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Sevier County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Sevier County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Seat Sevierville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

597 sq mi (1,546 km²)
592 sq mi (1,533 km²)
5 sq mi (13 km²), 0.91%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

71,170
163/sq mi (63/km²)
Founded September 28, 1794
Sevier County Courthouse.jpg
Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville
Website www.seviercountytn.org

Sevier County (pronounced "severe") is a U.S. county of the state of Tennessee, United States. Its population was 71,170 at the 2000 United States Census. It is included in the Sevierville, Tennessee, Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN Combined Statistical Area. The county seat is at Sevierville[1], the largest city in the county.

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History

Prior to the encroachment of white settlers in present day Sevier County in the mid-18th century, the area had been inhabited for as many as 20,000 years by nomadic and semi-nomadic Native Americans. In the mid-16th century, Spanish expeditions led by Hernando de Soto (1540) and Juan Pardo (1567) passed through what is now Sevier County, reporting that the region was part of the domain of Chiaha, a minor Muskogean chiefdom centered around a village located on a now-submerged island just upsteam from modern Douglas Dam. By the late 17th-century, however, the Cherokee— whose ancestors were living in the mountains at the time of the Spaniards' visit— had become the dominant tribe in the region. Although they used the region primarily as hunting grounds, the Cherokee vehemently fought white settlement in their territory, frequently leading raids on households in the area, even through the signing of various peace treaties, alternating short periods of peace with violent hostility[1], until forcibly marched from their territory by the U.S. government on the infamous "Trail of Tears."[2]

Sevier County as it is known today was formed on September 18, 1794 from part of neighboring Jefferson County, and has retained its original boundaries ever since. The county takes its name from John Sevier, governor of the failed state of Franklin and first governor of Tennessee, who played a prominent role during the tumultuous early years of settlement in the region[www.state.tn.us/sos/bluebook/ online/section5/counties.pdf]. Since its establishment in 1795, the county seat has been situated at Sevierville (also named for Sevier), the eighth-oldest city in Tennessee.

Prior to the late 1930s, Sevier County's population, economy, and society— which relied primarily on subsistence agriculture— held little significance vis-à-vis any other county in the rural South. However, with the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early 1930s, the destiny of Sevier County, within the bounds of which lies thirty percent of the total area of the national park, changed drastically. Today, rampant tourism supports the county's burgeoning economy which does not appear to be slowing any time in the near future.

Government

The head of the Sevier County government, the county mayor, is elected in county-wide elections. The mayor serves along with a 25 member commission of elected officials representing the many small communities spread across the county. [3].

Larry Waters is the current county mayor.[2]

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Presidential elections

The county tends to go strongly Republican in Presidential elections. In 1916 it may have given Charles Hughes the highest percentage of any county in the nation.[3] In 1932 Herbert Hoover reportedly received 77.01% of the vote[4] and in 1936 Alf Landon received 77.73%.[5] Since 1992 no Republican candidate has received less than 55% of the county's vote and in 2008 John McCain received 73.4%.[6]

Economy

From its beginnings as a traditional subsistence-based farming society, Sevier County has grown into a major tourist destination since the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is dominates the southern portion of the county. One of the very reasons for the park's creation, however, was also one of the county's first major economic engines: the lumber industry. Establishments in what is now the national park felled large amounts of timber in the early 1900s. Though the park effectively killed the then-lagging industry in the late 1930s, it spurred the development of one of the largest tourist resorts in the United States of America, as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now the most visited national park in the country[4]. In recent years the tourism bubble has expanded beyond the city of Gatlinburg, which borders the Northwestern segment of the national park, and into the nearby cities of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville[5].

The commercial cabin rental industry has grown tremendously in recent years.

Tourist attractions

The tourism industry drives the county's economy. The following destinations are among the most lucrative for the area:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, southern Sevier County: Established in 1936 and propelling the tourism industry in Sevier County ever since, the national park is the most visited in the entire system, welcoming over 10 million nature enthusiasts every year, most of which arrive through Sevier County[6].
  • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge: The theme park named for part-owner Dolly Parton (who was born in Sevierville) admits 2.2 million guests a year, making it both the most popular theme park and most frequented attraction (after the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) in Tennessee[7].
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg: Opened in 2000 and designated the most visited aquarium in the United States in 2001, when over 2 million tourists passed through its galleries, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is the largest single tourist draw in Gatlinburg [8].
  • Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg: The Ober Gatlinburg ski resort sits above Gatlinburg, offering numerous attractions for visitors unique to the county, including winter ski slopes and an indoor ice skating rink. The tramway that takes visitors to and from the Gatlinburg Parkway is touted as "America's Largest Aerial Tramway" [9]

Geography

Mountains over Sevier County at sunset from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 598 square miles (1,548 km²), of which 592 square miles (1,534 km²) is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) (0.91%) is water.

