Sevier County Community Information
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The History…Sevier County is one of the oldest counties in the state, covering 660 square miles. The county was formed in 1785 and was named for John Sevier, a colonel in the American Revolutionary Army and the first governor of the state of Tennessee.
Henry Station and the Gist’s (Underwood’s) were the first forts built in Sevier County. Henry Station became one of the most important stops because it was used as a jumping off place for settlers heading for the country south of the French Broad River. The former governor William Blount is said to have met with many important people at Henry’s Station.
A treaty was concluded in 1785 with the Cherokees at Henry ‘s Station. This agreement was known as “Treaty of Dumplin” and helped secure all the land within the Sevier County limits. March 1785, the first legislature of the state met, and one of their first acts included dividing Greene county into three separate counties, one of which was Sevier.
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.
In east Tennessee three major interstates converge only minutes from Sevier County. More than 75 percent of the U.S population is within a five -hour drive of Sevier County.
Sevier County and Tennessee tax structures are very conducive for businesses to realize maximum profits. City and County taxes are among the lowest in the state, not to mention there is no personal income tax in the state of Tennessee.
Sevier County boasts three industrial parks, two of which, the Hodsen-Hicks Industrial Park and the Ray L Reagan Industrial Park, area full of thriving industries. These industries employee 2,000 people. Companies in these parks include, Activated Metals and Chemicals, Inc. , which produces nickel aluminum alloys, Copper Automotive, Wagner Lighting manufactures lights and subsequent parts for the auto industry, EVI, Audio is known worldwide for its manufacturing of all microphones and other sound equipment. There are many other industries in Sevier County.
Housing in Sevier County is very affordable. You can buy a 3,000 square foot home in an up-scale neighborhood for as little as $195,000. Sevier County’s crime rate is considerably low making it a great place to raise a family. Sevier County offers more recreation, entertainment, dining, and shopping opportunities than other communities many times our size.
Sevier County having plenty going for it-thriving manufacturing industries, booming tourist business, a low crime rate, outstanding educational opportunities, affordable housing, low taxes and a work force with an excellent work ethic, It makes you wonder why people would want to live anywhere else.
Sevierville… is the county seat for Sevier County. Located in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville is Tennessee’s eighth oldest town. Founded in 1795, it has been and continues to be a hometown first, a place where people love to live. Located near the most popular national park in the United States and the many attractions now calling Sevierville home, make it more than just a hometown.
Sevierville is the first city many people see when they arrive in the Smokies. Just minutes from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sevierville has that relaxed hometown atmosphere.
The atmosphere in Sevierville is friendly, relaxed, and fun. The downtown area features a beautiful brick courthouse with a four-sided Seth Thomas Clock that still chimes every half-hour. A bronze statue of Sevierville’s own Dolly Parton adorns the courthouse lawn. And entire downtown area encompasses Sevierville’s historic District, where history unfolds.
Over the past years, several thousand have chosen to make Sevierville their permanent home. The idea for calling Sevierville home is appealing for many different reasons. Some say it’s the proximity to the mountains, some say it’s our great entertainment and other’s still say it’s our ties to Dolly Parton. There are much reason plus many more that bring new residents to Sevierville and the Sevier County area. The number one reason is that it is such an appealing place to live. When you’re looking for warm Southern hospitality, there’s no better place to start than right here in the hills of East Tennessee.
Sevierville is also an ideal business location, especially for the tourism industry. More than 11 million people visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year and Sevierville is located at the crossroads of the major highways entering the park from Tennessee. The workforce is solid and reliable. Sevierville has proven to be a successful location for service businesses, manufactures, and suppliers to the building and retail trades. Industries with its support organizations provide employment for about twenty percent of the county’s population.
Sevierville is very fortunate to have Dolly Parton as one of our most famous natives. She has made our hometown and the entire Great Smoky Mountains area famous worldwide. Dolly placed Sevierville on the map as her hometown and the Smokies as the site for her 118-acre theme park, Dollywood.
There are many well known attractions, theatres, shops and restaurants within the city of Sevierville like The Lee Greenwood Theater, The Apple Barn General Store, Maplewood Farms, Southern Nights, Museum and much more.
Sevierville change is a constant activity. We are always growing and our future is as bright as our citizens. Sevierville is truly a special place because it meets the needs of both the resident and visitors.
Pigeon Forge… one of the fastest growing cities in the South is filled with action-packed entertainment, natural beauty, and lots of Old-fashioned Mountain hospitality. The city entertains more than 10,000,000 tourists a year.
Pigeon Forge is one of the primary gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over half of the 10 million visitors to the Smokies pass through Pigeon Forges, located on U.S. Highway 441, within days drive of two-thirds of the nation population. Pigeon Forge is five miles from Gatlinburg and 35 miles southeast of Knoxville.
Pigeon Forge offers an ample number of hotels, motels, chalets/cabin rentals, condominiums, campgrounds and bed and breakfast inns to accommodate more than 65,000 guests a night. Area restaurants feature everything form fast food to home-cooked family style meals, to picnic baskets for mountain hiking, as well as popular steak and seafood specialties.
