Select Jefferson

Tradition Woven Into Modernity


Whether you are a site selector working on behalf of a client, an existing business seeking information, or a developer looking to locate a retail opportunity to our community, our goal is to assist by providing you with the most current information and resources available for our area. Our location at the crossroads of interstates, waterways, and railways place Jefferson County within access to 70 percent of the United States' population within a days drive.

Strategic Location

Positioned to access the marketplace quickly and easily, Jefferson County is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 81 which is just a 30-minute drive to Interstate 75 in Knoxville. Access to the air, water, and land are within a short drive, forming strong logistical routes for trade and business.

Iconic Brands

Bush Brothers & Company, English Mountain Spring Water, Matsuo Industries and Ball Metalpack have chosen to make Jefferson County home. Abundant natural resources, a pastoral lifestyle, and driving distance to industrial opportunities brought and keep global companies in Jefferson County.

Advanced Training

A number of higher education institutions are within a 30-minute drive from Jefferson County, including Carson-Newman University, Tennessee College of Applied Technologies – Morristown and Walters State Community College. These award-winning facilities serve to strengthen the next generation of the workforce.

A Place to Call Home

With plentiful outdoor adventure, quick access to larger cities, and a historic small-town feel, Jefferson County offers residents a rich quality of life with opportunities for local events, arts, and culture.


TVA created the lake on the Holston River in 1941 for flood control and power generation. The lake is 54 miles long with a shoreline of 400 miles and a surface area at summer water level of 30,300 acres. The typical water level reaches its peak by June 1st and the fall drawdown begins August 1st. TVA maintains two recreation areas: Cherokee Dam Reservation and May Springs Recreation Area. There are a dozen or more public and commercial docks and campgrounds around the lake. Favorite sport fish include white bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, striped bass, and bluegill.


TVA created Douglas Dam on the French Broad River in 1941 for flood control and power generation. The Lake is located among the rolling uplands of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountain foothills, the lake attracts nearly two million recreation visitors per year. Picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing are all popular activities at the reservoir.  Self-service campgrounds are available at Douglas Dam Headwater Campground, Douglas Dam Trailwater Campground and Anchor Down & RV Resort among many others. Douglas Lake was voted as “One of the South’s Greatest Lakes” by Southern Living Magazine. Douglas Lake has been named a BASSMASTER Top 100 Lake and is considered one of the best lakes for Bass fishing in the United States.


Forty miles east of Knoxville, this residential community is filled with attractively landscaped homes offering spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.


Dandridge has been the county seat of Jefferson County since 1792 when the county was first organized and is the second oldest city in the state of Tennessee.

Jefferson City

Jefferson City is one of the largest cities in Jefferson County and is the home of Carson-Newman University, a private liberal arts university that consistently achieves national acclaim.

New Market

New Market was once home to famous writer Francis Hodgson Burnett, author of noted classics The Secret Garden and The Little Princess. The beautiful rolling hills and scenic views of New Market must have provided inspiration for Burnett’s writings.

White Pine

With sparkles of sunshine reflecting off Douglas Lake and having the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, it would be hard to find any location more beautiful than White Pine.


Our towns, waterways, and people have a warmth that emanates. When you drive into our county, you can sense it is different here. Considering relocating? Find useful information here, and throughout our site.

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Visit Jefferson County, TN

Take in the natural beauty of East Tennessee, connect with our rich local heritage, and experience our authentic Southern Charm.

Fish the waters of pristine Cherokee and Douglas Lakes. Stroll the streets of our historic towns. Drive the scenic highways that link our area to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visit us in Jefferson County, Tennessee, the Lakeside of the Smokies!

Quality of Life

Begin as a visitor, stay as a citizen of our county. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and experience the quieter side of the Smokies. Just minutes away from bustling areas of the Southeast, while still providing serenity.

Our Team Of Professionals

Darrell Helton

President and CEO

Phone: 865.397.9642
Mobile: 423.312.5873

Derrick Collins

Economic Development Director

Phone: 865.397.9642
Mobile: 865.850.3461


Lauren Hurdle

Tourism Development Coordinator

Phone: 865.397.9642
Mobile: 865.256.0325

Crystal Morgan

Community Development & Membership Coordinator

Phone: 865.397.9642
Mobile: 865.712.9500


Donna Yates

Office Manager

Phone: 865.397.9642


Collaboration and Development in Jefferson County, Tennessee

Select Jefferson has a proud partnership with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson County Tourism Department. The three entities promote the abundance of resources, workforce development opportunities, and the beauty of the area located in East Tennessee.