Beautiful, Rural, Hancock County Tennessee.

Hancock County is nestled in Central Appalachia and provides residents and visitors with a beautiful rural atmosphere year-round. Whether blooming with the promise of spring or set ablaze with the colors of fall, the mountains and ridges that make up our county are a sight to behold and are full of natural wonders to be discovered. The tranquil Clinch and Powell Rivers take winding courses through the county, creating lush valleys and plenty of opportunities for outdoor entertainment. A peaceful small-town atmosphere offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, and the sense of community here is as old and strong as the land itself.

We have friendly, hardworking residents who are proud of their heritage while looking toward the future with hope and initiative. Whether you are looking for a scenic place to visit, a hometown in which to raise a family or a willing community in which to locate a business, you are welcome in Hancock County, Home of the Melungeons. Take a scenic drive across our mountain roads where we are sure you will enjoy the trip.

We hope to see you . .


Current Events

The annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm! This year's theme is "Christmas Joy". 

All government offices will be closed on Friday, December 24, 2021 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

All government offices will be closing at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 31, 2021 in observance of the New Year holiday. The faculty and staff of Hancock County government wish you a healthy and blessed 2022!

Rent Relief: Renters who have experienced economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and who meet additional eligibility requirements may qualify for this assistance.

Overdue Utilities: If you've fallen behind on your utility bill due to COVID-19, THDA's Rent Relief program can help. 

Tennessee Housing Development Agency 1-844-500-1112

Call center hours are 7:00 am to 8:00 pm CT

For Your Information

Need a building permit? Call the Mayor's office at 423-733-4341

Are you a veteran and looking for information for help and services: Keith (Shorty) Godfriaux is the Veteran's Service Officer for Hancock County. He can be reached at 423-733-4423, Tues. - Fri. 9:30am-3:00pm. His address is P.O. Box 279, Sneedville, TN 37869

A representative from the office of Rep. Diana Harshbarger will be at the courthouse every 2nd Wednesday of each month, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. The public is urged to visit during this time to address any concerns that need to be addressed.

Are you looking for employment? The American Job Center wants to help! Located at 1861 Main Street, Tonya and Kristie are waiting to assist with training, job search, resumes and anything pertaining to your successful employment. Call 423-733-1331 or visit for information!!

For road conditions, call the Highway Dept. at 423-733-2201, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. After hours, call the Sheriff's office at 423-733-2249. NEVER CALL 911 EXCEPT IN AN EMERGENGY!!!

For school closure information, please call 423-733-2591 for an automated response-between 4:00 pm and 8:00 am

Are you new to Hancock County and need an address? Contact the mayor's office, fee of $25.00 and someone from there will contact E911 Director Jamie Stanifer. 

Are you missing your birth certificate, marriage license, a death certificate, etc.? Visit to learn how you can obtain these certified records!

Did you know you can renew your current gun carry permit at the County Clerk's office? Visit Jessie Royston's page here  for more information!

The local newspaper is Sneedville News Shopper. For submissions, the email is; Phone is 423-733-5160 or 423-300-8992, and fax is 423-259-2058. P.O. Box 348, Sneedville, TN 37869

To the Citizens of Hancock County:

As the Covid-19 pandemic slows, please don't let your guard down. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance. Continue to consider the following recommendations:

Social distancing of at least six (6) feet between you and others when out and about in public is highly recommended. 

Masks are recommended when out in public. This is to protect you and those you come in contact with.

Only gather in small groups when indoors. 

           Mayor Thomas J. Harrison @ (423)-526-9056 or (423)-733-4341

          Sheriff Brad Brewer @ (423)-300-8494 or (423)-733-2249

           EMS Director Joel Bowers @ (423)-300-9611 or (423)-733-4454


Hancock County has received funding through a 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the construction of a spec building in the industrial park. In order to satisfy the Fair Housing Requirement of the CDBG grant, the county has placed a display a the Hancock County Courthouse for public viewing between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The placing of the Fair Housing display is to ensure citizens are treated fairly in all housing matters including buying or renting, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or family size. The location of the display is accessible for persons with a disability. If other special accommodations are needed, please contact Mayor Harrison at 423-733-4341.

Hancock County government provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Hancock County government offices comply with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which this entity has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.                                                                                                                                                             
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