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     Note: The people listed below were either born in Tennessee, claim TN as their home state, became famous while living in TN, or have strong ties to TN and are considered Tennesseans.  

  1. Adolph Ochs- Born March 12, 1858 in Cincinnati, OH, Died April 8, 1935, in Chattanooga, TN. Moved to Knoxville, TN with his family at a very early age. Began newspaper career as printer's assistant on the Knoxville Chronicle. Bought Chattanooga Times at age 19 and transformed it into one of the South's leading newspapers. Bought a struggling New York Times at age 36 with a  commitment to objective journalism, and transformed it into one of the greatest newspapers in the Nation. 

  2. Albert Gore Sr.- Born December 26, 1907 in Granville, TN. Died December 5, 1998. Tennessee State Representative and Senator, served in the Democratic senate from 1953-1971. 

  3. Albert Gore Jr.- Born March 31, 1948 in Washington, D.C. Raised in Carthage, TN. US Senator 1985-1993, Was 45th Vice President of United States in the Bill Clinton administration 1993-2001. 

  4. Alex Haley - Born August 11, 1921 in Ithaca, N.Y., however, his family moved to Henning, TN the year he was born and he lived there for 5 years before moving out of state again. Haley moved back to Tennessee in 1987 and lived 5 years before he died from a heart attack in 1992. Haley is best known for his best selling book "Roots." There is a lager than life bronze statue of Haley in downtown Knoxville.

  5. Alvin C. York- Born December 13, 1887 in Pall Mall, TN. Died September 2, 1964. Known as the greatest hero of World War 1. Awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine-gun nest, killing 32 German soldiers and capturing 132 others as well as knocking out 35 German machine guns, completely overtaking a German controlled hill. 

  6. Andrew Jackson- Born: March 15, 1767 in Waxhaw, South Carolina. Moved to Tennessee as a young man and became a lawyer. Was the 7th US president, serving two terms from 1829 to 1837. Nicknamed "Old Hickory" due to his rough and tough behaviour. Andrew Jackson died on June 8th, 1845 in Nashville, TN at his home the "Hermitage."

  7. Andrew Johnson- Born: December 29, 1808 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ran away from home with his brother to Greeneville, TN at age 16 where he became a tailor. He became the 17th President of the United States on April 15, 1865, upon the death of Lincoln. Andrew Johnson died on July 31st, 1875 in Carter's Station, TN.

  8. Anne Dallas Dudley, Born in Nashville, TN 1876, died in 1955. A national and state leader in the woman suffrage movement.

  9. Annie Potts- Born in Nashville, TN on October 28, 1952. Best known for her role in the television series "Designing Women."

  10. Anson Adams Mount IV - Born February 25, 1973 in White Bluff, TN. Actor currently starring in the AMC television show "Hell On Wheels." 

  11. Archie Campbell- Born November 7th, 1914 in Bulls Gap, TN. Country comedian and Grand Ole Opry regular, best known for his writing and acting talents on the hit television show "Hee Haw." Died from a heart attack on August 29, 1987. 

  12. Aretha Franklin- Born 1942 in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Queen of Soul". Known for her big hits, "RESPECT," "Freeway Of Love," and "I Knew You Were Waiting (for me)."

  13. Ashley Monroe- Born in Knoxville, TN. Country music singer and songwriter. Best known for her hit song "I Don't Want To."

  14. Ava Barber- Born June 28, 1954 in Knoxville, TN. Singer best known for her 8 years of performing on the "Lawrence Welk Show.

  15. B.B.King (Riley B. King)- Born September 16, 1925 in Indianola, Mississippi. Moved to Memphis, TN in 1946 and became known as the "The Beale Street Blues Boy" which was later shortened to just B.B. King is known for his blues guitar playing on his famous custom guitar named "Lucille" 

  16. Ben Garant- Born September 14, 1970 in Cookeville, TN. Actor best known for his role as "Deputy Travis Junior," in the television series "Reno 911!."

  17. Benjamin Lawson Hooks- Born January 31, 1925 in Memphis, TN. American Civil rights leader, Baptist minister, and attorney. Former executive director of the NAACP.

  18. Bessie Smith- Born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, TN,  Died Sept. 26, 1937. Was the most popular female blues singer in the 1920's and 1930's. Made over 160 recordings in her career. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 1937.

  19. Bettie Mae Page (though listed "Betty" on her birth certificate) born April 22, 1923 in Nashville, TN. Former American model who became famous in the 1950's for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. While she faded into obscurity in the 1960's after her conversion to Christianity, she experienced a resurgence of popularity in the 1980's and now has a significant cult following. 

  20. Big John Tate- Born January 29, 1955 in Marion City, AK. Hometown Knoxville, TN. World boxing association heavyweight champion of the world 1979-1980. Bronze medal winner in the 1976 Olympics. Died April 9, 1998 as results from a car accident in Knoxville.

  21. Bill Belichick - Born April 15, 1952 in Nashville, TN. American Football Head Coach, currently with the NFL's New England Patriots.

  22. Bill Frist- Born February 22, 1952, in Nashville, TN. Republican U.S. Senate Majority leader from TN graduated from Princeton and Harvard was a heart surgeon for 17 years.

  23. Billy Greer - Born January 26, 1952 in Surgoinsville, TN. Bass guitarist and vocalist in the rock band Kansas. Also owner, lead vocalist, and bass player of the classic rock/jam band Seventh Key.

  24. Bill Landry- The voice, host, narrator, and co-producer of "The Heartland Series on WBIR-TV Channel 10. Also performs "Einstein The Man", his one-man play based on the life and works of Albert Einstein.

  25. Bobby Hamilton - NASCAR driver and owner of Bobby Hamilton Racing. Born May 29, 1957, in Nashville, TN. 

  26. Booker T. Jones- Born in Memphis, TN on November 12, 1944. Known for his rock -n- roll group, "Booker T. and the M.G.s." Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

  27. Bradley Barron Renfro - Born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, TN - Died January 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA from a heroin overdose. Famous actor who starred in The Client, Tom & Huck and other movies.

  28. Brian Bell- Born in Knoxville, TN on December 9, 1968. Guitarist and backup vocal for the rock band "Weezer" and the rock band "Space Twins."

  29. Bubba Trammell- Born in Knoxville, TN on November 6, 1971. Major League Baseball player. Member of 2000 National League Champion New York Mets. Member of American League Champion New York Yankees. 

