Sweet Lips, Tennessee

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Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Unincorporated community
Sweet Lips, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Sweet Lips, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°24′30″N 88°31′20″W / 35.40833°N 88.52222°W / 35.40833; -88.52222Coordinates: 35°24′30″N 88°31′20″W / 35.40833°N 88.52222°W / 35.40833; -88.52222
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Chester
Elevation 584 ft (178 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
GNIS feature ID 1303968[1]

Sweet Lips is an unincorporated community in Chester County, Tennessee, United States.[2]

The first settlers arrived in the 1820s.[3] Residents have claimed that the name comes from "settlers (or wandering hobos or thirsty Civil War soldiers, depending on whom you ask) who declared water from a creek to be 'sweet to the lips.' "[3][4][5] Sweet Lips has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3][6][7]

A 1986 profile on the community reported a population of 85, no stop signs or street lights, no post office, and that the former two-room school house was now the "Sweet Lips Grocery" store.[8][9] The school closed in 1960.[10]

Some scenes from the 1973 movie Walking Tall were filmed in Sweet Lips.[11]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sweet Lips, Tennessee
  2. ^ Boothby, Karen J. (18 February 2009). Sweet Lips with a sense of humor, The Jackson Sun (article on this "Chester County community" notes that "when your community's named Sweet Lips, you learn to have a sense of humor.")
  3. ^ a b c (14 July 1991). Toad Suck, 10 miles, Stop laughing - that's the town's name, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ("The village, settled about 170 years ago, once bustled. Now the community's lone business is Sweet Lips Store.")
  4. ^ Boyd, L.M. (20 July 1995). Greater Singers, Daily Record (Washington)
  5. ^ "From Panic to Tranquility". Reading Eagle. Apr 7, 2003. pp. B7. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Rose, Allen (12 June 1993). LIZARD LICK IS ODD NAME FOR TOWN, BUT MAP IS FULL OF OFF-BEAT NAMES, Orlando Sentinel
  7. ^ (28 August 1886). A Nation of Humorists, The Atlanta Constitution (1886 article notes name -- "In Tennessee we find Sweet Lips, Defeated, Regret, Peanut, Quiz and Tut.")
  8. ^ (25 June 1986). A Sweet Lips, Tennessee Homecoming, Tri-City Herald (reprint from the Los Angeles Times
  9. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sweet Lips TN post office
  10. ^ Chester Co. Historical Society. Chester Co, TN - Vol II - Pictorial, p. 135 (2001)
  11. ^ Pusser, Dwana. Walking on: A Daughter's Journey With Legendary Sheriff Buford Pusser, p. 159 (2009)