About East Tennessee

McMinn County

There’s a reason Athens has earned the nickname, “The Friendly City.” Athens is located in McMinn County in Tennessee and part of the reason is the size. With a population of around 13,500 people, it’s large enough for citizens and visitors to feel like something is always going on, but small enough that it feels intimate and welcoming. Athens is also the home of three colleges, Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee Wesleyan University, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology. As an educational hub, there are frequently art shows, concerts, and other cultural happenings in and around the area.

If you’ve got small kids you’re looking to keep busy, Mayfield Dairy Farm is the perfect place. An affordable hour long tour shows you milk and ice cream production, and your reward for completing the tour is an ice cream cone. The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum is another can’t-miss destination. For the reasonable entry fee, you’ll see artifacts from the 1800’s to the present, and ever-changing exhibits mean that visitors always encounter something new.

For those looking to soak up the great outdoors, Athens is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing are minutes away. But if you prefer your outdoor experience to be a little more refined, the Gardens of Sunshine Hollow is the place to be. Relax on 2 acres of serene paths winding past terraced beds and forest. You can indulge your green thumb with hundreds of varieties of Hosta and Daylilies for sale, and you can indulge your sweet tooth at the Sunshine Hollow Bakery with the famous pecan fruitcake.

Ultimately, while exploring the Great Smokies, viewing the historic homes cared for through the city, or browsing the quaint downtown business area, you’ll get a glimpse of yesteryear. A time that wasn’t so rushed, and a place where visitors and new residents are greeted with a friendly smile.

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Bradley County

Cleveland is a city on the go, and it’s been that way for a long time. Cleveland is located in Bradley County and it’s Tennessee’s fifth largest industrial city, and home to 12 Fortune 500 companies. You can find a host of employers like Mars Chocolate of North America, Life Care Centers of America, and Hardwick Clothes. But one of the biggest and most influential economic drivers is tourism, and it’s easy to see why.

Bradley County is located near the Cherokee National Forest, and both the Ocoee and Hiwassee Rivers flow through the forest. That makes it a magnet for people interested in hiking, river rafting, camping, hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the convenience of nature. Thousands of visitors come to the area, and the locals enthusiastically enjoy the great outdoors located a virtual stone’s throw from their homes. Plus, the Ocoee is the only Olympic river in America, and its fast-paced rapids makes it one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the South.

For those looking to stay urban, there’s plenty to do in the city limits. Every Halloween, over 20,000 people enjoy the MainStreet Cleveland Halloween Block Party, a place with safe trick or treating, live music, food stands, and costume contests. Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland gave Cleveland the nickname of “Halloween Capital of the world.” The Museum Center at 5ive Points offers visitors a detailed look at the rich history and culture of Cleveland and Bradley County.

Spend a day in downtown Cleveland and you’ll find a wealth of charming restaurants, unique boutiques, and locally-owned shops, and a place steeped in history with Civil War sites and the Cherokee Nation. With amazing wineries, gorgeous vistas, and friendly people, visitors keep coming back and sometimes become locals themselves. It’s no wonder that Cleveland’s motto is “In the Middle of it All.”

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Monroe County

Monroe County (est. November 13, 1819) is nestled in southeast Tennessee, 58 miles south of Knoxville, and 74 miles north of Chattanooga. Home to one of the most beautiful National Scenic Byways in the country, and the Gateway to the Cherokee National Forest, the Cherohala Skyway runs through the heart of 1,024 acres of the most pristine natural beauty east of the Mississippi. Connecting the two towns of Tellico Plains and Robbinsville, North Carolina, the Cherohala Skyway offers a full view of the natural beauty that encompasses our region. Around every curve you will gain a deep understanding of why we truly consider this to be God’s Country.

As the 6th largest county in the state, we are blessed to have 653 square miles of pristine rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys that provide a number of economic and recreational opportunities. Among the access to hundreds of miles of trails and trout filled streams, you will find hundreds of acres of agricultural land, contemporary and modern homes, lake side properties, and industrial developments of outstanding value that have the potential to fit a wide variety of needs. Due to our low tax rates, diverse workforce, and close proximity to Interstate-75, we have a wide range of businesses and manufacturing facilities of all sizes that serve various different markets and industries. The opportunity for growth here is unlimited, and we encourage you to consider Monroe County as a potential place to plant your roots.

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