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In the late 1700s we were the midway points on the main road between New Orleans and Baltimore. Today, the famous "Buffalo Trail" is a scenic highway connecting historic Cumberland Gap with downtown Morristown.
Davy Crockett grew up here. His father owned and operated a tavern, during the Civil War; several strategic battles were fought in and around Morristown. The house that severed as the headquarters for Confederate General James Longstreet still stands.
In 1769 a rapid westward movement occurred after the first settlement in Tennessee. Hamblen County lies directly in the path of this expansion. By 1782 Hamblen County had its first settlers.
The area began to grow in 1782 when Charles McClung surveyed a road from Whites Fort (Knoxville) eastward, mostly over the Indian trail. This road became known as the Big Road which now is the basic path of 11-E. the road allowed a rapid development, along the arrival, in 1856, of the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad. Only when the Civil War was fought, the area sopped to grow.
By 1860 the people of the area were focusing on a creation of a new county. Colonels I.P. Haun and Mark M Murrell, with an unknown gentleman, were discussing the problems that they, along with others faced when it came to the transportation, government, and communication of the county seats being so far apart. It led to the ideas that became the nucleus for the creation of a new county.
Many petitions began to circulate among the citizens asking for the area to be recognized as a new county. The petitions were to be presented at the General Assembly. The new county was to include the land of Grainger County lying south of the Holston River, and Jefferson County land that was over eleven miles northeast of Dandridge. On April 15, 1870, a plot of the proposed new county was submitted. The county was formed by May 31, 1870.
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 has a lot to offer.
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Morristown, the county seat of Hamblen County, is a progressive medium sized town located in Upper East Tennessee. It is about 35 miles east of Knoxville, TN on Interstate 81. Morristown has an excellent, well-educated workforce, two industrial parks, and an IFR equipped airport with a 5700' runway to handle the several corporate jets based there.
Morristown 1990: 21,385
County 1990: 50,480
Airport Morristown Moore-Murrell Field Runway
The school system in the Morristown, Hamblen County area is a county operated system. The school systems consist of two high schools, 4 middle schools, 12 elementary schools, adult education, preschool and an alternative school.
The school system offers continuing education and special projects for its student population as well as its teachers and administrators. Special programs are offered to Morristown citizens as well.
Walter State Community College
Walter State the Great Smoky Mountains Community College. Walters State Community College is a public two-year higher education institution that is a component of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. The college offers programs of study, which lead to the Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. A certificate of credit may be provided for programs of study of one year or less; a certificate of recognition may be awarded for non-credit programs and services. All degree programs are built upon a foundation of general education courses.
Carson-Newman is a church-related, liberal arts college committed to preparing capable men and women, through its associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs, for meaningful service in vocation and study.
Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System
In 1995 was the year for the first of Morristown's First International Festival, initiated under the auspices of Discover Tennessee. As Morristown and Hamblen County continue to grow, the area has become home for people of many different nationalities. To honor this diversity and educate the community, a group of volunteers from ten nations planned and produced the festival. Features are entertainment, footways, exhibits, and videos. Morristown's Fifth International Festival will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2000. Nineteen nations will be involved in this year's event, which includes activities in the building and on the rear lawn of the Center under the "big tent."
Rose Center also hosted the annual Boys & Girls Club of Morristown art exhibit. A special exhibit of artwork produced by members of Girls Incorporated as part of a Tennessee Arts Commission grant was also held at Rose Center. Four educational workshops took place for members of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Morristown is for you! Morristown offers great boating and fishing on Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lakes. Two thousand-acre Panther Creek State Park offers picnicking, swimming, camping, and miles of hiking trails. Wildlife, including whitetail deer and wild turkeys abound.
Morristown offers some great parks, including Frank Lorino Park, offering baseball, softball, tennis, riding trails, a radio control flying field, a BMX Bicycle Course, picnic facilities and more! Play golf on the 30 golf courses within fifty miles of Morristown, including the recently completed Millstone Golf Club and Baneberry Country Club.
Cherokee Lake Forming one of the boundaries for Hamblen County, Cherokee Lake is well known for its year-round fishing. A commercial is contained at Cherokee Lake along with numerous public access areas allow boating enthusiasts access to the lake.
Panther Creek State Park With a grand overlook, Panther Creek State Park tops a steep drive woods and woodland wildlife often wander. The beautiful park contains, playground equipment, picnic tables and grills, hiking and bike trails, a swimming pool, soccer fields, a boat-launch ramp, fishing, camping and more which draw nearly a million visitors annually to Panther Creek.
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