I am a local Realtor here in Knoxville. As Realtors, it is illegal for us to comment on specific n'hoods. There are a lot of nice and safe n'hoods in Knoxville. I would recommend calling the Knoxville Police Department and asking them for a report of any violence in the n'hoods you're looking in. With a phone call, you will be able to find out how many robberies, how many domestic violenece, etc calls were taken. I have included the phone numbers at the end of the message. Best of luck to you. Let me know if I can help you further.
Knoxville Police Department
Public Information: 865-215-7210
Knoxville is such a great place to live. You have a great city, a great university, some of the base medical facilities in the southeast and you are just minutes from the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. In a few hours you can be in Asheville, NC and enjoy all of Western North Carolina. We own a lot in Black Mountain, NC, just a few minutes from Asheville, NC. We often talk about purchasing a place in or around Knoxville. A few places come to mind that are very safe. Tellico Village is nice, Rarity Properties are great. A lot to consider. Give Marian Schaffer a call, she can her you. 877-886-8388