Cumberland County, Tennessee
Cumberland County is a county located in the U. S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,053, its county seat is Crossville. Cumberland County comprises the TN micropolitan statistical area. Cumberland County was formed in 1856 from parts of Bledsoe, Morgan, Rhea, Putnam and White. During the Civil War, the county was nearly evenly split between those supporting the Union and those supporting the Confederacy. In 1787, the North Carolina legislature ordered widening and improvements to Avery's Trace, the trail that ran from North Carolina through Knoxville and what is now Cumberland County to Nashville, Tennessee, they completed a project that built a wagon road. This improved travel, but still required a bone jarring trip; the road was muddy and crossed stone slabs so that it was only passable in some places on foot. Wagons could not get down the steep grade at Spencer's Mountain without locking brakes on all wheels and dragging a tree behind to slow the descent; the mountain top was described as "quite denuded of trees."
Cumberland County was the site of an important saltpeter mine. Saltpeter is the main ingredient of gunpowder and was obtained by leaching the earth from Grassy Cove Saltpeter Cave. Richard Green Waterhouse settled in this area in 1800. In his "Diary and Memoirs" he states that he went with William Kelly into Grassy cove and explored his saltpeter cave on October 7, 1812. According to Barr, Dicky Mathews began the manufacture of gunpowder at the cave in 1859, his son was killed by an explosion at Powder House Spring below the cave. This is an exceptionally large cave and evidence of mining extends far from the entrance; the leaching vats were located in a large room near the entrance, but this room is damp and the wooden vats have deteriorated to the point that they are difficult to recognize. During the 1930s, as part of the New Deal, the federal government's Subsistence Homesteads Division established the Cumberland Homesteads outside of Crossville; the program provided land and houses for 250 impoverished families.
Cumberland Mountain State Park was built as part of this project. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 685 square miles, of which 681 square miles is land and 3.8 square miles is water. It is the fourth-largest county in Tennessee by area; the county is located atop the Cumberland Plateau. The southernmost of the Cumberland Mountains, known locally as the Crab Orchard Mountains, rise in the northeastern part of the county; the county is home to a number of karst formations, most notably at Grassy Cove, a large, closed depression located southeast of Crossville. It is 3 miles wide, 5 miles long, over 1,000 feet deep. All of the water draining into Grassy Cove flows underground through a large cave system and emerges 4 miles southwest at the head of the Sequatchie Valley to form the Sequatchie River; the Tennessee Divide, where the watersheds of the Cumberland River and the Tennessee River meet, passes through the county. The source of the Caney Fork is located west of the divide, while the source of the Obed River is located east of the divide.
Obed Wild and Scenic River As of the census of 2010, there were 56,053 people, 23,791 households, 16,954 families residing in the county. The population density was 82.3 people per square mile. There were 28,151 housing units at an average density of 41.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 96.08% White, 0.3% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, 1% from two or more races. 2.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. According to the 2014 American Community Survey the largest ancestry groups in Cumberland County were German, American and English. There were 23,791 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 28.7% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were one-person, 11.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.72. The population was distributed by age as follows, with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 20% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, 26% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.3 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males. According to the 2000 census, the median income for a household in the county was $30,901, the median income for a family was $35,928. Males had a median income of $26,559 versus $20,644 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,808. About 11.10% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.80% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over. The Cumberland County School District oversees two high schools, nine elementary schools, one charter school. Schools include Stone Memorial High School. Crab Orchard Crossville Pleasant Hill Bowman Fairfield Glade Lake Tansi National Register of Historic Places listings in Cumberland County, Tennessee Official site Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce Cumberland County Schools Cumberland County, TNGenWeb – genealogy resources Cumberland County at Curlie Uplands Records, 1847-2005, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Sequatchie Valley is a long and narrow valley in the U. S. state of Tennessee and, in some definitions, Alabama. It is considered to be part of the Cumberland Plateau region of the Appalachian Mountains; the Sequatchie River drains the valley in Tennessee, flowing south to southwest from the southern part of Cumberland County, Tennessee to the Tennessee River near the Alabama border. Geologically, the Sequatchie Valley continues south of the Tennessee River into central Alabama; the Tennessee River flows through the Alabama portion of the valley to the vicinity of Guntersville, Alabama. The valley continues south of Guntersville, where it is called Browns Valley, drained by Browns Creek. Although this whole valley is geologically the same, the name Sequatchie is used only for the Tennessee portion of the valley, through which the Sequatchie River flows. A distinctive feature of the Sequatchie Valley is its straightness. From its northern end to its geological southern end at Browns Valley, the valley is perfectly straight.
