Coopertown, Tennessee

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Coopertown is a town in Robertson County, Tennessee, United States. The population of the self-described "bedroom community"[3] was 3,027 at the 2000 census.

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History

The tribal identities of the 16th and 17th century Native American occupants of present-day Tennessee are disputed.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 local 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).[7] 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.[7]

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