Dickson County, Tennessee
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About Dickson County, TN
Dickson County, Tennessee
Dickson-county-courthouse-tn1.jpg
Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte
Map of Tennessee highlighting Dickson County
Location in the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded Oct. 25, 1803
Named for William Dickson[1]
Seat Charlotte
Largest city Dickson
Area
 o Total 491 sq mi (1,272 km2)
 o Land 490 sq mi (1,269 km2)
 o Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population (est.)
 o (2015) 51,487
 o Density 101/sq mi (39/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Central: UTC-6/-5
Website dicksoncountytn.gov

Dickson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 49,666.[2] Its county seat is Charlotte.[3]

Dickson County is part of the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Dickson County is home to Tennessee's oldest courthouse in continuous use, built in 1835. This is the second courthouse in Charlotte as the first one, a log building, was destroyed in the Tornado of 1833, which destroyed all but one building on the courthouse square.

History

October 25, 1803 the Tennessee General Assembly passed a bill creating Dickson County, the 25th of Tennessee's 95 counties. It was formed from parts of Montgomery and Robertson counties, and was named for William Dickson, a Nashville physician then serving in the United States Congress.[1] Dickson never lived in the county, but his relatives were prominent in its early development. Dickson was a close friend of President Andrew Jackson.

General James Robertson built the first iron works in west Tennessee in Dickson County. Robertson sold his furnace in 1804 to Montgomery Bell (1769-1855), who became one of the state's wealthiest capitalists and industrialists.[1]

Educational institutions

Prior to the 1920s, numerous private high schools and colleges existed in Dickson County. These included the Tracy Academy, Charlotte Female School, Alexander Campbell School, Edgewood Academy and Normal College, the Dickson Academy, Dickson Normal School (where Hattie Carraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, was educated), Glenwylde Academy, and Ruskin Cave College. Most of these closed before or during the Great Depression.[4] As is typical of most Tennessee counties, all public schools of the county are currently operated by a single county-wide school district.

The Ruskin Colony and The Coming Nation

Julius Wayland, publisher of The Coming Nation and the Appeal to Reason.

The Ruskin Colony (or Ruskin Commonwealth Association) was a 250-member, utopian socialist cooperative established in Dickson County in 1894. Initially located near Tennessee City, it relocated to what is now Ruskin. Internal conflict had brought about the dissolution of the colony by 1899.[1]

The Coming Nation, a socialist communalist paper established by Julius Augustus Wayland in Greensburg, Indiana, was relocated to the Ruskin Colony. It was the forerunner of the Appeal to Reason, which later became a weekly political newspaper published in the American Midwest from 1895 until 1922. The Appeal to Reason was known for its politics, giving support to the Farmers' Alliance and People's Party, before becoming a mainstay of the Socialist Party of America following its establishment in 1901. Using a network of highly motivated volunteers known as the "Appeal Army" to increase its subscription sales, the Appeal paid circulation climbed to over a quarter million by 1906, and half a million by 1910, making it the largest-circulation socialist newspaper in American history.[5][6]

U.S. Route 70

In July 1917, a mass meeting was held in the Alamo Theatre in Dickson to raise $760 (equivalent to $25,000 in 2016) to pay for the surveying of the Bristol to Memphis Highway through Dickson County. The money was raised in less than 15 minutes by donations from those present at the meeting. State highway surveyors began surveying the route on August 14, 1917. The building of this highway put the county along the route from New York to San Francisco known as the "Broadway of America," now Highway 70.

Governor Frank G. Clement

On November 4, 1952, Frank G. Clement (1920-1969) of Dickson was elected Governor of Tennessee. He served as governor from 1953 to 1959, and again from 1963 to 1967. Known for his energetic speaking ability, he delivered the keynote address at the 1956 Democratic National Convention. The Hotel Halbrook, where Clement was born, still stands in Dickson, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 491 square miles (1,270 km2), of which 490 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.[7]

Dickson County is bordered on the northeast by the Cumberland River. The Harpeth River passes along the county's eastern border.

Ruskin Cave, site of the former socialist colony, is located 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Dickson.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

Demographics

Age pyramid Dickson County[13]

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 43,156 people, 16,473 households, and 12,173 families residing in the county. The population density was 88 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 17,614 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.25% European American, 4.58% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,473 households out of which 35.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,056, and the median income for a family was $45,575. Males had a median income of $32,252 versus $23,686 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,043. About 8.10% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

By 2005 the county had a population that was 92.0% non-Hispanic white, 4.4% African-American and 1.7% Latino.

