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Blaine, Tennessee

Blaine's Crossroads
City of Blaine
Blaine City Hall and Library
Blaine City Hall and Library
Official seal of Blaine, Tennessee
Seal
Motto(s): 
"The City With Determination"
Location of Blaine in Grainger County, Tennessee.
Location of Blaine in Grainger County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Grainger
Incorporated 1978
Named for Robert Blaine
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
Area
 • Total 9.53 sq mi (24.69 km2)
 • Land 9.52 sq mi (24.65 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
1,037 ft (316 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,856
 • Estimate 
(2020)
1,869
 • Density 195.46/sq mi (75.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37709
Area code(s) 865
FIPS code 47-06340
GNIS feature ID 2403874
U.S. Route US 11W.svg
Website https://www.blainetn.gov/

Blaine, formerly known as Blaine's Crossroads, is a city in Grainger County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb of neighboring Knoxville. It is part of both the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Morristown Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,856 at the 2010 census, an increase of 271 individuals since the 2000 census.

History

Blaine was originally known as "Blaine's Crossroads" (sometimes spelled "Blain"). During the early 19th century, it was located at the intersection of several important roads, and was the eastern terminus of the Emory Road, which traversed northern Knox County. The community was likely named for Robert Blaine, who lived near the crossroads. Shields' Station, a popular tavern and store, had been built in Blaine by the early 1830s. Blaine later served as a stop along the Knoxville and Bristol Railroad, also known as the Peavine Railroad, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Geography

Blaine is located in the southwest corner of Grainger County at 36°9′3″N 83°42′2″W / 36.15083°N 83.70056°W / 36.15083; -83.70056 (36.150854, -83.700443). It is situated around the intersection of U.S. Route 11W (Rutledge Pike), Tennessee State Route 61, and Indian Ridge Road, just southeast of the point where Grainger, Knox, and Union counties meet. Clinch Mountain and adjacent ridges rise prominently to the north, and House Mountain is visible to the southwest.

It is 14 miles (23 km) southwest of Rutledge, the Grainger County seat, and 19 miles (31 km) northeast of Knoxville, both via US 11W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24.3 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,147
1990 1,326 15.6%
2000 1,585 19.5%
2010 1,856 17.1%
2019 (est.) 1,860 0.2%
Sources:

2020 census

Blaine racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,942 93.19%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 20 0.96%
Native American 2 0.1%
Asian 7 0.34%
Pacific Islander 1 0.05%
Other/Mixed 69 3.31%
Hispanic or Latino 43 2.06%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,084 people, 815 households, and 613 families residing in the city.

Economy

In its retail and commercial markets, Blaine has a small variety of restaurants, stores and professional services. A Food City supermarket that opened in 2015, is the only grocery store in Blaine.

In 2007, the city received $520,560 in funding from the Economic Development Administration, and $867,600 towards developing the city's sewage treatment system for proposed commercial and industrial sites. The project created nearly 175 jobs in the city and the potential of $12.525 million in private investment. In 2010, the Blaine City Council moved forward with the sewer project despite previous hurdles with local opposition.

Economic growth and development has appeared to make significant gains in the city after the construction of sewage treatment plant on the easternmost part of the city near the unincorporated community of Lea Springs. Since the wastewater system project's completion in the early 2010s, Blaine has seen a massive boost in commercial development and population growth, both of which were contributed to the project, the planning of a business park site, and the city's proximity to Knoxville appealing to commuters.

Infrastructure

Utilities

Knoxville Utilities Board provides electricity to Blaine and parts of its outskirts inside the Blaine zip code, 37709.

Luttrell-Blaine-Corryton Utility District (LBCUD) provides municipal water services to Blaine.

The City of Blaine operates and owns its wastewater treatment system and plant, with the LBCUD contracted to perform the billing and collection for sewer services and its fees.

Transportation

All U.S. routes and state routes in Blaine are maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in TDOT Region 1, which consists of 24 counties in East Tennessee. Streets, sidewalks, and greenways in the Blaine city limits are the City of Blaine Public Works Department.

Principal highways

  • US 11W (Rutledge Pike)
  • SR 1 (concurrent to US 11W)
  • SR 61

Major surface routes

  • Emory Road (Old SR 61)
  • Indian Ridge Road
  • Little Valley Road
  • Old Rutledge Pike
  • Richland Road
  • Stoutown Road

See also

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