|• Mayor||Terry Jones|
|• Total||15.6 sq mi (40.4 km2)|
|• Land||15.6 sq mi (40.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||262 ft (80 m)|
|• Density||650/sq mi (250/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1293985|
Millington is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 10,176. Millington is the home of the Memphis Motorsports Park. It was granted the title "Flag City Tennessee" by the Tennessee State Legislature. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South is located at the former Memphis Naval Air Station, which was down-sized in 1993. There is also now a civilian general aviation airport for jets and propeller-driven airplanes at the site.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Infrastructure
- 3 Economic Development
- 4 History
- 5 Local government
- 6 Civic organizations
- 7 Local festivals
- 8 Demographics
- 9 Naval Support Activity Mid-South
- 10 Education
- 11 Notable residents
- 12 USA Stadium
- 13 Recreation
- 14 Places of interest
- 15 Food
- 16 Disasters
- 17 Media
- 18 References
- 19 External links
Millington is at .(35.336566, -89.902132)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.13%, is water.
The city is located in the Memphis Metropolitan Area, about 9 miles (14 km) north of Memphis. The metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1.2 million people. Millington is close to the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Fort Pillow State Park, and the Mississippi River.
Millington has been transformed into a transportation hub. The completion of Veterans Parkway has resulted in a major multi lane roadway linking US Highway 51 to Tennessee Highway 385, soon to be Interstate 269. Many acres of prime industrial sites with all utility development now have quality road access. The Canadian National Railroad serves many industrial properties. The Millington Airport has the third largest runway in the State of Tennessee. The airport has a full time fire and rescue facility on its grounds, an instrument landing system, full time control tower, Automated Water Observation System and full time staff to manage the facility. These pieces of infrastructure have created a community primed for commercial and industrial growth.
The former Naval Air Station in Millington was downsized and relocated with the advent of the Base Realignment and Closure process. Based on this, almost 2,000 acres of Navy property was donated to the Millington community. This land, tied to the development of infrastructure such as Veterans Parkway has created a great deal of economic potential for Millington. The Industrial Development Board, in conjunction with the Millington Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to market the community and bring in jobs and capital investment. The Millington Airport has great capabilities. Newly developed land, utility incentives, training funds, tax exemptions and other tools have the ability to transform Millington into a job growth machine.
The book Millington, The First Hundred Years by Faye Ellis Osteen and published by the Millington Centennial Committee outlines the history of Millington from its beginnings to the present. In 1878, Mr. and Mrs. George Millington donated a large area of land to a group of settlers for the purpose of starting a town. Mr. Millington requested that the new town be named in his honor. In 1888 the First Baptist Church was founded. It has over 5000 members. Its church is one of the largest buildings in Millington. In 1890, the first industry came to town. Since that town job growth has sporadic and unfocused. In 1917 the Millington Airport was established as a military facility. This was the beginning of a long and beneficial relationship between Millington and the US military. In 1928 Millington Telephone was established. This business brought modern communications to Millington and the surrounding region. At the outset of WW II the US Navy began using the Millington Airport as a training facility for Navy pilots. Consistently for many decades over 15,000 military personnel were assigned to Millington. The Navy brought prosperity to the community on an ongoing basis. In the 1980s the Base Realignment and Closure Commission began the process of downsizing the Millington Navy facility. Flight training was moved out of Millington. In return,all US Navy personnel functions were relocated to the community. At present the military and associated private contracting creates a $335 million annual economic benefit to the region. In 1986 USA Stadium was developed by Mr. Babe Howard. This sporting facility brought recognition to Millington. International baseball was played here. The Stadium continues to be an economic asset for the community. In 1993 the Millington Regional Jetport was opened as a general availation airport. This facility has the third longest runway in Tennessee. It currently is the backup airport for Federal Express. Many organizations have been established to help in the growth and strength of the city including the Rotary Club est 1944, the Chamber of Commerce est 1951, as well as numerous other organizations. 
