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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.

Spending Father's Day in #Tennessee? Here are few planning ideas to make the weekend special. bit.ly/1Rad3sh pic.twitter.com/f380jDmNO2 May 22
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Vote #Chattanooga for the incredible views at Stringer's Ridge! #BestTowns2015 PC: Rootsrated bit.ly/1E5NeRW pic.twitter.com/XFHOvOgaJw May 22
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Just in time for summer: #Tennessee named best state for barbecue bit.ly/1ekFKEM via @TripAdvisor pic.twitter.com/ZbWwffwM0P May 22
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#TBT Did you miss the Made In Tennessee Songwriters Series debut with Bob DiPiero, Angaleena Presley, Tim Nichols... fb.me/1Lj28xAnW May 21
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@TNVacation heck yeah! we're ready for you. #knoxrocks May 21
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Ready for a weekend with a mix of urban fun and outdoor adventure? Head to @visitknoxville. bit.ly/1FqE5Xf pic.twitter.com/KI9p4wyp9x May 21
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Why do we love Fall Creek Falls State Park? @GreenGlobalTrvl sums it up nicely ow.ly/NdCTy @TNVacation pic.twitter.com/jaWMTuxy2U May 21
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The new Blues Hall of Fame is now open to visitors in downtown Memphis: ilovememphisblog.com/2015/05/its-al… pic.twitter.com/pNzNKQx72x May 21
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Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B? see answer Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville. go back Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly. see answer The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail. go back How cute is the @DraperJamesGirl team?! Celebrating the launch of #DraperJames at @PinewoodSocial in #Nashville. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/L0j43aMTru May 20
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Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world? see answer Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory. go back A few favorite spots from our weekend getaway to Chattanooga with @TNVacation! We're ready to go back:) inhonorofdesign.com/2015/05/best-s… #MadeinTN May 20
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.@chattanoogafun is still competing in @outsidemagazine’s “Best Town Ever”. Vote every day through Saturday. buff.ly/1FBeZrV May 20
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Inside the studio that changed the world => buff.ly/1BcgHbP #travel #elvis #memphis @sunstudio @TNVacation pic.twitter.com/k1DBOw3upo May 20
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Visiting @My_PigeonForge with Preschoolers? Check out my travel guide! >>> sweettmakesthree.com/2015/05/pigeon… #ttot @TNVacation pic.twitter.com/6G87UpnmDi May 20
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Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup! see answer The Tennessee Walking Horse. go back
.@chattanoogafun is home to the kind of adventure that can only be #MadeInTN #TravelTuesday bit.ly/1P1b5g5 May 19
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"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man" 💚 #SmokyMountains #Tennessee pic.twitter.com/8yz1CfeKxT May 19
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have you seen our city shining in @NashLifestyles? nashvillelifestyles.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/xQB2uS59t6 May 19
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Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint. see answer There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee. go back Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition. see answer The rushing Ocoee River. go back Seven Islands State Park is in full bloom and one of the best birding spots in #Tennessee. @TennStateParks pic.twitter.com/APqfOjsr89 May 18
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"Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition. see answer Dolly Parton. go back Can you name the themes on our state seal? see answer Agriculture and commerce. go back This state rock is showcased in buildings. see answer Limestone. The other state rock is agate. go back What was the first combination candy bar? see answer GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company. go back Planning your summer vacation? Here are some tips for making memories for a lifetime in #Tennesse. #MadeinTN buff.ly/1RQLPIl May 16
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Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor? see answer The World's Longest Yard Sale. go back Tennessee borders eight states. Name them! see answer KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO. go back Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"? see answer The Tennessee River Gorge. go back Looking forward to sinking my teeth into some #BBQ in #Sevierville .@slines .@AskWNC, .@TNVacation twitter.com/VisitMySmokies… May 15
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What's hot for summer in Tennessee? Check out our blog on new attractions from Memphis to the mountains. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1ELRcjd May 15
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The thrill may be gone, but never forgotten. We love and will miss you, B.B. You made a huge impact on this city. Thank you. May 15
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We get our state gem from our rivers. see answer Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels. go back This famous African American wrote Roots. see answer Alex Haley. go back Do you have a plans for a #Tennessee weekend? Here are 20 getaways from @vacationidea. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1aVXSm2 May 14
