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Anderson County a great place to call home!  Anderson County has a number of special assets, which make life here uniquely rich, rewarding and satisfying. The sheer beauty of the area is an asset. Both the natural splendors of the mountains and rivers, and the man made enhancements of the TVA lakes at Norris and Melton Hill. Home of the Oak Ridge National Labs, Spallation Neutron Source project, UT-Battelle, Department of Energy, Cray XT Jaquar Computer, and other leading technologies.

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Blount County is one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee, increasing its population by 22 percent from 1970 to 1980, with an additional increase of 10.5 percent from 1980 to 1990. With a total population of more than 100,000 people. Maryville consists of 19,935 residents and 6,580 reside in Alcoa. Home for Maryville College, Blackberry Farm, Cades Cove, part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, McGhee Tyson Airbase, Alcoa Aluminum, Denso, and Townsend's mountain communities.

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Campbell County today is particularly interested in maintaining the quality of life that is unique to the small community atmosphere. They want to keep the appeal of a nice quiet rural environment with urban amenities. A variety of housing is available from stately old farms houses to quaint Victorian era homes, to modern convenient houses & apartments. Norris Lake offers lakeside communities, marinas, and restaurants.

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Claiborne County is located on the Tennessee-Kentucky-Virginia borders in East Tennessee, one of the state's three "Grand Divisions." It was formed in 1801 from parts of Hawkins and Grainger Counties. The county seat is Tazewell. Lincoln Memorial University is located in Harragate.

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Cocke County is located on the state's eastern border with North Carolina. The county includes parts of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Cherokee National Forest. As early as 1783, European settlers from the Carolinas and Virginia lived on land near the fork of the Big Pigeon and French Broad rivers. The novel and television series CHRISTY are based on historical events, actual people, and localities of Cocke County.

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Grainger County is located in East Tennessee approximately 18 miles from downtown Knoxville and borders northeast side of Knox County. The central business districts of Morristown, Jefferson City, Tazewell, and Rogersville area within a short drive from Grainger County. The county is bordered on the east by Cherokee Lake which covers 28,750 acres of water surface. The shoreline at Cherokee Dam offers recreational facilities.

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Hamblen County is situated in the Lakeway Region, surrounded by mountains and lakes, Morristown is he county seat of Hamblen County incorporated in 1903. Located in East Tennessee in the Holston Valley, the area comprises a population of 50,480. Hamblen County and the City of Morristown offers Walter State Community College, Cherokee Lake, and Panther Creek State Park.

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Jefferson County is known as a "fisherman’s paradise" with Douglas Lake and Cherokee Lake available for anglers to try their skills. Adjoining Interstates 40 and 81, the county is an attactive destination for tourists. Dandridge and Jefferson City are the two population centers. Carson Newman College is located in Jefferson City.

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Knox County is the economic center of East Tennessee. Surrounded by six lake and two mountain ranges, this area experiences dynamic growth and many various forms of recreation. Home for the University of Tennessee, UT Medical Center, SeaRay Boats, Regal Cinema, Tennessee Valley Authority, and many other corporate organizations.

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Loudon County is an emerging economic force in the East Tennessee Region. Loudon County is predicted to have a 30% increase in population between 2000-2010. Most of this population growth will be centered in the Knoxville-Lenoir City corridor. Each year, Loudon County is also experiencing a significant amount of new commercial and industrial development. Currently over sixty manufacturing plants call Loudon County Home. Tellico Village and its related golf courses are at the junction of Loudon, Blount, and Monroe counties.

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McMinn County is best known for its rivers-the Ocoee, Hiwassee, Tellico, and Little Tennessee. These rivers, along with Lake Ocoee, Tellico Lake, and other smaller lakes and streams, offer more than enough for a vacation of whitewater rafting, floating, canoeing, sailing, fishing and water skiing. Athens, Calhoun, Etowah and Niota are located in the county.

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Monroe County was once called the "Cherokee Indian Territory", where the National Capital of the Indian Nation was located. The area known as "Chota" was located near the mouth of the Tellico River on the Little Tennessee River near Fort Loudon. The Indian nation covered 40,000 square miles and had a population of 25,000. Numerous lake front communities are located within the county.

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Rhea County lies north of Chattanooga along the western shoreline of Watts Bar Lake. The Cherokee Indian Trail of Tears passed through the area in the 1830s. Often referred to as the trial of the century, the Scopes Monkey Trial took place in Rhea County in 1925. A statue of William Jennings Bryan was erected on the grounds of the courthouse.

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Roane County is home to two extensive facilities that housed part of the massive World War II effort known as the Manhattan Project, responsible for building the world’s first atomic bomb. The graphite reactor on the Oak Ridge Reservation is the world’s oldest continuously operated nuclear reactor. Both Melton Hill Lake and Watts Bar Lake pass through portions of Roane County. The recent Watts Bar Steam Plant "fly ash disaster" was the focus of the nation's environmentalists.

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Sevier County boasts 515,000 scenic acres, 130 tree varieties and 16 peaks all over 6,000 feet, which help their greatest revenue source, tourism. The county includes a portion of Douglas Lake, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, and The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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Union County was the original home of the "Grand Ole Opry" and Roy Acuff. A museum in his memory is located on Highway 33 in Maynardville. Big Ridge State Park on Norris Lake includes 3,600 heavily wooded acres of recreational land. The deep waters of Norris Lake produce excellent catches of rockfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass. Union County has lots to offer.

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