Knoxville is the third largest city in the state of Tennessee. It is located in eastern Tennessee on the Tennessee River. Knoxville has a major port and is a center of shipping, manufacturing, and tourism. Commonly manufactured products include textiles, clothing, electronics, chemicals, marble, lumber, and metal.
Major employers of the area include the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Other large companies that are based in Knoxville are Goody's Family Clothing, Regal Entertainment, and Bush Brothers and Company. Knoxville movers are kept busy with the people moving in.
Knoxville was founded by William Blount in 1791 and named after Henry Knox, who served as the secretary of war under George Washington. Knoxville was the capital of the state from when Tennessee was first created in 1797 to 1815. Knoxville had some involvement in the Civil War as General Longstreet and the Confederate troops were unable to hold the city and the surrounding area in the Battle of Campbell's Station and the Battle of Fort Sanders. The Tennessee Valley Authority was started in 1933 to help provide area citizens with efficient electricity and employment. The city hosted the world's fair in 1982. The Sunsphere, which is still part of the city's skyline, was built for this event.
Knoxville is serviced by McGhee Tyson Airport which is thirteen miles from the city. Popular historic buildings of Knoxville include Confederate Memorial Hall, William Blount Mansion, and Chisholm's Tavern. Some museums of the area are Frank McClung Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art. Other destinations in the city include Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville Zoo, the World Fair's Park and the Tennessee Theatre. There are no major professional sports teams of the city, although there are numerous University of Tennessee teams that are quite popular in Knoxville.