STS079-812-086 Mississippi River, Memphis Tennessee September 1996 Memphis Tennessee is located on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the east bank of the Mississippi River at the confluence of the Wolf River. Memphis is the largest city in the state of Tennessee and is situated in a rich cotton and lumber-producing region. It is one of the busiest inland ports on the Mississippi River. Memphis is one of the world's largest markets for spot cotton and hardwood lumber. The city is a leading commercial, industrial, and distribution center. Memphis also has extensive medical and education facilities. Numerous sandbars are visible along the river course. The vast floodplain of the Mississippi River, with its numerous agricultural fields, is visible to the west (left) of the river in Arkansas. Near the bottom center of the image, the sediment-laded waters of Lake Arkabutla in northwestern Mississippi can be seen.