You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Battle of Athens Exhibit!
This event is free and open to the public.
C. Stephen Byrum, Author of the Battle of Athens book will be on site for a book signing.
The Battle of Athens is the most historically significant event in the history of McMinn County. On August 1, 1946, returning veterans of WWII, frustrated with the political voting system, surrounded the McMinn County Jail, fired on the Sherriff and his deputies, and by the next morning had taken over the county's government. The event quickly faded away; but resulted in a new form of county government for McMinn County and much of the southeast. Most Tennessee Counties and many in the South have adopted this form of government.