It is over 150 miles long in the geologic sense and about 65 miles long as the valley of the Sequatchie River. Its width is about 3–5 miles; the valley is bounded on either side by escarpments of the Cumberland Plateau. The portion of the plateau east of the valley is narrow and known as Walden Ridge in Tennessee. To the west the plateau is called the Cumberland Plateau. In Bledsoe County, Tennessee a section of the west side escarpment is called Little Mountain, which marks the Tennessee Valley Divide. In Alabama the plateau to the east of the valley is called Sand Mountain, while that to the west is Gunters Mountain. At its northern end, the Sequatchie Valley is marked by a more mountainous portion of the Cumberland Plateau known as the Crab Orchard Mountains. Between the main Crab Orchard Mountains and the Sequatchie Valley there is another valley, called Grassy Cove, located several miles north of Sequatchie Valley. Grassy Cove is a karst valley which, through underground erosion, should become part of Sequatchie Valley.
Another, smaller karst valley, Bat Town Cove, is forming northeast of Grassy Cove, which may grow and become part of Sequatchie Valley. The Tennessee section of Sequatchie Valley contains the towns of Pikeville, Whitwell, and, on the Tennessee River, South Pittsburg. Towns in the Alabama portion of the geologic valley include Bridgeport, Guntersville, around the southern end, Blountsville. Dunlap Coke Ovens Thornbury, William D. Regional Geomorphology of the United States. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1965. U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sequatchie Valley, Sequatchie Valley U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sequatchie Valley, Browns Valley
Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, Missouri to the northwest; the Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Nashville is the state's capital and largest city, with a 2017 population of 667,560. Tennessee's second largest city is Memphis, which had a population of 652,236 in 2017; the state of Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians. What is now Tennessee was part of North Carolina, part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.
Occupied by Union forces from 1862, it was the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war. Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state besides Virginia, more soldiers for the Union Army than the rest of the Confederacy combined. Beginning during Reconstruction, it had competitive party politics, but a Democratic takeover in the late 1880s resulted in passage of disenfranchisement laws that excluded most blacks and many poor whites from voting; this reduced competition in politics in the state until after passage of civil rights legislation in the mid-20th century. In the 20th century, Tennessee transitioned from an agrarian economy to a more diversified economy, aided by massive federal investment in the Tennessee Valley Authority and, in the early 1940s, the city of Oak Ridge; this city was established to house the Manhattan Project's uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world's first atomic bombs, two of which were dropped on Imperial Japan near the end of World War II.
Tennessee's major industries include agriculture and tourism. Poultry and cattle are the state's primary agricultural products, major manufacturing exports include chemicals, transportation equipment, electrical equipment; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park, is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, a section of the Appalachian Trail follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga; the earliest variant of the name that became Tennessee was recorded by Captain Juan Pardo, the Spanish explorer, when he and his men passed through an American Indian village named "Tanasqui" in 1567 while traveling inland from South Carolina. In the early 18th century, British traders encountered a Cherokee town named Tanasi in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee; the town was located on a river of the same name, appears on maps as early as 1725. It is not known whether this was the same town as the one encountered by Juan Pardo, although recent research suggests that Pardo's "Tanasqui" was located at the confluence of the Pigeon River and the French Broad River, near modern Newport.
The meaning and origin of the word are uncertain. Some accounts suggest, it has been said to mean "meeting place", "winding river", or "river of the great bend". According to ethnographer James Mooney, the name "can not be analyzed" and its meaning is lost; the modern spelling, Tennessee, is attributed to James Glen, the governor of South Carolina, who used this spelling in his official correspondence during the 1750s. The spelling was popularized by the publication of Henry Timberlake's "Draught of the Cherokee Country" in 1765. In 1788, North Carolina created "Tennessee County", the third county to be established in what is now Middle Tennessee; when a constitutional convention met in 1796 to organize a new state out of the Southwest Territory, it adopted "Tennessee" as the name of the state. Tennessee is known as The Volunteer State, a nickname some claimed was earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee during the Battle of New Orleans.
