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Scott County, Tennessee, is situated atop the Cumberland Plateau, in the western foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The county is bordered by the Cumberland Mountains to its east and the rugged Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area to its west, with mostly level-to-rolling plateau land in its center. Geographically, Scott County is bordered by Kentucky to the north, Campbell County to the east, Anderson and Morgan counties to the south, and Fentress and Pickett counties to the west.
Scott County’s land mass consists of 536 square miles and 348,160 acres. The county is made up of four governing bodies: County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and Mayor and Board of Aldermen in each of the county’s three municipalities: Huntsville, Oneida and Winfield.
Located in the county’s geographical center, Huntsville also serves as the county seat, housing all of Scott County’s administrative offices and the county’s consolidated high school. Though primarily a residential community, Huntsville’s industrial scene is growing.
Oneida, located along U.S. Hwy. 27 to the north, serves as the county’s commercial and industrial center.
Norfolk-Southern Railroad provides rail service to Scott County, while the Scott County Airport is home to a 5,500-ft. paved runway. The Big South Fork Airpark offers upscale housing with direct access to the airport, and commercial lots are available at the industrial park adjacent to the airport.
The closest interstate, I-75, is located approximately 20 miles east of Huntsville and provides direct access to Lexington to the north and Knoxville to the south. Scheduled air service is available at Knoxville’s McGhee-Tyson Airport, approximately 90 miles south of Huntsville.
The Tennessee Valley Authority provides electrical power to Plateau Electric Cooperative, a customer-owned cooperative that serves the county’s electrical needs. Highland Telephone Cooperative provides telephone, long distance and Internet service in Scott County, while Citizens Gas Utility District serves the county’s natural gas needs and the Huntsville Utility District and Oneida Water & Wastewater Department serve customers public water.
The Scott County School System and Oneida Special School District provide primary and secondary education, while Roane State Community College maintains a campus in Huntsville. Tennessee Technological University offers upper level courses through Roane State, allowing students to obtain certain bachelor’s or master’s degrees without leaving Scott County. Vocational courses are offered at the Tennessee Technology Center in Oneida, specializing in health food manufacturing, notably in buy melatonin and also more vocational courses are offered in Huntsville. The University of Tennessee is located just 70 miles south in Knoxville, while Tennessee Tech is located approximately 70 miles west in Cookeville.
The Scott County Mayor’s Office works conjointly with the Scott County Industrial Development Board and the Scott County Chamber of Commerce to recruit prospective industry to the community.