Clairborne county was established on October 29, 1891. Created from Hawkins and Grainger counties, Claiborne county was named after William Charles Coleman Claiborne, a Virginia tidewater aristocrat, one of the earliest judges of the superior court and one of the first congressional representatives from Tennessee. Claiborne county is home to a wide variety of of natural attractions. Being located in the northeast part of the state, it sits along the borders of Kentucky and Virginia, giving residents and visitors a full tri-state area to explore. The area is home to three beautiful towns: Tazewell, New Tazewell and Cumberland Gap. Hiking, fishing, hunting and tubing are just a few of the activities to fill your family’s days in East Tennessee. Whether you prefer to sit back, relax and take delight in the breathtaking views as the days pass by, or if you prefer your days to be mixed with a little sweat and sunshine, Claiborne county is the place for you.
Claiborne county has maintained a steady population of over 30,000 for the past seven years according to the US Census Bureau as of July 1, 2016. To service the county’s dense population, it is home to twelve schools. The school district is made up of two high schools (Claiborne High School, Cumberland Gap High School), two middle schools (H.Y. Livesay Middle School, Soldiers Memorial Middle School) and eight primary schools (Clairfield Elementary School, Ellen Myers Primary School, Forge Ridge School, Midway Elementary School, Powell Valley Elementary School, Springdale Elementary School, TNT Primary School and The Alpha School). Claiborne county is also the home to Lincoln Memorial University, a private four-year co-educational liberal arts college located in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).