Other sources differ on the origin of the state nickname. This explanation is more because President Polk's call for 2,600 nationwide volunteers at the beginning of the Mexican–American War resulted in 30,000 volunteers from Tennessee alone in response to the death of Davy Crockett and appeals by former Tennessee Governor and Texas politician, Sam Houston. Tennessee borders eight other states: Virginia to the north. Tennessee is tied with Missouri as the state bordering the most other states; the state is trisected by the Tennessee River. The highest point in the state is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet (
Marion County, Tennessee
Marion County is a county located in the U. S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,237, its county seat is Jasper. Marion County is part of the TN -- GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Marion County is in the Central time zone. Marion County was established in 1817 from lands acquired from the Cherokee. In 1779 Cherokee chief Dragging Canoe moved down the Tennessee River from Chickamauga Creek to Running Water creek, he helped establish the town of Nickajack at the entrance of Nickajack Cave. In 1794, the town was attacked and burned by militiamen commanded by Colonel James Orr of Nashville, Tennessee; the town was rebuilt and the Chickamauga Indians continued to live here until 1838, when all of the remaining Indians were removed from Tennessee and Georgia by the Trail of Tears. During the spring of 1861, early in the American Civil War, Robert Cravens of Chattanooga began mining saltpeter, the main ingredient of gunpowder, at Nickajack Cave; the operation was soon taken over by the Confederate Niter Bureau.
At one point, Nickajack Cave was one of the main sources of saltpeter for the Confederate States of America. However, its operation was halted in late 1862. Nickajack Cave was visited by thousands of soldiers of both side troops, who travelled up and down the Tennessee River on steamboats. Another important mine during the Civil War was Monteagle Saltpeter Cave, located in Cave Cove, about 4 miles southeast of Monteagle. During the war, it was referred to as Battle Creek Cave. A 1917 visitor reported that about 30 old hoppers still remained in the cave. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries and iron mining industries had come to dominate Marion County's economy. Mines operated in Inman, while iron smelters were at South Pittsburg. Hales Bar Dam, built on the Tennessee River in Marion County between 1905 and 1913, was one of the first major dams constructed in the United States across a navigable stream. In the 1960s, the Tennessee Valley Authority replaced Hales Bar with Nickajack Dam, further downstream in the 1960s, though the Hales Bar powerhouse still stands as a boathouse.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles, of which 498 square miles is land and 14 square miles is water. Marion is one of three Tennessee counties, along with Bledsoe and Sequatchie, located in the Sequatchie Valley, a long, narrow valley slicing through the southeastern Cumberland Plateau; the Sequatchie River, which drains the valley, empties into the Tennessee River just south of Jasper. Nickajack Dam is located along the Tennessee River near Jasper; the section of the river downstream from the dam is part of Guntersville Lake. The Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant is located in the extreme southeastern part of the county. Grundy County Sequatchie County Hamilton County Dade County, Georgia Jackson County, Alabama Franklin County Chimneys State Natural Area Cummings Cove Wildlife Management Area Franklin State Forest Hicks Gap State Natural Area Prentice Cooper State Forest Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area South Cumberland State Park As of the census of 2010, there were 28,237 people, 11,403 households, 8,030 families residing in the county.
The population density was 57 people per square mile. There were 12,954 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 93.9% White, 3.6% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, 1.2% from two or more races. 1.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. In the county, the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18 and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.9 years. The female population was 50.9%. The median income for a household in the county was $31,419, the median income for a family was $36,351. Males had a median income of $30,236 versus $21,778 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,419. About 10.80% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 14.30% of those age 65 or over. The schools in Marion County are: Jasper Elementary School Jasper Middle School Marion County High School Monteagle Elementary School South Pittsburg Elementary South Pittsburg High School Whitwell Elementary School Whitwell Middle School Whitwell High School Richard Hardy Memorial School Marion County is served by numerous local and national media outlets which reach one million people in four states including: Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina.