Government

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 70.8% 13,233 25.3% 4,722 4.0% 744
2012 63.3% 11,296 35.0% 6,233 1.7% 306
2008 59.8% 11,677 38.5% 7,506 1.7% 336
2004 54.8% 10,567 44.6% 8,597 0.7% 134
2000 45.1% 7,016 53.6% 8,332 1.3% 208
1996 38.2% 5,283 53.9% 7,458 7.9% 1,088
1992 31.6% 4,450 55.8% 7,863 12.6% 1,780
1988 50.7% 5,343 48.7% 5,129 0.6% 64
1984 49.5% 5,846 49.2% 5,809 1.3% 150
1980 34.7% 3,636 63.3% 6,622 2.0% 209
1976 25.6% 2,285 73.4% 6,551 1.0% 86
1972 56.6% 3,645 40.6% 2,619 2.8% 182
1968 19.0% 1,291 29.9% 2,034 51.1% 3,475
1964 21.3% 1,281 78.7% 4,724
1960 32.7% 1,928 66.7% 3,930 0.6% 36
1956 24.4% 1,247 74.3% 3,799 1.3% 68
1952 25.2% 1,415 74.8% 4,196
1948 15.4% 485 74.3% 2,337 10.3% 323
1944 20.1% 600 79.6% 2,379 0.4% 11
1940 15.9% 527 83.9% 2,784 0.2% 8
1936 16.5% 402 83.0% 2,022 0.5% 13
1932 15.5% 369 84.3% 2,007 0.2% 4
1928 38.4% 891 61.6% 1,428
1924 22.7% 516 72.6% 1,648 4.7% 106
1920 39.7% 1,412 60.3% 2,145
1916 32.0% 1,008 66.7% 2,105 1.3% 41
1912 18.0% 448 68.0% 1,689 14.0% 348

The 12-member county commission is the legislative body of Dickson County. One commissioner is elected from each of the county's 12 commission districts. The county mayor chairs the commission.

Responsibilities

Commissioners are charged with appropriating funds for the county departments, setting the property tax rate and creating personnel policies for county employees.

Terms

The commissioners and all other elected officials, with the exception of General Sessions Court judge who serves an eight-year term, are chosen in the August general elections and serve four-year terms. These elections coincide with the state's gubernatorial primaries and begin September 1 of each non-presidential even-numbered year.

Commission meeting

The county commission meets for a work session the first Monday evening of each month. Regular sessions are held the third Monday evening of each month. At this meeting, matters are brought before the commission for action. When meeting dates fall on holidays, the meeting is generally held the next evening.

County Commissioners (2014-2018)

District 1 - Randy Simpkins

District 2 - Jeff Eby

District 3 - Shane Chandler

District 4 - Stacey Batey

District 5 - James "Cotton" Dawson

District 6 - Becky Spicer

District 7 - Carl Buckner

District 8 - B. Kyle Sanders

District 9 - Tony Adams

District 10 - Buford Reed

District 11 - Linda P. Hayes

District 12 - Jeff Spencer

Duties of Dickson County Officials

The Dickson County Government is a combination of vitally interested individuals whose job is to assist the citizens of their county. From registering a vehicle to saving a life, these men and women take pride in their work and in their community.

County Officials

County Mayor - Bob Rial

Assessor of Property - Jenny Heath Martin

Circuit Court Clerk - Pam Lewis

Clerk & Master - Nancy Miller

County Clerk - Luanne Greer

General Sessions Court Clerk - Barbara Spann

General Sessions Court Judge - Craig Monsue (8-year term)

Register of Deeds - Shelly Yates

Road Superintendent - Jerry Burgess

Sheriff - Jeff Bledsoe

Trustee: Glynda Barrett Pendergrass

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d George E. Jackson, "Dickson County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Tennessee Encyclopedia entry on Dickson County history
  5. ^ Tim Davenport, "The Appeal to Reason: Forerunner of Haldeman-Julius Publications", Big Blue Newsletter No. 3 (2004). Retrieved November 16, 2009.
  6. ^ John Simkin, "Appeal to Reason," Spartacus Educational. Retrieved: 26 June 2013.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links

Coordinates: 36°09?N 87°22?W / 36.15°N 87.36°W / 36.15; -87.36


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