Quick Facts

County Seat: Winchester
Area in Square Miles (County): 553
Elevation: 979'
Market Region: Nashville
Time Zone: Central
City Website: www.winchester-tn.com
County Website: www.franklincotn.us
Additional Incorporated Cities with the County: Cowan, Decherd, Estill Springs, Huntland, Monteagle, Tullahoma
Unicorporated Cities: Arnold AFB, Belvidere, St. Andrews, Sewanee, Sherwood
Year Incorporated: 1821
Latitude: N35° 11.15'
Longitude: W86° 06.73'
Distance from Nashville: 80 miles; Chattanooga 65; Huntsville, AL 45

 

Population

2000 (Census): City-7,329 County- 39,270
2010 (Census): City- 8,530 County- 41,052
¹Population Projection 2020: City- 8,703 County- 42,681

Percent Population Change
2000-2010: 
City-16.4% County- 4.5%


¹Source: University of TN Center for Business & Economic Research

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Climate

Annual Average Temperature: 58.4° F
Average High Temperature: 69.8° F
Average Low Temperature: 47.0° F
Annual Average Precipitation: 52.90"
Annual Average Snowfall: 3.7"
Prevailing Winds: South-Southwesterly
Mean Length of Freeze-Free Period (days): 180-220

Tax Structure: Local

Property Taxes: (2015)
Rate per $100 value: City- $0.8233 County- $2.3562

Ratio of Assessment:
Residential and Farm: City- 25% County- 25%
Commercial/Industrial: City-40% County- 40%
Personal (Equipment): City- 30% County- 30%

Bonded Debt (2015): City- $0 County- $18,625,309
Total Local Assessment (2014): City- $209,160,206 County- $861,641,441
School Tax: City- 0% County- 0%
Hotel-Motel Tax: City- 5.00% County- 7.00%

Source: Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of Property Assessments


 

Tax Structure: State

Sales Tax: 5% tax on food and food ingredients; 7% on all other tangible personal property unless specifically exempted.
Local Sales Tax Rate: 2.25%
Local & State Sales Tax Collected (FY2015): $32,758,974.15

Income Tax
  • Personal: 6% on Interest & Dividends
  • Corporate Excise Tax: 6.5% of Tennessee taxable income 
  • Franchise Tax: .25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.
  • Unemployment Tax: New Employers 2.7% of first $9,000

Source: Tennessee Department of Revenue

Education

District Name: Franklin County
District Grades Served: PreK-12
Number of Schools: 11
Number of Administrators: 20
Number of Teachers: 329
Total Number of Students: 5,686
  • PreK-5: 2,348
  • 6-8: 1,089
  • 9-12: 1,495
  • PreK-12: 754
Graduation Rate: 89.2%

Source: Tennessee Department of Education (November 2015)

Regional Higher Education Institutions-City
  • University of the South- Sewanee
  • University of TN Space Institute- Arnold AFB
  • Motlow State Community College- Tullahoma

State Industrial Training Service Available: Yes
Type of Public School System: County

Government

Governing Body:
City: Mayor and City Council
  • Meets: 2nd Tuesday
  • Place: City Hall
  • Time: 6:30 P.M.
County: Mayor and County Commissioners
  • Meets: Various Days/Months
  • Place: Franklin County Courthouse
  • Time: 7:00 P.M.

Fire Department:
  • Full-Time Fire Fighters in City: 13
  • Full-Time Fire Fighters in County:
  • Fire Stations in City: 2
  • Fire Stations in County: 15
  • City Volunteers: 11
  • County Volunteers: 281
  • City Fire Trucks: 8
  • County Fire Trucks:

Law Enforcement: 
  • Full Time Police Officers in City: 22
  • Full-Time Police Officers in County & Sheriff: 59
  • City Patrols Cars: 15
  • County Patrol Cars: 40

Insurance Rating: City- 4 County-9
Zoning Regulations: City- Yes County-Yes
Planning Commission: City-Yes County- Yes
Industrial Developmental Corp: City- Yes County-Yes

 

Natural Resources

Minerals: Sand, Limestone
Timber: 84% Hardwoods, 7% Bottom Land Hardwoods, 3% others. 188,400 acres of Forest in County

Agricultural

Crops: Corn, Wheat, Soybeans, Cotton, Hay, Nursery Crops,
Livestock: Chicken, Hogs, Cattle

Transportation

Air Services:
Nearest General Aviation:Winchester Municipal Airport
  • Location Identifier: BGF
  • Distance from City: 3 miles
  • Runway Length: 5,003 feet
  • Surface: Asphalt
  • Lighting: MIRL/VASI
  • Fuel: 100LL
  • Repair: Major
  • Transportation: Taxi

Nearest Commercial Service: Nashville International Airport
  • Location Identifier: BNA
  • Distance from Winchester: 91 miles
  • Served by 10 major air carriers, 3 cargo carriers, and 2 fixed-base operators; serving 70 markets, 50 non-stops, 390 daily flights (2015).

