20 Facts About East Tennessee

1. East Tennessee sends nine members to the US House of Representatives, of whom there are seven Republicans and two Democrats.

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2. The first was adopted in 1796, the year East Tennessee joined the union, and the second was adopted in 1834.

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3. The only spur highway of I-75 in East Tennessee is I-275, which is in Knoxville.

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4. East Tennessee imposes an inheritance tax on decedents' estates that exceed maximum single exemption limits.

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5. East Tennessee is a right to work state, as are most of its Southern neighbors.

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6. East Tennessee has over 82,000 farms, roughly 59 percent of which accommodate beef cattle.

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7. Center of population of East Tennessee is located in Rutherford County, in the city of Murfreesboro.

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8. In 2011, parts of East Tennessee, including Hamilton County and Apison in Bradley County, were devastated by the April 2011 tornado outbreak.

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9. In 1897, East Tennessee celebrated its centennial of statehood with a great exposition in Nashville.

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10. At that time, East Tennessee was inhabited by tribes of Muscogee and Yuchi people.

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11. East Tennessee has several important transportation links with Middle and West Tennessee, as well as the rest of the nation and the world, including several major airports and interstates.

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12. East Tennessee is home to the most caves in the United States, with over 10,000 documented caves to date.

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13. East Tennessee is tied with Missouri as the state bordering the most other states.

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14. East Tennessee is known as The Volunteer State, a nickname some claimed was earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, especially during the Battle of New Orleans.

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15. East Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.

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16. State of East Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact generally regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians.

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17. East Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States.

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18. East Tennessee is one of the few regions in the South that have consistently voted Republican since the Civil War, and one of the oldest Republican regions in the United States.

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19. East Tennessee is the most populous and most densely populated of the three Grand Divisions.

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20. East Tennessee is entirely located within the Appalachian Mountains, although the landforms range from densely forested 6,000-foot mountains to broad river valleys.

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