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East Tennessee Area

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  • Located in Knoxville, the Tennessee Theatre is the Official State Theatre of Tennessee with a wide range of events.
  • Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge is a popular rowing venue and is equipped to host championship level regattas. It also features a playground, picnic area, volleyball court, and a greenway.
  • Go shopping, watch a movie, and eat out at Turkey Creek in Farragut. There’s something for everyone!
  • Smokies Park in Sevierville is the home to the Tennessee Smokies baseball team. Catch a game with your friends!
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts diverse flora and fauna, Southern Appalachian history, and gorgeous natural beauty.
  • The Kuumba Festival is sponsored by African American Appalachian Arts Inc. to showcase local African American art and artists.
  • The McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, displays natural history and culture exhibits including several permanent ones specific to the local area. Photo courtesy of Knoxville Mercury
  • UT Arboretum in Oak Ridge possesses multiple walking trails and hosts educational events. Photo courtesy of UT Forest Resources Center
  • The Market Square Farmers’ Market in Knoxville is an open-air market held weekly from May to November. Photo courtesy of UT Office of Sustainability

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Nestled in the Tennessee Valley and surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful lakes, Oak Ridge offers a multitude of recreational and leisure opportunities specific to its gorgeous geographical location.

Not only is Oak Ridge scenic, it also hosts a wide range of events and diverse cultural options. Additionally, there are a variety of historical sites to explore in the East Tennessee area.

On the more practical side, Oak Ridge is only 30 minutes from McGhee Tyson Airport, which connects to most major cities. Another benefit of living in Tennessee is the lack of state income tax. The sales tax (deductible in Tennessee) is 9.25% in Knoxville (8.25% on food). Local sales tax in Oak Ridge is 9.75%.

Oak Ridge’s award-winning schools and quality healthcare facilities make it an excellent, safe place for all individuals to thrive. And the same can be said about Knoxville’s health care and school system. While the location may not be the determining factor in your decision, this information may help make your decision a little easier.


The Knoxville-Oak Ridge area hosts a large variety of events ranging from live music to guided tours to festivals.


Oak Ridge, also referred to as the Secret City, has a rich history that dates back to 1942 when it was created as part of the Manhattan Project. In addition, Knoxville has multiple historic sites.

Outdoors and Nature

The areas in and around East Tennessee have some of the most beautiful scenery in all of North America with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park easily accessible.

Recreational Activities

From performing arts to shopping to sports, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area offers a wide range of activities. Take a day trip to explore the local area. Stay involved with causes you care about through volunteering.

For more information about specific areas in East Tennessee, check out the following links:


East Tennessee Map