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Scott County, Tennessee was established in 1849 and organized March 2, 1850. The county was formed from parts of Campbell, Morgan, Fentress and Anderson counties.

Scott County was named for General Winfield Scott. He was born in 1786 and died in 1866. He served in the War of 1812 and was also a commander in the Mexican War.

Winfield Scott (1786-1866)

Scott County is nestled on the Cumberland Plateau and borders the state of Kentucky to the North. Huntsville is the county seat and was the first town to be built in Scott County. Huntsville was established as the county seat in 1850.

Oneida is the largest city and is located in the northern section of the county and is 65 miles northwest of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The other two incorporated towns are Winfield and Helenwood. Robbins another notable community voted a few years back not to be incorporated.

On April 1, 2001 the population of Scott County was 21,127 and covers an area of 549 square miles.

The highways in Scott County are: US 27 and state highways 63, 52, 29, 297 and 154.

The first sheriff of Scott County, Tennessee was John Lewallen. He was born Feb. 12, 1812 in Roane County, Tennessee. He died in Shep Community in Taylor County, Texas Nov. 16, 1896.

It is said the first school house was built in what is now known as Scott County, Tennessee at the mouth of Buffalo Creek in 1826. The school was a one room log building and the first teacher came from Virginia. His name was Brawhill.

"More will be added later."

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