Millington is chartered by the State of Tennessee under a City Manager form of government. This city has a mayor and seven aldermen, each of whom each serves a four-year term. The current mayor and aldermen are:
Mayor - Terry Jones
Seat #1 - Bethany Huffman
Seat #2 - Hank Hawkins
Seat #3 - Frankie Dakin
Seat #4 - Larry Dagen
Seat #5 - Thomas McGhee
Seat #6 - Chris Ford
Seat #7 - Mike Carruthers
Millington is fortunate to have a wide range of civic organizations. Clubs meet on a regular basis and carry out many important civic and altruistic functions. Some of these clubs include the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Exchanger Club, Kiwanis Club and others.
Goats Days is an annual Millington event. This September event takes place at the USA Stadium grounds. It includes many local home town events such as tractor pulls, an ice cream making, and a goat chariot race. Goat Days does not have a specific date of origin recorded, but it has been said that the event was founded by W.S. Howard, the first president of the Millington Chamber of Commerce. The event is community supported and is administered by many volunteers.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,176 people, 3,814 households, and 2,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 321.7 people per square mile (258.7/km²). There were 4,408 housing units at an average housing density of 258.2 per square mile (99.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.2% White, 25.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.9% of the population.
The average household size is 2.5 persons.
Age breakdowns are as follows: 6.8% under the age of 5, 24.2% under the age of 18 and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. There was 51.9% of the population that was female.
Millington is home to the Naval Support Activity Mid-South (NAVSUPPACT) naval station, one of the largest single employers in the state of Tennessee, with approximately 6000 military, civilian, and contractor employees on 1,950 acres (7.89 km2). The naval base hosts many tenant organizations, notably the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS). Formerly known as the Naval Air Station (NAS) Memphis, a major technical training center for the United States Navy and Marine Corps comprising over 3,800 acres (15.4 km2), the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission report resulted in significant changes to the base's mission and its re-designation in 1995 as the Naval Support Activity Memphis. The airfield was turned over to the city of Millington, which is now the Millington Regional Jetport. In 1998, the name of the naval air station was changed to Naval Support Activity Mid-South to better reflect its current mission and the Navy's approach to regionalization. Many military retirees, who live in and around Millington in order to have access to base facilities, contribute to the local economy.
This site was originally established in November 1917 as Park Field, an Army Signal Corps Aviation School used to train pilots for service with the Allied Forces during World War I. By February 1918, flight operations were in full swing, but only until November of that year when the Armistice was signed. Two days after the signing, training operations were ceased.
At that time the airfield began pioneering airmail routes throughout Tennessee and the surrounding states. In March 1920, the government officially purchased Park Field. However, the airfield continued to decline until it was little more than a storage area for aircraft and parts.
Ironically, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 breathed new life into Park Field. During the 1930s the field served as a transient camp for unemployed workers. In 1937 the Resettlement Administration took over the land and developed model farms used to demonstrate what could be achieved with correctly managed land. Park Field remained under this agency's jurisdiction until the outbreak of World War II.
Just as the onset of World War I had given Park Field its birth in 1917, the declaration of war on December 8, 1941, had similar results, heralding the arrival of naval aviation to the Memphis area. In February 1942, the Navy Shore Station Development Board recommended approval of a reserve aviation base on the former site of Park Field.
The Naval Training Station was commissioned along with the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in 1942. On January 1, 1943 the name was changed from Naval Reserve Aviation Base to Naval Air Station Memphis. The main role of Naval Air Station Memphis was to provide aviation maintenance and pilot training. During this period of time more than 20,000 students were trained annually. Pilot training for Student Naval Aviators was discontinued after World War II, but NAS Memphis continued to thrive as home of Naval Air Technical Training Center Memphis (NATTC Memphis), providing initial and advanced technical training to various aviation operations, aviation maintenance and aviation support specialities coded under Navy enlisted aviation ratings and Marine Corps enlisted aviation Military Occupational Specialities. Training activities by these "A" Schools and "C" Schools at NATTC Memphis continued until 1993 when BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission) recommended that the training schools under NATTC transfer to NAS Pensacola, Florida and occupy spaces being vacated by the former Naval Aviation Depot Pensacola (NADEP Pensacola) that was also being closed by BRAC action. During the same time period BRAC also recommended that BUPERS (Bureau of Naval Personnel) move from Virginia to Millington.
