Anderson County is made up of five incorporated municipalities and other small communities. This can be overwhelming when thinking of relocating to the area, so the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce has explained a little about each area with the hope that you’ll find the area in Anderson County that best fits your needs.
Clinton – As the county seat of Anderson County, Clinton is just 15 minutes from Knoxville and sits along the Clinch River. Clinton has an abundance of small-town charm with modern amenities. From fun festivals to local attractions, there are always fun things to do. Clinton was recently named Tennessee’s best placeto raise kids, offering affordable housing and an outstanding school system. Thriving business development continues at the I-75 interchange, currently over 5,000 people are employed in the city’s three industrial parks. Clinton is known as an antique mecca with a downtown district packed full of antique and specialty shops. The City of Clinton provides excellent public service through, fire, public works, and parks and recreation.
Norris – Originally planned as a model community in 1933 to house employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city of Norris has been listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975. The city’s design had two primary goals: to facilitate community interaction and to integrate green space. Sidewalks line all of the streets and shared common areas are designed for recreation. You will see luscious green spaces surrounding the city and an abundance of wildlife. A unique feature to the city is residents must collect mail at a centralized post office and it continues to be a great way to stay in touch with the community. Norris has its own grocery store, Archer’s Grocery and a couple of great places to grab a bit to eat. Located within the city is the Norris Watershed consisting of 2,700 acres of land used for public recreation. The watershed boasts some of the best hiking and biking trails in East Tennessee.
Oak Ridge – The largest area in Anderson County, Oak Ridge has a total population of 29,885. Oak Ridge offers top-rated STEM schools, year round farmers markets, an extensive park and greenway system. Also known as the Secret City, Oak Ridge is home to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park that tells the role Oak Ridge played during World War II. You will find no shortage of shopping and dining options in Oak Ridge. New retails developments have recently opened and more are on the way. Diverse housing options are available in Oak Ridge and
Oliver Springs – The area around Oliver Springs was once used by Native Americans as a hunting ground and campsite. Natural mineral springs and abundant wildlife on Windrock Mountain encouraged Native Americans to stay. The springs, whose reputation lasted until the 20th century and were called Tah-hah-lehaha, which means “healing waters” in the Cherokee language. In the late 1990s, the movie October Sky was filmed in the community. Currently the local economy centers on mountains and ATV riders. Windrock Park, the largest privately owned off-road park in the country is nestled in the mountains in Oliver Springs. Renovations in the downtown area are currently underway and will bring a new revitalization to the area. A great time to visit Oliver Springs is in October during the October Sky Festival!
Rocky Top – The City of Rocky Top, formerly known as Lake City, changed its name in June 2014 in an attempt to increase economic growth and tourism. Rocky Top offers direct access to Norris Lake, Norris Dam State Park and Windrock Park property. You can visit the Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top and learn about the history of the coal Creek War and the coal mining history in the area. Rocky Top is excited about their bright future while preserving their proud past.
If you would like more information about retiring in Anderson County, please reach out to us at www.movetoandersoncounty.com or call us at 865-457-4547.