About Middle Tennessee
Middle Tennessee is known for its rolling hills and fertile stream valleys, as well as for its major city, Nashville, which is the state capital. Other sizeable cities in Middle Tennessee include Clarksville and Murfreesboro. Geographically it is composed predominantly of the Nashville Basin and the Highland Rim, although the western portion of the Cumberland Plateau also extends into Middle Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee also has an abundance of institutions of higher learning - most notably Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb and Tennessee State universities in Nashville and Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. Other prominent universities are Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the University of the South in Sewanee, and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, which is the state's second largest institution of higher learning.
Nashville is the capital and the second most populous city of the state after Memphis. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. As the "home of country music", Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. All of the Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Although Nashville is renowned as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is actually health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. Fortune 500 companies within Nashville include HCA Inc. (formerly Hospital Corporation of America), Caremark Rx, and Dollar General Corporation (in Goodlettsville).
Nashville has several professional sports teams, most notably the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League and the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. Several other pro sports teams also call Nashville home, as does the NCAA college football Music City Bowl. The Vanderbilt Commodores are members of the Southeastern Conference. The football team of Tennessee State University plays its home games at LP Field.
Located eight miles south of downtown Nashville, Brentwood is considered one of the most desired places to live in Middle Tennessee. Cool Springs, the commerce and retail hub of Williamson County, includes parts of southern Brentwood and northern Franklin.
Located just south of Brentwood, Franklin has grown from a very small, agricultural