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The third largest city in Mississippi, Southaven is in central-northern DeSoto County, about fourteen miles south of the center of Memphis, Tennessee. Its name came from its location south of Whitehaven, a Memphis suburb. Nearby communities include Alphaba, Cedarview, Days, Eudora, Horn Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Lewisburg, Love, Lynchburg, Memphis, Newport, Norfolk, Olive Branch, and Pleasant Hill in Mississippi, as well as Bailey, Capleville, and Germantown in Tennessee. Southaven began as a village when Kemmons Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inn, developed a few residential subdivisions across the border from Whitehaven, which has since been annexed by Memphis. Incorporated in 1980, Southaven is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeastern United States. The completion of Interstate Highway 55 in the 1970s provided easier access to and from Memphis, Jackson, St. Louis, and Chicago, and Interstate Highway 69 was cosigned with I-55 in Southaven in 2007. Southaven was the childhood home of novelist John Grisham, who practiced law there for nearly a decade.


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