Helenwood, Tennessee

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Helenwood is an unincorporated community in Scott County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 846 at the 2000 census.



Helenwood was settled as a coal-mining community.

On April 5, 1935 a dynamite explosion caused extensive damage in Helenwood, destroying fifteen homes and damaging many other homes and businesses.[3][4] One news account said that Helenwood was "literally wiped off the map."[3] There were no fatalities.[4]

Helenwood was incorporated as a town by referendum in 1997, after the state statute that set minimum criteria for municipal incorporation was amended by the Tennessee General Assembly to remove the requirement that a newly incorporating area must not be within three miles of an existing city and to reduce the minimum population for incorporation from 1,500 residents to 225. The legislation that changed the statute had been introduced by Lieutenant Governor John S. Wilder in order to allow Hickory Withe to become a municipality. Helenwood's incorporation was rescinded by state courts after the amendments were declared unconstitutional.[5]


Helenwood is located at 36°25′24″N 84°32′29″W / 36.42333°N 84.54139°W / 36.42333; -84.54139 (36.423357, -84.541511)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 846 people, 341 households, and 247 families residing in the town. The population density was 307.0 people per square mile (118.3/km²). There were 364 housing units at an average density of 132.1/sq mi (50.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.87% White, 0.59% Native American, and 1.54% from two or more races.

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