Pigeon Forge offers over 40 major attractions including Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, Ogles Water Park, Smoky Mountain Jubilee, and such other attractions as museums, theaters, comedy shows, and mini golf courses.
Shopping is popular past time in Pigeon Forge offering many unique styles of souvenir, craft and specialty shops. It is becoming known as the outlet shopping capital of the Southeast. Featuring name brands, high quality goods sold at factory-direct prices.
Gatlinburg…only 39 miles southeast of Knoxville. Gatlinburg serves as the primary Tennessee entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Three major interstates bring visitors into the area, I-40, I-75 and I-81.
Springtime in Gatlinburg is time for The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage a three day feast of fantastic photo opportunities, lectures, nature hikes and escorted motor tours if the Smokies most legendary scenery and color. Hosted by the expert botanists and horticulturists from the Great Smoky Mountains, the University of Tennessee and the Gatlinburg Garden Club.
Gatlinburg itself is awash in color and crisp freshness. The warming days make shopping and dining in Gatlinburg’s mountain mystique an absolute adventures.
Gatlinburg is known for being one of the South’s favorite playgrounds with over 800 miles of scenic hiking trails, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, backcountry camping, and trout fishing in clear mountain streams.
One of the finest traditions in Gatlinburg is the Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community. Established in 1937, and designated as a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail, this community is internationally recognized as the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Gatlinburg celebrates many unique and entertaining events.
Winter transforms Gatlinburg into a candyland filled to the brim with millions of intoxicating gems of sparkling lights. Laughter spills down the snow-covered slopes for a full of snow skiing. The day ends with warm mulled cider and a cozy fireplace.
Every season in Gatlinburg offers its own brand of fun, entertainment, sights, sounds and flavor. It’s what makes Gatlinburg one of America’s most popular year- around destination. So come join us in the heart of the Smokies.
Sevier County is one of those counties where you can honestly say that it’s a nice place to live. It’s your hometown in the Smokies.
Newcomers must change their out-of-state vehicle registration at the time residency is declared. To register your vehicle you must bring proof of title, or if there is a lienholder, the registration, name and address of the lienholder. (865) 453-5502
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Spring…March has the most changeable weather. Snow or rain can fall on any day. By mid to late April, the weather becomes milder with daytime temperatures ranging from the 70’s to low 40’s at night. May temperatures can climb into the 80’s or dip into the 30’s.
Summer…By mid June, heat, Haze and high humidity are the norm. Late afternoon thundershowers occur almost daily. Average temperatures are in the upper 80’s during the day and 50’s at night.
Fall…In Mid-September, a pattern of warm, sunny days and crisp, clear nights often begins. Cool raining days occurs. An occasional dusting of snowfall.
Winter…The days during this season can be sunny and in the 70’s or snowy with highs in the 20’s. Snowfall occurs one to five times per season with substantial accumulation in the high country.
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Newcomers have 30 days after establishing permanent residence to change their out-of-state license to a Tennessee licenses. If you have a valid license from another state, a vision test is required. For first time license, you must have a certified birth certificate, pass a written exam, a vision test and a road test. Contact (865) 429-7016
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The Sevier County School System serves over eleven thousand students, with enrollment increasing annually at an approximate rate of 4.3 percent. There are three comprehensile secondary schools, three middle schools, one intermediate school, three primary schools and seven K-8 elementary schools. All of Sevier County Schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the State of Tennessee. The system’s attributes of excellence have been recognized repeatedly through the Governor’s A+ Award Program.
In addition, there are music, art, guidance, physical education and gifted programs at each school. Other support programs include drug/alcohol prevention programs, at-risk programs, and comprehensive vocational curriculum.
The student academic performance has been consistently at or above state and national averages. The system is recognized as one that prides itself in providing a safe, well-disciplined and nurturing environment in which students are challenged to meet their greatest potential socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.
The following information is required when registering a new student to the Sevier County School System. A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records child’s social security card and proof of address. For information contact the Sevier County School System at (865) 453-4671
Many opportunities for continuing education exist in the Sevierville area. Walter State Community College offers classes at the Sevierville campus, located at 435 Dolly Parton Parkway and the main campus in nearby Morristown. The University of Tennessee and Carson Newman College are also located in the area.
The residents of Sevier County take great comfort in knowing that they have a top quality health care available twenty-four hours a day. Everyone that lives here is assured of personal, professional and comprehensive health care.
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From the sweet sounds of the Southern Nights Theater to the electrifying performances of Lee Greenwood, the variety of the family entertainment is unsurpassed. Rounding off the selection of “Boots”, “Boogie and Blues” by Opryland Productions at the Governors Palace, plus a stellar lineup of shows at the new Sevierville Civic Center. Sevierville has become one of the fastest growing entertainment showplaces in the southeast and especially the Smokies. Sevier County’s entertainment is full of adventure, from Dollywood to Forbidden Caverns to awesome muscle cars and much more. There’s something for everyone.
Being known as one of the South’s favorite playgrounds with over 800 miles of incredible scenic hiking trails, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, backcountry camping and many other great outdoor sports With it’s breath taking vistas, vast stands of hardwood forests and it’s no wonder the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular park in America.
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