Gladeville is an unincorporated community in Wilson County, Tennessee. The community is named for the surrounding cedar glades— a unique type of ecosystem that thrives in the thin or barren soil of south Wilson County. Gladeville is located just off Interstate 840 along Stewarts Ferry Pike 10 miles southeast of Mt. Juliet. Gladeville was founded in 1852 on land of Benjamin Hooker Jr. and grew for several years, although the outbreak of the Civil War slowed its growth. The post office was established in 1855 with John M. Bland as the first postmaster. Notable Gladeville natives include Grand Ole Opry fiddler Sid Harkreader; the community was home to the Nashville Superspeedway. Gladeville was a regional softball hub in the 1980s and 1990s with many large tournaments being held in the spring and summer months. However, in the early 2000s a significant decrease in activity occurred and by the mid 2000s, activity ceased completely; the softball field has been used for various youth teams since, is utilized by the Diamond Dawgs, which boasts 11U and 12U AAA traveling competitive baseball teams.
Gladeville has a small downtown area at the intersection of Gladeville Road & Stewarts Ferry Pike that features several restaurants and businesses. The community was struck by an EF-1 tornado on the afternoon of November 18, 2017. Cedars of Lebanon State Park Wilson County, Tennessee
Tennessee State Route 76
State Route 76 is a state highway in Tennessee, traversing the state in a northeast-southwest axis from east of Memphis to north of Nashville. SR 76 is unique in that it changes its cardinal directions in Clarksville at the junction with US 41A and US 41A Bypass. SR 76 begins as a primary highway in Fayette County in Moscow at a junction with SR 57, its southern terminus; the highway goes north as a 2-lane highway through countryside and wooded areas to the community of Williston and has a junction with SR 193. It turns slight northeast before turning north again at the junction with SR 195 just south of Somerville. SR 76 enters Somerville and passes through a neighborhood before entering downtown and intersecting US 64/SR 15, it passes through another neighborhood before leaving Somerville and having a Y-Intersection with SR 59, with SR 76 turning northeast once again while SR 59 branches off to the northwest. SR 76 enters Haywood County and enters the small community of Dancyville and becomes concurrent with SR 179.
They split just before the first of two interchanges with I-40. SR 76 crosses the Hatchie River and has another interchange with I-40 before reaching Brownsville, it comes to an intersection with US 70/US 79/SR 1/SR 19 and becomes concurrent with that route. At this point SR 76 becomes unsigned. SR 19 breaks away to the east shortly afterwards and US 70/US 79/SR 1/SR 76 follow a new bypass around downtown to an intersection with US 70A. US 79 and SR 76 break away from US 70/SR 1 to follow US 70A and they leave Brownsville going northeast just an intersection with SR 369, they cross the South Fork of the Forked Deer River before crossing into Crockett County. US 79/SR 76 enter Bells shortly afterwards to have a short concurrency with SR 88, they have an interchange with US 412/SR 20 before leaving bells and entering farmland. They pass through the community of Fruitvale and the town of Gadsden, where they intersect SR 221, before crossing the Middle Fork of the Forked Deer River into Gibson County and enter Humboldt.
They have an interchange with a new bypass around downtown and begin to follow it, turning north and widening to a 4-lane highway, have a junction with SR 152 after the interchange. They turn east and have an intersection with US 45W/SR 5 to become concurrent with that route. US 70A/US 79/SR 76 break away from the bypass, US 45W/SR 5, at another intersection shortly afterwards, leaving Humboldt and narrowing back to 2-lanes and has an intersection with SR 187 shortly afterwards, they go through farmland once again and pass through Gibson, having a junction with SR 186, before entering Milan and intersecting US 45E/SR 43/SR 77/SR 104, becoming concurrent with SR 77. They intersect SR 425 before leaving Milan and widening to a 4-lane divided highway for a short distance before narrowing back down to a 2-lane to cross into Carroll County, they enter Atwood and intersect SR 220 shortly before US 70A and SR 77 pull away, at a Y-Intersection, to the east, while SR 76 continues to follow US 79. US 79/SR 76 continue northeast and pass through Trezevant, intersecting SR 105, before entering McKenzie to pass just to the south of downtown and intersect SR 436, SR 124, SR 423 before having an interchange with SR 22 to leave McKenzie and cross into Henry County shortly afterwards and widen to 4-lane divided highway once again.
