I was born in Missouri, but spent more time in Tennessee, so I call it home. The name comes from a Cherokee word, Tanasi, the name of a village translated river. Our statehood birthdate is June 1, 1796.
The Nashville Basin or the Central Basin, the area surrounding Nashville, Tennessee, was caused by an uplifting which produced a dome. The underlying rock strata dip down away from Nashville. The uplifting of the dome fractured overlying strata, causing erosion and resulted in the dome becoming a basin.
One of the main difficulties of living here in the basin is allergies. Nothing escapes the basin, and several types of pollen flourishes here. Contributing factors are a longer growing season, rainfall with a temperate climate, and amazing variety of trees and grasses. Guess what I’m allergic to, trees and grass. At least I don’t have to mow! But I love to garden and it makes me miserable.
Another distinction of Tennessee is three geographic regions. The Grand Divisions are East, Middle, and West Tennessee, many times called the 3 states of Tennessee. Each is roughly one-third of the state’s land area, and are geographically, culturally, legally, and economically distinct. Our flag of Tennessee has three prominent stars representing the Grand Divisions.