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County governments in Tennessee are predominately rated by Moody’s Investor Services and Standard and Poor’s (S&P). A summary of the ratings are as follows:

Moody’s - Investment grade has 10 grades, ranging from a high of “Aaa,” “Aa1,” “Aa2,” “Aa3” to a low of “Baa3.” Any rating less than a “Baa” is considered speculative; a “C” rating is default.

Standard and Poor’s - Investment grade has only four grades, from high to low:  “AAA,” “AA,” “A,” and “BBB.”  Any rating lower is considered non-investment grade; a “D” rating is default.

Your county’s last rating will be provided on your last debt instrument. Any future rating will be provided prior to the debt being issued.