US 79/SR 76 immediately passes through the town of Henry, bypassing it while the old alignment through town is now named Pioneer Road. They continue northeast to intersect SR 218 before entering Paris to junction with US 641/SR 69, bypassing downtown to the southeast, they intersect SR 356 before going through a business district before leaving Paris at another intersection with SR 218. They pass through countryside and intersect SR 140 south of Buchanan before entering Paris Landing State Park and junctioning with SR 119 before crossing the Ned McWherter Memorial Bridge over Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River. US 79/SR 76 enter the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and intersect with SR 232 and several park access roads, including the SR 461, before narrowing to 2-lanes to enter Dover and leaving the park. In downtown they intersect with SR 49 before leaving Dover by crossing the Cumberland River as a 2-lane highway, it widens back to 4-lanes 1 mile and turns southeast at the intersection with SR 120.
They junction with SR 46 north of Indian Mound before crossing into Montgomery County. They turn northeast again before passing through Woodlawn and intersecting with SR 233. US 79/SR 76 widen to 5-lanes at the interchange with SR 374 and enters Clarksville. SR 76 and US 79 merge with US 41A/SR 12 after passing through some neighborhoods and come to an intersection with US 41A Bypass/SR 13 just north of downtown, where US 79 breaks away from SR 76 to follow SR 13 north to Kentucky and SR 12 branches away to follow US 41A Bypass. US 41A/SR 76 continue south into downtown as a 2-lane road before turning east onto College Street before turning south again on University Avenue before again turning east to follow Madison Street as they exit downtown and enter neighborhoods, they curve to the southeast and pass by several businesses and have another junction with SR 374 before SR 76 breaks away from US 41A/SR 112, at another intersection with US 41A Bypass, goes northeast, exiting Clarksville and switching cardinal directions from north-south to east-west.
For four miles past this junction, SR 76 widens to a four lane divided highway. It then
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme. The company was founded by Dan Evins in 1969; the corporate offices are located at a different facility in the same city. The chain's stores were at first positioned near Interstate highway exits in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, but has expanded across the country during the 1990s and 2000s; as of September 1, 2018, the chain operates 645 stores in 44 states. Cracker Barrel's menu is based on traditional Southern cuisine, with appearance and decor designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store; each restaurant features a front porch lined with wooden rocking chairs, a stone fireplace, decorative artifacts from the local area. Cracker Barrel partners with country music performers, it engages in charitable activities, such as its assistance of victims of Hurricane Katrina and injured war veterans. Employees there wear a choice of either white, blue or pink shirts.
During the 1990s, the company was the subject of controversy for its official stance against gay and lesbian employees and for discriminatory practices against African-American customers and female employees. In 2004, a U. S. Department of Justice investigation found that Cracker Barrel discriminated against minority customers. In an agreement with the USDOJ, Cracker Barrel implemented non-discrimination policies and pledged to focus on improving minority representation and civic involvement in the black community. Company shareholders added sexual orientation to the company's non-discrimination policy in 2002. Cracker Barrel was founded in 1969 by Dan Evins, a sales representative for Shell Oil, who developed the restaurant and gift store concept as a plan to improve gasoline sales. Designed to resemble the traditional country store that he remembered from his childhood, with a name chosen to give it a Southern country theme, Cracker Barrel was intended to attract the interest of highway travelers.
