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Mosheim, Tennessee
Mosheim Town Hall
Mosheim Town Hall
Location of Mosheim in Greene County, Tennessee.
Location of Mosheim in Greene County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Greene
Settled ca. 1800
Incorporated 1974
Named for Johann Lorenz von Mosheim
Area
 • Total 6.26 sq mi (16.23 km2)
 • Land 6.26 sq mi (16.23 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,289 ft (393 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,362
 • Estimate 
(2019)
2,337
 • Density 373.02/sq mi (144.02/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37571, 37743 and 37818
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-50320
GNIS feature ID 1294485
Website http://www.mosheim-tn.org

Mosheim (pronounced Maw-sime) is a town in Greene County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,362 at the 2010 census.

History

Mosheim, originally called "Blue Springs" after a spring that flows through the town, was settled circa 1800. Many of its initial settlers were German Lutherans. In 1872, the Lutherans established a local college at Blue Springs known as Mosheim Institute, after the German theologian, Johann Lorenz von Mosheim (1693–1755). That same year, the name of the town was officially changed to "Mosheim", after the college.

The Civil War Battle of Blue Springs was fought near Mosheim on October 10, 1863. The town of Mosheim held reenactments of this battle every year from 1991 until 2008, but ceased performing the reenactment due to financial obligations. Several participants of the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy, including noted potter Alex Haun, hailed from a community known as "Pottertown," which was located just outside Mosheim.

The original Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department station 2700 is the oldest fire department in Greene County being chartered in 1961. In 1998, the Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department station 2700 split into two separate departments. With this major split happening the birth of the Town of Mosheim Volunteer Fire Department station 1100 was on the rise. The new department has a total of five fire apparatuses which are used to serve and protect inside the city limits of the Town Of Mosheim.

Geography

Mosheim is located at 36°12′1″N 82°58′22″W / 36.20028°N 82.97278°W / 36.20028; -82.97278 (36.200373, -82.972785). The town is situated along the base and southern slopes of Big Ridge, an elongate ridge that runs roughly parallel to U.S. Route 11E. This area lies within the headwaters of Mosheim Branch, a tributary of Little Chucky Creek. U.S. Route 11E, known locally as Andrew Johnson Highway, connects Mosheim with Interstate 81 and Bulls Gap to the northwest, and Greeneville to the southeast. Tennessee State Route 348 connects Mosheim with Midway and the rural parts of western Greene County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 square miles (15.9 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 1,539
1990 1,451 −5.7%
2000 1,749 20.5%
2010 2,362 35.0%
Est. 2019 2,337 −1.1%
Sources:

2020 census

Mosheim racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,252 90.84%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 28 1.13%
Native American 7 0.28%
Asian 7 0.28%
Pacific Islander 1 0.04%
Other/Mixed 108 4.36%
Hispanic or Latino 76 3.07%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,479 people, 949 households, and 607 families residing in the town.

Postal service

Mosheim shares a post office with nearby community, Midway. The post office is located at 9280 West Andrew Johnson Highway in the Mosheim town limits at the corner of Main Street and US Route 11E.

Mosheim's zip code is 37818, although portions of the town limits are located in zip codes 37711 (areas around I-81, exit 23), 37743 (Eastern portions of the town), and Midway's zip code 37809.

Utilities

Water and sewage in Mosheim is provided by the Town of Mosheim Water Department and Old Knoxville Highway Utility District. Electricity is provided by Greeneville Light and Power System (GLPS).

Recreation

Public Parks in Mosheim:

  • Mosheim Town Park
  • Anna Sue Ward Park


Economy

Several factories are located in and near Mosheim, including a Walmart distribution center, Brenntag Mid-South. Minco Fused Silica Solutions of the World was located in nearby Midway, until 3M purchased the plant and now operates as 3M. Mosheim has one grocery store, Food Country USA. Several restaurants, gas stations and hotels are located at the Mosheim exit of Interstate 81, Exit 23.

Since 1986, Mosheim has hosted an annual festival in early June known as "Mosheim FunDays." The festival includes pageants, food and crafts booths, music, games, and a car show.

Volunteer Speedway is located in the western portion of the town at Interstate 81, exit 23.

Education

There are three public schools in Mosheim, operated by Greene County Schools:

  • Mosheim Elementary - (grades PreK–5)
  • Mosheim Middle - (grades 6–8)
  • West Greene High - (grades 9–12)

Western portions of Mosheim city limits are zoned to McDonald Elementary School in nearby Mohawk.

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