Cocke County is located at the eastern edge of the state, bordering the state of North Carolina. The county is named in honor of Senator William Cocke. The county was established in 1797 and has its county seat at Newport.

Senator Cocke had been an officer in the Revolutionary Army and one of the leaders of the State of Franklin. He was then a member of the legislature of the Territory South of the River Ohio. Cocke then was elected to the senate in1796, 1797 and from 1799 to 1805.

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Much of the eastern part of the county is included in the Cherokee National Forest. Rag Mountain, with an elevation of 3,654 feet is in the southeastern part of the county. In the western part of the county, a portion of huge Douglas Lake offers additional recreational opportunity.

Cocke County's land previously had been part of Jefferson County.

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