Fentress County, Tennessee

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Fentress County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 16,625. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 17,159 [1]. Its county seat is Jamestown[1].



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 499 square miles (1,292.4 km2), of which 499 square miles (1,292.4 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.07%) is water.

Fentress County includes part of Dale Hollow Reservoir and is drained by forks of the Obey and Cumberland Rivers.

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Fentress County was formed in 1823 from portions of Morgan, Overton and White counties. The county was named in honor of James Fentress (1763–1843), who served as speaker of the state house, chairman of Montgomery County Court, and commissioner to select seats for Haywood, Carroll, Gibson and Weakley counties in West Tennessee.

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