The city of Knoxville, an area known for its natural areas and unspoiled mountain terrain, is home to the Tennessee Valley Authority, the University of Tennessee, cultural attractions including the historic Bijou and Tennessee theaters, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, opera and ballet companies, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
It’s been said that Knoxville has “big city activities with a small town feel.” From quaint coffee shops to gourmet restaurants, from Dollywood to UT football and basketball, come see why Covenant Health and East Tennessee can offer you the best of all worlds!
What Our Candidates Say
Why did you choose to move to Knoxville?
I had recently traveled for a year, logged 50,000 miles through 48 states and took 58,000 photos. I knew what parts of the country were best! Tennessee is one of the prettier states in the country, and E. Tenn is the best part of TN. I grew up in the flat lands and I love the scenery and vistas. Knoxville has a good job outlook, between it and Oak Ridge, and the tax climate is good.
Tim Reiff, applicant
East Tennessee is rich in history and culture. Knoxville and the surrounding areas provide continuous presentations in the visual and performing arts, including fine art, symphony orchestras, opera, theatre, and ballet.
- Arts & Culture Alliance
- Clarence Brown Theatre
- Knoxville Opera
- Tennessee Theatre
- Knoxville Museum of Art
- Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
The sports enthusiast will not be disappointed by East Tennessee’s recreational offerings. Professional baseball, ice hockey and championship-level collegiate teams provide fans year-round excitement. An endless network of waterways provides anglers and boaters abundant opportunity for water sports and fishing.
- Tennessee Smokies (baseball)
- Knoxville Ice Bears (hockey)
- Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corp
- University of Tennessee Sports
- Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
The greater Knoxville area is centrally located to a variety of Tennessee adventures. Just a short 30 minute drive from Knoxville, you’ll find a unique combination of the past and future in Oak Ridge and Norris. The Oak Ridge National Laboratories continue their work in the advancement of nuclear energy, while their sister city, Norris, reminds us of our Appalachian roots and the beginnings of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, on the way to the Great Smoky Mountains, offers family fun at Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede, and lots of great bargain hunting in six outlet malls and several music theatres offering family entertainment.
- Ijams Nature Center
- Knoxville Zoo
- Frank H. McClung Museum
- Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
- Things to do with kids in Knoxville
Bordered by the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by beautiful lakes, it’s no surprise that so many wonderful people call East Tennessee home. Whether your interest is hiking, boating, fishing, or just photographing the great outdoors, you are sure to find many activities to fill your free time here in East Tennessee.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Legacy Parks
- Recreation Directory (Source: TVA)
- Tennessee River System (Source: TVA)
No matter what “food mood” you are in, the Knoxville area has an abundance of restaurant selections to choose from! From steamed dumplings with soy dipping sauce to southern fried chicken with country gravy, Knoxville’s dining choices will never leave you hungry!
From specialty shops to superstores, from boutiques to antiques, you can find everything you need in Knoxville. East Towne and West Towne Mall both boast a great selection of department stores and shops, while a short drive to Pigeon Forge will satisfy the hardcore bargain shopper with over six outlet malls to choose from!
Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport, located on Alcoa Highway (State Highway 129), is just 12 miles from downtown Knoxville. The airport services nine commercial airlines. Passengers using McGhee Tyson Airport are linked to 16 non-stop destinations, totaling approximately 100 flights per day. The airport recently underwent a terminal expansion and renovation, and improvements are always ongoing to help recruit additional carriers and promote affordable air fare in our area.