Tennessee State Facts and History

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Tennessee Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Bill Haslam (Republican)
  • Capital: Nashville
  • Population: 6,829,174 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 41,234.90 sq km
  • Water Area: 909.36 sq km
  • Total Area: 42,144.25 SQ KM
  • State Motto: “Agriculture and Commerce”
  • Nickname: Volunteer State
  • Electoral votes: 11
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 9 (of 435)
  • State Song: “My Homeland, Tennessee”
  • Date of Statehood: June 1, 1796
  • Time Zone: Central (GMT − 5 hours)
  • Official Website of Tennessee: tn.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: TN
  • Origin of name: The state of Tennessee was named after the Little Tennessee River. Originally “Tanasi” the river took its name from two Cherokee villages on its banks.

State Symbol of Tennessee

State Agricultural InsectHoneybee
State AmphibianTennessee cave salamander
State Artifact“Sandy”
State BeverageMilk
State BirdMockingbird
State ButterflyZebra swallowtail
State Commercial FishChannel catfish
State FlowerIris
State FossilPtero
State GemPearl
State InsectHoneybee and ladybug
State MineralAgate
State MottoAgriculture and Commerce
State NicknameVolunteer State
State Painting“Tenneessee Treasures” and “Tennessee Treasures Too”
State ReptileEastern box turtle
State RockLimestone
State Sport FishSmallmouth bass
State TreeTulip poplar
State Wild AnimalRaccoon

Sports Teams

  • NFL: Tennessee Titans
  • NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
  • NHL: Nashville Predators
  • MLS: Nashville SC