  30. Buddy Landel- (real name: William Ansor) Born in Knoxville, TN on August 17, 1961. NWA Wrestler also known as "Nature Boy." Had a brief career in the WWF. 

  31. Buford Pusser- Born in Finger, TN on December 12, 1937, Died August 21, 1974. Legendary Sheriff of McNairy County, TN, Inspiration for the Hollywood movie "Walking Tall."

  32. Carl Butler- Born June 2nd, 1927 in Knoxville, TN. Country singer best known for his number one hit "Don't Let Me Cross Over" which spent 11 weeks on top of Billboard magazine's country singles chart in 1963. 

  33. Carl Perkins- Born April 9th, 1932 in Tiptonville, TN. Rock-a-billy legend best known for his hit "Blue Suede Shoes". Died January 19, 1998. 

  34. Carl Smith- Born in Maynardville, TN on March 15, 1927. Country music star known for his "honky tonk" style. Inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

  35. Carl Stiner (General)- Born September 7, 1936 in La Follette, TN. US Army Four-Star General. Graduate of Tennessee Tech. Retired as Chairman of Joint Special Ops Command. Frequent national media commentator on military affairs. Co-Author of Tom Clancy' best seller "Shadow Warriors." 

  36. Cas Walker (Orton Caswell Walker) - Born March 23, 1902 in Sevierville, TN - Died September 28, 1998. Famous business man, politician, and television and radio personality. Started a chain of grocery stores which were successful in Knoxville, Virginia, and Kentucky. Was known for helping start the careers of Dolly Parton and the Everly Brothers on his Cas Walker's Farm and Home Hour.

  37. Casey Jones- Born March 14, 1863 in KY moved to Jackson, TN as a young man. Legendary railroad engineer that was killed in a train crash on April 30, 1900, which inspired the famous folk song "The Ballad of Casey Jones."

  38. Chad Pennington- Born June 26, 1976 in Knoxville, TN. First round NFL draft pick in 2000. Former Quarterback for the New York Jets NFL team. Currently the starting Quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Two-time winner of the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award.  

  39. Charlie Chase- Born in Rogersville, TN on October 19, 1952. Best known for his hit TV series "Crook & Chase."

  40. Cherry Jones- Born November 21, 1956 in Paris, TN. Tony Award winning actress starring on Broadway and in motion pictures.

  41. Chet Atkins- Born June 20, 1924, in Luttrell, TN. Died June 30, 2001. Famous guitar player known for his "finger pickin" style. Known as "Mister Guitar." 

  42. Clarence Saunders- Born in Virginia on August 9, 1881, moved to Tennessee as a young boy. Inventor of the first modern grocery store in 1916 in Memphis, TN, "The Piggly Wiggly." Died October 15, 1953.

  43. Clay Crosse- Born in Memphis, TN. Contemporary Christian singer, winner of 3 Dove Awards.

  44. Chris Parnell- Born in Memphis, TN on February 5, 1967. Saturday Night Live cast member from 1998 to 2006. Known for his impersonations of Tom Brokaw, Newt Gingrich, Tom Hanks, and Eminem. Currently starring in the NBC sitcom "Thick and Thin."

  45. Christina Hendricks- Born in Knoxville, TN on May 3rd, 1978. Actress that has starred in numerous television programs including, "Firefly," "Without A Trace," and "Cold Case."

  46. Cormac McCarthy- Born July 20, 1933 in Providence, RI. Moved with his family to Knoxville, TN at the age of four. University of Tennessee graduate. Pulitzer Prize (The Road)  and National Book Award (All The Pretty Horses) winning novelist considered by critics to be one of the very best American novelists of all time. Lived in East Tennessee until 1990s and wrote critically acclaimed novels about the region,  including The Orchard Keeper (Sevier County) and Suttree( Knoxville).

  47. Conard Logan Hunley- Born April 9, 1945 in Knoxville, TN (Fountain City area). Soulful country music singer, song writer, and musician. Best known for his 1982 hit "Oh Girl." Currently records on his independent label IMMI Records. Visit his official website here, visit his Myspace page here.

  48. Conner Rayburn- Born in Nashville, TN on April 7, 1999. Child actor, currently co-stars as "Kyle" in the hit ABC sitcom "According To Jim."

  49. Cordell Hull- Born October 2nd, 1871 in Olympus, TN. Died July 23, 1955. US Senator from 1931-1933. Appointed Secretary of State 1933, in the cabinet of Franklin D. Roosevelt, where he served until 1944. Won Nobel Peace Prize in 1945.     

  50. Craig Morgan- Country music star born July 16, 1965, in Kingston Springs, TN. Known for his hit songs, "Almost Home", "That's What I Love About Sundays", and "Redneck Yacht Club".  

  51. Cybill Shepherd- Born in Memphis, is best known for her hit television series Moonlighting.

  52. Cylk Cozart - Born in Knoxville, TN on February 1, 1957. Television and Film actor. Also President and co-chairman of the production company P.O.V.

  53. Cynthia Rhodes- Born November 21, 1956 in Nashville, TN. Singer, dancer, actress, best known for her roles in popular Hollywood films such as Xanadu, Flashdance, Staying Alive, and Dirty Dancing.

  54. Dale Dickey- Born in Knoxville, TN, film and television actress currently has a starring role as "Patty" on the hit NBC television series "My Name Is Earl."

  55. Daniel Boone - Born on November 2, 1734, in Oley, Berks County, Pennsylvania, died September 26, 1820 in Missouri. Boone, perhaps best known for exploring and settling the State of Kentucky and blazing the Wilderness Trail through Cumberland Gap into upper East, TN.   . 

  56. Darryl Worley- Born October 31, 1964 in Pyburn, TN. Country music star perhaps best known for his number 1 hit songs "I Miss My Friend," "Have You Forgotten," and "Awful Beautiful Life."  

  57. Dave Akeman- Born June 17, 1915 in Anville, KY. Lived most of his life in Ridgetop, TN. The 6 foot 5 Hee Haw regular known as "String Bean," was murdered alongside his wife Estelle, in 1973 by burgulars in his home.

  58. David Cash- Born in Johnson City, TN on July 31, 1969. WWE wrestler also known as "the Notorious K.I.D." or "Kid Kash." Known for his trade mark wrestling move "The Moneymaker."

  59. David "Davy" Crockett- "King of the wild frontier", Pioneer, Patriot, Soldier, Trapper, Explorer, State Legislator, Congressman, Martyr.

