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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.

#ElvisWeek 2015 starts Saturday at @VisitGraclend. Will you be in #Memphis next week? pic.twitter.com/u6txghSjg3 Aug 3
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This famous African American wrote Roots. see answer Alex Haley. go back East TN native country star @ashleymonroe covers one of her idols, @DollyParton, on a song about home, Tennessee. rol.st/1KICf6o Aug 1
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August is almost here and #Tennessee has some can't-miss festivals. Here's what's coming: bit.ly/1MCA9YJ pic.twitter.com/CYWhehVMvz Jul 31
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Want to time travel? Visit our antebellum homes to feel the history and stories unfold from more than 150 years ago. bit.ly/1IbuWAV Jul 30
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Catch the new @trishayearwood: The Song Remembers When exhibit @countrymusichof. What's your fave Trisha song? pic.twitter.com/FvZNflJ0v2 Jul 29
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HOT NEWS: This will be the last year for @knoxboomsday: bit.ly/1DbvHNu pic.twitter.com/LsSMFVSvGH Jul 29
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@HJuhl Or in Gatlinburg at Ole Smoy Distillery as well, Smoky Mountain Brewery and Sugarlands Distillery. More info: gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/a… Jul 29
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@HJuhl In Pigeon Forge try Ole Smoky Distillery, Timberwood Grill or Margaritaville, events listed: islandinpigeonforge.com Jul 29
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A1: faves start w/ home @TNVacation then the rest of The South #ExpediaChat Jul 29
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@nashvillesounds game and it’s @TNVacation night with @visitfranklin and @visitsumnertn pic.twitter.com/oMkpJrhQi5 Jul 29
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Incredibly honored to be featured by @nprmusic. We are so proud to be part of this wonderful music community. twitter.com/nprmusic/statu… Jul 29
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#RubyFalls named most beautiful place in Tennessee! Thanks, @Thrillist! @tntravelnews @TNVacation @chattanoogafun twitter.com/thrillist/stat… Jul 28
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Here are our tips for last minute getaways to Tennessee before summer ends. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1KvLcTj pic.twitter.com/iuZhYGxYsy Jul 28
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.@Dollywood welcomes its first guests today to DreamMore Resort! #Dollywood #DollyParton #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/l5kt30Y8Lz Jul 27
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Congrats to TN Team @CrossFitMayhem! Who’s ready for a #FITcation in Tennessee? @richfroning @CrossFitGames twitter.com/CrossFitGames/… Jul 27
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Just in case you forget where the name comes from, these mountains remind you. Photo by Bob Carr pic.twitter.com/pRcOwJ1L0e Jul 27
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No chaos here. Only harmony. #Tennessee @TNUncharted @TNVacation #DouglasLake pic.twitter.com/exR2gzZ6Mi Jul 27
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Longest running live radio broadcast? see answer The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. go back Check out 20 must-see stops from Jackson to Nashville on Route 1,TN's 100-year-old Memphis to Bristol highway. bit.ly/1CXt81Q Jul 25
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.@visitmorristown - blue skies, clean air, mountains and endless outdoor adventure. Tips for planning your next trip. bit.ly/1CZxQM6 Jul 24
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Take a road trip this weekend on our Walking Tall Trail full of history, legends & some of the best barbecue around. bit.ly/1MnFstZ Jul 23
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If you are a music fan check out @RollingStone's little nod to @TheBlackLillies #knoxrocks rol.st/1ehjsTF @myattackmonkey Jul 23
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Make sure your #summer moments are Made in Tennessee bit.ly/1RUe8Ip #madeintn #tnvacation pic.twitter.com/BXnRRY9O8z Jul 23
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It's time to chase these 5 Tennessee waterfalls. Which is your favorite? bit.ly/1TRrymh pic.twitter.com/r2u6gAayem Jul 22
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Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel? see answer Coffee County. go back What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal? see answer Tennessee was the union’s 16th state. go back It's time to celebrate everything tomato this weekend at the 24th Grainger County Tomato Festival in Rutledge. pic.twitter.com/4gPwLm7PRp Jul 21
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Tennessee borders eight states. Name them! see answer KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO. go back
#NoogaStrong pic.twitter.com/5CRDHee0D7 Jul 20
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Our hearts and thoughts are with the victims of yesterday’s tragedy and their families as well as the city of Chattanooga.#ChattanoogaStrong Jul 17
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Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor? see answer The World's Longest Yard Sale. go back What two state fish were designated in 1988? see answer The largemouth bass and the channel catfish. go back Take a #Tennessee outdoor adventure on the Fiery Gizzard Trail in South Cumberland State Park. #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/DniGqkndN9 Jul 15
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New #Blog! This one is inspired by you @TNVacation! #MadeInTennessee bit.ly/1CGRtIF pic.twitter.com/MNfZGaIsSg Jul 15
