In April 1866, the Holston Presbytery assembled at the old Pleasant Grove Church to establish a Christian college. The school, built on 25 acres donated by Rev. James King, opened in 1867. When the college outgrew its small campus, King’s grandson Isaac Anderson donated land, and in 1917, the college moved to its present location.
Best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell is a noted graduate of King College. In her 1994 novel, The Body Farm, character Kay Scarpetta seeks assistance from a Tennessee research facility, inspired by the “real” Body Farm run by University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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