|Covington is located north of Memphis and Shelby County. Covington is the county seat and the largest of eight incorporated communities: Atoka, Brighton, Munford, Burlison, Garland, Mason and Gilt Edge.
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Population (for the entire county)
Thousands of vehicles travel the north-south U. S. Highway 51 that runs through the heart of Covington and Tipton County. Access to Interstate 40 is possible through Mason or neighboring Haywood and Shelby counties. It is approximately 20 miles from Covington to I-40 and 30 miles to access Interstate 55.
The Covington Municipal Airport is north of the city and features a 5,000-foot runway that can accommodate up to small jets. There is a modern terminal with facilities for pilots and meetings. Memphis International Airport is located about 40 minutes away and provides over 350 daily flights to major cities and also serves as the headquarters for Federal Express.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton is located on the south side of Covington. This fully accredited facility handles general medical, surgical, and obstetrical patients. There are approximately 300 employees. The hospital is equipped with 100 beds. A six-bed observation unit, adjacent to the emergency room, was added in 2000.
Many other health related services are offered in Covington, including Professional Counseling Services, River Terrace, Covington Care Center, Parkway Cove, and the Tipton County Health Department. Additionally, many physicians call Covington and Tipton County home, from Chiropractic to Podiatry; from general practice to obstetrics and from cardiovascular to urological.
Click here for link to Baptist Memorial Hospital Tipton
Parks & Recreation
Covington and Tipton County are abound with opportunities for outdoor sports.
Cobb-Parr Memorial Park - The largest park in the Covington area, Cobb-Parr Memorial Park houses many special facilities and serves the most serious recreation enthusiast. Local sports leagues, and park user groups assist the city in providing organized recreation opportunities for the citizens of Covington and Tipton County. The park is used for many special community events including the Tipton County Bar-B-Que Festival held each year in the fall.
Some 80-acres encompass the park area, the Covington Integrated Arts Academy and the Tipton County Alternative Learning Center grounds. This unique school-park recreation area is a focal point for the entire community.
The history of the park is one of community involvement and dedication of local citizens striving to increase recreation opportunities. In 1954, the Covington Jaycees purchased farm land from J. J. Whitley to develop a community park. Jaycee members, under the leadership of Jerol Hopkins, Petie Watkins and Charlie Moss, started clearing efforts and a picnic area was completed. Over 50 years have passed and the development in Cobb-Parr Memorial Park continues.
Project Play - One of the newest facilities is Project Play, located within the boundaries of Cobb-Parr Memorial Park. The unique facility was built by volunteers who contributed money and time to its construction. The playground is open daily from sun-up to sun-down and is for young children only.
Frazier Park is a 10-acre city park that offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation experiences. The area is open year-round to the public and offers the following amenities:
1/2 mile fitness trail with exercise stations
3 playground areas (one, handicapped-accessible)
2 lighted outdoor basketball courts, softball field with concession stand and restrooms.
2 picnic pavilions with tables (available on a first-come, first served basis)
Once a school campus, Frazier Park is the home site for several community agencies, including the West Tennessee Headstart Program, Children and Family Services, and the Frazier Alumni Association. These groups assist the city by providing organized recreation programs to youth of all ages. Annual special events include the Frazier Fun Fest held in June - a celebration of community pride, heritage, cultural arts and education; and the Frazier Alumni Association 4th of July Family Picnic.
Shelton Park - Shelton Park is a small one acre garden park nestled between beautiful trees and landscaping. A lighted Gazebo offers a perfect spot for weddings, concerts, and other outdoor community gatherings. Picnic tables are available. Shelton Park is the focus of the Covington Parks and Recreation Department's Earth Day Celebration in April. Educational displays and other information on environmental protection are made available to local citizens.
Gazebo rentals are available by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 476-1107. Security deposits and rental fees may apply.
Patriot Park - This park was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2004. Centerpiece to this park is an A-4L Skyhawk Attack Bomber. This bomber was utilized extensively during the Vietnam Conflict and was developed to provide better ground attack and support services.
Around 1995, efforts began to obtain a Skyhawk Attack Bomber. The Tipton County Veterans' Council envisioned the bomber as a compliment to the planned Tipton County Museum, Veterans' Memorial, and Nature Center and was to be placed nearby. In 1996, the bomber was procured and subsequently loaned to the City of Covington by the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The bomber underwent extensive renovation, with the name of Captain Nels Tanner added to the jet as a permanent tribute to this Tipton County hero's service during the Vietnam Conflict. Captain Tanner was piloting a similar aircraft when he was shot down over North Vietnam on Oct. 9, 1966. He was captured by the Viet Cong and spent almost seven years in Hanoi as a Prisoner of War.
Park on the Square is located on the North side of Court Square. This park will provide a relaxing place for downtown visitors to come and relax. Click here for link to Covington's Parks and Recreation.
The Tipton County Museum, located at 751 Bert Johnston Ave, is one of the first facilities in the country to bring together military history, environmental education, and historical preservation. Click here to learn more about this amazing educational center.
Visit Tipton County Schools online here.
Covington is home to Covington High School home of the Chargers. We have Covington Integrated Arts Academy is a public Pre-K through 8th grade school that has diverse instructional strategies that bring arts into the core of the school day and connects arts to academics across the curriculum. Crestview Elementary calls Covington home. Crestview houses Pre-K through 5th grade, they are committed to creating a love for learning while ensuring that all students are on track to master grade level standards and are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful citizens. Crestview Middle School is on the fast track to success to engage all learners in meaningful lessons that promote high educational achievement in a safe and nurturing environment.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Covington is readily available for educational use. Their recent renovations to the facility and the purchase of more advanced equipment has made the Center a state of the art training facility that is in line with the demands of business and industry. Their Multi-Purpose Room and Small Conference Room are available to business, industry and the community. Please contact them for date availability.
1600 Hwy 51 South
Covington, TN 38019
Covington also has a campus of Dyersburg State Community College, offering associate degrees in many courses of study. At Dyersburg State, students aren't just another number. Classes are designed to be small so that their students get more one-on-one personal instruction from professors and instructors that have hands-on experience! Whether you're right out of high school, or considered a non-traditional student, they know that attending college for the first time can be overwhelming. The faculty and staff at Dyersburg State are dedicated to helping students succeed. Offering a multitude of tutoring resources and after-hours support, you can feel confident that someone will be with you every step of the way!
DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County
3149 Hwy. 51 S., Covington, TN 38019
Tipton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the Mid-South. Since 2000, more than 2,000 new homes have been added to the tax rolls.
For more information on economic and community development opportunities in Covington, Tipton County or Tennessee, visit http://tennessee.gov/ecd/
Visit the Tipton County Public Library Website here.