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Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Tennessee


Two major industries in Tennessee that have been associated with occupational asbestos exposure are paper and pulp (specifically the Evergreen Company of Memphis, formerly known as International Paper) and the production of energy. The Tennessee Valley Authority operates hydroelectric, coal and gas, nuclear, combustion turbines and wind turbines power generation facilities; all of these have contained asbestos at some point in their existence.

Industrial Exposure in Tennessee

According to Center for Health Statistics figures, as many as 3% of all occupationally related deaths in the U.S. are due to mesothelioma. A 2003 study of power plant workers in Puerto Rico showed 13% of chest x-rays as having “abnormalities” associated with asbestos disease. Additionally, the researchers noted that “...shortness of breath was commonly reported by examinees.”

Those at greatest risk for developing asbestos disease are electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers and other repair and maintenance personnel. Asbestos was used for over fifty years an insulator against heat as well as electrical current. Electric wiring, panel partitions, and electrical cloth were all insulated with asbestos.

Families of these workers are also at risk; secondary exposure has resulted from asbestos fibers that come into the home in the hair and on the clothing of such workers, which were subsequently inhaled by unsuspecting family members.

Asbetsos and the Paper and Pulp Industry

A 2002 research project in France studied 63,000 men from 13 different countries who had spent at least one year working in the pulp and paper industry between 1945 and 1996. 36% had been exposed to asbestos fibers during their working lives; fourteen of them had died from pleural cancer, or mesothelioma.

The remaining 47,000 had not been exposed to asbestos on the job. The rate of cancer among these workers was half that of those who had been exposed.

Mesothelioma Statistics in Tennessee

The majority of the Tennessee's 676 asbestos disease victims who died between 1980 and 2000 were from one of the state's four major metropolitan regions (Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga or Knoxville). Deaths from mesothelioma outnumbered those from non-malignant disease by a two-to-one margin.

Tennessee Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Provided below is a list of cities in the state of Tennessee where asbestos jobsites are known to have been located. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Tennessee, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Tennessee Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer, or asbestosis.


  • Aluminum Company of America
  • North Plant
  • Smelting Div
  • West Plant


  • Appalachian Hardwood Casket Company
  • Bristol Gas and Electric Company
  • Bristol Metal Prod
  • Bristol Regional Medical
  • Charles A. Schieren
  • Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company


  • Bowater Inc
  • Bowater Paper Mill
  • Bowaters Carolina Corp
  • Bowaters Southern Paper Corporation
  • Calhoun Paper Mill


  • Olin Chemical
  • Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation


  • Bendix Siding
  • Brown Stove Works
  • Chickamauga Producers Incorporated
  • Cleveland Tennessee Enamel Company
  • Dixie Foundry Company
  • Rossville Development Company
  • Union Consolidated Mining Company


  • B I T Manufacturing
  • Cities Service Company
  • Tennessee Copper Company


  • Packaging Corp of America
  • Tennessee River Pulp & Paper Company

Cumberland City

  • Cumberland Steam Plant
  • Cumberland Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • American Glanzstoff Corporation
  • East Tennessee Undergarment Company
  • Great Lake Research Corporation
  • North American Pilot Building
  • North American Polyester
  • North American Rayon Corp
  • Tennessee Chair Company


  • Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway
  • Davidson Chemical
  • Davison Chemical Div
  • Hoover Ball Bearing Company
  • Vestal Lumber Company


  • Beaunit Fibers
  • Bonat Nylon Plant
  • Huber Chemical Company
  • Huber Company
  • J.M. Huber Corporation


  • Gallatin Steam Plant
  • Hoeganaes Corporation
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Burlington Hosiery Mill
  • Clinch River Corp
  • Harriman Company
  • Harriman Hosiery Plant
  • Harriman Paperboard Corporation
  • Kayser Roth Hosiery
  • Mead Paperboard Corp
  • Roane Hosiery Mill
  • Tennessee Forging


  • Aluminum Foils, Inc
  • Bemis Brothers Bag Company
  • Bruce Hardwood Flooring
  • Consolidated Aluminum Company
  • Jackson Fibre Company
  • Jackson Railway and Light Company
  • Jackson Water Works
  • Lane College
  • Owens Corning Fiberglass
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Proctor and Gamble Company
  • Tenn White Oak Copperage


