|Grainger County is the undiscovered gem of East Tennessee. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the 310 square mile mostly rural community is bordered on the north by Norris Lake, on the south by Cherokee Lake, and bisected in the middle by Clinch Mountain.
The county is a quilted patchwork of rolling farms and lush woodlands. The people are friendly, and the pace of life is slow and relaxed.
Grainger County has a long and colorful history. It was a battleground for fierce fighting during the Civil War, and was once home to a world class luxury resort. However, today Grainger County is most famous for its delicious tomatoes, which are prized both near and far. Each July, the tomato is celebrated with a festival in Rutledge that attracts thousands of visitors.
There are three incorporated cities -- Rutledge, Bean Station, and Blaine -- and numerous smaller communities including Thorn Hill, Washburn, Central Point, Liberty Hill, Buffalo, Powder Springs and Richland. Each community has its own distinct personality.