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The @KingsOfLeon will play the 2015 #NashvilleNYE! Plan your trip NOW. Details: visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve pic.twitter.com/e7iLcwplJY Jul 15
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Visit like a local on your next trip to @visitmusiccity. #Nashville #MadeinTN #MusicCity bit.ly/1TxYjVt pic.twitter.com/hNOlLcFNoc Jul 14
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Beat the summer heat at Memphis @BrooksMuseum's new exhibit "The Art of Video Games." bit.ly/1CAqFKq pic.twitter.com/dqswi77Zf0 Jul 13
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Welcome Obi and Ubuntu! @knoxvillezoo​ releases names of the baby Western lowland gorillas. bit.ly/1eQWa7H pic.twitter.com/NreeWCTykg Jul 13
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Our first 20 of 100 must-see stops on Route 1, #Tennessee's 100-year-old Memphis to Bristol highway. buff.ly/1eNUXOC Jul 11
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From famous Italian designers to art inspired by the music of Stax, here are six must-see exhibits in TN this summer. bit.ly/1JZc3nF Jul 10
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W/ the help of @TNVacation, we extended the Tennessee Music Highway from Knoxville to Bristol: expd.us/C9eBCN pic.twitter.com/KvHW4imowV Jul 10
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#Romance is... a @TNVacation! 10be.st/1D5a63R | Vote @blackberryfrm best #inn 4 couples | @VisitMySmokies pic.twitter.com/kpu3Ex9HW7 Jul 10
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A week of family fun and concerts at 35th @KptFunFest July 10-18, including the new @VisitKingsport Carousel. pic.twitter.com/R4fYsWonim Jul 9
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We teamed up w/ @TNVacation to share iconic stops on the Tennessee Music Highway in Middle TN:expd.us/GI7KB4 pic.twitter.com/lVGX93xxZx Jul 8
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Are you ready for the finest old-time music this weekend @MaconMusic_UDMD in Murfreesboro? @SeeRutherfordCo pic.twitter.com/hc0i524GOE Jul 8
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Postcards from...Chattanooga bit.ly/1JnDwSr #cha #chattanooga #madeintn pic.twitter.com/kM3HsFNKO0 Jul 8
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Discover our backroad treasures at Trails Night at the Park, Thurs. night with @smokiesbaseball in Kodak. pic.twitter.com/iLeQJ7yF7o Jul 7
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Vacation time in Gatlinburg with the family!! Still act like a child... pic.twitter.com/twMQZwBH40 Jul 6
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Here's a 12 must-do bucket list in #Tennessee. What's on your list? #madeintn bit.ly/1fhz37m pic.twitter.com/UaiveN7egH Jul 6
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Happy 4th of July from Tennessee! What are you doing today to celebrate? pic.twitter.com/tdeN3YSKsx Jul 4
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"Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition. see answer Dolly Parton. go back Music's huge here. How many state songs? see answer Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more! go back Do you know Tennessee's two state birds? see answer The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail. go back Explore a forest from the tops of the trees. The @IjamsNatureCtr Canopy Experience opens July 17 in @visitknoxville. pic.twitter.com/AgAGEUqAJL Jul 2
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Looking to spend the July 4th in TN? Here are more than 25 celebrations to choose from. bit.ly/1JxShlA pic.twitter.com/ehEL9fikDx Jul 1
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We get our state gem from our rivers. see answer Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels. go back This state rock is showcased in buildings. see answer Limestone. The other state rock is agate. go back Whiskey might be better when it's made in Tennessee. @TNWhiskeyCo & @TNVacation fill us in: f52.co/1HvHjwE pic.twitter.com/65noeHxCjf Jun 30
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This city was chosen state capital in 1843. see answer Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.” go back .@RipleysAquaGAT opens new interactive "Swarm" exhibit. See it, to believe it. #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/dwMr9AnG3q Jun 30
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We are so excited for @navitatcanopy to open soon at @IjamsNatureCtr. #knoxrocks adventure! bit.ly/1GWOGde pic.twitter.com/b9rrHWAPrB Jun 30
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Celebrate July 4th in Tennessee's oldest town at the 45th Annual Historic @Jonesborough Days. #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/YSKJvB9Ly8 Jun 29
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With two state flowers, we’re abloom! see answer Purple passionflower and iris go back Our state tree was used for building by pioneers. see answer Our tulip poplars grow statewide. go back Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world? see answer Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory. go back Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition. see answer The rushing Ocoee River. go back The "Birthplace of Country Music." see answer Bristol. go back Congrats #LasPaletas! Try other TN cold treats @Clumpies, @CreamCity1, Brooks Shaw's @oldcountrystore. #MadeinTN twitter.com/WKRN/status/61… Jun 27
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Have you experienced @Dollywood from a bird's eye view? Take a soaring adventure on the SkyZip! #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/PfDtCS19qX Jun 26
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Happy Friday! Here are the five things to do this weekend: bit.ly/1BRdIeV pic.twitter.com/vfk6tl17m8 Jun 26
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The #Titans and @Nissan have formed a 20-year naming-rights partnership that rebrands our stadium as Nissan Stadium. pic.twitter.com/IZZNoX4kag Jun 25
