Local Life and Lore in Knoxville

Sound like a Knoxville native with these key terms and pronunciations


Knoxville's historic Old City is home to unique bars, restaurants and shops.

KEY TERMS

These people, places and things are familiar landmarks in Knoxville conversation:

  • Knox Vegas, Knoxpatch, K-Town -- common nicknames for Knoxville

  • The Ball -- the Sunsphere

  • The Old City -- historic section of downtown and popular nightspot whose main arteries are Central Avenue and Jackson Avenue

  • The Strip -- the section of Cumberland Avenue adjacent to the University of Tennessee campus; parking there is a local joke

  • The Rock -- big boulder on campus where messages, slogans and personal philosophies are painted, usually in the middle of the night and often under the influence

  • SmartFix40 -- the current construction snarl around Interstate 40 through downtown, so named to remind drivers that the project is a good idea

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