Highways: 
U.S. Highways: 41A and 64 (4 lane)
State Highways: Several
Nearest Interstate: 15 miles of access I-24; 50 miles to I-65

Common Carriers:
Air Freight Companies: None
Motor Freight Companies: 6
Terminal Facilities: None
Bus Services- Inter-City: None
Local: None
Carrier Service: Yes

Railroads Served By: CSX Transportation, Piggyback ramp

Navigable Waterways:
River: Tennessee River
Nearest Port Facility: South Pittsburgh, TN
Channel Depth: 12 feet
Miles: 40

 

          Communications

          Newspapers- Frequency:
          Herald Chronicle- Bi-Weekly
          Chattanooga- Daily
          Huntsville Times- Daily
          The Tennessean- Daily
          Tullahoma News- 3x/week
          The Sewanee Mountain Messenger- Bi-Monthly

          Telephone Companies: AT&T, United Telephone Co.
          Radio Stations: 2 local
          Television Networks: 1 local
          Cable Service Available: Yes
          • Channels: 65
          • Provider: Comcast, Charter Communication
          Internet Service Available: Yes
          • Provider: Comcast, AT&T, Monster Broadband, Verizon, Charter Communication
          Fiber Optics Available: Yes
          • Provider: Comcast, AT&T, Charter Communication

          Community Facilities

          Health Care:
          • Doctors: Hospital- 51 Total- 160
          • Dentists: 12
          • Hospitals: 2
            • Beds: 198
          • Clinics: 1 Walk-In
            • Beds: n/a
          • Nursing Homes: 3
            • Beds: 188
          • Retirement Homes:0
            • Beds:0
          • Extended Care Facilities: 6
            • Beds: 130

          Religious Organizations:
          • Protestant: 106
          • Jehovah's Witness: 0
          • Latter Day Saints: 1
          • Catholic: 2
          • Spanish Church: 1
          • Seventh Day Adventist: 1
          • Other: 

          Daycare Centers: Several
          Daycare Homes: Several

          Recreation: 
          • Libraries: 3
          • Parks: 6 City Parks; 1 State Park
          • Golf Courses (Public & Private): 5
          • Swimming Pools (Public or Private):3
          • Country Clubs: 1 
          • Theaters: 1
          • Bowling Alleys: 0
          • Drive-In: 1
          • Hotels & Motels: 6
            • Rooms: 247
          • Bed & Breakfasts: 5
          • Largest Meeting Room Capacity: 400
          • Restaurants: 39
          • Other: Southern Middle TN Pavilion seats 3,000

           

          Financial Institutions

          Commercial Banks: 8
          Savings Institutions: 0
          Credit Unions: 1
          Total # of Institutions: 9
          Total # of Branches: 13
          Combined Deposits: $508,138,000 (Deposits for June 30, 2015)

          *Credit Union NOT calculated in Combined Deposits

          Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and National Credit Union Administration

          Industrial Support Services

          Service-Town-Distance (Miles):
          • Tool & Die- Local
          • Heat Treating- Local
          • Foundry-Chattanooga-65
          • Heavy Hardware-Chattanooga-65
          • Sheet Metal-Local
          • Lubricants-Local
          • Welding Supplies-Tullahoma-15
          • Abrasives-Shelbyville-34
          • Other:

          Selected Economic Indicators

          2014 Annual Averages

          Labor Force                         County       Labor Market Area*

          Civilian Labor Force                19,560          79,210
          Employment                           18,360          74,090
          Unemployment                         1,200            5,120
          Unemployment Rate                   6.1%            6.7%
          *HS Graduates (2014-2015)       446            1,752

          *Estimates: Less than 100.0 percent response

          *Labor Market Area is defined as Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Marion, and Moore Counties in Tennessee

          Estimated County Available Labor (Annual Averages 2014):
          Discouraged Workers: 96
          Unemployed Workers: 1,251
          Partially Employed Workers: 33
          Total: 1,380

          Manufacturing in Area (Annual Averages 2014):
          Number of Units: 45
          Ann. Avg. Employment: 2,693

          Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

          County 10-Year Growth Report
          Years:2006-2015                 New Plants            Expansions
          Number Projects:                      2                           34
          Job Opportunities:                    69                         755
          Total Investments:              $5,501,000             $379,790,089

