North Carolina Department of Transportation
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for building and operating highways and other modes of transportation, including ferries in the U. S. state of North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Transportation was formed in 1915 as the State Highway Commission. In 1941 the Department of Motor Vehicles was formed under the NCDoT by an act of the General Assembly; the Executive Organization Act of 1971 combined the state highway commission and the DMV to form the NC Department of Transportation and Highway Safety. In 1979 "Highway Safety" was dropped when the North Carolina State Highway Patrol was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety; the board helps make decisions. Nineteen board members appointed by the governor, one each from one of the fourteen divisions, plus others representing specific functions of the department, meet once a month; the Division of Motor Vehicles is a division of the NCDOT whose stated mission is to provide motor vehicle services, promote highway safety, furnish timely and accurate information by providing excellent customer service, enforcing motor vehicle laws, maintaining the integrity of official DMV records.
The Division of Highways is responsible for building and maintaining the second largest state maintained highway system in the nation, incorporating over 78,615 miles of highways, 18,540 bridges collectively spanning 376.98 miles. The Division of Aviation's mission is to promote the economic well being of North Carolina through air transportation system development and improved aviation safety and education; the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation is a comprehensive operation, touching all aspects of bicycling and walking. Created in 1974 as a result of North Carolina bicycle program legislation and expanded to encompass pedestrian activities in 1992 as a result of federal legislation, the DBPT is the oldest comprehensive state program of its kind in the United States; the Ferry Division is responsible for providing safe, cost-effective and dependable service for the traveling public. The Ferry Division operates eight routes connecting mainland North Carolina with various outer banks and islands along the coast of North Carolina.
The NCDOT Public Transportation Division helps North Carolina. The division does not operate buses, trains or vans directly – these services are operated by local transit systems – but help public transit systems operate safer and more effectively; the first division director was David C. Robinson, 1974-1979, he was succeeded by David King Sanford Cross, Miriam Perry, Teresa Hart The Rail Division is responsible for operation of six Amtrak trains within North Carolina and works with the North Carolina Railroad Company, a state owned railroad that carries both freight and passenger rail service. The route is 317 miles long and runs from Charlotte, North Carolina to one of the state ports at Morehead City, NC; the route passes through the cities of Charlotte, Lexington, Burlington, Raleigh, Goldsboro and on to Morehead City. The North Carolina Railroad trackage is leased to Norfolk Southern Railway. A small portion between Raleigh and Cary is co-operated with Norfolk Southern by CSX Transportation.
The state operates all freight is handled by either CSX or Norfolk Southern. The state, does own the rolling stock used on the Piedmont under the reporting mark RNCX. North Carolina Ferry System North Carolina Highway System North Carolina Turnpike Authority Vehicle registration plates of North Carolina NCDOT Official Site NCDOT Rail Division Official Site NCDOT Division of Motor Vehicles Official Site NCDOT Ferry Division Official Site NCDOT Division of Aviation Official Site Publications from NCDOT
French Broad River
The French Broad River flows 218 miles from near the town of Rosman in Transylvania County, North Carolina, into the state of Tennessee. Its confluence with the Holston River at Knoxville is the beginning of the Tennessee River; the river flows through the counties of Transylvania, Buncombe and Madison in North Carolina, Cocke, Jefferson and Knox in Tennessee, drains large portions of the Pisgah National Forest and the Cherokee National Forest. The headwaters of the French Broad River are near the town of Rosman in Transylvania County, North Carolina, just northwest of the Eastern Continental Divide near the northwest border of South Carolina, they spill from a 50-foot waterfall called Courthouse Falls at the terminus of Courthouse Creek near Balsam Grove. The waterfall feeds into a creek that becomes the North Fork, which joins the West Fork west of Rosman. South of Rosman, the stream is joined by the Middle Fork and East Fork to form the French Broad River. From there it flows northeast through the Appalachian Mountains into Henderson, Buncombe counties.
