New veterans cemetery coming to Parkers Crossroads

PARKERS CROSSROADS, Tenn. (AP) -- A new state veterans cemetery will be located in the Henderson County town of Parkers Crossroads.

Cemetery steering committee chairman Chris Dangler said the first burial there is expected in August 2016.

Parker's Crossroads is about halfway between Jackson and the Tennessee River and convenient to I-40.

Dangler said the new cemetery is needed because space is being rapidly used in veterans cemeteries in Memphis and Nashville. He said Memphis is doing about eight burials per day and Nashville is performing about five per day.

The total cost of developing the cemetery will be about $6 million. About $1 million for the land, which will be bought with state and donated funds. The federal government will pay for development.

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