As one of the largest counties in Tennessee, Sevier County's terrain varies from one of the most rugged portions of the Appalachian Mountains to the river valley of the French Broad River and Douglas Lake. The maximum elevation differential in Sevier County is the greatest in Tennessee, ranging from a high of 6,643 feet (2,025 m) at Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the state) to a low of 850 feet (259 m) at the French Broad River[10].

Geographic features

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Age pyramid Sevier County[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 71,170 people, 28,467 households, and 20,837 families residing in the county. The population density was 120 people per square mile (46/km²). There were 37,252 housing units at an average density of 63 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,467 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,719, and the median income for a family was $40,474. Males had a median income of $27,139 versus $20,646 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,064. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Sevier County was Tennessee's third fastest-growing county by percentage change in population between the 1990 census and 2000 census[9].

Education

The Sevier County School System is composed of thirty-two public and private institutions ranging from Head Start programs through a number of secondary schools. One post-secondary institution is also located within the county.

Sevier County School Board personnel include:

  • Director of Schools: Jack Parton
  • Director of Instruction: Debra Cline
  • Director of Finance: Karen King
  • Purchasing/Personnel: Jim Wade

School board members:

  • District 1: Mike Oakley
  • District 2: John McClure
  • District 3: Stanley Moore
  • District 4: Charles Temple
  • District 5: Becky Barnes

Head Start:

  • Boyds Creek Headstart, on Boyds Creek Highway
  • Douglas Dam Headstart, in Sevierville
  • Harrisburg Headstart, on Old Harrisburg Road
  • Wearwood Headstart, in Sevierville

Preschool:

  • Trula Lawson Early Childhood Center, in Sevierville

Elementary/middle schools:

  • Boyds Creek Elementary, in Sevierville
  • Caton's Chapel Elementary, on Caton's Chapel Road
  • Jones Cove Elementary, on Jones Cove Road
  • New Center School, in Sevierville
  • Northview Elementary, in Kodak
  • Pi Beta Phi Elementary, in Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge Middle, in Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge Primary, in Pigeon Forge
  • Pittman Center School, in Pittman Center
  • Sevierville Intermediate, in Sevierville
  • Sevierville Middle, in Sevierville
  • Sevierville Primary, in Sevierville
  • Seymour Middle, Seymour
  • Seymour Intermediate, Seymour
  • Seymour Primary, Seymour
  • Wearwood Elementary, Sevierville

High schools:

Other schools:

  • Covenant Christian Academy, on Old Newport Highway
  • Day School, in Sevierville
  • King's Academy, in Seymour
  • My Audie's Place, in Pigeon Forge
  • New Hope Church of God, in Sevierville
  • Raggedy Andy's Playhouse Inc., in Sevierville
  • Riverside Academy, in Sevierville

Colleges and universities

The one post-secondary institution in the county is a satellite campus of the Morristown-based Walters State Community College.

Parks

In addition to the federally operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevier County is home to numerous smaller community parks, primarily within the cities of Sevierville[11], Pigeon Forge[12], and Gatlinburg[13]. The most significant of them are listed as follows:

  • Sevierville City Park
  • Pigeon Forge City Park
  • Patriot Park (Pigeon Forge)
  • Holt Park (Gatlinburg)
  • Mills Park (Gatlinburg)
  • Mynatt Park (Gatlinburg)

Transportation

The massive development of the tourism industry in Sevier County in recent years, while blessing the county with good economic fortunes, has indeed put a major stress on the county's roadways. In effort to control this the county has put forth numerous projects to widen existing highways, and the cities of Pigeon Forge[14] and Gatlinburg[15] have also implemented a bus service oriented towards visitors, which ferries tourists to and from various popular destinations throughout the towns via decorated buses referred to as "trolleys."