In Buncombe County, the river flows through the city of Asheville, where it receives the water of the Swannanoa River. Downstream of Asheville, the river proceeds north through Madison County, where it flows through its county seat, Marshall. After passing through the mountain resort of Hot Springs in the Bald Mountains, the river enters Cocke County, Tennessee. In Cocke County, the river passes through the community of Del Rio, receives the waters of both the Pigeon River and the Nolichucky River northwest of Cocke's county seat, Newport; the river enters the slack waters of Douglas Lake, created by the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam in Sevier County 32 miles upstream from the river's mouth. Near Sevierville, at Kodak, the French Broad River receives the flow of the Little Pigeon River, which drains much of the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains. After flowing through a wide gap in Bays Mountain, it enters Knox County, it joins the Holston River to form the Tennessee at a place known as "Forks of the River" at the eastern edge of Knoxville.
North Fork West Fork East Fork Middle Fork Pigeon River Nolichucky River Mills River Davidson River Swannanoa River Little River The French Broad River is believed to be one of the oldest in the world based on dating of rocks. Jeff Wilcox of UNC-Asheville described it as "a meandering river, which form in flat landscapes." He said this meant the river predated the Appalachian Mountains and was lifted up as the mountains formed eroding the rocks it passed through. The French Broad River was named by European settlers centuries ago because it was one of the two broad rivers in western North Carolina; the one which flowed into land claimed by France at that time was named the "French Broad River", whereas the other, which stayed in land claimed by England – the Colony of North Carolina – was named the "English Broad River".. The Indigenous Americans of this area, the Cherokee Indians, called it different names: Poelico, Agiqua in the mountains, Tahkeeosteh from Asheville down and Zillicoah above Asheville.
The French called borrowing one of the Cherokee names. Douglas Dam, built on the lower French Broad by the Tennessee Valley Authority during the 1940s, is one of the larger TVA developments on a tributary of the Tennessee River. In 1987, the North Carolina General Assembly established the French Broad River State Trail as a blueway which follows the river for 67 miles; the paddle trail is a part of North Carolina State Trails Program, a section of the NC Division of Parks and Recreation. A system of launch point locations was created along the river for the trail; the portion of the French Broad River in Tennessee was designated a state scenic river by the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. 33 miles of the river in Cocke County, starting at the North Carolina border and extending downstream to the place where it flows into Douglas Lake, are designated as a Class III, Partially Developed River. The following is a partial list of crossings of the French Broad from Brevard to the confluence with the Tennessee River.
Transylvania and Henderson counties Patton Bridge Crab Creek Road Blantyre Road Etowah School Road in Etowah McLean Bridge in Etowah Johnson Bridge Fannings Bridge Butler Bridge Kings Bridge Boylston Highway at the Asheville Regional Airport Buncombe County/Asheville Glenn Bridge Long Shoals Road in Skyland Blue Ridge Parkway Interstate 26 Interstate 40 at the Biltmore Estate Carrier Bridge in Asheville Haywood Road in Asheville Smith Bridge in Asheville Bowen Bridge Douglas Lake to Knoxville Interstate 40 and Swann Bridge over Douglas Lake James D. Hoskins Bridge in Dandridge Douglas Dam Road TN 66 at Sevierville Several golf cart path bridges over the Cain Islands Doctor JH Gammondale Bridg
Special routes of U.S. Route 25
Several special routes of U. S. Route 25 exist. In order from south to north they are as follows. U. S. Route 25 Bypass, in complete concurrency with State Route 67 Bypass, is the western half of the divided four-lane bypass, west around Statesboro, Georgia known as "Veterans Memorial Parkway." The eastern half is US 301 Byp., in concurrency with SR 73 Byp. U. S. Route 25 Bypass, in complete concurrency with State Route 121 Bypass, is a divided four-lane bypass, east around Waynesboro, Georgia. U. S. Route 25 Business is a 4.4-mile-long business route of US 25 that connects Augusta, Georgia with North Augusta, South Carolina. Its Georgia portion is part of 13th Street, its entire South Carolina portion is part of Georgia Avenue. In Georgia, it is concurrent with SR 4 for about 0.3 miles. In South Carolina, it is concurrent with South Carolina Highway 125 Truck. US 25 Bus. begins at an interchange with US 1/US 25/US 78/US 278/SR 10/SR 121 on the line between the Olde Town portion of the city of Augusta and downtown.
