Tennessee State Symbols

Tennessee State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Tennessee Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

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.

Tennessee State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots


Symbol Name - (Species)

Agricultural Insect Honeybee
(Apis mallifera)
Ambassador of Letters Harriette Louise Bias Allen
Amphibian Tennessee Cave Salamander
(Gyrinophilus palleucus)
Artist-in-Residence H. R. Lovell (2001-2003)
Aviation Hall of Fame Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame
Beverage Milk
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.
Bird Mockingbird
(Mimus polyglottos)
Butterfly Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
Commercial Fish Channel Catfsh
(Ictalurus lacustris)
Cultivated Flower Iris
(genus Iridaceae)
Distinguished Service Medal "Tennessee Distinguished Service Medal"
Evergreen Tree Eastern red cedar
(Juniperus virginiana)
Fine Art Porcelain painting
Flag State Flag
Flag of the Governor Flag of the Governor
Folk Dance Square Dance
Fossil Bivalve Mollusc
(Pterotrigonia thoracica )
Fruit Tomato
(Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
Game Bird Bobwhite Quail
(Colinus virginianus)
Gem Tennessee Pearl
Historian Mrs. James R. Stokely (Wilma Dykeman: Jan 17, 1981);
Walter T. Durhamn (2002)
Dr. Carroll Van West (2013)
Horse The Tennessee Walking Horse
Insect Firefly
(Photinus Pyralis)
Insect Ladybug
(Coccinella 7)

Jamboree and Crafts Festival The Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree and Crafts Festival
Language English
Motto Agriculture and Commerce
Nicknames Volunteer State
Outdoor Drama Production at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
Painting "Tennessee Treasures"
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
(Terrapene carolina)
Rifle Barrett Model M82/M107 - 20`6
Rock Limestone
(Calcium carbonat
Salutes to flag See More
Site of freshwater pearl culturing Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum, Camden, Benton County.
Seal Great Seal

In 1965, the Tennessee General Assembly adopted as the state's official slogan,
"Tennessee- America at Its Best." (Chapter 33, Section 1, Public Acts, 1965).

Song "My Homeland Tennessee"
Song "When It's Iris Time in Tennessee"
Song "Tennessee Waltz"
Song "Rocky Top"
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
(Micropterus salmoides)
Sport Fish Smallmouth Bass
(Micropterus dolomieu )
Symbol Circular feature of state flag
Tartan Tennessee Tartan
Theatre Tennessee Theatre
Tree Tulip Poplar
(Liriodendron Tulipifera)
US Bicentennial March Song "The Tennessee Salute"
US Bicentennial Song "Fly Eagle, Fly!"
Wild Animal Racoon
(Procynn lotor)
Wildflower Passion Flower
(Passiflora incarnata)
Wildflower Tennessee echinacea
(Echinacea tennesseensis)
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