  60. David Glasgow Farragut- Born July 5, 1801 at Campbell's Station near Knoxville, TN. Died August 14, 1870. Senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War. He was the first rear admiral, vice admiral, and full admiral of the Navy. He is remembered in popular culture for his famous order at the Battle of Mobile Bay, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

  61. David Keith- Born in Knoxville, TN on May 8th, 1954. Actor, won a golden globe for his role in the 1982 film "An Officer and a Gentlemen." Currently co-stars on the CBC television series "The Class."

  62. David Weathers- Borin in Lawrenceburg, TN on September 25, 1969. Major league baseball pitcher and currently plays for the Cincinnati Reds. He bats and throws right-handed.

  63. Dawn Upshaw- Born July 17, 1960 in Nashville, TN. Grammy award winning Opera and Art Song soprano. Is currently the artistic director of the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

  64. Deana Carter- Born January 4th, 1966 in Nashville, TN. Country music singer best known for her hit album "Did I Shave My Legs For This?"

  65. Deborah Allen- Born in Memphis, TN on September 30, 1953. Singer and songwriter, best known for her country and pop crossover hit "Baby I Lied."

  66. Dennis Haskins- Born November 18, 1950 in Chattanooga, TN. Actor best known for his role as Mr. Belding in the 90's hit television series "Saved by the Bell."

  67. Dixie Carter- Born May 25th, 1939 in McLemoresville, TN - Died April 10, 2010 in Houston, TX. Sultry southern actress best known for her role as "Julia Sugarbaker" on the hit television series "Designing Women." Was married to actor Hal Holbrook. 

  68. Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore)- Born February 29, 1916 in Winchester, TN. Famous singer, actress, and talk show host. Won 9 Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Shore died from Ovarian cancer on February 24, 1994.

  69. D.J. Qualls- Born June 12, 1978 in Nashville, TN. Actor best known for his geeky role as "Kyle" in the 2000 cult film "Road Trip." 

  70. Dolly Parton- Born in Locust Ridge near Sevierville, country music star, song writer, actress, author, and owner of Dollywood theme park.

  71. Dustin Colquitt- Born May 6, 1982 in Knoxville, TN. Third round NFL draft pick by Kansas City Cheifs, plays in the Punter's position.

  72. Eddie Arnold- Born May 15, 1918 in Henderson, TN. Country singer known for his smooth sounded love songs. Nicknamed the Tennessee Plowboy. Is in the number 2 position for number of individual hits on the country charts with 145 chartes songs. 

  73. Ed Bailey - Born April 15, 1931 in Strawberry Plains, TN. Died March 23, 2007. Major League Baseball player. Hit 28 home runs in 1956 for Cincinnati, including three in one game. Also won the major leagues' Sophomore of the Year honor that year. Played professional ball for 17 years. Was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1982. Was also Field Representative to U.S. Congressman John Duncan Sr. and Knoxville City Council member for 12 years.

  74. Ed Bruce- Born December 29, 1939 in Keiser, Arkansas. Moved to Memphis, TN when he was a young boy and he claims Tennessee as his home. Singer, songwriter, and actor, has had numerous number one hit songs recorded by big name country music stars. In the late 70's he represented the state of Tennessee as the "Tennessean." Well known for his anti-litter Public Service Announcements for the state of TN, titled, "Tennessee Trash."

  75. Ed "Too Tall" Jones- Born in Jackson, TN on February 23, 1951. Number one draft choice of the NFL in 1974. Played 15 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Jones stands 6 foot 9 inches tall. 

  76. Edward E. Barnard- Born December 16th, 1857 in Nashville, TN. American astronomer and pioneer in photography noted for the discovery of Jupiter's fifth satellite (1892) and Barnard's star (1916), the second-nearest star system to the sun. Barnard died February 6th, 1923.

  77. Elise Neal- Born March 14, 1970 in Memphis, TN. African American actress known for her film roles in "Scream 2," "Paid In Full," and "Hustle & Flow." 

  78. Elvis Presley- The "King of Rock and Roll." Born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS. Moved to Memphis, TN in 1948.

  79. Emmett Kelly, Jr. - Born November 13, 1923 in Dyersburg, TN - Died November 29, 2006 in Sierra Vista, AZ from pneumonia. Was one of the "Worlds Most Famous Clowns." Known for his circus clown character, "Weary Willie."

  80. Estes Kefauver- Born in Madisonville, TN, July 26, 1903. Democrat that served in the US House of Representatives for 10 years and in the US Senate for 14 years. Well known for his fight against organized crime, was the author of the famous "Kafauver Report" which listed the names of high-profile crime bosses and members of the Mafia. Ran for office of US Vice President for Adlai Stevenson in 1956.  Died August 10th, 1963 after suffering a massive heart attack on the floor of the US Senate.

  81. Frank Maxwell Andrews- Born February 3, 1884 in Nashville, TN. Died May 3, 1943. General officer in the United States Army and one of the founding fathers of the United States Air Force.

  82. Frank Sutton- Born October 23, 1923 in Clarksville, TN. Television actor best known from his role on the "Gomer Pyle, USMC" television series, as the tough drill Sgt. "Sergeant Vincent Carter." Sutton died on June 28, 1974, from a sudden heart attack, he was only 50 years old.

  83. Fred Dalton Thompson- Born August 19, 1943 in Sheffield, AL, moved to Lawrenceburg, TN as a child. Former U.S. Senator (1994-2003), also movie actor known for his roles in the movies "Hunt for Red October," "Days of Thunder," "Die Hard 2," and currently starring in televisions Law & Order.

  84. George Hamilton: Born August 12. 1939 in Memphis, TN. Actor starred in many major motion pictures. Well known for his perpetual dark suntan and his flamboyount lifestyle.

  85. Ginnifer Goodwin- Born May 22, 1978 in Memphis, TN. Beautiful actress known for her performances in several movies including "Walk the Line," "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Porn 'n Chicken." 

  86. Grace Moore- Born December 5, 1898 in Cocke County, TN and raised in Jellico, TN. Famous opera singer, and actress, was known as the "Tennessee Nightingale." Moore died on January 26, 1947 in a terrible plane crash after performing in Stockholm, Sweden.

  87. Grantland Rice- Born November 1st, 1880. Died July 13, 1954. Legendary sport writer best known for coining the phrase "It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." 

