25 Facts About Middle Tennessee

1. Middle Tennessee is composed predominantly of the Nashville Basin and the Highland Rim, although the western portion of the Cumberland Plateau extends into Middle Tennessee.

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2. Middle Tennessee Walking Horses generally range from 14.3 to 17 hands and weigh 900 to 1,200 pounds.

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3. Middle Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other state, except for Missouri, with which it ties at eight.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10. Center of population of Middle Tennessee is located in Rutherford County, in the city of Murfreesboro.

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

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

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13. At that time, Middle Tennessee was inhabited by tribes of Muscogee and Yuchi people.

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14. Middle Tennessee was a common destination of settlers crossing the Appalachians from Virginia in the late 18th century and early 19th century.

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

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16. Middle Tennessee is tied with Missouri as the state bordering the most other states.

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17. Middle 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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18. Middle 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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19. State of Middle 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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20. Middle Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States.

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21. Middle Tennessee lost 13 straight games before beating Texas-San Antonio and UTEP in back-to-back games earlier this month.

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22. Middle Tennessee is the largest in area and least densely populated of the three Grand Divisions.

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23. Middle Tennessee has an abundance of institutions of higher learning—most notably Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, and Tennessee State universities in Nashville and Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.

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24. Middle Tennessee is characterized by rolling hills and fertile stream valleys.

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25. Middle Tennessee is a distinct portion of the state of Tennessee, delineated according to state law as the 41 counties in the Middle Grand Division of Tennessee.

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