Welcome to Hancock County, TN

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

*Early voting begins on Friday, July 12, 2024 in the courthouse lobby and continues through  Saturday, July 27, 2024. Times and days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

*TN Tax Free Weekend begins at 12:01 am on Friday, July 26, 2024 and ends at 11:59 pm, Sunday, July 28, 2024.

*Thursday, August 1, 2024 is Election Day! Voting takes place at district locations. Contact the Election Commission if you are in doubt of your precinct. Locations are posted on that webpage.

*County government offices will be closed on Thursday, August 1, 2024 due to the election. 

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

*The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs recommends veterans to enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have VA benefits. To help veterans learn more, a guide was created and can be accessed at: https://retireguide.com This website has other resources that may prove beneficial to all veterans.

*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 discuss 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 www.jobs4tn.gov 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. For a fee of $25.00, someone from that office will contact E911 Director Jamie Stanifer. 

*Hancock County Solid Waste Convenience Center (trash dump), 1064 Campbell Drive, 423-733-9658, is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 5:00pm and Saturday, 7:30am - 12:00pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

*Are you missing your birth certificate, marriage license, a death certificate, etc.? Visit https://vitalchek.com to learn how you can obtain these certified records. Also, the Hancock County Health Department may be able to help. That number is 423-733-2228.

*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 sneedvilleshopper@gmail.com; Phone is 423-733-5160 or 423-300-8992, and fax is 423-259-2058. P.O. Box 348, Sneedville, TN 37869

Get your copy today of the newest volume of "Hancock County Tennessee and its people"!!! Visit the Historical Society or the Clerk and Master's office in the courthouse!!

Exercise your right to vote!

Fair Housing in Hancock County 

Hancock County is committed to affirmatively furthering Fair Housing through raising awareness of Fair Housing Law and the requirement that all citizens are treated fairly in all housing matters, including buying or renting, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability for family size. If you believe you are a victim of housing discrimination, visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing to file a complaint or call HUD’s housing discrimination hotline 1-800-669-9777.

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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