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Good Morning East Tennessee!

Yesterday I got a little "heavy" with the Rising article (This column is supposed to be light, humorous or good news. You could tell I was a little irked about something. I tend to wear my heart on my keyboard but that's another story.)

Today will be different so just sit back, enjoy your coffee and prepare for life-changing topics.

The highest recorded Knoxville temperature was 104 F - on July 12, 1930.

The lowest Knoxville temp was -24 F on January 21, 1985.

The most snow to fall in one day was 18.2" on November 21, 1952.

The most famous person to be born and raised in Knoxville is Jack Hanna.

During the great depression Knoxville was hit particularly hard because much of our community relied on manufacturing businesses.

There are 17 banks/financial institutions in Knoxville willing to loan over $1 million. Of the 17 First Tennessee has the largest average loan size of almost $7 million. This doesn't mean they have the most loaned out. By far the "most owed bank" is Home Federal.

In order, the top 10 tallest buildings in Knoxville are:
First TN Plaza (27 floors)
Riverview Tower (The BB&T building)
Tower at Morgan Hill (Kingston Apts)
Sunsphere
Andrew Johnson Building
The Holston
Burwell Building
Sterchi Lofts
Ayres Hall
Church Street United Methodist Church

There is a building being planned in Knoxville (Worsham Watkins Tower) that beats them all at 35 floors.

Wealthiest people In Knoxville:
Jim Haslam - Owner of Pilot Corp. Net worth: $800 Million.
Jim Clayton - Founder of Clayton Homes/FSB Bancshares. Net worth: $520 million
Bill Sansom - Owner of H.T. Hackney Co. Net worth: $300 Million.

Have a great day!

Published February 14, 2011

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