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Top 100 Employers



Rank Company County Total Employees Description
1 Covenant Health Regional 10,286 Local health care system
2 Knox County Schools Knox 7,241 Local public education system
3 Y-12 National Security Complex Anderson 7,000 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
4 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox 6,609 State university
5 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional 6,006 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
6 University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox 4,941 Local health care system
7 Oak Ridge National Lab Roane 4,493 Dept of energy facility that conducts research & development.
8 Tennova Healthcare Regional 4,067 Local health care system
9 DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount 3,800 Advanced automotive components and systems (electronic products, starters, alternators, instrument clusters)
10 K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional 3,456 Grocery stores and pharmacies
11 State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox 3,153 State administrative offices
12 Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier 3,100 Theme park and water park
13 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox 3,000 Regional power authority & development agency providing improvement for river navigation, flood damage reduction, agricultural & industrial development, & electric power in a 7-state region
14 City of Knoxville Knox 2,980 Municipal government
15 Knox County Government Knox 2,952 County government
16 Kroger Co. Regional 2,952 Grocery stores
17 Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional 2,845 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
18 Sevier County Schools Sevier 2,450 Local public education system
19 Lowe's Home Improvement Regional 2,421 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
20 Blount Memorial Hospital Blount 2,418 Local area hospital
21 Team Health, Inc. Knox 2,015 Local health care providers
22 East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox 2,000 Area children's hospital
23 Walgreens Regional 1,900 Pharmacies and convenience stores
24 Blount County Schools Blount 1,800 Local public education system
25 U.S. Postal Service Knox 1,734 Mail service
26 McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount 1,717 Air National Guard unit
27 Pilot Flying J Regional 1,610 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
28 Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount 1,600 Manufactured homes financing
29 Copper Cellar Corp. Knox 1,500 Full-Service Restaurants
30 United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox 1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
31 Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional 1,416 Primary care physician group
32 UCOR Roane 1,400 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
33 Brothers Management Knox 1,200 McDonald's franchise
34 Jewelry Television  Knox 1,200 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
35 England Furniture Claiborne 1,200 Furniture Manufacturer
36 Alcoa, Inc. Tennessee Operations Blount 1,160 Aluminum beverage can sheets
37 Elavon Knox 1,150 Electronic payment - credit card/debit card/gift card/eCheck processing service center
38 Roane County Schools Roane 1,150 Public education system
39 SL Tennessee Anderson 1,150 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
40 CVS Caremark Corp. Knox 1,050 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
41 Anderson County Schools Anderson  1,050 Local public education system
42 The Home Depot, Inc. Regional 1,050 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
43 Target Corp. Regional 1045 Discount stores
44 JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe 1,023 Automotive steering systems
45 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson 1,017 University consortium that creates collaborative partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
46 Sitel Anderson 1001 Global customer interaction solutions provider with over 450 world-class clients
47 Sears Holdings Corp. (Sears & Kmart) Regional 998 Department stores
48 Scripps Networks (HGTV) Knox 980 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
49 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional 978 Restaurants and General Stores
50 Aubrey's Restaurant Group Knox 975 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
51 Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox 964 Local utilities provider
52 Keurig Green Mountain  Knox 950 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
53 Wendy's (Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods) Regional 883 Fast food restaurants 
54 Collier Restaurant Group Sevier 860 Restaurant operations
55 Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox 855 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
56 Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson 838 Local public education system
57 Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson 810 Manufactures auto body parts
58 Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox 807 Two-year technical community college.
59 Darden Restaurants Regional 790 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
60 First Tennessee Bank  Regional 776 Banks
61 U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox 750 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
62 FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox 745 Package distribution - motor freight
63 Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson 732 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
64 ADT Security Services Knox 712 Security system monitoring
65 Accenture Hospitality Services Blount 712 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
66 Shoney's Restaurants Knox 705 Full-service restaurants
67 University Physicians Association Inc. Knox 701 Physicians group
68 Exedy America Corp.  Knox 699 Automotive parts - torque converters
69 Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount 696 Full-service restaurants
70 Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional 688 Grocery stores
71 Comcast of the South Knox 658 Broadband telecommunications services including: video, high-speed data, voice
72 Sevier County Government Sevier 650 County government
73 OrthoTennessee Knox 650 Health care 
74 21st Mortgage Corp. Knox 650 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
75 Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon 645 Paper towels and bath tissue
76 Loudon County Schools Loudon 644 Local public education system
77 Belk, Inc.  Regional 644 Department stores
78 Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier 634 Hotel & water park complex
79 Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe 630 Fiberglass pleasure boats
80 Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional 628 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
81 Cherokee Health Systems Knox 612 Health care service
82 AT&T, Inc. Regional 610 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
83 Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier 600 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
84 Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson 600 Science & engineeering consulting, energy, national security
85 Blount County Government Blount 591 County government
86 Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon 585 Mushrooms
87 Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox 559 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
88 Regal Entertainment Group Knox 555 Movie theaters
89 Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox 540 Bottling and soft drink distribution
90 National Fitness Center/Court South Knox 526 Health Club
91 Arby's  Regional 525 Arby's restaurants
92 ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional 513 Credit union
93 Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier 511 Entertainment attractions
94 Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox 510 Railroad freight serving 22 states
95 Amedisys Home Healthcare Knox 500 Provider of home healthcare services
96 Energy Solutions Anderson 473 Nuclear engineering services
97 Siemens Healthcare Knox 450 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
98 Anderson County Government Anderson 450 County government
99 Carlisle Tire & Wheel Anderson 432 Lawn and garden, ATV, and commercial tires
100 Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox 408 Service stations and convenience stores

Source: Book of Lists 2016; Community websites