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Here are a few folks and items with roots in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.

This list is in no way complete but gives a general overview.


Roy Acuff, country singer
James Agee, Pulitzer prize winning writer
Lamar Alexander, TN Governor, U.S. Secretary of Education
Victor Ashe, Knoxville Mayor, Ambassador to Poland
Chet Atkins, musician
Rodney Atkins, musician
Marilou Awiakta, writer


Bob Baird, MLB player
Howard Baker Jr., U.S. Senator, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Howard Baker Sr., U.S. Congressman
Ava Barber, singer
Charlotte Barr, poetry writer
Trevor Bayne, NASCAR racer, 2011 Daytona Winner
Polly Bergen, actress & singer
Brian Bell, Guitarist for music group "Weezer"
Eric Berry, NFL player and former UT football player
William Blount, U.S. Statesman
Rebecca Brandewyne, romance writer
Ken Burkhart, MLB player and umpire
Jake Butcher, banker
Carl Butler, musician
Jerry Butler, musician


Frank Callaway, MLB player
Julie Cannon, writer
Brett Carroll, MLB player
Tamika Catchings, WBNA player and former UT Lady Vol basketball player
Kenny Chesney, country music singer
Henry Cho, comedian
Dustin Colquitt - NFL player
Jimmy Colquitt - NFL player
John Cooper, College Football Hall of Fame member
Mary Costa, voice used in Disney movies
Linda Cousins, writer
Cylk Cozart, actor
John Cullum, actor, TV Series "Northern Exposure", Tony Award winner
Lowell Cunningham, comic book creator of "Men in Black" series
Kid Curry, a member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch


Mark Davidson, MLB player
Beauford Delaney, artist
Joseph Delaney, artist
George Dempster, former Knoxville Mayor, Dempster Dumpster inventor
Dale Dickey, movie and television actress
Eleanor Dickinson, artist
Carl Doyle, MLB player
Jess Doyle, MLB player
Tom Dukes, MLB player
Steve Duncan, member of Grand Ole opry


Milton Estes, Grand Ole Opry star
Roy Evans, MLB player
Everly Brothers, singing duo


Faith Fancher, first African American woman television reporter in Knoxville
David Glasgow Farragut, American Naval Hero during Civil War
Dave Foster, writer
Graham Foust, writer


Justin Gatlin, Olympic Medalist and former track star at UT
Nikki Giovanni, writer
Daryl Green, writer
Jack Green, musician
Ernie Grunfield, former NBA player who played college basketball at UT


Alex Haley, American biographer, scriptwriter, famous author of the novel "Roots"
Jack Hanna, zoo director & animal adventurer, guest on TV shows
Christina Hendricks, television actress
William Henry Hastie, first black federal judge
Todd Helton, MLB's Colorado Rockies first baseman & former UT baseball player
Nora Hendrix, grandmother of Jimi Hendrix
Homer & Jethro, parody singers
Con Hunley, musician
Dennis Hwang, designs special logos for Google.com


Tim Irwin, NFL player, former UT football player


JFG Coffee
Caledonia Johnson, a slave who became Knoxville's first millionaire
Judybats, band


David Keith, actor, won golden globe for "An Officer and a Gentlemen" in 1982
Bernard King, former NBA player who played college basketball at UT
General Henry Knox, military, city named after him
Johnny Knoxville (P.J. Clapp), actor and MTV funnyman
Charles Krutch, photographer
Joseph Wood Krutch, writer


Buddy Landel, NWA & WWF Wrester known as the "Nature Boy"
Jack Landry, television actor
Kara Lawson, WBNA player and former UT Lady Vol basketball player
Phil Leadbetter, musician


Johnny Majors, UT football coach, runner up for Heisman Trophy in 1956
Peyton Manning, NFL player, former UT football player
Lowell Mason, "World's Smallest Gospel Singer"
Mayfield Dairy
Cormac McCarthy, novelist
Lee McClung, NFL player
Walter "Brownie" McGhee, guitarist & songwriter
Reggie McKenzie, NFL player, former UT football player
Raleigh McKenzie, NFL player, former UT football player
George McMillan, writer & reporter
Scott Miller, musician for the "Blue Collar TV" series
Ashley Monroe, musician and songwriter
Mountain Dew, soft drink
Ryan Murphy, creator "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee"
Patricia Neal, actress


Adolph Ochs, owned the New York Times


Candace Parker, WBNA player and former UT Lady Vol basketball player
Lara Parker, TV actress
Dolly Parton, country music star, song writer, actress, author, owner of Dollywood
Chad Pennington, NFL football player
Petro's Chili & Chips, restaurant began at 1982 Worlds Fair in Knoxville
Dr. Jerry Punch, analyst on ESPN


Brad Renfro, movie actor, biggest movie "The Client"
John Rogers Sr., judge
Mitch Rouse, comedian & tv actor


Doris Sams, one of the first female baseball players
Michelle Snow, WBNA player and former UT Lady Vol basketball player
Morgan Stevens, television actor
Lynn Swann, NFL player


Edward Terry Sanford, Supreme Court Justice
Bessie Smith, blues singer
Pat Summitt, all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history
Quentin Tarantino, actor & director of "Pulp Fiction" & "Kill Bill"
John Tate, WBA Heavyweight Champion
Bernard Taylor, One-Time Olympian and Former Top Featherweight Contender
Eddie Taylor, famous billiard player known as the "Knoxville Bear"
Tennessee Marble, largely exported marble
Bob Thomas, actor, radio announcer, writer
Dave Thomas, Wendy's Restaurant creator, worked at Regas Restaurant
Jake Thomas, actor on "Lizzie McGuire" TV show
Joyce Carol Thomas, writer
Bubba Trammell, MLB player


Cas Walker, City mayor, grocery store owner, television/radio personality
Joseph Reddeford Walker, founded Walker's Pass in Yosemite
James Melvin Washington, writer
Tina Wesson, won one million dollars on TV's "Survivor" in 2001
Hugh Lawson White, political leader
Reggie White, NFL player, former UT football player
Ralph Wiley, Sports Illustrated & ESPN sports journalist

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