recreation ranks high on the list for family entertainment from April through November; joining friends to anchor in a nearby cove, water skiing and tubing, music and firework events, such as Boomsday ( There is also many restaurants located on the water that you can boat to. In the fall, going to UT football games by boat and joining the Vol Navy ( is a spectacular way to enjoy the water.

For Additional Information on lakes surrounding Knoxville, you can contact:

Tennessee Valley Resources Agency Central Office
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
Boat Registration 615-781-6522
Boating Safety 615-781-6682
License Section 615-781-6590
Wildlife Division 615-781-6610

Knoxville is known for being the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, for being in close proximity to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, and we thrive as a scenic city where nature and technology meet. Knoxville has an abundance of attractions, activities and amenities to offer visitors, convention delegates and those who call her home.

Neyland Stadium was ranked the number one college football stadium in Sporting News in 2001. It is the largest football stadium in the south and the third largest in the country. It seats over 105,000 people. A record total of 747,870 fans in seven games saw the Vols post an undefeated home season in 1999. Over the last nine seasons, the Tennessee Volunteers have drawn nearly 4 million fans to Knoxville and to Neyland Stadium.

The Thompson-Boling Arena, which seats 24,678, is the site of world-class concerts, conventions, and sporting events. For example, in 1996 they hosted the Coca-Cola National Gymnastics Championships and the Southeast Regional Finals of the 1994 and 1999 NCAA Tournament at the Arena. We are also home to a number of community theaters and one professional company, that offers a full season of comedies, dramas, and musicals. Add art galleries, museums, and festivals and you’ll see why Knoxville has something for everyone!

The Knoxville Museum of Art features a collection of graphics, as well as 19th century American paintings, folk art, fine prints and photographs, as well as changing exhibits. The museum is open Sunday 12-5pm, Closed on Monday, Tuesday thru Thursday and Saturday open 10am until 5pm and Friday 10am until 9pm. The museum is located at 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive. For more information call 525-6101.

The Frank H. McClung Museum is home to collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative and fine art, medicine, local history and architecture, and natural history. The museum features the Eleanor Deane Audigier Collection of Art; the American Indian in Tennessee Collection, with original artifacts excavated in the area; and an exhibit of ancient Egyptian object. Of particular interest is the Platt Medicine Collection, which was acquired from the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. Established in 1952 as a permanent memorial to medical practitioners in Knox County, it contains instruments, furniture, pictures and medical books dating from 1798. The museum is located at 1027 Circle Park Drive. Call the University of Tennessee at 974-2144 for more information.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the achievements of Blacks in Knoxville. The archives contain books, old weekly newspapers, tape recordings, phonograph records, historical documents, photographs and other artifacts and files dating back to the 1800’s. Of special interest is the William Henry Hastie Room, which houses the memorabilia and collections of the late first Black federal judge, first Black governor of the Virgin Islands and native of Knoxville. The center also provides gallery space on occasion to artists for displays of paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and folk art. The Beck Center is located at 1927 Dandridge Avenue and you can call 524-8461 for more information.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is the newest addition to Knoxville’s growing attractions. This national hall is designated to honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future of women’s basketball. Located at 301 E. Hill Avenue you can call 633-9000 for more information.

The Bijou Theatre is an historic downtown landmark that hosts music, dance, theater and or special events.

The Knoxville Symphony’s Chamber calls the Bijou home. The symphony and its various ensembles perform an array of classical, pops, family and education concerts that total near 300 annually. World-renowned classical and pop music celebrities perform with the orchestra each season.

The Clarence Brown Theatre is located on the University of Tennessee campus. The theater is home for theatrical and dance performances by faculty, students and professional guest artists throughout the year.

The Carousel Theater also located on campus provides theater-in-the round featuring musicals, comedies, drama and dance.

The Tennessee Theatre is a historical theatre that under went a 1 1/2 year renovation and expansion and re-opened its doors in 2005. The Theatre hosts many Broadway traveling shows, bands, comedians and dance events.

The Knoxville area is also known as a cultural focal point of East Tennessee. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra offers outstanding performances, and the Knoxville Museum of Art displays some of the finest art available in the world. The Clarence Brown Theatre offers a regular season of hits.