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Nashville

(Encyclopedia) Nashville, city (1990 pop. 487,969), state capital, coextensive with Davidson co., central Tenn., on the Cumberland River, in a fertile farm area; inc. as a city 1806, merged with…

Emery, Walter Ralph

(Encyclopedia) Emery, Walter Ralph, 1933-2022, American country music broadcaster, b. McEwen, Tn. Commonly recognized as the "Dick Clark" of country radio, Emery helped legitimatize and popularize…

Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.

Mayor: Karl Dean (to Sept. 2015) 2010 census population (rank):1 601,222 (25); Male: 291,294 (48.5%); Female: 309,925 (51.5%); White: 363,611 (60.5%); Black: 170,907 (28.4%); American Indian…

Grand Ole Opry

(Encyclopedia) Grand Ole Opry, weekly American radio program featuring live country and western music. The nation's oldest…

Cumberland, river, United States

(Encyclopedia) Cumberland, river, 687 mi (1,106 km) long, rising in E Ky., and winding generally SW through Ky. and Tenn., then NW to the Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.; drains c.18,500 sq mi (47,910…

Frist, Bill

(Encyclopedia) Frist, Bill (William Harrison Frist), 1952–, American politician and physician, b. Nashville, Tenn., grad. Princeton (B.A., 1974), Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1978). From a…

Fort Donelson

(Encyclopedia) Fort DonelsonFort Donelsondŏnˈəlsən [key], Confederate fortification in the Civil War, on the Cumberland River at Dover, Tenn., commanding the river approach to Nashville, Tenn. After…

Tennessee State University

(Encyclopedia) Tennessee State University, at Nashville; coeducational; land-grant and state supported; est. 1912 as Tennessee Agriculture & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes; attained…

Natchez Trace

(Encyclopedia) Natchez Trace, road, from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn., of great commercial and military importance from the 1780s to the 1830s. It grew from a series of Native American trails…

Bell, John

(Encyclopedia) Bell, John, 1797–1869, American statesman, b. near Nashville, Tenn. A leading member of the Nashville bar, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1827–41), was speaker in 1834…