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Jefferson City is a small town in East Tennessee in the Morristown Metropolitan Area with a population of around 8,200. Almost a quarter of the population is between the ages of 18 and 24, which isn't surprising since Jefferson City is home to Carson Newman University.
The city was originally named "Mossy Creek" after a small moss covered creek that runs through town, but it was changed in 1901 to honor Thomas Jefferson. The name might have been changed, but you will hear many locals still calling it Mossy Creek.
Jefferson City has a strong religious history, being the site of a small Christian school called "Mossy Creek Baptist Seminary" that started in 1851. Almost 30 years later, the school was renamed to Carson College and for several years was complementary to Newman College, the female institution just across the street. In 1889, the two colleges joined making Carson Newman College one of the first coeducational institutions in the South. It is now called Carson Newman University and is one of the finest Christian Liberal Arts schools in the country.
Jefferson City is a unique mix of small town and college town atmospheres. You have acres of farm land but also a main strip with numerous options for dining and shopping. Living in Jefferson City, you are only a 45 minute drive from bigger cities like Knoxville and Morristown, as well as tourist destinations like Pigeon Forge. So you can live in a quieter place, but take a short drive if you want more action.
Carson Newman Football is a big deal in Jefferson City. If you want the excitement of team that wins, just step into Burke-Tarr Stadium and you can feel the energy all around you.
The Jefferson County School System provides K-12 public schools in Jefferson City. Carson Newman University is located within city limits, but the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Walters State Community College in Morristown are only a short drive away.
Jefferson City is served by Jefferson Memorial Hospital and is close to various medical facilities in Knoxville.
The cost of living is low compared to other places in the United States, but the quality of life is one of the best.
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