McMinn County Quality of Life

McMinn County, Tennessee is the place to be! This vibrant, close-knit community offers a variety of events and resources that contribute to the McMinn County quality of life.

Our community is nestled between two strong economic regions: Chattanooga and Knoxville, allowing us quick and easy access to a world of entertainment and activities.




“I always thought I was city girl. That is until I spent two years working one block from Times Square in NYC. My husband and I chose to move back to my hometown, Athens, when I was offered my dream job. Just over a year later, we know we made the right decision. The close-knit community we have with our friends and family, the lush green foothills, the quaint charm of our town, events at The Arts Center that rival things we did in the city, easy access not only to the Tennessee River and outdoor activities, but also to numerous metropolitan regions, and the innovative programs championed by local businesses and non-profit agencies – these are just a few of the reasons why there’s nowhere else we’d rather be.”   Lauren Brown Shepherd, Executive Director, Athens Area Council for the Arts