- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

PARKERS CROSSROADS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s next veterans’ cemetery is planned for a location in Parkers Crossroads.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families in 17 West Tennessee counties.

The governor said the state has purchased the property and is waiting to hear from the federal government about construction funding. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million.

Parkers Crossroads is located in Henderson County. It was the site of a Civil War battle on Dec. 31, 1862.

The veterans’ cemetery would be the state’s fifth. There are two in Knoxville, one in Nashville and one in Memphis.

Counties within a 75-mile radius include Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lewis, McNairy, Madison, Perry, Wayne and Weakley.

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