Cocke County

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Cocke County is named for William Cocke, who was one of Tennessee’s first United Statwes Senators.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hamblen County and Greene County

E – Greene County and Madison County, North Carolina

S – Haywood County, North Carolina

W – Sevier County and Jefferson County


Created:  October 9, 1797                      Map of Tennessee highlighting Cocke County

County Seat: 

Old Newport  1797 – 1868

Newport         1868 – 1876

Old Newport  1876 – 1884

Newport         1883 – present


County Courthouse – Newport  


Location:  111 Court Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Manley and Young of Knoxville

Contractor:  H C Fonde & Sons


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Newport. The central entrances on the south and north sides are framed with stone. The south front has five large arched windows on the second story. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cocke County Courthouse


History:  The first courthouse was erected in Old Newport in 1838. The county seat was moved to Newport in 1868 and the second courthouse was a brick structure. The county seat was moved back to Old Newport in 1876 when the second courthouse burned. The first courthouse was used and in 1884, the county seat was moved back to Newport. The third courthouse was a brick structure designed by J F Bauman and constructed by C J Randolph in a cost of $10,000. The courthouse was destroyed by fire. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1930 to 1931.




County Courthouse – Newport



















Photos taken 2010\