Photo - Douglas Lake
Jefferson County, Tennessee was created in 1792 from Greene and Hawkins Counties and was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), third President of the United States. Jefferson County is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and includes two beautiful lakes, Cherokee and Douglas. Carson-Newman College, located in Jefferson City, is a Baptist-affiliated college with an enrollment exceeding 5,000. Proximity to the Knoxville MSA and with superb transportation facilities including Interstate 40 and the Norfolk Southern Railroad, Jefferson County has experienced significant growth over the past decade.
Jefferson County strategic position at the junction of Interstates 40 and 81 provides one of the top manufacturing and distribution locations in the U.S.
Jefferson County has a population of 51,722 and a total area of 314 square miles.