TENNESSEE’S CUMBERLAND COUNTY
CREAM OF THE COUNTRY
The Cumberland Plateau, the largest timbered plateau in America, is a segment of a great upland that extends from western New York to central Alabama. In Tennessee, it is made up of 14 beautiful counties, which sit at an average of 2,000 feet above sea level. Gently rolling to hilly, Cumberland County is the most prosperous. Crossville, the county seat and largest urban area, is centrally located in eastern Tennessee just off Interstate 40, about 75 miles from Knoxville and 120 miles from Nashville.
So attractive is this 679 square mile county that a number of large residential resort developments have invested heavily here, and it was chosen as the fourth best place in the United States to retire by Rand McNally’s ‘Places Rated Retirement Guide”.
One of its attractions is climate; for it is blessed with long springs and autumns, cool summers, and mild winters. July temperatures range from a high of 82 degrees to a low of 64 degrees. In January, highs average 39 degrees and lows 21 degrees, and the counties annual 12 inches of snow usually guarantees a white Christmas. It has a 180-day growing season and an annual rainfall of 58 inches, which makes irrigation unnecessary.
The biggest moneymaker for the county is tourism, and the biggest civilian employer is Fairfield Glade, the flagship of the vast Fairfield Communities resort/residential development company. This 12,000 acre complex has a convention center, a shopping center, 11 lakes, two indoor and 8 outdoor tennis courts, horseback riding trails, indoor and outdoor pools, three restaurants and lounges, and four golf courses, one of which was named the best new resort course in the U.S. by Golf Digest. Similar communities surround Crossville and. such resort developments are a driving force in Cumberland’s economy. The large retirement-age population lured to the area has attracted a number of physicians. As a result, there is approximately one doctor for every 800 people. The county also has a fine 186-bed hospital, and the Uplands Retirement Community incorporates the 62-bed Wharton Nursing Home.
Thousands of hunters are attracted to this area each year. One of the main destinations is the Catoosa Wild-life Management Area, founded in 1942. This nearly 80,000-acre wildlife reserve is one of the largest in North America with annual hunts (including archery and black-powder hunting) available under the watchful eye of the Tennessee Game and Fish Commission. Here you’ll find deer, quail, wild turkey, grouse, and wild boar. The very rare red-cockaded woodpecker and other birds also make the area a first-rate bird-watching site during non-hunting seasons. The commission has also introduced river otter into the Obed Wild and Scenic River, which was added to the National Park System in 1976. Obviously, with all the rivers, creeks, lakes, and ponds, fishing-particularly for small mouth and largemouth bass is a popular pastime.
The Cumberland County Playhouse, which is designated as a Major Cultural Resource by the Tennessee Art Commission Resource and which attracted over 55,000 people to last season’s performances, was founded in 1965 as a community theater, after Paul Crabtree-an actor/writer/composer/director/producer-moved from California to his wife’s hometown of Crossville.
TAXES ARE REASONABLE:
Property Tax Sale Tax 9 ¾%
Ratio of Assessment 25% Sale Tax on Food 8 ¼%
Rate Per $100 Value $1.4975 School Tax NONE
State Income Tax 6% on Interest and Dividends earned outside of Tennessee
For the lover of peaceful, country life,
beautiful Cumberland County is surely the “crème de la crème”