Industrial Development and the Economy
Weakley County's economy has a
well-balance of agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation, finance and several types of services. Agriculture is still strong in Weakley County. The total value of farm products sold in Weakley County for 2000 was $51.5 million. Capital investments by existing industry in 2002 totaled $2.8 million and approximately 200 jobs were added.
Weakley County is one of many counties bordering other states with lower sales and use tax rates. Weakley County borders Kentucky that has no sales tax on groceries. This has an adverse effect on retail businesses and existing industries.
Two major railroad systems the Norfolk Southern Railroad and CSX Transportation serves the County. U.S. Highway 45E and State Routes 22, 54, 89, 124 and 190 along with an excellent network of hard-surfaced county roads makes commuting both easy and safe. The nearest commercial airport service is located in Jackson, Tennessee approximately 47 miles from each town in Weakley County.
The unemployment rate is 7.6 % as of August 2005 down from 9.0% in July. The Tennessee Department of Labor provided this information.
Weakley County is located on the Plateau Slope of West Tennessee. It is bordered on the north by Kentucky, on the east by Henry County, on the south by Carroll and Gibson Counties, and on the west by Obion County. The County is 26 miles from north to south, and 24 miles east to west.