Known as the “Volunteer State,” Tennessee is in the heart of the Mid-South, bordering eight states: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Tennessee is often divided into three parts: Middle, East, and West. Nashville conveniently sits near the center of the state, roughly three hours by car from Memphis, Knoxville, or Chattanooga, making short trips to the Great Smoky Mountains or Graceland possible.

Nashville is the largest city in Middle Tennessee, an area generally known for its rolling hills and fields. Knoxville is located in East Tennessee and is home to the University of Tennessee’s main campus. Chattanooga is also found in East Tennessee on the Tennessee River near the Georgia border and provides some of the most extraordinary rafting and kayaking in the state. The beauty of East Tennessee can largely be attributed to the presence of the southern portion of the Appalachian Chain, known as the Great Smoky Mountains. Finally, West Tennessee is probably best known for the city of Memphis—the home of Elvis Presley. Memphis, the largest city in Tennessee, lies along the Mississippi River at the borders of Arkansas and Mississippi.

Important Laws to Know

·In Nashville, beer is sold only in convenience and grocery stores, while wine, liquor, and high-gravity beers are sold only at liquor stores. Beer can be purchased and served in restaurants on Sundays after 10 AM, but liquor stores are closed.

·Everyone in your car must wear a seatbelt: “Click It or Ticket!”

·In Tennessee, it is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.

·In Dyersburg, TN, it is illegal for a woman to call a man for a date.

·In Bristol, TN, it is illegal for a woman to stop in the street to adjust, straighten or pull up her stockings.

·In Memphis, it is illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.

·In Tennessee it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

·More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel.