Cindy Miller

Local Area Information

Loudon County:

Loudon County is one of the youngest and geographically smallest counties in Tennessee. The history surrounding Loudon County relates to the name and creation of the county. In 1756, the English erected Fort Loudon on the southern bank of Little Tennessee River, near the mouth of the Tellico River. The fort’s primary purpose was to protect settlers from the French and Indian attacks.

On June 2, 1870, the General Assembly created Christiana County from Monroe, Blount, and Roane, but a few weeks later the name was changed in honor of the nearby Fort Loudon.

Fort Loudon was named after John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudon, who was commander of the English forces in America at the outbreak of the French and Indian War. While Fort Loudon’s actual site is in Monroe County, Loudon County had its own fort near the present Lenoir City. Fort Grainger was built by William Blount, and was named after his wife, Mary Grainger Blount.

The act establishing the county was the first ever for Governor D.W.C. Senter. In August 1870, the first county officers were chosen. The Baptist Church in Loudon became the temporary building of the county court. J.W. Clark & brothers built the new county court building in 1872. The Loudon County Court House is still being used today, and had been placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

The Overhill Cherokee Indians were the first settlers of the 240 square mile Loudon County. The Cherokees built their villages on the banks of Tennessee and Little Tennessee Rivers. The English soldiers built their camps on the opposite side of the Indian Settlement.

Lenoir City originated from lands owned by General William Lenoir. As a reward for his services during the Revolutionary War, the state of North Carolina awarded Lenoir 5,000 acres located along the northern bank of the Tennessee River. The land remained on the Lenoir family until 1876.

Today Loudon County is an emerging economic force in the East Tennessee Region. Loudon County is predicted to have a 30% increase in population between 2000-2010. Most of this population growth will be centered in the Knoxville-Lenoir City corridor. Each year, Loudon County is also experiencing a significant amount of new commercial and industrial development. Currently over sixty manufacturing plants call Loudon County Home. The key is to the success of its location, favorable business climate, abundance of reasonable electricity, good selection of industrial properties, and especially, its highly productive labor force.

Loudon County Statistics:

Average year-round temperature/weather:

  • Four distinct seasons
  • Spring typically lasts from March - June
  • Fall typically lasts from September - December
  • Average annual high temperature 68.9°F
  • Average annual low temperature 46.3°F
  • Average annual precipitation of 56 inches
  • Average of 11 inches of snow annually
  • Annual average temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Monthly Average High Temperature January 40°F July 87 °F
  • Monthly Average Low Temperature January 38°F July 62°F
  • Annual Average Precipitation 56"

Median price of homes:

Detached houses: $240,493

Cost of living:

2008 cost of living index in Loudon County: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Population of city/county and/or median age:

  • 46,445 (2008)
  • Median age = 41 years

Recreational and Cultural Activities:

  • Golfers will want to play on one or all of Loudon County’s year-round courses: Riverview Golf Course, Cedar Hill Golf Course,
  • Located on Beals Chapel Road in Lenoir City - 18-Hole Course
  • Loudon County Museum: The Carmichael Inn is located behind the courthouse in the city of Loudon. It is an 1810 restored stagecoach inn, which now serves as the county’s museum.
  • Historic walking tours
  • Loudon County offers much in the way of relaxation. Fishing is a key business in the area, as is camping and other outdoor pursuits. The county’s natural resources offer unique business opportunities as well-it’s soil is similar in content to that in California’s Napa Valley, and so the county was home to wineries throughout the 19th century, and that industry recently has taken hold in the county.


  • Loudon County School System is comprised of 10 schools making it the largest public school system in Loudon County.
  • Over 50% of the teaching staff in the Loudon County School System has at least a master's degree.

There are 7 four-year colleges and universities, and 6 two-year institutions in the upper East Tennessee region.

Loudon County has 2 school districts - Lenoir City and Loudon School Districts.

Private Schools

Highland Hills Christian

Medical Facilities:

  • Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Health Center
  • Sweetwater Hospital Association

Extra info:

  • Distance from Knoxville: Lenoir City: 25 miles Loudon: 31 miles
  • Nearest Airport: McGhee Tyson Airport

Additional information:

Spring ushers in the annual Dogwood Festival, wine festivals, wagon trains and horse shows. Summer months kick off the popular Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival, followed by the July 4th Celebrations, Smoky Mountain Fiddlers Convention, Arts & Crafts Show, and Mulberry Antique Show held in historic downtown Loudon. Fall for the October Fest whose popularity draws visitors from the entire region. Winter brings in the holiday festively celebrated by the Christmas parade, festivals and historic home tours.

It’s no wonder that Loudon County is the touted as the Gateway to the Smokies, with several lakes and rivers embracing and enhancing the county, including Ft. Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake, Milton Hill, and Watts Bar Lake. The community s a playground for water sports of all types, such as boating, fishing, and skiing. Other sports enthusiasts might enjoy the local archery range of one of the seven golf courses within the area.

Loudon County can be your headquarters for all kinds of land and water expeditions. Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains are just about an hour away to the east. The "Energy City" Oak Ridge and the Museum of Appalachian in Norris are less than an hour away to the north. Fort Loudon is 30minutes to the south. You can even go by boat to the Gulf of Mexico. Loudon County, Tennessee, is among the fastest growing communities in the state. Located within a day's drive of 75% of the nation's population, its numerous waterways and scenic beauty partner beautifully with the area's heritage and culture to provide exceptional quality of life for its residents. Access to labor pools both within and surrounding the county, a diverse mix of commercial, service and industrial entities combined with cooperative governments, provide a positive economic climate for business.

The “Lakeway to the Smokies” is home in Loudon County. One of the fastest growing counties in East Tennessee, one of its most notable assets is the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available to its residents. Loudon County’s proximity to four lakes and the Great Smoky Mountains, allow you and your family easy access to thrive in the outdoor recreational extravaganza that awaits. Not only do you get nature at its finest, but the cultural enrichment offered in nearby Knoxville, including the Knoxville Symphony, opera, ballet, zoo and museums, are yours for the asking.

Tellico Village

Average year-round temperature/weather:

January High 53°F Low 33°F

July High 87°F Low 70°F

Median price of homes:

Homes range from $185,000 - $2,000,000. Lots range from $10,000 - $600,000. Average home prices are $250,000 - $400,000.

Population of city/county and/or median age: Approximately 6,000 residents

Recreation: See below

Medical Facilities:

The local area around Tellico Village supports 7 excellent, major hospitals including the University of Tennessee Memorial Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Fort Sanders Regional Hospital, which touts the most advanced robotic surgery procedures. There are approximately 1300 + physicians, 250 + dentists, and a VA hospital in the local area.

Tellico Lake is a planned community, which was established in 1986 and is located in Loudon County and Monroe County, Tennessee. It is located about 30 miles southwest of Knoxville and conveniently located within minutes from Lenoir City and Maryville. The pure, blue waters back up into the narrow valleys of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Cherokee National Forest. The community has an area of about 5,000 acres.

Excellent strings of brown and rainbow trout and bass are common. With 15,860 acres of surface area, Tellico offers excellent opportunities for sailboating. Connected to Fort Loudon Lake and the mainstream of the Tennessee River by a canal, the potential for long distance cruising is unlimited. Serious boaters can access the Tennessee River and follow interlinked waterways to 21 states, cruise down to the Gulf of Mexico or up to the Great Lakes.

It’s no wonder that Loudon County is touted as the Lakeway to the Smokies, with several lakes embracing and enhancing the county, including Fort Loudon Lake, Tellico Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Melton Hill Lake. The community is a playground for water sports of all types. Lakeside parks and marinas give visitors the opportunity to fully enjoy the many waterfronts. Recreation areas are provided along the lake for boat launching. Picnic areas, overnight camping and marina facilities are also available.

Tellico Lake offers an abundance of fun and adventure to water lovers. Residents can enjoy swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, and sailing as well as pleasure boating. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in wide variety of freshwater fish available in Tellico Lake, including largemouth, smallmouth, crappie, bluegill, and trout.

All lakeshore development is carefully regulated to maintain the beauty and purity of the environment.

Private, neighborhood and community docks and four connecting waterways will provide property owners access to this wonderful natural amenity. The distant Smoky Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for several communities, including Tellico Village and Rarity Bay.

There are many clubs and social activities available that cover a full range of interests. The Village amenities include three championship golf courses, yacht and country club for social activities and dining, and recreational facilities that offers a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

Tellico Lake provides for a full range of boating activities and the fishing is great. The Village is located approximately 35 minutes from downtown Knoxville allowing access to shopping, University of Tennessee activities, the Knoxville airport and is in close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Tellico Lake History

Tellico Dam and Tellico Lake are part of an extension of the Fort Loudon project. The dam diverts water from the Little Tennessee River to Fort Loudon Lake rather than creating electricity. Construction began March 7, 1967 and the filling of the reservoir started on November 29, 1976. During construction, a new species of fish, the Snail Darter, was discovered. Construction was halted until the species was found in other places such as Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The dam was completed in 1979 and is located 1 mile south of Fort Loudon Dam. It is 129 feet high and 3238 feet long. The cost of the completed project came in around $141,000,000. The Dam created a navigational waterway up the Little Tennessee River and offers access to barges heading up the river. Tellico and Fort Loudon lakes are connected by a canal, thus making a lock unnecessary. Such a canal creates the potential for limitless long distance cruising - making it possible to boat to 21 states, the Gulf of Mexico or the Great Lakes. Tellico Lake consists of 15,860 acres of surface, 373 miles of shoreline and a 2627 square mile watershed. It is located 30 minutes southwest of Knoxville and only minutes from Maryville and Lenoir City.

