Union County Real Estate

A Brief Overview of Union County

"Union County is bordered to the west by Anderson and Campbell Counties, to the north by Claiborne County, to the east by Grainger County, and to the south by Knox County. The county is approximately 223.6 square miles in size and has three county census divisions — Luttrell, Maynardville, and Sharps Chapel — as well as three municipalities — Luttrell, Maynardville, and Plainview.

The last twenty years have brought even greater change as the county became more closely tied to the Knoxville metropolitan area. New businesses brought new nonfarm jobs into the county, and more and more people commuted to the Knoxville job market. For example, in 1990 ten new manufacturing plants located in Union County. At present about 85 percent of the work force commutes to jobs outside the county. The growth of these nonfarm jobs has produced a substantial population growth; the county grew from 13,694 in 1990 to 17,808 in 2000 — an increase of 30 percent.

Union County is noted for its musical heritage; four of its sons are now known throughout the world — Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Carl Smith, and Kenny Chesney. Lois Johnson, Hilda Kitts Harrill, and Melba Kitts Greene are among its best known women entertainers." — Excerpts: Tennessee Encyclopedia [Read Union County history]

Many corner churches are the thriving cultural centers of their community. In addition to their regular devotional services, Union County's churches host picnic gatherings, gospels, and tent revivals. [See Union County's churches]

Located along the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor, Union County, TN is also a great place to seat your business/industry. [See Union County Business Information]

Union County Government

View information for Union County Public Libraries Schools State Parks Driver's License Stations County Clerks Hospitals Historic Sites " Wineries State Parks Golf Courses B20 & E85 (++Ethanol) Fueling Stations Union County Government Website

Local Business

Union County's Chambers of Commerce


Union News Leader 150 Court Street Maynardville, TN 37807 865-992-3392

Union County Churches

Union County History

"Union County was formed in 1850 from portions of Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, and Knox Counties. The enabling legislation was initially passed January 3, 1850, but due to legal challenges and complications the county was not formally created until January 23, 1856. Shortly thereafter, Union County began functioning as a county, and county court minutes and records have been kept from that time. The county name derives from two possible sources. Dr. Robert H. White, Tennessee state historian from 1955 to 1970, believed that Union County was so named because it was a union of five segments of adjoining counties. Former Union County Schools Superintendent William H. Thomas suggested in 1961, however, that the name reflected the area's support for the federal union in the political debates of the period of the county's creation." — Excerpt: Tennessee Encyclopedia

Nationally recognized historical locations in Union County

Location: Union County
State: Tennessee
Area Code: 865
Zip Codes: 37779 37807 37866

Quick Links

Union County Quick Facts from the bureau of statistics Union County Demographics from the state of Tennessee

Union County Things to Do

  • Big Ridge State Park surrounds 49 acre Big Ridge Lake, which is located on the southern shore of Norris Lake. The park rents out canoes, paddleboats, and punts. Offers upscale cabin rentals and campsites.

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Union County Relocation info