Fast Facts About Tennessee
- Nickname: The Volunteer State
- Statehood: 1796; 16th state
- Population (as of July 2016): 6,651,194
- Capital: Nashville
- Biggest City: Nashville
- Abbreviation: TN
- State Bird: Mockingbird
- State Flower: Iris
- Patron Saint: Dolly Parton
Population of Major Cities
Population of Major Counties
Largest Universities in Tennessee
|University of Tennessee, Knoxville
|Middle Tennessee State University
|University of Memphis
|East Tennessee State University
Laws and Regulations
- The legal drinking age in Tennessee is 21. You must be 21 years or older to legally purchase or consume any alcoholic beverage in the state.
- In Tennessee individuals over age 21 operating a personal vehicle are considered legally drunk and unable to drive when your blood alcohol concentration is .08%. The limit is just .04% for commercial vehicles.
- First time DUI offenders are required to spend at least 48 hours in jail upon arrest. Multi-time offenders receive stiffer penalties. But this is the minimum. A first time DUI can give you up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $350-$1,500 fine.
- If you refuse to take a BAC test, you will have your license revoked for one year in addition to fees and penalties.
- As of July 1, 2014 liquor stores are allowed to sell beer (of any ABV), ice, mixers, and other products related to alcoholic beverages.
- As of July 2016, licensed grocery stores were allowed to sell beer under 6.25% ABV, malt beverages, and wine. On January 1, 2017, this law was amended and now, up to 8% ABV beer can be sold anywhere and time that beer is sold.
- Liquor can only be purchased in a liquor store or in a drink at a bar or restaurant.
- As of January 1, 2017, you can purchase high-gravity/high alcohol content beer (between 6.25% and 10.1% ABV) at liquor stores and taprooms in the state of Tennessee.
- Wine and liquor may be purchased at liquor and grocery stores Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday wine and liquor can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- Wine and liquor sales are also prohibited on New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
- Beer may be purchased at grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations on Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. until midnight, and on Sunday from noon until midnight.
- All alcoholic beverages sold by the drink in bars and restaurants are legally available on Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 am. On Sunday hours are from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.