Living In Greene
Life in Greene County, Tennessee
Greene County’s lifestyle is unparalleled. It provides a uniquely appealing place in which to live, work and raise a family. The climate consists of four very distinct, very mild seasons, which allow residents and visitors to take advantage of the limitless outdoor recreational opportunities available.
Some of these opportunities include the YMCA, health clubs, golf courses, tennis courts, bicycle paths, bowling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Appalachian Trail, Nolichuckey Nature Trail, hiking club, lakes, boating, skiing (snow and water), fishing (trout and other), rafting, hunting, horseback trails, camping and swimming pools.
Greeneville boasts an eclectic mix of artistic and cultural opportunities including the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, which is Greeneville’s venue for top-named talent performances ranging from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to The Moscow Boys Choir. Tusculum University is also a mecca of culture in the community, housing not only the Fine Arts Department and its crowd-pleasing theater productions, but also the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum, which is one of 10 structures on the Tusculum campus listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other cultural gems include the Greeneville Greene County History Museum, City Garage Car Museum, and the Greeneville Community Concert Association.
Sports are also a big part of life in Greene County. All four county high schools have healthy sports programs and Greeneville High School’s football team has won the State Championship three times in the last four years. The Partnership hosts the Andrew Johnson Bank Ladies’ Classic each year, which attracts girls’ basketball teams from all over the country. On a college level, Tusculum University and East Tennessee State University offer a variety of sports for enjoyment, and the University of Tennessee with its award-winning sports programs is approximately one hour away.
The fact that Greeneville and Greene County are truly extraordinary has been evidenced in several publications during the past few years, including “The 100 Best Small Towns in America,” in which Greeneville was ranked first in the state and 39th in the nation; “Top Mountain Towns Guidebook” in 2005; “Boomtown USA” in which Greeneville was one of only three Tennessee towns to be recognized and named to the top 100 small communities in the U.S. in 2004; “The 50 Best Small Southern Towns” in 2001 and 2008; “America’s Most Charming Towns & Villages” in 2001; and the “Twelfth Best Small Town in the Nation for Corporate Facilities” by Site Selection magazine in 2001. Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Greeneville and Greene County the number two small market in the south in 2002 for completed new or expanded facilities from 1993 to 2002, and in 2005, Greeneville was ranked 11th best micropolitan in the United States for new and expanded industry by Site Selection magazine. In 2012 Greeneville was listed among the 213 “Playful City USA” Communities by non-profit organization KaBOOM! for efforts to increase play opportunities for children.