Major industry in the state includes mining (coal), electrical power, enriched uranium production, music, automobile manufacturing, farming (tobacco, cattle, soybeans, and cotton), walking horses, and tourism. Major corporations with headquarters in Tennessee include FedEx, AutoZone and International Paper, all based in Memphis; Pilot Corporation and Regal Entertainment Group, based in Knoxville; Eastman Chemical Company, based in Kingsport; the North American headquarters of Nissan Motor Company; Hospital Corporation of America and Caterpillar Financial; and Unum, based in Chattanooga. Tennessee is also the location of the Volkswagen factory, a $2 billion polysilicon production facility by Wacker Chemie, and a $1.2 billion polysilicon production facility by Hemlock Semiconductor.
Tourism abounds in Tennessee with pilgrimages to Memphis, and Graceland, home of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, Nashville of country music fame with the Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood, and more. Tennessee has been named in the top 10 tourist destinations in the U.S. Some of the top tourist attractions in the state are: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Graceland, the Ryman Auditorium, the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Lookout Mountain, and the Tennessee Aquarium.
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Bordering Tennessee are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. On the eastern side of the state are the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are include several subranges: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Bald Mountains, the Unicoi Mountains, the Unaka Mountains and Roan Highlands, and the Iron Mountains. Several other major rivers in the state include the Tennessee River, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Clinch River, and Duck River. Major lakes include Kentucky Lake, Norris Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Cherokee Lake, and Tims Ford Reservoir.
Moving to Tennessee means you’ll have to abandon your favorite teams and adopt new teams to be loyal to, right? Well even if that’s not the case, you may want to be caught up on the local “sports talk” before your move. Major sports teams calling Tennessee home include the National Football League Tennessee Titans, the National Basketball Association Memphis Grizzlies, and the National Hockey League Nashville Predators.
In the area of higher education, Tennessee offers many options, including big name schools like Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, Rhodes College and others.