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July 4, 2013

Hamblen, Rhea Counties join state’s Retire Tennessee Program

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced Tuesday Hamblen and Rhea counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 16.

“Tennessee boasts the lowest cost of living in the Southeast and the second lowest in the nation, an unparalleled health system and low property taxes. These factors not only make Tennessee a great state to live, but also to retire.“When you combine those characteristics with the signature beauty of East Tennessee, there is no doubt Hamblen and Rhea counties make outstanding additions to the Retire Tennessee program. I applaud communities that place emphasis on retiree recruitment in their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities they call home,” Hagerty said.

Recently named “Best Place to Retire in the United States” by, Tennessee took top honors based on its low cost-of-living, good access to medical care and mild, warmer climate.

“A partnership between Hamblen County and the Retire Tennessee program makes perfect sense. “We enjoy four comfortable near-decatur_-tennesseeseasons, an abundance of outdoor activities, and a rich history with southern charm. We invite you to the neighborhood,” Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said.

“Because of the efforts of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Retire Tennessee program, Tennessee has become a prime destination for retirees. “We have always known that Rhea County and Tennessee are great places to live and retire. Now we have this opportunity to promote it through Retire Tennessee,” Rhea County Executive George Thacker said.

In addition to Hamblen and Rhea Counties, other Retire Tennessee communities include Cumberland, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Loudon, Maury, Putnam, Roane, Robertson, Sullivan, Warren and White counties.

For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, please visit

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