5 Famous Folk Of Eastern Tennessee

by Bob F Foster - Date: 2010-07-29 - Word Count: 550 Share This!

In a land known for its delectable down home cooking, rousing country music, and the majestic beauty of nature it's no wonder that some truly unique individuals were born and bred there, going on to become famous. From the arts of music and movies to sports to politics, there are some people whom hail from Eastern Tennessee that many people would quickly recognize the name of.

1. Quentin Tarantino - This awesomely talented individual is a Hollywood staple now who has his roots in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was born and raised. He has made a name for himself as an Oscar winning screen writer, director, producer, cinematographer and actor. His more notable movies include the "Kill Bill" series, "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs", and "Inglourious Basterds".

2. Usher Raymond - Platinum recording artist who is famous enough to go just by only his first name. Hailing from Chattanooga, TN, this southern boy rose to fame in the 1990's with his albums "My Way" and "8701" which both went on to be multiple platinum. He then topped himself by releasing the super popular album "Confessions" which has been certified Diamond and sold 20 million copies worldwide, garnered the highest first week sales for any R&B artist ever, and was noted to be the best selling R&B album of the 2000s. Known for a melodic voice, immense sex appeal, and dance moves that have been compared to his musical idol Michael Jackson, Usher is a product of Tennessee that one should be proud of.

3. Reggie White- Also from Chattanooga, TN, this football great is also known by his nickname as the "Minister of Defense" because he was an Evangelical minister in conjunction with being a football legend. He left his mark on the game as a leader in defensive sacks, picking up 124 sacks in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and earning himself the title as the greatest player in Eagles' franchise history by ESPN Sportsnation. After leaving the Eagles and signing with the Greenbay Packers, he helped the Packers go on to two appearances in the Super Bowl and a victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

4. Alvin C. York - A true patriot, this gentleman is lauded as World War I's greatest hero. Highly decorated, he earned the Medal of Honor when he led a charge against the Germans and a machine gun nest that they had set up. Courageously he challenged them and overcame machine gun rounds, advancing enemy soldiers with bayonets, and pistol fire to go on and capture 132 enemy soldiers.

5. Megan Fox - The gorgeous Megan Fox is a sexy actress best known for her role in the blockbusters "Transformers" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". Voted "Sexiest Woman in the World" by the readers of popular men's magazine FHM, it's not hard to see that this Southern beauty works her charms well. The blue eyed beauty is from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

This is just a small sampling of the talent that had their start in diverse eastern Tennessee. There must be something magical in that water, because history and fame have looked kindly on the area's inhabitants, leading them to greatness.

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