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Rogersville

Christopher Maloney, Auburn University
Rogersville is located in Lauderdale County in the northwest corner of the state. It has a mayor/council form of government. Renowned Muscle Shoals musician Spooner Oldham is a long-time resident of Rogersville.
History
Lock at Wheeler Dam
Bordering the Tennessee River and providing a bypass around the shoals in the area, the settlement that came to be known as Rogersville arose in the early nineteenth century along trade routes that linked present-day Chattanooga and Memphis in Tennessee. It was long known as Rodgersville, after a family from South Carolina that settled there. A one-room log schoolhouse was erected in the early nineteenth century and in the 1820s, shops, a post office, and a tavern with a stagecoach stop had been established in the community as well. Later, the name was changed to Rogersville and it was incorporated in 1858. The first accredited high school in Lauderdale County was opened in Rogersville in 1912.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Rogersville recorded a population of 1,161. Of that number, 90.0 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 4.8 percent as African American, 3.6 percent as two or more races, 3.3 percent as Hispanic, and 1.6 percent as Asian. The town's median household income was $38,427, and the per capita income was $21,509.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Rogersville was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (20.5 percent)
  • Retail trade (16.2 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (14.3 percent)
  • Manufacturing (13.2 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (11.6 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (5.1 percent)
  • Construction (4.3 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
  • Public administration (3.5 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (4.1 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.6 percent)
  • Information (1.1 percent)
Education
Public education in Rogersville is administered by Lauderdale County Schools, which oversees one high school in Rogersville.
Transportation
Rogersville is accessed by U.S. Highway 72, which runs east-west, and State Highway 207, which runs north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
Rogersville Bluegrass Festival
Rogersville sponsors a "1st Saturday" event on the first Saturday of each month with live entertainment. It also hosts a Heritage Days festival in June, a multi-day bluegrass festival in July with music, foods, and crafts, several fall-themed events in October, and a Christmas festival each December. Graceland Park features outdoor play equipment and a covered pavilion. Just southwest of Rogersville is Joe Wheeler State Park, which features boating, fishing, camping, meeting facilities, and overnight accommodations, and to the southeast is Elk River State Park.
Published:  November 19, 2012   |   Last updated:  October 7, 2020