Flag City Freedom Celebration
• Draws more than 30,000 visitors to the city
• July 4
• Navy Lake
• Sponsored by Mid-South Airshow Foundation
• 1999 to 2007
• was held every two years
• US Blue Angels
Millington is served by Shelby County Schools, including Millington Central High School. The two public middle schools in the Millington area are Millington Middle School and Woodstock Middle School. Millington is also served by four private schools including Faith Heritage Christian Academy, Tipton-Rosemark Academy, and Lighthouse Christian Academy. In 2013 the residents of Millington voted to form a Millington Municipal School District. This district will be operational in 2014.
- Bearly Tots Enrichment Center
- CJ’s Learning Academy
- Little University of Child Development
- Love & Smiles Family Child Care Center
- Millington Child Development Center
- Naval-NSA Mid-South Child Care Center
- SSB Learning Academy
- SSB Learning Center
- YMCA Day Care-Northhaven
- EA Harrold Elementary School
- EE Jeter Elementary School
- Lucy Elementary School
- Millington Elementary School
- Woodstock Middle School
- Millington Central High School
- Millington Middle School
- Faith Heritage Christian Academy
- Lighthouse Christian Academy
- Tipton-Rosemark Academy
- Woodlawn Baptist Academy
Pop singer Justin Timberlake grew up in the Shelby Forest area, just outside of Millington. Timberlake purchased what is now Mirimichi golf course in late 2007. He invested $16 million in the course's redesign. Mirimichi Golf Course consists of waterfalls, lakes, and creeks. The eco-friendly course, certified by the Audubon Classic Sanctuary Program, contains 80 bunkers and covers over 7400 yards. A new club house was completed in 2011. Different components of Mirimichi include courses for both experienced and novice players. It also encompasses 18 putting greens.
Gospel singer Al Green currently lives in Millington. The R&B entertainer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004. A duet with Lyle Lovett earned him a Grammy Award in 1994. The Grammys also presented Green with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
The well known band Kings of Leon were originally residents of Millington. Since then, they've reached true stardom. In 2008, the song "Use Somebody" hit number four on the US singles chart. Their first single, "Sex on Fire" from the album Only by the Night, landed them a Grammy in 2009.
USA Stadium is located at 4351 Babe Howard Boulevard in Millington. It was built by W.S. "Babe" Howard. Once he died, the city of Millington took it over, with plans to bring it back to its original character.
It was home for USA Baseball from 1986-1996. It served as a training site as well. The stadium has hosted over 300 former and current Major League Baseball players. Notable players include Todd Helton, Jason Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra, Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Tino Martinez, Matt Morris, J.D. Drew, Andy Benes, Lance Berkman, and many more. Four elite coaches, who were all Hall of Famers, have been on this field, too. These coaches were Skip Bertman, Ron Fraser, Mark Marquess, and Ron Polk.
In 2002, Millington was the host of the NCAA Division II and NABF High School national championships for the second time. The city has hosted numerous other events at the stadium like 171 International Games, 18 Service Academy Spring Classics, 8 Gulf South Conference Baseball Championships, 17 USA Classic National High School Tournaments, 16 NJCAA Division I World Series, 11 USA Teams, 4 TSSAA High School State Championships, and 18 foreign countries: Argentina, Aruba, Canada, China, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, USSR (Russia), and Venezuela.
The plans for 2011 are to expand the facilities, and possibly add 6 more fields.
The Millington Family YMCA is located at 7725 Navy Cr. It was constructed in 2001 and is notable for its 25-yard, 8-lane indoor pool and outdoor water park. Some of the many programs held there are swim lessons, youth sports, health seminars, information fairs, and youth in government.
The Baker Community Center is located at 7942 Church Street. It was built in 1960, and contains a curtained stage, large auditorium, five meeting rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Some activities held at the Baker Community Center include club meetings, scout activities, beauty pageants, and fashion shows.