  • Johnsonville Steam Plant
  • New Johnsonville Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Kingston Steam Plant
  • Tennessee Valley Authority


  • Kraft Foods
  • Lawrenceburg High School
  • Murray Ohio Company Inc
  • Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company


  • Cedar City Mills
  • Inter State Ice and Coal Company
  • Lebanon Woolen Mills
  • Tennessee Woolen Mills
  • Trw Inc


  • American Enka Corporation
  • Basf Corp
  • Filament Chemical Paper Room
  • Lenzing Fibers Corp


  • Aviation Service School
  • Chickasaw Ordnance Works
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • United States Naval Air Station


  • American Enka Corporation
  • Berkline Corporation
  • M.H. Medlin
  • Morristown High School
  • Morristown Knitting Mills
  • Tenn Flake Corp
  • Tennessee Flake
  • Tennessee Furniture Industries
  • Union Camp Corporation


  • Carnation Company
  • Exalco Manufacturing Company
  • G.E. Apple Motor
  • General Electric Company
  • Olin Steel Treating Company
  • Rutherford County Creamery
  • Veterans Administration Hospital

Old Hickory

  • Davison Company
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Old Hickory Chemical Company
  • Old Hickory Powder Plant
  • Ordnance Department
  • United States Government Explosive Plant
  • United States Gov't Explosives Plant


  • Celotex Corp
  • City Water and Light Plant
  • Holly Carburator Company
  • Jim Walter Corp
  • Paris City Water and Light Plant
  • Paris Manor Nursing Home


  • Davis Cabinet Company
  • Hydro Systems
  • International Paper Company
  • Midwestern Gas Transmission Company
  • Tennessee Fresh Frozen Foods


  • Bedford County Nursing Home
  • Dixie Hotel
  • Empire Graphite
  • Industrial Towel & Uniform Company
  • Musgrave Pencil
  • Sylvan Cotton Mills
  • Unisoyal

Spring City

  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Watts Bar Nuclear Plant
  • Watts Bar Steam Plant


  • Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Company
  • Arnold Air Force Base
  • Arnold Engineering & Development Corporation
  • Consolidated Western Steel Company
  • Cumberland City Steam Plant
  • Gas Dynamics Facilities
  • University of Tennessee Space Institute
  • Wilson Sporting Goods


  • Atlas Chemical Industries Inc
  • Farmers Chemical Association
  • Volunteer Army Ammunitions Plant
  • Volunteer Army Ordnance Plant
  • Volunteer Ordnance Works

Union City

  • Corporation of Union City
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Industrial Development Company of Union City


  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Company
  • Grace Chemical Company
  • Shelby County
  • W.R. Grace

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Tennessee

We have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Tennessee. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105

691 Preston Building
Nashville, TN 37232

55 Humphreys Center
Memphis, TN 38120

1030 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

Mesothelioma Doctors in Tennessee

We have also compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Tennessee. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Spence McCachren
Thompson Oncology Group
1915 White Ave
Knoxville, TN 37916

Dr. Eric S. Lambright
Vanderbilt Cancer Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1710 The Vanderbilt Clinic
Nashville, TN 37232

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Tennessee

Don’t lose your right to file a claim. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Tennessee, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have a pathology report in hand to support that mesothelioma diagnosis, you should be eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

Asbestos Related News in Tennessee

Tennessee State Senator Has Mesothelioma From Asbestos Exposure

Former Tennessee State Senator Ray Albright was exposed to asbestos four decades ago, and now he is struggling with mesothelioma cancer as a result.

Thatcher Mills Burns to the Ground Causing Asbestos Concerns

The former Standard Coosa Thatcher Mills building burned to the ground last week, causing concerns about potential exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. “Who Is At Risk of Exposure to Asbestos?” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (accessed 23 August 2010).

Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.

Carel, Rafael et al. “Exposure to Asbestos and Lung and Pleural Cancer Mortality Among Pulp and Paper Workers.” Journal of Occupational Medicine, 44, 6 (June 2002): 579-84.

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