56 Facts About West Tennessee

1. West Tennessee was a part of North Carolina and did not become a separate state until after the Revolutionary War.

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2. West Tennessee is home to a General Motors automobile facility and a Nissan vehicle plant.

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3. In 2006 West Tennessee was home to more than six million people.

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4. In 2005, West Tennessee had 30 major AM and 80 major FM radio stations, and 31 television stations in operation.

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5. West Tennessee had the only freshwater pearl farm in the United States.

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6. In 2005, local government in West Tennessee is exercised by 95 counties and 349 municipalities.

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7. West Tennessee demonstrated its commitment to improving education by raising pay for teachers.

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8. In 2004, West Tennessee had 88,988 miles of roads.

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9. In 2003, West Tennessee had 2,821 miles of railroad track.

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10. The West Tennessee Performing Arts Center continually hosts major orchestral and theatrical groups from throughout the nation.

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11. West Tennessee is home to some of the biggest cotton farms in the South.

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12. West Tennessee has long been a major tourist destination, owing largely to its beautiful scenery.

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13. West Tennessee is bordered on the north by Kentucky; along its northeastern border is Virginia.

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14. West Tennessee is nicknamed the "Big Bend State" because of the unusual course of the Tennessee River.

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15. West Tennessee lies in the Gulf Coastal Plain, a region that stretches northward from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois along the Mississippi River.

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16. In 2003, West Tennessee employed 141,200 people in tourism related jobs.

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17. West Tennessee had 30 major AM stations and 80 major FM stations in 2005.

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18. In 2003, West Tennessee had 125 community hospitals with about 20,300 beds.

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19. In 2004, a total of 384,152 people in West Tennessee were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM.

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20. In 2004, West Tennessee had 280 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells.

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21. West Tennessee is one of 22 states with a right-to-work law.

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22. West Tennessee firms were awarded defense contracts totaling more than $2.1 billion in 2004.

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23. West Tennessee supplied so many soldiers for the War of 1812 and the Mexican War that it became known as the Volunteer State.

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24. West Tennessee still has chancery courts, vestiges of the English courts designed to hear cases where there was no adequate remedy at law.

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25. In 2005, local government in West Tennessee was exercised by 95 counties and 349 municipalities.

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26. West Tennessee became a major battleground during the Civil War, as armies from both North and South crossed the state several times.

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27. West Tennessee became a major cotton-growing area immediately after it was purchased form the Chickasaw in 1818, and Memphis, established in 1821, became the principal cotton-marketing center.

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28. In 2005, West Tennessee had a total of 305 public and private-use aviation-related facilities.

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29. In 1996, West Tennessee had approximately one million acres of wetlands.

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30. West Tennessee extends about 430 mi e-w and 110 mi (180 km) n-s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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38. Center of population of West Tennessee is located in Rutherford County, in the city of Murfreesboro.

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

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

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41. At that time, West Tennessee was inhabited by tribes of Muscogee and Yuchi people.

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42. East West 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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43. West Tennessee is home to the most caves in the United States, with over 10,000 documented caves to date.

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44. West Tennessee is tied with Missouri as the state bordering the most other states.

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45. West 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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46. West 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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47. State of West 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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48. West Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States.

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49. West Tennessee is led by Grant Williams, who carried the team to victory at Vanderbilt with 43 points, the first Vol to score 40 since Allan Houston in 1990.

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50. Until the year 2001, West Tennessee, including all of Hardin County, was in the area code 901.

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51. West Tennessee currently has four interstate highways running through it.

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52. West Tennessee is by slight amounts less populous and smaller in land area than the other two Grand Divisions.

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53. The rest of West Tennessee serves as a recharge area for the aquifer.

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54. West Tennessee is located within the Mississippi Embayment, part of the Gulf Coastal Plain.

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55. West Tennessee is less populous and smaller in land area than the other two Grand Divisions.

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56. West Tennessee is one of the three Grand Divisions of the state of Tennessee.

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