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Tennessee is the country music capital of the world and the largest public utility supplier in the United States. Bordering 9 other states, Tennessee offers students a rich cultural experience. Bounded by the Mississippi River on the west and the Great Smoky Mountains on the east, Tennessee is an excellent choice for students who enjoy the outdoors in addition to their studies
Tennessee is called the "Volunteer State," Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union in 1796. It was the first territory admitted as a state under the federal Constitution. Before statehood, it was known as the Territory South of the River Ohio. The name Tennessee is derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi. Today, the capital, Nashville, is known as a center for country music. Memphis, the largest city in the state, is the place where Elvis Presley first began his legendary musical career. The state game bird is the bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus).
Tennessee State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Tennessee state facts such as Tennessee state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Tennessee, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Tennessee State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|Ambassador of Letters||Harriette Louise Bias Allen|
|Amphibian||Tennessee Cave Salamander
|Artist-in-Residence||H. R. Lovell (2001-2003)|
|Aviation Hall of Fame||Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame|
|Bicentennial Poem||"Who Are We"|
|Bicentennial Rap Song||"A Tennessee Bicentennial Rap"|
|Bicentennial School Song||"My Home Will Always Be in Tennessee"|
|Bicentennial Tree||Yellowwood Tree
(Cladrastis kentuckea formerly Cladrastis lutea)
|Botanical garden||University of Tennessee Botanical Gardens
|Title 4 State Government
Chapter 1 General Provisions
Part 3 State Symbols
Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-1-333 (2014)
4-1-333. Official state botanical garden.
The University of Tennessee Botanical Gardens are designated as the official state botanical garden.
HISTORY: Acts 2013, ch. 152, § 1.
|Butterfly||Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly|
|Commercial Fish||Channel Catfsh
|Distinguished Service Medal||"Tennessee Distinguished Service Medal"|
|Evergreen Tree||Eastern red cedar
|Fine Art||Porcelain painting|
|Flag of the Governor||Flag of the Governor|
|Folk Dance||Square Dance|
(Pterotrigonia thoracica )
|Game Bird||Bobwhite Quail
|Historian||Mrs. James R. Stokely (Wilma Dykeman: Jan 17, 1981);
Walter T. Durhamn (2002)
Dr. Carroll Van West (2013)
|Horse||The Tennessee Walking Horse
|Jamboree and Crafts Festival||The Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival|
|Motto||Agriculture and Commerce|
|Outdoor Drama||Production at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area|
|Painting||"Tennessee Treasures Too,"
by Michael Sloan.
|Pets||Dogs and cats that are adopted from Tennessee animal shelters and rescues|
|Poem||"Oh Tennesssee, My Tennessee"|
|Poet Laureate||Margaret "Maggi" Britton Vaughn|
|Public School Song||"My Tennessee"|
|Quarter||Tennessee State Quarter|
|Railroad Museum||Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Hamilton County|
|Railroad Museum||Cowan Railroad Museum, Franklin County|
|Reptile||Eastern Box Turtle
|Salutes to flag||See More|
|Site of freshwater pearl culturing||Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum, Camden, Benton County.|
In 1965, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted as the state's official slogan,
|Song||"My Homeland Tennessee"|
|Song||"When It's Iris Time in Tennessee"|
|Song (97th General Assembly)||"Tennessee"|
|Song||"Tennessee" by John R. Bean.|
|Song||"Smoky Mountain Rain" by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan.|
|Song||"The Pride of Tennessee"|
|Sport Fish (Obsolete)||Largemouth Bass
|Sport Fish||Smallmouth Bass
(Micropterus dolomieu )
|US Bicentennial March Song||"The Tennessee Salute"|
|US Bicentennial Song||"Fly Eagle, Fly!"|