  88. Greg Allman- Born in Nashville, TN on December 8, 1947. Best known for his famous rock n' roll band, "The Allman Brothers." Also has a son with Cher, Elijah Blue Allman.

  89. Hattie Caraway- Born February 1st, 1878 in Bakerville, TN. The first woman elected to serve as a United States Senator. Died December 21, 1950 from complications of a stroke.

  90. Henry Cho- Born December 30, 1962 in Knoxville, TN. Actor, comedian, rancher, TV credits include Bob Hopeís Young Comedians, MTVís Ĺ Hour Comedy Hour, and several appearances on The Tonight Show. Film credits include Material Girls, McHaleís Navy and the Farrelly Brothersí Say It Isnít So.

  91. Homer Alvan Rodeheaver - Born October 4, 1880 in Ohio, moved to Jellico, TN as a child - Died December 18, 1955 in Winona Lake, IN. American evangelist, music director, music publisher, composer of Gospel songs, and pioneer in the recording of sacred music.

  92. Howard Armstrong (Louie Bluie) - Born March 4, 1909 in Dayton, TN - Died July 30, 2003. African American string band and country blues musician who played fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and sang.

  93. Howard Baker Sr.- Born in Sommerset, KY in 1902. Moved to Knoxville, TN in 1918. Was US Congressman representing the second district in Congress from his election in 1950 until his unexpected death by heart attack on January 8, 1964

  94. Howard Baker Jr.- Born November 15, 1925 in Huntsville, TN. Was US Senator from 1967-1985. Is currently US Ambassador to Japan.

  95. Isaac Hayes- Born in Covington, TN on August 20, 1942. Multi talented composer, singer, and arranger, best known for his Academy Award for winning Best Original Song for a Motion Picture for the "Them from Shaft."

  96. Jack Daniel (Jasper Newton)- Born September, 1850. Originator "Jack Daniel's Distillery," in Lynchburg, TN, the largest Tennessee Whiskey maker in the world. Daniel's died in 1911 of blood disease from a toe injury. 

  97. Jack Green - Born in Maryville, TN. Grand Ole Opry star perhaps best known for his hit singles, "There Goes My Everything," and "Statue of a Fool." 

  98. Jack Hanna- Born in Knoxville, TN on January 2, 1947. Also known as "Jungle Jack." Widely known for his television series "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" and appearances with wild animals on the television show "Late Show with David Letterman."

  99. Jack Landry- Born in Knoxville, TN on October 6, 1978. Actor best known for his role as "Jared" in the television NBC television series "Surface."

  100. Jake Butcher- Born in 1936 in Union County, TN. American banker who along with his brother C.H. Butcher, was involved in the 4th largest bank failures in U.S. history. Plead guilty to Federal charges of bank fraud in 1985 and was given a 20-year prison term. He was paroled in 1992.

  101. Jake Thomas- Born in Knoxville, TN on January 30, 1990. Best known for his role as "Matt McGuire" in the hit Disney movie and television show "Lizzie McGuire."

  102. James Agee- Pulitzer prize winning writer of "Death In the Family" was born in Knoxville in 1909.

  103. James Denton- Born in Nashville, TN on January 20, 1963. Best known for his role as Mike Delfino in the ABC hit television series "Desperate Housewives."

  104. James Carroll Napier - Born in Nashville, TN on June 9, 1845 - Died April 21, 1940 in Nashville, TN. Successful business man, politician, and civil rights leader. Was appointed the Register of the Treasury under President William Howard Taft. Was president of the Washington National Negro Business League. 

  105. James K. Polk- Born: November 2, 1795 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Moved to Nashville, TN with his family when he was 11 years old. In 1845 at age 49, he became the youngest man to assume the presidency up to his time. He was the 11th US President and only served one term. Polk died on June 15th, 1849 at home in Nashville, just 3 months after leaving office.

  106. James Robertson- Co-founder of Nashville, TN (first called Fort Nashborough) in 1779. Was born in Brunswick County, VA on June 28, 1742, died 1814.

  107. James (Little Man) Stewart - Born December 27, 1971 in Morristown, TN. Professional football player (running back). Played for University of Tennessee. Was first round draft pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Played 9 NFL seasons 1995-2003.

  108. Jason Witten- Born May 6, 1982 in Elizabethton, TN. Professional football player. All-American linebacker and USA Today Player of the Year. Currently is starting Tight End for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. 

  109. Jeff Jarrett- Born April 14, 1967 in Hendersonville, TN. Professional wrestler, winner of numerous championships including a one time record 6 WWF Intercontinental Championship titles.

  110. Jerry Butler- Born in Knoxville, TN. Gibbs High School graduate. Country, bluegrass singer, musician. Currently with the traditional bluegrass band, Lorraine Jordon & Carolina Road. Is a founding member of Knoxville Newgrass Boys. Also performed with Lynwood Lunsford and the Misty valley boys, The Joe Isaacs Band, the Blue Valley Boys, and Pine Mountain Railroad.

  111. Jesse "Uncle Jimmy" Thompson- Born 1848, in Smith County, TN. Died February 17, 1941. Fiddle player, best remembered as being the first performer on the Grand Ole Opry in 1925.

  112. Jim Hamill- Born 1934 in Memphis, TN. Best known as lead singer and emcee of the Kingsmen Quartet. Was inducted in the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

  113. Jobyna Lancaster Ralston-Arlen- Born November 21, 1899, in South Pittsburgh, TN. Silent film actress, starring in over 70 different films. Considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her time. Died January 22, 1967. 

  114. Johanna Edwards - February 27, 1978 in Memphis, TN. American Novelist and Entertainment Journalist, best known for her 2005 Novel, "The Next Big Thing."

  115. John Bell- Born February 15, 1797 in Nashville, TN. Tennessee lawyer, Senator, served as Speaker of the House from 1834 to 1835. Was U.S. Secretary of War in 1841. Died on September 10, 1869. 

  116. John Cooper - Born July 2, 1937 in Knoxville, TN. Former football player and head coach of several colleges. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2008.

  117. John Cullum- Born in Knoxville, TN on March 2, 1930. Perhaps best remembered for his role as Holling Vincoeur in the television series "Northern Exposure."

  118. John Donelson- Co-founder of Nashville, TN (first called Fort Nashborough) in 1779. Hometown was in Pittsylvania County,VA, born in 1718, died 1785.

