Whitwell is located in Marion County, Tennessee, approximately 24 miles northwest of Chattanooga. It is part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is situated in the southwestern Sequatchie Valley at the base of the Cumberland Plateau. The Sequatchie River passes just east of the city, and forms a portion of its southern boundary.
The city became renowned for the Paper Clips Project, a Holocaust memorial and educational project, which was carried out by children of the local middle school starting in 1998. A subsequent documentary was made about the children's achievement. This project started because students at the local middle school wanted to visually grasp how much six million was.
"Gorgeous scenery, access to a variety of outdoor activities, clean air, low taxes, progressive planning, and compassionate people make it a privilege to live in Whitwell and serve on the commission."Linda Hooper - Whitwell Mayor
"Do it today or regret it tomorrow."Jim Nunley - Vice Mayor
"Whitwell is centrally located in the Sequatchie Valley and provides a great opportunity to enjoy all the attractions the city has to offer while also being a short drive to Foster and Ruby Falls, Rock City and the night life of Chattanooga."Todd Mistrot - City Manager