Retirees wanted! Rhea and Hamblen court folks living their golden years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two more counties have joined the Retire Tennessee program, which recruits retired people to live in the state.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Hamblen County and Rhea County have joined, bringing the number of recruiting communities to 16.

Hagerty said Tennessee has the lowest cost of living in the Southeast and second-lowest in the nation. He said low property taxes and a strong health care system make the state a desirable location for retired persons.

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.

Information on the program is online at

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