Union City serves as the Regional Trace Center for northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky, as well as the county seat for Obion County. This community was recently designated as a ―micropolitan area‖ by the U.S. census. The city is centrally located relevant to U.S.population centers and is 140 miles north of Memphis and 175 miles west of Nashville.
Union City is served by all four modes of transport:
Union City is directly served by the Canadian National (CN) Railroad, the only rail carrier in the U.S. that provides coast to coast service from the Atlantic to the Pacific as well as Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The Port of Cates Landing Deepwater/Slackwater Port is being constructed in neighboring Lake County, approximately 20 miles west. The port is scheduled to be operational in 2014.
Important Contact Information
Mayor: Terry Hailey
Address: PO Box 9, Union City, TN 38261
City Hall: (731) 885-1341
Post Office: (731) 885-9711
Police: (731) 885-1515
Fire: (731) 885-4851
Union City Electric: (731) 885-9212
Water/Sewer: (731) 885-1341
The Everett Stewart Regional Airport is located on Airport Circle Road just south of State Highway 431 (Old Highway 22) approximately 4 miles southeast of Union City and has an existing runway and parallel taxiway of 6,500 feet. It is one of only eleven airports in the state with an ILS (Instrument Landing System), and it has the capability to serve 67% of the nation's most popular corporate business jet aircraft operating at maximum capacity.
The airport has much undeveloped land surrounding the airfield with significant potential for a variety of uses. Everett Stewart Regional Airport is becoming a general aviation airport facility that is required for an entire region, not just a community and is on its way to
becoming a ―World Class‖ General Aviation Airport
Union City is presently served by U.S. 51 connecting to the Kentucky Interstate System and I-55 and SR 22 providing direct access to I-40 near Jackson, Tennessee. SR 45 is scheduled to be upgraded to four lane within 36 months and will provide direct linkage to I-40 at Jackson. In addition to the four
lane highways, Interstate 69's construction start up is 13 anticipated during 2009.
In the 1850's, the railroad played a major role in the development of West Tennessee, especially Union City that served as crossroads for two major railways linking the south with the north. In 1852, General G.W. Gibbs employed a civil engineer from Richmond, Virginia to survey for a location for a rail line that would link Nashville, Tennessee to Hickman, Kentucky. He marked the spot by writing "Union City" with red chalk on a white oak tree. Union City
became incorporated in 1867.
A lot has changed in 150 years, but Union City still honors its past. In the heart of Union City, you can find the renovated Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Park, the Obion County Museum and the Church Street Railroad Depot. While in downtown, you can also enjoy the numerous restaurants, antique shops, specialty shops and clothing stores.