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FBI History of the Knoxville Office - The FBI opened the Knoxville, Tennessee, Field Office on May 1, 1937. The first location for the office was in the HAMILTON NATIONAL BANK Building in Knoxville, and six Special Agents were originally assigned to this office.

History of Knox County - Knox County, TN has a noticeable diversity of configuration and soil. It is characterized by ridges, between which lie ravines of remarkable fertility. It is probable that Cols. Evan Shelby and John Montgomery in 1779 were the first white persons to set their feet within the limits of the present Knox County. Upon their return they carried with them flattering accounts of the rich valleys by which reason settlers soon began to flock in.

Knox County Archives - Uninterrupted since 1792, the Knox County Archives, a branch of the Knox County Public Library, receives, processes, and preserves the non-current, permanent records created by county government. The Knox County Archives provides information on the origins and history of the court systems, court records, genealogy, and the history of the county.

The Most Hated Man in Tennessee History - He was a man with an opinion that earned him an everlasting reputation in Tennessee’s colorful past. History has called him many things – opportunist, preacher, governor, activist – but whatever label they choose, he is a man whose name still evokes strong emotion in many Tennesseans as his story wound its way through the state’s oral tradition.

Sam Houston - Sam Houston was born on March 6, 1793 in Lexington, VA. His father was a farmer and a member of the Militia, which kept him away for long periods of time. He learned how to read and write at an early age and was a voracious reader. His love of it in fact led to many family fights between him and his eight other siblings. In 1806, his father purchased 420 acres of land in Blount County, Tenn. Before moving, however, Houston’s father died suddenly and, with nowhere else to go, the family moved to the Tennessee farm.

The Story of John Sevier - You will find little mention of Sevier in history textbooks, but his accomplishments place him in a select group of men that dominated early American colonial life.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) History - President Franklin Roosevelt needed innovative solutions if the New Deal was to lift the nation out of the depths of the Great Depression. And TVA was one of his most innovative ideas

Thunder Over the Smokies - Colonel William H. Thomas - Thomas had served as a state senator in North Carolina before the war and formed close ties with the people he represented in the western part of the state. His popularity in the Smoky Mountain region made him one of the most influential men in his day.

TVA: Electricity for All - TVA was one of the most ambitious projects of the New Deal in its overall conception. Its comprehensive nature encompassed many of FDR's own interests in conservation, public utility regulation, regional planning, agricultural development, and the social and economic improvement of the "Forgotten Americans."

TVA History: From the New Deal to a New Century - President Franklin Roosevelt needed innovative solutions if the New Deal was to lift the nation out of the depths of the Great Depression. And TVA was one of his most innovative ideas. Roosevelt envisioned TVA as a totally different kind of agency. He asked Congress to create “a corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed of the flexibility and initiative of a private enterprise.”

U.S. Justice Edward Sanford - Edward Terry Sanford was born in Knoxville on July 23, 1865 to Edward Jackson and Emma Chavannes Sanford. His father moved to Knoxville in 1853 from Connecticut where he began work as a carpenter.

USS Knoxville, PF-64 - PF-64 was launched 10 July 1943 by the Leatham D. Smith Shipyard, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract. She was sponsored by Mrs. Cecelia Daniel. She was delivered in New Orleans, Louisiana on 29 December 1943 and after extensive engine and hull alterations was commissioned 29 April 1944 under the command of LCDR G. R. Reynolds, USCG.

William Blount - No one individual played so large a role in the formation of Tennessee statehood as did William Blount.

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