Grainger County

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Grainger County is named for Mary Grainger Blount, who was the wife of William Blount and the “first lady” of the Southwest Territory, later Tennessee.


Created:  April 22, 1796

County Seat: 

Mitchell Springs  1796 – 1801

Rutledge             1801 – present


County Courthouse – Rutledge


Location:  8095 Main Street / Marshall Avenue

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Art Deco and Moderne

Architect:  Bauman and Bauman of Knoxville, Will W Griffin and Shi G Goodwyne

Contractor:  Johnson and Willard


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a projecting center section with vertical concrete dividers with glass panels and entrance between. The main building is recessed. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Wheller & Runge of Charlotte, North Carolina and constructed by M T Lewman & Company of Louisville, Kentucky in 1904. The building burned on January 16,1946.


See:  The architect,  Baumann & Baumann of Knoxville, designed the courthouse in Claiborne County.


County Justice Center – Rutledge




Location:  270 Justice Center Drive / Cambridge Avenue

Built:  2004 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Robert Carpenter of Moseley, Wilkins & Wood of Charlotte, North Carolina

Contractor:  Rouse Construction of Knoxville


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story dark red colored brick and concrete  structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the northeast of the courthouse. The west entrance has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The roof line is flat.



N – Claiborne County and Hancock County

E – Hawkins County, Hamblen County and Jefferson County

S – Jefferson County and Knox County

W – Knox County and Union County





County Courthouse



















County Justice Center










Photos taken 2012