Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States. Tennessee is the 36th most extensive and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri to the west.
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) prepares students in natural and social sciences-based professional academic programs for careers in agriculture, natural resources and other arenas. The CASNR academic programs accomplish the following:
Provide strong general education with a foundation in fundamental knowledge, an understanding of the human experience, a global perspective, and communication skills (visual, oral and written);
Build on the natural and social sciences to provide experiential learning that applies gained knowledge to problem-solving situations using critical thinking and analytical skills;
Provide student-centered educational programs where students engage in the process and take responsibility for their education;
Provide international experiences to provide a global perspective to their education.
The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center. UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems and has made remarkable contributions at the local, state, national, and global levels.
The former home of the Grand Ole Opry continues to offer top-notch performances. (ryman.com)
Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Opened 64 years ago, this main store remains a holy grail for hard-to-find country gems. (etrecordshop.com)
Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Nashville's most famous honky-tonk bar is a ridiculously fun night out. (tootsies.net)
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
No trip is complete without a stop at this renowned house of history and memorabilia. (countrymusichall offame.org)
Perhaps less expected is the No. 3 ranking for Nashville, Tenn. The country music capital, with its low housing prices and pro-business environment, has experienced rapid growth in educated migrants, where it ranks an impressive fourth in terms of percentage growth. New ethnic groups, such as Latinos and Asians, have doubled in size over the past decade.
One of the most-visited popular-arts museums in the United States, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is now located in a $37 million facility of 135,000 square feet in downtown Nashville, next to the Sommet Center. The new museum building opened in May 2001. Operated by the not-for-profit Country Music Foundation, the museum features thousands of items, including costumes, instruments, recordings, song manuscripts, historic cars, and film footage representing hundreds of country music personalities, past and present.
Prior to the 1950s, Nashville built a reputation as an entertainment center through the success of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry program. Begun in 1925, this radio show regularly drew thousands of listeners and dominated the barn-dance radio format. The Ryman Auditorium became country music’s shrine as fans flocked to Nashville every weekend to see the program. Under the leadership and guidance of George D. Hay, Uncle Dave Macon, and Roy Acuff, the Grand Ole Opry generated professional standards and protocols its performers used to sustain their careers. Acuff was also instrumental in the growth of the publishing business in Nashville through his partnership with Fred Rose. By 1939, NBC picked up the Opry for national distribution, helping to establish Nashville’s image as a leader in country music. This, in turn, also attracted musicians, producers, A&R men, and publishers to Nashville, and the music industry grew apace.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park was named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelopes these fabled mountains. This 500,000-acre wilderness has 1,400 kinds of flowering plants. The highest point is Clingman's Dome, at 6,643 feet... The worst earthquake in American history occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in northwestern Tennessee. The earthquake caused a vast land area to drop several feet and caused tidal waves on the Mississippi River. The river flowed backward into the depression, creating what is today known as Reelfoot Lake. During the winter months, Reelfoot Lake has the largest population of American bald eagles in the eastern United States.
The Cherokee silversmith,Sequoyah,was the only known man in the history of the world to single-handedly develop an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for a Native American people. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore tells his story and is dedicated to the history and culture of Native Americans.
Record Temperatures: Highest: 113°F recorded on July 29 and August 9, 1930 in Perryville. Lowest: -32°F recorded on December 30, 1917 at Mountain City.
Average Rainfall Per Year: 52.98 inches; Highest Point: Clingman's Dome, 6,643 feet, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Lowest Point: Mississippi Bottoms, 178 feet above sea level near the Mississippi River. Major Rivers: Tennessee, Mississippi, Cumberland, Clinch, Duck; Major Lakes: Kentucky, Norris, Chickamauga, Cherokee, Tims Ford Reservoir.
Population: 6,296,254, the 17th largest state; Size of the State: About 491 miles long and 115 miles wide; Total Area: 42,146 square miles; Land: 41,220 square miles; Water: 926 square miles; Geographic Center: 5 miles NE of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County. Longitude: 86° 37.3'W, Latitude: 35° 47.7'N.