College & Universities

American Baptist CollegeMaryville CollegeTennessee State University
Anthem Career College-MemphisMcCollum & Ross – The Hair SchoolTennessee Technological University
Aquinas CollegeMedvance Institute-CookevilleTennessee Technology Center at Athens
Arnolds Beauty SchoolMeharry Medical CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Covington
Austin Peay State UniversityMemphis College of ArtTennessee Technology Center at Crossville
Baptist Memorial College of Health SciencesMemphis Theological SeminaryTennessee Technology Center at Crump
Belmont UniversityMethodist Hospital School of NursingTennessee Technology Center at Dickson
Bethel UniversityMiddle Tennessee School of Anesthesia IncTennessee Technology Center at Elizabethton
Bryan College-DaytonMiddle Tennessee State UniversityTennessee Technology Center at Harriman
Buchanan Beauty CollegeMilligan CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Hartsville
Career Beauty CollegeMotlow State Community CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald
Carson-Newman CollegeMr Waynes School of Unisex Hair DesignTennessee Technology Center at Jacksboro
Chattanooga College Medical Dental and Technical CareersNashville Auto Diesel College IncTennessee Technology Center at Jackson
Chattanooga State Community CollegeNashville College of Medical CareersTennessee Technology Center at Knoxville
Christian Brothers UniversityNashville State Community CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Livingston
Cleveland State Community CollegeNational College of Business and Technology-NashvilleTennessee Technology Center at McKenzie
Columbia State Community CollegeNew Directions Hair AcademyTennessee Technology Center at McMinnville
Cumberland UniversityNew Directions Hair Academy – The Beauty InstituteTennessee Technology Center at Memphis
Daymar Institute-ClarksvilleNew Wave Hair Academy – HighlandTennessee Technology Center at Morristown
Daymar Institute-MurfreesboroNorth Central InstituteTennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro
Daymar Institute-NashvilleNortheast State Community CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Nashville
Dyersburg State Community CollegeNossi College of ArtTennessee Technology Center at Newbern
East Tennessee State UniversityO’More College of DesignTennessee Technology Center at Oneida-Huntsville
Emmanuel Christian SeminaryPaul Mitchell The School-KnoxvilleTennessee Technology Center at Paris
Fayetteville College of Cosmetology Arts and SciencesPaul Mitchell the School-NashvilleTennessee Technology Center at Pulaski
Fisk UniversityPellissippi State Community CollegeTennessee Technology Center at Ripley
Fountainhead College of TechnologyPentecostal Theological SeminaryTennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville
Franklin AcademyPlaza Beauty SchoolTennessee Technology Center at Whiteville
Free Will Baptist Bible CollegePyramid Beauty SchoolTennessee Temple University
Freed-Hardeman UniversityQueen City CollegeTennessee Wesleyan College
Genesis Career CollegeRemington College-Memphis CampusThe Hair Design Schools – Memphis/Raleigh
Genesis Career College-Lebanon CampusRemington College-Nashville CampusThe University of Tennessee
Harding University Graduate School of ReligionRhodes CollegeThe University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Hiwassee CollegeRichmont Graduate UniversityThe University of Tennessee-Martin
International Barber & Style CollegeRoane State Community CollegeTrevecca Nazarene University
ITT Technical Institute-CordovaSAE Institute of Technology-NashvilleTusculum College
ITT Technical Institute-KnoxvilleSewanee-The University of the SouthUnion University
ITT Technical Institute-NashvilleShear AcademyUniversity of Memphis
Jackson State Community CollegeSouth CollegeUniversity of Phoenix-Memphis Campus
John A Gupton CollegeSouthern Adventist UniversityUniversity of Phoenix-Nashville Campus
Johnson Bible CollegeSouthern College of OptometryVanderbilt University
Kaplan Career Institute-NashvilleSouthern Institute of CosmetologyVatterott Career College-Memphis Dividend Drive
King CollegeSouthwest Tennessee Community CollegeVolunteer Beauty Academy-System Office
Lambuth UniversityStyles and Profiles Beauty CollegeVolunteer Beauty School-Dyersburg
Lane CollegeTemple Baptist SeminaryVolunteer Beauty School-Madison
Le Moyne-Owen CollegeTennessee Academy of Cosmetology LLC-Shelby DriveVolunteer Beauty School-Nashville
Lee UniversityTennessee Academy of Cosmetology LLC-Stage RoadVolunteer State Community College
Lincoln Memorial UniversityTennessee Board of RegentsWalters State Community College
Lipscomb UniversityTennessee Career CollegeWatkins College of Art Design & Film
Martin Methodist CollegeTennessee School of Beauty of Knoxville IncWest Tennessee Business College
William Moore College of TechnologyWilliamson Christian College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Dollywood
  2. Graceland
  3. Grand Ole Opry
  4. Rock City
  5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  6. Ober Gatlinburg
  7. Ruby Falls
  8. Nashville Zoo
  9. Bristol Motor Speedway
  10. Memphis Zoo
  11. Country Music Hall of Fame
  12. Cades Cove
  13. Opry Mills
  14. Lookout Mountain
  15. Tennessee Aquarium
  16. Clingmans Dome
  17. Knoxville Zoo
  18. Parthenon Nashville
  19. Beale Street Historic District

Famous Natives and Residents

NameProfession
James Ageewriter;
Eddy Arnoldsinger;
Chet Atkinsguitarist;
Julian Bond Georgialegislator;
Davy Crockettfrontiersman;
Miley Cyrusactor, singer;
David G. Farragutfirst American admiral;
Lester Flattbluegrass musician;
Tennessee Ernie Fordsinger;
Abe Fortasjurist;
Aretha Franklinsinger;
Nikki Giovannipoet;
Al Gore, Jr.vice president;
Red Groomsartist;
Isaac Hayescomposer;
Benjamin L. Hookscivil rights activist;
Cordell Hullsecretary of state;
Andrew Jacksonpresident;
Andrew Johnsonpresident;
Estes Kefauverlegislator;
Anita Kerrsinger;
Grace Mooresoprano;
Bettie Pagemodel, pinup;
Dolly Partonsinger;
Minnie Pearlsinger and comedienne;
James K. Polkpresident;
Grantland Ricesportswriter;
Carl Rowanjournalist;
Wilma Rudolphsprinter;
Sequoyah Cherokeescholar and educator;
Cybil Shepherdactress;
Dinah Shoreactress and singer;
Quentin Tarantinofilmmaker;
Tina Turnersinger;
Ushersinger;
Alvin YorkWorld War I hero.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Kathy Bates
  2. Megan Fox
  3. Morgan Freeman

Map of Tennessee

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