  119. John Estes (Sleepy John)- Born January 25, 1899 or 1904 in Ripley, TN. Died June 5, 1977. Famous Blue vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. 

  120. John J. Duncan Sr. - Born March 14, 1919 in Scott County, TN - Died June 21, 1988. Attorney, Mayor, Republican Politician, elected 12 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

  121. John J. Duncan Jr. (Jimmy) - Born July 21, 1947 in Lebanon, TN. U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1988. Member of the Republican party, district based in Knoxville, TN.

  122. John Richard Locke: Born April 11, 1945, in Canton, OH, moved to Covington, TN with his family in 1952. Has been in over 25 television commercials since 1982 and is best known for his role as Elvis's Uncle Vester in the 1990 ABC television mini-series, "Elvis." Also known for playing Mr. French in the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" movie by the Cohen brothers.

  123. John Ross (Kooweskoowe)- Born October 3, 1790 in Turkeytown, AL, along the Coosa River, near Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN. Was the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Native American Nation. Died on August 1, 1866 in Washington, D.C.

  124. John Sevier- Born near Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va., September 23, 1745, died September 24, 1815. First Governor of Tennessee. Pioneer, Statesman, and one of the founders of the republic, Governor of the state of Franklin, six times Governor of Tennessee, four times elected to Congress.

  125. John Marks Templeton- Born November 29, 1912 in Winchester, TN. Financial manager and investor, and philanthropist. Founded the Templeton family of mutual funds. Also established the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1972. For his religious and philanthropic works, Templeton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. Renounced his US citizenship in 1968 and has dual naturalized Bahamian and British citizenship. He lives in The Bahamas.

  126. Johnny Knoxville.- Real name P.J. Clapp (Phillip John) was born March 11, 1971,  in Knoxville, best known from his MTV hit series "Jackass" and "Jackass the Movie". Also known for his role in the 2005 film, "The Dukes of Hazzard"

  127. Johnny Majors- Born May 31, 1935 in Lynchburg, TN. Head coach of the University of Tennessee for 16 years. Was runner up for the 1956 Heisman Trophy. Inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

  128. Justin Timberlake- Pop star born in Memphis, TN on January 31, 1981. Former lead singer of boy band NSYNC.

  129. Kathy Bates- Born June 28th, 1948 in Memphis, TN. Popular actress starred in many movies including, The Stand, Dolores Claiborne, Titanic, The Waterboy, Fried Green Tomatoes, and perhaps best known for her portrayal as the obsessed axe wielding psycho in the Steven King film "Misery." 

  130. Kellie Elmore - Born in Columbus, OH, moved to East TN at the age of 8-years old. Author, Blogger, and Creative Entrepreneur.

  131. Kellye Cash- Born in Memphis, TN. Former Miss America 1987, now lives in Milan, TN and is a singer, teacher, and theater performer.

  132. Ken Mellons- Born July 10, 1965 in Kingsport, TN. Country music singer and songwriter. Best known for his hit songs "Juke Box Junkie," "Looking in the Same Direction," and "I Can Bring Her Back." Visit Ken's website here, and his Myspace page here.

  133. Kenny Chesney- Born March 26, 1968 in Knoxville, raised in Luttrell, TN, Country music superstar, currently the biggest concert performer in country music. Best known for his hits "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem," "When The Sun Goes Down," and "Big Star."

  134. Kiffen Yates Rockwell - born Sep 20, 1892 in Newport Tennessee was first American aviator to shoot down an aircraft in aerial combat on May 18, 1916, a founding member of the Lafayette Escadrille he was killed in aerial combat on Sep 23, 1916..He is buried in France

  135. Lamar Alexander- Born July 3, 1940, Maryville, TN. Was governor, university president, and U.S. secretary of education.

  136. Lara Parker- Born Oct. 27, 1937 in Knoxville, TN, grew up in Memphis, TN. Actress best known for her role as Angelique the witch, in the gothic television soap opera, Dark Shadows

  137. Lark Voorhies- Born March 24, 1974 in Nashville, TN. Actress best known for her role as "Lisa Turtle" in TV's "Saved By the Bell".

  138. Larry Carrier - Born in 1923 in Bristol, TN - Died June 7, 2005. Founder of Bristol International Speedway and IHRA Drag Racing. More information can be found on the Death Notice posted on MotorSport.com.

  139. Lauren Talley- Southern Gospel singer from Morristown, TN. Sings as a soloist and also with her family group the Talley Trio

  140. Lester Flatt- Born in Overton County, TN on June 28, 1914. Best known as member of the popular bluegrass duo "Flatt and Scruggs."

  141. Lindsey Nelson- Born in Campbellsville, TN on May 25, 1919, Died June 10, 1995. Nationally famous sportscaster. Began Vol Network, announced 25 Cotton Bowl games for CBS; longtime voice of Notre Dame football on the nationally distributed Notre Dame playback; first voice of NY Mets. Won prestigious Frick awards from Baseball Hall of Fame. University of Tennessee baseball stadium is named for him. 

  142. Lisa Marie Presley- Born in Memphis, TN on February 1, 1968. Pop singer and song writer. Daughter of Elvis Presley.

  143. Lloyd H. Carr - Born July 30, 1945 in Hawkins County, TN. Former football player and head coach. Was head coach at the University of Michigan from 1995-2007.

  144. Lynn Swann- Born in Alcoa, TN on March 7, 1952. Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2001). Was wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1974-1982).

  145. Mack Brown - Born on August 27, 1951 in Cookeville, TN. Football player and head coach at several colleges. Currently head coach of University of Texas at Austin. Was first Texas coach to achieve 200 career wins.

  146. Margaret Keane- Born in Tennessee in 1927. Illustrator and painter, mainly draws women and children in oil or mixed media. Her works are instantly recognizable (although often imitated) from the doe-eyed children that are depicted in the drawings.

  147. Mark Collie- Born in Waynesboro, TN on January 18, 1956. Country music star and television actor. Best known for his big country music hit "Even The Man In The Moon Is Crying."

  148. Mary Costa- Born in Knoxville, TN on April 5, 1930, actress and singer best known as the voice of Princess Aurora/Briar Rose in the original 1959 Film, Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."

  149. Megan Fox- Born in Oak Ridge, TN on May 16, 1986, grew up in nearby Rockwood, TN. Popular actress best known for her starring role as Mikaela Banes, in the 2007 hit live-action film, Transformers.

  150. Melanie Hutsell- Born in Maryville, TN. Actress best known for her stint as a cast member on the NBC television comedy show Saturday Night Live.

