Lisa Garrett

Local Area Information

Fentress County was formed in 1823 from portions of Morgan, Overton and White counties. It was named in honor of James Fentress (1763-1843), who served as speaker of the state house, chairman of Montgomery County Court, and commissioner to select seats for Haywood, Carroll, Gibson and Weakley counties.

Alvin York, a hero of World War I about whom the 1941 Academy Award-winning movie Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper was made, was born and lived in Fentress County. He also established the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute in Jamestown (the county seat) in 1924, which is still in use today.

Fentress County Statistics:

Average year-round temperature/weather:

Average July high: 84.8°F

Average January low: 25.7°F

Average rainfall 54.6”

Median price of homes:

Cost of living:
2008 cost of living index in Fentress County: 77.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Compared to the rest of the country, Fentress County's cost of living is 21.20% Lower than the U.S. average.

Population of city/county and/or median age:
17,420 (2009)

Median age: 38

Recreational and Cultural:
Lakes and reservoirs

Peggy Pond

Jamestown Reservoir

Gene Rogers Lake

Katron Sediment Basin Number One Reservoir

Mar-Jeanne Farm Lake

Old Jamestown Reservoir

Wispering Winds Lake


Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Sergeant Alvin York Mill State Historic Area

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area , Hwy 154 931-879-8659/4890

Colditz Cove State Natural

Pickett State Park

Mark Twain Park

Historic Places in Fentress County

Cumberland Mountain General Store

The Gernt House

Highland Manor Winery

Historic Rugby

Pickett State Park

Muddy Pond Mennonite Community

Ye Ole Jail

Century Farms: Fentress County has eight farms that are over 100 years old.

Allardt Elementary School, Allardt (grades K-8)

Pine Haven Elementary School, Pine Haven Community (grades K-8)

South Fentress Elementary School, Grimsley (grades K-8)

York Elementary School, Jamestown (grades K-8, and Pre-K program)

Clarkrange High School, Clarkrange (grades 9-12)

York Agricultural Institute, Jamestown (grades 9-12)

Fentress County Adult High School, Jamestown (grades 9-12)

Faith Christian Academy & Early Learning Center (Pre-K for 3-4 yr olds and K - 8)

Cumberland Christian School (grades K-12)

Colleges and Universities

Roane State Community College

Tennessee Technology Center

Tennessee Technological University

Annie's Pottery

Blue Mountain Art & Framing Studio

Bluetick Antiques

Burden's Drug Center

Clarkrange Drug Center

Cumberland Mountain General Store

Danny's Discount Furniture

Fentress County Flowers & Gifts

Fentress Farmer's Cooperative

Food Lion

Hammond Auto Parts

Henbo's Convenience II

Highland Manor Winery



Medical Facilities:
Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Crime Rate:

Additional Information:

  • Allardt
  • Jamestown

Unincorporated communities

  • Armathwaite
  • Clarkrange
  • Grimsley
  • Mount Helen
  • Pall Mall
  • Shirley
  • Tinchtown
  • Wilder