"What Knoxville really needs is to drop its inferiority complex to other cities in Tennessee. Memphis has better barbecue, but there is plenty of good food here. Nashville has the Music City thing going, but they are also infested with state politicians and swarming with lobbyists. Our beautiful home in the valley has the amenities of a bigger city and the charm of a smaller town. We are right to be proud of our humility, but we shouldn't overlook our appeal."
—Rick Tate, owner, The Tate Group; CFO, The Tate Estate