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.@ForbesInspector has "5 Reasons to Visit Nashville Right Now." What are your top 5? #MadeinTN bit.ly/1RwCbru Jun 24
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Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"? see answer The Tennessee River Gorge. go back The original Tennessee Music Highway ends in Nashville, but the history & music continues from Knoxville to Bristol. buff.ly/1K8qwPa Jun 23
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John Carter Cash sang at the dedication of the June Carter Cash Wildflower Garden at the @CashMuseum today. pic.twitter.com/FzS4BfqHS0 Jun 23
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Boston & Ft. Lauderdale: plan your trip! @JetBlue’s back at @Fly_Nashville w/nonstops from @BostonLogan & @FLLFlyer. visitmusiccity.com/media/pr_jetbl… Jun 23
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Photo: jaglever: The travel diary plus a new outfit post from Memphis is finally on the blog! @TNVacation... tmblr.co/ZVud7w1nrJyP5 Jun 23
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What was the first combination candy bar? see answer GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company. go back
Tennessee pulls out all the stops for July 4th, including the country's largest fireworks show in @visitmusiccity. bit.ly/1K8a82B Jun 22
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Cascading #Waterfall at Rocky Fork State Park in Flag Pond, #Tennessee @TNVacation @TennStateParks #travel pic.twitter.com/7yaD5NDYXb Jun 22
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Hot Chicken alert: Everything you need to know to have fun in Nashville @TNVacation #MadeinTN f52.co/1eooI9a pic.twitter.com/5bwJ7YWTna Jun 22
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Escape to the treasures and surprises along Tennessee's Route 52. A perfect weekend #MadeinTN. bit.ly/1dVQmJF pic.twitter.com/Bo0MqBgDmo Jun 20
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.@Thrillist listed the top attractions in each state, and #Graceland is No. 1 for #Tennessee! bit.ly/1BoqRM1 #Elvis #Memphis Jun 20
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Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly. see answer The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail. go back Beat the heat this summer with a #Tennessee whitewater rafting adventure. bit.ly/1MSmklK pic.twitter.com/LwHZLFSnhR Jun 19
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Ducks in training. #JurassicWorld #JurassicDuckmaster #RaptorSquad #DuckSquad pic.twitter.com/mF4iB8530d Jun 19
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Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface. see answer Ober Gatlinburg. go back Just passed @chattanoogafun. Have you been? Check out my guide on the @travelchannel's website: travelchannel.com/destinations/u…. #travel @TNVacation Jun 18
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There's nothing like a sunrise or sunset canoe float at Radnor Lake State Park. @FriendsofRadnor @TennStateParks pic.twitter.com/ROs3Dj0NOp Jun 18
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Celebrate Tennessee's natural beauty this weekend at the 69th Rhododendren Festival at Roan Mountain State Park. pic.twitter.com/HI26lnU5fM Jun 17
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Celebrate the South's original fast food on Saturday in Bell Buckle. #BellBuckle #RCColaMoonPieFestival pic.twitter.com/MMyWsucmmv Jun 16
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Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint. see answer There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee. go back Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B? see answer Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville. go back A HUGE thank you to every Bonnaroovian out there. We love you: bit.ly/thankyouroo #bonnaroo pic.twitter.com/aZYANMxE5A Jun 15
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HOT NEWS: #Tennessee truly is the Soundtrack of America. bit.ly/1FWI0Jf @USATODAY @10Best Jun 15
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Hiking the #AppalachianTrail this weekend, getting out of the cave. #blueridge #mountains #tennessee #nature pic.twitter.com/RwPbb5dsCn Jun 15
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Happy Birthday to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Congress created this park 81 years ago today! #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/IgK72YAaRq Jun 15
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Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup! see answer The Tennessee Walking Horse. go back
It's time for a TN roadtrip. Pick one of our 16 Discover #Tennesssee Trails, pack the car, and hit the road! bit.ly/1MSBvfl Jun 13
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Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit? see answer It's the tomato. go back Can you name the themes on our state seal? see answer Agriculture and commerce. go back .@USATODAY readers have spoken. Five of the @10Best Musical Attractions are all in Tennessee! bit.ly/1L5zQoL pic.twitter.com/5ELsCsrYjX Jun 12
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Celebrate the unique history of @OakRidgeCVB at @SecretCityFest on Fri. & Sat. pic.twitter.com/6Xq4Xo8sM2 Jun 11
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#SeeRockCity barn gets a fresh coat of paint. Read more here! tinyurl.com/qbx898x #CHA #SeeRockCity #tennessee pic.twitter.com/WrK0iZDGWr Jun 11
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Discover the artists and stories that created America's soundtrack along the #Tennessee Music Highway. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1QptdkH Jun 10
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state tree Tulip Poplar
state motto Agriculture and Commerce
state bird Mockingbird
state capitol Nashville
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