|— city —|
|• 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.
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. Millington is close to the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Fort Pillow State Park, and the Mississippi River.
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. They asked in return that the town be named "Millington" after him. They named a mayor of Millington, and for a while he was the only government leader there. The mayor was in charge of settling arguments between neighbors. Eventually the town elected a town marshal who had only two responsibilities. The first was to ring a bell at 9 o'clock to let the townspeople know it was time for curfew. He gathered all of those who were still out and escorted them back to their homes. His second responsibility was to ring a bell should there ever be a fire.
In 1890, the first industry came to town. After a few years it began to fade and the people of the town came together to save it. The woodwork factory processed many types of wood and made the benches that were put inside of the churches. At that time there were only two churches, the Methodist church and the Baptist church. There were no libraries in Millington, so a group of women who called themselves "Friends of the Library" cleaned out an old building and tried to make it into a library. When this idea failed they came up with the idea of a "mobile library". Millington also had a book club, which was very important to the town. It was limited to 25 members, and in each meeting they had book reviews.
Before World War II, Millington had only one school building. The people of the town tore it down, and in 1907 the first brick building was built. In 1916 high schools were consolidated, and the first unit of the present school building was built. In 1917 the first graduation in the present building occurred. Millington had the first gymnasium in the county which was built with private funds. Millington had a fair which included sack races, prizes, etc. An auditorium was built where plays and skits were performed. Millington also had a garden club complete with garden shows which were performed in the auditorium. Millington had a community Christmas tree, located in the Baptist church at the time.
There were only 50 phones in the town of Millington, and they were not open during the night except for emergencies. The first newspaper got news from going by the train and asking people about what was going on, so the news was extremely personal and centered on gossip. They had a hand-operated printer press that got the papers out, and sold copies for three cents each. A man from Memphis came to Millington wanting to establish a newspaper of his own, but the woman who founded the only newspaper in Millington objected and got a territorial restriction to have the only newspaper in the town. The man from Memphis was impressed and offered to buy the newspaper. The newspaper's owner sold it for one dollar and a guarantee to be employed by the newspaper.
 W.S."Babe" Howard
William Stuart Howard, or "Babe" as he was called, is a very important part of Millington's history. Babe was the president and general manager of Millington Telephone Co. from 1953 until his death in 2008. He was the first president of the Millington Chamber of Commerce and was twice honored as the Chamber's "Man of the Year". Babe loved baseball, so he built the USA Stadium. From 1988 to 1998 it was the home field for the USA Olympic and National teams. Babe served as an alderman for 19 years. He was also a member of the Shelby County Board of Education for over 15 years. In 1990 Babe founded the International Goat Days festival because he enjoyed fainting goats. Babe built a building, the Harrold Store, in the old section of Millington which is now a state landmark. Babe had his own molasses business that closed in the year 2008. He served as chairman of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and contributed $4 million to the Wolf River Conservancy in hopes of protecting wildlife. Howard died in 2008 at the age of 82, after a long illness.
 Joe the Phreaker
In 1971, a phreaker (telephone system experimenter/free user) named Joe Engressia, who was blind, got a job as a telephone repairman with the Millington Telephone Co., soon after having to move from Memphis where Ma Bell prosecuted him for his illegal activities.  This was first described in the Esquire Magazine story "Secrets of the Little Blue Box" by Ron Rosenbaum. Engressia died in 2007.
 Paul Barrett
Paul Barrett was a contributor to the progress and government of Shelby County. Barrett was born in Barrettville in northeastern Shelby County. His bank, Barrettville Bank, became the most successful bank in the state of Tennessee. Barrett held office for about forty years and won every office he ran for. He served on the Shelby County Quarterly Court from 1942 until 1966.
 Local government
Millington is chartered by the State of Tennessee under a strong mayor 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
 Civic organizations
The Jaycees are an international group that shares the tools of success, business development, management skills, training, community service and international connections with young adults ages 18–40. The Jaycees are an organization dedicated to giving back to communities, from little towns and big cities, to international places. As for Millington Jaycees in particular, the "Haunting on the Highway" is the main fundraiser and project every Halloween, with the exception of 2010.
 Local festivals
Goats Days is an event that happens in Millington every September. The event involves local organizations and festivities such as tractor pulling, an ice cream making contest, 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 run by many volunteers, and takes place at the USA Stadium.
PraiseFest is an annual fundraising event held in February by the East Acres Baptist Church. The event is presented by the church's youth group, known as GTS (God's Teen Squad). A combination of songs, skits, interpretive dance and multi-media technology presents the Gospel in a way that is entertaining and uplifting. It has also become known as "The Fastest Hour in Millington".
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,433 people, 3,633 households, and 2,699 families residing in the city. The population density was 670.2 people per square mile (258.7/km²). There were 4,019 housing units at an average density of 258.2 per square mile (99.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.77% White, 22.09% African American, 0.72% Native American, 2.51% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.41% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.66% of the population.
There were 3,633 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,120, and the median income for a family was $44,495. Males had a median income of $33,533 versus $23,012 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,348. About 6.2% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
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 (7.9 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 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.
- 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
 Public schools
- EA Harrold Elementary School
- EE Jeter Elementary School
- Lucy Elementary School
- Millington Elementary School
- Woodstock Middle School
- Millington Central High School
- Millington Middle School
 Private schools
- Faith Heritage Christian Academy
- Lighthouse Christian Academy
- Tipton-Rosemark Academy
- Woodlawn Baptist Academy
 Notable residents
Pop singer Justin Timberlake grew up in the Shelby Forest area, just outside of Millington. Timberlake purchased 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 is expected to be finished 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.
Country star Myla Smith resided in Shake Rag, Tennessee, on the outskirts of Millington, as a young girl. She was offered a position on Barney & Friends, a PBS children's television program, after her move to Dallas. Over the next couple of years, she added a Grammy-nominated Barney & Friends album and the Dove Award-winning Great Songs for Kids production to her list of achievements.
 USA Stadium
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.
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 (63,400 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. 146 of those people were residents of the Millington Navy Base. 150 or more were inmates from the Millington Federal Prison who were transported by the SWAT team. 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 radio talk show The Political Cesspool is broadcast from Millington. The radio program airs every Saturday evening between the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm. The show started on October 26, 2004, with the help of the host, James Edwards. The show has been the center of much controversy.
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