Tennessee . . . State 16

The official state flag of Tennessee was adopted on April 17, 1905. This flag was designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment of the Tennessee Infantry. The three white stars in the center symbolize the three different geographical regions of Tennessee: the Great Smoky Mountains in the east, the highlands in central and the lowlands in the west, by the Mississippi River. The white circle binds them together. The blue stripe along the margin was added for distinction when the flag is hanging; with the stripe, not only the red shows while the flag is hanging.

Tennessee is called the "Volunteer State," and became the 16th state and was admitted in 1796 as the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution. The capital city is Nashville and largest city is Memphis. Tennessee occupies a narrow strip of land in the south-central section of the United States. Virginia and Kentucky border to the north and to the west, the Mississippi River separates Tennessee from Missouri and Arkansas. Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia lie to the south, and North Carolina borders Tennessee to the east.

Tennessee is an area rich in history and culture, and the location of some of the most enjoyable, interesting and exciting cities. Nashville, the second largest city, is the capital and home to country music and Memphis, the largest city, also is a great attraction. It is the birthplace of the blues and is know as the city that gave America its one and only king, Elvis Presley.

Except for the highlands in the east, the climate in Tennessee is generally one of long, hot summers and short, mild winters. The weather conditions in Tennessee vary, based on elevation. In general terms, spring and fall weather is wonderful, with low humidity. Summers are warm, often hot, with high humidity. High temperatures in the 90s are the norm. Winters are mild, but wet. Heavy snow fall is common in the mountains of the east, and even though snow does fall across the other regions of the state, it usually melts quickly. The statewide high temperature average in July is near 80 degrees, while the average high in January is near 40 degrees. The average yearly precipitation is near 55 inches, with higher amounts in the Smokey Mountains

Tennessee Agriculture: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock and livestock products, dairy products, cattle, hogs.

Tennessee Industry: Chemicals, transportation equipment, rubber, plastics.

Tennessee has 95 counties:
Anderson - Bedford - Benton - Bledsoe - Blount - Bradley - Campbell - Cannon - Carroll - Carter - Cheatham - Chester - Claiborne - Clay - Cocke - Coffee - Crockett - Cumberland - Davidson - Decatur - DeKalb - Dickson - Dyer - Fayette - Fentress - Franklin - Gibson - Giles - Grainger - Greene - Grundy - Hamblen - Hamilton - Hancock - Hardeman - Hardin - Hawkins - Haywood - Henderson - Henry - Hickman - Houston - Humphreys - Jackson - Jefferson - Johnson - Knox - Lake - Lauderdale - Lawrence - Lewis - Lincoln - Loudon - McMinn - McNairy - Macon - Madison - Marion - Marshall - Maury - Meigs - Monroe - Montgomery - Moore - Morgan - Obion - Overton - Perry - Pickett - Polk - Putnam - Rhea - Roane - Robertson - Rutherford - Scott - Sequatchie - Sevier - Shelby - Smith - Stewart - Sullivan - Sumner - Tipton - Trousdale - Unicoi - Union - Van Buren - Warren - Washington - Wayne - Weakley - White - Williamson - Wilson

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