The first restaurant was built close to Interstate 40, in Tennessee. It opened in September 1969, serving Southern cuisine including biscuits, country ham, turnip greens. Evins incorporated Cracker Barrel in February 1970, soon opened more locations. In the early 1970s, the firm leased land on gasoline station sites near interstate highways to build restaurants; these early locations all featured gas pumps on-site. Into the early 1980s, the company reduced the number of gas stations on-site phasing them out altogether as the company focused on its restaurant and gift sales revenues. Cracker Barrel became a publicly traded company in 1981 to raise funds for further expansion, it floated more than half a million shares, raising $4.6 million. Following the initial public offering, Cracker Barrel grew at a rate of around 20 percent per year; the company grew through the 1980s and 1990s, attaining a $1 billion market value by 1992. In 1993, the chain's revenue was nearly twice that of any other family restaurant.
In 1994, the chain tested a carry-out-only store, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Corner Market, in suburban residential neighborhoods. In addition, it expanded into new markets through the establishment of more traditional Cracker Barrel locations, the majority of them outside the South, tested alterations to its menus to adapt to new regions; the chain added regional dishes to its menus, including eggs and salsa in Texas and Reuben sandwiches in New York, but continued to offer its original menu items in all restaurants. By September 1997, Cracker Barrel had 314 restaurants, aimed to increase the number of stores by 50 per year over the following five years; the firm closed its Corner Market operations in 1997 and refocused on its restaurant and gift store locations. Its president, Ron Magruder, stated that the chain was concentrating on strengthening its core theme, offering traditional foods and retail in a country store setting, with good service and country music; the chain opened its first restaurant and gift store not located near a highway in 1998, in Dothan, Alabama.
In the 2000s, in the wake of incidents including charges of racial discrimination and controversy over its policy of firing gay employees, the firm launched a series of promotional activities including a nationwide book drive and a sweepstakes with trips to the Country Music Association Awards and rocking chairs among the prizes. The number of combined restaurants and stores owned by Cracker Barrel increased between 1997 and 2000, to more than 420 locations. In 2000 and 2001, the company addressed staffing and infrastructure issues related to this rapid growth by implementing a more rigorous recruitment strategy and introducing new technology, including an order-placement system. From the late 1990s to the mid-2000s, the company focused on opening new locations in residential areas to attract local residents and workers as customers, it updated its marketing in 2006 to encourage new customers, changing the design of its highway billboard advertisements to include images of menu items. The signs had featured only the company's logo.
By 2011, Cracker Barrel had opened more than 600 restaurants in 42 states. On January 17, 2012, company founder Dan Evins died of bladder cancer; as a Southern-themed chain, Cracker Barrel serves traditional Southern comfort food described as "down-home" country cooking and sells gift items including simple toys rep
Shenandoah is an American country music group founded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in 1984 by Marty Raybon, Ralph Ezell, Stan Thorn, Jim Seales, Mike McGuire. Thorn and Ezell left the band in the mid-1990s, with Rocky Thacker taking over on bass guitar; the band split up in 1997. Seales, Thacker and McGuire reformed the band in 2000 with lead singer Brent Lamb, in turn replaced by Curtis Wright and by Jimmy Yeary. Ezell rejoined in the early 2000s, after his 2007 death, he was replaced by Mike Folsom. Raybon returned to the band in 2014; that same year, Jamie Michael replaced the retiring Jim Seales on lead guitar. Shenandoah has released nine studio albums, of which two have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America; the band has charted twenty-six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Number One hits "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday in the South" and "Two Dozen Roses" from 1989, "Next to You, Next to Me" from 1990, "If Bubba Can Dance" from 1994.
