Happy Birthday, Tennessee! Volunteer State turns 224

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — From the bright lights of Bristol Motor Speedway to the country tunes in Nashville and hiking trails of the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s a lot to love about the state we call home.

Monday marks 224 years since Tennessee joined the Union as the 16th state.

Traditionally, Statehood Day is celebrated with joint events among the historical sites. But due to COVID-19 those plans were put on hold.

“We were really hoping for a big celebration. One of the things that we were working on, even in December, was a fair.  We wanted a celebration of everything from John Sevier to Dolly Parton. Barbecue, bluegrass, all of that. Unfortunately, we had to cancel,” said Kyle Dickson, executive director at Marble Springs State Historic Site.
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