Highways

This Rock City Barn is located just off of U.S. 411, in northeast Sevier County, ten miles from Sevierville

A combination of many of these highways linked together as they run from Tenneessee Exit 407 of Interstate-40 through the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park functions as the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway. Along this stretch of U.S. and Tennessee highways a major, nearly uninterrupted tourist center (separated only by a spur route of the Foothills Parkway, known as "the spur") has emerged in the three communities.

Airports

KGKT, Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport[16]

In popular culture

Cities and towns

Sevier County, like much of rural Tennessee, consists relatively few incorporated municipalities and numerous unincorporated settlements. The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Pittman Center, and Sevierville (the four incorporated cities) account for only a small portion of the total population of over 70,000[17].

Incorporated

Other communities

  • Hornet
  • Jones Cove
  • Knob Creek
  • Kodak
  • Laurel
  • Little Cove
  • Little Sicily
  • McCookville
  • McMahan
  • Middle Creek
  • Millican Grove
  • New Center
  • New Era
  • Oldham
  • Park Settlement
  • Pine Grove
  • Pinnacle
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Richardson Cove
  • Rocky Cove
  • Seaton Spring
  • Seymour
  • Shady Grove
  • Shady Thickett
  • Starkeytown
  • Trundles Crossroads
  • Union Grove
  • Union Valley
  • Walden Creek
  • Walnut Grove
  • Wears Valley
  • Whites School
  • Yettland Park
  • Zion Grove

References

External links

Coordinates: 35°47′N 83°31′W / 35.78°N 83.52°W / 35.78; -83.52


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Sevier County, Tennessee
Map
File:Map of Tennessee highlighting Sevier County.png
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded September 28, 1794
Seat Sevierville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.91%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

71170
Website: www.seviercountytn.org

Sevier County (pronounced "severe") is a U.S. county of the state of Tennessee, United States. Its population was 71,170 at the 2000 United States Census. It is included in the Sevierville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN Combined Statistical Area. The county seat is at Sevierville6, the largest city in the county.

Contents

History

Prior to the encroachment of white settlers in present day Sevier County, the area had been inhabited for as many as 20,000 years by various prehistoric Indian tribes, the ancestors of the regionally dominant Cherokee indians. Though they used the region primarily as hunting grounds, the Cherokee vehemently fought white settlement in their territory, frequently leading raids on households in the area, even through the signing of various peace treaties, alternating short periods of peace with violent hostility[1], until forcibly marched from their territory by the U.S. government on the infamous "Trail of Tears[2]."

Sevier County as it is known today was formed on September 18, 1794 from part of neighboring Jefferson County, as has retained the same boundaries that it was drawn up with over 200 years ago. The county takes its name from John Sevier, governor of the failed state of Franklin and first governor of Tennessee, who played a prominent role during the tumultuous early years of settlement in the region[www.state.tn.us/sos/bluebook/ online/section5/counties.pdf]. Since its establishment in 1795, the county seat has been situated at Sevierville (also named for Sevier), the eighth-oldest city in Tennessee.

Prior to the late 1930s, Sevier County's population, economy, and society held little significance vis-à-vis any other county in the rural South. However, with the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1936, the destiny of Sevier County, within the bounds of which lies thirty percent of the total area of the national park, was to change drastically. Today, rampant tourism supports the county's burgeoning economy which does not appear to be slowing any time in the near future.

Government

The Sevier County courthouse

The head of the Sevier County government, the "County Executive," is elected in county-wide elections. The county executive serves along with a 25 member commission of elected officials representing the many small communities spread across the county. [3].

The following list consists of the current elected officials of Sevier County[4]:

Title Name
County Executive Larry Waters
Assessor Johnny King
Circuit Court Clerk Janette Layman Ballard
Clerk and Master Carolyn McMahan
Commissioner Ronnie W. Allen
Commissioner Fred A. Atchley
Commissioner Ben C. Clabo
Commissioner Gary Cole
Commissioner James Dykes
Commissioner Judy Godfrey
Commissioner Marty Hamilton
Commissioner Mike Hillard
Commissioner Tim Hurst
Commissioner Warren N. Hurst
Commissioner Jim R. Keener
Commissioner Phil King
Commissioner Darrell Lee
Commissioner Jeffery A. McCarter
Commissioner Charles (Tommy) McGaha
Commissioner David Norton
Commissioner Bill Oakes
Commissioner Ray L. Ogle
Commissioner Tony Proffitt
Commissioner Carroll Rauhuff
Commissioner Garold V. Rhea
Commissioner James A. Temple Sr.
Commissioner Ronnie R. Whaley
Commissioner Kent Woods
County Attorney Jerry McCarter
County Clerk Joe Keener
Register of Deeds Sherry Robertson
Sheriff Ron Seals
Trustee Jettie B. Clabo