The late 1994-early 1995 single "Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart," which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, won both artists a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Lead guitarist Jim Seales and drummer Mike McGuire formed Shenandoah in 1984 as a house band in Muscle Shoals, with bass guitarist Ralph Ezell and keyboardist Stan Thorn, as well as lead singer Marty Raybon, in his father's bluegrass band since childhood called American Bluegrass Express, as well as Heartbreak Mountain. Before that, Thorn, McGuire and Ezell were session musicians. McGuire invited songwriting friend Robert Byrne to one of the session band's shows. Byrne invited them into his recording studio to record a demo, which he pitched to Columbia Records' CBS Records division; the band first wanted to assume the name The MGM Band, a name, rejected for legal reasons. CBS suggested Rhythm Rangers and Shenandoah as possible names, Raybon chose the latter because he thought that the name Rhythm Rangers "sounded like an amateur band."
In 1987, Shenandoah released its self-titled debut studio album, which Rick Hall produced. This album accounted for the band's first two charting singles in "They Don't Make Love Like We Used To" and "Stop the Rain"; the latter was the band's first Top 40 country hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. John Bush of Allmusic wrote that this album "leaned a little close to the pop-schmaltz they rebelled against."The Road Not Taken was the band's second album, released in 1988. This album's first two singles — "She Doesn't Cry Anymore" found on Shenandoah, "Mama Knows" — brought the band to the Top Ten for the first time. After these singles came three consecutive Billboard number-one hits: "The Church on Cumberland Road", "Sunday in the South" and "Two Dozen Roses". "The Church on Cumberland Road," with its two-week run at Number One, marked the first time in country music history that a country music band's first number-one single spent more than one week at the top.
This song was recorded by its one of its three writers, former Rockets and Billy Hill member Dennis Robbins as the B-side to his 1987 single "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House". Byrne co-wrote "Two Dozen Roses" with Mac McAnally, a veteran songwriter and session musician who has recorded both as a solo singer and as a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band; the last single from The Road Not Taken, "See If I Care", reached number 6 on Billboard and number one on Gavin Report. On January 22, 1991, The Road Not Taken earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. Tom Roland of Allmusic gave The Road Not Taken four-and-a-half stars out of five, with his review saying, "The songs mix the day-to-day struggles of everyday-Joe with a steady respect for love, personal roots, family." In the wake of The Road Not Taken's success, the band played 300 shows in 1989. The band achieved its biggest hit in 1990 with the three-week number-one single "Next to You, Next to Me."
Written by then-solo singers Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright, this was the first of five singles from Shenandoah's third album, Extra Mile. "Ghost in This House," "I Got You" and "The Moon Over Georgia" all peaked in the Billboard top ten between late 1990 and mid-1991, with the latter two reaching number one on Gavin Report. That year, the band won the Academy of Country Music's Vocal Group of the Year award. Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly gave Extra Mile a B rating, saying that it was "unflinchingly commercial" but adding that "the band goes beyond Alabama's jingoistic flag-waving and Restless Heart's vapid mood-brighteners to showcase intelligent ballads and jaunty rhythm numbers." An uncredited review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said that the band "proved that no matter how overcrowded the field is, there's always room for quality." Extra Mile earned a gold certification in the United States. Following the release of Extra Mile, a band from Kentucky threatened to sue Shenandoah over the use of the name Shenandoah.
After a financial settlement was made with the Kentucky band, two other bands filed lawsuits over Shenandoah's name. The lawsuits depleted the money earned by the ba
Sumner County, Tennessee
Sumner County is a county located on the central northern border of the U. S. state in what is called Middle Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 160,645, its county seat is Gallatin, its largest city is Hendersonville. The county is named for American Revolutionary War hero General Jethro Sumner. Sumner County is part of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area; the county is made up of eight cities, including Gallatin, Hendersonville, Mitchellville, Portland and White House. Sumner County is 25 miles northeast of Tennessee. Prior to the European colonization of North America, the county had been inhabited by various cultures of Native Americans for several thousand years. Nomadic Paleo and Archaic hunter-gatherer campsites, as well as substantial Woodland and Mississippian-period occupation sites and burial grounds, can be found scattered throughout the county along the waterways; the majority of these sites exist along natural waterways, with the highest concentration occurring along what is now known as the Cumberland River.
