Friday, October 3, 2008
Day 20: Election Prayer Focus Tennessee
Tennessee - The Volunteer State
Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
Slogan: America at its best!
Capital City: Nashville
Largest City: Memphis
Nashville's Belmont University will host the
October 7, 2008
Governor Phil Bredesen (D)
Senator Lamar Alexander (R)
Senator Bob Corker (R)
1. David Davis (R)
2. John J. Duncan (R)
3. Zach Wamp (R)
4. Lincoln Davis (D)
5. Jim Cooper (D)
6. Bart Gordon (D)
7. Marsha Blackburn (R)
8. John Tanner (D)
9. Steve Cohen (D)
*Declare revival comes to Tennessee.
*Declare signs and wonders follow the preaching of the Word in Tennessee.
*Declare divine strategies come to Christian leaders in Tennessee to reach the lost.
*Declare Christian media expands in the state of Tennessee.
*Declare media outlets in Nashville broadcast the Good News of the Gospel to the nation.
*Declare protection over the TVA. (A major source of electrical power.)
*Declare protection over the people of Tennessee.
*Declare protection over the National Guard and military personnel.
*Declare the leaders of Tennessee walk in wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
*Declare legislation in Tennessee is in accordance with the Word of God.
*Declare Christians in Tennessee get out and vote.
*Declare an accurate accounting of the vote in Tennessee.
*Declare the vast population of college students in Tennessee receives the message of the Gospel.
*Declare prosperity comes to the state of Tennessee.
First visited by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1540, the Tennessee area would later be claimed by both France and England as a result of the 1670s and 1680s explorations of Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet, Sieur de la Salle, and James Needham and Gabriel Arthur. Great Britain obtained the area after the French and Indian Wars in 1763.
During 1784–1787, the settlers formed the “state” of Franklin, which was disbanded when the region was allowed to send representatives to the North Carolina legislature. In 1790 Congress organized the territory south of the Ohio River, and Tennessee joined the Union in 1796.
Although Tennessee joined the Confederacy during the Civil War, there was much pro-Union sentiment in the state, which was the scene of extensive military action.
The state is now predominantly industrial; the majority of its population lives in urban areas. Among the most important products are chemicals, textiles, apparel, electrical machinery, furniture, and leather goods. Other lines include food processing, lumber, primary metals, and metal products. The state ranks high in the production of marble, zinc, pyrite, and ball clay.
Tennessee is a leading tobacco-producing state. Other farming income is derived from livestock and dairy products, as well as greenhouse and nursery products and cotton.
With six other states, Tennessee shares the extensive federal reservoir developments on the Tennessee and Cumberland River systems. The Tennessee Valley Authority operates a number of dams and reservoirs in the state. (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108274.html)
The religious affiliations of the people of Tennessee are:
Church of Christ: 6%
Roman Catholic: 6%
Church of God: 2%
Other Christian (includes unspecified "Christian" and "Protestant"): 12%
Other religions: 3%
The largest denominations by number of adherents in 2000 were the Southern Baptist Convention with 1,414,199; the United Methodist Church with 393,994; the Churches of Christ with 216,648; and the Roman Catholic Church with 183,161.
Tennessee is home to several Protestant denominations, such as the Church of God in Christ, the Church of God and The Church of God of Prophecy, both located in (Cleveland, Tennessee), and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Free Will Baptist denomination is headquartered in Antioch, and its main bible college is in Nashville. The Southern Baptist Convention maintains its general headquarters in Nashville. Publishing houses of several denominations are located in Nashville.
The state's small Roman Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish communities are mainly centered in the metropolitan areas of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee)
Tennessee politics, like that of most U.S. states, is dominated by the Democratic and Republican Parties. After going for Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower twice in the 1950s, Tennessee currently tilts towards the Republican Party, but tends to be politically moderate. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee)
Tenessee is home to thousands of college students who attend over 63 colleges and universities.
Music City USA
The birth of the Grand Ole Opry in 1925 combined with an already thriving publishing industry poised Nashville to become a center for musical entertainment. The Grand Ole Opry started out as the WSM Barn Dance on the fifth-floor radio station studio of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville. Some of the bands regularly featured on the show during its early days included the Possum Hunters (with Dr. Humphrey Bate), the Fruit Jar Drinkers, the Crook Brothers, the Binkley Brothers Clod Hoppers, Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader, Deford Bailey, Fiddling Arthur Smith, and the Gully Jumpers. The Opry was nationally broadcast by the NBC Radio Network from 1944 to 1956; for much of its run, it aired one hour after the program that had inspired it, the National Barn Dance. From October, 1955 to September, 1956, ABC-TV aired an hour-long television version live from Nashville once a month on Saturday nights.
On October 2, 1954, a teenage Elvis Presley made his first (and only) performance there. Although the public reacted politely to his revolutionary brand of rockabilly music, after the show he was told by one of the organizers (Opry manager Jim Denny) that he ought to return to Memphis to resume his truck-driving career, prompting him to swear never to return. In an era when the Grand Ole Opry represented solely country music, audiences did not accept Elvis on the Opry because of his infusion of rhythm and blues as well as his infamous body gyrations, which many viewed as vulgar.
In the 1960s, as the hippie counterculture movement built, the Opry maintained a straight-laced, conservative image; "longhairs" were almost never featured on the show. The Byrds were a notable exception. Gram Parsons, one of the pioneers of the country rock genre, had worked with The Byrds on a country album and was allowed to perform with the band at the Ryman in March 1968. Audience response was muted. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Ole_Opry)