Date of Entry:
June 1, 1796
|Map of USA. Tennessee outlined in dark ink, shaded &|
with name written on it.
|A close-up of Tennessee & its neighbors.|
Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri
42,143 square miles
Five Largest Cities:
Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville
Famous Geographical Point:
Great Smoky Mountains
The Volunteer State. They earned this nickname during the War of 1812, when thousands of men from Tennessee volunteered to be soldiers. They kept it by continuing this tradition of volunteering during ensuing wars.
Bessie Smith, the Empress of Blues (my favorite blues singer!)
Book Set In/About:
A Death in the Family by James Agee
Set in Knoxville, the unexpected death of a young family man has a ripple effect. Reviews indicate that this depiction of loss and grief is extremely authentic. It's an autobiographical novel; Agee's father died unexpectedly when Agee was a young child.
Movie Set In/About:
"Hustle & Flow" (2005), directed by Craig Brewer
A Memphis pimp struggles to get his rap career off the ground.
Headline of the Day:
"After Graphic 'Mistake,' Tennessee Doesn't Hire Aaron Sterling" in the Knoxville News Sentinel.
This article is way less juicy than the headline seems to indicate. During a live broadcast by the University of Tennessee, they posted a picture of football player Aaron Sterling as though he'd been recruited for the team. He went to another team.