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Day 50: T for Tennessee (Come and See!:))

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As I sat down to write today's blog, I was confused as to what to choose. There are so many wonderful topics with 'T'.Finally, after a long thought, I decided it won't be fair if I don't write 'T for Tennessee' as, it's the first state that I visited in the U.S.

This is the 16th state of the union formed in 1796. In fact, it was 219 years old this June 1st.The name for this state was because of the Native American village, Tanasqui.  In fact later on Britishers found a village near Cherokee called Tanasi. Of course, it is not sure which of these villages helped in shaping the name for this state. Tennessee's nick name is Volunteer State. How did it get that name ? Well during the war of 1812, Tennessee's volunteer soldiers put up a strong fight during the Battle of New Orleans. Thus, they got this nickname. The logo of this landlocked state is agriculture and commerce.

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Tennessee hosts the beautiful Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the most visited parks in the United States. It is home for a large number of flora and fauna. In fact, Smoky is home for conifers similar to those found in Canada. The Appalachian trail that begins in Georgia passes through the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee covers about 71 miles of the trail. The Tennessee river, one of the largest tributaries of Ohio river, and it flows through Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Nashville, the capital has been consistently voted as the 'must visit' place. Other than Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga are some of the biggest cities. OakRidge, the secret city also is home for one of the National Labs of U.S. The other interesting trivia is that Tennessee is one of the states that has has two time zones running through it- Eastern and Central. It's the birth place of a few wonderful personalities like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Andrew Johnson and so on. Nashville is also the home of country music. Even though, I haven't had a chance to visit this big state, the few cities that I have visited are warm and wonderful.

My experiences in this state are beautiful and if I have to share, I will be writing a whole lot, for the past four years of my life, Tennessee is my home state. It is a true blue southern state with a great southern hospitality. Initially when I came here, even when I could converse and understand American English, I could not make out much of southern accent. For knowing how exactly it sounds, do watch 9 to 5, the old Jane Fonda movie (by the way,  Rajkamal Production, Magalir Mattum, tamil movie starring Revathi, Urvashi and Rohini was a rip-off of this one!). Dolly Parton's role shows what a southern accent will sound like! Well, it is a little hard to share a lot more here as I'm running short of time. So, good bye for now from this lovely 'T' state. 
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