The three stars on Tennessee’s flag represent the Grand Divisions: East, Middle and West, each with a rich heritage. West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n' roll and blues music. The heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Over in East Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bluegrass and Appalachian crafts tell quite a story.
Browse the stories, facts, photos and other tidbits below to get a feel for Tennessee. Then, learn more Tennessee facts and state symbols.
Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition.
The rushing Ocoee River.
Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint.
There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee.
Do you know Tennessee's two state birds?
The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail.
What was the first combination candy bar?
GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company.
What two state fish were designated in 1988?
The largemouth bass and the channel catfish.
Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface.
Tennessee borders eight states. Name them!
KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO.
Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world?
Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory.
Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor?
The World's Longest Yard Sale.
Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit?
It's the tomato.
Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"?
The Tennessee River Gorge.
Music's huge here. How many state songs?
Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more!
What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal?
Tennessee was the union’s 16th state.
The "Birthplace of Country Music."
Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly.
The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail.
Longest running live radio broadcast?
The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville.
This city was chosen state capital in 1843.
Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.”
Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup!
The Tennessee Walking Horse.
"Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition.
With two state flowers, we’re abloom!
Purple passionflower and iris
This state rock is showcased in buildings.
Limestone. The other state rock is agate.
Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel?
Can you name the themes on our state seal?
Agriculture and commerce.
We get our state gem from our rivers.
Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels.
Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B?
Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville.
This famous African American wrote Roots.
Our state tree was used for building by pioneers.
Our tulip poplars grow statewide.