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Legendary sheriff honored with state tourism trail

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By Justin Hanson - bio | email

McNAIRY COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Rather than travel long distances this holiday season, state officials are urging residents to spend their money closer to home by visiting some of the state's best known attractions. 

From Elvis' Graceland to the museum and home dedicated to legendary McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser, there's a lot to see in West Tennessee.

"Pickwick Lake, Shiloh Civil War Battlefield, Graceland, the Pink Palace," says Buford Pusser's daughter Dwana.

Big in stature and ability, Buford Pusser earned the nickname "Walking Tall."

Dwana Pusser says her dad's courage and determination helped him crumbled vicious vice and gambling rings all over McNairy county.

And now, state officials are dedicating the Walking Tall Trail in hopes that places like Graceland, Beale Street, and the Buford Pusser Home and Museum will now be the focus of tourists. 

"Take a two to three day tour, spend the night, eat the food, spend money and keep these tourism dollars right here in the community...that's what's important," Pusser said.

In all, eight West Tennessee counties will be featured on this brand new tourism trail. It stretches from Savannah, up to Jackson, and back down to Memphis.

"This is a perfect way to spend a long vacation, a long weekend, and stay at home, see what's in your own backyard," says Marty Marbry with the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

The new Walking Tall Trail will feature nearly 200 sites all across southwest Tennessee. It will take tourists along 360 miles of Tennessee rural's highways. 

The official dedication of the Walking Tall Trail will take place Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Buford Pusser's home in Adamsville, Tennessee. 

A separate dedication ceremony will take place at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Graceland.

For more information, click here.  You can also click here to visit the trails' Facebook site.

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