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Big News. HUGE: @The_LorettaLynn & @thirdmanrecords’ Jack White are the next #MCWalkOfFame Inductees! visitmusiccity.com/media/pr_walko… Be here! May 14
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.@ashleymonroe recorded a live album yesterday in front of around 200 people at Jack White's record label/studio: rol.st/1Fer1Fu May 13
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Are you headed to Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass in Sevierville this weekend? @SevierFun #MadeinTN #Barbeque #Smokies pic.twitter.com/dtxYX8Q9pu May 13
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Last day of round 2! If you love #Chattanooga, let's win #BestTowns2015. Vote now! bit.ly/1E5NeRW pic.twitter.com/Th66KotaWK May 13
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Nominees for the 2015 #CMTAwards were announced this morning. Did you see? Follow @CMT for all the goods! May 13
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What two state fish were designated in 1988? see answer The largemouth bass and the channel catfish. go back Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit? see answer It's the tomato. go back The #Smokies have a way of bringing families together in the most unexpected ways. #TravelTuesday #MadeInTN bit.ly/1JrDSDT May 12
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Orthophonic Joy album is out TODAY! Hear why the artists think 1927 Bristol Sessions songs are still relevant youtube.com/watch?v=g-wt2o… May 12
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#OrthophonicJoy in @RollingStone ! #BCMBristol @VisitVirginia @TNVacation @TNMusicNews ht.ly/MRJud May 12
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We'll be on the @TODAYshow tomorrow morning performing "Long Stretch Of Love" & announcing noms for the @CMT awards! pic.twitter.com/BKR9bnGcYh May 12
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Sign the Get Well Card for B.B. King at @BBKingsMemphis with @MayorACWharton this morning. #BealeStreetBluesBoy pic.twitter.com/wnmbu9KzwU May 12
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Proclaiming tomorrow as B. B. King Day in Memphis. Take a moment and send well wishes to the King of the Blues. #bealestreetbluesboy May 12
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This city was chosen state capital in 1843. see answer Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.” go back
#OrthophonicJoy, The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited drops tomorrow w/ @DollyParton, @SherylCrow, @kebmomusic & more. pic.twitter.com/ehgiMGRwZx May 11
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Win the Music City Getaway and book a front-row seat to the show. #MadeInTN #Nashville bit.ly/1bAGG5U pic.twitter.com/XLRvVpLYdq May 11
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What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal? see answer Tennessee was the union’s 16th state. go back .@biscuitfest celebrates the fluffy, buttery delicacy May 14-16 in art, music, baking, and more. #BiscuitFest2015 pic.twitter.com/NbSQkxqNOt May 10
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.@Zagat ranks @visitmusiccity as one of America's Next Hot Food Cities. #NextFoodCities #Nashville buff.ly/1H7i038 May 9
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From biscuits to Moon Pies, put these 7 Tennessee festivals on your calendar. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1Qtu1kU pic.twitter.com/BYc7Jqy4VA May 8
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#SouthernBlooms kicks off tomorrow! #TGIF #flowers #gardening #seerockcity pic.twitter.com/SS7t5Q457f May 8
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Rock band The @BlackCadillacs_ head to the birthplace of rock 'n' roll in @VML's @TNVacation documentary bit.ly/1FTvKgu May 8
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Spend #Summer in the Smokies! bit.ly/1FRI80k @TNVacation @GSMNP pic.twitter.com/0qcAwGGSgE May 8
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The swagger and riffage of deep blues meets the aggression and fuzz of indie rock as The Black Cadillacs take the... fb.me/7qZSh9ElJ May 7
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Win an adventure in #PigeonForge to experience the thrill of a family vacation. #MadeInTN bit.ly/1KMAwMw pic.twitter.com/vJe7g9Bkgo May 7
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Looking for your next big break? We have the Memphis spots that will inspire you to be the next Johnny Cash! bit.ly/1Gzj9uH May 7
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.@TravlandLeisure readers name #Nashville as America's Friendliest City. We think it's true of our entire state. tandl.me/1zFLzWM May 7
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We joined forces w/ @TNVacation to explore the Tennessee Music Highway, starting in the West: expd.us/8JwMR7 pic.twitter.com/6AX1uB72ao May 7
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What's your soundtrack? #knoxrocks #madeintn @TNVacation youtube.com/watch?v=kgE3XO… #NTTW2015 May 7
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Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface. see answer Ober Gatlinburg. go back
Wednesday, we thought you'd never come. A new #Nashville is on TONIGHT 9c/t. Will you be watching w/ us? Click: visitmusiccity.com/visitors/nashv… May 6
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Where to Take the Kids for a Day of Exploration in Knoxville rootsrated.com/stories/where-… @RootsRated May 6
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The Soundtrack of America was Made In Tennessee. Don't miss the The Black Cadillacs on #bealestreetcaravan this week. fb.me/3WizaUw9i May 6
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.@chattanoogafun is up for @outsidemagazine’s “Best Town Ever”. Vote every day through June 3: tinyurl.com/BestTownChatt pic.twitter.com/IndrVIBBo5 May 6
