Quality of Life

A mild climate with beautiful seasons, mountain and lake views, a low cost of living, state-of-the-art medical facilities, a thriving retail market, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural arts activities combine to offer residents of Morristown and Hamblen County a desirable way of life.

Recreation

  • The City of Morristown maintains 15 facilities that include recreation centers, sporting fields, a BMX track, horse barn, walking trails, a splash pad, playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters that are maintained year round for public use.  The Parks & Recreation Department offers not only league sporting activities but also events and classes for every age.
  •  Cherokee Park, a 178 acre park maintained by Hamblen County, offers camping, hiking, pavilions, an amphitheater, a splash pad, play areas and boat launch along the shoreline of Cherokee Lake.
  • Panther Creek State Park overlooks Cherokee Lake and offers a swimming pool, campground, boat launch ramp, playground, tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic areas and fields for sports.
  •  Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake offer year-round fishing.
  • Carmike Cinema offers a state-of-the-art movie theater with 12 screens
  • 3 golf courses – 2 18-hole and 1 9-hole
  • 1 bowling alley

 

Cultural and Performing Arts

  •  Encore Theatrical Company is the Lakeway Area’s newest performing arts company.  Founded in 2006, Encore provides an exciting mainstage season of live performances of new and traditional musicals and plays, plus a wide variery of educational and outreach programs, including the Young Stars Series, Masterworks Series, Lakeway Children’s Choir, Broadway E.T.C, and more.
  • Studio 180 Dance offers instruction in pre-ballet, ballet, pre-pointe, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, irish, ballroom, and partnering.  Home of the Downtown Dance Theatre.
  • Morristown Art Association is an organization dedicated to the support of visual artists and their work.  MAA meets monthly at the Rose Center and offers many activities throughout the year, including an annual juried art show and Arts in the Park.
  • Morristown School of Dance Arts offers classes in classical ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, creative movement, and tumbling.   The Morristown School of Dance Arts offers three performance opportunities each year to students.
  • Niswonger Performing Arts Center is just a short drive from Morristown.  Located in Greeneville, NPAC features performing arts for all age levels, from traveling troupes, orchestra performances, Broadway touring companies, and other major concerts.
  • Rose Center is a cultural arts center featuring concerts, art classes, a local history museum, as well as an art gallery.  Housed in a 19th century Victorian schoolhouse, the Rose Center is also home to Morristown’s largest festival each fall, Mountain Makins, a celebration of Appalachian culture and folk life.
  • The Theater Guild has been entertaining Lakeway audiences with live community theatre for more than 75 years and is one of the oldest community theatres in the state.
  • Walters State Community College has a vibrant array of performing arts opportunities through their Music and Theatre Deparments.  Offerings include numerous concerts and theatrical productions throughout the year.  The Music Department offers opportunities for students and community members to perform in the Concert Choir, Sensations, Women’s and Men’s Choral Ensembles, Community Band, Community Jazz Band, and Community Chorale.

 

Cost of Living

Morristown and Hamblen County have consistently maintained a lower cost of living average compared to the nation.  While the overall 2016 index for Morristown is 95.9 (compared to the U.S. average of 100), most notable is the cost of housing index of 74.2, which makes the initial capital needs for a move to Morristown much more feasible for a potential resident.

Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce * 825 W. First North Street * P.O. Box 9 * Morristown, TN 37815 * 423-586-6382 * 423-586-6576 fax