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Welcome to the Lakeway Area

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Morristown is the center of the seven county Lakeway Area, so named because the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Cherokee and Douglas lakes are within the area, as is a small section of Norris Lake.

The lakes offer boating, fishing, swimming, camping and much more. People come from many states to take advantage of what Morristown and Hamblen County residents live with every day.

Morristown has many city parks that offer a variety of recreation opportunities, including little league sports under the direction of Morristown Parks and Recreation Department.

There are also tennis courts, walking trails and picnic areas, skateboarding and a BMX track.

The Parks and Recreation Department sponsors numerous activities, including Picking in the Park, held each Thursday night at Fred Miller Park as weather permits. It’s a place for musicians to gather to play and others to listen in an informal setting.

One of the unique characteristics of Morristown is the overhead sidewalks along Main Street. They provide a great place to stroll and are the best places in town to watch parades. Friday nights in the summer there is a gathering of antique and classic cars downtown, along with music and vendors. It’s all free, too.

If you have an interest in the arts, Rose Center is the place you want to check out. Housed in an old red brick school built in 1892, the center offers a variety of art classes and there’s a museum, along with a gallery that changes exhibits each month.

Two theater groups provide live plays and a chance for anyone to be an actor. The Theater Guild has been in operation for more than 75 years. Encore Theater Company makes a number of plays available each year.

Education for students in kindergarten through high school is under the supervision of the Hamblen County Board of Education. There are two high schools, and overall Hamblen County has one of the highest rated education systems in Tennessee.

For advanced education there is Walters State Community College and the Tennessee Technology Center at Morristown. There are also several private or faith-based schools in the area.

If you are new to Hamblen County, welcome to one of the best places in America to live.

The people are friendly and there’s always plenty to do.