Anderson County is made up of five incorporated municipalities and other small communities. This can be overwhelming when thinking of relocating to the area, so with the help of the the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce we've explained a little about each community with the hope that you’ll find the area in Anderson County that best fits your needs.

Clinton – As the county seat of Anderson County, Clinton is just 15 minutes from Knoxville and sits along the Clinch River. Clinton has an abundance of small-Photo of downtown Clinton TNtown charm with modern amenities. From fun festivals to local attractions, there are always fun things to do. Clinton was recently named Tennessee’s best place to raise kids, offering affordable housing and an outstanding school system. Thriving business development continues at the I-75 interchange, currently over 5,000 people are employed in the city’s three industrial parks. Clinton is known as an antique mecca with a downtown district packed full of antique and specialty shops. The City of Clinton provides excellent public service through, fire, public works, and parks and recreation.

Norris – Originally planned as a model community in 1933 to house employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the city of Norris has been listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975. The city’s design had two Norris, TNprimary goals: to facilitate community interaction and to integrate green space. Sidewalks line all of the streets and shared common areas are designed for recreation. You will see luscious green spaces surrounding the city and an abundance of wildlife. A unique feature to the city is residents must collect mail at a centralized post office and it continues to be a great way to stay in touch with the community. Norris has its own grocery store, Archer’s Grocery and a couple of great places to grab a bit to eat. Located within the city is the Norris Watershed consisting of 2,700 acres of land used for public recreation. The watershed boasts some of the best hiking and biking trails in East Tennessee.

Oak Ridge – The largest area in Anderson County, Oak Ridge has a total population of 29,885. Oak Ridge offers American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge TNtop-rated STEM schools, year round farmers markets, an extensive park and greenway system. Also known as the Secret City, Oak Ridge is home to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park that tells the role Oak Ridge played during World War II. You will find no shortage of shopping and dining options in Oak Ridge. New retails developments have recently opened and more are on the way. Diverse housing options are available in Oak Ridge and

Oliver Springs – The area around Oliver Springs was once used by Native Americans as a hunting ground and campsite. Natural mineral springs and abundant wildlife on Windrock Mountain encouraged Native Americans to stay. The springs, whose reputation lasted until the 20th century and were called Tah-hah-lehaha, which means Windrock Park “healing waters” in the Cherokee language. In the late 1990s, the movie October Sky was filmed in the community. Currently the local economy centers on mountains and ATV riders. Windrock Park, the largest privately owned off-road park in the country is nestled in the mountains in Oliver Springs. Renovations in the downtown area are currently underway and will bring a new revitalization to the area. A great time to visit Oliver Springs is in October during the October Sky Festival!

Rocky Top – The City of Rocky Top offers direct access to Norris Lake, Norris Dam State Park and Windrock Park property. You can visit the Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top and learn about the history of the coal Creek War and the coal mining history in the area. Rocky Top is excited about their bright future while preserving their proud past.

Some unincorporated and rural communities located within Anderson County include:

Andersonville - located east of Norris and close to Norris Lake and marinas, Andersonville offers close access to multiple hiking and biking trails. Its close proximity to Interstate 75 make it a great option for those that want a more rural feel, but still close to amenities.

Heiskell is located close to the Norris/Andersonville area and stretches alongside Highway 441. Heiskell is a rural area with pastoral land, along with some small subdivisions. Similarly, the Raccoon Valley area is also close by and both areas offer easy access to Interstate 75 and Knoxville.

Briceville and New River are rural and remote areas located close to Rocky Top. They offer mountainous and wooded terrain and are within close proximity to ATV trails making them a great area for nature and outdoor lovers. The New River area was home to Ray Thompson, builder of the Thompson Bowling arena, and the Thompson cancer center. Also, Billy Byrge who played the goofy guard in the "Earnest Movies".

The Medford community is located along US 25W, south of Rocky Top and north of Clinton. The area offers a large, country setting and has a lot of agricultural land.

Marlow is an area between Oak Ridge and Clinton with large, pastoral land. Homes are able to spread out in the community and farm land makes up much of the area. On the other side of the mountain from Marlow, you will find an area known as Dutch Valley. This area also offers large, pastoral views and a beautiful country setting.

The Claxton community is south of Clinton and northeast of the city of Oak Ridge, centered around the intersection of Clinton Highway (U.S. Route 25W and State Route 9) with State Route 170. It is close to Melton Hill Lake which offers great fishing and paddling. Claxton offers convenient access to both Interstates 40 and 75, so it's an appealing area to many.

All of these Anderson County communities offer peaceful, simple living at its finest! If you would like an Anderson County map or more information about relocating to the area, please reach out to us at or call us at 865-457-4547.