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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tennessee: Volunteers, Chiefs & "The King"

This Day in History: June 1, 1796


Aerial America
Tennessee: Sneak Peak
 Between smoky mountains and a mighty river lies a state with a fascinating story. Tennessee is the home of Cherokee Chiefs and "The King" of rock 'n' roll.
What does the name Tennessee mean? The state of Tennessee was named after a Cherokee Indian village called Tanasi. Tanasi was also the Cherokee word for the river. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Many states derive their names from native American languages. Officially adopted in 1987, the state motto of Tennessee is "Agriculture and Commerce" (taken from words on the state seal of Tennessee).
Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796 as the 16th state. It was the first state created from territory under the jurisdiction of the United States federal government. Apart from the former Thirteen Colonies only Vermont and Kentucky predate Tennessee's statehood, and neither was ever a federal territory.

Tennessee is a U.S. state located in the Southeastern United States.

  Tennessee State Flag
Tennessee's flag was designed by LeRoy Reeves of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Infantry. His explanation of the design:
The three stars are of pure white, representing the three grand division of the state. They are bound together by the endless circle of the blue field, the symbol being three bound together in one - an indissouluble trinity. Thelarge field is crimson. The final blue bar relieves the sameness of the crimson field and prevents the flag from showing too much crimson when hanging limp. The white edgings contrast more strongly the other colors."

  State Bird: Northern Mockingbird
Tennessee selected the mockingbird (genus Mimus polyglottos) as official state bird in 1933, selected from an election conducted by the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Northern Mockingbirds are related to the brown thrasher and the catbird.
 State Insect: Ladybug Beetle
 The ladybug (also called ladybeetle or ladybird beetle) was designated an official state insect of Tennessee in 1975 (as was the firefly). The honeybee was adopted in 1990 as Tennessee's agricultural insect, and in 1995 the zebra swallowtail was recognized as the official state butterfly.

More on The Spirit of the Ladybug
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 State Wildflower: Passion Flower
Tennessee recognized the passion flower (genus Passiflora) as the official state flower in 1919. In 1939 the iris was also named the state flower. In 1973 legislation was passed designating the passion flower as the state wildflower and the iris as the state cultivated flower.
For all State Symbols of Tennessee click HERE!

 A medley of music arrangements based on the seven official songs of the Sate of Tennessee as underscore for selected images contained in the "Tennessee Blue Book", published by the Tennessee Secretary of State. Words and Music arranged and performed by Jim Woodford, PhD.
Official State Song adopted in 1925:
My Homeland, Tennessee

Volunteers, Chiefs & "The King"

For what are we volunteering?
Who are the chiefs, who is the king?
All this and more
Doth Tennessee history bring


Not for charity nor social benefit
But volunteer service under fire
Tradition for strength and courage
During times exceedingly dire
On Veterans of the Mexican War: The men had officially brought home with them not only a tradition for strength and courage under grueling conditions, but a reputation for service under fire. One that would forever in the annals of American history earn Tennessee the "Volunteer" nickname.
Tribes and bands of Tennessee
Honor Cherokee and Chickasaw Chiefs
Land coveted by the 'white man'
Stripped away amid disbelief
On Trail of Tears: But their land, located in parts of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, was valuable, and it grew to be more coveted as white settlers flooded the region.
Who is this king of Tennessee
When America has a president?
'Tis the King of rock 'n' roll
Who was this state's famous resident
On Graceland: In 1957, with a $1,000 cash deposit, Elvis Presley agreed to purchase the Graceland southern Colonial mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295) — a 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land in Memphis, TN.
You've gazed upon the volunteers
Who are the chiefs, who is "The King"
All this and more
Doth Tennessee history bring

©2014 Sharla Lee Shults

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Tennessee Facts and Trivia

Also on this date: #15 Kentucky, June 1, 1792

Next state(s) by month: #25 Arkansas, June 15, 1836