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The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee town named "Tana-see" (presently, it is in Monroe County, Tennessee). The Indian word, "Tana-see" means "The Meeting Place"
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Tennessee ties Missouri as the U.S. state bordering the most other states. Eight different states (Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the south; Arkansas and Missouri on the Mississippi River to the west) border Tennessee, sharing the title for the most with Missouri.


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In 1864, Andrew Johnson of Tennessee was elected Vice President under Abraham Lincoln. He became President after Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Under Johnson's lenient re-admission policy, Tennessee was the first of the seceding states to have its elected members readmitted to the U.S. Congress, on July 24, 1866. Because Tennessee had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment, it was the only one of the formerly secessionist states that did not have a military governor during the Reconstruction period.
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Andrew Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal level, including President of the United States. He was elected alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and United States congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming President of the United States following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake, occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake was formed during this earthquake. Reelfoot Lake is touted the "Turtle Capital of the World"
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The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every weekend since 1925.

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Tennessee's State Capital, Nashville, is known as "Music City" - the country music capital of the world.
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On a clear day seven states are visible from Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga.
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Tennessee State Nickname, "Volunteer State", originated during the War of 1812, in which the volunteer soldiers from Tennessee serving under Gen. Andrew Jackson displayed marked valor in the Battle of New Orleans
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Vanderbilt University, along with its affiliated hospitals, is the largest employer in Tennessee
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The Parthenon of Nashville, the only full-scale replica of the original in Greece, is in the Centennial Park of Nashville ( Nashville is nicknamed the 'Athens of the South')
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The Tennessee Aquarium located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the world's largest freshwater aquarium in the United States
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Of the 59 specially designated national parks in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains was the most visited national park in the United States. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracted more than 10 million visitors in the year 2014 (Grand Canyon National Park came in second place, with 4.8 million visitors. Yosemite came in third place with 3.9 million visitors) The park is a World Heritage Site brimming with Southern Appalachian history. Known as the “Salamander Capital of the World,” the park is home to the most diverse population of salamanders in the world (30 different species)
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Tennessee was the sight of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968. The American civil rights leader and Baptist clergyman lead African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement lasting from 1955 when King led the Montgomery Bus Boycott until 1968 at the time of his death. King was a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. King led a March on Washington, DC, in 1963 where he gave his historical "I Have Dream" speech which secured his place as on of the greatest American orators. In 1964, King was the youngest person in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent protests against racial segregation, racial discrimination, and other civil rights violations. Near the end of his life, King focused his work on ending poverty and was a forerunner in opposition to the Vietnam War. King's life tragically ended on April 4, 1968 in Memphis when he was shot by sniper fire from the second floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel by James Earl Ray. His death secured his place as a martyr within The Episcopal Church in The USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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Tennessee is home to Oak Ridge, a base for the U.S. government's Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge was created in the 1940's originally as a top secret site to create and develop an atomic bomb. The city is also known as "Atomic City," "The Secret City," "The Ridge," and "The City Behind The Fence." Oak Ridge, a sleepy little Tennessee town, was literally invaded by the U.S. army and many residence were evicted from their homes as government forces acquired 60,000 acres within the town by March 1943. Major General Leslie Groves led his forces to erect fences and security check points around the town of Oak Ridge. Major Groves chose Oak Ridge because of it's small population and location within natural ridges to provide protection against disasters amongst the 4 "industrial plants" nestled in the surrounding valley near the Norris Dam. Oak Ridge's population grew from 3,000 in 1942 to 75,000 by 1945 because of the Clinton Engineering Works (CEW) top secret governmental cover-up of the Manhattan Project and development of the world's K-25 uranium separating facility covering 44 acres of land, as well as the X-10 site, the S-50 plant, and the Y-12 plant. All 5 plants were constructed to separate fissile isotope uranium-235 from natural uranium and create plutonium. The government employed thousands of locals to work in the factories which later became the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The detonation of the first atomic bomb used against Japan on August 6, 1945 caused the workers at Oak Ridge to learn that they had built the bomb.
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Jack Daniels is a Tennessee born brand of the world's best selling whiskey derived from sour mash and then filtered through sugar maple charcoal in huge wooden vats prior to aging. Jack Daniels whiskey is a liquor well known for it's square bottle, black label, and Tennessee roots. The liquor was invented in 1866 by Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel. Daniel opened his first distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
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Future President Andrew Jackson founded the city of Memphis on May 22, 1819, along with John Overton and James Winchester. They named it after the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis—meaning “place of good abode”—which was located at the head of the Nile River Delta.
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William Strickland, the engineer and architect of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, died in 1854 during the building’s construction. At his request, he was entombed within the structure’s walls.
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Twenty-four-year-old John Scopes was arrested and put on trial in 1925 for violating Tennessee state law by teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as part of his public high school curriculum. The “monkey trial,” as it became known, garnered national attention and publicized scientific evidence for evolution, but resulted in a guilty verdict for Scopes, who was fined $100. It was not until 1968 that the Supreme Court asserted that any law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools was unconstitutional.
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Memphis, Tennessee, is home to Graceland, Elvis Presley's former estate. It is the most visited private residences in the United States
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Patrick’s Bar & Grill is on the Tennessee-Georgia border. The state line (shown on the road and inside the Patrick’s Bar & Grill as a dotted blue line) passes through the center of the bar and restaurant. Most of the bar and restaurant is in Tennessee, but the kitchen and bathrooms fall in Fannin County of Georgia. Since Fannin County is a dry county, customers cannot go into the Georgia side with alcohol. They can have alcohol on the Tennessee side of the the bar and restaurant.
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Knoxville served as capital of the Southwest Territory and as capital of the state of Tennessee until 1817, when the capital was moved to Murfreesboro. On September 21, 1807, Kingston was Tennessee's state capital for one day. The Tennessee General Assembly convened in Kingston that day due to an agreement with the Cherokee, who had been told that if the Cherokee Nation ceded the land that is now Roane County, Kingston would become the capital of Tennessee. A two hour legislative session took place and passed two resolutions. They finished the meeting and made their way back to Knoxville. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.
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Three Presidents of the United States called Tennessee their home state, but none of them were born in Tennessee (Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson)
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The Ocoee river in southeastern Tennessee was the venue for the Canoeing (slalom) event of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
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Tennessee bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman developed Mountain Dew as a soda to mix with whiskey ("Mountain Dew" was a Scottish slang for homemade whiskey)
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Maxwell House, the popular brand of coffee, was named "Maxwell House" in honor of the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Though the company claimed that Theodore Roosevelt had taken a sip of Maxwell House Coffee on a visit to Andrew Jackson's estate, The Hermitage, near Nashville on October 21, 1907, and when served coffee, he proclaimed it to be "good to the last drop", the claim was disputed and was probably just a marketing gimmick. The local press coverage of Roosevelt's October 21 visit, a story concerning Roosevelt and the cup of coffee he drank features a quote which does not match the slogan ("This is the kind of stuff I like to drink, by George, when I hunt bears.") The company started the claim only after Roosevelt's death and hence looks suspecious.
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Shady Valley is home to the world’s shortest highway tunnel. Cutting through the 75 foot backbone rock, it’s only a few feet long.
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William Morrison, a dentist and inventor from Nashville, Tennessee, along with confectioner John C. Wharton, invented the cotton candy machine. They introduced the cotton candy (originally named Fairy Floss) at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
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Columbia, Tennessee, is the mule capital of the world, with thousands of mules present at the Mule Day Parade, including events like the Mule Day Queen contest and the mull pull.