Welcome to the Knoxville Mercury Top Knox 2016 Readers’ Poll!

What makes for a great town? The people who love it so much that they try to make it a better place.

Knoxville is in the midst of a renaissance because it has a lot people pulling for it: forward-thinking policymakers, business owners aiming to fill unmet needs, preservationists and conservationists rallying support for things worth saving, entrepreneurs making not-so-crazy dreams a reality.

You’ll find many of them here, honored in our Top Knox 2016 Readers’ Poll—a celebration of pure Knoxvilleness.

We believe this is the most indispensable guide to Knoxville’s best, determined by Knoxvillians who really know: our readers. They’re the smartest, savviest consumers in town, with a passion for the places and people that make Knoxville unique.

We’re living in a fortunate time in Knoxville’s history. Read on to find out why.

—Coury Turczyn, ed.

Tricia Bateman

Art Director Tricia Bateman is a veteran art director with experience ranging from agency work to books and multiple magazines. As art director for HOW, the magazine for graphic design professionals, she was named to Folio magazine’s “Folio: 40,” its annual list of the most influential people in the magazine industry, in 2007. You can reach Tricia at