This base was originally known as Park Field, and its first use was as an Army Signal Corps Aviation School. After the Stock Market Crash of 1929, it became a transient camp for people who were unemployed. At the beginning of World War II, the base began being used as a Naval Reserve aviation center in order to support the war efforts. It continued being a logistics support center until 1993, when a Base Realignment and Closure committee decided it would be realigned as Naval Air Station Memphis. The name became Naval Support Activity Mid South in 1998 to greater reflect the installation’s new purpose.
Nashville, which is the capital of Tennessee, is the home of the famous Grand Ole Opry which is the heart of country music. Of course, when you think of Tennessee you can’t help but think of Memphis which is where singer Elvis Presley’s famous home Grace Land is located or Pigeon Forge which is where Dolly Pardon’s amusement park Dollywood is located.
The current unemployment rate is 7.6 percent while the sales tax rate is 9.75 percent through much of the state and it ranks 21st in education nationally. There are several big automotive factories located in Tennessee but it is best known for it’s music.
No visit to Tennessee would be complete without visiting Gatlinburg which is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Thrill seekers come from all over the world to hike in The Big South Fork Recreation Area or Smoky Mountains National Park, other activities include white water rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling.
The Minister’s Treehouse located in Crossville, TN is a record seven stories high encompasses six trees and is approximately 10,000 square feet. However, who could forget that Jamestown located on highway 127 on the Cumberland Plateau is home to the World’s longest yard sale each year in August.