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Climate section[edit]

One of the most important things to note about Tennessee is the three main regions. They are not only administrative but they each have different geography and climate as well. I don't believe the article makes the differences in climate clear enough, and some work needs to be done to make it more truthful.

City Data[edit]

The table includes data for cities in different parts of TN. West TN is represented by Memphis, Middle TN by Nashville. For East TN there is Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge.

The East TN cities are a problem. I can almost understand why Chattanooga and Knoxville are included separately even though the data is very similar, because of the location of each city. But Oak Ridge? I can't understand why it was chosen to represent the region. It's very close to Knoxville both geographically and in terms of the temperatures on the table, so to my way of thinking it is a duplication of Knoxville. But mostly, I cannot understand why the table doesn't include any climate data for the mountains of East TN. It's not that there is nowhere to choose, because there are at least Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport which form the regionally important TriCities area.

So what I have done is found out the data for Bristol (which I think is a good choice) and used it to replace the data for Oak Ridge. I think the table is now more representative of East TN and therefore the entire state. I had the data from

Climate Section general[edit]

The section says

"On average the state receives 50 inches (130 cm) of precipitation annually. Snowfall ranges from 5 inches (13 cm) in West Tennessee to over 16 inches (41 cm) in the higher mountains in East Tennessee."
"most of the state averaging a high of around 90 °F during the summer months" and
"for areas outside the highest mountains, the average overnight lows are near freezing for most of the state."

Because of the three clear regions in TN, those statements are not supported by the actual climate data. Giving an average for temperature or precipitation that represents the entire state is meaningless. As you will see from the data in the table, temperature is not that way. For example, the average high does not apply to anywhere in East Tennessee except Chattanooga, which is tucked away from the mountains and is down in the south right next to Georgia. Also, the average overnight lows are only ever near freezing for anywhere during the winter months. The article implies that they are near freezing all year round, which is silly. Between Jun and Sep, nowhere on the table has a overnight low that is below 56F. There is only one place in the state that might get comparatively cold in the summer, and that is in the extreme east above 5000 ft and close to Mt Mitchell in North Carolina.

I think that it is likely that the statements about humidity and precipitation are also wrong, because of the different regions. It is very clear to anybody who has spent time in Tennessee that West TN is way more humid than East TN and the plateau area. From, you can see that rainfall is less than 36 inches annually for most of East TN and believe you will find the whole picture very different than the article says. I don't believe that West TN usually gets 5 inches of snowfall or that East TN gets 15 inches. I am very familiar with the areas involved and can state with certainty that for years, if places in West TN had a couple inches of snow it was a major event. The source for that snowfall information is a classroom handout. I haven't the time to check the web site right now but I think it is more reliable than that and will support what I wrote about the snowfall. (talk) 10:42, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

Cherokee Name in intro[edit]

I made a BOLD edit just now. Seeing that Cherokee is not an official language of Tenn, I have removed the Cherokee name from the lead, as per MOS. I think that the entomology section for this suffices. 23haveblue (talk) 15:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)

What does entomology have to do with it? Given that Cherokee is a written language, and there is no dispute about the genealogy, I don't feel there is any reason to omit it. --Orange Mike | Talk 16:22, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Well, either there is an unknown insect genus called the Tanasi, or said user meant to say etymology, and is referring to our Name origin section. I don't see any reason to remove it, though it doesn't appear other states' articles have their root-language name in the lede. Bms4880 (talk) 16:56, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
As it happens, the articles Hawaii and Nevada both discuss the name origin in the lead sections. Some state articles (e.g., Illinois and Oregon) have prominent sections about the origin of the state name, but the stories they tell are too complicated to be encapsulated in an article lead. --Orlady (talk) 17:48, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Unemployment rate[edit]

I changed the unemployment rate because it was wrong (8.4 not 9.1) see source: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:33, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Should the unempolyment rate be mentioned at all? The number goes up and down from year to year. What's the point of including it?Asburyparker (talk) 01:03, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Changes in Religious Identification information since 2001.[edit]

While article cites ARIS 2001 data for religious identification, ARIS 2008 shows significant decline in the portion of the population that identify as Christian adherants, notibly the identification of Tennessee's Christians has fallen by 11 points to 76%(pp 22). This also coincides with the rise from 6% to 9% of the Nones, 1% to 3% of Muslims, and 3% to 5% of Don't know/refused responses.

Witerat (talk) 02:02, 25 January 2013 (UTC)


In the information box at the top, the links for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and U.S. Senate are not working. I tried to fix it, but I didn't know how. Any ideas? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:16, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Fixed Someone had removed "Tennessee" from the "Name" parameter at the top of the infobox. Bms4880 (talk) 21:21, 20 April 2013 (UTC)