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Coopertown, Tennessee

Coopertown, Tennessee
Motto: "Looking to the Future; Cherishing the Past"
Location of Coopertown, Tennessee
Location of Coopertown, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Robertson
Incorporated 1996
 • Type Mayor/Alderman
 • Mayor Sam Childs
 • Vice Moyor Peggy Ruth
 • Chief of Police Shane Sullivan
 • Total 31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Land 31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 725 ft (221 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,278
 • Density 95.0/sq mi (36.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Zip code 37146 & 37172
FIPS code 47-16980[1]
GNIS feature ID 1306100[2]

Coopertown is a town in Robertson County, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. A self-described "bedroom community,"[3] it had a population of 4,278 at the 2010 census.[4]


  • History 1
  • Reputation as a speed trap 2
  • Geography 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The tribal identities of the 16th and 17th century Native American occupants of present-day Tennessee are disputed.[5] In later years, the part of Middle Tennessee that was to become the Coopertown community was claimed as territorial hunting grounds by both the Cherokee and the Chickasaw.[6] That area was at the southern edge of what became known as the Transylvania Purchase, land purchased in 1775 from the Cherokee by Richard Henderson, a North Carolina land speculator seeking to establish a 14th colony.[7]

Although Transylvania, the proposed 14th colony, was never recognized, the area was settled by immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

David Naive settled there in 1825, and the area became known as Naive’s Crossroads.[3] During subsequent years, the county's involvement in the production of barrels and whiskey led to the establishment of one or more cooper shops in the community, making barrels for the nearby Red River mills.[3] The presence of coopers led to the community's present name.

Coopertown was officially incorporated in 1996, a decision taken by the citizens of the community in response to a proposal to locate a landfill in the community.[3]

Reputation as a speed trap

In January 2006, Coopertown was called "one of the more blatant examples of speed traps" in the country by a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association (NMA).[8] The town's mayor, Danny Crosby, defended the increased enforcement of lowered speed limits, citing the need to combat speeders using Highway 49 as a shortcut between I-24 and I-65.[8]

A complaint and writ of ouster filed by the State of Tennessee on June 27, 2006 noted that comment from the NMA.[9] That complaint seeks to remove Crosby from office, due to acts of willful misconduct related to the speed traps, as well as other abuses of power.[9]

The trial court dismissed the petition, reinstated Crosby as mayor of the City of Coopertown, and awarded Crosby his discretionary costs. An appeal was heard September 7, 2007.

In January 2008, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that even though "the trial court accurately characterized conduct attributable to Crosby as 'bigotry, sexism, or utter foolishness'", the plaintiff failed to prove by "clear and convincing evidence" that Crosby "knowingly or willfully" committed the type of misconduct essential to establish the requisite statutory grounds to remove a public official from office.


Coopertown is located at (36.400186, -86.956462).[10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.9 square miles (83 km2), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,027 people, 1,078 households, and 914 families residing in the town. The population density was 95.0 people per square mile (36.7/km²). There were 1,128 housing units at an average density of 35.4 per square mile (13.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.97% White, 1.62% African American, 0.46% Asian, 0.40% Native American, 0.59% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 1,078 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.2% were non-families. 11.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $56,122, and the median income for a family was $58,947. Males had a median income of $37,059 versus $25,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,818. About 4.1% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.9% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b c d Coopertown History, from the town's official website
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties, State of Tennessee official website, 14 July 2011. Retrieved: 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ Archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee since 1600, from a University of Tennessee website
  6. ^ Recognition of the Historical Tribes of Tennessee, from an unofficial website for the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs
  7. ^ Entry on the Transylvania Purchase from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
  8. ^ a b Tickets are Coopertown's fast lane to fuller coffers, AAA says, a January 2006 article from The Tennessean
  9. ^ a b Coopertown Mayor's City Hall Of Shame from The Smoking Gun
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses".  
  13. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

External links

  • Town of Coopertown official website, including a "City News" section

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