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Ratification or Admission:  June 1, 1796 (16th)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1870 (*amended most recently in 1978)
State Abbreviation:  TN
State Capital:  Nashville
Largest City - Population:  Nashville
Origin of the Name:  Named after Cherokee Indian villages called Tanasi
State Motto:  “Agriculture and Commerce”
State Nickname:  The Volunteer State
State Song:  "My Homeland, Tennessee" | Lyrics by Nell Grayson Taylor | music by Roy Lamont Smith
State Animal:  Raccoon
State Bird:  Mockingbird
State Fish:  Channel catfish
State Flower:  Iris
State Fruit:  Tomato
State Gemstone:  Tennessee River Pearl
State Insect:  Firefly
State Mineral:  Agate
State Tree:  Tulip Poplar
State Flag:  The three stars on the Tennessee flag represent the three different landforms in Tennessee, mountains in the east, highlands in the middle and lowlands in the west. The state flag was designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, who made the following explanation of his design: “The three stars are of pure white, representing the three grand divisions of the state. They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field, the symbol being three bound together in one—an indissoluble trinity.


cattle, chickens, corn, cotton, hay, milk, soybeans, tobacco, wood.

coal, stone, zinc.

chemicals, electronics, food processing, machinery, metal products, printed material, rubber, transportation equipment.

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