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Road Trip, Knoxville, Tennessee

Then again, you could do worse than be lost in Knoxville. Yes, this gateway to the Smoky Mountains has a reputation as a hillbilly haven, a mullet metropolis. And sure, the guy who created MTV’s Jackass, Johnny Knoxville, calls it home. But so what? The city is justifiably proud of its flavor (which, if we had to guess, would be hickory) and its university’s unique traditions. What other school has fans who don electric orange so fashionably? Who else decorates their end zones in a checkerboard pattern? So enjoy Knoxville. Who knows, by the time you arrive yet another UT icon may be immortalized with a street sign.

John Walters, sportsillustrated.cnn.com, September 30, 2003

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