Tennessee

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State of Tennessee
Flag of Tennessee State seal of Tennessee
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Volunteer State
Motto(s): Agriculture and Commerce
Map of the United States with Tennessee highlighted
Official language English
Demonym Tennessean
Capital Nashville
Largest city Memphis
Largest metro Nashville Metropolitan Area
Area Ranked 36th
 - Total 42,143 sq mi
(109,247 km2)
 - Width 120 miles (195 km)
 - Length 440 miles (710 km)
 - % water 2.2
 - Latitude 34° 59′ N to 36° 41′ N
 - Longitude 81° 39′ W to 90° 19′ W
Number of people Ranked 17th
 - Total 6,495,978 (2013 est)
 - Density 153.9/sq mi  (60.0/km2)
Ranked 21st
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Clingmans Dome[1][2]
6,643 ft (2025 m)
 - Average 900 ft  (270 m)
 - Lowest point Mississippi River at Mississippi border[1][2]
178 ft (54 m)
Became part of the U.S. June 1, 1796 (16th)
Governor Bill Haslam (R)
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R)
Bob Corker (R)
U.S. House delegation 7 Republicans, 2 Democrats (list)
Time zones  
 - East Tennessee Eastern: UTC -5/-4
 - Middle and West Central: UTC -6/-5
Abbreviations TN, Tenn. US-TN
Website www.tennessee.gov

Tennessee is a state in the United States. Its capital is Nashville, which is also the country music center of America.[3] It is the home of the Smoky Mountains which are a famous tourist attraction. Other well known cities and towns are Memphis (the biggest city), Knoxville, Chattanooga, Oak Ridge, Lynchburg, Carthage, Lawrenceburg, Clarksville, Lebanon, Pigeon Forge, Graceland, Murfreesboro, and Gatlinburg. Tennessee touches eight states: Kentucky and Virginia to the north; North Carolina to the east; Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi on the south; Arkansas and Missouri (by the Mississippi River) to the west. Tennessee ties Missouri as the state bordering the most other states.

Tennessee was the 16th state to join the nation, on June 1, 1796.

Several professional sports teams play there, including the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, and the Nashville Predators of the NHL.

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