The Marion County News: Jasper Journal and South Pittsburg Hustler Combined has incorporated the Jasper Journal and the South Pittsburg Hustler into a single weekly publication. The periodical focuses its energy on highlighting events and people in Marion County, TN. Marion County is part of the Chattanooga Arbitron radio market; the following radio stations are licensed to cities within Marion County: AMWEPG 910 AM – News Talk & Variety Hits FMWUUQ 97.3 – Classic Country Q-97.3/99.3 WJCR-LP-94.9 - Jasper Christ-Centered Radio Marion County is part of the Chattanooga DMA. Cable TV companies in Marion County include Charter Communications and Trinity Cable Marion County Airport known as Brown Field, is a county-owned, public-use airport located four nautical miles southeast of the central business district of Jasper. I-24 US 41 US 64 US 72 SR
U.S. Route 127
U. S. Route 127 is a 758-mile-long north–south U. S. Highway in the eastern half of the United States; the southern terminus of the route is at US 27 in Tennessee. The northern terminus is at Interstate 75 near Michigan. Since 1987, it has been the core of the annual World's Longest Yard Sale known as the Highway 127 Corridor Sale, which now stretches 690 miles from Addison, Michigan, to Gadsden, Alabama; the sale, held every August, was started to demonstrate that the older U. S. Highway System has something to offer. In Michigan, US 127 tripled in length in 2002 at the expense of its parent, US 27. In Tennessee, US 127 traverses rural areas of the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Middle Tennessee and western East Tennessee; the route begins in the northern Chattanooga suburb of Red Bank at an interchange with US 27, where it overlaps Tennessee State Route 8. From there it runs northwest as it passes Signal Mountain, Walden Ridge before entering Dunlap, where it turns northeast along Tennessee State Route 28.
After TN 8 leaves at the interchange with TN 111, US 127/TN 28 follows through the Sequatchie Valley, passing through the city of Pikeville curves back to the northwest as it enters Crossville, only to return towards the northeast as it enters Jamestown. From that point on it returns back towards the northwest one more time as it winds through the woods surrounding the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. In Static, the road runs along the Tennessee-Kentucky border where it makes a sharp turn at the northern terminus of TN 111 before entering Kentucky. In Kentucky, US 127 is cosigned with US 42 through Cincinnati's Northern Kentucky suburbs until five miles east of Warsaw passes south through Owenton; this was the road driven by Buddy Rich when he wrote "Blue Grass makes me Blue" in 1947. At the state capital of Frankfort, it becomes a four-lane highway skirts Lawrenceburg and Danville, it enters the hilly Knobs Region at Junction City, where it becomes a two-lane route, continues through Hustonville, crossing the drainage divide between the Kentucky and Green river watersheds and following the scenic upper Green River valley through Casey County, crossing the river at Liberty.
South of Dunnville it climbs onto the Eastern Pennyroyal Plateau and cuts through Russell Springs and Jamestown. It crosses Wolf Creek Dam, it runs briefly with KY 90 north of Albany and crosses into Tennessee at Static. The new route through Clinton County includes a bypass west of Albany. In the county US 127 runs through sinkhole plains along the escarpment that marks the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau, creating scenic views. US 127 serves several cities and rural communities along the extreme western edge of Ohio, including Cincinnati, New Miami, Seven Mile, Camden, Greenville, Van Wert and Bryan. In Cincinnati, it shares a short concurrency with its parent route, US 27, along with US 42. From there, it heads north through Hamilton; the highway is a four-lane, divided bypass around Greenville. US 127 does not intersect with it, it joins with US 36 for about 5 miles. The first city US 127 enters after leaving Kentucky is Cincinnati; the last municipality that US 127 goes through before reaching Michigan is West Unity.
Except for Defiance County, US 127 passes through the county seats of all nine counties in Ohio that share a border with Indiana. It traverses a portion of Fulton County before entering Michigan. In total, US 127 traverses 194.2 miles across Ohio. In Michigan, US 127 runs from the Ohio border south of Hudson north to the junction with I-75, four miles south of Grayling, a distance of 212.12 miles. The highway is the primary route connecting Lansing and central Michigan to Northern Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge. From the south side of Jackson northerly, it is a four-lane freeway, except for the notable exception of a 16-mile stretch from north of St. Johns to just south of Ithaca, where access to the road is not limited. Prior to 2002, US 127 ran from I-69 north of East Lansing southerly to the Ohio border near Hudson, a total of 83 miles. From the Ohio border until Jackson, the highway follows the course of the Michigan Meridian used to survey Michigan in the early 19th century; that stretch is named Meridian Road.