  151. Michael Jeter- Born in Lawrenceburg, TN on August 26, 1952, Died March 30, 2003, actor starred in over 60 Hollywood motion pictures and numerous television shows. Perhaps best remembered from the 1999 Stephen King film, The Green Mile, where he played a death row inmate with a pet mouse named "Mr. Jingles." Also well known by children as Mr. Noodles brother, Mr. Noodles, from the PBS television show Sesame Street.

  152. Miley Cyrus- Born in Nashville, TN on November 23, 1992. Singer, songwriter, actress, best known for her starring role as "Hannah Montana" on the hit Disney Channel television series. Daughter of country super star Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley is currently on a singing tour as the opening act for the Cheetah Girls. 

  153. Minnie Pearl (Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon)- Born October 25, 1912 in Centerville, TN. Famous country comedian best known for her stint on TVs "Hee Haw." Also known for her famous "price tagged hats," and her big "HOWDY" greetings. Minnie Pearl died on March 4, 1996 from complications from a stroke.

  154. Morgan Freeman- Born in Memphis, TN on June 1, 1937. Award winning actor best known for his role as a convict in the film "Shawshank Redemption".

  155. Miles O'Keeffee - Born June 20, 1954 in Ripley, TN. Television and film actor best known for his starring role in the 1981 movie, Tarzan, the Ape Man.

  156. Nancy Sloan- Born in Chattanooga, TN on March 11, 1965. Actress known for her role as "Katie Logan" on the CBS Soap Opera "The Bold and the Beautiful."

  157. Nancy Ward (Nanye-hi) - Born 1738 in the Cherokee town of Chota (Monroe Co.,TN). Warrior, prophetess and "Beloved Woman" of the Cherokee nation. Died 1822 at Benton, TN.

  158. Nathan Bedford Forrest- Born July 13, 1821 in Bedford County, TN. Confederate US Civil War General nicknamed "Wizard of the Saddle." Was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Died October 29, 1877 from complications of Diabetes.

  159. Olivia Cole- Born November 26, 1942 in Memphis, TN. Emmy Award winning African American actress has starred in numerous television and film roles. Best known for her Emmy winning role as "Matilda" in the 1977 ABC mini-series "Roots."

  160. Olivia Holt - Born August 5, 1997 in Germantown, TN. Actress currently start as "Lindy" in the Disney Channel series, "I Didn't Do It."

  161. Oprah Winfrey: Born on January 29, 1954,  in Kosciusko, Mississippi, moved to Nashville, TN at age 14. Actress, talk show host, entertainment executive, graduated from Tennessee State University and was selected as Miss Tennessee in her freshman year of college. According to Forbes magazine, she was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world's only Black billionaire for three straight years.

  162. Oscar Palmer Robertson (The Big O)- Born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee. Olympic Gold Medallist in 1960. Considered by many as the greatest basketball player in NBA history. Nicknamed "The Big O."

  163. Park Overall: Born March 15, 1957 in Greeneville, TN. Actress best known for her role as nurse "Laverne," in the 90's television sitcom "Empty Nest."

  164. Pat Boone: Born June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, FL, moved to Tennessee with his family in 1936, and grew up in Nashville. Extremely popular pop singer in the 1950's. Known for his smooth style and religious beliefs. Made numerous top selling albums and starred in over 15 motion pictures. 

  165. Patricia Neal: Born January 30, 1926 in Packard, KY. Grew up in Knoxville, TN. Academy Award winning actress, won an Oscar for best actress in the 1963 film "Hud." Starred in numerous movies, Broadway shows, and television shows. In 1965 was stricken by 3 cerebral aneurisms and was in a comma for 3 weeks. In 1978, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville dedicated the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center in her honor. The center serves as part of Neal's paralysis victim advocacy. Currently Neal lives in New York City, NY. 

  166. Patricia "Pat" Sue Head Summitt- Born on June 14, 1952, in Henrietta, TN. UT Lady Vols Head Basketball coach. Summit is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history (men or women) with 913 victories.

  167. Peter Hillsman Taylor- Born on January 8, 1917 in Trenton, TN. Famous American short story writer. Taylor's novel A Summons to Memphis won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction; his collection The Old Forest and Other Stories (1985) won the PEN/Faulkner Award. Taylor taught literature and writing at Kenyon College and the University of Virginia. He died in Charlottesville, VA, on November 2nd, 1994.

  168. Phil Bredesen - Born November 21, 1943 in Ocean Park, NJ, grew up in Shortsville, NY, moved to Nashville, TN in 1975. Founded the successful Health America Corp. in 1980 making him one of Tennessee's millionaire residents. Was mayor of Nashville from 1991-1999. Became the 48th Governor of Tennessee on January 18, 2003. Bredesen is currently serving his second term as Governor. 

  169. Phillip Fulmer- Born September 1, 1950 in Winchester, TN. Was University of Tennessee's head football coach from 1992-2008. 

  170. Phil Leadbetter- Born March 31, 1962 in Knoxville, TN. Gibbs High School graduate. Bluegrass Dobro player. Was 2005 "Dobro Player of the Year" at The International Bluegrass Music Awards. Was founding member of the Knoxville Newgrass Boys. Has been in numerous bluegrass groups. Currently plays in the acoustic/bluegrass group "Grasstowne." Visit his official website here, and his Myspace page here.

  171. Peyton Manning-  Born March 24, 1976 In New Orleans, Louisianna. NFL superstar for the Indianapolis Colts, former University of Tennessee Quarterback.

  172. Polly Bergen- Famous film actress currently starring in a recurring role as "Kate Allen" on ABC's "Commander in Chief". Was born in Knoxville, TN on July 14th, 1930. 

  173. Quentin Tarantino- Born March 27, 1963 in Knoxville, TN. Oscar winning screen writer, director, well known for his hit movies "From Dusk to Dawn", "Pulp Fiction", "Kill Bill", and "Hostel".

  174. Ralph Emery- Born in McEwen, TN on March 10, 1933. Best known for his hit television series "Nashville Now."

  175. Raliegh McKenzie- Born in Knoxville, TN on February 8th, 1963. Twin brother to Reggie McKenzie. Played fullback and inside linebacker for the Roadrunners of Austin East High School in Knoxville. Former UT football player, 11th round draft pick for the Washington Redskins in the 1985 NFL draft. Earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXII. Played 10 years for the Redskins, 2 years for the Eagles, and 2 years for the Chargers. 