Golf is also available in Millington. The three golf courses that can be found in Millington are Glen Eagle Golf Course, Edmund Orgill Park Golf Course, and the Mirimichi Golf Course. The Edmund Orgill Golf Course is located at 9080 Bethuel Road. It holds 18 holes over 6,284 yards with a par of 70 (municipal). Glen Eagle Golf Course is found at 6168 Attu Street. It holds 18 holes over 6,800 yards with a par of 72 (public). The Mirimichi Golf Course is located at 6195 Woodstock Cuba Road. It holds 18 holes over 7,400 yards with a par of 72. This facility is owned and was designed by Justin Timberlake.
Jameson Park, Oak Park, Miles Park, and Lions Park are all parks found in Millington. Jameson Park is found at Wilkinsville Road and sits on .75 mi (1.21 km). Oak Park is found at 7930 Church Street and sits on .32 mi (0.51 km). South Park is found at 4107 Biloxi Road and sits on 15.66 acres (63,370 m2). Miles Park is found at 4724 Biloxi Street and sits on .45 mi (0.72 km). Lions Park is located at Hickory Meadow Road and sits on .86 miles (1.38 km).
Places of interest
Jones Orchard is located in Millington about 15 miles (24 km) north of Memphis. There are two locations in Millington which are 7170 Highway 51 and 6850 Singleton Parkway. The founder of Jones Orchard is H.L "Peach Orchard" Jones who got his name from his peaches. He got his reputation in 1940 when he started selling peaches door-to-door. There is 110 acres (0.45 km2) of land that is devoted to producing varieties of peaches. The peaches are under the watchful eye of H.L.'s son and grandson, Lee and Henry. The company also produces a variety of fruits like plums, nectarines, blackberries, blueberries, pears, other peaches, and apples. It also produces jams, jellies, relishes, peaches, and home baked products.
A great attraction for wine lovers is the Old Millington Vineyard and Winery. It was established in the year 2000 and is located on 6748 Old Millington Road. Visitors entering the winery are greeted with a warm welcome and offered free samples of wine. The Old Millington Winery also offers a selection of wine-making supplies and accessories. Every Sunday afternoon, April through October, they serve up live music from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic, and there are bottles of wine for sale during the event. Again, there is no charge to visit the winery and sample wines, and bottles of wine range in price from $10 to $12 per bottle.
The Millington Farmers' market is a notable market for local growers to promote their green lifestyle. The Millington Farmers' market is located on 5152 Easley Street, and is open on Saturdays from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The mission of Millington Farmers' market is to promote economic opportunities for local growers and farmers to connect with the community with a marketplace of fresh and local products.
The Millington Blackwater Spa draws residents from Tennessee and Arkansas to bathe in its black waters. The tar in the water loosens pores in the skin.
Millington is known for its country-fried food and collection of different cultures. With indigenous and very distinctive Filipino, Italian, Greek and Mexican influences, Millington varies in several different kinds of food, such as Bar-B-Q, Mexican, Greek, and Filipino.
On December 25, 1987, Millington experienced a flood of a 4.1 magnitude. The flood did not recede until December 29, 1987. It killed three people and displaced over 6,000 residents resulting in the construction of the current levee system.
On Saturday, May 1, 2010, and Sunday, May 2, 2010, a similar flood ensued causing a massive displacement to residents in the Shady Oaks Mobile Home Community and other parts of Millington. Throughout the city, an estimated 1,500 people had to be evacuated from their homes when a nearby levee broke, causing a record-setting flood. One hundred forty six of those people were residents of the Millington Navy Base. Shelters for displaced residents were set up at the Baker Community Center and the United Methodist church. No injuries or fatalities were reported. The National Weather Service in Memphis estimated 10.00 inches (254 mm) of rain over the two-day period for Millington.
The Millington Star, the local community newspaper is published once a week. It is owned by Journal Enterprises. The Memphis Commercial Appeal is also circulated widely in Millington.
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