Economy

From its beginnings as a traditional subsistence-based farming society, Sevier County has grown into a major tourist destination since the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is dominates the southern portion of the county. One of the very reasons for the park's creation, however, was also one of the county's first major economic engines: the lumber industry. Establishments in what is now the national park felled large amounts of timber in the early 1900s. Though the park effectively killed the then-lagging industry in the late 1930s, it spurred the development of one of the largest tourist resorts in the United States of America, as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now the most visited national park in the country[5]. In recent years the tourism bubble has expanded beyond the city of Gatlinburg, which borders the Northwestern segment of the national park, and into the nearby cities of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville[6].

Tourist attractions

The tourism industry drives the county's economy. The following destinations are among the most lucrative for the area:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, southern Sevier County: Established in 1936 and propelling the tourism industry in Sevier County ever since, the national park is the most visited in the entire system, welcoming over 10 million nature enthusiasts every year, most of which arrive through Sevier County[7].
  • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge: The theme park named for part-owner Dolly Parton admits 2.2 million guests a year, making it both the most popular theme park and most frequented attraction (after the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) in Tennessee[8].
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg: Opened in 2000 and designated the most visited aquarium in the United States in 2001, when over 2 million tourists passed through its galleries, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is the largest single tourist draw in Gatlinburg [9].
  • Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg: The Ober Gatlinburg ski resort sits above Gatlinburg, offering numerous attractions for visitors unique to the county, including winter ski slopes and an indoor ice skating rink. The tramway that takes visitors to and from the Gatlinburg Parkway is touted as "America's Largest Aerial Tramway" [10]

Geography

Mountains over Sevier County at sunset from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,548 km² (598 sq mi). 1,534 km² (592 sq mi) of it is land and 14 km² (5 sq mi) of it (0.91%) is water.

As one of the largest counties in Tennessee, Sevier County's terrain varies from one of the most rugged portions of the Appalachian Mountains to the river valley of the French Broad River and Douglas Lake. Inasmuch, the maximum elevation differential in Sevier County is the greatest in Tennessee, ranging from a high of 6,643 feet (2,025 metres) at Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the entire state), to 850 feet (259 metres) at the French Broad River[11].

Geographic features

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Age pyramid Sevier County[1]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 71,170 people, 28,467 households, and 20,837 families residing in the county. The population density was 46/km² (120/sq mi). There were 37,252 housing units at an average density of 24/km² (63/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.27% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,467 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,719, and the median income for a family was $40,474. Males had a median income of $27,139 versus $20,646 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,064. About 8.20% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.10% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Infrastructure

Making necessary improvements to local infrastructure will require $6,256 from each resident of Sevier County, a new study by a state agency finds.


The study, which was completed by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), found Sevier County needs nearly half a billion dollars in infrastructure improvement over the next five years. The per capita breakdown of the $483.4 million in local needs ranks the county with the 19th greatest need in the state. The total is up by 11.8 percent or $50.9 million from last year.

The study considered public infrastructure needs across the state, finding a total of $28.3 billion in work needed. The figure includes necessary improvements to roads and bridges, schools, water and wastewater management, and development of business districts.

Locally, transportation topped the list, with $231.2 million in work needed, while local water and wastewater treatment facilities reportedly need $83.2 million in improvements.

While much of the money for water and wastewater will go to expanding existing plants and building a new wastewater pipeline to the French Broad River from Pigeon Forge, the money set for transportation will be largely dedicated to correcting differed maintenance problems.


The study also reflects a need of $41 million for business district development in Sevier County.

A plan drafted by King and other school officials to keep up with that growth calls for $50 million in such construction over the next decade. That cost is not reflected in the TACIR report.

Statewide, the study found making needed improvements would take $4,804 from each citizen, with $2,136 of that going to transportation and $2,255 of it for water and wastewater infrastructure.

Catherine Corley, TACIR's senior research associate, said the information in the report was compiled over the last few years from data provided by each of the state's nine development districts. Sevier County's numbers came from the East Tennessee Development District, which in turn got its information from officials at the local level.

