1469 South Main Street
Covington, TN 38019
Phone: 901.313.1072 Fax: 901.476.2756
Email: [email protected]
Lauderdale County is located in the center of far Western Tennessee with the Mississippi River as its western border, the Hatchie River as its southern border and the Forked Deer River as its northern border. Lauderdale County is a haven for wildlife, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities. It is approximately 55 miles north of Memphis, 45 miles west of Jackson and 10 miles south of Dyersburg. It is also 35 miles from Reelfoot Lake.
The University of Tennessee has recently opened a U.T. Martin Ripley Center Campus in a new state-of-the-art facility, which already boasts an enrollment of over 150 students, well ahead of projections.
Ripley (6,700 population) is known for its Tomato Festival each July and a large public park, which hosts a huge water slide like no other in West Tennessee.
Halls (3,200 population) hosts festivals each year including Fourth of July, Cotton Pickin' Festival, the Lauderdale County Fair and of course the Veterans Museum located on the World War II Dyersburg Air Base located in Halls.
Henning (500 population) is famous for being the childhood home of Alex Haley, author of Roots, and enjoys a tourist trade year round at the Alex Haley Museum.
Gates (500 population) is a quiet bedroom community in the northern section of the county.
Just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan areas, Lauderdale County (29,900 population) offers something for everyone, both at home in Lauderdale County and a few miles away. The four (4) Lauderdale County towns are adjacent to Highway 51 (a four-lane highway connecting Fulton, Kentucky, to Memphis). Plans are under way for the new I69 to come through Lauderdale County connecting Canada to Mexico. This should bring many businesses, industries, and tourist sights and facilities to Lauderdale County and the surrounding area.
Lauderdale County is basically a rural, agricultural community with a few industries located within the county. There is a strong commitment upon the part of the county and the Economic and Community Development Board to attract more industry.
Currently there is an ongoing effort to attract broadband internet vendors into the rural areas of the county to accommodate the growing need for technology in the county - especially with schools providing laptops to students with plans to send them home when the infrastructure is in place.
Lauderdale County is a great place to work and live in a rural setting with traditional values, attitudes, and morals and still have short, easy access to the shopping venues, activities and entertainment associated with metropolitan areas. Within a two-hour radius of Lauderdale County, there are twenty-six (26) colleges and universities.