When you’ve lived in Tennessee your entire life, sometimes it’s easy to let all the fun state secrets that were once SUCH news to you fade into the background. That’s why we’ve found a few interesting secrets for you – so you get the fun part, and none of the work. You’re welcome. You’ll love it.
15. 11,127,786 people visited the World's Fair in Knoxville in 1982.
Setting records and taking names, Knoxville.
14. Dolly Parton Parkway is located in Gatlinburg, TN.
East Tennessee sure knows how to honor the Queen of Country.
13. It is positively illegal to drive a car while sleeping.
And for good reason...?
12. It is also illegal to fish off of someone else's hook.
Good work, Tennessee. Necessary.
11. Kingston - the 'Once Upon a Time' state capital.
September 21, 1807: The day Kingston fllled in as capital.
10. Most Visited National Park in the US is in East Tennessee.
It's the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, folks!
9. Murfreesboro is located smack dab in the middle of the state.
The exact geographical center.
8. Oak Ridge is known as the Energy Capital of the World.
Once the Secret City, it is now a spot of intensive energy research.
7. Rocky Top sure does live up to its name.
3,800 caves are documented in the state - who knows how many we've missed?
6. Secretariat has roots in Belle Meade.
Its ancestor, Iroquois, was raised on Belle Meade Plantation.
5. The first female senator, Hattie Caraway, was from Tennessee.
A solid step for womankind, back in the day.
4. Shelby County loves their horses.
There are more horses per capita in Shelby County than anywhere else in the US.
3. The Most Haunted Cave in the Country is in Adams.
The Bell Witch Cave is said to be one of the most haunted places in the US, with a story of a killer witch and a family, terrorized, quite literally, to death.
2. Welcome to the turtle capital of the world!
Brent Moore / Flickr
Otherwise known as Reelfoot Lake.
1. Where's Elvis from…?
We all know the King was born in Mississippi - but he chose to live in our own Memphis. We're going to say this was his home - the land he loved, the city that gave him a home, the state that welcomed him with open arms.