More than 160 people gain their American citizenship in Knoxvill

More than 160 people gain their American citizenship in Knoxville the day before Independence Day

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More than 160 people from 60 different countries across the world gathered inside the City County Building in Knoxville Thursday, as they became American citizens. More than 160 people from 60 different countries across the world gathered inside the City County Building in Knoxville Thursday, as they became American citizens.
In a crowded room full of smiling faces, people from all walks of life came together Thursday to be united as Americans. In a crowded room full of smiling faces, people from all walks of life came together Thursday to be united as Americans.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - More than 160 people from 60 different countries across the world gathered inside the City County Building in Knoxville Thursday, as they became American citizens.

"People ask me where I'm from all the time. I've thought about it and I'm like, 'Hey, now I get to say I'm an American. I'm from Knoxville, Tenn.,'" said Priyanka Roy Williams.

In a crowded room full of smiling faces, people from all walks of life came together Thursday to be united as Americans.

America always felt like home to Williams. She moved here from New Delhi as a teenager in 2000. 

"I'm more American in my heart and in my attitude and in my character. It feels like this is home because America kind of raised me in a way," Williams said.

After living in the states for the past 15 years, Brazil native Regina Fedon didn't just gain her citizenship Thursday, she celebrated her 50th birthday.

"I love this country. Today I'm finally going to become an American citizen," Fedon said.

That feeling of accomplishment was shared by all.

"I've always been fond of the country since I was a little boy and to finally become a citizen of the United States is a great honor and a great achievement for me," said Trupesh Patel, who is from the United Kingdom.

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