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Offical Name State of Tennessee
Nickname The Volunteer State
Abbreviations TN, US-TN
Origin of Name Tanasi was the name of a Cherokee Indian town

Official Language English
Admission to Union 1 June 1796
Time Zones Eastern, Central
Official Web Site www.tennessee.gov

Capital Nashville
Largest City Memphis
Population 5,689,283 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cattle, tobacco, soybeans, cotton

Industry: mining (coal), electrical power, enrich uranimum production, automobile manufacturing, music

Area 42,169 square miles (109,247 km2)
Major Rivers Clinch River, Cumberland River, Duck River, Mississippi River, Tennessee River
Major Lakes Cherokee Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Norris Lake, Tims Ford Reservoir, Kentucky Lake
Highest Point Clingmans Dome - 6,643 feet (2,025 meters)
Bordering States Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag Tennessee Flag
Motto Agriculture and commerce
Song My Homeland, Tennessee, When It's Iris Time In Tennessee, Tennessee Waltz, Rocky Top, The Pride of Tennessee
Public School Song My Tennessee
97th General Assembly Song Tennessee
Slogan Tennessee - America at its Best
Poem Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee
Jamboree and Crafts Festival The Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival
Aviation Hall of Fame Tennessee Hall of Fame
Railroad Museum Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Wild Animal Raccoon
Bird Mockingbird
Game Bird Bobwhite Quail
Horse Tennessee Walking Horse
Insects Honeybee, Firefly
Agricultural Insect Honeybee
Butterfly Zebra Swallowtail
Commercial Fish Channel Catfish
Sport Fish Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass
Amphibian Tennessee Cave Salamander
Reptile Eastern Box Turtle
Wildflower Passion Flower
Cultivated Flower Iris
Fruit Tomato
Tree Tulip Poplar
Rock Limestone
Stone Agate
Gem Tennessee Pearl
Folk Dance Square Dance
Fine Art Porcelain Painting
Theatre Tennessee Theatre
Tartan The State Tartan

Bicentennial Symbols
U.S. Bicentennial Song Fly Eagle, Fly!
U.S. Bicentennial March The Tennessee Salute
School Song My Home Will Always Be Tennessee
Rap Song A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap
Poem Who Are We
Tree Yellowwood Tree

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