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Tennessee is a long, narrow state with 8 other states on its borders...to the north is Kentucky & Virginia; to its south is Georgia, Alabama, & Mississippi; to its east is North Carolina; and to its west is Missouri & Arkansas.
Its name derives from an Indian word "TANASIE", which was the name of a Cherokee village on the Little Tennessee River.
This lenghty state, shaped like a finger pointing east, is really like three states in one.
TheWestern border is "squiggly" because it butts up against the Mississippi River. The area lies between the Mississippi River & the Tennessee River, the same river that's in East Tennessee! How is that possible? Well, the river makes a big loop.
This area is really part of a large U.S. region called the Gulf Coastal Plain, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico north to southern Illinois. A part of West Tennessee is called "the Delta". The river makes the soil in the Delta perfect for farming.
Beautiful Reelfoot Lake lies in the northwestern corner of the state. Memphis, Tennessee's largest city, stands on the banks of the Mississippi, and high bluffs overlook the river south of the city.
The Middle section of the state is called the Great Valley of Tennessee It's in the shape of a bowl with a high rim around its edge. The bottom of this "bowl" consists of rolling farmland where the famed Tennessee Walking Horse resides. The state capital and major city of this area is Nashville with the Cumberland River winding through downtown. Nashville is Tennessee's second-largest city
Then comes the Eastern portion of the state with high, rugged mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain chain.
The Great Smoky Mountains run through this part of Tennessee.
Chattanooga is in the East Tennessee mountains, & Lookout Mountain is at the south end of the city. Knoxville is also in this area & is, today, the state's third largest city. Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough is also in the east.
These "three states in one state" make for interesting diversity in this state with two slogans:"Volunteer State" & Nature at Its Best".
- Pros:Beautiful mountains, valleys, and cities.
- In a nutshell:Tennessee really is "Nature at Its Best!"
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