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Smith County





The scenery dazzles, and the county’s lake and two rivers roll out recreational experiences second to none. Now take a closer look to see why it’s not only visitors taking the plunge here. For opening or relocating a business or beginning a new life, Smith County offers an unbeatably fresh start:

Sweeping views, sweeping history: Panoramic views abound in Smith County. The Cordell Hull Bridge, for example, serves up a stirring sight overlooking the majestic Cumberland River. The sweep of history is equally impressive in this scenic county where the Cumberland and Caney Fork Rivers and the Cordell Hull Lake provide a raft of recreational fun. Raft? Actually, make that boating, kayaking and canoeing. The fishing, including fly fishing, is superb here.

Going deep: Smith County is also the ideal spot to become immersed in rich history, exploring attractions such as a preserved settlement dating back to the 1700s, and a museum detailing the area’s fascinating past as a critical Cumberland port during the Civil War. In war and peace, illustrious leaders have made their mark and their home here in Smith County—leaders like Cordell Hull, former Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Prize for his role in co-founding the United Nations.


Later, another Nobel Prize winner, former Vice President Al Gore, Jr., learned the value of hard work on the Gore family farm outside Carthage and launched every political bid from the steps of the Smith County Courthouse. And today, with services attuned to twenty-first century needs, the county still offers a notably attractive launching pad for pacesetters.

Three inviting cities, ThreeStar quality: Three on-the-grow cities—Carthage, South Carthage and Gordonsville—continue to set new standards of quality that have helped the county repeatedly earn the ThreeStar designation from the Tennessee Department of Economic Development. To score this highest rating, the County has proved measurable excellence in:

  • Jobs and economic development
  • Fiscal strength and efficient government
  • Public safety
  • Education and workforce development
  • Health and welfare

Growing business from the ground up: With an agricultural and tourism base already thriving, Smith County offers strategic opportunity for a variety of sectors, with effective programs also in place to nurture small to medium-sized business. Our county’s human resources are excellent, worker skills sharpened by the expert training of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. And our natural resources are also outstanding, yielding abundant harvests in hay, corn, soybeans, tobacco, strawberries, green peppers, tomatoes and apples; cattle are also raised here. Mineral resources include crushed stone and zinc, while timber stands include oak, hickory, ash, cedar, maple and walnut.

Getaway that’s also a gateway: Verdant landscapes and visually stunning views give Smith County the feel of a vacation destination—a place where time stands still. But in fact logistical resources, like an international airport just 60 minutes away, keep people and goods in motion. This getaway is a gateway to the world.

Bottom line: From outstanding water recreation to first-rate twenty-first municipal services to modern environments for business, Smith County offers the kind of home where residents and industry find it easy to stay current.




Mar 18, 2019 | TDOT Visits Smith County’s Chamber of Commerce For Terri Lynn Weaver’s “Coffee and Conversations”
  Friday, March 15, the new commissioner for TDOT, Clay Bright, visited Smith County's Chamber…...Read More

Mar 13, 2019 | ECD Appreciation Lunch
We had a great afternoon yesterday with Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Deputy Commissioner of Business, Community and…...Read More

Mar 01, 2019 | State Senator Mark Pody Hosts the Upper Cumberland Development District
State Senator Mark Pody hosted the Executive Director Mark Farley and the Upper Cumberland Development…...Read More

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Nov 28, 2018 | Tennessee Central Economic Authority’s Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
Tennessee Central Economic Authority’s Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting Thomas House Red Boiling Springs Dec.…...Read More

Oct 01, 2018 | Tennessee Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference
The Tennessee Economic Development Council is a statewide, non-profit organization created to unite the efforts…...Read More

Aug 03, 2018 | MTIDA’s Economic Development Seminar
Middle Tennessee Industrial Development hosted an insightful and thought provoking one-day seminar, which also showcased…...Read More

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