Roane County . . .
Roane County was founded on November 6, 1801. Roane County is 361 square miles and
the total population as of the 2000 Census was 51,900. The City of Kingston is the county seat. Kingston
was incorporated in 1799 and its population as of the 2000 Census was 5,264. Kingston served as the state capital for one
day - September 21, 1807 - and the Tennessee House of Representatives convened here. The City of Harriman
was incorporated in 1891 and its population as of the 2000 Census was 6,744, making it the largest city in Roane County. It
was known as "The Town that Temperance Built" because no manufacture, storage, or sales of intoxicating liquor or
beverages would take place. The Town of Oliver Springs was incorporated in 1903 and its population as
of the 2000 Census was 3,303. Oliver Springs is actually located in three counties: Anderson, Morgan and Roane. Some scenes
of "October Sky" were filmed in Oliver Springs. The City of Rockwood was incorporated in 1903 and
its population as of the 2000 Census was 5,774. John Wilder, a Union officer, discovered an abundance of iron
on Walden Ridge and later returned to Rockwood to form the Roane Iron Company. The town was named after William
O. Rockwood, the first president of the Roane Iron Company. The City of Oak Ridge was incorporated
in 1962 and its population as of the 2000 Census was 27,387. The largest portion of the City of Oak Ridge is located in Anderson
County, with a smaller portion located in Roane County. Oak Ridge was established by the Federal Government. First known as
the Manhattan Project, it was secretly developed for the purpose of making nuclear weapons which were used to end World War
Roane County ....
Created 1801 from Knox County
and Indian lands; named in honor of Archibald Roane (1760-1819),1796 Constitutional
Convention delegate, Superior Court of Law and Equity judge, Supreme Court Judge,
Governor of Tennessee.
In the late 1700's, hunter Peter Avery was commissioned
by the mother state of North Carolina to blaze a trail through the wilderness. The trail became known as the Avery Trace.
Early settlers found rich pasture land surrounded by mountains and rivers in the area that is today Roane County.
After Peter Avery established the Avery Trace, connecting the cities of Knoxville and Nashville, the early settlers
constructed Fort Southwest Point on a high bluff overlooking the Clinch and Tennessee Rivers. Today, visitors can walk
through a partial reconstruction of the Fort, rebuilt on its original site. The Visitors Center houses a museum containing
artifacts excavated under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Archeology. The history of the Fort comes alive during
the Living History Days as staff members dress in period costumes and recreate activities from the past.
The Avery Trace was replaced by Interstate 40 and makes the towns of Harriman, Kingston, Rockwood, and parts
of Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs easily accessible to many major metropolitan areas and within a day's drive to many major
United States markets.
The beauty of Roane County is highlighted by the Appalachian Mountains and Watts
Bar Lake, made up of the Tennessee, Clinch and Emory Rivers. Each year, water recreation draws many visitors to Roane County.
Roane County . . .
Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains along Watts Bar
Lake, Roane County is made up of lush green foliage, gently rolling hills punctuated by steep bluffs, and sweeping valleys
cradling clear rivers and lakes. The Tennessee, Clinch and Emory Rivers meet at the Watts Bar Lake creating 738 shoreline
miles in the county so water recreation draws many visitors to our county each year. In addition to water recreation Roane
County offers a variety of family festivals (Smokin' the Water, Polk Salad Festival, Thunder Road Festival, Labor Day
Festival, Kingston's Country Fair, Rockwood's Fall Festival, and Oliver Springs' October Sky Festival), unique
attractions, and Bluegrass music almost any night of the week (Yonder Hollow in Rockwood every Friday night - local and
nationally known artists are known to have performed on this stage. Music lovers as well as pickers are all welcome at Bradbury
Community Club for the jammin' sessions every Tuesday night and concerts the 3rd Saturday of each month). Fort Southwest
Point is the only colonial-era fort in Tennessee reconstructed on its original foundation. Tours are free, including the Colonial
Christmas Candlelight Tour held in December.
For those individuals who prefer the great outdoors, Riley
Creek Campground has recently opened with many campsites and RV hookups, and Caney Creek RV Park and Marina offers full upscale
RV hookups, a riverside pool, and pontroon, paddle boat and canoe rentals. Away from the water, Oak Ridge offers the Secret
City Scenic Excursion Train ride through the setting of the historic Manhattan Project, complete with a narrated one hour
ride. Roane County Park offers "disc" golf, walking trails, a splash pad and pavilion rentals for reunions, birthday
parties, and gatherings.
Its continued growth, accessibility to the Smoky Mountains National Park, fascinating history,
small town way of life and water frontage all equal an exciting and beautiful place to live or to visit.
Roane State Community College
Roane State Community College was founded in 1971 and serves a diverse eight-county service area that includes Anderson,
Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Loudon, Morgan, Roane and Scott counties. The college provides health sciences education in
Knox and Blount counties. In addition to its main campus in Harriman, Roane State also has campuses in Crossville, Huntsville,
Jamestown, Knoxville, LaFollette, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge and Wartburg. With its multiple campuses and wide range of distance
learning offerings, Roane State brings the benefits of higher education within reach of all who live and work in these communities. Roane
State provides transfer curricula,career-preparation programs and continuing education. Roane State is a leading provider
of health sciences programs. Nursing, dental hygiene technology, opticianry, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy
technology are just a few of the many opportunities available. Roane State has an excellent job placement rate for students
in career-preparation programs such as criminal justice, early childhood education and paralegal studies. The college also
offers numerous options for transferring to four-year schools. Roane State's international education program gives
students exciting opportunities to study abroad. Destinations have included Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico and Europe. Dr. Chris
Whaley is the President of Roane State Community College.
Roane County Tax Rate (FY 2013):
Inside Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood: 2.1300
Inside Oak Ridge: 1.9700
Roane County Courthouse 200 E Race Street
Kingston Tennessee 37763