Northbound traffic on US 25 Bus./SR 28 has to make a U-turn to access Gordon Highway. Here, the business route is concurrent with SR 28; the two highways travel to the west-northwest. The next intersection is with 5th Street. At this intersection, SR 28 departs to the left, heading toward the Government Center and an intercity bus station. On the southeastern corner of this intersection is the former location of the Haunted Pillar. An intersection with 6th Street leads to the Augusta Museum of History, Riverwalk Augusta, St. Paul's Church. In the middle of this intersection is a crossing of some railroad tracks of Norfolk Southern Railway. An intersection with 7th Street leads to the James Brown Arena. Between 7th and 8th streets, the highway passes the Augusta Confederate Monument, the Lamar Building, the Imperial Theatre. 8th Street leads to the Bell Auditorium. Between 8th Street and James Brown Boulevard, it passes the Augusta Commons Park, a James Brown statue, the Richmond County Board of Education building.
James Brown Boulevard leads to the Augusta–Richmond County Public Library,the Augusta Convention Center, Riverwalk Augusta. An intersection with 10th Street leads to the Morris Museum of Riverwalk Augusta. An intersection with 12th Street leads to the Museum of Springfield Village Park. At an intersection with SR 4, which leads to the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, Meadow Garden, the Medical District, US 25 Bus. turns right, off of Broad Street and onto SR 4. US 25 Bus. and SR 4 travel to the north-northeast on 13th Street. They intersect Jones Street, which carries the eastern terminus of the eastbound lanes of SR 104; the next intersection is with Reynolds Street, with carries the eastern terminus of the westbound lanes of SR 104. US 25 Bus. and SR 4 encounter an entrance to the New Bartram Trail before beginning to travel over the Savannah River on the James U. Jackson Memorial Bridge. About in the center of this bridge, SR 4 and 13th Street end at the South Carolina state line, US 25 Bus. continues to the north-northeast on Georgia Avenue.
As soon as US 25 Bus. crosses the river, it travels over The River Golf Club. It curves to the north-northwest. Just south of an intersection with the northern terminus of Center Street, it passes the City of North Augusta Municipal Building. Center Street leads to this building, Brick Pond Park, the Riverfront. Just north of this intersection, the highway curves back to the north-northeast. Just north of Clifton Avenue, it passes Wade Hampton Veterans Park; the business route intersects the eastern terminus of West Buena Vista Avenue, which leads to Riverview Park and Lions Field, the northern terminus of South Carolina Highway 125, which leads to the public safety complex and community center. At this intersection, SC 125 Truck concurrent with US 25 Bus. An intersection with Spring Grove Avenue leads to the living history park and North Augusta Elementary School. At an intersection with the eastern terminus of Jackson Avenue, the highway curves to the northeast. Just south of Forest Avenue, they pass a memorial for the Hamburg Riot.
Just north of this intersection is Lookaway Hall. They intersect SC 230. Here, SC 125 Truck leaves the business route. Just northeast of an intersection with the eastern terminus of Butler Avenue, US 25 Bus. begins to curve back to the north-northeast. On this curve, it passes Davenport Park. Just north of Observatory Avenue, it passes the studio and office facility of WRDW-TV; the highway passes a United States Post Office. North of Five Notch Road, US 25 Bus. curves to the east and reaches its northern terminus, an intersection with US 25/SC 121 and the western terminus of Chalet North Road. U. S. Route 25 Truck is a 3.9-mile bypass of South Carolina, along Bauskett Street. Signage in the area shows a business banner on top of US 25, which goes through downtown Edgefield, it is in fact mainline US 25. Visitors may consider the truck route as a viable bypass. U. S. Route 25 Business is a business route of U. S. Route 25 in Greenwood and its western terminus of SC 34 along with US 178. U. S. Route 25 Connector is an unsigned 1.0 mile connector route, in concurrency with US 276 Conn, along Poinsett Highway.