Mississippian period earthwork mounds can still be seen in Hendersonville, most notably, at Castalian Springs. Long before Europeans entered the area, Native Americans made use of the natural hot springs for their medicinal and healing properties. British colonial longhunters traveled into the area as early as the 1760s, following existing Indian and buffalo trails. By the early 1780s, they had erected several trading posts in the region; the most prominent was Mansker's Station, built by Kasper Mansker near a salt lick. Another was Bledsoe's Station, built by Isaac Bledsoe at Castilian Springs. Sumner County was organized in 1786, just 3 yeears after the end of the American Revolutionary War, when Tennessee was still the western part of North Carolina; the county was developed for agriculture: tobacco and hemp, blooded livestock. Numerous settlers came from central Kentucky's Bluegrass Region, where these were the most important products. Middle Tennessee had fertile lands that could be used for similar crops and supported high-quality livestock as well.
The larger planters depended on the labor of enslaved African Americans, but Middle Tennessee had a lower proportion of slaves in the population than in West Tennessee, the plantation area of Memphis and the Delta, where cotton was cultivated. During the American Civil War, most of Tennessee was occupied by Union troops from 1862; this led to a breakdown in civil order in many areas. The Union commander, Eleazer A. Paine, was based at the county seat, he had suspected spies publicly executed without trial in the town square. He was replaced because of his mistreatment of the people. In 1873 the county was hit hard by the fourth cholera pandemic of the century, which had begun about 1863 in Asia, it reached North America and was spread by steamboat passengers who traveled throughout the waterways in the South on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. An estimated 120 persons died of cholera in Sumner County in 1873 during the summer; the disease was spread through contaminated water, due to the lack of sanitation.
About four-fifths of the county's victims were African Americans. Many families, both black and white, lost multiple members. In the United States overall, about 50,000 persons died of cholera in the 1870s. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles, of which 529 square miles is land and 14 square miles is water. Sumner County is located in Middle Tennessee on the state's northern border with Kentucky; the Cumberland River was important in early trade and transportation for this area, as it flows into the Ohio River to the west. That leads to the Mississippi River, downriver to the major port of New Orleans. Sumner County is in the Greater Nashville metropolitan area. Davidson County Macon County Robertson County Trousdale County Wilson County Allen County, Kentucky Simpson County, Kentucky Bledsoe Creek State Park Cragfont State Historic Site Gallatin Steam Plant Wildlife Management Area Old Hickory Lock and Dam Wildlife Management Area Rock Castle State Historic Site Taylor Hollow State Natural Area Wynnewood State Historic Site As of the census of 2000, there were 130,449 people, 48,941 households, 37,048 families residing in the county.
The population density was 246 people per square mile. There were 51,657 housing units at an average density of 98 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 91.49% White, 5.78% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, 0.96% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. In 2000 there were 48,941 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.30% were non-families. 20.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.20% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04. In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years.
For every 100 females, there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was
Kentucky the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Although styled as the "State of Kentucky" in the law creating it, Kentucky is one of four U. S. states constituted as a commonwealth. A part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 26th most populous of the 50 United States. Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, which houses two of its major cities and Lexington, it is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky is known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, coal, the "My Old Kentucky Home" historic state park, automobile manufacturing, bluegrass music, college basketball, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
In 1776, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County, named for the Kentucky River. The precise etymology of the name is uncertain, but based on an Iroquoian name meaning " the meadow" or " the prairie". Others have put forth the possibility of Kenta Aki, which would come from Algonquian language and, would have derived from the Shawnees. Folk etymology states that this translates as "Land of Our Fathers." The closest approximation in another Algonquian language, Ojibwe translates it more-so to "Land of Our In-Laws", thus making a fairer English translation "The Land of Those Who Became Our Fathers." In any case, the word aki comes out as land in all Algonquian languages. Kentucky is situated in the Upland South. A significant portion of eastern Kentucky is part of Appalachia. Kentucky borders seven states, from the Southeast. West Virginia lies to the east, Virginia to the southeast, Tennessee to the south, Missouri to the west and Indiana to the northwest, Ohio to the north and northeast.
