TechNoir (technoir) wrote,


There are those who have on occassion treated knoxville as a cultural wasteland (you know who you are.) It is not and it has a thriving arts and music scene but I thought I would share this list. I tis a list of folks from knoxville or who spent a significant time here.

* 10 years , alternative rock band
* Robert H. Adams, United States Senator from Mississippi[1]
* James Agee, author of A Death in the Family
* The Aldridge Sisters, country musicians
* Victor Ashe, former mayor, US ambassador to Poland
* Ava Barber, country music artist, featured performer from The Lawrence Welk Show
* Dr. William M. Bass (Bill), founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm and author of Death's Acre
* Brian Bell, guitarist for the band Weezer
* Polly Bergen, actress
* Ben Bolt, guitarist, composer
* Kenny Chesney, country music artist
* Mary Costa, opera singer, voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty
* John Cullum, Tony Award winning actor and singer
* Lowell Cunningham, Men in Black creator
* David Farragut, Civil War admiral
* Nikki Giovanni, poet
* James Haslam Jr., founder of Pilot Corp.
* William H. Hastie, U.S. Virgin Islands governor, first African American federal appellate court judge
* Todd Helton, baseball player
* Homer and Jethro, country musicians
* Dennis Hwang, graphic artist for Google
* Glen Jacobs, professional wrestler
* Jeff Jarrett, professional wrestler
* David Keith, actor
* Johnny Knoxville, actor
* Joseph Wood Krutch, writer, naturalist
* Brownie McGhee, blues musician
* Patricia Neal, actress
* Adolph_Ochs, newspaper publisher
* Randy Orton, professional wrestler
* Chad Pennington, American football player (quarterback for the New York Jets)
* Dr. Jerry Punch, ESPN Analyst
* Brad Renfro, actor
* Glenn Reynolds, legal academic and blogger
* Quentin Tarantino, film director
* Jake Thomas, actor
* Bob Thomas, actor, radio announcer, writer
* Chris Woodruff, former professional tennis player

Famous non-native residents include:

* George Franklin Barber, architect
* William Blount, statesman
* "Parson" William Gannaway Brownlow, governor, newspaper publisher
* Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of The Secret Garden
* Jake Butcher, Banker; organized 1982 World's Fair, later plead guilty to fraud.
* Phillip Fulmer, Head Coach, Tennessee Vols Football Team
* Alex Haley, author of Roots
* Cormac McCarthy, author
* John Sevier, statesman
* Pat Summitt, Head Coach, Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball Team
* Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
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