It connects US 25 with US 276, in South Carolina. U. S. Route 25
South Carolina is a state in the Southeastern United States and the easternmost of the Deep South. It is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the southeast by the Atlantic Ocean, to the southwest by Georgia across the Savannah River. South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U. S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. South Carolina became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. After the American Civil War, it was readmitted into the United States on June 25, 1868. South Carolina is the 40th most extensive and 23rd most populous U. S. state. Its GDP as of 2013 was $183.6 billion, with an annual growth rate of 3.13%. South Carolina is composed of 46 counties; the capital is Columbia with a 2017 population of 133,114. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin metropolitan area is the largest in the state, with a 2017 population estimate of 895,923. South Carolina is named in honor of King Charles I of England, who first formed the English colony, with Carolus being Latin for "Charles".
South Carolina is known for its 187 miles of coastline, beautiful lush gardens, historic sites and Southern plantations, colonial and European cultures, its growing economic development. The state can be divided into three geographic areas. From east to west: the Atlantic coastal plain, the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge Mountains. Locally, the coastal plain is referred to the other two regions as Upstate; the Atlantic Coastal Plain makes up two-thirds of the state. Its eastern border is a chain of tidal and barrier islands; the border between the low country and the up country is defined by the Atlantic Seaboard fall line, which marks the limit of navigable rivers. The state's coastline contains many salt marshes and estuaries, as well as natural ports such as Georgetown and Charleston. An unusual feature of the coastal plain is a large number of Carolina bays, the origins of which are uncertain; the bays tend to be oval. The terrain is flat and the soil is composed of recent sediments such as sand and clay.
Areas with better drainage make excellent farmland. The natural areas of the coastal plain are part of the Middle Atlantic coastal forests ecoregion. Just west of the coastal plain is the Sandhills region; the Sandhills are remnants of coastal dunes from a time when the land was sunken or the oceans were higher. The Upstate region contains the roots of an eroded mountain chain, it is hilly, with thin, stony clay soils, contains few areas suitable for farming. Much of the Piedmont was once farmed. Due to the changing economics of farming, much of the land is now reforested in Loblolly pine for the lumber industry; these forests are part of the Southeastern mixed forests ecoregion. At the southeastern edge of the Piedmont is the fall line, where rivers drop to the coastal plain; the fall line was an important early source of water power. Mills built to harness this resource encouraged the growth of several cities, including the capital, Columbia; the larger rivers are navigable up to the fall line. The northwestern part of the Piedmont is known as the Foothills.
The Cherokee Parkway is a scenic driving route through this area. This is. Highest in elevation is the Blue Ridge Region, containing an escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which continue into North Carolina and Georgia, as part of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina's highest point at 3,560 feet, is in this area. In this area is Caesars Head State Park; the environment here is that of the Appalachian-Blue Ridge forests ecoregion. The Chattooga River, on the border between South Carolina and Georgia, is a favorite whitewater rafting destination. South Carolina has several major lakes covering over 683 square miles. All major lakes in South Carolina are man-made; the following are the lakes listed by size. Lake Marion 110,000 acres Lake Strom Thurmond 71,100 acres Lake Moultrie 60,000 acres Lake Hartwell 56,000 acres Lake Murray 50,000 acres Russell Lake 26,650 acres Lake Keowee 18,372 acres Lake Wylie 13,400 acres Lake Wateree 13,250 acres Lake Greenwood 11,400 acres Lake Jocassee 7,500 acres Lake Bowen Earthquakes in South Carolina demonstrate the greatest frequency along the central coastline of the state, in the Charleston area.