Only Missouri and Tennessee, both of which border eight states, touch more. Kentucky's northern border is formed by the Ohio River and its western border by the Mississippi River. However, the official border is based on the courses of the rivers as they existed when Kentucky became a state in 1792. For instance, northbound travelers on U. S. 41 from Henderson, after crossing the Ohio River, will be in Kentucky for about two miles. Ellis Park, a thoroughbred racetrack, is located in this small piece of Kentucky. Waterworks Road is part of the only land border between Kentucky. Kentucky has a non-contiguous part known at the far west corner of the state, it exists as an exclave surrounded by Missouri and Tennessee, is included in the boundaries of Fulton County. Road access to this small part of Kentucky on the Mississippi River requires a trip through Tennessee; the epicenter of the powerful 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes was near this area causing the river to flow backwards in some places. Though the series of quakes did change the area geologically and affect the inhabitants of the area at the time, the Kentucky Bend was formed because of a surveying error, not the New Madrid earthquake.
Kentucky can be divided into five primary regions: the Cumberland Plateau in the east, the north-central Bluegrass region, the south-central and western Pennyroyal Plateau, the Western Coal Fields and the far-west Jackson Purchase. The Bluegrass region is divided into two regions, the Inner Bluegrass—the encircling 90 miles around Lexington—and the Outer Bluegrass—the region that contains most of the northern portion of the state, above the Knobs. Much of the outer Bluegrass is in the Eden Shale Hills area, made up of short and narrow hills; the Jackson Purchase and western Pennyrile are home to several bald cypress/tupelo swamps. Located within the southeastern interior portion of North America, Kentucky has a climate that can best be described as a humid subtropical climate, only small higher areas of the southeast of the state has an oceanic climate influenced by the Appalachians. Temperatures in Kentucky range from daytime summer highs of 87 °F to the winter low of 23 °F; the average precipitation is 46 inches a year.
Kentucky experiences four distinct seasons, with substantial variations in the severity of summer and winter. The highest recorded temperature was 114 °F at Greensburg on July 28, 1930 while the lowest recorded temperature was −37 °F at Shelbyville on January 19, 1994, it has four distinct seasons, but experiences the extreme cold as far northern states, nor the high heat of the states in the Deep South. Temperatures seldom drop below 0 degrees or rise above 100 degrees. Rain and snowfall totals about 45 inches per year. There are big variations in climate within the state; the northern parts tend to be about 5 degrees cooler than those in western parts of the state. Somerset in the south-central part receives 10 more inches of rain per year than, for instance, Covington to the north. Average temperatures for the entire Commonwe
Interstate 40 in Tennessee
Interstate 40 traverses the entirety of the state of Tennessee from west to east, running from the Mississippi River at the Arkansas border to the northern base of the Great Smoky Mountains at the North Carolina border. The road connects Tennessee's three largest cities—Memphis and Knoxville—and crosses all of Tennessee's physiographical provinces and Grand Divisions—the Mississippi Embayment and Gulf Coastal Plain in West Tennessee, the Highland Rim and Nashville Basin in Middle Tennessee, the Cumberland Plateau, Appalachian Valley and Ridge Province, Blue Ridge Province in East Tennessee; the Tennessee section of I-40 is 452 miles long, the longest of any state. I-40 enters Tennessee from Arkansas via the six lane Hernando de Soto Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River at river mile 736. Within the city of Memphis, the interstate passes across the southern half of Mud Island before crossing the Wolf River Harbor into downtown Memphis. Throughout Memphis, the highway contains a minimum of six through lanes, except through major interchanges.
