About Morristown

A Brief History of Morristown

Morristown is the county seat of Hamblen County, located in the northeast corner of Tennessee.  The area was first settled in the late 1700’s by settlers of Scotch-Irish and German descent who moved into the region from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

The city of Morristown was incorporated in 1855.  At that time the city was part of  Jefferson and Grainger counties.  Hamblen County was formed fifteen years later in 1870 from portions of Jefferson, Grainger and Hawkins counties.

In the middle of the 20th century the community evolved from an agricultural based economy to a manufacturing based economy, producing such a wide range of products as textiles and furniture to automotive parts and high tech plastics.  Morristown/Hamblen County serves as the hub of the Lakeway Area for employment, educational, retail, medical, and entertainment services.



Demographic Information

Population (2014 Estimate):
City of Morristown – 29,304
Hamblen County – 63,036

Total Land Area – 174 Square Miles


1,351 feet above sea level


Climate and Temperature
Annual average temperature: 60 degrees F
Annual average rainfall: 46”
Annual average snowfall: 11.9”


Median Household Income: $39,596
Retail Sales (2008): $1,322,352,772



City of Morristown – www.mymorristown.com
Mayor and Six Council Members
Council/City Administrator
87 Police Officers/100 Patrol Cars
78 Full-time Fire Fighters/7 Vehicles


Hamblen County - www.hamblencountygovernment.us
County Mayor and Fourteen Member Commission
County Sherriff – 107 Officers/47 Patrol Cars
Four Volunteer Fire Departments


Post Office Class -   First
Newspaper- Citizen Tribune (daily except Saturday)
4 Radio Stations – WCRK, WJDT, WMTN, WGBQ

Television Stations – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS
Cable Television – Charter Communications, FiberNet
Telephone Companies –AT&T, FiberNet


Public School System – Hamblen County Department of Education http://www.hcboe.net
Elementary Schools – 11
Middle Schools – 4
High Schools – 2
Alternate School – 1
Student/Teacher Ratio – 19:1
Total Enrollment – 10,381
Private and Parochial Schools – 6
Higher Education – 2
Tennessee Technology Center - http://www.tcatmorristown.edu
Walters State Community College – www.ws.edu
Health Care
Two Hospitals with 325 inpatient beds
Two Nursing Homes with 358 beds
Two Assisted Living Facilities with 238 beds (both equipped with memory loss halls)
One Out-Patient Mental Health Facility
Physicians – 115 practicing in both family care and specialty areas
Dentists – 35


Churches – 116 (over 25 denominations)


Recreational Facilities
Panther Creek State Park
Cherokee Lake
City and/or County Parks – 14
Golf Courses – 3
Restaurants – 117
Movie Theatres – 12
Theatres – 3
Motel/Hotel Rooms – 755


Day Care
Child Care Centers – 24


Libraries  - 4


Interstates – 40 & 81
Highways – U.S. 11E, U.S. 25E
State Routes – 66, 160, 342
Air Service
Municipal:  Moore-Murrell Airport  (MOR)
Commercial:      McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS) – Knoxville, Tennessee
Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI) – Blountville, Tennessee
Rail – Norfolk Southern


Property Tax Rate per $100 of Value:
City - $1.114
County - $1.76

County Only $1.99

Rate of Assessment
Residential – 25%
Industrial – 40%
Personal (Equipment) – 30%

School Tax - None

Sales Tax – 2.75% City, 2.75% County
Hotel-Motel Tax – 7% City, 7% County


Sales Tax – 7%
(5% on Food and Food Ingredients)


Income Tax
Personal – 6% on Interest and Dividends
Corporate (Excise)...6.5% of Net Earnings


Important Phone Numbers
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