A proposed I-73 would incorporate US 127 between Grayling. US 127 terminated at Toledo when it was commissioned in 1926. At that time, the southern portion ran from Somerset to Toledo along the route of present-day U. S. Route 223. In 1930 the southern terminus moved to Cincinnati, in 1958 it was extended to its present southern terminus at Chattanooga; the northern terminus of US 127 was in or near Lansing, from its inception in 1926 to 2002. In 2002, the terminus was moved to an intersection with I-75 south of Grayling in Crawford County, replacing all of US 27 north of Lansing. Tennessee US 27 in Chattanooga US 70 in Crossville US 70N in Crossville I‑40 in Crossville Kentucky US 150 in Danville; the highways travel concurrently through Danville. US 68 northeast of Harrodsburg US 62 in Lawrenceburg I‑64 in Frankfort US 60 in Frankfort US 421 in Frankfort; the highways travel concurrently through Frankfort. I‑71 in Glencoe US 42 north-northeast of Glencoe; the highways travel concurrently to. I‑71 / I‑75
U.S. Route 41 in Tennessee
U. S. Route 41 is a United States Numbered Highway that runs from Miami, Florida, to Copper Harbor, Michigan. In Tennessee, the highway is paralleled by Interstate 24 all the way from Georgia to Kentucky, I-24 has supplanted US-41 as a major highway for large and heavy vehicles, such as tractor-trailer trucks and buses. US 41, joined by US 76, enters Tennessee east of I-75 on the outskirts of East Ridge, it is called "Ringgold Road" through East Ridge up to the Bachman Tunnel, where it enters Chattanooga. In Chattanooga, US 41 and US 76 becomes Westside Drive up to the intersection with Dodds Avenue, where for a short distance it is coexistent with Dodds Avenue. US 41 and US 76 becomes East Main Street in downtown Chattanooga up to the intersection with Broad Street. At that point US 76 terminates, US 72 begins, the now-conjoined US 41 and US 72 merges with US 11 and US 64, trekking southwestward around the base of Lookout Mountain into the Tiftonia community. Just west of Tiftonia, US 11 splits off, it veers southwestward into Georgia.
US 41, US 64, US 72 take a westward path from Hamilton County into Marion County. US 41 breaks off from US 64 and US 72 at Jasper and joins with SR 150 before ascending the Cumberland Plateau. US 41 joins with SR 56 at Tracy City and runs southwest into Monteagle. In Monteagle, US 41 descends toward Manchester, with US 41A breaking off toward Franklin County, travelling through Winchester, Tullahoma and other small communities before becoming merging with US 31A and becoming Nolensville Pike in Nashville. After reaching Monteagle, US 41, included as part of the older Dixie Highway, continues northwest into Pelham, in Grundy County runs parallel with I-24 into Coffee County, going through Hillsboro and Beechgrove, before entering Rutherford County. From there, the highway continues diagonally through Murfreesboro, where the Dixie Highway joins up with US 70S; the Stones River National Battlefield is located near US 41 and US 70S on the northwest side, standing as a monument of the Battle of Stones River which took place during the American Civil War.
US 41/70S continues northwest through Smyrna, LaVergne before reaching Davidson County. The road passes through Antioch, before reaching Nashville, where US 41 separates from US 70S. US 41 goes through Nashville as Murfreesboro Rd Dickerson Pike, comes out on the northeast side of the city joined with US 31W. US 41 continues northeast through Goodlettsville before breaking away from US 31W. US 41 goes northwest and continues on into Robertson County, going through Springfield before heading west/northwest to the Kentucky border. Just before reaching Kentucky, US 41 runs through Montgomery County. Media related to U. S. Route 41 in Tennessee at Wikimedia Commons
Interstate 24 is an Interstate Highway in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. It runs diagonally from I-57, 10 miles south of Marion, Illinois, to Chattanooga, Tennessee, at I-75; as an even-numbered Interstate, it is signed as an east–west route, though the route follows a more southeast–northwest routing, passing through Nashville, Tennessee. Because the routing of I-24 is diagonal, the numbering is a bit unusual as it does not follow the Interstate Highway System numbering conventions. I-24 constitutes the majority of a high-traffic corridor between St. Louis and Atlanta; this corridor utilizes I-64 and I-57 northwest of I-24, I-75 southeast of I-24. I-24 begins near the community of Pulleys Mill; the highway heads southeast into rural Johnson County. It reaches an exit at Tunnel Hill Road, which serves Tunnel Hill; the highway continues south to its next exit at U. S. Route 45 north of Vienna, it reaches its next exit at Illinois Route 146 in eastern Vienna. I-24 heads southeast from Vienna into Massac County.