South Carolina averages 10–15 earthquakes a year below magnitude 3. The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 was the largest quake to hit the Southeastern United States; this 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the city. Faults in this region are difficult to study at the surface due to thick sedimentation on top of them. Many of the ancient faults are within plates rather than along plate boundaries. South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate, although high-elevation areas in the Upstate area have fewer subtropical characteristics than areas on the Atlantic coastline. In the summer, South Carolina is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures averaging between 86–93 °F in most of the state and overnight lows averaging 70–75 °F on the coast and from 66–73 °F inland. Winter temperatures are much less uniform in South Carolina. Coastal areas of the state have mild winters, with high temperatures approaching an average of 60 °F and overnight lows around 40 °F. Inland, the average January overnight low is around 32 °F i
Interstate 26 is a nominally east–west main route of the Interstate Highway System in the Southeastern United States. I-26 runs from the junction of U. S. Route 11W and U. S. Route 23 in Kingsport, Tennessee southeastward to U. S. Route 17 in Charleston, South Carolina; the portion from Mars Hill, North Carolina, east to Interstate 240 in Asheville, North Carolina, has signs indicating FUTURE I-26 because the highway does not yet meet all of the Interstate Highway standards. A short realignment as an improvement in the freeway was planned in Asheville, but has been postponed indefinitely due to North Carolina's budget shortfalls. Northwards from Kingsport, US 23 continues north to Portsmouth, Ohio, as the Corridor B of the Appalachian Development Highway System, beyond to Columbus, as the Corridor C. In conjunction with the Columbus-Toledo, Ohio corridor formed by Interstate 75, US 23, State Route 15, I-26 forms part of a high-speed four-or-more-lane highway from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast at Charleston, South Carolina.
There are no official plans for extensions north of Tennessee. I-26 is a diagonal Interstate Highway; the extension past Asheville is north–south. Where I-26 crosses the French Broad River in Asheville at the Jeffrey Bowen Bridge, the highway runs in opposite directions from its designations; when the extension was made in 2003, the exit numbers in North Carolina were increased by 31 to reflect the new mileage. The part that it shares with I-240 has not had its numbers changed, although most of the road signs now indicate I-26 instead of I-240. I-26 has signs with an extra FUTURE sign above the EAST and WEST signs from Asheville north to Mars Hill, North Carolina, because the older U. S. Route 23 freeway does not yet meet all of the Interstate Highway standards; the road shoulders remain substandard or nonexistent along short sections of the route, a rebuilding is planned in Asheville to avoid some tight interchanges. The exit numbers in Tennessee were numbered "backwards"—increasing from "east" to "west" —because this highway was signed north–south as U.
S. Route 23. Although this is consistent with the south-to-north numbering conventions, this exit numbering was changed on all 284 signs along I-26 to be consistent with the rest of the east-to-west-numbered highway in March 2007; the remaining I-181 signs north of I-81 were replaced with I-26 signs at that time. For its entire length in Tennessee, I-26 shares the route with U. S. Route 23; the route is named the James H. Quillen Parkway, after Jimmy Quillen, a past member of the U. S. House of Representatives for Tennessee. In Tennessee, US 23 runs south from the Virginia state line for 1 mile to Kingsport. I-26 begins at the junction of US 23 with U. S. Route 11W, northwest of the city. After about 1,000 yards, I-26 crosses the South Fork Holston River before swinging around to a south-east path through Sullivan County, it reaches its major interchange with Interstate 81 at southwest of Colonial Heights. Shortly after entering Washington County, it reaches the northwest part of Johnson City, serves as a local transit route as it makes its way around the north and eastern parts of the city.
It begins to travel through more mountainous terrain before turning to travel in a south direction. Entering Carter County it passes exit 27 before entering the Cherokee National Forest and Unicoi County. From this point, it passes through part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, first the Unaka Range and as it passes Erwin, Tennessee between exits 34 and 40, the Bald Mountains, it meets the Nolichucky River just after mile marker 38 and travels along its southeast bank before crossing it before exit 40. The remainder of I-26 in Tennessee passes through a sparsely populated area, at elevations of above 1,800 feet, before reaching the North Carolina state line. About 20 miles beyond Spartanburg one reaches the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After crossing the border into Polk County, I-26 intersects with U. S. Route 74, a limited-access freeway near Columbus, it heads up a 6% grade for the next three miles through Howard Gap, it passes over the highest bridge in North Carolina, the Peter Guice Memorial Bridge, 225 feet above the Green River between Saluda and Flat Rock in Henderson County, it crosses the Eastern Continental Divide at an elevation of 2,130 feet, having climbed from an elevation of around 1,100 feet at the US 74 interchange.
