Nashville, TN, the capital and most populous city in the
State of Tennessee, is situated on the banks of the Cumberland River in the
heart of Middle Tennessee. Two of the nation’s largest interstates, I-65 &
I-40, converge into Nashville which has brought in an eclectic blend of
businesses and arts. The Nashville area
is home to several major headquarters such as, Nissan North America, HCA Healthcare,
Inc., Asurion, Bridgestone Americas, United Healthcare, LifeWay Christian
Resources, Caterpillar Inc., and many more. These businesses have help
Nashville grow at a rapid rate with the population now over 650,000 residents
in the Nashville-Davidson County area.
Along with nicknames like Music City USA, Nashville is
known as the Athens of the South due
in part to the number of universities located in the city, but also because of
the full-scale replica of the Parthenon that opened in 1931. Some of the major universities are Vanderbilt,
Tennessee State, Belmont, Lipscomb, Trevecca Nazarene, & Fisk Universities.
Nashville is also home to several performing arts centers
hosting ballets, plays, musicals, and symphonies. Two prominent locations are
the Schermerhorn Symphony Center finished in 2003 and the Tennessee Performing
Arts Center (TPAC) which houses three venues named after presidents that
resided in Tennessee; Andrew Jackson Hall, James K. Polk Theater, and Andrew
Johnson Theater. Other arts include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts which
opened in 2001 and has around 200,000 annual visitors. While the Frist Center
is a more traditional visual art center; the Nashville Walls Project has been
reshaping the city with creative murals across the city.
Besides music and business, Nashville is home to several
professional and amateur sports teams most notably the Tennessee Titans &
the Nashville Predators. Both teams have achieved success with the Titans
making but losing in Super Bowl XXXIV, and the Predators falling short in the
Stanley Cup Finals in 2017 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nashville is also home
to Major League Baseball’s AAA team the Nashville Sounds and the future home of
Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team.