|Motto: "Where Tradition Meets Progress"|
|Named for||James Lawrence|
|• Chief of Police||Keith Durham|
|• City Administrator||Chris Shaffer|
|• City Council|
|• Total||12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)|
|• Land||12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||896 ft (273 m)|
|• Density||857.6/sq mi (331.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1290790|
Lawrenceburg is a city in Lawrence County, Tennessee. According to United States Census Bureau in 2010 the population was 10,428. but the city has grown a lot in the last 4 years as of the end of 2013 Lawrenceburg's population is approximately 14,000 according to the City of Lawrenceburg's Web Site. Lawrenceburg is the county seat of Lawrence County. Lawrenceburg is located southwest of Nashville and named after War of 1812 American Navy officer James Lawrence. Lawrenceburg is the largest city on the Tennessee State Highway 64 between Memphis and Chattanooga. Over 50% of the U.S. population is located within 600 miles of Lawrenceburg.
Lawrenceburg is located at .(35.243491, -87.334563)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (33 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,428 people residing in the city. As of the end of 2013 the population is approximately 14,000. The population density was 857.6 people per square mile (331.1/km²). There were 5,166 housing units at an average density of 410.4 per square mile (158.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.29% White, 3.94% Black, 0.43% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.
There were 4,718 households, out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24, and the average family size was 2.84.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,770, and the median income for a family was $32,856. Males had a median income of $27,264 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,310. About 12.5% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.
According to a recent theory, the Lawrenceburg area is the likely site of "Chicasa" — the place where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his men wintered in 1540-41 (earlier theories have suggested this campsite to have been in northern Mississippi). The Cherokee sold the area to the USA in 1806.
Upon moving from East Tennessee in the early 19th century, around 1817, he served as a justice of the peace, a colonel of the militia, and a state representative. David Crockett established a powder mill on Shoal Creek; this area is now known as his namesake, David Crockett State Park. Crockett was elected as a commissioner and served on the board that placed Lawrenceburg four miles (6 km) west of the geographic center of Lawrence County. Crockett was opposed to the city being located in its current location, largely out of fear of flooding. He and his family lived in Lawrenceburg for several years before moving to West Tennessee after a flood destroyed his mill.
After World War II, the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company, a U.S. producer of bicycles and outdoor equipment, moved its manufacturing operations to Lawrenceburg, building a new factory and assembly plant. Over the next several decades, the Murray factory grew to be one of the largest in the United States: 42.7 acres (173,000 m2) under roof.
On April 16, 1998, Lawrence County experienced the first F5 tornado in Tennessee's history. A total of ten tornadoes were confirmed across Middle Tennessee that day. There were four fatalities across the mid state, with 105 injuries. Two fatalities were confirmed in Lawrence County. A 100-year flood struck Lawrenceburg on July 13, 1998, temporarily disabling the city's fresh water supply system. Two people were killed during the flood on Shoal Creek.
Beginning in the late 1990s, the city became home to the Southeast Law Enforcement Training Seminar. The annual educational and training event hosts around 1,000 police officers at local venues for a week each summer. Internationally recognized law enforcement specialists conduct presentations and offer courses during the convention.
Captain James Lawrence - On October 21, 1817, the Tennessee General Assembly created Lawrence County from territory acquired by treaty with the Chickasaw Indians. A section of Hickman County and a small portion of Giles County were included in its boundaries. Local government was established in 1818. Both the county and the county seat were named in honor of Captain James Lawrence, U.S. Naval hero of the War of 1812. Lawrenceburg, the county seat, was sited near the center of the county, but an important consideration in determining its location was the presence of Jackson's Military Road on the eastern border of the town. As a major thoroughfare from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, the Military Road played a significant role in the economic development of the county; in April 1821 the road was relocated through the center of town.
