Timothy Sharp, Mayor of the City of Rocky Top, by the power and authority vested in him by all applicable laws, including T.C.A 58-2-110 and 38-9-101, et seq., do hereby declare a civil emergency and a local state of emergency with the City and order the following:

The City’s residents, businesses, and organizations shall follow the State of Tennessee Governor’s Executive Order No. 17 issued on March 22, 2020, Executive Order No. 21 issued on March 30, 2020 and Executive Order No. 22 issued on March 20, 2020.

City residents, businesses and organizations shall, to the extent possible and provided by law, follow CDC guidance as it relates to COVID-19. City approved events, facilities, athletic fields and public restrooms are canceled and closed to the public until further notice. Facility closures and availability of city services will be share with the public through the city website and other means as deemed appropriate by the City Manager

This Declaration is valid and effective immediately for a period not to exceed fourteen days and may be incrementally extended for additional seven-day periods as deemed necessary by order of the Mayor. Please call City Hall if you have any questions.

Click HERE to read the complete and signed document.

*** If you have received a citation and are scheduled to be in Rocky Top City Court on April 8th 2020, your court date has been tentatively re-scheduled for 13th May 2020. Please check back for possible changes and future updates. ***

The City of Rocky Top is currently looking to fill the following position:

General Laborer- Water Department

If you are interested in applying for this position, please print and return the Application to City Hall at your earliest convenience. Or come down to City Hall to complete an application. The position will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday 13th of March 2020. Interviews will be held the week of March 16th.


The City of Rocky Top was officially been recognized as a Tree City USA city on March 1, 2019.

Video used with permission from Lance G. Freeman. Thank you!

Legal Notice
The City of Rocky Top Water Department’s 2018 Water Quality Report will be published in the Courier News Newspaper on May 22, 2019. This report will not be direct mailed to customers. You may request a copy by calling (865) 426-2838.

The City of Rocky Top is located on Interstate 75 in Anderson and Campbell County in beautiful East Tennessee. Rocky Top is twenty miles north of Downtown Knoxville and offers access to the beautiful Norris Lake, Norris Dam State Park and WindRock Park, which is the largest off-road recreation area in the country. Did you know that you can ride all-terrain vehicles(ATVs) on certain roads in Rocky Top? Rocky Top is the only place in Tennessee where people can ride ATVs on the roads year around and have direct access to WindRock Park Trails.

The town was originally known as Coal Creek, which is the name of the stream that runs through the middle of the city. Coal Creek and the nearby town of Briceville were the site of a major lockout of coal miners in 1891, which resulted in the town of Coal Creek being occupied by the state militia for over a year after miners attempted to force an end to the use of unpaid convict labor in the mines. This labor struggle, known as the Coal Creek War, was eventually resolved in the coal miners’ favor with the abolition of Tennessee’s convict labor program. You can visit the Coal Creek Miners Museum here in Rocky Top to learn more about the history of the Coal Creek War.