Burns, Tennessee

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Burns, Tennessee
A hometown community
Location of Burns in Dickson County, Tennessee.
Location of Burns in Dickson County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°3′15″N 87°18′58″W / 36.05417°N 87.31611°W / 36.05417; -87.31611
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorLandon Mathis
 • Vice MayorEd Grove
 • Total3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 • Land3.7 sq mi (9.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
801 ft (244 m)
 • Total1,468
 • Estimate 
 • Density393/sq mi (151.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)615
FIPS code47-09880[3]
GNIS feature ID1305550[4]

Burns is a town in Dickson County, Tennessee, in the United States. It is part of the Nashville-DavidsonMurfreesboroFranklin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,468 at the 2010 census.[5]


Burns is located in southeastern Dickson County at 36°3′15″N 87°18′58″W / 36.05417°N 87.31611°W / 36.05417; -87.31611 (36.054264, -87.315978).[6] It is bordered to the southwest, west, and northwest by the city of Dickson. Tennessee State Route 47 passes through the center of the town, leading west 5 miles (8 km) to the center of Dickson and northeast 7 miles (11 km) to White Bluff. Tennessee State Route 96 passes through the town west and south of its center; it leads northwest 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to U.S. Route 70 and southeast 8 miles (13 km) to Interstate 40 within the city limits of Fairview.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Burns has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.7 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.16%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20181,445[2]−1.6%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,366 people, 549 households, and 396 families residing in the town. The population density was 525.2 people per square mile (202.9/km²). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 223.8 per square mile (86.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.19% White, 1.76% African American, 0.95% Native American, 0.37% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 549 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,641, and the median income for a family was $43,370. Males had a median income of $31,827 versus $22,171 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,368. About 3.3% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.


The entire city charter is available here.

City Council[edit]

The Burns City Council acts as the unicameral legislative body for the Town of Burns. All four seats are elected from at-large districts every two years. Work sessions are held the third Monday of each month, and meetings are held on the first Monday of every month.[9]

Current city commissioners are:[9]

  • Jim Anderson
  • Gerald W. Lomax
  • George Valton Potter
  • Jerry A. Perella.

The entire City Council also sits as members of the Beer Board, with the Mayor as chairman. The Board meets before monthly council meetings if it has items to take up.[9]



The Mayor of Burns serves as the town executive and is elected every two years. The current mayor is Landon S. Mathis.[9]


Various officials are appointed to oversee other areas of responsibility for the town.[9]

They are:[10]

  • City Court Clerk and City Recorder: Carol R. Sullivan
  • City Clerk: Kimberly K. Leady

Government Departments[edit]

Burns Building and Zoning is led by building inspector Dan Rinehart. The Planning Commission is headed up by Greg Hogin and additionally includes George Valton Potter, Debra Cox, and Dalton Hall. The Zoning Appeals Board consists of Jerry Peterson, Bob Deal, Jim Anderson, Harold Ashworth, and Terry Dudley.[11]

The Burns Fire Department operates 24/7 and is made up of paid personnel and volunteers. The current fire chief is Nathan Stringer.[12]

Burns Parks and Recreation is currently being formed.[13]

The Burns Police Department protects the town. The current police chief is William H. Burgess.[14]

The Street and Maintenance Department oversees signs, minor street repairs, right of way moving, removal of fallen limbs, and maintenance of city properties.[15]


The Town Judge is David Brogdon.[9]

The Town Attorney is Timothy V. Potter, former chairman of the Dickson County School Board.[9]

Pop culture[edit]

The Midstate Boys Detention Center in the 1987 comedy film Ernest Goes to Camp was shot here.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties Archived 2014-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, State of Tennessee official website, 14 July 2011. Retrieved: 6 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Burns town, Tennessee". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Welcome to Burns TN". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  10. ^ "Burns | MTAS". www.mtas.tennessee.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  11. ^ "Welcome to Burns TN". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  12. ^ "Welcome to Burns TN". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  13. ^ "Untitled Document". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  14. ^ "Welcome to Burns TN". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Burns TN". townofburnstn.net. Retrieved 2019-02-19.

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Coordinates: 36°03′14″N 87°18′58″W / 36.054°N 87.316°W / 36.054; -87.316