Rhea County uses the county commission form of local government. Our current county executive is George Thacker. There are nine seats on the county commission, each representing a geographical area of the county. Members of the commission and the county mayor are elected to four-year terms.
The county-administered public school system serves most Rhea County students. The system operates three elementary schools, two middle schools, two K-8 schools, one high school, and one alternative school.
Public Elementary and Secondary Schools:
- Dayton City School
- Graysville Elementary
- Frazier Elementary
- Rhea Central
- Spring City Elementary
- Spring City Middle School