Grainger County, Tennessee

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Grainger County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee renowned for its tomatoes. Together with Hamblen and Jefferson counties, it is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area which is, as of December 2005, considered a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN, Combined Statistical Area.[1] As of 2000, the population was 20,659. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 22,283 [2]. Its county seat is Rutledge[1].



Hear it spoken (Voice of Grainger County Mayor Mark Hipsher, 2010)


Grainger County is bounded on the northwest by the Clinch River (impounded by Norris Dam to form Norris Lake) and on the southeast by the Holston River (including Cherokee Lake). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 302 square miles (782.2 km2), of which 280 square miles (725.2 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57.0 km2) (7.31%) is water. Clinch Mountain is a major geographic feature that effectively separates the county into a southern section (including Rutledge) and a northern section (including Washburn).

Indian Cave

Indian Cave is a very historic cave located on the Holston River near the community of Blaine. A Cherokee Indian village was located just west of the main cave entrance in the 1700s. Remains of cane torches and other artifacts located in the cave indicate prehistoric use of the cave. The Donelson Party passed the Indian Cave Entrance on their way down the Holston River in 1779 while on their way to settle Nashville, Tennessee. ("Caves of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains" by Larry E. Matthews, published by the National Speleological Society, 2008, ISBN 978-1-879961-30-2, Chapter 4: Indian Cave, pages 83-104)

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