Information about Tennessee
Tennessee was named after a Yuchi Indian village named 'Tana-see,' meaning 'The Meeting Place.' It boasts great natural beauty and biodiversity. More than 100 species of trees grow in the forests of Great Smoky Mountains National Park; this, in turn, has encouraged and provided habitat for thousands of wildflowers and animals. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Tennessee at nearly 6.6 million in 2015.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater aquarium. Visitors can view 7,000 animals in their natural habitats. Those more interested in subterranean adventures can check out Tennessee's 3,800 documented caves. Water sport and adrenaline enthusiasts need look no further than the Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee, which is rated among the nation's top whitewater recreational rivers and was the site for the 1996 Olympic whitewater canoe/kayak competition. Fans of winter sports can enjoy the world's largest artificial skiing surface, located at Gatlinburg's Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort. The climate in Tennessee is mild in the winter and warm in summer.
Tennessee Educational Opportunities
Tennessee is home to several esteemed colleges and universities, including Vanderbilt University in Nashville, ranked the 15th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, ranked the 103rd best national school in the country by U.S. News. Additionally, the publication rated Sewanee-University of the South in Sewanee the 48th best national liberal arts college.
Several Tennessee schools also were ranked among top regional colleges and universities in the South by U.S. News in 2016. These include Milligan College, Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Bryan College in Dayton, Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Union University in Jackson, and Belmont and Lipscomb universities, both in Nashville.
For students seeking a 2-year education or less, Tennessee has dozens of nonprofit options, including Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville and Nashville State Community College in Nashville.
The economy of Tennessee is as varied as its topography. Agricultural products include soybeans, cotton, tobacco, livestock, and dairy products. Tennessee's main industries include manufacturing, energy, and health care. Also, Coca-Cola was first bottled in Chattanooga in 1899.