The land flattens after entering the French Broad River drainage basin from Flat Rock to Hendersonville and Arden. I-26 has a major interchange with Interstate 40 in Asheville. After 3 miles, U. S. Route 23 follows it into Tennessee; the two interstates cross the French Broad River having shared the highway for 4.5 miles part company. As I-240 continues to swing round to the north and east of Asheville, I-26 turns north towards Weaverville and Mars Hill, it enters first the Blue Ridge and the Walnut Mountains and Bald Mountains of the Appalachian range, passing through the Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests as it does so. As I-26 crosses the Bald Mountains near the North Carolina/Tennessee state line, it trave
Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, Missouri to the northwest; the Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, the Mississippi River forms the state's western border. Nashville is the state's capital and largest city, with a 2017 population of 667,560. Tennessee's second largest city is Memphis, which had a population of 652,236 in 2017; the state of Tennessee is rooted in the Watauga Association, a 1772 frontier pact regarded as the first constitutional government west of the Appalachians. What is now Tennessee was part of North Carolina, part of the Southwest Territory. Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861.
Occupied by Union forces from 1862, it was the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war. Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state besides Virginia, more soldiers for the Union Army than the rest of the Confederacy combined. Beginning during Reconstruction, it had competitive party politics, but a Democratic takeover in the late 1880s resulted in passage of disenfranchisement laws that excluded most blacks and many poor whites from voting; this reduced competition in politics in the state until after passage of civil rights legislation in the mid-20th century. In the 20th century, Tennessee transitioned from an agrarian economy to a more diversified economy, aided by massive federal investment in the Tennessee Valley Authority and, in the early 1940s, the city of Oak Ridge; this city was established to house the Manhattan Project's uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world's first atomic bombs, two of which were dropped on Imperial Japan near the end of World War II.
Tennessee's major industries include agriculture and tourism. Poultry and cattle are the state's primary agricultural products, major manufacturing exports include chemicals, transportation equipment, electrical equipment; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park, is headquartered in the eastern part of the state, a section of the Appalachian Trail follows the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga; the earliest variant of the name that became Tennessee was recorded by Captain Juan Pardo, the Spanish explorer, when he and his men passed through an American Indian village named "Tanasqui" in 1567 while traveling inland from South Carolina. In the early 18th century, British traders encountered a Cherokee town named Tanasi in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee; the town was located on a river of the same name, appears on maps as early as 1725. It is not known whether this was the same town as the one encountered by Juan Pardo, although recent research suggests that Pardo's "Tanasqui" was located at the confluence of the Pigeon River and the French Broad River, near modern Newport.
The meaning and origin of the word are uncertain. Some accounts suggest, it has been said to mean "meeting place", "winding river", or "river of the great bend". According to ethnographer James Mooney, the name "can not be analyzed" and its meaning is lost; the modern spelling, Tennessee, is attributed to James Glen, the governor of South Carolina, who used this spelling in his official correspondence during the 1750s. The spelling was popularized by the publication of Henry Timberlake's "Draught of the Cherokee Country" in 1765. In 1788, North Carolina created "Tennessee County", the third county to be established in what is now Middle Tennessee; when a constitutional convention met in 1796 to organize a new state out of the Southwest Territory, it adopted "Tennessee" as the name of the state. Tennessee is known as The Volunteer State, a nickname some claimed was earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee during the Battle of New Orleans.
Other sources differ on the origin of the state nickname. This explanation is more because President Polk's call for 2,600 nationwide volunteers at the beginning of the Mexican–American War resulted in 30,000 volunteers from Tennessee alone in response to the death of Davy Crockett and appeals by former Tennessee Governor and Texas politician, Sam Houston. Tennessee borders eight other states: Virginia to the north. Tennessee is tied with Missouri as the state bordering the most other states; the state is trisected by the Tennessee River. The highest point in the state is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet (