Rhea County has met the criteria to join the state's Retire Tennessee Program.
Rhea and Hamblen County were the two newest counties to join the state's retiree recruitment program, bringing the total number of counties to 16.
Counties need to meet the state's criteria of providing the resources and amenities needed to be a viable retirement destination in order to qualify for Retire Tennessee.
"Because of the efforts of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Retire Tennessee program, Tennessee has become a prime destination for retirees," Rhea County Executive George Thacker said. "We have always known that Rhea County and Tennessee are great places to live and retire. Now we have this opportunity to promote it through Retire Tennessee."
"A partnership between Hamblen County and the Retire Tennessee program makes perfect sense," Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said. "We enjoy four comfortable seasons, an abundance of outdoor activities, and a rich history with southern charm."
According to Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, Tennessee boasts the lowest cost of living in the Southeast and the second lowest in the nation, a stellar health program, and low property taxes.
"I applaud communities that place emphasis on retiree recruitment in their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities they call home," Hagerty says.