  176. Red Grooms- Born June 7, 1947 in Nashville, TN. Multimedia artist, painter, sculptor, printmaker, filmmaker, and theatrical showman. Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Design in 2003.

  177. Reggie McKenzie- Born in Knoxville, TN on February 8th, 1963. Twin brother to Raliegh McKenzie. A two-way football star at Austin East High School in Knoxville, McKenzie was valedictorian of his 1981 graduating class. A 10th-round draft choice out of the University of Tennessee in 1985 by the then-Los Angeles Raiders. Played 4 years for the Raiders, 2 years for the Phoenix Cardinals, and one year with the San Francisco 49ers. Is currently the director of Pro Personnel for the Green Bay Packers. Also is the president of the "McKenzie Foundation."

  178. Reese Witherspoon- Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 22, 1976, at 5 years old moved to Nashville, TN with her family, where she still owns a home. Actress known for her starring roles in movies including "Sweet Home Alabama," "Legally Blonde," and in 2006, she took home the best actress Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line."

  179. Reggie White- Born in Chattanooga, TN on December 19, 1961. Also known by his nickname "Minister of Defense." All time leader for sacks in a career at the University of Tennessee. Signed with the Green Bay Packers NFL team in 1993. Won a Super Bowl ring in 1996 season. Retired from NFL in 1998, later came out of retirement in 2000 to play for the Carolina Panthers. Reggie died from a heart attack on December 26, 2004. 

  180. Ric Flair- Wrestling super star born February 25, 1949, in Memphis, TN. Known as "The Nature Boy."

  181. Rita Coolidge- Born May 1st, 1944 in Nashville, TN. Jazzy rock singer best known for her huge hit "Higher and Higher." Was married to Kris Kristofferson for 7 years.

  182. Robert Church Sr.- Born on June 18, 1839 in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Settled in Memphis, TN after the Civil War, became the South's first African American Millionaire.

  183. Robert Clay Allison- Born on September 2, 1840 in Waynesboro, TN. Old West Gunslinger. Also known as the "Colfax County Bad Boy" and the "Wolf of the Washita." Died July 3, 1887 from injuries in a wagon accident.

  184. Robert Downey Sr.- Born on June 1, 1936 in Tennessee. Actor, Writer, Director, best known for his cult classic feature film Putney Swope. Father of actor/former Saturday Night Live cast-member Robert Downey Jr. and brother of SNL writer/feature player Jim Downey.

  185. Robert Neyland (General)- Born February 17, 1892 in Greenville, TX, Died March 28, 1962. Is the all-time winningest coach in Volunteer history with 173 wins in 213 games, 6 SEC championships, and 4 national championships. The university of Tennessee football stadium is named in his honor. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.

  186. Robert Penn Warren- Born April 24, 1905, in Guthrie, KY. Died Sept. 15, 1989. Graduate of Clarksville high school in TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Poet, novelist, and literary critic, and was one of the founders of The New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. While most famous from the success of his novel All the King's Men (1946) in which won a Pulitzer Prize, Warren also won two Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry.  

  187. Rodney Atkins- born March 28, 1969, in Knoxville, TN. Country music singer best known for his hit singles "Honesty," and "If You're Going Through Hell."

  188. Roy Acuff- Born September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, TN.. Died November 23, 1992. Country music legend and Grand Ole Opry regular. Best known for his hit song "The Great Speckled Bird." Lost his run for office of Governor of Tennessee in 1948. 

  189. Roy Kramer- Born in Maryville, TN. Best known as former commissioner of the South Eastern Conference football league and the originator of the BCS Bowl system

  190. Rufus Thomas- Born March 26, 1917 in Cayce, Mississippi, soon moved to Memphis, TN and became a world renown blues singer and ambassador to Memphis. His blues career spanned over 70 years. Thomas died December 15, 2002 from a heart attack.

  191. Sam Davis- Born 1842 in Smyrna, TN. Called "Boy Hero of the Confederacy." Confederate soldier captured with Union battle plans. Charged with espionage and sentenced to death by a Union court martial for refusing to name his informer. Impressed his captors with his serenity and courage. As he stood on the gallows, he refused a final offer to name his accomplice in exchange for his life: "I would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend." His words became a Confederate rallying cry. Davis's boyhood home in Smyrna and the place of his execution in Pulaski are historic sites. His statue stands on Capitol Hill in Nashville, TN.  

  192. Sam Houston- Born in Rockbridge Co.,VA, March 2nd, 1793. Moved to Maryville, TN with his family at age 14. Spent some time with the Cherokee Indians on Hiawassee Island and was adopted by the Cherokee nation. Was a school teacher in Maryville for 6 months, then joined the US Army to fight in the War of 1812. Opened a legal practice in Nashville and was made attorney general. Was a US congressman for 4 years and governor of TN for one year. Later moved to Texas and became governor of TX in 1859. Is the only person in US history to be governor of two different states. Died July 26, 1863.

  193. Samuel L. Jackson: Born December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. Moved to Chattanooga, TN as a young child with his family. Actor nominated for an Oscar for his role as a Bible quoting hit man in the film "Pulp Fiction". Starred in many other major motion pictures including the 2006 cult favorite "Snakes On A Plane."

  194. Sam Phillips- Born January 5, 1923 in Florence, AL, Died June 30, 2003 in Memphis, TN. Founded the Memphis Recording Service. From 1950 to 1954 Phillips recorded the music of black rhythm and blues artists such as James Cotton, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon, Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, and others. Blues legends such as B.B. King and Howlin' Wolf made their first recordings at his studio. Phillips recorded what some consider the first rock and roll record: "Rocket 88" by 19-year old Ike Turner's group Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, for release by the Chess/Checker record label in Chicago (1951). On his own Sun Record label, recorded "rockabilly" artists Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins, all became superstars. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Blues Hall of Fame.

  195. Samuel Shaver- Born in Kingsport, TN 1816, died 1878. Famous Portrait Artist during the American Civil War. Founder of East Tennessee Art Association. Was commissioned to paint portraits of 15 Confederate leaders and generals, none of which has ever been found.

  196. Sequoyah (George Gist)- Born in the 1770s in the Cherokee village of Tuskegee on the Tennessee River. Native American Cherokee, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet. Died in Mexico, in August, 1843.

