The regional climate, classified as humid subtropical, results in evenly distributed precipitation with relatively high temperatures. Annual rainfall averages 54 inches with measurable precipitation falling on 105 days yearly. Summers reach 90 degrees regularly, while in January low temperatures can fall below 30 degrees. The sun shines on 206 days per year on average.
Public universities and colleges in West Tennessee include the University of Memphis, University of Tennessee at Martin, Jackson State Community College, Union University and Lane College. Locally, the Milan Special School District, Carroll County Schools and five school districts within Gibson County serve K-12 students in this region of West Tennessee.
Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital, Milan General Hospital, Humboldt Medical Center and Trenton Medical Center are among the state-of-the-art medical facilities serving West Tennessee patients.
On paper, the portion of the state west of the Tennessee River was part of Tennessee at statehood in 1796. However, it didn’t come under actual American control until a series of cessions by the Chickasaw in 1818, known as the Jackson Purchase.
Gibson County Lake is a 560-acre lake known for its bass fishing. The lake contains picnic areas, RV camping sites and a bait house facility. Spirit’s Playground, City Park, Bobby Ross Amphitheater, pavilions and a swimming pool are all available for outdoor entertainment in Milan, TN.
The Davy Crockett Cabin is a replica of David Crockett’s last home with much of the original 1800s furniture, tools and more. West Tennessee Agricultural Museum contains life-size displays of the challenges facing early settlers. The West Tennessee Regional Art Center is the only permanent fine arts museum between Nashville and Memphis. The gallery is dedicated to displaying art that is culturally and educationally significant while remaining easily accessible for teachers and students. Teapot Museum includes the world’s largest collection of Porcelain Veilleuses-Theieres, which date back to the mid-1700s.