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Our state tree was used for building by pioneers. see answer Our tulip poplars grow statewide. go back @WeKnowCoupons told us that we are #2 on their Cheapest RoadTrip Destinations list. #NTTW2015 bit.ly/1c16zfD pic.twitter.com/goSHZcwvAI May 5
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See how Memphis inspired The @BlackCadillacs_ to write the song they performed #LiveAt35: social.southwest.com/A8s pic.twitter.com/Lx9vH31IyD May 5
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Check out this cool interactive tour of Memphis with us! @InterludeVideo @TNVacation interlude.fm/v/M05LKz May 5
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Only in Nashville: @TODAYshow Artist of the Month, @mikkyekko, at a Tourism Week Celebration Luncheon. #NTTW2015 pic.twitter.com/Zk6MpDZtnp May 5
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It's a beautiful day for a #grandopening! @Clumpies is now in St. Elmo! #icecream #CHA #yummy #noogagram pic.twitter.com/pPoiIRDPZ8 May 5
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.@visitknoxville is one of those cities that can surprise you at every turn. #MadeInTN #TravelTuesday bit.ly/1JonF2k May 5
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Watch the @BlackCadillacs_ perform a mid-flight concert on @SouthwestAir: tandl.me/1IHW8ut pic.twitter.com/MlYrdemR5X May 4
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Seven vacations that can only be #MadeInTN. And the best part? They are free if you win. bit.ly/1K9Dtpx pic.twitter.com/q3ARZlQasA May 4
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The "Birthplace of Country Music." see answer Bristol. go back Is Elvis still the King of Memphis? => buff.ly/1Az4z4p #travel #memphis @TNVacation @ilovememphis pic.twitter.com/tJCmXz5KvK May 4
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The @AmericanaMusicT launches TODAY! Check out this story for more info: apne.ws/1Qf55xI via @AP May 4
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It's our anniversary! On this day in 1985 Silver Dollar City officially became Dollywood! #HappyAnniversaryDollywood pic.twitter.com/phS7H97OSE May 4
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Tonight was the last night of Beale st music fest. I had a great time! @MemphisCVB @TNVacation #MadeinTN 😊 pic.twitter.com/ejKQ4V3NPu May 4
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Yesterday's Paddlefest in Hendersonville @TNVacation pic.twitter.com/eKQaf2Wavc May 3
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With two state flowers, we’re abloom! see answer Purple passionflower and iris go back Explore Tennessee's Music Highway. First stops: Memphis, Brownsville and Jackson. #MadeinTN bit.ly/1DWjqan pic.twitter.com/emTnZSzByy May 3
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@TimesFreePress @chattanoogafun @Chattanoogancom @TNVacation @DowntownCHA the #WalnutStreetBridge last night! #CHA pic.twitter.com/r60Yu3Muzn May 3
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Some music in between games @visitknoxville @eastTNhistory #vintagebaseball pic.twitter.com/10mDTt23b9 May 2
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Longest running live radio broadcast? see answer The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. go back Music's huge here. How many state songs? see answer Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more! go back It's music festival season in TN. Here a 7 festivals to visit this spring and summer. #CMAFest #Bonnaroo #BSMF15 bit.ly/1bO8mVf May 2
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Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel? see answer Coffee County. go back Do you know Tennessee's two state birds? see answer The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail. go back The @BlackCadillacs_ give us a concert at 35,000 feet go.spin.com/1E2xPAZ pic.twitter.com/AJ1w1mhMu9 May 1
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New DAL-MEM nonstop rocked by the @BlackCadillacs_ #LiveAt35. Music & an experience #MadeinTN social.southwest.com/zbK amp.twimg.com/v/8d0329aa-fc8… May 1
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Festivities in @visitknoxville continue through the weekend: bit.ly/1OMw6v8 pic.twitter.com/hqRmhjMGgE May 1
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Ready to take on Memphis today! @MemphisCVB @TNVacation #MadeinTN pic.twitter.com/i47qwogAk3 May 1
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Good morning from @GatlinburgTN @TravelGburg @TNTravelNews @GatlinburgCOC pic.twitter.com/zhow4D2l8R May 1
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Welcoming the world-renowned @FiskJubileeSing to @visitknoxville @bijoutheatre #tnsesqui15 #tncivilwar150 pic.twitter.com/XTSkPIHcYU Apr 30
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With @TNVacation for TN Civil War Sesquicentennial event in @visitknoxville. #civilwar150 #knoxrocks pic.twitter.com/9cfr67tx8q Apr 30
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This indie band sang about Tennessee at 35,000 feet on a @SouthwestAir flight: adweek.it/1JbXgER pic.twitter.com/Ejmap1mj5H Apr 30
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This 28-story glass elevator is the tallest freestanding elevator in America! #BassProPyramid pic.twitter.com/S1e8HQq7Cn Apr 29
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Showing NYC that nights like tonight happen every night in Tennessee. #madeintn #songwriters @visitmusiccity pic.twitter.com/XNhK05UKAD Apr 29
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Today is the day! #BassProPyramid pic.twitter.com/fQ3qhMTZgR Apr 29
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The #TNSesqui15 starts TOMORROW 7 p.m. with keynote Dr. Caroline E. Janney and @FiskJubileeSing in @visitknoxville: tncivilwar150.com Apr 29
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state tree Tulip Poplar
state motto Agriculture and Commerce
state bird Mockingbird
state capitol Nashville
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