Southern Living & Learning in Tennessee
Tennessee is located in the southeastern part of the United States. It is the 17th most populous state in the country with approximately 6,400,000 residents. Like most southern states, the temperatures in the summer can be quite hot and extremely humid. During the summer months, the average temperature in most areas of Tennessee can creep into the mid to high 90s. Depending on where you are located in the state, the winter months can be very mild or somewhat cold. The western part of Tennessee only receives about 5 inches of snow in the winter, but the eastern part of the state can get more than 16 inches because of the famous mountain chains including the Smokey Mountains.
Tennessee’s Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
With over 82,000 farms, 59% of which have beef cattle, it makes sense that one of the biggest outputs for the state is cattle. Other things include electrical power, cotton and textiles. Some of the biggest corporations in Tennessee are FedEx Corporation, AutoZone Incorporated and Nissan’s North American Headquarters. Like most Southern states, Tennessee is a right to work state and unionization is historically very low. Additionally, some of the larger cities like Nashville and Memphis are home to some of the greatest musicians in the country. Country, Blues and Rock n Roll music can be heard from the local bars and music joints all along the main strips.
History is Alive and Well in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee was given the nickname “The Volunteer State” during the War of 1812 because so many of the volunteer soldiers resided in Tennessee and played such an important role on the battlefield. The state as a hole plays a major role in country, blues and rock and roll music. The city of Memphis is said to be the birthplace of the blues. Musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis all started their careers there. There are 29 National Historical Landmarks located in Tennessee. A few of these are Graceland, the Montgomery Bell Tunnel and Sun Record Company.
Home to Many Tennessee Colleges & Universities
There are two public university systems in the state, the Tennessee Board of Regents, made up of the University of Memphis, Tennessee State University, and more, as well as the University of Tennessee system which has its three primary campuses in the cities of Martin, Chattanooga and Knoxville. There are also many private colleges in the state including, but not limited to, Vanderbilt University, Lee University and the Nashville School of Law. Some for-profit Tennessee Colleges like the University of Phoenix and Walden University are available to you and offer online degrees which in turn offers flexibility for those who want to or have to work while earning a degree at Tennessee Colleges and Universities.
If you would like to learn more about earning your degree in Tennessee, please check out the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (http://www.state.tn.us/thec/). If you need any help financing your education, look at (http://www.tn.gov/tsac/).