Education

The Sevier County School System is composed of thirty-two public and private institutions ranging from Head Start programs through a number of secondary schools. One post-secondary institution is also located within the county.

Sevier County School Board personnel include:

  • Director of Schools: Jack Parton
  • Director of Instruction: Debra Cline
  • Director of Finance: Karen King
  • Purchasing/Personnel: Jim Wade

School board members:

  • District 1: Mike Oakley
  • District 2: John McClure
  • District 3: Stanley Moore
  • District 4: Charles Temple
  • District 5: Becky Barnes



Head Start:

  • Boyds Creek Headstart, on Boyds Creek Highway
  • Douglas Dam Headstart, in Sevierville
  • Harrisburg Headstart, on Old Harrisburg Road
  • Wearwood Headstart, in Sevierville

Preschool:

  • Trula Lawson Early Childhood Center, in Sevierville

Elementary/middle schools:

  • Boyds Creek Elementary, in Sevierville
  • Caton's Chapel Elementary, on Caton's Chapel Road
  • Jones Cove Elementary, on Jones Cove Road
  • New Center School, in Sevierville
  • Northview Elementary, in Kodak
  • Pi Beta Phi Elementary, in Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge Middle, in Pigeon Forge
  • Pigeon Forge Primary, in Pigeon Forge
  • Pittman Center School, in Pittman Center
  • Sevierville Intermediate, in Sevierville
  • Sevierville Middle, in Sevierville
  • Sevierville Primary, in Sevierville
  • Seymour Middle, Seymour
  • Seymour Intermediate, Seymour
  • Seymour Primary, Seymour
  • Wearwood Elementary, Sevierville

High schools:

  • Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, in Gatlinburg
  • Pigeon Forge High School, in Pigeon Forge
  • Sevier County High School, in Sevierville
  • Seymour High School, in Seymour
  • Vocational Center (at Sevier County High School), in Sevierville

Other schools:

  • Covenant Christian Academy, on Old Newport Highway
  • Day School, in Sevierville
  • King's Academy, in Seymour
  • My Audie's Place, in Pigeon Forge
  • New Hope Church of God, in Sevierville
  • Raggedy Andy's Playhouse Inc., in Sevierville
  • Riverside Academy, in Sevierville

Colleges and Universities

The only post-secondary institution in Sevier County is a satellite campus of the Morristown-based Walters State Community College, referred to as Walter State Community College, Sevier County Campus.

Parks

In addition to the federally operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevier County is home to numerous smaller community parks, primarily within the cities of Sevierville[12], Pigeon Forge[13], and Gatlinburg[14]. The most significant of them are listed as follows:

  • Sevierville City Park
  • Pigeon Forge City Park
  • Patriot Park (Pigeon Forge)
  • Holt Park (Gatlinburg)
  • Mills Park (Gatlinburg)
  • Mynatt Park (Gatlinburg)

Transportation

The massive development of the tourism industry in Sevier County in recent years, while blessing the county with good economic fortunes, has indeed put a major stress on the county's roadways. In effort to control this the county has put forth numerous projects to widen existing highways, and the cities of Pigeon Forge[15] and Gatlinburg[16] have also implemented a bus service oriented towards visitors, which ferries tourists to and from various popular destinations throughout the towns via decorated buses referred to as "trolleys."

Highways

This Rock City Barn is located just off of U.S. 411, in northeast Sevier County, ten miles from Sevierville

A combination of many of these highways linked together as they run from Tenneessee Exit 407 of Interstate-40 through the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg to the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park functions as the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway. Along this stretch of U.S. and Tennessee highways a major, nearly uninterrupted tourist center (separated only by a spur route of the Foothills Parkway, known as "the spur") has emerged in the three communities.

Airports

KGKT, Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport[17]

In Popular Culture

Cities and towns

Sevier County, like much of rural Tennessee, is comprised of relatively few incorporated communities (in this case four) and a barrage of unincorporated settlements dispersed throughout the county. In all, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Pittman Center, and Sevierville (the four incorporated cities in the county) account for only a small portion of the total population of over 70,000[18].

Incorporated

Other communities



References

  1. ^ Based on 2000 {{subst:#ifexist:census|[[census|]]|[[Wikipedia:census|]]}} data

External links

Coordinates: 35°47′N 83°31′W / 35.78, -83.52

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