About one mile from the state line is an interchange with the western terminus of Interstate 240, where I-40 abruptly turns north, following a route designated as part of I-240. About one mile the highway has an interchange with State Route 300, a connector to US 51 and the future Interstate 69. At this interchange, the interstate turns east and enters a stretch designated as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Expressway. I-40 crosses the Wolf River three times in Memphis as the road passes near the neighborhoods of Frayser and Raleigh and turns southeast. A few miles I-40 has an interchange with I-240 southbound and Sam Cooper Boulevard eastbound, turns sharp northeast, leaving Memphis. For the next several miles the highway is known as the Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway and is eight lanes, the left lanes functioning as HOV lanes during rush hour, passing through several major suburbs of Memphis, including Bartlett and Lakeland. At exit 18, with US 64, the highway narrows to six lanes, to four lanes a short distance beyond.
Several miles near Arlington, is a cloverleaf interchange with I-269. East of Arlington, I-40 crosses the Loosahatchie River and leaves the Memphis area, traversing through the Gulf Coastal Plain in a flat and straight stretch of farmland with some rural woodlands, bypassing most cities and communities. South of Brownsville, about 40 miles east of Memphis, the highway turns north and enters the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and crosses the Hatchie River. Upon exiting the refuge, I-40 passes just southeast of Brownsville; the interstate continues for the next 20 miles though further agricultural terrain, at mile marker 78, the crosses the South Fork of the Forked Deer River into Jackson. Passing through the northern half of the city, I-40 has a total of six exits in Jackson. From Jackson, I-40 continues east northeast through a sparsely populated area of farmland and woodlands, near the community of Parkers Crossroads, has an interchange with SR 22, a major north-south connector route in west Tennessee.
Several miles I-40 proceeds for several miles through the northern half of the Natchez Trace State Park, has an interchange with US 641/SR 69, another major north-south corridor, at milepost 126. The route descends about 400 feet on a steep grade over the course of a mile before crossing the Tennessee River into Middle Tennessee on the Jimmy Mann Evans Memorial Bridge. East of the Tennessee River, I-40 traverses through vast woodlands in the rugged hills of the Western Highland Rim for a considerable distance; this section is characterized by several noticeable upgrades and downgrades, with minor curves. About 35 miles the highway passes southeast of Dickson, now within the Nashville metropolitan area. A few miles approximately 35 miles west of Nashville, is the western terminus of Interstate 840, the outer southern beltway around Nashville; the highway continues through woodlands and descends into the Nashville Basin between mile markers 186 and 188. Around Bellevue, the route widens to six lanes.
About ten miles I-40 has an interchange with the western terminus of State Route 155, the northern controlled-access beltway around Nashville. About two miles is the western terminus of I-440, the southern loop around central Nashville. Two miles I-40 enters Downtown Nashville, has interchanges with several major highways and surface roads. In Nashville, I-40 shares brief concurrences first with I-65 and I-24, before splitting off; the eastern terminus of I-440 is directly accessible from the easternmost interchange with I-24. About 1.5 miles I-40 has an interchange with SR 155 near the Nashville International Airport. The route continues east for the next 20 miles through a still-developing area with eight lanes, the left lanes functioning as HOV lanes during rush hour, passing near the suburbs of Mount Juliet and Gallatin. At mile 219, I-40 crosses the Stones River just downstream from the Percy Priest Dam. About 25 miles east of Nashville, the route narrows back to four lanes and has an interchange with the eastern terminus of I-840 a few miles east of Lebanon.
The interstate continues for 50 miles across open farmland, passing near small communities. In Smith County between mileposts 263 and 266, I-40 crosses the meandering Caney Fork River five times before ascending the Eastern Highland Rim, reaching 1,000 feet for the first time in the state near Silver Point; the interstate remains flat across the plateau, beginning at the edge of the table-top rim at mile marker 27