TN 9
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From: North Carolina State Line near Wolf Creek (Cocke County)
To:  Kentucky State Line at Jellico (Campbell County)
Total Length:
131.1 miles
The route continues south as US 25 to end at US 17 Brunswick GA
The route continues north as US 25W to end at US 25-25E in Corbin KY
ROUTE LOG
NC STATE LINE: 0 - 0
TN 107 NB: 4.4 - 4.4
TN 107 SB: 3.3 - 7.7
TN 340: 2.6 - 10.3
TN 73: 7.7 - 18.0
US 321 NB, TN 35 EB: 1.0 - 19.0
US 321 SB, TN 32 SB: 0.3 - 19.3
US 25 END, US 25E, US 25W Begin, TN 32 NB: 1.2 - 20.5
I-40 (exit 432): 2.6 - 23.1
US 411, TN 35 WB: 0.8 - 23.9
Jefferson-Cocke Line: 1.1 - 25.0
TN 363: 0 - 25.0
TN 113: 5.8 - 30.8
TN 66 NB: 3.6 - 34.4
TN 92 SB: 0.8 - 35.2
TN 92 NB: 0.7 - 35.9
I-40 (exit 415), TN 66 SB: 3.0 - 38.9
TN 139 WB: 7.9 - 46.8
Sevier-Jefferson Line: 0.4 - 47.2
TN 139 EB: 1.1 - 48.3
Knox-Sevier Line: 1.8 - 50.1
US 11E NB, TN 34: 3.8 - 53.9
TN 168 WB: 5.1 - 59.0
I-40 EB (exit 394), US 11E SB, US 70 WB, TN 168 EB: 0.9 - 59.9
I-40 WB (exit 393), I-640 Begin: 1.1 - 61.0
US 441, TN 33, TN 71: 4.6 - 65.6
I-75, I-275 (exit 3), I-640 WB (exit 3): 2.4 - 68.0
TN 131 NB: 5.5 - 73.5
TN 131 SB: 0.4 - 73.9
Anderson-Knox Line: 1.1 - 75.0
TN 170: 2.8 - 77.8
TN 61: 4.5 - 82.3
TN 116 SB: 9.7 - 92.0
US 441, TN 71: 0.5 - 92.5
I-75 SB (exit 129), TN 116 NB: 0.4 - 92.9
Campbell-Anderson Line: 0.8 - 93.7
I-75 NB (exit 134), TN 63 WB: 4.9 - 98.6
TN 116: 0.2 - 98.8
TN 63 EB: 8.3 - 107.1
TN 90: 16.2 - 123.3
I-75 (exit 160): 6.5 - 129.8
TN 297: 1.0 - 130.8
KY STATE LINE: 0.3 - 131.1
Creation: Appeared in 1923 as an original state highway, running generally as it does now.
Adjustments: It appears TN 9 was removed from the lengthy Old Lake City Hwy between Clinton and Rocky Top, plus Jacksboro Ave through Rocky Top in 1927.
In 1927 or 1928 (per official route log), TN 9 was removed from current TN 139 to Strawberry Plains; Old Andrew Johnson Hwy; abandoned routing/Old Strawberry Plains Pike just west of the Jefferson County line; a bit of current US 11E; Strawberry Plains Pike to Trentville. Strawberry Plains to Trentville became an extended US 511.
If TN 9 ever used Fugate Rd between Del Rio and Wolf Creek it stopped doing so by 1928.
About 1929, TN 9 was removed from Old Knoxville hwy and Thinwood Dr in Newport
About 1930, TN 9 was removed from Old Asheville Hwy east of Newport; Manning Chapel Rd/current TN 340 in Bridgeport
If TN 9 ever used Lafayette/Piedmont Rds west of Dandridge it stopped doing so in 1930.
Also about 1930, TN 9 was removed from Old Clinton Pike in the Bell Bridge area; Old Vasper Rd in Vasper west to the Baptist Church; Old 25 Loop near Habersham
In 1931 or 1932, TN 9 was given a more direct path between Dandridge and Newport. The old route used Coops Rd/Carson Springs Rd, Clevenger Cutoff, Old Sevierville Hwy/Bridge Chapel Rd, Old US 411 and US 411 segments to Chestnut Hill; first couple miles of TN 92; underwater routing; Hills Chapel Rd, a little more TN 92; underwater routing; E. Main St in Dandridge
Also in 1931 or 1932, TN 9 was given a more direct route from Trentville to Knoxville. The original routing became part of TN 34. Today this is Strawberry Plains Pike, Boyds Bridge Pike, Biddle St and S. Chestnut St.

1929 Official
TN 9 original alignments east of Knoxville
1929 Official
1932 Official
TN 9 more direct alignments east of Knoxville
1932 Official

Also in 1931 or 1932, TN 9 was rerouted in Knoxville westward via Magnolia, Broadway and Central St. The old route used Magnolia, Gay, Summit Hill, Walnut, Summer Pl (no longer connects to), Summit Hill, Western Ave (used Old Western Ave in West Knoxville), and Pleasant Ridge Rd to today's US 25W.

1930 Official
TN 9 original Knoxville route
1930 Official
1934 Official
TN 9 moved to Central Ave in Knoxville
1934 Official

In 1933, TN 9 was removed from Carter School Rd/Strawberry Plains Pike in Trentville.
In 1935, TN 9 was removed from Old Vasper Rd west of the Baptist church.
If TN 9 ever used Powder House Rd or Mimosa Circle south of Clinton it stopped doing so by 1936.
In 1940, TN 9 was removed from Carden Farm Dr/Old SR 25 (no longer connects to)/Broad St into Clinton.
In 1944, TN 9 was removed from Old Clinton Hwy and Old State Circle in the Bull Run area
In the 1940s, I am guessing TN 9 was removed from Hiway Dr in S. Clinton; Tussey Cut near Morley
In 1947, TN 9 was removed from Old Jacksboro Hwy south of La Follette
About 1956, TN 9 was removed from Holston Dr in eastern Knoxville
About 1960, TN 9 was put onto newly constructed I-75 (now I-275) from Heiskell Ave through Sharp Gap to where Clinton Hwy brnaches northwest at the I-75-275-640 junction. I-75 was put on TN 9's footprint except right at Heiskell Ave TN 9 used the frontage Rd and the Penske Truck parking lot.
Between 1965-71, TN 9 was put on more I-75 (now I-275), leaving behind Broadway, Central and Heiskell.
In the late 1960s, TN 9 was placed on I-75 between Rocky Top and Jacksboro. The old route used today's TN 116 (some of I-75's NB lanes used TN 9's footprint between Vasper and Jacksboro, though)
In 1968, TN 9 was removed from Main St through Jacksboro.
About 1982, TN 9 was put onto I-40 and I-640 around the east and north of Knoxville. Magnolia St became TN 168 between I-40 and US 11W and TN 1 remains on Magnolia.

1964 Official
TN 9 moved onto a little I-75
1964 Official
1971 Official
TN 9 moved onto more I-75
1971 Official
1986 Official
TN 9 moved onto I-40/640 instead
1986 Official

Posting: TN 9 is fully unposted but is considered primary from NC to Newport; Knoxville to Clinton; Jacksboro to La Follette
Secret US Route Overlay: US 25-70 (20.5 mi)
US 25W (110.6 mi)
Comment: TN 9 was once the main way to go from Knoxville to either Asheville NC or Lexington KY.
TN 9 is still a suitable backway from Newport to Asheville, especially with the occasional I-40 closure through the mountains in western NC.


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