          Source: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 

          Per Capita Personal Income
          Year: 2014    Amount: $34,579

          Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

          Average Home Sales
          Year: 2014    Number of Homes Sold: 379
                              Average Cost: $164,733

          Source Tennessee Housing Development Agency

          Retail Sales
          Year: 2014    Amount: $362,380,525

          Source: Tennessee Department of Revenue 

           

          Utilities

          Gas:
          Local Distributor: Elk River Public Utility District
          Phone: 931-967-2110
          Website: www.erpud.com
          • Source Company: East Tennessee Gas Transmission Co. 
          • Fuel Oil Suppliers: 1
          • Suppliers of LP Gas: 3

          Water:
          Water Supplier: Winchester Utility System
          Phone: 931-967-2238
          Website: www.winchesterutilities.com
          • Source: Tims Ford Lake
          • Capacity: 6,000,000 GPD
          • Current Consumption: 2,400,000 GPD
          • Storage Capacity: 3,500,000 Gallons

          Sewer: 
          Sewer Provider: Winchester Utility System
          Phone: 931-967-2238
          Website: www.winchesterutilities.com
          • Type of Treatment: Oxidation Ditch 
          • Capacity: 3,200,000 to 10,000,000 GPD
          • Current Usage: 800,000 GPD
          • City Sewer Coverage: 90%
          • Storm Sewer Coverage: 15%
          • Solid Waste Disposal Type: Private Contractor

          Electricity
          Source Company: Tennessee Valley Authority

          Local Power Company City: 
          Winchester Utility System
          Manager: Roger Caldwell
          Address: 219 Second Avenue Winchester, TN 37398
          Phone: 931-967-2238
          Fax: 931-962-4214
          Website: www.winchesterutilities.com

          Local Power Company County: 
          Duck River Electric Membership Corp.
          President & CEO: Michael Watson
          District Address: 1738 Decherd Blvd. Decherd, TN 37324
          Phone: 931-967-5578
          Emergency: 931-967-5579
          Fax: 931-967-1663
          Website: www.dremc.com


           

          Major Industrial Manufactured/Distribution (75+ Employees)

          ATA
          Product or Service: Government Contracts
          Total Employees: 1,800
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-454-5875

          Nissan North America, Plant 1
          Product or Service: Engines & Trans Axles
          Total Employees: 1,200
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-962-5000

          Yates Services
          Product or Service: Automotive
          Total Employees: 1,095
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-962-5396

          Tepro
          Product or Service: Automotive Weather Strips
          Total Employees: 411
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-967-5189

          Baxter Enterprises LLC
          Product or Service: Plastic Injection Molded Products
          Total Employees: 259
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-962-8687

          Nissan North America, Plant 2
          Product or Service: Infiniti & Mercedes Power Trains
          Total Employees: 200
          Union: None
          ​​​​​​​Phone Number: 931-962-5058

          CST Storage
          Product or Service: Welded Storage Tanks
          Total Employees: 145
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-967-9135

          Tullahoma Industries
          Product or Service: Military Apparel
          Total Employees: 130
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-455-1314

          Zanini Tennessee Inc.
          Product or Service: Plastic Wheel Covers
          ​​​​​​​Total Employees: 120
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-967-8544

          Diversa Tech Plastics Group
          Product or Service: Injection Molding
          Total Employees: 90
          Union: None
          Phone Number: 931-967-7418

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          For Information on Industrial Sites and Available Industrial Buildings Contact:

          Gene Seaton, Assistant to the Mayor's Office
          Industrial Development and Retention
          Franklin County Annex
          855 Dinah Shore Blvd., Suite 3 Winchester, TN 37398
          Phone: 931-967-2905
          Cell: 931-691-0940
          Email: gene.seaton@franklincotn.us
          Website: www.franklincotn.us

          Robert T. Bibb, Executive Director
          Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association
          2108 Westwood Avenue Nashville, TN 37212
          Phone Number: 615-269-5233
          Fax: 615-269-5184
          Email: mtida@mtida.org
          Website: www.mtida.org

          Judy Taylor, Executive Director
          Franklin Co. Chamber of Commerce
          PO Box 280, 44 Chamber Way Winchester, TN 37398
          Phone: 931-967-6788
          Fax: 931-967-9418
          Email: judy@franklincountychamber.com
          Website: www.franklincountychamber.com

          Beth Rhoton, City Administrator
          City of Winchester, TN
          7 South High Street
          Winchester, TN 37398
          Office: 931-967-2532
          Fax: 931-967-1553
          Email: bethrhoton@winchester-tn.com
          Website: www.winchester-tn.com
           
          Click on the following links to see a comprehensive demographic chart
          for 10, 30, or 50 mile radius of the Franklin County Industrial Park.