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Knoxville, Tennessee
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    (1786- )
    Third largest city in Tennessee
    Population (2007 estimate): 183,546 (city); 665,400 (metro area)
    Named after Secretary of War Henry Knox
    Home of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority
    While the territorial governor was negotiating with the Cherokee, the city's settlers attacked against orders, killing Chief Hanging Maw's wife (1793).
    It was the original capital of Tennessee, but lost the gig to Mulfreesboro (1819).
    It was known as 'the Underwear Capital of the World' for its many clothing factories.
    It lost 10% of its population during the 50s when its textile mills began closing down.
    In 'Inside USA' (1948), author John Gunther called it the ugliest city in America.
    It was named worst city in America for allergy sufferers because of its pollen counts (2009).
    The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, was built using Knoxville marble.
    Mountain Dew was first marketed in Knoxville (1948).
    After Gunther's comments, the city launched a beautification campaign.
    It hosted a World's Fair that drew over 11 million visitors (1982).
    Its music scene was described by critic Ann Powers as 'Austin without the hype.'
    Forbes named it one of America's 'Top 10 Metropolitan Hot Spots.' (2008)

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