David Crockett - David Crockett served as one of the first commissioners and justices of the peace in Lawrence County. In the four or five years he lived in the area, he operated a water-powered gristmill, a powder mill, and a distillery. Today David Crockett State Park is situated on the site of the frontiersman's land. The park attracts tourists from across the United States, especially during the annual David Crockett Days.
James D. Vaughan - Lawrence County has long been known for its gospel singers. One person in particular, James D. Vaughan, transformed Lawrenceburg into the undisputed capital of gospel music in America. The James D. Vaughan Music School attracted students from across the South. The James D. Vaughan Publishing Company printed gospel music books and operated branch offices in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas.
Old Amish Order - Certainly one of the more interesting migrations into Lawrence County was that of the Amish in 1944. Bringing with them their strong religious and cultural beliefs, these immigrants established their community in the area around Ethridge. Their rejection of war and worldly pleasure and their reluctance to incorporate the conveniences of industrial society have made them a source of interest to local residents and visitors to the area. Their skills as farmers and craftsmen receive widespread admiration.
Murray Manufacturing - In the mid-twentieth century the relocation of the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company, one of the world's largest producers of bicycles and lawnmowers, to Lawrence County refocused the county's economy toward industrial production. In 2001 Murray had three thousand employees. Dozens of smaller factories, manufacturing a wide variety of items including automobile windshields, windshield wipers, kitchen countertops, fishing lures, clothing, printed packaging, church pews, and caskets followed Murray Ohio into the county.
The city is home to Lawrence County High School, E.O. Coffman Middle School, Ingram Sowell Elementary School, David Crockett Elementary School, Leoma Elementary, and Lawrenceburg Public Elementary School. The local school district also operates an adult secondary educational facility and a specialized achievement school for K-12 students within the city's borders.
Private School Sacred Heart Elementary.
Post-Secondary Lawrenceburg is home to a satellite campus of Columbia State Community College.
Lawrenceburg played host to the homecoming of former senator turned actor and 2008 presidential hopeful Fred Thompson. Nearly 10,000 people from across the country, along with members of the national media, were present in Downtown Lawrenceburg for the historic occasion.
David Crockett Days
Each August Lawrenceburg hosts the annual "David Crockett Days" celebration at the David Crockett State Park. The event features arts and crafts vendors, reenactments of life in the early 19th Century, and demonstrators dressed in period attire.
David Crockett State Park
David Crockett State Park is a state park in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The park is located on Shoal Creek and commemorates the historical activities of famous frontiersman David Crockett in the local area. Crockett settled near the creek bank in 1817 and started a powder mill, grist mill and distillery using the creek's water power. By 1820, he owned 614 acres (248 ha) of land at Shoal Creek. The park was established in 1959 on 1,100 acres. Visitor facilities include two campgrounds and a restaurant. Seven two-bedroom visitor cabins built in the park in 2010 were the first vacation homes in a U.S. state park to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition to the paved bike trail, the park has more than six miles of hiking trails. The trails offer scenic vistas of Shoal Creek and Crockett Falls, limestone bluffs, abundant wildlife and serene forest. The Overlook Trail runs parallel to the Shoal Creek Trail.
- Michael Jeter - Tony Award winning actor for Grand Hotel, who also had a memorable film role in The Green Mile.
- James Daniel Niedergeses - Roman Catholic Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville.
- David Weathers - Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.
- Fred Dalton Thompson - lawyer, actor, and former U.S. senator and Law & Order cast-member. Sought the GOP nomination for president in the 2008 campaign.
- Davy Crockett - For a time he called Lawrenceburg, Tennessee his home. Many landmarks and businesses now include Crockett in their names. David Crockett State Park and the David Crockett Monument located on the city square are two well known spots that pay homage to the legendary outdoors-man.
- James David Vaughan - Credited as the father of Southern Gospel Music and founder of the "Vaughan Publishing Company" in Downtown Lawrenceburg. Vaughan also created the state's first radio station, WOAN, in 1922 and served as the city's mayor for a stint during the 1920s.
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