In Hamblen County, you have the best of many worlds.
Among the superlatives are small-town ambiance, proximity to a city, a vibrant arts culture community, and a world of outdoors recreation with glorious landscapes, such as Cherokee Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Panther Creek State Park. Fishing, boating, hiking, camping are popular outdoors activities. Panther Creek State Park is a 1,435-acre park in the historic Holston River Valley, six miles west of Morristown.
Pioneers from North Carolina and the older Watauga Settlement in East Tennessee arrived in this area around 1785. Prior to that time, the Cherokee Indians were the most prominent Native American tribe in the area. The park has 17 different hiking trails, covering more than 30 miles of terrain, offering all levels of difficulty. Hikers can enjoy magnificent views of Cherokee Lake and the Cumberland Mountains from Point Lookout Trail, reaching 1,460 feet above sea level. There are also more than 15 miles of mountain biking trails ranging from easy to difficult.
Cherokee Lake provides year-round catches of bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, rockfish and bream; 20-pound rockfish are a common catch. Nearby commercial marinas provide boat launching and rental boats, and a bait shop has supplies for fishing and picnicking needs. Panther Creek offers seven miles of horseback riding trails, with more under construction.
For more recreation, the county has three championship-caliber disc golf courses, three golf courses, multiple fitness centers, 14 city/county parks, with close proximity to three minor league baseball teams, University of Tennessee athletics and Carson-Newman University athletics.
Cultural opportunities in the region include two community theatre groups, arts and culture activities and classes at the Rose Center Council for the Arts. Other area activities include the award-winning Mountain Makins Festival, Crockett Tavern Museum, outdoor concerts, car shows, General Longstreet Museum, and much more.
Healthcare is high on the list for what we look for in a retirement community, and Hamblen County has noteworthy facilities. Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System (MHHS) serves an eight-county region with six Centers of Excellence.
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MHHS is equipped with modern technologies and expert staff to provide the best possible patient care. MHHS offers outstanding ancillary services including Laboratory Services, Radiology Services, and Therapy Services. Women’s Services at MHHS include a comprehensive breast center and employs an integrated nurse navigator. The Women's Center offers six newly remodeled labor and delivery suites and secure nursery.
Lakeway Regional Hospital is the community healthcare provider, a 135-bed facility with inpatient and outpatient care. Lakeway has emergency, medical and surgical services, intensive care, and women's services. Lakeway believes in the power of people to create great care, as a dedicated team of nurses, staff, volunteers, and physicians representing more than 30 specialties and subspecialties.
You’ll find friendly, quaint historic towns in Hamblen County. Morristown, a certified TN Main Street community, is centrally located within miles of 3 interstates and offers low utility and property tax rates. There are myriad volunteer opportunities, as well as multiple continuing education options.
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Recently, Tennessee earned a number-one spot among states considered prime retirement locations in a Bankrate.com study. Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to healthcare, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.
Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 5% for food.
Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.
The median home value in the Hamblen region is $98,000.
Retirees can advance their education through Walters State Community College and Tennessee Center of Applied Technology, both located in Morristown. Also within close proximity to Morristown are Carson-Newman University, Tusculum College, King College and Lincoln Memorial University.
Experience Living in Hamblen County
The people who live in my neighborhood in Morristown are diverse in their political and religious views. That diversity is appealing to me. It has allowed me in a short period of time to pursue interests of a social service nature that I would have not been able to do in larger population centers. There was immediate inclusion in the neighborhood block parties, and invitations to social and church events. My neighbors carry in one another’s trash can for no particular reason. For the first time in thirty-seven years, I can call a place 'home'.- Mr. Sandy Thomason
I was a fourth-generation Floridian and in my sixties. I wanted the adventure of living in a different climate and culture than I had always known. Friends who had relocated to Morristown from North Carolina told me Morristown was where I needed to be, and they were right. I love looking at the mountain range from my front porch, and especially love the dear friends I have made through the many organizations with which I volunteer—particularly the Lakeway Master Gardener Association and the Rose Center Culinary Association.- Wanda Kirby
Hamblen County can take some of the hassle out of your lifestyle visit. We have arranged discounts with select hotels and have coordinated VIP treatment for our visitors with participating development partners (subject to availability).
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