Tellico Reservoir was planned as an extension of nearby Fort Loudoun Reservoir. Tellico Dam serves to divert water through a short canal into Fort Loudoun, linking the two reservoirs in their joint functions of flood control, power production, and improved navigation. They help regulate flooding downstream, especially at Chattanooga. The canal also allows barges to enter the Little Tennessee River without a lock, thus significantly increasing commercial barge operations in the Valley.

Several recreation areas, which include boat ramps, day-use areas, fishing areas, and campgrounds, are available at Tellico. The reservoir offers excellent trout and bass fishing.

On Tellico's banks is a reconstruction of the original Fort Loudoun, which was built by the British during the French and Indian War. It was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America at the time. Another nearby historic attraction is the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, honoring the Cherokee genius, who invented the Cherokee alphabet.

The array of recreational and social activities, including golfing, clubs, outdoor swimming, boating, tennis and fishing, make Tellico Village a must for the prospective homeowner with a unique flair for the extraordinary. Tellico Lake and the spacious beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains enhance the already breathtaking surrounding of the everyday life in Tellico Village.

Tellico Village exists because of the actions of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which decided to dam up the Little Tennessee River at its confluence with the Tennessee River. Tellico Dam was completed in November 1979 after a long battle, which famously involved the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and a small fish called the snail darter (see snail darter controversy). As part of the dam project, the TVA acquired additional land above the high water line of the reservoir (Tellico Lake), much of it taken by eminent domain. Part of this additional land was later sold to Cooper Communities, Inc., which established Tellico Village in 1986.

The community has three golf courses and a yacht and country club. The names of the golf courses, like the names of the streets and neighborhoods (each neighborhood within Tellico Village has its own name) are derived from American Indian words and names, mostly Cherokee. These include Toqua, meaning "fish," and Tanasi, which was the name of a town that was the capital of the Cherokee Nation between 1721 and 1730. "Tanasi" is also the word from which the name "Tennessee" was derived.


Located on a 960-acre peninsula in Vonore, Tennessee, Rarity Bay is a planned lakefront community home for people with a discriminating taste for the unique. The French Country architecture accentuates the homesites, with the added bonus of golf, waterfront living and just a short drive away to all of the refinements of Knoxville. Golfing, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, boating, dining, or just relaxing, Rarity Bay has all of your living needs.

Rarity Bay's location makes the community accessible to all the conveniences of not only Knoxville, but also cities like Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham and the rest of the country. There is no shortage of culture, entertainment and recreation to be experienced in East Tennessee.

Rarity Bay Statistics:

Average year-round temperature/weather: 59 degrees

Price range of homes: Homesites from low $100,000 to $500,000+

Homes from $200,000 to $1 million+

Cost of living: 81.2 (low, US average is 100)

Population of city: Vonore population = 1,162

Recreational and Cultural:

Championship 18-hole golf course

Miles of walking trails

Clubhouse with fine dining, bar and patio areas



Community Gardens

Equestrian Center

Community boat slips

The Appalachian Ballet Company has been providing high-quality dance performances for the greater Knoxville area since 1972.

The East Tennessee Concert Band is a professional, adult community organization which provides quality concert events to the East Tennessee area.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting jazz music in East Tennessee.


* Roane State Community College (About 28 Miles; Harriman, Tn; Full-Time Enrollment: 3,490)

* The University Of Tennessee (About 31 Miles; Knoxville, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 23,333)

* Pellissippi State Technical Community College (About 31 Miles; Knoxville, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 5,196)

* Lee University (About 47 Miles; Cleveland, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 3,171)

* Cleveland State Community College (About 47 Miles; Cleveland, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 2,022)

* Carson-Newman College (About 55 Miles; Jefferson City, Tn; Ft Enrollment: 2,073)

* Western Carolina University (About 66 Miles; Cullowhee, Nc; Ft Enrollment: 5,843)


Belz Factory Outlet

Foothills Mall

Knoxville Center Mall

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall

Tanger Factory Outlet

Turkey Creek

West Town Mall

Medical Facilities:

* Fort Sanders Loudon Medical Center (about 11 miles; loudon, tn

* Sweetwater Hospital Association (about 11 miles; sweetwater, tn)

* Peninsula Hospital (about 21 miles; louisville, tn)

Extra Info:

Rarity Bay is a private gated community offering supreme waterfront living, custom homes, villa-style homes as well as condos. Residential prices range from under $300,000 to well over $2,000,000. The Country Club offers great golfing, casual and fine dining, outdoor swimming and a fitness center. There is even a beautiful Equestrian Center complete with stables, riding trails, a show arena and picturesque pastures. The arena is a frequent host for local horse shows and rodeos.

Within a three-hour drive you can be in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, Georgia, Lexington, Kentucky or Asheville, N.C. Located approximately 30 miles from Knoxville.