The Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 in the WSM radio studios in downtown Nashville. It is the oldest continual radio program in the united states Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beloved home is in Memphis, Tennessee Tennessee is known as the volunteer state! New Orleans’s annual Mardi Gras celebration is a colorful carnival filled with music, food, and costumes. New Orlean’s is the birthplace of jazz music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyLjbMB pGDA&feature=related This state is known as the mountain state. The whole state lies within the Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Mountain Range is an ancient band of mountains that stretches in a southwestern arc from the Canadian province of Newfoundland to central Alabama, the heart of southeastern United States. The highest peak in the Appalachians is Mount Mitchell (North Carolina) which lies at an elevation of 6,684 feet (2,037meters) above sea level The Mississippi River is bordered by ten states (north to south): Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana It is the largest river system in North America. It is about 2,320 miles long. It starts in Lake Itasca, Minnesota and it flows southward ending in the Gulf of Mexico. The Chattahoochee river provides drinking water and power in north Georgia. It is also a major source of recreation where people can go fishing, tubing, canoeing, boating and camping. Stone Mountain is known as the pink granite dome due to it’s composition. It is 825 ft. tall and covers 583 acres. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are three Confederate leaders from the Civil War that are carved on the wall of this mountain.