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Top 100 Employers

Rank Company County Total Employees Description
1 Covenant Health Regional 9,328 Local health care system
2 Knox County Schools Knox 6,771 Local public education system
3 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox 6,409 State university
4 Y-12 National Security Complex Anderson 5,040 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
5 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional 4,668 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
6 Tennova Healthcare Regional 4,613 Local health care system
7 Oak Ridge National Lab Roane 4,565 Dept of energy facility that conducts research & development.
8 University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox 3,986 Local health care system
9 K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional 3,500 Grocery stores and pharmacies
10 State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox 3,468 State administrative offices
11 Knox County Government Knox 3,037 County government
12 DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount 3,000 Advanced automotive components and systems (electronic products, starters, alternators, instrument clusters)
13 Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional 2,829 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
14 Kroger Co. Regional 2,668 Grocery stores
15 Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier 2,558 Theme park and water park
16 McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount 2,174 Air National Guard unit
17 Blount Memorial Hospital Blount 2,130 Local area hospital
18 Blount County Schools Blount 2,130 Local public education system
19 Sevier County Schools Sevier 2,000 Local public education system
20 East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox 1,900 Area children's hospital
21 CVS Caremark Corp. Knox 1,900 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
22 Anderson County Government Anderson 1803 County government
23 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox 1,591 Regional power authority and development agency providing improvement for river navigation, flood damage reduction, agricultural & industrial development, & electric power in a 7-state region
24 City of Knoxville Knox 1,555 Municipal government
25 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional 1,467 Restaurants and General Stores
26 Pilot Flying J Regional 1,365 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
27 Team Health, Inc. Knox 1,278 Local health care providers
28 Lowe's Home Improvement Regional 1,248 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
29 Alcoa, Inc. Tennessee Operations Blount 1,207 Aluminum beverage can sheets
30 Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount 1,207 Full-service restaurants
31 Elavon Knox 1,200 Electronic payment - credit card/debit card/gift card/eCheck processing service center
32 Copper Cellar Corp. Knox 1,200 Full-Service Restaurants
33 United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox 1,150 Shipping and delivery operation
34 Roane County Schools Roane 1,150 Public education system
35 Jewelry Television  Knox 1,100 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
36 Scripps Networks (HGTV) Knox 1100 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
37 The Home Depot, Inc. Regional 1,093 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
38 Anderson County Schools Anderson  1,077 Local public education system
39 Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional 1,058 Primary care physician group
40 U.S. Postal Service Knox 998 Mail service
41 Walgreens Regional 966 Pharmacies and convenience stores
42 Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount 962 Manufactured housing financing
43 Darden Restaurants Regional 961 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
44 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson 946 University consortium that creates collaborative partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
45 Wendy's (Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods) Regional 935 Fast food restaurants 
46 Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson 929 Science & engineeering consulting, energy, national security
47 Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox 926 Local utilities provider
48 Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson 919 Local public education system
49 Target Corp. Regional 895 Discount stores
50 U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox 865 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
51 Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional 815 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
52 Sears Holdings Corp. (Sears & Kmart) Regional 766 Department stores
53 Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox 764 Two-year technical community college.
54 First Tennessee Bank  Regional 760 Banks
55 UCOR Roane 756 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
56 Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe 745 Fiberglass pleasure boats
57 Energy Solutions Anderson 738 Nuclear engineering services
58 Comcast of the South Knox 732 Broadband telecommunications services including: video, high-speed data, voice
59 Exedy America Corp.  Knox 725 Automotive parts - torque converters
60 Shoney's Restaurants Knox 701 Full-service restaurants
61 AT&T, Inc. Regional 701 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
62 Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox 700 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
63 Blount County Government Blount 669 County government
64 Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon 652 Paper towels and bath tissue
65 Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional 650 Grocery stores
66 Loudon County Schools Loudon 600 Local public education system
67 Collier Restaurant Group Sevier 600 Restaurant operations
68 Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon 600 Mushrooms
69 Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier 600 Hotel & water park complex
70 Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. Knox 600 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
71 SL Tennessee Anderson 600 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
72 Cherokee Health Systems Knox 584 Health care service
73 Marriott Business Services Blount 561 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
74 University Physicians Association Inc. Knox 558 Physicians group
75 OrthoTennessee Knox 556 Health care 
76 Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox 554 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
77 Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox 552 Service stations and convenience stores
78 Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox 530 Railroad freight serving 22 states
79 Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier 525 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
80 Connor Concepts, Inc. Knox 525 Full-Service Restaurants - Chop House, Connors Steak & Seafood, Regas
81 Sevier County Government Sevier 519 County government
82 Belk, Inc.  Regional 502 Department stores
83 Sitel Anderson 500 Global customer interaction solutions provider with over 450 world-class clients
84 Regal Entertainment Group Knox 497 Movie theaters
85 ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional 484 Credit union
86 Wyndham Vacation Resorts Sevier 480 Vacation ownership interests, consumer financing to owners
87 Melaleuca, Inc. Knox 480 Detergents, dental care products, nutritional supplements and personal care products
88 Perma-Fix environmental Services Inc. Knox 479 Environmental services(nuclear) & engineering
89 National Fitness Center/Court South Knox 476 Health Club
90 Rush Fitness Complex Knox 473 Health club
91 Roane County Government Roane 472 County government
92 Knoxville News-Sentinel Co. Knox 461 Newspaper publishing
93 Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson 456 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
94 Krystal Co. Regional 456 Fast food restaurants
95 Broadway electrical Service corp. Knox 452 Construction, electrical contractor and service provider
96 Home Federal Bank of Tennessee Regional 450 Banks
97 Crete Carrier Corp. Loudon 435 Trucking, cargo transportation
98 YMCA of East Tennessee Knox 410 Non-profit community organization
99 Carlisle Tire & Wheel Company Anderson 400 Lawn and garden, ATV, and commercial tires
100 21st Mortgage Corp. Knox 352 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans

Source: Book of Lists 2014; Community Data Sheets, State of Tennessee