Its first exit in Massac County is at Big Bay Road, which serves the communities of Big Bay and New Columbia. I-24 continues southward; the highway passes west of Fort Massac State Park. It crosses the Interstate 24 Bridge over the Ohio River. After that, it continues into Kentucky. I-24 crosses into Kentucky on a bridge over the Ohio River, it passes to the west of Paducah and intersects US Routes 60, 45, 62. The freeway passes near Woodlawn-Oakdale and Reidland and connects with US 68; the welcome center in Paducah is Whitehaven. This is the only historic house in the country used as a rest area. East of this point, I-24 runs concurrently with I-69. Through this, it crosses the Tennessee and the Cumberland Rivers; the roadway travels along the north shore of the Cumberland River. I-69 splits off to the east just north of Mineral Mound State Park. I-24 continues away from the river, it runs through farmland for several miles. It passes south of Hopkinsville and interchanges with I-169. Near the Tennessee border, I-24 passes north of Fort Campbell.
Afterwards, it crosses into Tennessee. I-69 runs concurrently with I-24 for 17 miles from Calvert City to Eddyville. I-24 crosses into Tennessee traveling in a southeasterly and northwesterly direction in Clarksville, Montgomery County; the first interchange is with SR 48. I-24 has interchanges with US 79, SR 237, SR 76, crosses the Red River, it enters a long straight section, crossing into Robertson County, has interchanges with SR 256, SR 49 near Springfield, respectively. The route enters the rolling hilly terrain of the Nashville Basin, crosses into Cheatham County, where it has an interchange with SR 249. I-24 crosses into Davidson County, has an interchange with US 431; the interstate continues for several miles through rural woodlands before coming to an interchange with SR 45. Three miles I-24 crosses the Nashville Urban Boundary, widens to six lanes, has an interchange with SR 155, the northern beltway around Nashville. Less than a mile I-24 joins a concurrency with Interstate 65, where the combined routes carry ten through lanes, travel due south.
About two miles I-65 splits off, I-24 enters downtown Nashville, where it has interchanges with US 41, US 431, US 31E, as well as several city streets. I-24 crosses the Cumberland River, joins in a concurrency with Interstate 40, travelling southeast with eight through lanes, two miles I-40 splits off eastwardly, heading toward Knoxville. Located at this interchange is an interchange with US 41, less than a mile is an interchange with the eastern terminus of Interstate 440, accessible from I-40 nearby. About a mile is once again an interchange with SR 155/Briley Parkway near the Nashville International Airport, I-24 continues southeast, bisecting a major residential area. Here I-24 carries eight through lanes, beginning at the next exit, SR 255, the left lanes operate as HOV lanes during rush hour. I-24 continues southeast through the growing suburbs of Nashville, crosses into Rutherford County near the city of LaVergne, where there are three exits. Beginning at this point, I-24 is straight and flat for most of its distance through Middle Tennessee.
The straightest stretch of highway in Tennessee is located on I-24 between Lavergne and eastern Murfreesboro, where the route is straight for about fifteen miles, although the median widens and narrows. Four miles is an interchange with SR 102, which connects to Smyrna and the Nissan Motor Manufacturing Plant. Another four miles is an interchange with Interstate 840, the outer southern beltway around Nashville, I-24 enters Murfreesboro, the largest suburb of Nashville. In Murfreesboro, I-24 has interchanges with SR 96, SR 99, US 231 and at the final Murfreesboro exit, the HOV lane designation ends, I-24 narrows to six lanes and four lanes a short distance later. Three miles is an interchange with the Joe B. Jackson Parkway, which serves as an outer beltway around southeast Murfreesboro. I-24 enters a more rural area, at exit 97 has an interchange with SR 64, which connects to Shelbyville. I-24 curves to the south the east enters Bedford County, Coffee County. At exit 105 is an inter