Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

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Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
Mount Pleasant Main Street, October 2016
Mount Pleasant Main Street, October 2016
Official seal of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
Seal
Nickname(s): 
The Phosphate Capital of the World
Location of Mount Pleasant in Maury County, Tennessee.
Location of Mount Pleasant in Maury County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°32′42″N 87°11′55″W / 35.54500°N 87.19861°W / 35.54500; -87.19861Coordinates: 35°32′42″N 87°11′55″W / 35.54500°N 87.19861°W / 35.54500; -87.19861
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyMaury
Government
 • TypeCity Manager-Commission
 • City ManagerKate Collier
 • MayorJames "Jim" Bailey
Area
 • Total11.1 sq mi (28.7 km2)
 • Land11.0 sq mi (28.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation
676 ft (206 m)
Population
 (2010)Est.
 • Total4,561
 • Estimate 
(2016)[1]
4,853
 • Density410/sq mi (160/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38474
Area code(s)931
FIPS code47-51080[2]
GNIS feature ID1306783[3]
Websitewww.mountpleasanttn.org

Mount Pleasant is a city in Maury County, Tennessee, United States. Mount Pleasant was the birthplace of 19th-century writer and humorist Sam R. Watkins and formerly titled "The Phosphate Capital of the World." The population was 4,561 at the 2010 census, up from 4,491 in 2000.

History[edit]

Settlement of Mount Pleasant began in the early 1800s, and increased following the construction of the Military Road connecting Nashville and Madisonville, Louisiana, in 1817. By the time Mount Pleasant incorporated as a city in 1824, it was home to a store, tavern, and several churches.[4]

In 1895, brown phosphate rock was discovered in Mount Pleasant, leading to a mining boom, and giving the city its nickname. Within a few years, ten phosphate mining companies were operating in Mount Pleasant, producing over 25,000 tons per year. The city's population grew from 466 in 1890 to 2,007 in 1900. Phosphate mining remained a major part of the city's economy into the latter half of the 20th century.[4]

Geography[edit]

Mount Pleasant is located at 35°32′42″N 87°11′55″W / 35.54500°N 87.19861°W / 35.54500; -87.19861 (35.544977, -87.198683).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (29 km2), of which 11.1 square miles (29 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.18%) is water. Mount Pleasant is situated in a relatively broad plain surrounded by low hills to the east, south, and west. U.S. Route 43 connects the city with Columbia to the northeast and Lawrenceburg to the south.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890466
19002,007330.7%
19101,973−1.7%
19202,0936.1%
19302,010−4.0%
19403,08953.7%
19502,931−5.1%
19602,921−0.3%
19703,53020.8%
19803,375−4.4%
19904,27826.8%
20004,4915.0%
20104,5611.6%
Est. 20164,853[1]6.4%
Sources:[6][7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,491 people, 1,815 households, and 1,232 families residing in the city. The population density was 406.5 people per square mile (156.9/km²). There were 2,008 housing units at an average density of 181.8 per square mile (70.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.02% White, 23.45% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 1,815 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 19.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,004, and the median income for a family was $36,949. Males had a median income of $31,285 versus $22,599 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,345. About 14.9% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

City Manager[edit]

  • ???? - 2007 — Robert Murray (retired)[8]
  • 2007 - 2008 — Debbie McMullin (interim) [8]
  • 2008 - 2009 — Richard Goode (fired by city commission; no reason was given[8])
  • 2009 - 2010 — Debbie McMullin (interim[8])
  • 2010 - 2011 — Steve Huffer (fired by city commission[9])
  • 2011 - 2012 — Tommy G. Goetz (interim[8])
  • 2012 - 2015 — Michelle Williams (fired by city commission[10])
  • 2015 - 2015 — Mark Henderson (interim, fired by city commission[11])
  • 2015 - 2016 — Michael Hay (interim[11])
  • 2016–Present — Kate Collier[12]

City Mayor[edit]

  • 2012 - 2014 — Maury Colvett
  • 2014 - 2016 — Robert Shackelford
  • 2017–Present — James "Jim" Bailey[13]

City Commission[edit]

  • James "Jim" Bailey (Mayor)[14]
  • Bill White (Vice Mayor)[14]
  • Jacqueline Grandberry[14]
  • Delores Blankenship[14]
  • Mike Davis[14]

Chief of Police[edit]

  • 2014–Present — Michael Hay[15]

Police Department[edit]

The Mount Pleasant Police Department was established in 1824.

Fire Chief[edit]

  • 1988 - 2001 — M. H. "Cotton" Massey
  • 2001 - 2017 — Tim Smith
  • 2017–Present — Phillip Grooms[16]

Fire Department[edit]

The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is a career fire department consisting of full-time and part time firefighters. The fire department was established in 1824.

Transportation[edit]

Mount Pleasant is located on Tennessee State Route 243 and Tennessee State Route 166.

Mount Pleasant is also home to the Maury County Regional Airport.

Public transportation is provided by the Mule Town Trolley Service. The Mule Town Trolley connects people all across Maury County. The routes extend from Mount Pleasant, TN to Columbia, TN and on to Spring Hill, TN. Cost to Ride is $1.00 each way and riders can request a stop anywhere along the trolley route. Mule Town Trolley Service is managed by South Central Tennessee Development District.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b Elizabeth Straw, Historic and Architectural Resources of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, National Register of Historic Places inventory form, January 1989.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  7. ^ "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 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e Tim Hodge (November 17, 2011). "Manager hopefuls plentiful". Columbia Daily Herald. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "Mt. Pleasant considers severance options for city manager". Columbia Daily Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  10. ^ "Mt. Pleasant votes out Williams". Columbia Daily Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  11. ^ a b "Mt. Pleasant's Interim City Manager terminated". Columbia Daily Herald. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
  12. ^ "Collier sworn in as Mt. Pleasant City Manager". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  13. ^ mchristen@c-dh.net, MIKE CHRISTEN. "Bailey accepts job as mayor of Mt. Pleasant". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  14. ^ a b c d e mchristen@c-dh.net, MIKE CHRISTEN. "Bailey, Blankenship, White and Gandberry take seats". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  15. ^ "City names new police chief". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  16. ^ mchristen@c-dh.net, MIKE CHRISTEN. "Grooms named Mt. Pleasant fire chief". The Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-08-16.

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