|Tennesee is located in the south-central United States. It is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia (N), North Carolina (E), Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi (S), and, across the Mississippi R., Arkansas and Missouri (W).
Area, 42,244 sq mi (109,412 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 5,689,283, a 16.7% increase since the 1990 census.
Largest city, Memphis.
Motto, Agriculture and Commerce.
State bird, mockingbird.
State flower, iris.
State tree, tulip poplar.
Twenty-three state parks, covering some 132,000 acres (53,420 hectares) as well as parts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park are in Tennessee.
The state also has many sites of historic interest, including the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson; the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site; Shiloh National Military Park; and Fort Donelson and Stones River national battlefields. Part of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is also in Tennessee. The Natchez Trace National Parkway generally follows the old Natchez Trace. Nashville is the capital and the second largest city. The largest city is Memphis.
*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003
Lying in the heart of a beautiful vacation land, East Tennessee's Blount County is nestled in the foothills ofthe Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by several great lakes of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Blount County has an elevation of 989 feet above sea level and covers an area of 584 square miles in the extreme eastern portion of Tennessee. The terrain is hilly and mountainous while much of the county iscovered with rolling farmlands.
One of Tennessee's oldest established counties, Blount County is situated near the geographic center of the eastern United States with approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population within a 500 mile drive.
Enjoying oe of the nation'slowest unemployment rates, East Tennessee provides its Blount County residents with a diverse job base through its industrial service and tourism sectors.
Together, the twin cities of Maryville and Alco provide a scenic gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and are surrounded on all sides by lakes, rivers and streams.