About

Oldest County


Blount County is one of the oldest counties in Tennessee. The County was the tenth created in Tennessee when a part of Knox County was separated by the Territorial Legislature in 1795. It was named after William Blount, Governor of the Territory of the United States "South of the River Ohio." The County seat was authorized to be laid out in 1795 and was named Maryville in honor of Mary Blount, the wife of Governor William Blount. Settlement of the area began in 1785 mainly with Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.

Early Settlers


The early settlers were thrifty and energetic people who moved westward from Virginia and North Carolina. These settlers, for the most part, were not wealthy landowners, but instead were looking for fertile land to farm, ample water supply, and abundant resources of lumber. Lumbering was the first primary industrial trade in Blount County. Today, lumbering has been replaced with many varied occupational opportunities. Over 100 manufacturing plants can be found in Blount County.
Blount County Major Roads
Employers
Businesses and Industries continue to find Blount County an attractive place to do business.  The principal employer for the residents of the County is Denso Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.  Clayton Homes, Inc., Blount Memorial Hospital, Blount County Schools & Government, McGhee Tyson ANG Base, Newell Rubbermaid, Arconic (formerly known as Alcoa, Inc.), Ruby Teusday and Accenture Hospitality Services round out the top 10 largest employers.


Churches


There are over 200 churches in the County, representing faiths of all denominations.

Hospital


Blount Memorial Hospital, equipped with the most modern equipment, and staffed by a competent medical staff, serves the need of this and adjoining counties.



Schools


There are three main public school systems in Blount County: Alcoa City Schools, Maryville City Schools, and Blount County Schools. These three systems jointly received the State Department of Education's Governor's A+ Award for community commitment to excellence in education. Also, there are private schools that serve the area: Foothills Christian Academy, New Horizon Montessori School, Clayton-Bradley Academy and Maryville Christian School. There are a number of colleges and universities that serve the Blount County area, a few of which are: the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Maryville College, and Pellissippi State Technological Community College.


Land Size


The County contains 558 square miles and is bordered on the east by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the west by the great chain of lakes created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Little River, flowing out of the Great Smokies, winds it way across the County and pours into the Tennessee Valley lakes. The Little Tennessee River parallels the southern border. The County is served by several major highways: U.S. Highway 129, 411 and 321, as well as State Route 33 and 95, and State Highway 73 leading directly into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. McGhee Tyson Airport is located within the city limits of Alcoa. The facility is the principal commercial airport for East Tennessee.

Population


The County has an estimated population of 128,670 according to the latest census information (estimates V2016). The County seat of Maryville has a population of 28,703 (estimates V2016). The City of Alcoa has a population of 9,874 (estimates V2016).

Governed


Blount County is governed by the Blount County Commission and the County Mayor. The central department of the government is housed in the Blount County Courthouse which is located in the City of Maryville. The County is divided into 10 Commission districts with a total of 21 commissioners representing those districts. The Commission meets monthly and whenever necessary for called meetings.