  197. Shannen Doherty- Born in Memphis, TN on April 12, 1971, starred in televisions "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Charmed," currently starring on the Oxygen Channel series "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty."

  198. Sondra Locke- Born May 28, 1947 in Shelbyville, TN. Actress best known for her co-starring roles in six different Clint Eastwood films, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Every Which Way But Loose, The Gauntlet, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Sudden Impact. 

  199. Sonny Boy Williamson (John Lee Curtis Williamson)- Born March 30, 1914 near Jackson, TN. Famous American Blues harmonica player. Was the first to use the name "Sonny Boy Williamson." Died June 1, 1948.   

  200. Sterling Marlin- NASCAR driving legend, won back to back Daytona 500 winner hails from Columbia, TN.

  201. Steve Gulley- Born September 20, 1962 in Middlesboro, KY, raised in and still resides in Cumberland Gap, TN. Musician, Singer/Songwriter. Was music director and featured performer on the popular Renfro Valley shows. Past member of the award-winning bluegrass groups Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and lead/tenor vocalist in the group Mountain Heart. Is founding member, guitarist/vocalist of new bluegrass group Grasstowne

  202. Steve Spurrier- Born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, FL, moved with family to Johnson City, TN at the age of 12. The only Tennessee high school athlete to go on to win the Heisman Trophy as the nation's outstanding college football player, Steve Spurrier is best known today as the head football coach of the University of Florida, a fierce rival of the University of Tennessee. Sports Illustrated magazine ranked Spurrier fifth in its list of the fifty greatest sports figures from Tennessee in the twentieth century. He also is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

  203. T.S. Stribling (Thomas Sigismund)- Born on March 4, 1881 in Clifton, TN. Famous short story writer and novelist. Well known for his trilogy: The Forge, The Store, and Unfinished Cathedral. The Store earned Mr. Stribling the Pulitzer Prize in 1933. Stribling died July 8th, 1965. 

  204. Tennessee Ernie Ford (Ernest Jennings Ford)- Born February 13, 1919 in Bristol, TN. Country music legend, recording artist, and television host. Best remembered for his famous rendition of the song "Sixteen Tons." Ford died from a serious fall on October 17, 1991. 

  205. Theodore "Ted" Rhodes- Born 1913, died 1969. The first African American professional golfer, grew up in Nashville

  206. Thomas "Hitman" Hearns- Born in Memphis, TN on October 18, 1958. Former U.S. welterweight, light middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight, cruiser weight, world class boxing champion.

  207. Tim McCarver- Born in Memphis, TN on October 16, 1941. Attended Christian Bros High School. Was All-Star and World Series catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Is currently a MLB commentator for Fox broadcasting. Is a 3 time Emmy Award winner. 

  208. Tina Turner- Rock and Roller born in Nutbush, best remembered by her hit album "Private Dancer".

  209. Tina Wesson- Knoxville native, won one million dollars on televisions "Survivor" in 2001.

  210. Todd Helton- MLB's Colorado Rockies first baseman was a two-sports star at the University of Tennessee, born in Knoxville.

  211. Tommy "Wildfire" Rich- Born July 26, 1956 in Hendersonville, TN. Professional wrestler, winner of numerous championship titles, mostly in the NWA Georgia Championship Wrestling league.

  212. Trevor Bayne - Born in Knoxville, TN February 19, 1991. Professional race car driver, currently races full-time in NASCAR Nationwide series for Roush Fenway Racing and part time in the Sprint Car Series for Wood Brothers Racing. Won the 2011 Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Race on Feb. 20, 2011, in his first ever Cup race at Daytona. Also currently holds the record as the youngest driver to ever win at Daytona.  

  213. Usher Raymond- Born in Dallas, TX on October 14, 1978, moved to Chattanooga, TN when he was 1 year old and grew up there. Cut his teeth on Gospel Music before being discovered on Star Search in 1991. Grammy award winning R&B/Rap performer. Best known for his hit songs, "U Got It Bad" & "Yeah."

  214. William Blount- Born near Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., March 26, 1749. First US Senator representing the state of Tennessee. Delegate to the convention that framed the Federal Constitution in 1787. Named the city of Knoxville in honor of President Washington's War Secretary, Henry Knox. Died in Knoxville, Tenn., March 21, 1800.

  215. William Christopher Handy (W.C. Handy) - Born in Florence, AL on November 16, 1873 - Died March 28, 1958 in New York City, NY. Talented songwriter and blues musician widely known as the "Father of the Blues." Moved his band to Memphis, TN in 1909 where he played music on Beale Street, popularizing the Memphis Blues and solidifying Memphis as the "Home of the Blues".

  216. William Paul Greer "Billy"- Born in Surgoinsville, TN. Musician best known as bass guitarist for the rock band Kansas

  217. Wilma Rudolph- Hometown Clarksville, TN, born on June 23, 1940. Suffered from Polio as a child. Was a star member of the Tennessee State University track team and on September 7th, 1960, in Rome, she became the first American woman to win 3 gold medals in the Olympics. Governor Don Sundquist proclaimed June 23 as Wilma Rudolph day in Tennessee.

  218. Wilma Winifred Wyatt (Dixie Lee) - Born November 4, 1911 in Harriman, TN - Died of Ovarian Cancer on November 1, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA. American actress, dancer, and singer. Was married to Bing Crosby.

  219. William Sanderson- Born January 10, 1948 in Memphis, TN. Actor has starred in over 20 motion pictures, 30 Broadway plays, and dozens of television shows.

  220. Wink Martindale- Born in Jackson, TN on December 4, 1934. Best known as  the host of the popular game show "Tic Tac Dough." Wink has hosted over 14 different game shows and also has been a radio DJ and a brief stint as a singer. 

  221. Woody Wright- Born in Cleveland, TN on October 10, 1957. Gospel and Country performer, producer and singer/songwriter. Well known as a member of the popular Southern Gospel trio Ponder Sykes & Wright. Also is a featured artist on the Gaither Homecoming concert and video series. Currently performs as a solo artist. 


Major League Baseball Players Born in Tennessee- Link to www.Baseball-Almanac.com. Excellent list of Tennessee born MLB players.

National Football League Players from Tennessee Colleges- Link to www.nflplayers.com. List of 2006 NFL players that went to Tennessee colleges.

National Basketball Association Players Born in Tennessee- Link to http://www.basketball-reference.com/. Excellent list of Tennessee born NBA players.

Also see our list of Tennessee Actors & Actresses.

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