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The State of
Tennessee (TN)

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The capital of Tennessee is Nashville.

The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for Tennessee: TN

For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "TENN" as the abbreviation for Tennessee. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "TN" the official abbreviation.

Typical abbreviation for Tennessee: Tenn.

The pronunciation of Tennessee:

When the people of Tennessee refer to themselves: 1:; 2:

Time Zone: The eastern portion of Tennessee lies in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone. The western portion of Tennessee lies in the Central Time (CST/CDT) zone. All of Tennessee observes daylight saving time.

Nicknames for Tennessee: "The Volunteer State"; "The Big Bend State"

State Motto: "Agriculture and Commerce"

State Bird: Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)

State Tree: Yellow Poplar/Tulip Poplar/Tulip Tree (liriodendron tulipifera)

State Flower: Iris (iridaceae)

State Songs: "My Homeland, Tennessee", "When It's Iris Time in Tennessee", "My Tennessee", "Tennessee Waltz", "Rocky Top", "Tennessee" and "The Pride of Tennessee"

Statehood: Tennessee became the 16th state on Jun 1, 1796. It was the 11th state to secede from the Union (on Jun 8, 1861) and following the Civil War, it was the first Confederate state to be re-admitted (on July 24, 1866).

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