Jun 27 2012 JACKSON, Tenn.

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation, in partnership with tourism organizations in nine counties in West Tennessee, launched the Cotton Junction Trail - Teapots to Sweet Spots. The trail is the16th and final self-guided driving trail to launch in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program. Cotton Junction features sites and attractions in Carroll, Crocket, Fayette, Gibson, Haywood, Madison, Shelby, Tipton and Weakley counties showcasing 320 miles of West Tennessee’s history, culture, music and cuisine.

Steve Bowers, JEA TV/Media Manager, hosted the event. Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, and Commissioner John Schroer, Tennessee Department of Transportation made special remarks. The event was held at the Providence House, a historic West Tennessee Antebellum home relocated to the Casey Jones Village and recently restored to its grandeur.

“The Cotton Junction Trail is designed to give our visitors an authentic Tennessee experience,” said Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Department of Tourist Development, “This trail takes travelers throughout West Tennessee’s historic cities and towns but also encourages them to stay longer and to visit the hidden gems along our beautiful back roads.”

The Cotton Junction Trail originates in Memphis and heads east connecting the region’s farmland and natural beauty with classic small towns. Visitors to Memphis have the opportunity to see where cotton was king and so were Elvis and B.B. Travelers along Cotton Junction can see the Flagg Grove School located at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, the childhood school of Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner, or see the world’s largest Tea Pot collection in Trenton. In Jackson, tourists can stop at the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, celebrating the life of the famed railroad engineer, and have a meal at Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store and Restaurant.

The Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program showcases tourism’s major sites, as well as off-the-beaten-path attractions, which are some of Tennessee’s greatest assets. Each trail is based from either, Chattanooga, the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville, Memphis or Nashville. It features 16 regional trails throughout the state highlighting tourism attractions in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Trails include Old Tennessee Trail, Sunny Side Trail, Nashville’s Trace, Pie in the Sky Trail, Promised Land Trail, Great River Road Trail, Ring of Fire Trail, Rocky Top Trail, Screaming Eagle Trail, Tanasi Trail, The Jack Trail, Tennessee River Trail, Top Secret Trail, Walking Tall Trail, White Lightning Trail and Cotton Junction. More than 5,000 miles are covered through the trails program, with each trail having anywhere from 76 to 328 points of interest.

The Department of Tourist Development provides marketing support and branding starter kits for each new trail, including development of trail logos, design and oversight of the award-winning Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways website,, and creation of a comprehensive trails brochure highlighting attractions, culinary offerings, agritourism, outdoor recreation, shopping, history, culture, music and much more.

For more information on the Cotton Junction Trail, please contact Marty Marbry at or visit For the latest tourism happenings in Tennessee, visit us at,,, or



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