Obion, Tennessee


Obion, Tennessee Established in 1872

Obion, Tennessee is located in the southwest corner of Obion County adjoining US highway 51, which is a major link from Kentucky to Memphis, TN. The town has a population of 1137 residents. We have 2.0 Square miles within our city limits with 26.3 miles of paved streets. Our city has 507 water customer and 464 natural gas customers. In addition Obion also serves 223 rural water customers. We are within a day’s drive of the major markets. We have the availability of drawing from the surrounding rural areas in this agricultural section of Obion County.

We are located mid-way between Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, on the proposed interstate 69 corridor, that will eventually connect Canada and Mexico. We are 2 hours north of Memphis, TN., which is a distribution center of America. A twenty minute drive south of US 51, high school graduates and adults wanting to further their education can enroll in Dyersburg State Community College at Dyersburg or the Tennessee Technology Center in Newbern. The University of Tennessee at Martin is 40 minutes north (four-lane highway) of our town.

Our town offers 24-hour police protection, with 3 patrol cars and four full-time state certified officers. We have 24-hour fire protection, with three classes A pumper trucks with an ISO rating of 7. Our fire department is dispatched by 911 with no delay in response time. We have 10 trained and state licensed first responders. The city public works department employees three full time and two part-time men. The town also employees a city recorder, a city clerk, and a part time clerk.

The county school bus route covers the entire city. There are two city parks with playground equipment. We have six churches located in Obion.

In addition we have the availability of Charter Communication Cable and Bell South Transmission Interchange serving our town. We have a major railway, gas, and oil pipelines and MCI transmission interchange located in our area.

Obion is surrounded by fertile farmland with the agriculture related industry a major source of revenue. Obion County’s corn production for 2005 was 7 million bushels, soybean productions were 3 million bushels and wheat production totaled 1.7 million bushels.

Just South of Obion, located in the Obion River area, you will find Gooch Wildlife Management Area, a state facility which draws duck hunters from surrounding Counties and States during the hunting season. Fifteen miles to the west of Obion is Reelfoot Lake, renowned for its excellent hunting and fishing, seasonal eagle tours and restaurants.

Just 1 mile North of Obion is the Sweetwater Farms Residential Development, acreage available.

There are plans for a Ethanol Plant east of Obion, their office is on site now. This will become an ethanol-distribution hub for Northwest Tennessee. This will be an extra market for corn growers.

Obion is a good place to live for the young families, the seniors, and those in between. You are welcome in our little town, but there is nothing little about the big hearts of its citizens.

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