Until my editing a little while ago, part of this article was almost a verbatim replica of http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/parks/history/holstonRiverHistory.asp . I can't tell which came first: the Wikipedia article or the City of Knoxville webpage. (It is possible that the Knoxville webpage was derived from Wikipedia. The Knoxville web content appears to be fairly new, as indicated by the fact that none of the Knoxville park/greenway histories have been picked up by archive.org.)
The version of the history of the river name given in this article is inconsistent with that given in the Tennessee Encyclopedia, which says "By the late 1700s, the main river was known as the Tennessee, and it was considered to begin at the mouth of the Little Tennessee. Through much of the 1800s, the confluence of the Clinch with the river was considered the start of the Tennessee. In 1889 the Tennessee General Assembly declared the upper limit of the Tennessee to be at Kingsport, but in 1890 a federal statute recognized the junction of the French Broad and Holston Rivers as the start of the Tennessee, a designation that still stands."
If a good source for the info in the article does not appear soon, I will edit it to match the TN Encyclopedia information. --Orlady (talk) 03:24, 12 October 2008 (UTC)