Population 2013 (Estimate) of 185,000
First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The city struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century, though the arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom. During the Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies. Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center. The city's economy stagnated after the 1920s as the manufacturing sector collapsed, the Downtown area declined, and city leaders became entrenched in highly partisan political fights. Hosting the 1982 World's Fair helped reinvigorate the city, and revitalization initiatives by city leaders and private developers have had major successes in spurring growth in the city, especially the downtown area
Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County. It's populaiton of approximately 185,000 makes it the state's third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had an estimated population of 852,715. The KMSA is, in turn, the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had a population of 1,096,961.
Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, whose sports teams, called the "Volunteers" or "Vols," are extremely popular in the surrounding area. Knoxville is also home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for East Tennessee, and the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies. As one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture, and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
1. Unity of Churches and Ministries. We are striving to work alongside other ministries and churches, and are praying for ways to create events in which churches can work together.
2. Wisdom in working with inner city youths in regards to gang activities.
3. Wisdom in reaching out to, and reaching the homeless with the seeds of the gospel! God would make good ground of the hard hearts! We desire to help the homeless with hot chocolate, prayer and the gospel. We desire to use any aid to open doors for the gospel and always pray for and share the gospel with any we help. Especially children!!!
4. Missionaries would be mobilized to Knoxville and would be sent from Knoxville! We love to host teams coming to experience the inner city and love to see people take home the things they've seen and put them into practice! We are looking towards Kings Kids and Mission Adventures for more teams to impact our city and take what we do to the world!
5. Refugee ministry, that we would have the wisdom to understand cultures and know the best way to present the gospel to any foreign people in our city. We love refugees and are currently working food trucks in housing projects with refugees from all around the world. We are part of the Knoxville Internationals Network which strives to not only reach refugees and all internationals, but also seeks to unify churches of different nationalities. Many wonderful adults in these communities are open to prayer, encouragement and invite us into their homes, largely because we love their kids and take time with them.