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Tennessee, the "Volunteer State"

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The name Tennessee is derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi. In 1796, Tennessee was the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution (16th state). Before statehood, it was known as the Territory South of the River Ohio. Tennessee is one of the states that link the North and the South. The lonely pioneer, wearing a coonskin cap and carrying a flintlock rifle, is a symbol of Tennessee's great past. Pioneers crossed the mountains of Tennessee to settle in the wilderness. They brought  with them the spirit of independence and daring that has become a part of Tennessee's history. Tennessee's rugged mountains, thick forests and beautiful lakes and rivers are ideal for outdoor sports. The capital Nashville is known as a center for country music; Memphis, Tennessee's largest city is a magnet for music fans, as the birthplace of urban blues and long-time home of Elvis.

Die Bezeichnung Tennessee leitet sich von dem Namen einer Cherokee Siedlung, Tanasi, ab. 1796 war Tennessee das erste Territorium, dass in die Union aufgenommen wurde (16. Staat). Zuvor war Tennessee als das Territorium südlich des Flusses Ohio bekannt. Tennessee ist einer der Bundesstaaten, die den Norden und den Süden der Vereinigten Staaten verbinden. Der einsame Pionier mit einer Mütze aus Waschbärenfell auf dem Kopf und einer Flinte in der Hand ist ein Symbol für die vergangenen großen Tage Tennessees. Die Pioniere überquerten die Berge Tennessees, um sich in der Wildnis niederzulassen. Ihr Drang zur Unabhängigkeit und ihr Wagemut sind fest mit der Geschichte Tennessees verknüpft. Die rauhen Berge, dichten Wälder und wundervollen Seen und Flüsse bieten sich für viele sportliche Betätigungen in der freien Natur an. Die Hauptstadt Nashville ist als ein Mittelpunkt der Countrymusik bekannt. Memphis, Tennessees größte Stadt und Anziehungspunkt von Musikliebhabern, ist als Geburtsort des städtischen Blues und Heimat von Elvis bekannt.

Governor: Phil Bredesen, D (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Lamar Alexander, R (to Jan. 2015); Bob Corker , R (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 9 districts |
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Population (July 2005):
5,963,000; National Rank: 16; Percent change since April 2000: 4.8%
Land Area: 41,220 sq mi. (106,759 sq km); National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est.): Memphis, 672,277; Nashville-Davidson,1 549,110; Knoxville, 180,130; Chattanooga, 154,762; Clarksville, 112,878; Murfreesboro, 86,793; Jackson, 62,099; Johnson City, 58,718; Franklin, 53,311; Hendersonville, 44,876

Total Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 266.5
Per Capita Personal Income 2005:
$331,107; National Rank: 36
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars): 19,0701; National Rank: 16
Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs.
Industry: Chemicals, transportation equipment, rubber, plastics.

State of Tennessee Official Homepage
· Project VoteSmart
· State and Local Government on the Internet


· Tennessee Profile - Fedstats
· U.S. Census Bureau: 2000 Data for the State of Tennessee
· U.S. Census Bureau: State Data Centers: Tennessee

· Tennessee - Regional Accounts Data

· State of Tennessee: State Symbols
Wikipedia: Tennessee


State of Tennessee Tourist Office
Map (MapQuest)
· State of Tennessee: State Parks
Tennessee Tourism

For High School Students
· State Report
Explore the States
· Stately Knowledge

Teacher Resources
ProTeacher: Lessons by State: Tennessee

Link Lists
· Federal, State & Local Government Site
· Great Smoky Moutains Regional Project: Digital Collections (U. of Tennessee)
· Tennessee (Google)
· Tennessee (Yahoo)

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