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The portion of Tennessee lying west of the Tennessee River was not opened for settlement until long after Tennessee became a flourishing and weathy state.  As far as there is any authentic record, the lands in this section were owned by the Chickasaw Indian tribe.  The final treaty by which the Indians relinquished all of West Tennesse was signed in 1818.

In 1823, the General Assembly of Tennessee passed an act to establish two new counties west of the Tennessee River, Dyer County being one of them.  In the early 1820's settler Joel H. Dyer purchased 640 acres and founded a town along the Forked Deer River.  By 1825, the community of Dyersburg was formed; it has served as the county seat ever since. 


Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, one of the top regional facilities in northwest Tennessee, primarily serves Dyer, Lake and Lauderdale counties, offering many inpatient and outpatient specialties.


With the addition of a new county high school and a new city middle school, students of all ages in Dyersburg and Dyer County have a lot to brag about.  One of the high school's most poplular features is its computer equirpment and capabilities.

Dyersburg State Community College opened in 1969 and has since established satellite campuses in Gibson County (1991) and Tipton County (1996).  Classes have also been offered via an interactive distance-learning program since 1993, and College at Home courses are now available on videotape, CD-ROM and the Internet.

The Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern is a source of great pride for all of Dyer County.  The center is a post-secondary and adult instutition which provides programs to serve the training needs of a wide area.


From a business perspective, this area is full of opportunities - you can own you own business, run a high tech company or farm the land. 

You might be surprised to discover how many well-known products are made in Dyer County.  Companys represented here include DOT Foods, Jimmy Dean Foods, PolyOne Elastomers & Performance Additives, ERMCO, Heckethorn Manufacturing, Caterpillar, Royalguard Vinyl, Briggs & Stratton, NSK, Sun Products and numerous others.

The comprehensive transportation network of roads, rail lines and a bridge across the Mississippi River, successful local industrial parks, a popular mall and other factors make Dyersburg a regional hub of northwest Tennessee.  Dyer County officials currently are working closely with nearby Obion and Lake Counties to create a port on the river that would expand the area's agribusiness economy.

The 40-member Chamber board continues to be instrumental in projects including Dyersburg's downtown revitalization and bringing in a new industrial park.

Newbern, a peaceful small town 9 miles from Dyersburg, has about 3,000 residents.  Some of them enjoy the short ride to work in the city, but many don't have even that far to go!  Newbern is home to 10 manufacturing companies employing about 2,000.


Highways serving the area include Interstate 155, U.S. Highway 51 and 412, and state highways 104, 210, 211,77, and 78.  Airports include the Dyersburg Municipal Airport (DYR), McKellar in Jackson (45 minutes) and Memphis International Airport (90 minutes).


In the Dyersburg area, the possibilities are endless.  Culturally, there are arts, music and theater events featured - including a yearly performance by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  Performing arts are a big part of the area, thanks to the Dyersburg Community Concert Association.

Nearby Reelfoot Lake offers first-class fishing, attracting visitors from around the world!  Largemouth bass, bream,bluegill and crappie provide opportunities throughout the year. Created by an earthquake in 1812, Reelfoot lake is the location of one of Tennessee's most interesting state resort parks.

Dyer County is quickly earning a reputation among outdoorsmen as a hunting paradise.  With duck, geese, deer, and turkey, there's pleny of wildlife to challenge the most avid sportsman.  It's a natural habitat for waterfowl!

The 7,000 acre Tigrett Wildlife Management Area is the most popular destination for waterfowl hunters.  Dyer County, has the 4,500 -acre Moss Island Management Area and the 2,000 -acre Ernest Rice Management Area which also entice hunters here.  The newly renovated Okeena Park offers a new exercise trail, picnic pavillions, a pool, 2 lighted sand volleyball courts and 3 lighted basketball courts.

The Dyer County Fair recently won the prestigious 2001 Champion of Champions award, the highest honor presented by the Tennessee Association.

The new 25,000 sq. ft. YMCA facility, which opened downtown in 2002, is roughly double the size of the old one.

Golf courses, bowling lanes, miniature golf and several recreation centers provide additional fun.

Special Attractions & Events

Historic Downtown Dyersburg offers an eclectic blend of shopping opportunities as well as personal professional services.  The annual McIver's Bluff Founders Day is a fun packed celebration!

The Veterans' Museum is a facility that offers complete WWI and WWII exhibits.  Displays on Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm are under development.  This museum is located on the site of the former B-17 Training Facility known as the Dyersburg Army Air Base, which was operational from 1942 through 1947.  The location itself is a rich and unforgettable piece of history, which is memorialized each year with a regional air show the last weekend in August.

Every September the residents of Newbern and the surrounding areas get together to celebrate Depot Days.  This week-long, annual event is centered around the Historic Depot, located in the heart of downtown Newbern, and offers a variey of activities.  The Depot, lovingly restored, serves as a railroad museum, dinner and arts activity center, as well as a working train station.

Other attractions include Historic Old City Cemetery, Historic Trimble Covered Bridge, Lannom Center for Business, Walter E David Wildlife Museum and many more!  Additional annual events include the Easter Egg Hunt, Dogwood Festival, the Mission March, and more.