Knoxville is a city that is located in the eastern portion of the state of Tennessee. It is the third largest city in the state, behind Memphis and Nashville. It is the largest city in east Tennessee as well as the county seat of Knox County. At the end of the French and Indian War, the frontier opened up to American settlers. The area around Knoxville was first settled in 1786 when James White built a fort on First Creek. White's Fort, as it was called, continued to grow to become one of the largest settlements in Tennessee. Eventually the name was changed to Knoxville to honor Secretary of War Henry Knox. The town became a center for the selling of agricultural products such as tobacco, corn, and whiskey.
The city saw much conflict during the US Civil War, and after the war the city became primarily a manufacturing city. It struggled through the Great Depression and the world wars but it has continued on as a thriving and growing city.
Knoxville has a humid subtropical climate which means that it has hot, humid summers with mild, wet winters. Summer temperatures generally stay in the 80's Fahrenheit and winter temperatures rarely dip below freezing. Rainfall occurs most in the months of March and June.
Knoxville is a university town. That means that it is the home of a major university, in this case the University of Tennessee. The university employs a large number of the local population and brings in revenue and visitors to the city. The Tennessee "Volunteers" compete in over 20 sports in the NCAA Division 1 Southeastern Conference. On saturdays in the fall you can expect the town to be covered with orange and white, the colors of the university's football team.
Popular local festivals include the GreekFest, Kuumba Festival, Tennessee Valley Fair, Hank Days, Honda Hoot, and Big Ears Festival.
Knoxville is serviced by the Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport which primarily offers service to larger local airports, such as Memphis, Charlotte, and Atlanta.
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