Jellico is named for Angelica root which grows in the area and may be made into an intoxicating beverage. Until 1883 the area was called Smithburg because of the number of people named Smith who lived there. Jellico was first incorporated in 1885. Jellico has always been a progressive community and once boasted an opera house and possibly the first commercial airport in Tennessee. Jellico was the childhood home of Grace Moore
, a famous movie star and opera singer. So fine was her voice that she was called the Tennessee Nightingale. Jellico sits astride the Tennessee and Kentucky border with I-75 and US 25W passing through the City. Jellico has many modern amenities including an excellent hospital and is near a lovely state park. Today Jellico is a thriving town poised for continued economic growth.